Jeff Francouer: Phillies' advantage is 'not fair'
- Francouer: Phillies' extra home games 'not fair'
The fact Philadelphia may add home games this season irks NL East rival New York. Perhaps you've been alerted to the fact that the Blue Jays' home series with the Phillies is being shifted from Toronto to Citizens Bank Park in Philly because of fears of violence due to the G-20 Summit in Toronto the weekend of June 25-27. Jeff Francoeur heard about it, and he was none too pleased with the prospect of the Phillies inheriting three more home games. "That's just bull----," Francoeur said. "That's not really fair. That's just not fair." The move will give the Phillies 84 home games this season, and for a team that plays well at home, perhaps an unfair advantage over the Mets and others in the NL East. (New York Daily News)
- Vince Young changes agents
Vince Young has dropped Major Adams and is now represented by a much higher profile agent in Tom Condon of CAA Football. Condon also represents Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and his brother, Giants quarterback Eli Manning. His long list of clients also includes Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, formerly of the Chargers. Adams represented Young when he first entered the league in 2006, and Young was his only client. Heading into the fifth year of the six-year, $58 million contract he signed in '06, Young could be in line for a new long-term deal next offseason if things go well in 2010. Earlier this offseason, the Titans picked up Young's $4.25 million roster bonus for 2010. He's scheduled to make a base salary of $7.5 million this fall, and $8.5 million in 2011. (The Tennessean)
- Lawrence Frank on Bulls' radar
With a wicked stint in New Jersey behind him, Lawrence Frank may even wind up with options. The Bulls remain confident they will get to interview [Frank] even though the former Nets coach interviewed for the vacant Hornets job early Tuesday. Sources said the Bulls have received favorable feedback on Frank, who took three Nets teams to the Eastern Conference semifinals in six-plus seasons that featured a 225-241 career mark. (Chicago Tribune)
Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto tossed a 1-hitter Tuesday night in the Reds' 9-0 win over the Pirates. :: AP
The Celtics stunned the Cavaliers 120-88 in Cleveland in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to take a 3-2 series lead.
- SI Vault: Larry Bird
- 1955 -- Sam Jones (Chicago Cubs) became the first black to pitch a no-hitter. The game was against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- 1970 -- Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs) hit his 500th home run.
- 1985 -- The New York Knicks won the first NBA Draft Lottery. They would go on to select Patrick Ewing.
- 1997 -- Larry Bird was announced as the new head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Exactly one year later, Bird became only the third rookie head coach to win the NBA Coach of the Year award.