|11.19.13 at 9:30 am ET|
Robinson Cano likely will be back in New York for the 2014 MLB season, but there’s a chance that the five-time All Star may not be wearing pinstripes.
Two sources told the New York Post that rapper/agent Jay-Z and other members of Cano’s agency team held a “secret meeting” with the Mets on Monday night at a high-scale Manhattan hotel.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco were in attendance for the meeting, which reportedly was initiated by Jay-Z and agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez. Cano was not present for the meeting.
Cano, the top prize of the 2014 free agent class, has made it clear that if he cannot get a sizable payday from the Yankees, for whom he has played since 2005, he will look elsewhere. The Yankees and Cano are said to be almost $150 million apart on a new deal, as Cano is seeking a 10-year, $310 million contract while the Yankees responded with an offer of seven years and between $161 million and $168 million.
Jay-Z has made it known that his client is taking marketing as a serious factor in his contract negotiations, making a return to New York, whether it be the Yankees or Mets, seem very likely given the seemingly endless amount of marketing opportunities that New York has to offer.
A potential move to Queens still seems unlikely for Cano, as Alderson stated last week that he couldn’t see the Mets signing a player to a nine-figure deal this offseason. The Mets also already have a solid option at second base in Daniel Murphy, further complicating the situation.
|11.19.13 at 8:12 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Rockets, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: East Carolina at Duke, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Butler, 6 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Memphis at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Dakota at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Bucknell at St. John’s, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Arizona, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Kent State at Ohio, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Buffalo at Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Austria, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Portugal at Sweden, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Germany at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Mexico at New Zealand, 1 a.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• It’s been a rough week for NFL officials. The big story was the non-call on the final play of Monday night’s Patriots-Panthers game. That controversy overshadowed another issue from Sunday’s action.
Umpire Roy Ellison stands accused of verbally abusing Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams during Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. On Monday it was revealed that Ellison had a similar incident once before.
On Monday’s “Fox Football Daily,” former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said he spoke with Ellison about similar behavior, although Ellison was not disciplined because there was no proof to substantiate a claim of him insulting a player.
“What concerns me about this is I sat in the same chair that Dean Blandino, the vice president of officiating, is sitting in right now, with the same official, Roy Ellison, who years ago allegedly shouted and swore at players, and it was a big issue that I had to deal with,” Pereira said. “I actually had to talk with him in the office to make sure that none of this was going on. So the fact that it has happened twice now with the same individual has to concern the league, and I know they are taking a strong look at this.”
Added Pereira: “When I had to deal with it, there was no proof, so it was a he said, she said. But something happened. And we did have a long conversation, Roy and I did, that we should never act like this as a football official on the field. And I said to him, ‘I don’t ever want to hear about this again.’ ”
• Thomas Howard, who played linebacker in the NFL for eight seasons, died early Monday morning after a high-speed car crash on an Oakland freeway.
Howard, 30, was driving between 100 and 110 mph in his BMW when he hit a big rig, flipped over the median, sideswiped one car and crashed head-on into a Honda traveling on the other side, killing the 64-year-old man driving that vehicle, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.
A second-round pick in the 2006 draft out of UTEP, Howard started 62 games over his first four seasons in the NFL with the Raiders. He signed with the Bengals as a free agent in 2011, then joined the Falcons this fall, playing two games before being cut.
“Thomas was an absolutely terrific guy, one of the best and nicest guys I have ever come across,” said his agent, Andrew Kessler. “He had two daughters. It is a horrible tragedy obviously for everyone involved. Really devastatingly sad in every way.”
Howard’s father, Thomas Howard Sr., also was a linebacker who played nine NFL seasons.
• In a strange story out of Mississippi, a legendary high school girls basketball coach resigned after being accused of biting a player in the face during a timeout in a game last week.
Doyle Wolverton, who has coached at Leake Academy in Madden, Miss., for 38 years and is the No. 2 all-time winningest girls high school basketball coach in the nation with a 1,245-181 record entering this season, allegedly grabbed the player “by the shirt and then bit her on the right side of the face” after she made a bad play, according to the police report. The report was filed by the father of the player, who sought medical treatment after the game.
Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner said the family is declining to press charges.
“We haven’t been involved with anything directly since [the hospital] because the parents and coach are trying to settle matters themselves,” Waggoner told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 19, 2000, who became the Patriots’ all-time leader in games played when he started his 207th career game?
|11.18.13 at 1:12 pm ET|
The Texans’ Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub got into a verbal altercation toward the end of Houston’s 28-23 loss to the Raiders.
The dispute occurred after Schaub and Johnson could not connect after the Texans drove to Oakland’s 2-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. Houston failed on a fourth-down attempt to secure the win for the Raiders.
Schaub and Johnson could be seen jawing at each other when they reached the sideline, and Johnson bolted from the field prematurely following their dispute.
The Texans, widely viewed as a Super Bowl contenders entering this season, have turned into one of the worst teams in the NFL with a 2-8 record. There’s speculation that Schaub and coach Gary Kubiak could be ousted at the end of the season.
Johnson’s contract ends in 2016.
“I’m under contract, so I have to play my contract out,” Johnson said, per ESPN.com. “I can’t do anything about that.”
• Ahmad Brooks voiced his displeasure for a controversial call that contributed to the 49ers’ 23-20 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Brooks sacked New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees with San Francisco leading 20-17 with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Brees fumbled and Patrick Willis recovered for the 49ers.
But an official deemed Brooks’ hit illegal, and threw a flag on the play. Instead of San Francisco recovering the ball around midfield with a three-point lead, the Saints retained possession of the ball, received a fresh set of downs, and eventually hit the game-tying field goal.
“I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet,” Brooks told reporters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this [expletive] is bull [expletive]. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more.”
|11.18.13 at 12:06 pm ET|
According to reports out of Philadelphia, catcher Carlos Ruiz has agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal with a fourth-year team option to remain with the Phillies.
Ruiz was rumored to be a potential target of the Red Sox, as well as the Rockies and Blue Jays. He reportedly had a two-year, $20 million offer from an unidentified team.
Ruiz, 34, has spent all eight of his major league seasons in Philadelphia. After putting together a career year in 2012, batting .325/.394/.540 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in 114 games, he struggled this past season. He missed the first 25 games while serving a suspension for using a banned amphetamine, then hit .268/.320/.368 with five home runs and 37 RBIs in 92 games.
|11.18.13 at 8:09 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Patriots at Panthers, 8:40 p.m., (WCVB-TV, ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Ducks at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Vermont at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UNC Asheville at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at Arizona, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Two men were injured when one of them fell from the third deck of Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium and landed on the other during the second quarter of Sunday’s Bills-Jets game.
The incident could be seen in the corner of the screen on the national broadcast of the game, and it shows a man sliding down a railing at the edge of the 300 level, then losing his balance and tumbling off the side about 30 feet to the section below.
An ambulance report indicated that the man suffered a shoulder injury that was not life-threatening. The man he struck suffered a head injury.
The team released a statement Sunday that read:
In the second quarter of this afternoon’s Bills/Jets game a fan fell from the 300 level to the 200 level and landed on another fan. Bills staff responded to the incident immediately and were soon joined by emergency personnel. Both individuals were then taken to South Side EMS inside the stadium and both were later transported to a local hospital for further observation. These are all the details we have at this time.
• For the second time in just over a year, NFL referees are being accused of verbally abusing a Washington player during a game. After Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Eagles, Washington left tackle Trent Williams said he was called a “garbage [butt] disrespectful mother [expletive].”
“I just don’t think there’s no room for you to have to take that from the team and the refs,” Williams said. “I think it’s very unprofessional and it sucks. I’m at a loss for words. You never expect that as a player going into a game to have to beef with the refs also.”
Williams’ teammates supported his claim.
“I’ve never heard anything like that before in my life,” guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. “I don’t know what it was, but that guy came out with some kind of vendetta. I don’t have a lot else to say, but I heard that comment.”
A pool reporter asked head referee Walt Coleman about the incident, but Coleman refused comment and left the stadium.
On Oct. 28, 2012, Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall was ejected from a 27-12 loss to the Steelers after arguing with head linesman Dana McKenzie. Hall said McKenzie was “dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out.”
• Jack Taylor is at it again. The Grinnell College basketball player, who scored 138 points in a game last year, netted 109 against Crossroads in Sunday’s 173-123 victory.
Taylor, who is averaging a ridiculous 90 points through two games, hit 24-of-48 3-pointers and 35-of-70 shots overall. The 5-foot-10 sharpshooter now owns the top two and three of the top five scoring performances in NCAA Division 3 history.
“We just wanted my shot to kind of come in the flow of the offense with catch-and-shoot type plays,” he told USA Today.
Taylor left the game with 5:32 remaining, but he said he didn’t think he could have broken his record had he remained on the court.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 18, 1997, the Red Sox acquired Pedro Martinez from the Expos for which two pitchers (one who was a player to be named later)?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The way I can sum up this game for myself is awful. I know that I can play better. I know this isn’t who I am or what I want to be.” – Jets quarterback Geno Smith, after committing four turnovers in Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Bills
STAT OF THE DAY: 10 – Consecutive home losses for the Eagles before Sunday’s 24-16 victory over Washington at Lincoln Financial Field
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In case you missed this incredible finish from Saturday’s Auburn-Georgia game, Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis scores the game-winning touchdown with 26 seconds left on a fourth-and-18 pass that is tipped by two defenders and falls into his hands.
Central Florida wide receiver J.J. Worton makes a diving one-handed catch of a bail-out pass from Blake Bortles for a tying touchdown with just over a minute to play vs. Temple. UCF added a field goal as time expired to escape with the win.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr.
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Hank Ballard, original singer/composer of “The Twist,” was born on this day in 1927.
|11.15.13 at 8:06 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Trail Blazers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Timberwolves at Nuggets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pistons at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Holy Cross at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: UMass at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Merrimack at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Washington at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Scotland, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Chile at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito filed a grievance against the team Thursday, 11 days after he was suspended for detrimental conducts for his alleged harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin.
“The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement. “In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team. The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players.”
Incognito has missed one game (a Monday night loss to the Buccaneers) and can be suspended for three more under the collective bargaining agreement.
He has denied bullying Martin, insisting that he was the second-year player’s most supportive teammate.
Meanwhile, Martin, who left the team to deal with emotional issues following what his attorney said was regular harassment by Incognito and other Dolphins, is scheduled to meet Friday with an independent investigator hired by the NFL.
• Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his behavior Wednesday night, when he was ejected from a game against the Thunder and then sent out a controversial tweet from the locker room.
Wrote Barnes: I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these [N-word]! All this [expletive] does is cost me money.
Barnes, who lifted his young son from the stands before going to the locker room following his ejection, was fined for “failing to leave the court in a timely manner … and using inappropriate language on his Twitter account.”
Barnes, who is no stranger to the NBA disciplinarian, apologized Thursday before his fine was announced.
“I’ve been doing this for [too] long to let my emotions get the best of me,” he wrote. “My poor choice of words [and] timing do not reflect who or what I am about. It was very selfish on my part to make this situation about me instead of my teammates that fought their hearts out [and] earned a big win against a tough OKC team. Now I could have took the easy way out and said, ‘My twitter was hacked.’ But that’s not what I’m about. I [accept] full responsibility for all my inappropriate action [Wednesday] night [and] I am truly sorry!”
TNT’s Charles Barkley, as usual, had some interesting things to say about the situation.
“Matt Barnes, there’s no apology needed,” Barkley said. “I’m a black man. I use the N-word. I’m going to continue to use the N-word with my black friends, with my white friends, they are my friends. … In a locker room and with my friends, we use racial slurs. I understand he should not have made it public.”
• A high school football player from Missouri became the second prep player to die this week from injuries sustained in a game.
Chad Stover, a junior at Tipton High School, was in critical condition since Oct. 31, when he was taken from the field to an area hospital with a brain injury. Officials did not say how Stover was injured. The game was stopped at the time.
On Monday in Arizona, Charles Youvella died of a traumatic brain injury two days after Hopi’s 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran. Youvella apparently suffered the injury when he was tackled and he fell the ground hard.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 15, 1967, Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski, winner of the American League’s Triple Crown, was named MVP. However, the vote was not unanimous. Which Twins player received one first-place vote?
|11.14.13 at 10:13 am ET|
Despite being arrested this past weekend on charges of speeding and possession of marijuana, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe still intends to play this Sunday. Bowe likely does not want to miss what is shaping up to be Kansas City’s biggest game of the season, as the 9-0 Chiefs are set to travel to Denver to face off against the Broncos.
After being stopped for doing 48 in a 35 mph zone shortly before midnight on Sunday, Bowe’s car was searched by police officers, who reported they found about a third of an ounce of marijuana. Bowe was taken to jail and was subsequently released on a $750 bond. Bowe is due in court on Dec. 18.
While Bowe has avoided speaking to the media since his arrest, Chiefs coach Andy Reid deflected questions regarding Bowe’s arrest and defended his Pro Bowl player, stating that Bowe has been a model citizen so far this season.
“There are rules and regulations put in place and we’ll abide by the rules and regulations, and we’ll make sure we take all of the information that comes out as it goes through the process,” Reid said. “That’s where we’re going with it.
“Dwayne’s been a team player since I’ve been here,” Reid said. “He doesn’t want to bring any problems to the table. That’s not what he wants to do.”
Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million extension with Kansas City this past offseason, has not had a season to remember, as the 29-year-old has only hauled in 33 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns.
Since being selected 23rd overall in the 2007 draft by Kansas City, Bowe has been one of the most effective offensive weapons in franchise history, as he is second all-time with 448 receptions and is fifth all-time in touchdowns (41).
• After suffering a “mini-stroke” less than two weeks ago, Texans coach Gary Kubiak is set to return to the sideline Sunday for Houston’s game against the Raiders.
Kubiak last coached the Texans on Nov. 3 against the Colts, when the 52-year-old coach collapsed on field at halftime and was transported to a hospital. After testing, it was revealed that Kubiak had suffered a transient ischemic attack, typically referred to as a “mini-stroke” for its similarity in side effects and causes.
While doctors have limited the amount of work that he can do during the week, Kubiak was happy to finally be back with the team on Wednesday.
“It just feels great to be back,” Kubiak said. ”I’m on kind of a different schedule — kind of hard to adjust to, but I’m adjusting to it. I’m listening to [my doctors.]
“I wasn’t doing anything different than I’ve always done. I guess it just makes you stop and think a little bit. I’ve been through a lot of good times in this league, I’m going through a hard time right now, but it’s nice to go through any time and to be doing what you love to do.”
Kubiak will have to deal with a lot of pressure in his first game back, as the Texans will look to break a seven-game losing streak against Oakland.
• While Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said that quarterback Peyton Manning would “definitely” play this Sunday against the Chiefs, his status is a bit more unclear now.
Manning, who is dealing with injuries to his ankles, sat out Denver’s practice Wednesday. The four-time MVP took part in the team’s walk-through before heading into the trainer’s room for work on his nagging injuries.
“It’s my preference to be out there, but at the same time, I kind of do what’s best for the team in order for me to get healthy,” Manning said.
Manning has posted some of the best stats of his Hall of Fame career in 2013, as the 37-year-old has thrown for 3,249 yards and 33 touchdowns.
• Former Bears receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for his role in a drug-distribution scheme.
Hurd pleaded guilty in April to one count of attempting to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana. In court on Wednesday, Hurd pleaded for mercy and admitted to being a drug addict.
“I have regrets, your honor,” he said. “I have a lot of regrets.”
• Former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen died Wednesday in a Salt Lake City hospital from complications from liver transplant surgery.
Christensen, 57, had been waiting 10 months for a donor liver, his son, Toby, told the press.
Christensen played 10 seasons for the Raiders, earning five Pro Bowl selections and winning Super Bowls in 1981 and ’84. His 92 catches in 1983 were an NFL record for tight ends, and he broke that mark three years later with 95 receptions.
|11.14.13 at 8:03 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blue Jackets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Colts at Titans, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Rockets at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Georgia Tech at Clemson, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Marshall at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Morgan State at South Carolina State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Toledo at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Temple at Towson, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass, 7:30 p.m. (WRKO)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Veteran NBA enforcer Matt Barnes appears to be running out of patience with his Clippers teammates.
Barnes was ejected from Wednesday night’s victory over the Thunder later in the second quarter after pushing Serge Ibaka, who had gotten tangled up with Clippers star Blake Griffin. Ibaka was ejected as well.
After pulling his son out of the stands and going to the locker room, Barnes tweeted his frustration. Although he soon deleted it, it was retweeted and saved for posterity:
I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these [N-word]! All this [expletive] does is cost me money..
“I think he’s very emotional and down that he got thrown out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I get that part, but the choice of words obviously, that’s not a word I’m a fan of in all venues.”
Added teammate Jared Dudley: “He’s a really tough guy and sometimes he wants that [from] everybody. It goes both ways. We’ve got to be a little bit tougher, and he’s got to be a little bit smarter.”
• Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, a favorite for the Heisman Trophy, was the subject of a sexual battery complaint last December, and the police investigation remains active.
A lawyer for Winston claimed he was told in February that the case is closed, but a representative for the Tallahassee Police said differently Wednesday. “The case is open and active, and the victim is working with the State Attorney’s Office.” said spokesman David Northway.
Florida State coach Jumbo Fisher would not comment on the allegations, but he said of Winston: “I think the world of the young man. Always have.”
A redshirt freshman, Winston has passed for 2,661 yards 26 touchdowns against seven interceptions in leading the Seminoles to a 9-0 record and the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings.
• Veteran relief pitcher Brian Wilson is known as much for his beard as his success on the mound. Wilson, a free agent after spending the past season with the Dodgers, is so serious about his beard that he reportedly won’t consider negotiating with the Yankees because of the team’s policy against facial hair.
The Yankees apparently are moving on as well, as general manager Brian Cashman said, “Cross him off the list.”
Earlier this year, Wilson allegedly turned down a $1 million offer from a razor company to shave his beard, saying the beard is “going with him to the grave.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 14, 1967, which Red Sox representative was named Major League Executive of the Year for helping put together the Impossible Dream team that reached the World Series?
|11.13.13 at 9:38 am ET|
Jonathan Martin will have to wait a little longer to detail his complete side of the story.
The Dolphins announced on Tuesday the delay of their meeting with Martin, which was scheduled for Wednesday and designed to flesh out the second-year pro’s reasons for leaving the team two weeks ago. Instead, Martin, the Dolphins and Ted Wells, the lead investigator appointed to this case by the NFL, will meet on Friday, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“Ted Wells and the National Football League have asked that we delay our meeting with Jonathan Martin until they have the opportunity to meet with him,” Dolphins chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “Out of deference to the process, we will cooperate with their request. We look forward to meeting with Jonathan as soon as possible.”
Martin has not spoken publicly since he left the team on Oct. 28 for the alleged bullying he suffered at the hands of teammates, chiefly fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who remains suspended indefinitely by the team.
ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported the unlikeliness of Martin continuing his NFL career in Miami on Monday.
|11.13.13 at 8:18 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Knicks at Hawks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Ball State at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Miami (Ohio) at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wright State at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Mount St. Mary’s at Villanova, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Florida State at Central Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Illinois, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, New Zealand at Mexico, 3:15 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Magic forward Glen Davis apologized for acting like a Big Baby early Saturday morning at an Orlando Travelodge following his team’s loss to the Celtics, his former club.
Davis, who has not played this season while recovering from a foot injury, reportedly visited the hotel at about 4 a.m. and became upset after being told there was no vacancy. He proceeded to reach over the counter, grab a computer keyboard, yank it from its connection and throw it in disgust before storming out.
“In regards to the incident that occurred on Friday night, I want to sincerely apologize for my actions,” Davis wrote on his @iambigbaby11 Twitter account. “There is no excuse for what I did. I was obviously wrong and I take full responsibility. I apologize to the Magic, my fans and the city of Orlando.”
Police were called, but Davis was not arrested as the hotel decided not to press charges. The team said it would handle any discipline of its co-captain “internally.”
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• The Lakers said ailing point guard Steve Nash will attempt to return to the court, after reports surfaced that he might have to take a medical retirement due to nerve damage in his back.
Nash, who has been plagued by injuries since jumping from the Suns to the Lakers prior to last season, is due $9.3 million this year and $9.7 million next season and could be fully compensated if he was found physically unable to play.
“There’s always going to be a debate, but we’re not going to debate it,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s going to try to get ready, he’s going to try to play and we’re going to try to win. It’s really simple for us. It’s not difficult.”
Nash has missed three of the team’s nine games this season and will be out at least two more weeks while he gets treatment on his back.
“Steve will just have to get back as soon as he can and then we’ll see where we are,” D’Antoni said.
• A community memorial is scheduled for Wednesday for an Arizona high school football player who died Monday after suffering a head injury in a playoff loss Saturday.
Charles Youvella died of a traumatic brain injury two days after Hopi’s 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran. Youvella, the son of the school’s athletic director, scored Hopi’s only touchdown in the game. He apparently suffered the injury when he was tackled and he fell the ground hard.
“You think he’ll be OK,” Hopi coach Steve Saban said. “It’s like a bad dream. I can’t put into words the whole situation. It was unbelievable.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 13, 1978, which player departed the Red Sox to sign with the Yankees?
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