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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Shakhtar Donetsk at Sevilla, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Villareal at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Manziel_Johnny mug shot 5-4-16— If anyone thought Johnny Manziel would finally get a wake-up call after his arrest Wednesday for domestic violence, the 23-year-old unemployed quarterback quickly made it clear that’s not the case.

Manziel, who is expected to appear before a judge in a Dallas courtroom Thursday morning, commented on Twitter about his mug shot photo, in which a smirking Manziel is wearing a gray T-shirt — unlike when he appeared shirtless when he was arrested in 2012 after a fight outside a bar near Texas A&M.

Tweeted Manziel: Just thankful I had a shirt this time.

Manziel was indicted by a grand jury last month after being accused of hitting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend during an incident in January. He faces a Class A misdemeanor and could be penalized with up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The former Heisman Trophy winner remains without a job after being released by the Browns following the season.

— Alex Rodriguez’s strained right hamstring has sent him to the 15-day disabled list, much to his dismay.

Rodriguez ended an early season skid and started producing in his previous four games — including a weekend series against the Red Sox in which he hit two home runs and had a four-RBI game — before he was injured running out a grounder in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Orioles.

“I can’t think of a worse time to go on the DL,” said Rodriguez, who is hitting .194. “The whole offense has been struggling. I talked to the team [Tuesday] and I said there is no reason we can’t score five runs per night.”

Despite A-Rod’s hope that he would not be placed on the DL for the seventh time in the last nine seasons, the team decided it was the best course of action.

“The [MRI] machine doesn’t lie,” Rodriguez said. “Got to be smart. There is a lot of baseball to be played this year.”

The loss of Rodriguez wasn’t felt Wednesday, as the Yankees ended a six-game skid with a 7-0 rout of the Orioles.

— TNT analyst Charles Barkley, never known as one who carefully chooses his words, is taking some heat after suggesting that the Hawks get physical with the Cavaliers during Wednesday’s playoff game.

The Cavaliers dropped in 25 3-pointers — the most in a game in NBA history — in their 123-98 rout, and Barley said the Hawks should not take it sitting down.

“The Atlanta Hawks got to take somebody out,” said Barkley, noting that Cleveland was embarrassing Atlanta by continuing to shoot 3’s in an attempt to set a record in a game that was out of reach.

Barkley was immediately challenged by Shaquille O’Neal, who said, “You can’t say that on national TV. … You can’t hurt nobody, Chuck.”

Barkley insisted he didn’t mean the Hawks should try to hurt someone, but he repeated his directive for the team to “take somebody out.”

Former NBA forward Charles Oakley weighed in on Twitter, writing: Charles Barkley ,you better stop talking s*** about Cleveland you was never tough you hide behind TNT.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 5, 1969, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the Celtics edged the Lakers, 108-106, for their 11th title in 13 seasons. It was the final game for which two Celtics legends?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Every time they mention your name next to someone who’s legendary, it’s humbling.” — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, after tying Gary Sheffield for 25th on baseball’s all-time home run list when he hit his 509th in Wednesday’s 5-2 victory over the White Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 20-6 — The Cubs’ record, best in the majors leagues, after Wednesday’s 6-2 victory over the Pirates

‘NET RESULTS: Russell Martin’s opposite-field single to the wall in right with one out in the ninth inning gives the Blue Jays their second straight walk-off win over the Rangers.

Matt Holliday singles to left with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Cardinals a walk-off win over the Phillies.

Diamondbacks right fielder Brandon Drury falls into the stands after catching a foul ball, much to the delight of a Marlins fan who takes a selfie in front of him.

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester fields a grounder that gets stuck in the webbing of his glove, so he tosses the glove to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the out.

New Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III surprises a high school team by pretending to be a mannequin showing off the team’s new helmet.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Russell and Sam Jones

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Adele was born on this day in 1988.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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[0:10:15] ... secondary stuff according. And finally before we let you go other than Chris Young being in left field what's your lineup look like tonight. While the same back in on a plate but that were were ...






John Farrell calls us from Chicago to talk Pablo, E-Rod, Joe Kelly, Travis Shaw and much more.

[0:00:08] ... just few minutes here on Sports Radio Sox lost last night the Chicago White Sox 41. Op Clay Buchholz tonight you're starting pitcher right just throw that out there and just leave it to marinate for a ...
[0:08:01] ... don't know if you are here for this are numbered years ago Tim Wakefield used to say he had a great line. This is the great lie when he was complaining to him the Red Sox ...
[0:09:32] ... tonight is Brock pulled gonna be left. Fielders are going to be Chris Young again. Right out Chris Young it isn't pretty he's not got off to a a quick start yet but. The reason we brought him in here was ...
[0:10:15] ... secondary stuff according. And finally before we let you go other than Chris Young being in left field what's your lineup look like tonight. While the same back in on a plate but that were were ...






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Four at Four bled into some genuine discussion about who this town's greatest villains truly are.
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We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day.
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