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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods regains top spot on Forbes’ highest-paid ranking; Tom Brady 11th

06.06.13 at 7:53 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ One year after being dethroned from the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, Tiger Woods regained his lofty ranking. Woods had been No. 1 from 2001 through 2012, but boxer Floyd Mayweather was on top last year.

Woods is estimated to have made $78.1 million over the last year through prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design work. His winnings totaled $13.1 million, double his prize money from the previous year.

Following Woods on the list is tennis player Roger Federer ($71.5 million), NBA stars Kobe Bryant ($61.9 million) and LeBron James ($59.8 million), and quarterbacks Drew Brees ($51 million) and Aaron Rodgers ($49 million).

Boston is represented by Tom Brady (11th at $38.3 million) and Paul Pierce (82nd at $18.8 million).

‘™¦ Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann met the media Wednesday and acknowledged that her job got more difficult following allegations that she was an abusive coach close to two decades ago.

“I believe it is going to be a tough challenge,” Hermann said. “Has it been made harder? No doubt. Am I going to have to work double-time to connect with the people who are passionate about Rutgers? I am.”

Hermann admitted that she considered withdrawing from the job.

“Who wouldn’t?” she said. “But the truth is, I was interested in this job because I believe that Rutgers is truly a special place that is so uniquely positioned to do something great.

“I’€™ll go to the mat. I’€™ll deal with it, I’€™ll put up with it. I’€™ll deal with a national embarrassment.”

After previously claiming she had no recollection of a meeting with her volleyball players at Tennessee in 1996 in which they criticized her aggressive style, Hermann tried to spin things Wednesday, claiming that the situation makes her the right person to clean up the mess left by former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who repeatedly abused his players in practices.

“What I would say about that is that it was a difficult time,” Hermann said. “There were so many things going on with the team, and when you’€™re a young coach you may not be equipped to manage a lot of what we were managing as a team at that time.”

Added Hermann: “So, that lesson of 17 years ago was honestly part of why I felt I was not only very qualified but uniquely qualified.”

‘™¦ Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after being suspended for his one-handed high stick to the head of Kings forward Jeff Carter during Tuesday’s Game 3 in Los Angeles. The retaliation move left Carter with a 20-inch gash on his face and three cracked teeth.

Keith, who attempted to apologize to Carter on the ice, met with the NHL’s department of player safety Wednesday.

“I said my piece,” Keith said. “Said the same thing [Tuesday] night, that it was an accident, and I didn’t mean to get him where I got him.”

At Wednesday’s practice, Carter chose to focus on tying the series.

“There’s bigger things to worry about right now,” he said. “We’re in a fight here, down two games to one. I don’t think that’s on our minds.”

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We found a way, I guess. That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. It wasn’t necessarily our best effort in the first 60 [minutes]. We said we had to find a way somehow, and we did in the second overtime.” — Patrice Bergeron, after scoring the game-winner in the second overtime of Wednesday night’s Game 3 vs. the Penguins

STAT OF THE DAY: 17 – Times in his last 18 games Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias has reached base, including during Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here’s a song about NHL players who get penalized for clearing the puck from their defensive end over the glass for a penalty (as happened to Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin in Wednesday’s game vs. the Bruins).

From Italy’s Serie D soccer league, the Delta Porto Tolle goalie boots the ball, but the wind blows it back into his net for an Ischia goal.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Tiant

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

Read More: Duncan Keith, Julie Hermann, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady