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.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
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