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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Canada, 9 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno apparently was made aware of an accusation that Jerry Sandusky molested a boy in 1976, according to a report out of Pennsylvania.

Pennlive.com reported that Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer said insurers involved in a lawsuit with the school claim a boy told Paterno that he was molested by Sandusky, then an assistant coach. Other assistants coaches also said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children.

Glazer, who was ruling on a suit regarding insurance coverage for Sandusky-related claims, wrote in his decision that there was no evidence that Paterno or anyone else took the information to any higher-ranking Penn State officials.

Paterno, who was dismissed as coach in 2011 and died in early 2012, did report Sandusky’s abuse of a child in 2001 to school officials, but he denied that he had covered up other incidents.

“I do not know of anything else that Jerry would be involved in of that nature, no. I do not know of it,” Paterno testified in 2011, before Sandusky was first charged.

Sandusky eventually was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse of 10 boys for incidents that date back to the 1990s and is serving a long prison sentence. On Thursday he was granted a hearing to be held later this month as part of his appeal.

Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers said there is nothing new to prove that the coach covered for Sandusky.

“Through all of this review there has never been any evidence of inappropriate conduct by coach Paterno,” Sollers said. “To the contrary, the evidence clearly shows he shared information with his superiors as appropriate.”

— Jaromir Jagr will be back for at least one more season — his 23rd in the NHL — as the 44-year-old one-time Bruins forward signed a one-year deal to return to the Panthers, the team announced Thursday.

“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau,” general manager Dale Tallon said. “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”

Jar, who reportedly will be paid $4 million plus $1.5 million in potential bonuses, had 27 goals and 37 assists this season, helping Florida set a franchise record for wins and points. The Atlantic Division champions lost to the Rangers in the opening round of the playoffs.

“Jaromir has had a tremendous influence on our younger players and has been a key offensive contributor on our team,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We are happy to have him back as we look to build off this year’s playoff appearance.”

— University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze finally addressed former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s accusation that he received money from an assistant coach, but he asked for patience while the school investigates.

“I was shocked like everyone else living it out in real time,” Freeze said of Tunsil’s statements on the night of the NFL draft. “But I’m confident our administration is going to find the facts and then give us a good report on it.”

Added Freeze: “I’m trying to be patient. That’s difficult sometimes because you want to respond, but there’s great wisdom in being patient and making sure you get the facts, and we’re still in that process.”

On draft night, Tunsil’s Instagram account showed images of a text conversation purportedly between Tunsil and an Ole Miss staff member discussing a payment for family bills. Tunsil said his account was hacked.

The Ole Miss football program already is under investigation by the NCAA.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 6, 2000, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters, but the Red Sox were blanked and dropped a 1-0 decision to which team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is a really good ballclub in here. We just battled. We had a tough game, two close games. Still, we blow it out a little bit late in the game. It’s good to win the series.” — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, after Thursday’s 7-3 win over the White Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 13 — Runs the Rockies scored in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Giants, a team record

‘NET RESULTS: Heat guard Goran Dragic hits a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, but the Raptors go on to win in overtime.

Mike Fisher scores in the third overtime to give the Predators a win over the Sharks.

Pedro Alvarez hits a sacrifice fly to center in the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 victory over the Yankees and make New York 0-6-1 in its last seven road series (dating back to last September)

Padres center fielder John Jay races back and makes an impressive catch while sliding into the wall for an out against the Mets.

Cubs batter Kris Bryant gets a double when his fly ball defects off the glove of Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor and disappears into the ivy on the wall.

Yankees right fielder Dustin Ackley reaches over the wall to haul in a fly ball, then throws to first base for a double play against the Orioles.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Devils Rays, who got a three-hitter from Steve Trachsel

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Seger was born on this day in 1945.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.
We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.

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[0:03:15] ... very classy and it's. I don't hear about your class at our Atlanta Hawks fan here that can't be a little less classy last night. Just show that they that the cavaliers can't do anything to you what's gonna happen. After the Atlanta Hawks so in game three game three you'll be close to three quarters of my body points. In game four gonna get a ...
[0:06:52] ... usually means. That's what he means to me. What he says the Atlanta Hawks got to take somebody out or me. When we did so. Obviously take about what you mean I mean what Jamal particular ...
[0:08:24] ... it criticizing him. For not giving giving. Beneath the surface. It's the Atlanta Hawks is that after the Atlanta Hawks yet do that shore OK tell me as I do. They don't have a guy like that on the roster. Who mode ...






Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.
Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.
Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.
Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.
We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.

Not to pull rank, but I’ve got an in to go to a private screening of “Captain America: Civil War” the night before the public does. So on that note, I’m posting this goofy video, which actually makes very little sense because this shield isn’t even made of Vibranium, the special alloy that the real Captain’s shield comes from that cannot be duplicated. The real one would cut that dummy in half if Steve Rogers wasn’t such a noble superhero.

On a related note, in honor of the third Captain America film, I add the podcast that my WEEI podcast partner Adam “Uncle Buck” Cormack and I did ranking the best movie trilogies. Enjoy.

 

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton