Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Youkilis asked Tom Brady for advice before signing with Yankees
|02.05.13 at 7:57 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Lakers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Boston College at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wake Forest at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at DePaul, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Purdue at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Florida at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Florida State at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: South Carolina at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Lightning at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Former Red Sox stalwart Kevin Youkilis, who is married to Tom Brady‘s sister, Julie, revealed that he asked the Patriots quarterback for advice before signing with the Yankees as a free agent in December.
During an interview with the Yankees’ YES Network that is scheduled to air Tuesday, Youkilis said he picked Brady’s brain about playing for a rival.
“I even asked a question about coming to New York: ‘Could you ever be a Jet or a Giant?’ ” Youkilis said. “And he’s like, ‘I don’t know. Luckily I’m not in your shoes.’ And I’m like, ‘Thanks for your advice, buddy!’ ”
Youkilis, who will demonstrate his new batting stance during the program, also talked about what’s like being related to Brady.
“Well, I can say I’m his only brother right now, so that’s a cool thing,” Youkilis said. “We always joke about that: the brother you always wanted, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if you wanted me as a brother, but you didn’t have a choice in this matter now.’ He’s great. It’s pretty fun.”
♦ Following last week’s story detailing Alex Rodriguez‘ alleged PED use, the Yankees are doing their best to keep the infielder out of the public eye while he rehabilitates after offseason hip surgery. General manager Brian Cashman told the media Monday that he’s not going to reveal where A-Rod is working out.
“I’m not going to say to try and keep away the extra, whatever you want to call it, paparazzi, whatever it is, the stakeout, wherever he is working out,” Cashman said. “That’s the only reason I’m not going to say where he is going to be on a given day.”
Manager Joe Girardi said he’s not worried that the latest controversy will be a major issue for the team.
“I think our club is used to handling distractions,” Girardi said at a team fundraiser in Manhattan. “The city we play in, there’s a lot of news always surrounding our club. A lot of times, it’s a lot of good news. Our club will handle it. A club like ours is going to go through adversity all the time. Going through a season is never easy. Why would this year be any different?”
Meanwhile, a New York Daily News story quotes a source as saying Rodriguez is concerned that his team and Major League Baseball are trying to set him up in an attempt to end his career.
“He’s scared, because he thinks this is so unbelievably false, and he’s wondering who could be behind this,” the source told the paper. “He thinks something could be going on larger than anyone might think.”
♦ The European Union police agency Europol announced Monday that an 18-month review has revealed that organized crime groups fixed or tried to fix hundreds of soccer matches around the world in recent years, including World Cup qualifiers.
Europol did not give details about the games or suspects, citing an ongoing investigation, although it did mention that a Singapore-based crime syndicate was involved in some match-fixing. It said 425 individuals — game officials, team officials, players and criminals — from at least 15 countries were involved in fixing European soccer games dating back to 2008.
“This is a sad day for European football,” Europol director Rob Wainwright said, noting that criminals were operating “on a scale and in a way that threatens the very fabric of the game.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 5, 1978, 76ers guard Doug Collins gave up his starting spot in the NBA All-Star Game in deference to which Celtic?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I do not think this will have an effect on future Super Bowls in New Orleans. I fully expect to be back here for Super Bowls. I hope we will be back. We want to be back here.” — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, during a Monday press conference, addressing the power outage at the Superdome during Sunday’s Super Bowl
STAT OF THE DAY: 14 – Consecutive home wins for the Pacers, after Monday’s 111-101 victory over the Bulls that put them in a tie with Chicago for first place in the Central Division
‘NET RESULTS: Nick Young delivers a 360-degree dunk during Monday’s rout of the Magic.
From a high school game in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday, Rush-Henrietta guard Daniel Barley falls, rolls over, keeps his dribble the whole time, and hits a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to win the game against Greece Athena, 57-54.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The retiring John Havlicek, who scored 10 points in the East’s 133-125 victory
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Boston native Bobby Brown was born on this day in 1969.
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