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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Nike defends new Tiger Woods ad

03.27.13 at 7:45 am ET

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NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Nets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Iowa at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, BYU at Southern Mississippi, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Providence at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Tigers, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Angels, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ Tiger Woods is the world’s No. 1 golfer again, and Nike celebrated his achievement with an ad that features a picture of Woods and the statement “Winning takes care of everything.” That led to harsh criticism from people who questioned the implication that Woods’ transgressions should be dismissed now that he’s successful again.

Nike defended the ad in a statement: “Tiger has always said he competes to win. When asked about his goals such as getting back to number one, he has said consistently winning is the way to get there. The statement references that sentiment and is a salute to his athletic performance.”

Meanwhile, Woods offered some inspiration to fellow golfer Rory McIlroy. After receiving a congratulatory text message, Woods responded by telling McIlroy to (in McIlroy’s words): “get my finger out of my ass and win this week.”

‘™¦ The Ravens introduced Elvis Dumervil on Tuesday after signing the former Broncos linebacker to a five-year deal worth a reported $35 million, and Dumervil let it be known that his breakup with Denver has provided him with a great deal of motivation.

“I think at times in life you deal with people who say you can’t do this or you shouldn’t do that,” Dumervil said. “In this world, you have to prove a point and prove yourself. I’m all about that. Year in, year out, that’s what drives me. I like to go in as a rookie every year, where you have to prove yourself. I have a chip on my shoulder, I may have a brick wall now. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to get out with the guys and really compete.”

Despite the way his departure from the Broncos was handled — with the team playing hardball and offering a dramatically reduced salary for 2013 — Dumervil said he has no animosity toward the franchise.

“It was an unfortunate situation that happened. Obviously leaving a really good organization like the Denver Broncos, they’re proven winners, I have nothing but good things to say about the organization,” he said. “But when an opportunity came that I could come to another winner and a first-class organization, it was just leaving one great one to another great one. So I took it. … Sometimes, you have to make a tough decision. I just felt like it was time to change the scenery.”

‘™¦ Lakers center Dwight Howard had a tough day Monday. Not only did he take an elbow to his face that required three stitches on his lower lip, he was called for a foul on the play and then got a technical foul after he made some comments to Warriors forward David Lee.

Howard said after LA’s 109-103 loss that he won’t forget what Lee did, even though it appeared Lee was just trying to go to the basket strong when his lead elbow made contact with Howard’s face.

“He got away with a shot,” Howard said. “I’ll remember this game, I’ll remember that shot.”

Added Howard: “He said he wasn’t trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself. I will take care of it later.”

The teams meet again April 12.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 27, 1984, which Bruin scored a goal in a 6-4 victory over the Quebec Nordiques to give him 100 points on the season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Let’s just be quite frank about them. We always want to beat Boston. New York in anything wants to beat Boston and when we do it’s a great feeling.” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, after New York’s 100-85 victory Tuesday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Points the United States soccer team has recorded in World Cup qualifying games played in Mexico, with the second coming via Tuesday night’s 0-0 tie at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Clippers star Blake Griffin hits what should have been an amazing game-winner against the Mavericks, but he’s called for an offensive foul instead, and LA loses in overtime.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Middleton

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie was born on this day in 1975.

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