Friday, May 17
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On Wednesday, John Calipari made headlines with some heady talk about his team -- and, on Thursday, it was for his take on the college basketball landscape. [Calipari] became the most notable college basketball coach (and maybe first, publicly) to play the leave-the-NCAA card when he went on a rant against the organization on radio Thursday morning. In an interview on WKJK in Louisville, Calipari went off on the age-limit rule. ... "I'm the one guy out there saying, 'We've gotta change this somehow. We've gotta encourage these kids to stay two years.' But the NCAA's gotta do some stuff. And if they don't do it, we need to separate from them. I'm not afraid to say it. Look, they've embarrassed me." (CBS Sports)Comment
On the upside, Doc Rivers is coming back -- and yet the team to which he returns could look very different. At the NBA draft combine Thursday afternoon, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made [it] official. ... The Celtics have the 16th pick in the June 27 draft, their highest since the Big Three Era began. And there are two major questions entering the offseason: the status of Paul Pierce and the status of Kevin Garnett. The Celtics have to decide by June 30 whether to buy out Pierce's contract at $5 million. Ainge said the sides have not had discussions, but an NBA source said Pierce's family is already beginning to prepare for relocation from Boston, assuming the Celtics will execute the buyout or trade his expiring contract in the offseason. (The Boston Globe)Comment
When the Phillies announced that Roy Halladay's surgery was "successful," they apparently meant it -- even if it's a characterization taken perhaps too lightly. Surgeries seem to have to clear only the lowest of hurdles to qualify as "successful," but Halladay's arthroscopic shoulder surgery is said by people close to him to have been the "best-case" scenario. That means no additional damage was found to his shoulder as to need more extensive surgery, and he is expected back pitching this season. The Phillies star was an uncharacteristic 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA early this season. The Phillies announced that he's likely to be able to begin throwing in "six to eight weeks." (CBS Sports)Comment
Tim Duncan elevates over Andris Biedrins in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Duncan netted 19 points, and the Spurs beat the Warriors to take the series 4-2. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)
Alayna Adams threw out the first pitch before Thursday's Rays-Red Sox game. Her father, Lt. Col. Will Adams -- who Alayna thought was still in Afghanistan -- surprised her by being the catcher behind the plate.
Game To Watch
Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET
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SI Vault: Hank Aaron
This Day in Sports
- 1970 -- Hank Aaron becomes the ninth player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits after smacking a single against the Cincinnati Reds.
- 1987 -- The San Antonio Spurs win the NBA draft lottery. Six weeks later, they use the first pick on franchise centerpiece David Robinson.
- 1995 -- It is revealed that Jason Kidd and Grant Hill will be named co-Rookie of the Year winners after standout seasons with the Mavericks and Pistons, respectively.
- 1998 -- David Wells throws the second perfect game in Yankees' history by retiring all 27 batters as part of a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins.