Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Wade returns fire at Barkley

Prior to Wednesday's Game 2 win, Dwyane Wade said there's no whine in his game, at least not anymore. "When I was a kid," the Heat guard said, "they called me whiny all the time because I cried a lot. That's fine. I'm done addressing what Charles has to say." Except he wasn't. "That's the way he thinks, and that's fine," he said. "He's not in our locker room. He's not going to have any bearing on what we do in the game of basketball. So that's fine. We don't care what people have to say about us. We're coming out to win the game. And we understand what the word 'bandwagon' means." Despite their marketing agreements, Wade has had similar verbal contretemps with Barkley over the years, often resulting in nothing more than a new round of commercials. (Sun-Sentinel) Comment

Hard Knocks won't star Tebow

Despite taking a dedicated approach to transparency, the Broncos aren't quite ready to turn everything inside out for HBO. The Broncos showed video of their interview process for a head coach on their website in January. New team leader John Elway has announced major news on Twitter several times. The team has made a concerted effort to reconnect with fans in the Elway-John Fox era in an attempt to pick up the pieces from the messy Josh McDaniels' era. However, the Broncos are apparently not ready to give away all of their secrets. A team spokesman said the team can be counted out as a possible candidate to appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer. Tampa Bay turned down the show this week. (ESPN.com) Comment

Former AD: Williams is a squealer

Ostensibly objecting to the location of a basketball game, former Wisconsin AD Pat Richter managed to veer into personal territory. [Richter] is miffed at the timing and location of the Badgers' first-ever matchup against North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and it's safe to assume he and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams aren't exchanging Christmas cards. ... Clearly, Richter doesn't envision the Tar Heels treading foot inside the Kohl Center, where Wisconsin is 152-11 in 10 seasons under Ryan, including a 16-0 mark last year. "There are times we should have had them at our place, and it never happened," Richter said. "And I think Roy Williams squeals. He's never really had to pay his dues, so to speak, like a Bo Ryan and Dick Bennett." (Madison.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

LeBron James, who scored 29 points, shoots against Joakim Noah (#13) of the Bulls during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the United Center in Chicago. The Heat won, 85-75. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Patrick Marleau tries to fire up his San Jose Sharks by exchanging fistic pleasantries with Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks and gets the worst of the deal. So did the Sharks, who lost Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, 7-3.

Game To Watch

Will there be an encore of the Tyler Seguin Show in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final? 8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN, RDS

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Broad Street Bullies
  • 1910 -- Cy Young of the Indians gets his 500th win, beating Washington 5-4 in 11 innings
  • 1935 -- NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
  • 1962 -- Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with his 3,431st
  • 1974 -- Flyers beat Bruins, 4 games to 2, to win Stanley Cup
  • 1991 -- Willy T Ribbs is first black driver in Indianapolis 500

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