MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBC) MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN2) College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Soccer: U-20 World Cup, France vs. United States, 10:45 a.m. (ESPN2) Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has missed the entire season while rehabbing following hip surgery in January, got clearance from his doctors to return to game action a week from Monday and is expected to join the team’s Single-A affiliate in Tampa, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
“It sounds like it’s on schedule,” general manager Brian Cashman told the Daily News, without pinpointing a date for A-Rod’s return. “He’s been running, throwing, fielding, and I know it’s approaching. It’s coming.”
Cashman said he expects Rodriguez will move up through the team’s minor league system over the course of about 20 games.
Meanwhile, A-Rod still has the cloud of the Biogenesis PED investigation hanging over his head. Rodriguez has denied being treated or advised by controversial “biochemist” Anthony Bosch, despite documents linking the player to Bosch’s since-closed facility.
Cashman said the team will let the league determine what happens next.
“All we can do is rehab the player,” Cashman said. “We 110 percent support the commissioner’s efforts. Their efforts are our efforts. Anyone guilty of cheating the game needs to go down, whether they’re a Yankee or not a Yankee. It’ll get resolved one way or the other. We’re waiting. All we can do is play the players we have.”
♦ The family of an inebriated man who was ejected from a Bills game last November and then drowned after falling into a creek near the stadium disclosed plans to sue Erie County, the County Sheriff’s Office and Orchard Park police. The family claims the county was negligent for letting David Gerken Jr. walk away from the stadium while he was drunk.
The 26-year-old was at the Bills-Dolphins game on Nov. 15 with family when he was ejected for disorderly conduct and escorted from the stadium. Police say that around 1 a.m. he fell on a slope and into a stream, where he drowned.
The Bills were not named in the Notice of Claim filed by the family.
♦ Miami will celebrate its NBA champion Heat on Monday with a parade that ends in front of AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat beat the Spurs in Game 7 on Thursday night. An estimated 400,000 fans turned out for the team’s 2012 championship parade.
Fans will not be allowed to carry backpacks, a trend for major events following the Boston Marathon bombings in April.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 24, 1995, the NBA held an expansion draft for the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver (now Memphis) Grizzlies. The Celtics lost which player, a center drafted 19th overall in 1993 who went on to play 1 1/2 seasons for the Raptors and nine games for the Bucks before dropping out of the NBA?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s not the best situation for either team. But it’s a tough sport, and injuries happen. When you leave it all out there to help your team win, that’s all part of the game.” – Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, on injured stars Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews
STAT OF THE DAY: 11 – Consecutive wins for the Blue Jays, a team record, after Sunday’s 13-5 rout of the Orioles
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): At Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic does his Maria Sharapova imitation while warming up with Sharapova’s boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Acie Earl
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeff Beck was born on this day in 1944.
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.More from this show
Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.More from this show