THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Heat at Knicks, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Yankees at Royals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Buccaneers are signing paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract, allowing him to fulfill his dream of joining the NFL. Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached LeGrand at Rutgers, and he surprised LeGrand with the honor.
“I always wanted to go to the NFL,” LeGrand said. “It may not be the circumstances that I wanted, but I’m there.
“I had no idea, no idea this was going to happen. Honestly, it’s amazing. It is. It really is.”
LeGrand, injured after making a hit on special teams in Rutgers’ game against Army on Oct. 16, 2010, still requires the use of a wheelchair, but he has surprised doctors by resuming breathing on his own and standing up with the help of a metal frame.
♦ English soccer star Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed and nearly died during a game on March 17, was given an ovation when he returned to watch his Bolton Wanderers play a Premier League game Wednesday. Muamba, whose heart stopped for 78 minutes before he was revived, was released from the hospital two weeks ago.
“The support has been overwhelming and I am just grateful for that,” an emotional Muamba said. “I am OK. I am getting stronger every day. I am happy to be back. I am just happy to be able to speak to people again and walk freely.”
♦ University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown is taking some heat for repeatedly denouncing homosexuality. After speaking against an ordinance that extends rights to gay, lesbian and transgender people at an Omaha City Council meting in March, he told an Associated Press reporter that he would rather lose his job for taking a Bible-based stand than for losing games.
“I have simply said, based on the Bible, homosexuality, the lifestyle of homosexuality is a sin,” Brown said.
The school’s president, Harvey Perlman, said he was offended by Brown’s speech, and he said he has asked Brown to make it “explicitly” clear in the future that he does not speak for the school.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 3, 1999, which Red Sox catcher made his first major league hit count, hitting a grand slam in the first inning against the A’s in a game the Sox would lose in the 10th despite have a 7-0 lead after two innings?