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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, United States vs. Argentina, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Costa Rica, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)

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— Hornets owner Michael Jordan and some of the league’s star players expressed disappointment but understanding after the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte due to the state’s HB2 law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

The league made its announcement Thursday, stating: “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

Jordan said he’s hopeful the game will be returned to his state in three years, assuming there is progress on changing the law.

“We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so,” Jordan said in a statement. “With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.”

Warriors star Steph Curry, who grew up in Charlotte while his father, Dell, played for the Hornets, said the game would have meant a lot to the city.

“We support [the decision],” he told ESPN, “but at the end of the day, I love Charlotte. I love the city.”

Tweeted Kevin Durant: I recognize this was a tough decision for the NBA but I respect the choice. Discrimination of any kind cannot be allowed.

North Carolina’s Republican-led government passed the law in March. As part of it, workers are allowed to use state law to sue over employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion and other factors, but sexual orientation and gender identity were excluded. The law also overruled a Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use restrooms related to their gender identity.

Already, a number of entertainers have canceled events in North Carolina, and Albany had to cancel a basketball game scheduled next season at Duke as New York imposed a travel ban to the state.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement reacting to the NBA’s decision and criticizing those who have taken a public stance against the law.

“The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present,” he said in a statement.

Multiple lawsuits related to the law have been filed in federal court, and they’re expected to go to trial this fall.

— Greg Hardy, a free agent since playing last season for the Cowboys, had a workout with the Jaguars on Thursday. A team spokesman confirmed the workout but did not indicate if the team would pursue a contract with the defensive end.

According to Pro Football Talk, Jacksonville will not sign Hardy now but wanted to learn more about him in case a need arises later. The Jaguars have a young and unproven rotation at pass rusher.

Hardy was suspended for the first four games of last season due to his domestic violence case in North Carolina. He then had some issues controlling his temper, including a confrontation on the sideline with an assistant coach.

— Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died Thursday after collapsing during a team workout at the school’s football stadium. A 21-year-old junior who played last season at Cape Fear Community College in his home state of North Carolina, Coger arrived at OSU earlier this month.

“Tyrek was excited to be at Oklahoma State and had such passion for the game and was looking forward to being an OSU Cowboy,” coach Brad Underwood said in a statement. “Losing a member of the team is like losing a member of the family. But we know our loss pales in comparison to the pain his family is going through.”

No details were released on what might have caused Coger’s death, although the call for emergency assistance indicated Coger had collapsed on the stadium stairs from heat exhaustion after working out in temperatures close to 100 degrees.

According to a recent feature in the Stillwater News Press, Coger had fluid removed from around his brain during his senior season of high school, but he was cleared to return to basketball a few months later.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 22, 2004, which minor league call-up became the only left-hander to start a game for the Red Sox all season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Afterward, I was talking to Isaiah [Thomas], like maybe after you sit back, [we] shouldn’t have told him everything, but who the [expletive] thought he was going to Golden State, realistically? It was like a slap in the face for us, basically.” Celtics forward Jae Crowder, on the C’s explaining their strategy for playing against the Warriors and Cavaliers during their recruitment pitch to Kevin Durant

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 — Games this season in which the Red Sox have recorded at least 15 hits, after they had 17 in Thursday’s 13-2 rout of the Twins

‘NET RESULTS: After Stephen Piscotty ties the game in the eighth inning with a three-run home run, Cardinals teammate Aledmys Diaz wins it in the ninth with a walk-off single to beat the Padres.

Cardinals batter Matt Holliday is hit on the nose by a pitch by Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.

The 2016 World Series champion Royals are welcomed to the White House by President Barack Obama, who has fun with the players’ nicknames.

From an AAU basketball game in Las Vegas, Isaiah Stokes shatters the backboard with a dunk.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Abe Alvarez, who took the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles, 8-3, in the first game of a doubleheader split

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Clinton was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Dale and Holley with Thornton (and special guest Steve Buckley) speak to Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez after his epic night at Fenway.

[0:00:00] ... Joining us right now from Fenway Park is the guy who had a huge night for the Red Sox last night. Three home runs three sparkling defensive plays at ...
[0:02:19] ... the run and a bit. We're talking with Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez. You've been an infielder almost all of your Major League career so it probably wasn't a huge deal for you to make ...
[0:03:24] ... not on article about it sometimes news Paula. Bingo. On thank you Jeff Burton. You know look at Bloomberg got going on on the ground gore debacle but book by Ken your analytical of all college ...
[0:06:02] ... in the post that Kiffin. You know the post simply maiden. So epic game and Wendell win in the Indian people as an element of loan and only game day. I have one less question to ...






Dale and Holley with Thornton (and special guest Steve Buckley) speak to Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez after his epic night at Fenway.

[0:00:00] ... Joining us right now from Fenway Park is the guy who had a huge night for the Red Sox last night. Three home runs three sparkling defensive plays at ...
[0:02:19] ... the run and a bit. We're talking with Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez. You've been an infielder almost all of your Major League career so it probably wasn't a huge deal for you to make ...
[0:03:24] ... not on article about it sometimes news Paula. Bingo. On thank you Jeff Burton. You know look at Bloomberg got going on on the ground gore debacle but book by Ken your analytical of all college ...
[0:06:02] ... in the post that Kiffin. You know the post simply maiden. So epic game and Wendell win in the Indian people as an element of loan and only game day. I have one less question to ...






We tip our caps to the Giants fans, who came out in droves and made it a great night for both sides at the old ballpark.

[0:02:21] ... one to its downtown and the three they can be only one World Series in ten. Twelve and fourteen. Which really exciting players or you know Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum when he was there now like a bomb garner and it's just a very very exciting team. And they packed the place every single game so that coupled with the fact that Boston is a destination city. Everybody wants to come to Boston ticked towards you put. Wall analysts that as I was sitting at last night I was thinking this is what Orioles fans feel like when the Red Sox are playing in all I played yes. That's what they feel like I look around the ...
[0:03:29] ... fans the sell an open game as early as they did and Vince Wilfork said. It was a believe we came off from the field and it it. Felt like a home game. It almost felt ...
[0:04:37] ... That that the giants kind of cool team they won the three World Series it's the teen Willie Mays cool uniforms so. This this flies in the face of in league baseball is is past its prime. But on the grand scale I could agree with you more it just it just it was a nice novelty and nice gimmick when it happened I stop. I really would I and that there is something to be said. Foregoing and the World Series and two teams that never played during the regular season might have played this spring training and what's that between two leagues and all that and interleague baseball donut doesn't do anything for anybody anymore. I will say I did pop at one point after about 630 and I'm walking around underneath the stands at Fenway behind home plate. And it's pretty crowded downers you guys know when I'm walking along he got walks slow anyway there's a lot of people who it's kind of problem. Wearing a black. San Francisco Giants Jersey. With May's 24 on the back and I thought you know if you're aware of San Francisco Giants Jersey. That's the one if you if you're rocket that maybe you're pretty cool as far as I'm concerned that no I ...





We discuss the awesome night of Hanley Ramirez, and how these amazing performances aren't all that common.

[0:07:34] ... last year he has as. Eric Snow all I asked. The city's Mark Teixeira revelation directory say that yes because there's no way that I thought that he would go I think he's due to errors ...
[0:08:13] ... a sudden Steve Lyons god bless them the bottom line is toting. Hanley Ramirez is a gold glove candidate. And he's a composers and then he's already out of our god given right to overreach aspect. ...
[0:12:18] ... of a bigger picture that includes Haley by the way. Obviously the David Ortiz ideals for that I like to call it it's been a really really fun team of young players and old players and ...
[0:12:54] ... you had a yeah if you had a shortlist of MVP candidates. David Ortiz I on the shortlist right now. I will talk some baseball would you at 6177797937. Text line always available to you at ...






We tip our caps to the Giants fans, who came out in droves and made it a great night for both sides at the old ballpark.

[0:02:21] ... one to its downtown and the three they can be only one World Series in ten. Twelve and fourteen. Which really exciting players or you know Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum when he was there now like a bomb garner and it's just a very very exciting team. And they packed the place every single game so that coupled with the fact that Boston is a destination city. Everybody wants to come to Boston ticked towards you put. Wall analysts that as I was sitting at last night I was thinking this is what Orioles fans feel like when the Red Sox are playing in all I played yes. That's what they feel like I look around the ...
[0:03:29] ... fans the sell an open game as early as they did and Vince Wilfork said. It was a believe we came off from the field and it it. Felt like a home game. It almost felt ...
[0:04:37] ... That that the giants kind of cool team they won the three World Series it's the teen Willie Mays cool uniforms so. This this flies in the face of in league baseball is is past its prime. But on the grand scale I could agree with you more it just it just it was a nice novelty and nice gimmick when it happened I stop. I really would I and that there is something to be said. Foregoing and the World Series and two teams that never played during the regular season might have played this spring training and what's that between two leagues and all that and interleague baseball donut doesn't do anything for anybody anymore. I will say I did pop at one point after about 630 and I'm walking around underneath the stands at Fenway behind home plate. And it's pretty crowded downers you guys know when I'm walking along he got walks slow anyway there's a lot of people who it's kind of problem. Wearing a black. San Francisco Giants Jersey. With May's 24 on the back and I thought you know if you're aware of San Francisco Giants Jersey. That's the one if you if you're rocket that maybe you're pretty cool as far as I'm concerned that no I ...





We discuss the awesome night of Hanley Ramirez, and how these amazing performances aren't all that common.

[0:07:34] ... last year he has as. Eric Snow all I asked. The city's Mark Teixeira revelation directory say that yes because there's no way that I thought that he would go I think he's due to errors ...
[0:08:13] ... a sudden Steve Lyons god bless them the bottom line is toting. Hanley Ramirez is a gold glove candidate. And he's a composers and then he's already out of our god given right to overreach aspect. ...
[0:12:18] ... of a bigger picture that includes Haley by the way. Obviously the David Ortiz ideals for that I like to call it it's been a really really fun team of young players and old players and ...
[0:12:54] ... you had a yeah if you had a shortlist of MVP candidates. David Ortiz I on the shortlist right now. I will talk some baseball would you at 6177797937. Text line always available to you at ...






We look at some more positive first impressions in Boston, inspired by the negative first impression Drew Pomeranz gave us last night.

[0:00:54] ... to any aiming dole look for the new Olympics when he replaced Wes Welker we expected big things. He hit a very good game in his first David patriots uniforms and catches a 104 yards. But ...
[0:01:51] ... that was that was the conversation they brought this idea. To replace Wes Welker the indestructible. Wes Welker this guy's made out the last dale what do they do it picked up this guy. If he hurt himself. Trying to ...
[0:02:26] ... him. He. I want us guys work but it fatty tiger to Wes Welker knowing Amendola an adult like. Not at all after the first time. Yeah I know that you do you'll do their neatly yeah he he wasn't around until 2012. Right to answer questions here because I'm al-Qaeda. Good stats work van thank you and by the way Wes Welker is a shadow of the west welcome you do in Yemen dole it's a contributing member of the. Yeah. Yes we are ...
[0:04:57] ... to the Celtics now when the second Big Three it was formed Kevin Garnett began his Dave unite with an air ball. Thank you buck for giving me that nugget. But the rest of his night ...






We look at some more positive first impressions in Boston, inspired by the negative first impression Drew Pomeranz gave us last night.

[0:00:54] ... to any aiming dole look for the new Olympics when he replaced Wes Welker we expected big things. He hit a very good game in his first David patriots uniforms and catches a 104 yards. But ...
[0:01:51] ... that was that was the conversation they brought this idea. To replace Wes Welker the indestructible. Wes Welker this guy's made out the last dale what do they do it picked up this guy. If he hurt himself. Trying to ...
[0:02:26] ... him. He. I want us guys work but it fatty tiger to Wes Welker knowing Amendola an adult like. Not at all after the first time. Yeah I know that you do you'll do their neatly yeah he he wasn't around until 2012. Right to answer questions here because I'm al-Qaeda. Good stats work van thank you and by the way Wes Welker is a shadow of the west welcome you do in Yemen dole it's a contributing member of the. Yeah. Yes we are ...
[0:04:57] ... to the Celtics now when the second Big Three it was formed Kevin Garnett began his Dave unite with an air ball. Thank you buck for giving me that nugget. But the rest of his night ...






We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.