April 24, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Celtic receives death threats in Chicago
Celtics guard Tony Allen, back in his hometown for Game 3 against the Bulls last night, has received death threats, according to several NBA sources, and security was added to protect the visitors' bench in the Celtics' 107-86 win. Sources said Allen has been receiving the threats in Chicago for some time. The former Crane High star also received threats prior to a March 17 game at Chicago, sources said, but he didn't make the trip because of a thumb injury.(Boston Globe)
Crabtree's diva act too much for Browns
The Browns may be forced to hold on to Braylon Edwards after their reported visit with Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree went south. Why would the Browns do this? Because right now their depth chart at WR looks like it's from NFL Europe. Without Edwards, Josh Cribbs and David Patten are their top two guys -- and who knows what's going to happen with Donte Stallworth and his legal troubles? Between Cribbs and Patten, there are 13 combined receptions from the '08 season. Not good. Make no mistake about it, this is an offensive draft for the Browns. They need help at the WR position, and I'm hearing they have some interest in a big name at offensive tackle as well. Come Saturday, we should know their true feelings about Edwards and Crabtree -- and realize what is truth and what is rumor.(National Football Post)
Chicago media angers Bradley
Milton Bradley finally ended his media boycott Thursday, though he declined to answer questions from anyone except a reporter for the team's Web site. A half-dozen reporters from print and radio surrounded Bradley's locker after Thursday's 7-1 loss to Cincinnati, seeking his reaction to earlier comments from manager Lou Piniella about Bradley's groin injury and a drop from fourth to sixth in the batting order. "Not happening," Bradley said matter-of-factly. In a brief discussion with reporters attempting to clear the air with Bradley, he complained about the local media coverage, comparing Chicago to Los Angeles, where he endured a couple of rocky years with the Dodgers. Though Bradley didn't elaborate on why he was upset, he suggested the media were focusing on him instead of the team, trying to create controversy. Cubs management thinks players have a responsibility to deal with the media, and team executives are expected to relay that feeling to Bradley on Friday in St. Louis. "You can make it much easier on yourself communicating [through the media]," manager Lou Piniella said. "That's basically up to the individual, but at the same time, you're in the public limelight and people want to know what's going on." Piniella had a 10-minute chat with Bradley in his office Thursday morning and said afterward that Bradley won't play again until he's 100 percent healthy. Bradley did not run hard on a ground ball to first in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game and did not go hard on a pop foul down the line.(Chicago Tribune)
Must-See Photo
Starting pitcher Dave Bush throws a pitch during the Brewers' 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. He threw 7 2/3 innings of a no-hitter. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Mackenzie Brown teaches the boys a lesson.
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 1, Game 3: Pistons vs. Cavaliers, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN.
Detroit Pistons
Cleveland Cavaliers
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Bob Cousy
1963 -- Bob Cousy ends his 13-year career by scoring 18 points as the Boston Celtics win their fifth consecutive NBA championship.
1994 -- David Robinson scores 71 points to win the NBA scoring title.
1996 -- Petr Nedved scores a power-play goal with 44.6 seconds left in the fourth overtime, ending the longest NHL game in 60 years and giving the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.

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