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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman apologizes for postgame rant

01.21.14 at 7:50 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBATV)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Butler at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Temple at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Rutgers at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Purdue at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Boise State at New Mexico, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Wild at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Controversial Seahawks star Richard Sherman apologized Monday for his postgame rant after Sunday’s NFC championship game in which screamed about being the best cornerback in the game and insulted 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates… That was not my intent,” Sherman said in a text to ESPN.

Speaking on the “SVP and Russillo” show on ESPN Radio earlier in the day, Sherman acknowledged that he let his emotions get the best of him.

“Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently,” he said. “But it is what it is now, and people’s reactions are what they are.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he spoke with Sherman to clear the air, and he said the player was receptive.

Said Carroll: “You’re talking about a guy in a warrior’s mentality in the middle of everything. He’s a fiery guy. That was Richard being Richard in a moment where you would like to pull him to the side and take a knee for a while, then we’ll talk to you.

“It’s unfortunate that it was so crazed, but that’s who he is. His mental makeup to get ready for that matchup was expressed right there so he could play the way he can play. Unfortunately, sharing with the world, it didn’t come across so well.”

Kobe Bryant remains sidelined as he works his way back from a broken left knee suffered during a Dec. 17 game against the Grizzlies, and he said Monday that he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return.

“Try not to think about it too much,” he said before the Lakers lost to the Bulls in Chicago. “Just go day to day.”

Bryant, who missed the start of the season while recovering from a turn left Achilles tendon, has been limited to riding an exercise bike until he’s ready to get back on the court.

“There was before I came back the first time because I didn’t know how my Achilles was going to respond to playing and changing directions,” Bryant said. “The game in Memphis I had a pretty good feel for it, getting back to being able to do what I normally could do. I feel confident about it. I did play that second half on a fractured leg and played pretty well. I feel pretty good about my chances.”

Bryant, 35, also said he has not wavered on his decision to skip the 2016 Olympics.

“I’ll go an spectate,” he said, adding: “Maybe I’ll go watch [Pau] Gasol win another silver.”

— Jamaica has a team in the bobsled event at the upcoming Sochi Olympics — rekindling memories of the 1988 “Cool Runnings” squad — but it’s going to take some money to get the athletes to Russia.

So the team posted a collection page on Crowdtilt in an effort to cover the $80,000 needed to fund the trip and training. As of Tuesday morning, donations of more than $110,000 had poured in.

The team has been training in Wyoming, getting by with what it has been able to afford.

“We have not come close to covering our costs,” Jamaican Bobsled Federation general secretary Chris Stokes told ESPN.com. “We have many outstanding obligations, and we have to pay three more weeks of training. We’ve had very lonely days when we struggled to make ends meet by borrowing equipment. Our guys haven’t had the proper jackets.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 21, 1954, the NBA All-Star Game went to overtime for the first time. Which Celtic scored 10 points in the extra session and was named MVP after leading the East to a 98-93 victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’€™€™ll let the league handle the discipline on that. It’€™€™s not for me to decide, but it’€™s one of the worst plays I’€™ve seen.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on Wes Welker‘s hit on Aqib Talib in Sunday’s AFC championship game

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Goals in the past four games for Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who had a pair in Monday’s 3-2 victory over the Kings

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bulls forward Taj Gibson takes an inbound pass with less than a second left in overtime and hits a layup for a win over the Lakers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bob Cousy

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Edwin Starr, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1942.

And Richie Havens was born on this day in 1941.

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