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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets QB Mark Sanchez rips ‘gutless’ unnamed teammates

03.16.12 at 7:32 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Heat at 76ers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Texas vs. Cincinnati, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, NC State vs. San Diego State, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Alabama vs. Creighton, 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Virginia vs. Florida, 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, St. Bonaventure vs. Florida State, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Belmont vs. Georgetown, 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Vermont vs. North Carolina, 4:10 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Norfolk State vs. Missouri, 4:40 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Saint Louis vs. Memphis 6:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Lehigh vs. Duke, 7:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Ohio vs. Michigan, 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Purdue vs. St. Mary’s, 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Long Island vs. Michigan State, 9:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Xavier vs. Notre Dame, 9:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, South Florida vs. Temple, 9:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Detroit vs. Kansas, 9:57 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Northwestern at Washington, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinals, Providence vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinals, Maine vs. Boston University, 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Twins at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Kansas State vs. Syracuse, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Gonzaga vs. Ohio State, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Murray State vs. Marquette, , 5:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Vanderbilt vs. Wisconsin, 6:10 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, VCU vs. Indiana, 7:10 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iowa State vs. Kentucky, 7:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Colorado vs. Baylor, 8:40 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, New Mexico vs. Louisville, 9:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NIT, UMass at Seton Hall, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NHL: Blues at Lightning, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Hockey East championship, 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Magic at Heat, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Thunder, 9:30 pm. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, third-round games (CBS, TBS, TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Northern Iowa at Drexel, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Bucknell at Nevada, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Iowa at Oregon, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Flyers, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Rays, 1:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez lashed out at the unnamed teammates who criticized him following the team’s disappointing finish to the 2011 season, calling the comments “a gutless thing to do.”

“If you’re not going to put your name on something, why waste anybody’s time?” said Sanchez, who last week signed a three-year, $40 million extension. “Obviously, they had strong opinions about it, but not strong enough to say who they are.”

Sanchez, who has been quiet almost all of the offseason while reports came out about problems between him and receiver Santonio Holmes, took some responsibility for the issues.

“I don’t want to speak for Santonio, but I know I underachieved,” Sanchez said. “I think there were some things I could’ve handled better with him and our communication.”

That said, Sanchez insisted the “feud” is not nearly as bad as it’s been portrayed, and he and Holmes have talked about how it’s been overblown.

“It was something where we just kind of smiled,” Sanchez said. “When I first saw him, it was like, ‘Man this kind of took on a life of its own.’ He said, ‘You’re telling me.’ ”

‘™¦ Former Giants teammates Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey had an interesting exchange on Twitter Thursday. It started when Toomer wrote that Shockey was a “bad teammate, worse person” after hearing speculation that the tight end might want to return to New York as a free agent.

Shockey responded by accusing Toomer of urinating on his ex-wife’s clothes and later calling him an idiot.

Answered Toomer: Thanks 4 proving my statement about being a bad person.

‘™¦ After agreeing to stay in Orlando through next season, Dwight Howard professed his loyalty at a Thursday press conference. “I’m not like those guys, or those people they’re trying to paint me as,” Howard said, with the assumption that he was referring to LeBron James and friends in Miami. “I’m too loyal. That’s not my nature.”

He got support from Hornets guard Jarret Jack, who tweeted: S/O to @dwighthoward for being loyal and not following this whack trend in the league of dudes trying to team up. #standonyourown2.

That got a response from Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who tweeted: Loyalty hahahahaha.

Wade will get a chance to make a statement on the court Sunday, as the Heat host the Magic.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 16, 1960, the Red Sox made a trade with the Indians, sending which catcher who chose to retire instead, negating the deal?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s twilight zone-ish. I don’t know what we did, but we did something to put luck not on our favor that’s for sure. I haven’t seen a run of bounces like this in a long time.” – Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, after Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Panthers

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 – Power-play goals for the Bruins in their last 15 opportunities, spanning seven games

‘NET RESULTS: An individual shoots a basket from a helicopter.

College mascots take the “Ellen” show’s dance dare to show off their moves behind unsuspecting individuals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Sammy White, who returned to baseball a year later for one-year stints with the Milwaukee Braves and Phillies

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Nancy Wilson of Heart turns 58 Friday.

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