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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos exec John Elway says Peyton Manning not getting enough credit

01.16.14 at 8:04 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Stars, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Nets vs. Hawks, 3 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Knicks at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Providence at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at Louisville, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona State at Arizona, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at San Francisco, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Long Beach State at UC Santa Barbara, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

John Elway, the Broncos legend who now serves as the team’s executive vice president of football operations, knows a thing or two about trying to win a championship to secure a legacy.

However, Elway — who quarterbacked the Broncos to two Super Bowl wins at the end of his illustrious career — says Peyton Manning shouldn’t have to beat Tom Brady‘s Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game and win a second Super Bowl to prove anything.

“He’s won a Super Bowl,” Elway said of Manning. “For some reason he doesn’t seem to get the credit for having won one Super Bowl already. I think maybe the comparison is Tom going to five and Peyton having been to two and winning one, that may be it.”

Added Elway: “There is no question, having been through that, I understand where Peyton is. He doesn’€™t have the monkey that he hasn’€™t won one. He has been there two times and won one. This is all about at this point in time trying to win a Super Bowl and then what that does for the organization as well as it just adds to Peyton’€™s legacy and where he is.”

Brady has a 10-4 record vs. Manning, including a 2-1 mark in the postseason. With the 2013 Broncos setting NFL records for the most prolific offense ever, it’s put added pressure on Manning to deliver a title.

“Fair or not, that’€™s the way it is,” Elway said. “As a quarterback, especially the level you’€™re at with Peyton, that’€™s what they are going to look at. If we can win a championship this year, it’€™s going to help with Peyton’€™s legacy. Even if we don’€™t, I think the year that he’€™s had this year is going to still help with his legacy. He’€™s had a tremendous year. For some reason, Peyton is not getting the credit — he’€™s been there twice and he got one. You get to the point where Peyton is, the greatness that he’€™s had, there is always someone trying to put chinks in the armor and that’€™s what they go after.”

— Lakers guard Nick Young was ejected from Wednesday’s 121-114 loss to the Suns in Phoenix for throwing a punch during a second-quarter fracas. After being hit in the face by rookie center Alex Len while going in for a layup, Young shoved Len and then swing at guard Goran Dragic‘s face. Len also was ejected.

“I just reacted and got caught up in the moment. Like anyone would have,” Young said. “It was a tough foul.”

Young also wasn’t pleased with his own team, as no one came to his defense.

“What I’m mad about is it was 1-on-5,” Young said. “I felt like if someone would have gotten in the middle of everything it wouldn’t have escalated as much. I felt bad for Dragic. He was right there. I didn’t throw [a] punch. I was trying to shove people out of my way. I was getting pushed further back. It was more trying to get out.”

— A Little League coach in California is suing one of his own players because the player threw his helmet while celebrating a home run and it hit the coach in the heel.

“At first I thought it was a joke,” the boy’s father, Joe Paris, told KCRA-TV. “Now I think it’s absurd.”

Alan Beck, who coached a Lakeside Little League team in Roseville (outside Sacramento), filed papers that the boy “carelessly threw a helmet, striking Plaintiff’s Achilles tendon and tearing it.”

Beck is seeking $500,000 for pain and suffering, and more than $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.

“I don’t think the boy meant to harm him,” acknowledged Beck’s attorney, Gene Goldsman. “But this wasn’t a part of the game. A guy who volunteers his time to coach should not be subjected to someone who throws a helmet in the manner that he did. What the kid did, it crossed the line.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 16, 1974, which Bruin became the eighth player in NHL history to record 450 goals when he scored in a 5-5 tie with the Blackhawks in Chicago?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That might be the first time all season that we’ve won with defense.”Celtics coach Brad Stevens, after Wednesday’s 88-83 victory over the Raptors that ended Boston’s nine-game losing streak

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 – Years since Greg Oden last played in an NBA game before Wednesday’s appearance in the Heat’s loss to the Wizards

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson appears to ask Cavaliers coach Mike Brown (who formerly coached the Lakers) to move so that he doesn’t block the actor’s view during Wednesday’s game.

From a game in the Australian Baseball League, Melbourne’s Tyler Massey crashes through the fence but hangs on for the catch during a 7-3 loss to Adelaide.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Johnny Bucyk

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barbara Lynn was born on this day in 1942.

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