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)
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♦ 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.
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
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Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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