C's assistant Jay Larranaga interviews for Hornets, Knicks head coaching jobs

C's assistant Jay Larranaga interviews for Hornets, Knicks head coaching jobs

Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga has interviewed for the Charlotte Hornets' head coaching opening, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reported on Celtics Pregame Live Thursday night.

Larranaga, a C's assistant since 2012, had already talked to the New York Knicks about their head coaching job last week between Games 4 and 5 of the Celtics-Bucks series.  

The Hornets fired coach Steve Clifford earlier this week and the Knicks recently parted ways with coach Jeff Hornacek. 

The Celtics lost assistant Walter McCarty when accepted the head coaching job at the University of Evansville, his alma mater, earlier this season.

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Report: NHL asked that Marchand stop the licking

Report: NHL asked that Marchand stop the licking

The Bruins got a phone call from the NHL in which the league requested the team tell Brad Marchand to stop licking people after his Game 1 antics in the Toronto series, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The item was No. 22 in Friedman's regular "31 Thoughts" column:

After Game 1 of the Toronto/Boston series, the Bruins got a, “We’d prefer if you could tell Brad Marchand to stop licking people” phone call from the NHL.

Marchand, the noted B's agitator, gave the Maple Leafs' Leo Komarov a lick on the face (he kissed him on the cheek earlier this season) after they tussled in the playoff opener. He explained that he thought Komarov "wanted to cuddle."

The Bruins open their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday after taking out the Leafs in seven games. We'll see if Marchand keeps his tongue to himself. 

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Kraft: Trump stance on NFL protests 'divisive and horrible'

Kraft: Trump stance on NFL protests 'divisive and horrible'

In an audio recording obtained by the New York Times of the contentious October meeting between NFL owners and players over protests during the national anthem, Patriots owner - and friend of President Trump - Robert Kraft blasted Trump.

“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” the Times quotes Kraft as saying. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie cautioned the players not to be baited by Trump, who earlier in the fall had called NFL players sons of bitches for kneeling during the anthem before games. Lurie called the Trump presidency "disastrous." 

"We've got to be careful not to be baited by Trump or whoever else," Lurie said. 

Many of the players told the owners that ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who initiated the kneeling protest, was being blackballed by the owners.

"We all agree in this room that he should be on a roster," said former Patriots linebacker Chris Long, who recently retired after winning a Super Bowl with the Eagles. 

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