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WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ NBA legend Dominique Wilkins, a Hawks vice president and television analyst, was attacked by a fan after the Hawks’ victory over the Magic on Wednesday night. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the attacker was former NBA and college basketball referee Rashan Michel, who was arrested and charged with simple battery. Michel told police Wilkins owed him money for suits purchased several years ago from a clothing store Michel had owned.
♦ Isiah Thomas continues to stir up trouble. The Florida International coach and former Knicks bigwig talked to Bill Reiter of FoxSports.com about his “exile” from the NBA. He also compared himself favorably to Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, implying that he packed more talent into a smaller frame. “They’re all 6[-feet]-9, and Jordan was 6-6½,” he said. “If they were all 6-1, it wouldn’t even be a question. They wouldn’t even [expletive] rate. If they were all my size, [expletive], they wouldn’t even be talked about. I beat the [expletive] out of them when they were that big. If we were all the same size, [expletive].”
♦ The HBO “Real Sports” show featuring four former Auburn football players accusing the school and boosters of paying for play aired Wednesday night. Auburn coach Gene Chizik responded by defending his team and criticizing the show for not airing interviews with players who said they were not paid. “I think it is pathetic and pure garbage,” Chizik said.
♦ From 2000 to 2009, the number of kids aged 7 to 17 playing baseball fell 24 percent, according the National Sporting Goods Association. The Wall Street Journal looks at how Major League Baseball is reacting to this news as it tries to determine the cause.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 31, 1991, which Bruin set an NHL record with 10 penalties (6 minors, 2 majors, a misconduct and a game misconduct) in a 7-3 victory over the Whalers?