On Friday, Tom Brady held his annual flag football game to benefit his Best Buddies International charity. It's an event that garners lots of media attention cultivated by the charity. Unless it's from the Boston Globe, which recently reported that Best Buddies diverted money to Brady's personal charity. When a Globe photographer showed by at Harvard Stadium to cover the flag football game Friday, the shooter was turned away by security. In fact, a security officer escorted the photographer to his car. Payback? Best Buddies said in a statement that the incident had nothing to do with the story. Kevin Youkilis, Brady's brother-in-law, tweeted Saturday that "barring media members usually revolves around the fact that SOME media ask questions that fit their agenda & not about the charity itself." Don't think this story is going to fade away.
Henrik Lundqvist wanted nothing more than to lead his country's national hockey team to a gold medal while teaming with twin brother Joel. And he did just that, as Sweden won the 2017 World Championships last month in Germany. But it apparently came at a cost, as the Rangers goalie damaged ligaments in his right knee. Lundqvist told a Swedish newspaper that he is resting the knee and will spend four to six weeks rehabbing before training camp. Lundqvist joined his country's national team after the Rangers were eliminated by the Senators in the second round of the playoffs. He was apparently hobbled during the World Championships, but he secured the Gold Medal game win by stopping Canada in a shootout. Should fans of the Rangers be concerned? There's plenty of time for Lundqvist to recover, but he is 35. … Desperate to generate offense in their Stanley Cup Final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Nashville Predators changed the lineup for Game 3 Saturday night. Veteran P.A. Parenteau, who has played sparingly in the playoffs, dressed for the first time in the series. Parenteau, 34, had 13 goals in the regular season and has been a productive player over nine season. And, of course, local fans remember him as an entertaining players over 21/2 seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Parenteau had 83 goals in 184 games before leaving the Rangers organization in 2010. On Saturday, he appeared in his 19th NHL playoff game.
The Lakers, who own the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, will apparently look to revive Showtime with Lonzo Ball and all that comes with the UCLA prospect. Ball has refused an invitation to work out for the Celtics, who seem inclined to pick Markelle Fultz. Ball's father, LaVar, has been angling his son toward the Lakers. But if he slips past No. 2? The 76ers hold the third pick and adviser Jerry Colangelo told radio station 94 WIP in Philadelphia that while Ball is a "terrific prospect," there are concerns. "I think it's going to be challenging with the people around him, without being specific," Colangelo said. ... Jacoby Ellsbury, on the concussion disabled list, will be examined by a neurologist in New York next week. Ellsbury has been experiencing headaches and has been shut down from activity. The Yankees had planned to have Ellsbury take batting practice this weekend. … Let's hear it for perspective: Phil Mickelson is choosing his daughter's high school graduation over the U.S. Open. Mickelson, 47, told the New York Times that he'll be watching his daughter Amanda graduate instead of participating in the Open in Wisconsin next month. "There's no greater joy as a parent," Mickelson said.