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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Hornets, 8 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pistons, 10 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Knicks, noon (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Thunder vs. Heat, 2 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pacers, 4 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Bucks vs. Cavaliers, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Hawks vs. Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Timberwolves vs. Nuggets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Kings vs. Raptors, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Lakers vs. Pelicans, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 6 p.m. (NBCSN), 8 p.m. (NBC)
Gymnastics: U.S. Olympic trials, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Five police officers were killed and seven more injured when snipers opened fire during a protest in Dallas on Thursday following the deaths of two black men earlier in the week, and athletes around the nation reacted with dismay.

New Patriots defensive end Chris Long, who spent the past seven seasons playing in St. Louis, tweeted:

Praying for those Dallas PO’s
Respecting, appreciating good ppl in uniform
Being angry about an unjust murder by a PO
NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

Added Long: All violence in this country sucks. Whoever perpetrates it. intellectually dishonest people will continue to justify it. So sad. Rant over

Cavaliers star LeBron James commented on an article about Philando Castile, the Minnesota man shot by a policeman while in his car, writing: Sickens me and I shed multiple tears about it all.

Later in the evening, as details emerged from Dallas, he wrote: We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence

Former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders urged Dallas to show restraint.

Tweeted Sanders: Dallas let’s wake up this ain’t us! We’re better than this. We’re hurting,upset,confused,sad,frustrated,tired & fed up but this ain’t right!

Wrote former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck: Eye for an eye truly means that we all soon will be blind. Hate + more hate = HATE. I CHOOSE TO LOVE EVEN THOSE THAT HATE ME.

Tweeted Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: Dallas,we mourn those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to #DallasStrong

— Rajon Rondo is saying all the right things as he joins the Bulls, although it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to avoid the issues with teammates and coaches that have plagued his career.

Rondo was introduced to the media Thursday after agreeing to a reported two-year, $28 million deal earlier in the week, and he said he understands he’s not the No. 1 star in Chicago, which features Jimmy Butler and former Heat star Dwyane Wade.

“Jimmy’s the youngest, he’s the engine here,” Rondo told reporters. “It’ll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order.”

Added Rondo: “The main thing is that we have three alphas. There will be three alphas on the team. Just trying to mesh together and try to make sure we are doing the best thing for the team.”

Rondo had some on-court run-ins with Wade when the two tangled during the peak of the Celtics-Heat rivalry, but he said he’s ready to work together to win with his new team. He said he texted Wade when he learned the Bulls were pursuing him.

“We’re older, we’re wiser and moving forward,” Rondo said. “To play with a guy like that, that I’ve battled against personally, it’s always great to have a guy like that on your side.”

The 30-year-old Rondo, who led the league in assists last season with 11.7 per game, noted that he learned a lot from playing in Boston with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

“Playing in Boston, playing with the Big Three, I was able to see how those guys interacted with one another. Knowing that everything doesn’t have to be perfect in practice,” he said.

“You’re going to disagree, but if you all have one common goal at the end of the day and that’s to get a ‘W,’ that’s all that matters. Egos go out the window and we all have one common goal.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 8, 1994, which Red Sox infielder turned an unassisted triple play in the top of the sixth — and then homered to lead off the bottom of the inning — during a 4-3 victory over the Mariners?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We felt it would strengthen us. Of course, he’s played almost every day. Has the abilities to play every day. We look at him more to complement the players that we have.” — Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, on Thursday’s acquisition of infielder Aaron Hill

STAT OF THE DAY: 23 — Points for Celtics guard Terry Rozier in Thursday’s Utah Summer League game against the Spurs, which he won with a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining

‘NET RESULTS: With the Royals trailing the Mariners by a run in the ninth inning and two runners on base, Salvador Perez drills a walk-off double.

From the Canadian Football League, Winnipeg receiver Ryan Smith isn’t looking when quarterback Drew Willy throws him a pass, but the ball somehow sticks to his side and he runs in for a touchdown.

With time running out in Wednesday’s soccer game in Wichita, Kansas, Vigas Shreveport attempts to close a two-goal gap when it sends its goalie to the other end of the field on a corner kick, but FC Wichita goalie Mark Weir gets the ball and boots it the length of the field for a goal.

TRIVIA ANSWER: John Valentin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Beck was born on this day in 1970.

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Jerry Spar
Hour 2 of Danny Picard continues the Sox talk. Danny also takes time to talk about the Celtics offseason so far as well as some UFC thoughts.

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Hour 2 of Danny Picard continues the Sox talk. Danny also takes time to talk about the Celtics offseason so far as well as some UFC thoughts.

[0:03:25] ... can't help but. Think about all the criticisms adamant thrown out at John Farrell recently I just I guess they showed that it crickets. All this one spot last night I know it's not a season saver. And I know it didn't win a championship repent it doesn't guarantee a playoff spot believe me I get that I'm not saying it does if you think I'm saying that. And yet here and exactly what you want to hear. Okay and you'll waiting for opportunities that bounced on John Farrell or at least somebody. Even takes one simple little moment at once simple little segment of the guy you try to do. ...
[0:19:37] ... that I'm just answering the critics that it didn't call an accomplice John Farrell to advocate I just. I just don't. Put some of the struggles the pitching staff is out I don't put that in ...
[0:21:04] ... that that. Move doesn't surprise me in an attempt. To become Apollo college basketball team. What do championship right we are taught happens. These all stop play is a look at the play with all starts. ...
[0:27:54] ... Audette is still the Eastern Conference and I don't Chicago just a Dwyane Wade is what from Miami to Chicago. A Chicago lot what are they got all walled. All into the mix the solid to the spurs what liberals work went down underneath the basket and then when it worked with him. Taj Gibson that it's luck isn't there at the bulls and ended Dwyane Wade stop. And people that think that Michael often outrage at Republicans where it is day at CII believe that Jimmy Butler. And Rondo at least one I heard report was they would try to work your way. And it. Went to Chicago thing just as simple as. Flavors hometown team. I don't let's analyze it no overreact to stop Dwyane Wade aid. Grew up in Chicago grew up bulls fan started for 35 is all kids get more money. In Chicago that he ...






Hour 1 of Danny Picard is all about the Red Sox. Danny discusses what has been going on with the pitching staff and takes your calls on John Farrell and what kind of manager he's been so far.

[0:02:26] ... star game. Did you go to the all star game for the Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel. Intimate this story last night. Stood do wit Craig Kimbrel. Shell has to do with the Red Sox manager job. ...
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[0:04:16] ... wanted to go and and I might Sadr told you. I've criticized John Farrell as much as anybody this season. And while I believe that if they did at some point fired John Farrell you know I don't think. I don't like the Red Sox would fall down a last place in the I don't think this guy would be followed it that way the Red Sox would be just fine. Managers too much credit to what to blame that's the philosophy I have it's that there to have a stick what. Let saw people wanna just rushed John Farrell. About depictions that about maybe he handles it that's always a pitching guy he's a former pitching coach pitch all the chances. ...
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Hour 1 of Danny Picard is all about the Red Sox. Danny discusses what has been going on with the pitching staff and takes your calls on John Farrell and what kind of manager he's been so far.

[0:02:26] ... star game. Did you go to the all star game for the Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel. Intimate this story last night. Stood do wit Craig Kimbrel. Shell has to do with the Red Sox manager job. ...
[0:03:17] ... apt a call after all. We add. Wanted to. Pit crew rushed John Farrell just crush him. Absolutely. Crushed him. And it. I didn't get. I really didn't I told I don't understand it I don't understand that the obsession that. Which is a reason skidded. But for the last few series I didn't understand why people wanted to blame John Farrell put things that ultimately I don't think he had any control. Both things weren't the Stoddard Richard just being an awful right ...
[0:04:16] ... wanted to go and and I might Sadr told you. I've criticized John Farrell as much as anybody this season. And while I believe that if they did at some point fired John Farrell you know I don't think. I don't like the Red Sox would fall down a last place in the I don't think this guy would be followed it that way the Red Sox would be just fine. Managers too much credit to what to blame that's the philosophy I have it's that there to have a stick what. Let saw people wanna just rushed John Farrell. About depictions that about maybe he handles it that's always a pitching guy he's a former pitching coach pitch all the chances. ...
[0:05:30] ... Rip the plot. Objectors got beat up on that on. And it. John Farrell took a whole lot of heat. Once again putting great camera in which situation at the numbers shell and I just the numbers the I tech showed it to Kimbrel has been. Horrible for the most pot in non save situation disease he adds. And yet John Farrell. Nights ago decided to go back became role. In one of those other game was much closer was great to write again ...






Mut is taking calls about what the Red Sox would need to do in order to make a deep playoff run.
Mut is taking calls about what the Red Sox would need to do in order to make a deep playoff run.

[0:02:16] ... nobody back there. Nobody back there. And so when you want acquire Aaron Hill today you major team better by making the bench better scenario you acquire a guy who can. Split time with Travis Shaw ...
[0:03:35] ... now I could say all right we have a contingency we have Aaron Hill we can trade Travis show. So from that standpoint I do like the deal makes the big club better what the only ...
[0:06:45] ... I'd impact saint 2008. But the rate bigger impact this year is Aaron Hill. And that's part Parse your your bench is so beaten up right now. You don't have those guys. Amir trot out Ryan ...
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Mut is talking about the Red Sox needs before the trade deadline and what players might be trade pieces for the Sox.
Mut is talking about the Red Sox needs before the trade deadline and what players might be trade pieces for the Sox.

[0:03:44] ... to. Oh hole overhaul not talking trade every prospect you have for Jose Hernandez Jose Fernandez the star pitcher down to Florida. Or China pilot Chris Sale Chicago it's not gonna happen. Or poke around and ...
[0:20:30] ... UTW week yacht. Ot eighteen G asked the question exactly how much Brian Bannister help this pitching staff. I can't quantify it but are a couple of guys are credited with. Working with Brian Bannister and becoming better pitchers. Rich Hill and Sean O'Sullivan. Richer with pitching independent ball last summer. Try to find a spot to play. And double A Pawtucket and a Red Sox and minor league deal hairs and up down there after working with Bannister comes up once a million games the end of the year for the Red Sox. Again it's eight million dollars of Oakland. It is now seen as one of the bigger trade chips on the market. For teams around baseball. And Brian Bannister gets the credit for resurrecting rituals career. Sean O'Sullivan same thing. Guess he saw something with him in Kansas City brought him here. Men are Tripoli all star. And up when he game for your team at the Major League level last week you start again tomorrow first three against Tampa those two guys tangible where you say. Brian Bannister has made those guys better pitchers. I guess the expectation is hey Bryant work your magic now we have David Price. And ...
[0:22:30] ... I feel like you maybe you guys do to that yet higher Brian Bannister. You make you haven't golfer far office down into assistant pitching coach role. And he's not doing eighty couldn't do if he wasn't the same boy and the front office this is. Gavin you know for a big don't turn around Carl Willis help Brian Bannister ran. That's what it feels like to me. So I don't know exactly candidly what he is going to do I like the idea of Brian Bannister. Eight TG on Twitter. 35 years old. Big and a picture effects of any advance numbers. Had a five year Major League ...





Mut and Bradford are talking about the Red Sox trade they made today to acquire infielder Aaron Hill from the Milwaukee Brewers.

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[0:05:27] ... you stand on this past folly which would you rather give up Isiah Thomas or Barca Smart. I'd rather give up Marcus Moore exactly I think everyone but Michael Hollywood said he expects really yet. Body ...
[0:10:11] ... handed hitting infielder to top level we have tonight they trade for Aaron Hill so of all. Al all the guys in town that executives to tell the truth and and sort of followed up. The ...