John, Gerry and Kirk react to Golden State's Game 2 win over Cleveland in the NBA Finals on Sunday night, sending the Warriors to a convincing 2-0 series lead. Is it too early to rule out Cleveland?
John, Gerry and Kirk start the show discussing the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and in particular the over-the-top media coverage of his life and career.

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Stanley Cup Final: Penguins at Sharks, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Cubs at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Copa America, Panama vs. Bolivia, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Copa America, Argentina vs. Chile, 10 p.m. (FS1)


Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford

— Carl Crawford’s fall from grace — which began in 2011 after he signed an enormous free agent contract with the Red Sox — hit bottom with a thud Sunday, as the outfielder was designated for assignment by the Dodgers.

The 34-year-old, hitting .185 with no home runs and six RBIs in 30 games this season, has $35 million remaining on his contract over the next two seasons.

Crawford was a four-time All-Star with the Rays who won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in 2010, but after he joined the Red Sox his performance tanked immediately and dramatically and he struggled to stay healthy. He was shipped to the Dodgers during the 2012 season and his injury woes continued, as he made trips to the disabled list every season in Los Angeles. He had a brief resurgence in 2013, hitting .320 with four home runs in 10 postseason games as the Dodgers reached the National League Championship Series.

He was back on the disabled list this April with lower back tightness.

“He’s frustrated because his body is not letting him produce the way he used to, but Father Time catches up with everyone,” manager Dave Roberts said.

With some promising young players ready for playing time, the Dodgers cut ties with Crawford and called up catcher/infielder Austin Barnes, who was hitting .306 in the minors.

“[Crawford has] worked really hard and played really hard, and ultimately that takes a toll on your body,” said Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who was general manager of the Rays during most of Crawford’s time in Tampa. “We just felt we had gotten to a point where this was what made the most sense.”

Added Friedman: “It’s never as easy thing to do, but not surprisingly, he was a tremendous pro about it. It’s definitely not from a lack of work ethic. Carl was one of the most dynamic players in baseball. Just an elite athlete, really good bat-to-ball skills, tremendous defender.”

— Ryan Howard has become a target for many Phillies fans, as the former MVP is batting just .151 in 49 games this season. On Saturday, he was the target of a fan who threw a beer bottle as he walked toward the dugout after making the final out in a 6-3 loss to the Brewers.

The bottle landed hear Howard’s feet, and he informed a security guard. The team said it was investigating.

“I turned around, and it was down near my feet,” Howard said (via “I don’t play that. To me, that’s crossing the line. It becomes a security issue. It’s not necessary. That stuff infuriates me.”

Added Howard: “We have to be held accountable. If someone throws something, we’re just supposed to sit there and wear it and get hit. Nah, man, we’re human beings first and foremost. People get it twisted. They see the baseball stuff, and they don’t see you as a human being. They see you as someone that just plays baseball.”

Howard was greeted by cheers when he entered the game with two outs in the ninth inning as pinch-hitter, but things changed quickly.

“I’ve done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff,” he said. “If you want to yell out, ‘You suck,’ that’s whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that’s when stuff gets personal.”

Philadelphia fans have a reputation for aggressive behavior, but manager Pete Mackanin said this incident should not tarnish an entire city’s reputation.

“Sure, [the fans] like to win. They’re fanatical, and they know their baseball,” Mackanin said. “I’m not going to put a label on the Philly fans because of one bad apple.”

— The Copa America soccer tournament is underway in locations across the United States, and it didn’t take long for one of the participating countries to be disrespected.

Prior to a match in Glendale, Arizona, Chile’s national anthem was played over the loudspeakers. The only problem is, it was supposed to be the anthem of Uruguay, which was playing Mexico. Chile is not scheduled to play any games at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Uruguay went on to lose, 3-1.

Tournament organizers released a statement saying, “This evening during the pre-match ceremony, due to human error, we inadvertently played the incorrect national anthem. We sincerely apologize to the Uruguayan Federation, the Uruguay National Team, the people of Uruguay and to the fans for this mistake. We will work with all parties involved to ensure such an error does not occur again.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 6, 1977, which pitcher won his 100th game with the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s no point in celebrating or jumping up and down saying, ‘Look at us.’ We’re two games away from winning a championship, but we still have to go out and get the job done. It’s a trap to think that we’ve figured things out, that we have the perfect formula to beat Cleveland and they have no chance in the series. That’s not how we’re supposed to think.” — Warriors star Steph Curry, after Sunday’s 110-77 rout of the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Home runs allowed by Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who only allowed one hit that wasn’t a homer in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS: From the NCAA softball World Series, Auburn center fielder Victoria Draper lays out for a terrific catch late in the game against Florida State, then the Tigers walk off in the bottom of the eighth inning when Madi Gipson leads off with a single and sprints to third when the ball is misplayed in the outfield, then pinch-runner Morgan Podany races home on an ensuing grounder to third and barely beats the tag.

Mariners catcher Hank Conger makes a sliding catch of a Rays foul pop-up before falling down the steps to the Seattle dugout.

Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki races back and leaps to make an impressive catch against the Mets.

Astros rookie Tyler White is the victim of a prank as he finds his new SUV parked in the outfield during batting practice.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gary U.S. Bonds was born on this day in 1939.

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Jerry Spar
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