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Nearly 150 hurt in Vancouver riot VANCOUVER , B.C. (AP) — Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following the Canucks’ loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Anna Marie D’Angelo said Thursday that three stabbing victims had been admitted, and a man was in critical condition with head injuries after a fall from a viaduct. Rioting and looting left cars burned, stores in shambles and windows shattered over a roughly 10-block radius of the city’s main shopping district.

It was similar to the scene that erupted in 1994 following the Canucks’ Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers, but the latest violence shocked Canadians unaccustomed to such riots. Police Chief Jim Chu said nine officers were injured, including one who required 14 stitches after being hit with a brick and some who had bite marks. He said 15 cars were burned, including two police cars. A local business leader estimated more than 50 businesses were damaged. Chu called those who incited the riot “criminals and anarchists,” and officers identified some in the crowd as the same people who

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Nowitzki has finally arrived

smashed windows and caused trouble through the same streets the day after the 2010 Winter Olympics opened. “These were people who came equipped with masks, goggles and gasoline,” Chu said. “They had a plan.” In Boston, five men arrested during celebrations of the Bruins’ win appeared in municipal court Thursday. Police said one man encouraged a crowd near TD Garden to turn on police and dared officers to arrest him. Authorities said he shouted obscenities, took off his shirt and threw his belt at the officers. He

was arrested on charges including inciting a riot. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said “organized hoodlums bent on creating chaos incited the riot” in his city, while city councilor Suzanne Anton said the rioting has shaken Vancouver and overshadowed the hockey team’s playoff run. “I would never have believed that Vancouver would be a city where there would be looting,” she said. “I just feel such a profound sense of disappointment. We like to think we live in paradise here in Vancouver. It’s hard to imagine here.” Anton said there was no loss of life or police brutality.

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Violence flares after Stanley Cup

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

TODAY • Earthquakes, 7:30 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.

SPORTS ON TV TODAY MLB Time St. Louis v. Kansas City 7 p.m.

Net FSKC

Cable 36, 236

Tennis AEGON International AEGON International

Time 5:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m.

Net Tennis Tennis

Cable 157 157

Golf U.S. Open U.S. Open U.S. Open

Time 9 a.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m.

Net ESPN NBC ESPN

Cable 33, 233 8, 14, 208 33, 233

MLS Soccer Time Kansas City v. San Jose 7:30 p.m.

Net FSKC

Cable 149

Auto Racing ARCA

Net Speed

Cable 150, 227

Arena Football Time Orlando v. Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Net NFL

Cable 154, 230

Boxing Guerrero v. Brewer

Net ESPN2

Cable 34, 234

Time 4 p.m.

Time 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

By Randy Galloway McClatchy Newspapers

“. . . (It’s an honor for me just to have his name mentioned with mine,” said Larry Bird this week about Dirk Nowitzki. Put my response down as “Wow.” We will call it a “resurrection,” because from the standpoint of perception, maybe even more local than national, The Dirk did resurrect his basketball career over the past nine weeks. Think about that. In the world of pro sports, how many careers have been forever altered, from a positive standpoint, 13 years into it? But those Bird comments? Be it the MVP award for the NBA finals, be it the world championship ring that’s coming for all the Mavericks, be it “everything” else The Dirk has accomplished in a decade-plus, mark “it’s an honor for me just to have his name mentioned with mine” is a quote that puts the gravy on the chicken fried steak. When The Dirk was 20 years old, first arriving in a foreign country (Texas) with a bad haircut and an oversized earring, the Bird comparisons had already started. It was the ultimate compliment, of course, but those Bird comparisons also became the ball-and-chain that hung forever around The Dirk’s neck. He’s no Larry Legend, right? I’d say no, but also say this about Bird: He’s not a guy who now does many interviews and he’s not a Hall of Famer who loosely throws around compliments about today’s players. As a player, Bird always spoke frankly, and was also known as one of the most fierce competitors ever, plus one of the most legendary trash-talkers on the court. But when he agreed to come on local ESPN radio Wednesday, Bird was loose, funny and, as someone who doesn’t know Larry Bird, I can only guess on this, but he seemed to be speaking from the heart. When the “comparisons” question was asked on 103.3 radio, Bird said, “I don’t get into that. That’s for other people to debate. I just know that I love his game. I like his demeanor on the court, the way that he loves to play. “You can compare him to me if you want to. I’m just happy for the young man, and it’s an honor for me to just have his name mentioned with mine.” Granted, there will be those who scoff at that comment, claiming that Bird was simply “being nice.” But it doesn’t matter. Winning a world championship, being named the finals’ MVP and now the Bird comment, all fit nicely into the resurrection of The Dirk’s basketball perception. I’ve always maintained The Dirk’s harshest critics were a local fandom as opposed to the national audience. And watching everything that has happened in his career, particularly in the last five years, can anyone claim there weren’t doubts about The Dirk being able to lead the Mavs out of the basketball wilderness and into the throne room? Don’t start lying to me. Sure, the doubts surfaced at times, particularly after the dark days following what happened in the finals of 2006. Then there were four more years of those dark days that continued into this season. “Can they win it all with Dirk?” became an ongoing local question that even surpassed “Can the Cowboys win with Romo?” As the former coach and now as president of the Indiana Pacers, Bird said Wednesday he had seen Dirk play in high school in Germany and thought that Nowitzki “had it all,” basketball-wise. Well, not exactly. Not in the beginning, and certainly not for the first half of his career. All this changed over 13 years. And that change finally hit home this season.

TODAY • Cardinals, 2:35 p.m. in St. Louis SATURDAY • Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. in St. Louis

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SMOKE PLUMES RISE from police cars set on fire following Vancouver’s loss to Boston in the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Baggy pants lead to player’s arrest SAN FRANCISCO — A University of New Mexico football player’s saggy pants led to his arrest and removal from an airplane at San Francisco International Airport, authorities said Thursday. DeShon Marman, 20, was boarding a flight Wednesday to Albuquerque, N.M., when a US Airways employee noticed his pants were below his buttocks, and his boxer shorts were showing, Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the San Francisco Police Department told the San Francisco Chronicle. Marman refused the employee’s request to pull up his pants and failed to comply immediately when she asked him to get off the plane, Rodriguez said, adding Marman injured a police officer when he was being arrested. The player was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction of a police investigation, Rodriguez told the Associated Press. Marman’s mother, Donna Doyle, told the newspaper her son was emotionally fragile after the funeral of his close friend, who died 11 days after being shot. A US Airways spokesperson said the airline forbids inappropriate attire.

NBA NBA gets ‘A’ for diverse hiring

Time 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m.

Net Fox WGN FSKC

Cable 4, 204 16 36, 236

Tennis AEGON International

Time 6 a.m.

Net Tennis

Cable 157

Golf U.S. Open

Time 1 p.m.

Net NBC

Cable 8, 14, 208

Auto Racing Nationwide qualifying Sprint Cup qualifying Nationwide Series

Time 10 a.m. Noon 2:30 p.m.

Net ESPN2 Speed ABC

Cable 34, 234 150, 227 9, 12, 209

USL Soccer Time Orlando v. Wilmington 6:30 p.m.

Net FSC

U-17 World Cup Time Mexico v. North Korea 2:45 p.m. Congo v. Netherlands 5:45 p.m.

Net ESPNU ESPNU

Cable 35, 235 35, 235

College Baseball World Series Game 1 World Series Game 2

Net ESPN ESPN

Cable 33, 233 33, 233

Time 1 p.m. 6 p.m.

Cable 149

LATEST LINE

The NBA received the highest grade ever issued on racial and gender hiring practices among men’s professional leagues, continuing a recent trend. The league received an A+ for race and an A- on gender for a combined A in this year’s Racial and Gender Report Card from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. While the NFL and Major League Baseball have shown significant improvement on racial and gender hiring in recent years, the NBA is the only men’s pro league to receive a combined A. TIDES has been studying diversity hiring in sports since 1987. “I think it’s the leadership of (NBA Commissioner) David Stern,” said Dr. Richard Lapchick, director of TIDES.

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Mavs fans celebrate title

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DALLAS — The face of the Dallas Mavericks laughed, sang and even seemed to tear up. For Dirk Nowitzki, the only thing that could COLLEGE FOOTBALL come close to being an NBA champion for the time was celebrating it with the fans in UNC forced to make records public first his adopted hometown of Dallas. RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina has released An estimated crowd of 200,000 crammed documents showing a group of Tar Heel footdowntown Thursday for a parade in the team’s ball players accumulated more than $13,000 in honor, with another 20,000 or so filling the 1 parking citations over a 3 ⁄2-year period. arena for a rally filled with emotional moments. The school released the documents Thursday, a day after the state Court of Appeals MLB denied the school’s request to delay the release of those records pending an appeal. A Pirates catcher’s wife attacked Wake County Superior Court judge had ruled PITTSBURGH — A man attacked the wife of in April that the school withheld documents it Pirates catcher Chris Snyder in a traffic disshould have provided to requesting media pute while Snyder sat in the car, unable to get outlets covering the NCAA investigation into out because he’d had back surgery, Pittsburgh the football program. police said. The documents show that the players comCarla Snyder and the scooter-riding man, bined for 395 citations between March 2007 Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, nearly collided and August 2010, though the records don’t Wednesday. The 44-year-old Modhwadia folspecify which players received each violation. lowed her to a gas station, kicked the vehicle The citations ranged in penalty from $5 for and swung at Carla Snyder, police said. He improperly displaying a parking permit to also ripped a mirror off the car. $250 for parking in a fire lane or in a handicapped parking space. The citations totaled $13,185.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL UK changes Calipari’s win total

MLB Chc. Cubs v. Yankees Arizona v. White Sox St. Louis v. Kansas City

NHL Wild name Yeo as new coach

ST. PAUL, MINN. — For the second time in two years, Chuck Fletcher is sticking his neck out on LEXINGTON, KY. — It turns out Kentucky the rising star instead of the recycled vet. The Wild general manager hopes the seccoach John Calipari hasn’t reached 500 career victories after all. ond time goes better than the first. Mike Yeo, who at 37 is even younger than The school says it will change Calipari’s career record because of 42 vacated victories his predecessor Todd Richards was when from his time at Memphis and Massachusetts. hired as Wild coach, will become the youngest In a statement, Kentucky said it had consulted coach in the NHL when he’s introduced at a with the NCAA and determined it was “in news conference at 11 a.m. today. error” to have celebrated Calipari’s 500th The bold hire for a team that’s missed the career win against Florida on Feb. 26. playoffs for three consecutive years comes after Yeo completed his rookie American The school says it will report Calipari’s career record “consistent with the NCAA’s offi- Hockey League season by guiding the Houscial records and statistics.” ton Aeros to the Calder Cup Finals.

Conference Chatter

www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/conference_chatter/ Eric Sorrentino’s blog about the Big 12 Conference

‘Hawks in the NBA

www2.kusports.com/weblogs/hawks_nba/ A staff blog about former Jayhawks at the next level

The Keegan Ratings

www2.kusports.com/weblogs/keegan_ratings/ Tom Keegan’s postgame rankings for KU football and basketball

Rolling Along

www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/rolling_along/ Andrew Hartsock’s blog about commuting by bike

The Sideline Report

www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/sideline_report/ Jesse Newell’s one-on-one interviews with KU athletes

Tale of the Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/ Matt Tait’s blog about Kansas University football

THE QUOTE “Vacate placate smacate give me a break NCAA has many vital issues to deal with than worrying about @UKCoachCalipari & 500 W's! BBN upset!” —Dick Vitale via Twitter, on the NCAA’s decision to strip Kentucky Coach John Calipari of 42 victories

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