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.
Mike Tirico of Monday Night Football joins the show to preview the Super Bowl.
Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
Scott Hanson talks about his amazing job as host of NFL Red Zone. Plus Hanson previews the Super Bowl.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
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Gerry and Kirk breakdown Kirk's confrontation with the competition.
Doyel knows the Patriots fixed the AFC title game and they now belong in the same sentence as the 1919 White Sox.
Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.
Dan Dakich needs security to go back into Iowa and Bills head coach Rex Ryan greenflies Christian.
Devin McCourty's twin brother Jason joined the program to preview the Super Bowl and discuss Devin's plans as a free agent
Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk joins the show to talk about past Patriot cheating scandals and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
For today's four at four we elect our own inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Did Ty Law make it?
Monday Night Football host Mike Tirico stops by to preview the Super Bowl and give us his analysis of Russell Wilson.
Former player and coach Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
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