TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics  at Bulls, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Timberwolves  at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball : Winthrop at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten  Network)
College basketball: Richmond at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State  at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Western Kentucky at VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Miami at Central Florida, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Stanford at NC State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville State at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten  Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
‘¦ The Jets’ hopes of making the playoffs were ended Monday night with a brutal 14-10 road loss to the Titans . Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez  threw four interceptions but was in position to win the game after a 19-yard punt gave New York the ball at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds remaining. However, Sanchez couldn’t handle a low shotgun snap on first down and the Titans recovered the fumble.
ESPN play-by-play caller Mike Tirico summed it up best, saying: “That’s the way this game should end, that’s the way the Jets’ season should end: Ugly, and a loss.”
Said Jets coach Rex Ryan : “Obviously, it’s a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief. I think the thing that really hurts the most is we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”
Sanchez (13-for-28 for 131 yards) had a passer rating of 32.6, lower than Tim Tebow  (39.6), who was 0-for-1 and rushed three times for 15 yards. Sanchez turned over the ball on each of his team’s final three possessions.
“It doesn’t feel good hurting your team like that,” Sanchez said. “It’s not a winning formula. It never feels good.”
“Guys, no questions,” he told reporters. “I’m going to tell y’all the truth. This [bleep] has got to stop. Just being real.”
‘¦ A walk-on long snapper for the University of North Alabama was dismissed from the team after he made a racially offensive reference  to President Barack Obama on Sunday night.
Referring to Obama’s speech from Newtown, Conn., that caused NBC to cut away from its coverage of the Patriots-49ers game, Bradley Patterson tweeted:
Take that [n-word] off the tv, we wanna watch football!
UNA director of athletics Mark Linder later tweeted  that Patterson no longer is a member of the team.
Patterson’s Twitter account was closed shortly after his tweet.
‘¦ Major League Baseball  is attempting to produce hats with padding  so that pitchers will be safer. Baseball officials are considering adding a Kevlar lining to help avoid concussions when balls are struck back toward the mound.
“Since we started looking at the concussions a few years ago, we’ve actually been talking about this and looking for products,” MLB medical director Gary Green told The Washington Post. “But unfortunately there has not been any product that can withstand the impact at the major league level. And I think the fact that we’ve had several [incidents] in the last two years has really given us more impetus to see if we can get this developed quicker.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 18, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his ninth (and final) career hat trick and added two assists in a 6-5 loss to the Hartford Whalers?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I put my walls up early. Stephen’s going to be a little bit less guarded. I think he’s’ a real laid-back personality. You’re not going to see a lot of helmet-throwing, bat-slamming, unfortunately that’s what seems the people in Boston like. ‘¦ We treat ourselves a lot like role models, I think Stephen, he’s following that same thing.” — Former Red Sox  outfielder J.D. Drew on his brother Stephen , who agreed to a one-year deal with the Sox
STAT OF THE DAY: 900 — Career victories for Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, putting him two behind Bobby Knight for second place all-time
‘NET RESULTS: Rockets guard Jeremy Lin  returned to Madison Square Garden on Monday night, which led to a Knicks fan to create this video called “Linderful Tonight.”
Lin — who had 22 points and eight assists in leading Houston to a 106-96 victory — wasn’t as well-received by one former teammate, as Tyson Chandler  committed a flagrant-1 foul when Lin drove the baseline.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Charlie Simmer
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was born on this day in 1943.