|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: UMass-Lowell announces move to Division 1||02.14.13 at 7:57 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UMass at VCU, 9 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
College basketball: Northwestern at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Belmont at Tennessee State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: LSU at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Mason at Drexel, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
College basketball: Iowa at Penn State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UCLA at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: St. John’s at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at St. Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: USC at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Capitals at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ UMass-Lowell announced Wednesday that it will be moving to Division 1 and joining the America East Conference, effective next season. The River Hawks, who have competed in Division 2 since 1975 (except for ice hockey, which will remain in Division 1 Hockey East), will give America East a Boston-area presence following the departure of Boston University to the Patriot League after this season.
UMass-Lowell teams will go through an NCAA-mandated four-year reclassification period before being eligible for postseason play in 2017-18.
“We knew we were in the same league as these other renowned institutions of higher education in so many ways,” UMass-Lowell chancellor Marty Meehan said in a statement. “Now, we will join them on the playing fields as well.”
♦ Following Wednesday night’s loss at UConn, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim teed off on veteran ESPN reporter Andy Katz.
“I’ll answer anybody’s question but yours because you’re an idiot and a disloyal person,” Boeheim told Katz at the postgame press conference. “There are a few other things I could add, but I’m not going to go there.”
Boeheim reportedly was upset that Katz shared some information about forward James Southerland‘s recently completed six-game suspension on the air Wednesday. Katz, a Newton native, revealed that Southerland told him the player’s academic suspension was an issue related to two paragraphs he wrote in a paper. Apparently, Boeheim believed that information was off the record.
♦ Cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, is organizing an event in New York’s Catskills Mountains on June 1-2, and the 37-year-old said he wants the race to focus on amateur riders, not professionals.
“Professional cycling is organized crime,” Landis told USA Today. “I’m done with that.”
After years of denial, Landis admitting to cheating in 2010, and his testimony helped expose Lance Armstrong. Landis said the last three years of his life have been “a long process” as he deals with legal issues.
“I didn’t tell the truth for a long time, and it was hard for me to then tell the truth and watch people try to say that wasn’t the case,” Landis said. “I was a villain for people in cycling because I lied for so long.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 14, 2003, which Bruin set a record for the fastest two goals by one player from the start of a game when he scored 10 seconds in and again at the 27-second mark in a 6-5 road victory over the Panthers?
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