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Sports Briefs: April 26-May 2

Knicks wear ‘funeral black’ to game

GREENBURGH, N.Y. With a 3-1 series lead against the Boston Celtics, the Knicks’ power forward Kenyon Martin told his team to wear “funeral black” to Game 5 in anticipation of the Knicks eliminating the Celtics from the playoffs. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was visibly upset with his team, after telling them to stay out of the papers. “The game is played on the floor,” Woodson said. “And that’s where it should be limited to.” After going down 3-0 in the series, the Celtics have battled back and won the next two, becoming only the 11th team in NBA history to force a Game 6 after trailing 3-0. (Source: ESPN)

Ricketts considering moving from Wrigley

CHICAGO  If plans for a $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field fall through, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has considered a move from Wrigley. The plan has generated the most opposition due to its 6,000 square foot video screen over left field. Despite opposition from neighborhood residents and fans regarding the scoreboard, Ricketts sees the need for the ballpark to create more internal revenue, and the scoreboard is a major portion of that plan. Ricketts has affirmed his commitment to making sure a deal is worked out, but if no such deal can be attained, a move will certainly be on the table. (Source: ESPN)

Karl denies ‘hitmen’ accusations

OAKLAND, Calif. Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson made accusations against the Denver Nuggets after Game 5 of their series, saying Nuggets players sent “hitmen” after Warriors guard Stephen Curry in an attempt to knock him out of the game. George Karl responded, saying, “Every playoff series I’ve been in gets more physical as it goes on. We don’t like each other, shouldn’t like each other. There’s pain and anguish to every win and loss.” Karl continued his assault on the Warriors, saying their play has been substantially dirtier than that of the Nuggets. (Source: CBS Sports)

Claims about Buchholz ‘absolutely false’

TORONTO  Former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, now a broadcast analyst for the Blue Jays, told a Toronto radio station that Buchholz was “absolutely” cheating in Wednesday’s start. Photos surfaced of Buchholz, including one showing him wiping his first two fingers across his forearm, which appeared to be partially covered with a white substance. Buchholz brushed aside the allegations, saying he puts rosin on his arm and occasionally wets his fingers to get a better grip. Red Sox manager John Farrell insisted the photos were “absolutely false” and backed Buchholz’s claim about rosin. (Source: ESPN)

Brian Rolston to retire

TORONTO Brian Rolston retired Tuesday, ending a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams and helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup. Rolston did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12. As a rookie, he helped the Devils win the Cup in the 1994-95 season. He also played for Colorado and Minnesota and completed his career with 342 goals, 419 assists and 761 points. “Getting the chance to play the game I love for 17 years has truly been a dream come true,” Rolston said in a statement. Rolston also played for the U.S. at three Winter Olympics, two World Cup of Hockey tournaments and one world championship. (Source: ESPN)





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Gavin Crowell is a junior with interests in neuroscience and psychology. He has been playing baseball ever since he could walk, playing throughout his childhood and winning two IHSA regional titles in his three years of varsity baseball at Walter Payton College Prep. He currently plays on the Knox College Ultimate team. Gavin is an Illinois State Scholar and has been involved with writing throughout high school. This is his third year working with TKS. Over the summer after his sophomore year, he had a sports internship at the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago's second largest paper.

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