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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Suns at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: CBI finals, Louisiana-Monroe at Loyola (Chicago), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Dayton vs. UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Tennessee vs. Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Twins at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Marlins at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Giants at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— With the Final Four just days away, there’s no way the NCAA could move it from Indianapolis at this late date. However, there are calls nationwide for the event to be rescheduled in response to Indiana’s passage of a bill that critics say is a veiled attempt to allow discrimination against gays.

According to opponents, Indiana Senate Bill 101, which was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday and goes into effect July 1, allows businesses in the state to refuse service to gay people based on religious objections.

The NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis, said in a statement from president Mark Emmert that it intends to “closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.”

Other individuals were more pointed in their criticism.

“As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities,” Charles Barkley said in a statement.

Tweeted Pacers legend Reggie Miller: I’ve never been big into politics but I’m very disappointed in my home state of Indiana and the passing of Senate Bill 101.. I’ve always been about inclusion for all, no matter your skin color, gender or sexual preference.. We are all the same people, beautiful creatures..

Pence has stood firm against the criticism, insisting the opposition has been using “shameless rhetoric” to imply that the bill is meant to OK discrimination.

Said Pence in a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week”: “We’re not going to change the law, but if the general assembly in Indiana sends me a bill that adds a section that reiterates and amplifies and clarifies what the law really is and what it has been for the last 20 years, then I’m open to that.”

— Dave Leitao is headed back to DePaul, 10 years after he left the Chicago school to take over at Virginia.

Leitao, a Massachusetts native who played at Northeastern and later coached there, led DePaul from 2002-05, after a six-year stint as Jim Calhoun‘s assistant at UConn. He guided the Blue Demons to a 58-34 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. DePaul has not been back since.

“This is a special day for my family and me,” Leitao said Sunday in a statement. “I underestimated what a special place DePaul University and the city of Chicago are when I left here in 2005. The dedication and support here to the growth of student success is second to none, not only for a basketball program but also for the entire student body.

“I’m proud and our team will be proud to represent this great institution in one of the world’s great cities. We will exude the work ethic that drives Chicago and the region every day and look forward to everyone joining us next season.”

Leitao, who was an assistant to Frank Haith at Missouri and then Tulsa the past three seasons, replaced Oliver Purnell, who went 54-105 in five seasons at DePaul.

— Longtime TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, who returned to the air in March after almost a year off while battling leukemia, has been sidelined by a recurrence of the disease.

Sager’s son, Craig Jr., explained that his father recently caught the flu and had to be hospitalized, and that complicated the situation. However, the son said the family is better prepared after having already gone through this once.

“Unlike the first time when everything was new, there is a blueprint in place and all focus is on one checkpoint at a time,” Sager Jr. tweeted. “[Sager Sr.]’s leukemia returned last week and he is undergoing a treatment that will be much like this time last year when he got rounds of chemo and prepared his body for a bone marrow transplant.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 30, 1978, the Red Sox sent pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz and third baseman Ted Cox to the Indians for which two players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We didn’t provide any defensive resistance at all, nobody at all has against them lately if you look at their scores.” Celtics coach Brad Stevens, after Sunday’s 119-106 loss to the Clippers, who won all three games on their East Coast swing by an average of 21.7 points

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Points by which the Bruins lead in the Senators in the battle for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference after Sunday’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Hurricanes

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson gets bumped going up for an alley-oop but manages to adjust and come up with an impressive finish.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook jumps over teammate Andrew Bogut to finish an alley-oop against the Suns.

Grizzlies forward Jeff Green dunks on Spurs big man Aaron Baynes and gets fouled.

Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr fakes a slap shot then skates around the net and puts in a wraparound goal.

During warmups prior to a Swedish hockey playoff game, former NHL enforcer Andre Deveaux, apparently incensed about a questionable hit earlier in the series, races onto the ice and attacks an opponent, delivering a slash to the skate and then jumping on the player.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall

SOOTHING SOUNDS: MC Hammer was born on this day in 1962.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Chris Villani talks Red Sox concerns with 8 days left until Opening Day and the David Ortiz Player's Tribune steroid defense

[0:02:35] ... the stories to kind of breezed through quickly that this situation which Shane Victorino could not have been worked contacted story if they tried and made it. Victory no express something that he's expressed many times in the past asked by Philadelphia Daily News reporter would like to have Cole Hamels he's played them before he knows him. Nosy top of the rotation I said yeah. It be great. And to spin that somehow owing to. Dias towards smoky bats or wanting him to gist. Did get rid of that one and a Red Sox to move on from that clear roster spot was disingenuous. At best and don't think that was even close to what Shane Victorino was trying to save by. Anytime you open your mouth that's the game and that's why I was even more surprised. As he would David Ortiz wrote on Derek Jeter's website. It always spend and Ortiz back from a big David Ortiz and I wrote on WEEI dot com this weekend I think he belongs in Cooperstown I don't know whether he's going to ...
[0:03:54] ... that there's already essentially one DH in the hall of fame and Frank Thomas he played most of his career at that position. And Edgar Martinez they'll not getting as much traction but. Ortiz considered the ...
[0:05:03] ... it. And giving you a lot of cliches and platitudes. BK is Shane Victorino wasn't in anyway try to express desire to get removed keydets. And it's disingenuous to suggest that he once. And David Ortiz. Opened up open himself up to attack that I really didn't think was was coming his way now I understand that with Ortiz it would people they just don't like him. Weathered yankees fans is not Red Sox fans whatever it's going to be constant. Barrage of you was on a list. Ease a cheater he used VDs that's what you have that's the low hanging fruit if you don't like David Ortiz. And in that sense yeah the attack quote unquote is always ongoing. But it's not something that's really bent top of mind. ...
[0:08:17] ... some reason was on the eighteenth green. So I think most likely David Ortiz just exaggerate about bringing it up. You restarts. This conversation that wasn't really happening at the time he restarts this dialogue. And this attacked it's ever present and it's the as I called it a few minutes of the low hanging fruit. For people are just predispose not to like David Ortiz to reach out and grab. And that's all well and good but why give them something new to yell about why put yourself out there and that sent David Ortiz actually reminded here of a little bit of Starbucks and that raced together campaign that they put together. Which is. Quite well ...






Greg and John get into NFL free agency and if the Pats are done until the draft. They get into the draft a little and where Ridley may end up signing. The guys then move on to the Celts and just how far they've come this season under the awesome leadership of Brad Stevens.

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[0:10:06] ... yeah I carry a really good that Jim isn't even the hi Jim Hall idea. Greg internalize. Well thanks pebble saying might lose in rivas run it like that Cilic cataract from term. Won't that linebacker ...
[0:17:39] ... and we tossed at a at and Mike Reese's well. And that's Reggie Wayne. Who was released by Don and hapless Don Don T quartets are last year almost a car is not ending with with Andrew Luck Ali say is. Look at who the patriots chose to put their best defenders on. And that play out game wasn't regiment is Donte' mockery. You know I wanna say they had Browner on mockery fright yesterday they've Revis I don't know three of us that Revis Revis on mine Kris yes so. That shows you the respect they have for Reggie Wayne at that point. You know he I watched a few of their games the colts are on TV a lot and you ...
[0:19:18] ... the floor for Isaiah. I have the attention span house and that's Brett Steven on that with listening to them yeah I'm just thinking of the video of this song. For your childhood you. The law ...






Dickerson and Tomase start with the Sox and discuss John's thoughts on Spring Training and where the Sox could end up this season. They discuss the rotation, if Clay Buchholz can turn things around and Vazquez' injury. They also get into some great basketball games that have taken place in the NCAA tournament and if Boston College's popularity can ever revive itself in the area.

[0:11:17] ... do wanna touch on that's something John wrote. About the Celtics and Doc Rivers and Brad Stevens in the eyes and perfectly he wrote the article we go to first time I've mice Irish are timeless. ...
[0:15:16] ... don't. I under our Earl Washington was dominating Syracuse and Georgetown early Reggie Williams jobs and yet so. Council later but anyway. Yes so I they're I don't feel any connection to any of these teams ...
[0:17:29] ... like his teams he always found a way you would find the Craig Smith and Jared Dudley of the guys that nobody else wanted. And build real teams out of them and then they go and ...
[0:20:39] ... is I said that was the thing is I'm watching this. Phenomenal college basketball event last night and I am just getting more more angry when I find out that another players from mall brawl on ...






Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.

[0:05:02] ... went when he talked with Jim Jones you're talking about a you Rob Ninkovich I think few few really good about where you wars defense affront wanna be able to get a little bit moral affront. ...
[0:17:35] ... So does the name that stand out to meet Chris would beat Dan Connolly their captains starting left guard last season. Still on the free agent market and I look at you know their their guard ...
[0:18:38] ... a lot of fighting between now and then outside of that media Dan Connolly are neck guard position. And then you go to the draft you feel about the draft if you look at how the ...





Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.

[0:08:51] ... lines. See I wonder if his future is tied to that'd be Julian Peterson and I think if if he is Peter Peterson heads of going to doubt restaurants of sticking in Minnesota. I think he's ...
[0:10:28] ... Ridley. And Mike we talked about Chris and I just talked about Reggie Wayne. Last hour and his availability a free agent market and the fact that the patriots have kicked the tires on some wide receivers. What sort of interest do you think there would be from the patriots and Belichick and Reggie Wayne. Well that we know Belichick has looked him in the past I think the one thing that I think about with him ...
[0:12:13] ... So that the names that stand out to meet Chris would be Dan Connolly their captain starting left guard that last season. Still on the free agent market and I look at you know their their guard position right now and to me that's sort of done screamed out as one that. Wolf will be addressed whether it's with Dan Connolly you're in the draft going forward so. That would be probably the one at the top of the list the last question ...
[0:13:15] ... a lot of fighting between now and then outside of the media Dan Connolly are neck guard position. And then you go to the draft you fill out the draft if you look at how the ...






In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.

[0:06:57] ... know and there's certainly these are things that we look that. The trade deadline. And it's part of June's job to look at these things at all not at all times. And long look at these things subject. Peter when he talked about the trade deadline. How. How happy were you with. Or were you happy with the way things turned out with the exception of Brett Connolly ...
[0:11:13] ... young guys step up. So far this year so. You know the odd couple with some of them are just aren't all the all over archer. No it's. We chart of what happens sometimes. That were ...




It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.

[0:02:53] ... is playing tonight my guess is to go will play against. The Carolina Hurricanes that. But. And it we can't for anybody who's just tuning in now we can't forget. Lyndon bias called and told us ...
[0:04:45] ... so that is an area. So Carl Soderbergh. You might not notice. Zdeno Chara might be. The Smart one of the smartest players like people one of the smartest hockey players. In the NHL just because ...
[0:07:08] ... go about this in regards to seen him play. Ample shifts with Zdeno Chara is. They're gonna they're prepared to just mix and match where they have to the rest of the way and if they ...
[0:12:59] ... he turned it to the one of the best players in the American Hockey League at age eighteen the youngest guy in the league. So I think you know it was telltale sign for the Bruins that ...






The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.

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[0:27:00] ... back with the second hour of Sunday skate companies yeah yeah. This Zdeno Chara and listened to the solar industry. It's in my everything kind of just kept growing after. After we got separate from the ...
[0:28:24] ... same game which. We've talked to vote that line Odyssey in mostly Chris Kelly on the left wing. With Soderbergh and Ericsson we talked about how Louie Ericsson has had to be outlines driver. For awhile ...
[0:29:11] ... second I think it is as far as forwards. In a platelet Patrice Bergeron you've gone up against. You know price get a life and worry tackler Perry so I would do indeed DJ do you. ...