Friday's Morning Mashup: Local, national athletes react with dismay to ambush of police officers in Dallas

July 08, 2016 - 4:47 am

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FRIDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Hornets, 8 a.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pistons, 10 a.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Knicks, noon (NBA TV) NBA: Orlando Summer League, Thunder vs. Heat, 2 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pacers, 4 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Bucks vs. Cavaliers, 6 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Hawks vs. Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Timberwolves vs. Nuggets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Kings vs. Raptors, 10 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Lakers vs. Pelicans, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 6 p.m. (NBCSN), 8 p.m. (NBC) Gymnastics: U.S. Olympic trials, 9 p.m. (NBC) Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN) Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: -- Five police officers were killed and seven more injured when snipers opened fire during a protest in Dallas on Thursday following the deaths of two black men earlier in the week, and athletes around the nation reacted with dismay. New Patriots defensive end Chris Long, who spent the past seven seasons playing in St. Louis, tweeted: Praying for those Dallas PO's Respecting, appreciating good ppl in uniform Being angry about an unjust murder by a PO NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE Added Long: All violence in this country sucks. Whoever perpetrates it. intellectually dishonest people will continue to justify it. So sad. Rant over Cavaliers star LeBron James commented on an article about Philando Castile, the Minnesota man shot by a policeman while in his car, writing: Sickens me and I shed multiple tears about it all. Later in the evening, as details emerged from Dallas, he wrote: We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence Former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders urged Dallas to show restraint. Tweeted Sanders: Dallas let's wake up this ain't us! We're better than this. We're hurting,upset,confused,sad,frustrated,tired & fed up but this ain't right! Wrote former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck: Eye for an eye truly means that we all soon will be blind. Hate + more hate = HATE. I CHOOSE TO LOVE EVEN THOSE THAT HATE ME. Tweeted Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: Dallas,we mourn those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to #DallasStrong -- Rajon Rondo is saying all the right things as he joins the Bulls, although it remains to be seen if he'll be able to avoid the issues with teammates and coaches that have plagued his career. Rondo was introduced to the media Thursday after agreeing to a reported two-year, $28 million deal earlier in the week, and he said he understands he's not the No. 1 star in Chicago, which features Jimmy Butler and former Heat star Dwyane Wade. "Jimmy's the youngest, he's the engine here," Rondo told reporters. "It'll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order." Added Rondo: "The main thing is that we have three alphas. There will be three alphas on the team. Just trying to mesh together and try to make sure we are doing the best thing for the team." Rondo had some on-court run-ins with Wade when the two tangled during the peak of the Celtics-Heat rivalry, but he said he's ready to work together to win with his new team. He said he texted Wade when he learned the Bulls were pursuing him. "We're older, we're wiser and moving forward," Rondo said. "To play with a guy like that, that I've battled against personally, it's always great to have a guy like that on your side." The 30-year-old Rondo, who led the league in assists last season with 11.7 per game, noted that he learned a lot from playing in Boston with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. "Playing in Boston, playing with the Big Three, I was able to see how those guys interacted with one another. Knowing that everything doesn't have to be perfect in practice," he said. "You're going to disagree, but if you all have one common goal at the end of the day and that's to get a 'W,' that's all that matters. Egos go out the window and we all have one common goal." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 8, 1994, which Red Sox infielder turned an unassisted triple play in the top of the sixth -- and then homered to lead off the bottom of the inning -- during a 4-3 victory over the Mariners? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We felt it would strengthen us. Of course, he's played almost every day. Has the abilities to play every day. We look at him more to complement the players that we have." -- Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, on Thursday's acquisition of infielder Aaron Hill STAT OF THE DAY: 23 -- Points for Celtics guard Terry Rozier in Thursday's Utah Summer League game against the Spurs, which he won with a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining 'NET RESULTS: With the Royals trailing the Mariners by a run in the ninth inning and two runners on base, Salvador Perez drills a walk-off double. From the Canadian Football League, Winnipeg receiver Ryan Smith isn't looking when quarterback Drew Willy throws him a pass, but the ball somehow sticks to his side and he runs in for a touchdown. With time running out in Wednesday's soccer game in Wichita, Kansas, Vigas Shreveport attempts to close a two-goal gap when it sends its goalie to the other end of the field on a corner kick, but FC Wichita goalie Mark Weir gets the ball and boots it the length of the field for a goal. TRIVIA ANSWER: John Valentin SOOTHING SOUNDS: Beck was born on this day in 1970.