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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Players come to defense of Adam LaRoche after he retires due to White Sox’ stance on kids at spring training

03.17.16 at 8:21 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Trail Blazers at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Suns at Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, UNC Wilmington vs. Duke, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Butler vs. Texas Tech, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, UConn vs. Colorado, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Iona vs. Iowa State, 2 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Yale vs. Baylor, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Hampton vs. Virginia, 3:!0 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Austin Peay vs. Kansas, 4 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Purdue, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Buffalo vs. Miami, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Chatanooga vs. Indiana, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Florida Gulf Coast vs. North Carolina, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Fresno State vs. Utah, 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Wichita State vs. Arizona, 9:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Stony Brook vs. Kentucky, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Providence vs. USC, 9:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Gonzaga vs. Seton Hall, 9:57 p.m. (truTV)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Villareal CF at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at Manchester United, 4 p.m. (FS1)


Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche

— Adam LaRoche’s decision to retire from the White Sox sparked a national debate Wednesday after it was revealed that his move was prompted by the team asking him to minimize his 14-year-old son’s presence at spring training.

White Sox president Kenny Williams acknowledged Wednesday that he spoke to LaRoche twice in the last week, asking the one-time Red Sox first baseman to cut back on his son’s time at camp so the team could be more focused.

“I want to be very clear on something. It’s not because the young man was a distraction, not because he wasn’t well-received or well-liked by players management and everyone else,” Williams said. “He’s a quality, quality young kid that one day might be a heck of a player one day. Anyway, one of the things we said coming into this season is, ‘Let’s check all the columns’ with regards to our preparation, our focus to give us every chance to win.”

Added Williams: “To have his child on the field 100 percent of the time, and that’s kind of where we were, every day, yeah, I asked him initially just dial it back. Even 50 percent is probably too much, but there is a wide range between zero and 50 percent.

“I was a little surprised at the stance that he took. It’s unfortunate. But talk about a quality decision, a life decision and a family decision. He talked about being there for his family and family first and front and center, and I respect and admire that.”

Around baseball — and the team — LaRoche received widespread support.

“On our side of things, I think everyone would say we enjoyed Drake LaRoche in the clubhouse and everything he brought to the clubhouse,” White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said. “He helped out around and wasn’t a burden by any stretch of the imagination. He wasn’t a big problem last year, either. … Adam and Drake are probably the most respected people in baseball I ever played with. Drake would clean cleats, he would help out in drills, pick up baseballs when we needed, he didn’t say boo to anybody and was never a trouble in the clubhouse.”

Tweeted National League MVP Bryce Harper, who played alongside LaRoche with the Nationals from 2011-14: Good for you Roche! Nothing like father and son in the clubhouse..It’s a FAMILY game.

The team asked LaRoche to reconsider, although Williams said the 36-year-old “seemed pretty convicted in his decision.” LaRoche, who hit just .207 with 12 home runs last season, would give up $13 million in salary if he does not return.

Williams stressed that he thought it was “great” for kids to be around the team. However, he said, “I just don’t think it’s great every day.”

— Goose Gossage’s recent tirade about players’ obnoxious behavior was not well-received by everyone, but he has some support from at least one young star.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout said Wednesday he agrees that bat-flipping after a home run is disrespectful.

“I just keep it the same,” Trout told reporters from spring training. “I don’t try to show anybody up. Whatever somebody else does, that’s what they do.”

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President Barack Obama picks Kansas to beat North Carolina in NCAA final

03.16.16 at 9:57 am ET
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In his eighth and final March Madness as a resident of the White House, President Barack Obama picked Kansas to beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.

“Bill Self owes me,” Obama joked about the Kansas coach while filling out his bracket with ESPN’s Andy Katz, as he picked Kansas to win twice before with no success. “I’m putting Kansas in here. Coach, I’m just teasing. I’m not putting pressure on you. But I think the Jayhawks in a squeaker get past UNC.”

Obama correctly predicted North Carolina would win in 2009, his first NCAA Tournament as Commander in Chief, but he has not picked the right winner since.

“This is going to be the year,” he said. “I started off making the right pick, I’m going to end making the right pick.”

Obama also has Texas A&M and Michigan State in his Final Four.

While acknowledging he doesn’t know enough about the smaller programs to predict many upsets, Obama — a native of Hawaii — went with 13th-seeded Hawaii to knock off fourth-seeded California in the first round.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony ‘wouldn’t accept’ Phil Jackson coaching Knicks home games next season

03.16.16 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Holy Cross vs. Southern, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Michigan vs. Tulsa, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Belmont at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Princeton at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Houston at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, UAB at BYU, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Twins, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Astros, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: White Sox at Brewers, 4:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Reds at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal vs. Barcelona, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

— There have been rumors in New York that Knicks president Phil Jackson might consider returning to the sideline as coach — perhaps only for home games, leaving current interim coach Kurt Rambis to handle away games. Carmelo Anthony, however, said that won’t be the case.

“Nah, nah, nah. I don’t think that should be accepted,” Anthony said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t accept that if that was the case. Phil is cool, man. He doesn’t need to be on the sidelines no more. He put so many years into this game. He’s cool. He doesn’t need to be on the sideline. I don’t think he’s thinking about coming back down on the sideline. I hope not. Let him ride on out. Let him sit out and be the president.”

Added Anthony: “Phil ain’t coaching no more, man. So let’s [kill] that rumor. Phil ain’t coaching no more.”

Last week Jackson hinted Rambis might be promoted to permanent coach. Anthony also had something less than enthusiastic to say about that.

“I think you still have to at least listen to other candidates out there,” Anthony said.

Anthony did not dismiss Rambis as an option, although Rambis’ 5-9 record since taking over for Derek Fisher last month — and his 32-132 record in his previous stint with the Timberwolves — isn’t blowing anyone away.

“I think you consider Kurt at that job,” Anthony said. “[Jackson] brought Kurt here for that reason if anything was to happen and the situation is here for him now. I think it’s just more of seeing how Kurt handles the situation right now, how the team does, how the team responds to Kurt.”

— Louisville coach Rick Pitino continues to profess ignorance to claims that an assistant coach paid strippers to perform for players and recruits during parties at a campus dormitory.

Speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” Pitino said he hopes the NCAA investigation “comes up with the right answers, because it’s puzzling to all of us.”

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Family of Danroy Henry reaches $6 million settlement for fatal shooting

03.15.16 at 10:08 am ET
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The family of Danroy Henry Jr., a Pace University football player from Easton who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2010, finalized a settlement with the officer as well as the Village of Pleasantville, New York. Henry’s family will receive $6 million, according to family attorney Michael Sussman.

“The Henrys have been clear from the beginning that no monetary settlement could ever replace the deep loss of their beloved son DJ,” Sussman said. “While this aspect of their lawsuits has now been resolved, they will continue to deal with their deep loss by focusing on faith, family and the important work of the DJ Henry Dream Fund, which has provided opportunities for thousands of young people and will continue to do so.”

The fatal shooting occurred in October 2010. Henry was idling his car outside a bar In Mount Pleasant, New York, where a disturbance was taking place, when he was told by a police officer to leave. It’s unclear exactly what happened next, but as Henry was pulling out, Pleasantville officer Aaron Hess wound up on the hood of the car and fired through the windshield, killing Henry and injuring a passenger.

Conflicting stories and inconsistencies led to Hess being cleared by a grand jury. Sussman said the Henry family was “extremely disappointed with the result.” The settlement, however, was viewed by the family as a step in the right direction.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL exec finally admits link to CTE as congresswoman criticizes league for ‘peddling a false sense of security’

03.15.16 at 8:17 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Pacers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Vanderbilt vs. Wichita State, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Akron at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Davidson at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, High Point at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Alabama at Creighton, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Florida at North Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Long Beach State at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, New Mexico State at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Red Sox, 6:05 p.m. (MLB Network, NESN)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Astros, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Dynamo Kyiv at Manchester City, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Under pressure from a congressman during a congressional committee roundtable discussion Monday, an NFL executive admitted for the first time that there is a link between football and the chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the brain disease known as CTE.

After referencing the work of Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Anne McKee, whose staff has found CTE in the brains of 90 former players, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) asked NFL senior vice president for health and safety Jeff Miller point-blank if there is a link.

“Well, certainly, Dr. McKee’s research shows that a number of retired NFL players were diagnosed with CTE, so the answer to that question is certainly ‘yes,’ but there are also a number of questions that come with that,” Miller said.

It marked the first time the league acknowledged football can lead to CTE. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league representatives have long sidestepped the issue, deferring to the medical community. Prior to the Super Bowl, San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Mitch Berger, who heads the league’s subcommittee on long-term brain injury, recognized the studies but noted that CTE has been found “in all spectrums of life” and said, “It remains to be seen” what the cause is.

Miller said he was “not going to speak for Dr. Berger,” saying it’s more important to examine the entire issue.

“You asked the question whether I thought there was a link,” he said. “Certainly based on Dr. McKee’s research, there’s a link, because she’s found CTE in a number of retired football players. I think that the broader point, and the one that your question gets to, is what that necessarily means and where do we go from here with that information.”

Schakowsky criticized the league for its evasive behavior on the issue.

“The NFL is peddling a false sense of security,” Schakowsky said. “Football is a high-risk sport because of the routine hits, not just diagnosable concussions. What the American public need now is honesty about the health risks and clearly more research.”

Miller’s comments might impact a settlement of the concussion lawsuit against the NFL by former players. A lawyer representing seven ex-players who are objecting to the settlement sent a letter to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals later Monday, arguing that Miller’s statements are a “stark turn” from the league’s previous position, as they “directly contradict” the NFL’s position in the case.

— Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji announced Monday he will take off the 2016 season, explaining he needs to take a “hiatus.”

The seven-year veteran, a product of Boston College, is a free agent after a bounce-back 2015 campaign in which he recorded 22 tackles in 15 regular-season games. He missed the 2014 season with a biceps injury.

“This decision was made after hours of conversation with close family members and mentors and considerable self-introspection and is one in which I am absolutely certain,” Raji said in a statement. “I cannot rule out a return to the NFL in the future, but I will definitely not be playing during the 2016 season.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Unhappy NCAA investigates leaked tournament bracket

03.14.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.


NBA: Pistons at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Twins at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Rockies at Mariners, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Giants at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Leicester City, 3:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


— While fans and teams groaned during CBS’ new NCAA Tournament show — which dragged out the bracket revealing over two hours — someone leaked a copy of the matchups over Twitter. And the NCAA is not happy about it.

About 20 minutes after the TV program began, an unidentified person released the brackets under the heading “Spoiler alert.”

“We go through great lengths to prevent the tournament field from being revealed early, and the NCAA took its usual measures to protect this from happening,” the NCAA said Sunday night in a statement. “Unfortunately, and regrettably, the bracket was revealed prior to our broadcast partners having the opportunity to finish unveiling it. We take this matter seriously and we are looking into it.”

The person who posted the tweet changed the account’s name and protected the account, then apparently deleted it. But it already made its way around the Internet, including to Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, whose son texted him his matchup.

“I thought he was messing with me,” Brey said. “So I just deleted it. Fifteen minutes later we show up, and then I found out we had a little leakage going on. Nothing’s secure, huh? That’s great. That is so typical. It’s so typical of college basketball.”

— The Boston Pride won the inaugural Isobel Cup as champions of the National Women’s Hockey League, and they made sure injured teammate Denna Laing shared in the celebration.

Laing, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while playing in the Women’s Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 31, joined her teammates via FaceTime as they hoisted the trophy on the ice Saturday night after a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Beauts.

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Thinking Out Loud: Erin Andrews benefits from celebrity with $55M jury award in stalker case

03.11.16 at 5:20 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Terry Dehere.

— It isn’t my intention to be flippant here, but does anyone else think Erin Andrews received the amount of money ($55 million) she was awarded due to her popularity in the first place? In other words, if she weren’t “Erin Andrews,” there’s no way that kind of a price tag would have been attached to this decision?

— It is undoubtedly a very trying, emotional situation — having to deal with a stalker and deal with the aftermath of a peephole video on the Internet for the rest of her life. But $55 million? There’s absolutely zero chance she ever receives the full amount — especially since her stalker (Michael Barrett) is on the hook for just over half (51 percent) of that.

— Not for nuthin’, but it doesn’t seem as if the exposure here (no pun intended, really) harmed Andrews’ career in the least. Most plaintiffs in civil lawsuits don’t receive anywhere near the kind of compensation she was awarded. Our legal friend Michael McCann ( pointed out this week an average award in the wrongful death of an adult female is $3 million. And that’s with someone dying.

— If anything, the notoriety of the case helped her gain favor with her new employers at Fox, as they won a bidding war over ESPN for her services. And, by the way, she now hosts ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” too. The defense attorneys in the case made this argument, however, to no avail.

— I have some sympathy over the lack of privacy/invasion of privacy issue, sure. But at what price do we cap monetary awards for alleged humiliation and degradation? This entire “story” was over the top. So was the money. Hope the nude pictures were worth it, fella. But they were kinda pricey, if you ask me. Just sayin’.

— As for the story that has gained traction on Red Sox manager John Farrell and CSNNE’s Jessica Moran having a “relationship,” I concur with ESPNBoston’s Jackie MacMullan. It’s not a good look for either side.

— MacMullan took both Moran and Farrell to task on WEEI this week, and it was deserved. How many times does the business of journalism — especially women reporters — need to be degraded by unthinking, selfish narcissists who allow themselves (and the industry, not to mention employers) to become involved in a situation where no one wins? Except for gaining a few, fleeting moments of pleasure?

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Reports: Browns, Jets, Broncos among possible destinations for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

03.11.16 at 12:15 pm ET
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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of trade talks all week. While there are several potential suitors for the 28-year old, his destination remains unknown.

A report Friday morning indicated that Kaepernick wants to be traded to the Browns to play for new coach Hue Jackson. The team officially released troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday morning, and have reportedly been in talks with the 49ers on a possible deal. Sources say the Browns have been one of the most aggressive teams on the trade front for Kaepernick.

On Thursday, reports came out indicating that the Jets were interested in Kaepernick’s services and had been asking about a possible trade. New York reportedly has not shown any progress on a possible deal with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

If the team does not give into Fitzpatrick’s contract desires, the remaining options at the quarterback positions would be limited to Geno Smith and youngster Bryce Petty. Needless to say, the Jets will be in the market for a new quarterback, whether it be through free agency, a trade or the NFL draft.

Another team that is considered a contender for Kaepernick is the Broncos. After Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s signing with the Texans, the team is forced to find a competent starter elsewhere. Despite the dire need at the position, the Broncos reportedly have been “slow-playing” their approach to acquiring Kaepernick thus far.

While a deal with one of these teams is likely, nothing is considered imminent at the moment.

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Hall of Famer Goose Gossage: Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes ‘disgrace to the game’ for showboating

03.11.16 at 11:39 am ET
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Goose Gossage is not happy with the way some modern MLB players behave. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)

Goose Gossage is not happy with the way some modern MLB players behave. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)

Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage made headlines Thursday after an interview with ESPN in which he went on a 10-minute, expletive-laden tirade. He ripped several current players as well as those who run the league.

Part of the new-school look to baseball involves flashiness. Antics like bat-flips, admiring home runs and showing up pitchers have become more accepted now than they ever were during Gossage’s playing days. This apparently does not sit well with him, as he specifically called out Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista for repeatedly showboating.

“Bautista is a [expletive] disgrace to the game,” Gossage said. “He’s embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a [expletive] fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”

When informed of Gossage’s strong words toward him, Bautista took the high road and did not return fire.

“He’s a great ambassador for the game,” Bautista said. “I don’t agree with him. I’m disappointed that he made those comments, but I’m not going to get into it with him. I would never say anything about him, no matter what he said about me. I have too much good stuff to worry about his comments. Today is my first game [of spring training], getting ready for a new season; hopefully, we will whoop some more ass.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Canadiens’ P.K. Subban taken off on stretcher after hit to head during team’s win

03.11.16 at 8:21 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Knicks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, UMass vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Richmond vs. Dayton, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Michigan vs. Indiana, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, South Florida vs. Temple, noon (AAC)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Florida at Texas A&M, 1 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, UConn vs. Cincinnati, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Illinois vs. Purdue, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, George Washington vs. Saint Joseph’s, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Tennessee vs. LSU, 3 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: C-USA Tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Providence vs. Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: C-USA Tournament, Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Notre Dame vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Baylor vs. Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Tulane vs. Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Alabama vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Nebraska vs. Maryland, 8:55 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Memphis vs. Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Davidson vs. St. Bonaventure, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Georgia vs. South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Miami vs. Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Seton Hall vs. Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pac-12 Tournament, California vs. Utah, 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big West Tournament, Long Beach State vs. UC Irvine, 11:59 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston University at UMass-Lowell, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Rays at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)


— Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban might be known for embellishing in an attempt to draw penalties, but on Thursday night there was real concern for his health.

The veteran stayed on the ice receiving treatment for about 10 minutes after teammate Alexei Emelin’s leg hit his head on a play in the corner. Subban, who had fallen just as Emelin skated over and bumped into him, initially threw off his gloves and wriggled around, but he then stayed on his back as medical personnel attended to him before strapping him into a stretcher to get him off the ice.

“It’s scary to see that many trainers and doctors on the ice,” Habs captain Max Pacioretty said. “Nobody knew exactly what happened. That was the scariest part for me. It looked like a nothing play. It was impossible to concentrate after that.”

“When you see a guy go down like that, and the stretcher comes out, it takes the life out of you,” said teammate Torrey Mitchell, who had a goal in Montreal’s 3-2 win. “We’re just praying that Subby is OK right now.”

Added Sabres coach Dan Bylsma: “You’re trying to win a hockey game but you almost felt like you don’t want to keep playing at that point and time. The game’s an afterthought.”

Subban, who has played in 273 consecutive regular-season games, was injured late in the third period and would seem unlikely to play in Montreal’s next game Saturday in Minnesota. The team said he was taken to a hospital for further testing of a neck injury, and he had normal movement in his extremities.

— Former Celtics guard Nate Robinson plans to give the NFL a try. The 31-year-old last played football as a freshman at Washington, starting six games at cornerback and intercepting two passes.

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