Thursday, June 2
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Terry Collins had kept his fire under wraps in 2011, but after his team disintegrated Wednesday, it exploded. The door to the clubhouse flew open and [Collins] sprang out of there and on his way to the interview room to flog his team again, just in case the Mets didn't hear enough from him during a brief, explosive scolding. Inside, the players looked thoroughly chastised and penitent, all of them sitting silently at their lockers for five minutes or more, hoping to understand how it was that men of such very good intentions could play with such self-destructive, bone-headed confusion during a 9-3 giveaway to the Pirates. ... "They're big-league ballplayers. They should be able to do it. Something's gonna change." (New York Daily News)Comment
Yes, the Big 3 is under contract through the end of 2014, though a hard salary cap could make things interesting. Chris Bosh and LeBron James signed $110.1 million contracts last summer while [Dwyane Wade] signed for $107 million. The Heat likely wouldn't be able to fit all three under a hard cap. "That's part of the negotiation," Stern said before Game 1. "This is very complex. If there's a will, we'll be able to work all those issues out." The NBA, like the NFL, is headed to a lockout July 1 if players and owners cannot agree to a new CBA before the current one expires on June 30. (The Palm Beach Post)Comment
Now central in another subject of study, Terrelle Pryor is a convenient scapegoat. On Monday, the day Tressel resigned, someone leaked to the Columbus Dispatch that Pryor was the focus of a "significant" NCAA investigation into memorabilia sales, impermissible benefits and questionable cars. Who was the leak? Well, I'd bet a Nissan 350Z that it was someone within Ohio State's athletic department. NCAA sources are notoriously tight-lipped. And besides, no one benefits from Pryor becoming the focus of media and fan scrutiny more than the Buckeye athletic administration, especially at that precise moment in time. And boy has it worked. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment
Maria Sharapova serves at the French Open. (AP)
Raffi Torres scored a game-winning goal with 18.5 seconds left to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Game To Watch
Mavericks at Heat, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
- Dallas Mavericks
- Miami Heat
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This Day in Sports
- 1941 -- Lou Gehrig dies at his home in the Bronx at 37 years old.
- 1974 -- Chris Evert, 19, wins her first major international tennis tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Martina Navratilova in the Italian Open final.
- 1990 -- Seattle's Randy Johnson throws the first no-hitter in Mariners franchise history.