|05.03.10 at 7:53 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
NHL playoffs, Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (VERSUS)
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN/ESPN, WRKO)
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ In a story that likely won’t surprise anyone, John Calipari’s University of Kentucky basketball team had an embarrassingly low team grade-point average, the worst among all 20 of the school’s sports teams. In the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Jerry Tipton takes a look at the situation and includes this comment from school president Lee T. Todd Jr.: “I was disappointed.”
♦ T.J. Simers in The Los Angeles Times writes that the Lakers are underachievers, despite the fact that they appear headed for another NBA Finals appearance.
♦ Bob Raissman in the New York Daily News looks at Reggie Jackson calling into to a sports radio program to defend Alex Rodriguez — and then calling back to defend himself for being ridiculed.
♦ Dan Le Batard in The Miami Herald continues the examination of the Jeff Ireland-Dez Bryant controversy, looking at the Dolphins’ explanation for asking the receiver if his mother was a prostitute.
♦ Heather Timmons in The New York Times writes about YouTube and its future broadcasting sports events.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 3, 1999, which Red Sox catcher hit a grand slam for his first major league hit — and only home run of his brief major league career?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re going to have to regroup in a hurry and figure it out.” — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, after his team was swept by the Orioles over the weekend
STAT OF THE DAY: 0.87 — Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon’s career ERA against Baltimore before coughing up the winning run Sunday
‘NET RESULTS: Amazing trick basketball shots. How does this guy even come up with these ideas?
During Game 6 of the Nuggets-Jazz series, Camelo Anthony travels before he dribbles the ball, then takes FIVE steps after dribbling it but does not get called for traveling.
Johns Hopkins lacrosse player Kyle Wharton literally rips the net with a shot.
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan films himself catching a home run ball in the bleachers.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Creighton Grubanich, who played a total of 18 major league games, all with the Red Sox in 1999
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Frankie Valli is 76 today.
|04.30.10 at 2:42 pm ET|
The times of the games were finally announced for the Celtics-Cavaliers series, and now we know when the world will stop turning in the NBA. This will be the series to watch in the second round, not just for Boston and Cleveland fans, but for the rest of the NBA.
Why you ask? Other than the intense rivalry, LeBron James has a banged up elbow, and everyone will want to know what his status will be in this series and maybe beyond. The Celts might have a hand in that, though.
Doc Rivers sure thinks he’s fine, and the rest of the Celtics have to feel that way. This will be the story to watch, because LeBron is the center of the universe for the NBA and Cleveland’s title hopes depend on him.
This series is for the NBA championship. … Wait a minute. There is NBA life outside of the Celtics-Cavaliers series? This isn’t the NBA Finals? Other teams are still playing?
Dallas just got upended by San Antonio? You’re kidding. Mark Cuban is going to have a field day, and he may just lose a little more hair off of the top of that head of his.
Milwaukee is leading the Hawks? No way. You’re pulling our legs. Not the Hawks team that went 4-0 against the Celtics in the regular season. The high-flying, loud-dunking, trash-talking Atlanta Hawks are down to the Bucks? Come on.
Oklahoma City is going toe-to-toe with the defending champions? Wait, there is a team in Oklahoma City?
These are just some of the questions that new NBA fans outside of the Celtics-Cavs spectrum might have, and we are here to answer them for you. Let’s get everyone caught up to speed on what’s going down in the NBA Playoffs. Read the rest of this entry »
|04.30.10 at 7:43 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Bruins, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WRKO)
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Cavaliers 8 p.m. (TNT, WEEI)
Red Sox at Orioles, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The state of Arizona’s new immigration law — under which a person can be detained if he or she does not have identification — has been a big topic of discussion nationally, and the Diamondbacks have been caught in the middle of the controversy. One of the team’s owners is a donor to the Republican party, which opponents of the bill blame for its passage, and that led to a protest of the team outside Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Plus, Hispanic major leaguers, including some on the Diamondbacks, wonder if they will be affected. Jeff Passan at Yahoo!Sports looks more closely at the situation.
♦ According to a Sports Illustrated poll, 24 percent of Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour competitors think he used HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs.
♦ Will Leitch at New York Magazine writes about Major League Baseball cracking down on its employees’ Twitter posts.
♦ Jeff Miller in The Orange County Register writes that the Los Angeles Lakers’ arrogance is justified.
♦ Dan Rosen at NHL.com looks at hockey’s topsy-turvy Eastern Conference playoffs, in which the three lowest seeds advanced to Round 2.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 30, 1974, which Red Sox player was hit in the head by a Nolan Ryan fastball, knocking him out of the lineup for two months?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not mad at Michael Ryder. He’s a good friend of mine. It’s not just his fault or anybody’s fault. It was a bad hit, a bad play. I’ve got no problems with anything that went on. Had it been me, maybe — it’s different demeanors for different guys. I’m not the strongest guy or the toughest guy in the world. Would I have jumped somebody? Maybe, but that’s just different guys.” — Bruins center Marc Savard, appearing on the Dennis & Callahan show, on his reaction to his team’s non-action following the March 7 hit that gave him a concussion
STAT OF THE DAY: 68 — Number of teams in the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament, after the expansion was approved by the NCAA’s board of directors Thursday
‘NET RESULTS: Watch closely on the replay to see just how egregious this soccer player’s tackle is. And yet he only gets a yellow card.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Second baseman Doug Griffin
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Willie Nelson is 77 today.
And Bobby Vee is 67 today.
|04.29.10 at 7:24 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
No local games
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Greg Cote in The Miami Herald defends Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, who has been taking heat for asking draft prospect Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. Mike Ditka does not offer any support for Ireland, suggesting that “somebody ought to whack him in the head.” Meanwhile, the Dolphins owner and the league are looking into the matter.
♦ Tracee Hamilton in The Washington Post writes that Alex Ovechkin’s reputation as the world’s best hockey player took a hit with Wednesday night’s loss to the Canadiens.
♦ E.J. Montini in The Arizona Republic writes about how the Diamondbacks are being caught in the middle of the controversy about the state’s controversial immigration law.
♦ John Romano in the St. Petersburg Times writes about the Rays continuing to struggle with attendance despite their success on the field.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens struck out 20 Seattle Mariners in a game at Fenway Park. But he was losing the game 1-0 after a home run by Gorman Thomas in the top of the seventh inning. Which Red Sox player hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to make Clemens a winner?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yeah, I think the first couple of days I was out there I was like, ‘Jesus, this is going to take awhile.’ I am not going to be a savior or anything and go out, you know, and get three goals in the first game. I would like to, but I don’t think that it is going to happen.” — Bruins center Marc Savard, on returning to action
STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — Wins at home for the Washington Capitals in their series vs. the Canadiens that ended Wednesday night with Montreal beating the regular season’s top home team in Washington for the third time
‘NET RESULTS: NBA referee Joey Crawford got a little confused on this foul call in the Trail Blazers-Suns game.
Interesting (and successful) strategy on a penalty kick in a Japanese soccer game.
Here’s a soccer goalie who isn’t afraid to let a teammate know he screwed up.
One more soccer clip — this time a dive so bad the guy should be given a red card.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Dwight Evans
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tommy James is 63 today.
|04.28.10 at 7:58 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez chose not to respond to Curt Schilling’s comments that he belongs in the weaker National League, but he did talk about his slow start in a conversation with the New York Post.
♦ Some former Bruins are among the current and former NHL players involved in a $25 million legal dispute with a golf course developer who happens to be a friend of Roger Clemens. The New York Daily News has the story.
♦ The Lakers routed the Thunder Tuesday night, but Kobe Bryant takes some hits in this piece from Gregg Doyel at CBSSports.com. Doyel accuses Bryant of sacrificing Game 4 by not shooting for the first 15 minutes while his team fell into a deep hole. This came after he received some criticism after hoisting 29 shots in LA’s Game 3 loss.
♦ George Diaz in the Orlando Sentinel writes that Broncos coach Josh McDaniels officially has emerged from Bill Belichick’s shadow and has become his own man with his drafting of Tim Tebow.
♦ John Hickey at AOL FanHouse looks at declining attendance at Major League Baseball games.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 28, 1990, the Celtics set a team record for points in a playoff game in a 157-128 rout of which team in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference opening round?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s an elite player and he’s been chomping at the bit to play. The fact that we were able to clinch and allow time for him to get acclimated and a little practice I think is going to be very beneficial to Savvy and the team.” — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, on center Marc Savard
STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — Playoff series Doc Rivers-coached teams have won in five games or less, after the Celtics eliminated the Heat in five games Tuesday night
‘NET RESULTS: Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks mascot, does a backflip dunk off the top of a ladder. Definitely do not try this at home.
And here’s Bango with a message for Hawks fans.
Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett shops for tampons and Barbie Band-Aids for his opponents.
Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks gets some revenge on a fan who talks trash to him while he’s in the penalty box.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Knicks
SOOTHING SOUNDS: On this date in 1988, the musical “Chess” opened at Imperial Theater in New York City (it was a slow day).
|04.27.10 at 10:30 am ET|
Dwyane Wade was simply unstoppable Sunday afternoon.
Whether he was yelling at his hands or splashing in 3′s, Wade did it all in Miami’s Game 4 win over the Celtics, helping the Heat stave off elimination for at least one more game. The Celtics had no answer for Wade’s offensive showcase, as the Miami guard outscored the Celtics in the fourth quarter by himself with 19 points to help the Heat seal the win. Wade’s 30 second-half points helped him finish with a playoff career-high 46 on the day.
It was a performance that can stand up to some of the best in playoff history. But where does it stack up against the best playoff games by an opposing player against Boston teams? Here is a breakdown of some of those performances. You be the judge as to where Wade’s stands.
‘It’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan.’
MJ had some of the most memorable playoff performances ever. There was the “Flu Game” vs. the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals and “The Shot” over Craig Ehlo in round one of the Eastern Conference finals in 1989. But his best performance might have come in a losing effort in Game 2 of the 1986 first-round series vs. the eventual NBA champion Celtics on the hallowed parquet of the Boston Garden. Jordan, who had been limited to just 18 regular-season games in his second year because of a broken bone in his foot, came back at the end of the regular season and willed the Bulls into the playoffs. Then he put on a show unlike anything anyone had seen in playoff history.
In the Celtics’ 135-131 double overtime win, Jordan was a force of nature, breaking Elgin Baylor’s playoff record with 63 points and almost single-handedly carrying his team to a victory over arguably the greatest team of all time. None other than Larry Bird compared His Airness to God, and it was just the beginning of Jordan’s ascension to the best player of all-time.
‘The Shootout’ — ‘Nique vs. Bird
The Atlanta Hawks were a force in the late ’80s, continually putting up 50-win seasons. Their only problem was they kept running into the Celtics in the playoffs and losing. In 1988, it appeared they would suffer a similar fate in the second round of the playoffs. The Celtics had stormed out to a 2-0 lead at home in the Eastern Conference semifinals, only to see the Hawks come back and win three straight, including Game 5 in the Boston Garden. But Boston came back and edged Atlanta for the win in Game 6 and the stage was set: Game 7 and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals on the line.
And on the biggest stage, two of the game’s best delivered iconic performances. Dominique Wilkins and Larry Bird engaged in one of the best duels in playoff history. The “Human Highlight Film” lit up the Celtics for 47 points on an astounding 19-for-23 shooting display. The only problem for the Hawks was Larry Bird was up to the task of matching their star. Bird scored 20 of his 34 points in a back-and-forth battle with Wilkins in the fourth quarter, helping the Celtics earn the 118-116 win.
We’ll let current Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who was an All-Star point guard for the Hawks and played in that game (though he did not play particularly well in that one), sum it up.
“Bird and ‘Nique were in a different world. Late in the game, I was trying to get back in and I just kneeled there and watched them go back and forth.
” ‘Nique was great in Game 6 and 7. He just decided we weren’t going to lose that last game. Unfortunately, Bird had decided the same thing, and only one of them could be right. Bird may have won the game, but Dominique won the duel.”
Twenty years later, Doc would be on the sidelines for the Green to witness another classic duel in an Eastern Conference semifinals Game 7: Paul Pierce vs. LeBron James.
El Duque dazzles
For all the recent playoff battles between the Red Sox and Yankees, it is easy to forget that the first time the two rivals met in the postseason was in 1999. The Yankees, who would go on to win the World Series, cruised through the playoffs, including dispatching the Red Sox in five games in the ALCS. The MVP of that series? Orlando Hernandez.
The leg-kicking Cuban starter was on the top of his game in the decisive win in Game 5. Pitted against Kent Mercker (if you remembered that, you are clearly a diehard Sox fan) for the second time in the series, El Duque kept the Sox bats in check all night. He tossed seven shutout innings and struck out nine batters before Jason Varitek homered in the eighth, ending his chances of a shutout. Still, his performance was enough to have everyone from Staten Island to the Bronx doing the El Duque.
Godzilla helps Yanks smash Sox
Every Yankees fan would like to forget the 2004 ALCS. At least the last four games, anyway. But if the series had been best-of-five, the Yankees would have gone out with a bang with their 19-8 demolition of the Sox in Game 3, and it would have largely been thanks to Hideki Matsui.
All the Yanks cleanup hitter did in that one was deliver a five-hit, two-home run performance, finishing the day by knocking in five of his team’s astounding 19 runs. It all started with a two-run shot off Boston starter Bronson Arroyo, who was lifted after Matsui doubled off him in his second at-bat. The man they call Godzilla then capped his night with another two-run blast in the top of the ninth inning, leaving fans at Fenway Park reeling.
Of course, the Red Sox would be the ones who left New York fans stunned after coming back from a 3-0 hole to win the series. But try not to let that overshadow what Matsui did in Game 3, if that is possible.
Brodeur gives Bruins a devil of a time
It’s not like Martin Brodeur hasn’t flummoxed a cast of NHL teams. When you are the all-time leader in the NHL in wins and shutouts, it is safe to say that you have stymied plenty of opponents.
But Brodeur’s performance in the 1995 playoffs was special, even for him. The Devils came into the playoffs as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference after the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season. But Brodeur’s strong play helped the Devils stun the hockey world and win the Stanley Cup.
It all started in the first round against Boston. Brodeur was simply superb, recording three shutouts in five games in the best-of-seven series, becoming just the fifth goalie to accomplish that feat, and the only one to do so in as few as five games. It got so bad for the Bruins that they were left wondering if they would ever score a goal. Of course, they scored more than one in a 3-2 win in Game 3, only to see Brodeur come through with his third shutout in a 1-0 overtime victory for the Devils. The only consolation for the Bruins was that no other team that had much luck against Brodeur in his second “full” season. He didn’t have any more shutouts, but he was the main reason his team went on a run that ended with an emphatic sweep of the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings in the finals.
And now, after a disastrous playoff campaign for New Jersey, people are wondering if Brodeur is washed up. Even if that is a case, he is still arguably the greatest netminder in NHL history.
Say what you want about Terrell Owens. Go ahead, none of it can be disputed. But there is no doubting that his performance against the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX was remarkable.
After suffering a severe ankle sprain and a fractured fibula when he was horse-collared by the Cowboys’ Roy Williams on Dec. 19, Owens missed the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. But he vowed to come back for the Super Bowl, and thanks to a hyperbaric chamber and a miracle, he did just that.
Owens dominated the Patriots secondary despite playing with the injury. He finished with nine catches for 122 yards and would likely have been the MVP for the Eagles if they had completed their comeback, or if Donovan McNabb didn’t end up puking in the fourth quarter. Despite the 24-21 loss and Deion Branch’s 11-reception, 133-yard day overshadowing Owens’ accomplishments, it was still a memorable performance from someone who likely should not have even been on the field.
Heisman Howard does in the Pats
Before Super Bowl XXXI, Desmond Howard was best known for the video below.
But he certainly made sure that fans in New England remembered why he won that Heisman Trophy. Howard become the first special teams player to be named the MVP of the Super Bowl after his 99-yard touchdown return in the third quarter sealed the 35-21 win for the Packers. Howard was the most dangerous man on the field, finishing with 154 kickoff return yards in the game as well as a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards, for another record of 244 combined net yards.
Taylor runs over New England
Before he came to New England, Fred Taylor was the Jacksonville Jaguars. And those Jaguars had a habit of running into the Patriots in the playoffs. In 1996-97, two years before Taylor came to Jacksonville, the Patriots beat the upstart Jags to earn the AFC championship. And the Patriots beat Taylor and Jacksonville on two other occasions, in 2005 and 2007. But for one year, in 1998, the Jags had the Patriots’ number. And it was all thanks to the legs of Taylor.
The rookie ran all over the Patriots in the teams’ wild card matchup, helping Jacksonville earn a 25-10 win. Taylor had 162 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in one of the best performances from a rookie in the playoffs.
Manning, Colts shock Pats
The Colts-Patriots rivalry is the best in the NFL. And there were so many instances when Bill Belichick’s team came out on top. But in the two meetings prior to the AFC championship game in 2007, the Colts had finally gotten the better of Tom Brady and the Patriots.
However, nothing could have prepared the Patriots for what happened in that game. Peyton Manning would not let his team lose, finally shedding the label of not being able to win a big game. He led his team to an unbelievable comeback after the Patriots built up a 21-3 lead in the first half, and the Colts earned the trip to the Super Bowl with a 38-34 win.
The Patriots become the first team in NFL history to lose a conference championship game after leading by 18 points, thanks in large part to Manning’s turnaround. Twice the Patriots took the lead after the Colts stormed back to tie the game at 21, only to see Manning engineer another comeback. He finished the day with 349 yards and a touchdown through the air while also adding a 1-yard score on a QB sneak. It all culminated in a perfectly executed drive at the end of the game by Manning, which was capped off by a 3-yard Joseph Addai score.
Since that meeting, the Colts have won two of the last three contests between the teams in close affairs, including last year’s “fourth-and-2″ game.
|04.27.10 at 7:22 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
NBA playoffs: Heat at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WRKO)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette isn’t impressed with Ben Roethlisberger’s statement released to the media Monday, in which the Steelers quarterback says he won’t appeal his suspension.
♦ Bob Klapisch, a New York-area baseball writer penning a column at FoxSports.com, speculates that David Ortiz will be released within a month, and he takes some shots at Big Papi for the steroid controversy.
♦ George King in the New York Post has a piece comparing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to his counterpart in Boston, Dustin Pedroia. Cano is is a clear favorite among those contacted by King, including Reggie Jackson.
♦ Howard Beck in The New York Times has an interesting piece on incoming New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, reportedly the second-richest individual in Russia.
♦ Jerry Crowe in the Los Angeles Times talks with the designer of the NBA’s logo, who admits that he based it on a Jerry West photograph when he drew it up in 1969, something the league and West are hesitant to confirm for some reason.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 27, 1963, when the Red Sox faced the White Sox, two of the game’s pitchers also were rivals in the NBA. Who were they?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We knew we always had it in us and some guys had a tough year. But we knew it was in us and I think we showed it in the first round. But, you know, it starts right now and we’ve got to do the same thing in the second [round].” — Bruins forward David Krejci, following Monday night’s series-clinching win over the Sabres
STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Following Monday night’s game in Toronto that lasted 4 hours, 3 minutes, the Red Sox have played in the four longest games in Major League Baseball this season.
‘NET RESULTS: Memorable finish to a Serbian basketball game, as one team scores with 0.6 seconds left to go ahead but is celebrating while the other team hits a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to win the game.
Here it is from another angle, from a fan’s recording.
This 4-year-old is quite upset about the University of North Dakota eliminating the Fighting Sioux nickname.
Someone has a little fun with Matt Millen’s apology for using the word “Polack” during the NFL draft.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Gene Conley started for the Red Sox and Dave DeBusschere relieved for the White Sox. Conley also played for the Celtics and DeBusschere for the Pistons (he later had more success with the Knicks).
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Cuba Gooding Sr., father of the actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and the lead singer of the Main Ingredient, is 66 today.
|04.26.10 at 7:22 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
NHL playoffs, Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN/VERSUS)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. (NESNplus, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Jeff Briggs at Real Clear Sports looks at how the national prognosticators fared in predicting the NFL draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King led the way, with National Football Post’s Wes Bunting and NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan bringing up the rear. King and Kirwan often can be heard on WEEI.
♦ Peter King, in his Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com, writes about University of New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko, who went undrafted and then decided to focus on his education rather than accept an offer from an NFL team to attend camp as a free agent. Sick, who held a private workout for the Patriots prior to the draft, told the Albany Times-Union: “If I were to be drafted I would have had more confidence of a much longer career in the NFL. I have to look at my life and decide what will make me the happiest. And the thing that will make me the happiest now and in the long run is to pursue my education.”
♦ Greg Cote in The Miami Herald writes that Heat guard Dwyane Wade, with Sunday’s performance against the Celtics, has passed Dan Marino as the greatest athlete in South Florida history.
♦ Berry Tramel in The Oklahoman writes about Ron Artest and how he is fitting in with the Lakers, who are tied 2-2 with the Thunder in their first-round payoff series.
♦ Paul Gutierrez in The Sacramento Bee writes about Mark McGwire’s return to the Bay Area over the weekend, and the former home run king’s comments about his past steroid use there.
♦ In case you didn’t see this from over the weekend, here’s the New York Daily News report about former Red Sox manager and current Rays broadcaster Kevin Kennedy helping to subdue a mentally ill man who attempted to storm the cockpit on a cross-country plane trip.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 26, 1995, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher who would go on to have a solid career in Boston?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Heartbreak does not do justice to what’s gone on here. Guys have come right back the next day and given everything they have.” — Orioles manager Dave Trembley, after his team rebounded from two tough losses to the Red Sox with a comeback win in extra innings Sunday
STAT OF THE DAY: 19 — Points for Heat guard Dwyane Wade in the fourth quarter of Miami’s win over the Celtics Sunday, four points more than the entire Celtics team had in the period
‘NET RESULTS: Eric Belanger of the Capitals removes a tooth during a playoff game against the Canadiens.
Two soccer players perform a tandem bicycle kick for a goal.
A Danish soccer player scores a goal against his former team, which dismissed him because he started a fight, and he puts on a memorable celebration display.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Duane Eddy is 72 today.
|04.23.10 at 9:16 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3, 6 p.m. (ESPN/NFL Network)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 7 p.m. (CSNNE/ESPN, WEEI)
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESNplus, WRKO)
NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7, 10 a.m. (ESPN/NFL Network)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Rapids at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 1 p.m. (ABC, WEEI)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WRKO)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The NFL draft rules the day. Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com writes that Josh McDaniels just wrote his ticket out of town with his selection of Tim Tebow. Woody Paige of the Denver Post counters by saying McDaniels got it right. Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com said Round 1 proved that character counts. Meanwhile, Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune writes about Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen falling out of the first round.
♦ Luke Winn at SI.com writes that the NCAA’s decision to settle on 68 teams for the NCAA tournament should make most people happy.
♦ Bob Nightengale at USA Today writes about Angel Lucas Pena, the barber to Red Sox and major league stars.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 23, 1969, the Celtics lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 120-118. Which opposing player scored 53 points, at the time a record for a guard in NBA Finals history.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It felt like, at the end of the round there, things came out about as well as we could have hoped for.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on the selection of Devin McCourty at No. 27
STAT OF THE DAY: 9 — First-round NFL draft picks from the Big 12 Conference, including five of the first six
‘NET RESULTS: A Lakers fan wins $235,000 on a halfcourt shot (shown toward the end of this clip). No fluke here. Excellent form.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin gives a kid holding a Canadiens flag a little snow shower.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Jerry West of the Lakers
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Roy Orbison, who died in 1988, was born on this day in 1936.
|04.22.10 at 9:17 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN. WEEI)
NFL Draft, first round, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN/NFL Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Ben Roethlisberger received a six-game suspension Wednesday, and the reaction is mixed. Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell set a dangerous precedent and overstepped his authority (a sentiment echoed by WEEI’s Kirk Minihane). Mike Lupica in the New York Daily News writes that Roethlisberger needed an intervention and got it. Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the Steelers need to put emotions aside and stop trying to trade Roethlisberger.
♦ Andy Staples at SI.com looks at the conference expansion controversy in college sports.
♦ Christine Brennan of USA Today looks at the impact of former International Olympic Committee chief Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died Wednesday.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 22, 1946, which infielder, a local product playing for the Red Sox, replaced an injured Johnny Pesky and homered in his first major league at-bat, a game-winning shot in a 5-4 victory over the Washington Senators?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The way we set our team up in the winter, I don’t think we can just bail on our strategy a couple of weeks into the season. I know it’s been a tough week. It’s been a tough week all the way around. Not much has gone right.” — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, during an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday
STAT OF THE DAY: 19:40 — Total time the Bruins have held a lead in the first four games of their series vs. the Sabres, a series the B’s lead 3-1 after Wednesday night’s overtime victory
‘NET RESULTS: We haven’t seen one those lacrosse-style hockey goals in a while. Here’s one from a Swiss playoff game.
Check out this baserunner for Fordham jumping over the catcher and landing on home plate for a run as part of an eight-run comeback to beat Iona.
Here’s a soccer player who took his goal celebration to the wrong person.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Eddie Pellagrini
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Peter Frampton is 60 today.
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