Boston Marathon Bombing update, NBA Black Thursday, Jeter out till July, NFL Shedule release + Thursday Recap: Friday, April 19, 2013

The FBI releases photos of the Boston Bombing suspects

LATE BREAKING NEWS !!! At this writing (12:01 AM PST – 3:00 AM EST) There is a major police operation going on in the Watertown part of Boston reportedly involving the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Check your local source for news for the latest from Boston.

Frank and Scott are victims of NBA Black Thursday

In the NFL, they call it black Monday. That’s the Monday after the final game of the regular season when 4-8 coaches can pretty much count on getting their walking papers. The same thing generally happens on the Thursday after the end of the NBA regular season but Thursday passed with the relatively light casualty list of Detroit’s Lawrence Frank and Byron Scott of the Cavaliers. Franks was 54-94 in two seasons with the Pistons while Byron Scott was 64-166 in three years with Cleveland. The 76ers Doug Collins announced earlier in the week that he would not be back as coach but would remain with the team in some front office capacity.

Derek Jeter has bone crack, out until All Star Break

Derek Jeter’s surgically repaired left ankle has suffered a major setback when a small bone crack was found in the same area as the surgery performed last October. Further surgery will not be needed but the crack will need time to heal and the latest projection on Jeter’s return is July. The Yankee captain hit .316/.362/.429 with 15 homers, 58 RBI, 99 runs, 32 doubles and an MLB-best 216 hits last season, making his 13th All-Star Game.

The NFL releases it’s 2013-2014 schedule

The official NFL schedule for this year has been officially released and Week I is loaded with great matchups. The season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens traveling to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Sunday’s card features the Falcons at the Saints, the Packers at the 49ers and the Giants taking on the Cowboys in Big D on the NBC Sunday nighter. The Monday Night Football double header spotlights Eagles/Redskins early and Texans/Chargers late. Nice !!!

Take a look at the entire 17 week NFL schedule with it’s preliminary TV listings by clicking here.

Eddie Jordan takes the Rutgers job

In the wake of the of the Mike Rice scandal, Rutgers has turned to former Scarlet Knight great and current Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan to lead the university out of the darkest moment is the program’s history. Rutgers and it’s all time steals and assists leader agreed to a five-year deal that is pending review by the schools Board of Governors. The hiring is expected to be officially announced next Tuesday in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, it was announced that former Rutgers coach Mike Rice was given a $475,000 buyout after being fired two weeks ago for a tape that emerged of him throwing basketballs at his players, pushing and manhandling them and calling them homophobic names.

Brittney Griner announces that she is gay

There have been rumors that the first NFL player was ready “come out” as openly gay. That hasn’t happened yet but women’s National Player of the Year Brittney Griner had no problems talking about her sexuality in a Sports Illustrated article this week.

On the difference between sexual orientation in men’s and women’s sports ….

“I really couldn’t give an answer on why that’s so different. Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.”

On the impact of public image after coming out ….

“It really wasn’t too difficult, I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality so it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.”

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