FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 2 p.m (MLB Network) MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) NHL playoffs: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN) NHL playoffs: Wild at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN) NBA playoffs: Raptors at Nets, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) NBA playoffs: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA playoffs: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons at Rochester Rattlers, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
AROUND THE WEB:
– On the day the NBA’s advisory/finance committee held a conference call and said in a statement that it “unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week” in its effort to remove Donald Sterling as Clippers owner, reports emerged that the 80-year-old has been battling prostrate cancer.
“They thought he would die two years ago,” an industry source told the New York Post. “People have been predicting his imminent demise. I’m sure he has that best ‘¦ drugs money can buy. he can do anything to keep himself alive.”
The source indicated the drugs are the reason for the puffiness in Sterling’s face.
“I honestly didn’t know that. But if that is true, my thoughts and prayers are with him,” forward Blake Griffin said after the Clippers’ 100-99 loss to the Warriors in Thursday’s Game 6 of their now-tied first-round series. “Nobody deserves to go through something like that.”
The Post also reported that the NBA recommended the removal of Sterling as owner in 1982 — not because of racist comments but because of poor management and a taped conversation in which he said the team should finish last in order to draft Ralph Sampson — but he remained after being fined $10,000.
– The Oklahoman newspaper came under fire for running a headline in Thursday’s editions that read “Mr. Unreliable” in reference to star forward Kevin Durant, who has not played to his usual standards in the opening round of the playoffs.
While Durant insisted he didn’t care about the headline — “That’s what they’re supposed to write. I didn’t come through for the team,” he said of his Game 5 performance — his teammates, coaches, fans and even his mother rushed to his defense, pointing to his consistent success this season and his whole career, as well as his charitable endeavors.
“The words were overstated and unduly harsh,” Sherman wrote. “The headline and presentation left the impression that we were commenting on Durant’s season, career or even character. We were not. We were referring only to the Memphis series. The fact the headline and presentation left that impression with so many readers is proof that we failed.”
Durant still had some trouble with his outside shooting in Thursday night’s Game 6, but he still managed to record 36 points and 10 rebounds and help the Thunder force a Game 7 with a 104-84 victory over the Grizzlies.
– On year after being sent packing by the Rangers and landing with the Canucks, John Tortorella again is looking for a new job. The Canucks decided to cut ties with Tortorella despite him having four more years remaining on the contract he signed in 2013.
“I tried to talk myself out of this,” new president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said. “This is not something I came in looking to do. It was just the right thing to do. When new [general] manager comes in, I want to have full flexibility and create a new vision together.”
The Canucks, who fired president and general manager Mike Gillis on April 8, went 36-35-11 this season and failed to make the playoffs. Tortorella missed 15 of those games after a confrontation with the Flames in front of the Calgary locker room during a Jan. 18 game.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 2, 1995, the Red Sox posted an 8-0 victory over the Yankees. The runs came on a pair of grand slams by John Valentin and Mo Vaughn, who previously were college teammates at which Big East school?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you suck, you suck. That’s it. What can I say? It’s the playoffs.” – Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, after Thursday’s 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals
STAT OF THE DAY: 4-for-20 – The Red Sox’ totals with runners in scoring position during their doubleheader sweep Thursday at the hands of the Rays
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Suspended Clippers owner Donald Sterling gets subbed in as George Steinbrenner in this “Seinfeld” mashup.
Former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson, appearing on a show called “Nitecap with Peter Bailey,” justifies his infidelity by saying, “Somebody made those rules up. Nobody said you had to be with one woman,” and bringing up Martin Luther King as an example of someone who was “hoein’.”
TRIVIA ANSWER: Seton Hall
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lesley Gore was born on this day in 1946.
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower joined the show to discuss last night's divisional win over the Bills, the inadvertent whistle, being named the "Gruden Grinder" and how the team is dealing with injuries.
James White scored a pair of TD's last night when the Pats beat the Bills on MNF. He spoke about his evolution with the team and what it's like playing for Tom Brady.
FOXBORO — In a game that lasted three hours, 32 minutes, the Patriots got a pair of touchdowns from James White to overcome a controversial inadvertent whistle against them and post a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
A 5-minute recap of the Celtics victory over the Nets. David Lee talks about his improved play, Brad Stevens discusses using Isaiah Thomas off-ball before completely ignoring Gino Time.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
PIcard and Bradford break down the trade between the Red Sox and Padres that brought Craig Kimbrel to town - what they like about, what they don't like, who the Sox gave up and what the future looks like for the Sox bullpen and pitching staff as a whole.
Ryan Hannable and Ken Laird discuss the Boston Red Sox trading away the 25th and 76th best prospects in baseball (MLB.com) plus Logan Allen and Carlos Asuaje to San Diego for closer Craig Kimbrel.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
San Jose 5, Boston 4 at TD Garden on Tuesday night. After the game, coach Claude Julien had some tough words for his team. What changes are coming? DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins mediocrity.
Tom Brady on the big win on Monday Night Football.
Tim discussed the Pats 10-0 start.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about last night's Patriots win, the inadvertent whistle, making officials accountable for mistakes, and Ray Lewis' ignorance about Bill Belichick.
Given the level of crap ESPN gleefully put the Patriots through this past off-season, will there be repercussions to it tonight off the field? Should there be? We discuss it.
We close out the day with the best in sound!
With ESPN in town we look at four major reasons why the Patriots have every right in the world to give them the cold shoulder.
The daily fantasy sports boom is catching the eye of local lawmakers across the country, which sparks the debate of is it gambling or is it a game of skill?
Mut and Villani talk with WEEI.com's Chris Price about this week for the Patriots leading up to their Monday Night matchup with the Bills.
Mut and Villani talk with the voice of the Eagles, Jon Meterparel about the game between the Eagles and Fighting Irish at Fenway Park.
Greg Dickerson, Chris Price, and Christian Fauria talk all things Patriots leading into Pats - Bills at Gillette Stadium
Steve Young joined the show to talk about the Patriots game with the Bills on Monday Night Football.More from this show
Tim discussed the Pats 10-0 start.More from this show