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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Dolphin Richie Incognito apologizes in return to Twitter

02.18.14 at 8:10 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Maryland, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Villanova at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Florida at Louisville, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kentucky at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: George Washington at Richmond, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Butler at St. John’s, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions League, Manchester City vs. Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Olympics: Men’s hockey qualification, Russia vs. Norway, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s speedskating, men’s Nordic combined, cross-country, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey qualification, Switzerland vs Latvia, noon (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s speedskating, men’s Nordic combined, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling, women’s curling, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Women’s Alpine, men’s freestyle skiing, women’s bobsled, women’s short-track speedskating, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s short-track speedskating, 1 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey quarterfinal, Slovenia vs. Sweden, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Richie Incognito, who deleted his Twitter account Friday after the release of the report that chastised him and two of his Dolphins teammates for creating a culture of harassment in the locker room toward Jonathan Martin and others, returned Monday with a new approach.

Incognito, who blasted Martin last week before the report came out — writing, “The truth is going to bury you” — took a different approach Monday, apparently realizing that he has jeopardized his playing career with his behavior. Incognito, who was suspended for the final two months of the season, is a free agent, and the Dolphins have made it clear he’s unlikely to return.

Tweeted Incognito: I apologize for acting like a big baby the last few days. This has all been so much on me and my family. I just want to play football

And: I want everyone to know I’m in good spirits and looking forward to playing again one day Early Tuesday, he added a note to Martin: I would like to send Jonathan my apologies as well. Until someone tells me different you are still my brother. No hard feelings

 

Incognito completed his series of apologies with a message to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and investigator Ted Wells.

Wrote Incognito: I would like to also apologize to Mr. Ross and Mr. Wells. [Expletive] got cray cray #MYBAD

– The Phillies are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2013, and Jonathan Papelbon says he wants to help by bringing a positive attitude.

The former Red Sox closer — who last year stated, “I didn’t come here for this,” and indicated the team needed major changes — is ready for a new start under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

“I know I said a lot of things that have come in the middle of 10-, 12-game losing streaks that come out with emotion,” he said Monday (via the Philadelphia Inquirer), adding: “I’ve always been an emotional-type player. That’s just the way I am. This year, that emotion has turned into so much more of a positive than a negative. I’m not saying we’re going to go out and everything is hunky-dory. We still have a lot of work to put in. That starts from the top with Ryno. A lot of guys are jumping on board.”

That said, Papelbon indicated he doesn’t plan to stop speaking his mind.

“I’ve said a lot of things in my career that may or may not have been right,” Papelbon said. “I won’t take a single one back, though. I say what I say and I mean it. I’m an emotional person. I pitch emotionally. I wear my heart on my sleeve, man. That’s just the way I go about it. If that’s the way I’m going to continue to do it, I want you guys to know I’m a good teammate.”

– The Pennsylvania high school senior with Down syndrome who hit four 3-pointers in a basketball game last week is turning pro.

Kevin Grow, the student manager at Bensalem High who scored a game-high 14 points when given a chance to play (with cooperation from a gracious opponent), was presented with a two-day ceremonial contract by the 76ers. He was given the chance to shoot around with Sixers players toward the end of Monday’s practice, and he’s slated to participate in pregame activities before Tuesday’s game against the Cavaliers.

“Grow has become an inspiration to the Sixers organization, as his story has swept the nation,” the team said in a statement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 18, 1930, which Bruins goaltender set an NHL record for most wins in a season when he recorded his 31st with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Canadiens?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’€™€™s going to be greatly missed as far as a competitor, teammate, person, on and off the field. Just a quality quality human being.” Red Sox catcher David Ross, during a Monday appearance on Mut & Merloni, speaking about Ryan Dempster‘s decision to sit out the 2014 season

STAT OF THE DAY: 70-9 – The U.S. women’s hockey team’s advantage in shots in goal in Monday’s 6-1 rout of Sweden in the Olympic semifinals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds capitalizes on a Baylor turnover to hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer (although Baylor would go on to win in overtime).

During a halftime contest at West Chester University, a fan hits a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and halfcourt shot in 25 seconds, but his halfcourt shot — a one-handed fallaway after he races back to the line — comes on his second attempt, and the rules state that he can’t have a miss in order to win the $10,000 prize.

From a high school basketball game in Arkansas, junior JaMario Bell shatters the backboard on an alley-oop dunk.

In this Gatorade commercial, workers transform a New Orleans high school basketball team’s locker room during the second half of a game, installing new lockers, chairs, lights, carpet and more. To cap it off, Dwyane Wade stops by to inspire the players.

A rooster gets on the field at an Israeli soccer match and proves tough to corral.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tiny Thompson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung was born on this day in 1947.

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