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.
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
A look back at Dennis and Callahan's 2015 trip to spring training. They visited with Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, Xander Bogaerts, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Joe Kelly, Curt Schilling and Dustin Pedroia.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk are joined by Rob Bradford, Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley to forecast the 2015 campaign.
Pedroia joins the guys in Fort Myers to look at the upcoming season and his health entering the spring.
Brick joined the show to talk about the couple players that the B's added. He noted that the lack of subtractions means that the front office trusts the core group.
The Red Sox entire team wore the number 3 to honor Pete Frates. The HS team that was suspended for trying to bring awareness to breast cancer have been allowed to play. Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley are bad at karaoke, but not as bad as Joey and Christian.
With the Patriots focusing on CB Darrelle Revis, it's likely that the team will lose safety Devin McCourty or Brandon Browner. Or both.
We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.
Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's
Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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