FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nuggets at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball : Providence at Brown, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Baylor at Gonzaga, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten  Network)
College basketball: Missouri at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Independence Bowl, Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Russell Athletic Bowl, Rutgers vs Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Meineke Car Care Bowl, Minnesota  vs. Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
‘¦ A couple of Boston sports antagonists were in the news Thursday, one receiving a suspension and the other escaping punishment on an apparent technicality.
The NBA suspended Heat guard  Dwyane Wade  one game for his kick to the groin area of Bobcats  guard Ramon Sessions during Wednesday night’s game in Charlotte. Wade, who in the past has been accused of dirty play by Celtics  guard Rajon Rondo , flailed his left leg upon being fouled, but he continues to insist it was an accident.
Tweeted Wade Thursday: I’m far from being a dirty player, + my intent was never 2 kick Ramon Sessions. I just reacted to the contact that I got from him. More than anything, I think of my boys watchin me be4 retaliating 2ward any player.
Sessions didn’t buy Wade’s explanation, saying after the game: “I thought he did it on purpose.”
Sherman had claimed that there were issues with the collection of his urine sample on Sept. 17 that involved a leaky cup.
“I know what the truth is and anybody else who knows anything knows what the truth is. The truth has been told today,” Sherman told reporters. “People can say what they want, there are always naysayers. I have great teammates and great coaches and great fans and that’s all I care about.”
Sherman — who famously taunted Tom Brady  after Seattle’s 24-23 victory over the Patriots on Oct. 14 — received support and criticism following his announcement. Apparently, New England fans touched a nerve, as Sherman later tweeted : Pats fans enjoy ur day 😉.
‘¦ Tim Tebow  once again was bypassed by Jets coach  Rex Ryan , as Mark Sanchez  was tabbed to start Sunday’s season finale against the Bills when Greg McElroy  was ruled out due to post-concussion issues.
“I’m going to start Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said Thursday. “The reason I’m starting Mark is we have two practices and one walk-through to get ready for Buffalo. Mark has had success earlier in the season against Buffalo. He’s very familiar with them. That’s the reason I’m going with Mark.”
McElroy suffered his concussion in Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Chargers. He was sacked 11 times but did not acknowledge his condition to the coaches until Thursday morning. A “stunned” Ryan then called Sanchez and Tebow together to announce his plans.
“Obviously, Tim’s not happy with that as you’d expect,” Ryan said.
Said Tebow: “I understand. I told coach I definitely understand. Obviously, you’re a competitor, you want to play, but I understood his decision. I just let him know, just like always, I’ll do whatever I can to help the team.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 28, 1963, which Red Sox  infielder was named Comeback Player of the Year?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I know these players have it within them. I will never doubt that, because they’ve shown time and time [again] what they’re capable of, but they also have a tendency to play down to their level of competition and to pace themselves, for lack of a better term, throughout the course of the regular season.” — Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, during his Thursday appearance on The Big Show 
STAT OF THE DAY: 10 — Points for the Celtics in the final quarter of Thursday night’s 106-77 loss to the Clippers 
‘NET RESULTS: Mavericks guard Darren Collison hits a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime vs. the Thunder (the Mavs went on to lose in OT).
During Thursday night’s Belk Bowl, Duke punter Will Monday gets a fortuitous roll and ends up with a 79-yard punt that pins Cincinnati at its 2-yard line.
During a soccer match in Turkey, Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz is hit in the head by an object thrown from the stands, and then, while Yilmaz is lying on the ground being checked on by Trabzonspor defender Giray Kacar, a smoke bomb explodes right next to them.
TRIVIA ANSWER: First baseman Dick Stuart, who hit 42 home runs with a league-high 118 RBIs in his first season in Boston after coming over from the Pirates
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Box Tops lead singer Alex Chilton, who died in 2010, was born on this day in 1950.