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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants CB Eli Apple caught in middle as his mother rips owner over domestic violence; Derrick Rose returns to Knicks 10.24.16 at 8:03 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:Pro football
NFL: Houston at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Calgary at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NHL)

SUNDAY’S RESULTS:
NFL: Patriots 27, Steelers 16
NFL:
Cardinals 6, Seahawks 6
NFL: Buccaneers 34, 49ers 17
NFL: Giants 17, Rams 10
NFL: Eagles 21, Vikings 10
NFL: Dolphins 28, Bills 25
NFL: Bengals 31, Browns 17
NFL: Jets 24, Ravens 16
NFL: Chiefs 27, Saints 21
NFL: Colts 34, Titans 26
NFL: Lions 20, Redskins 17
NFL: Raiders 33, Jaguars 16
NFL: Chargers 33, Falcons 30
NHL: Oilers 3, Jets 0 
NHL: Rangers 3, Coyotes 2 
NHL: Islanders 6, Wild 3 
NHL: Ducks 4, Canucks 2

AROUND THE WEB:

Eli Apple

Eli Apple

— After the mother of Giants rookie corner Eli Apple criticized Giants co-owner John Mara on Twitter last week, Apple reacted to her posts on Sunday.

“My mom’s very vocal and that topic is very important to her, so I can understand where she was coming from,” Apple said. “But at the same time in my position I just have to do my part and play football and do what I can do.”

Annie Apple, a domestic violence survivor, criticized her son’s boss for his handling, or mishandling, of Giants kicker Josh Brown’s domestic violence against his wife.

In an article for SI.com on Sunday, Annie Apple further expressed her disgust.

“The comments made by John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, were insensitive, dismissive and callous,” she wrote. “How are you a so-called champion of domestic violence but lack basic compassion for a victim? Yes, this man signs my son’s checks as I’ve been reminded on Twitter. Mr. Mara owns the New York Giants. He doesn’t own Annie Apple. Wrong is wrong. And Mr. Mara’s comments were unapologetically wrong and hit at a raw place.”

Apple stressed on Sunday he spoke with his employers and assured them he is committed to the team despite his mother’s anger.

“I talked to them, let them know my mom, her reactions like that sometimes are like that, she’s her own person, she’s going to do that, so I’ve just got to do my job,” he said. “I just made sure I talked to everybody, man, just let them know, whoever is concerned.”

Apple returned from a groin injury Sunday to play in his team’s 17-10 win over the Rams in London.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Giants K Josh Brown has long history of domestic abuse; Derrick Rose found not liable in rape trial 10.20.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: 
New Jersey at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB playoffs:
Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. (CBS; NFL Network)
College football:
 Miami at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football:
Troy at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football:
BYU at Boise State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: New York at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA Finals:
Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Europa, Internazionale Milano vs. Southampton, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Europa, Krasnodar vs. Schalke 04, 1 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa, AS Roma vs. FK Austria Wien, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa, Manchester United vs. Fenerbahce, 3 p.m. (FS1)

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB:
Indians 3, Blue Jays 0 
MLB:
Cubs 10, Dodgers 2
NHL:
Jets 5, Maple Leafs 4
NHL: Red Wings 2, Rangers 1

AROUND THE WEB: 

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

— Josh Brown is a bigger monster than we thought.

The Giants kicker served a one-game suspension for domestic violence at the beginning of this season after his now ex-wife, Molly, said he abused her on multiple occasions. The Giants investigated and determined they were standing behind their decision to sign Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract this past spring.

But they might not feel that way now.

Brown’s emails and journal entries from counseling sessions were released on Wednesday and revealed a long history of domestic assault.

“I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man,” Brown wrote in one entry. “I have abused my wife.”

“I have been a liar for most of my life,” he wrote in his journal. “I made selfish decisions to use and abuse women starting at the age of 7 to fill this void. I objectified women and never really worried about the pain and hurt I caused them. My ability to connect emotionally to other people was zero. My empathy levels were zero.”

Brown wrote his behavior is due to being abused when he was 6 years old.

The NFL’s domestic violence policy states it issues “a baseline suspension without pay of six games” but this can be fewer or more games based on each individual situation.

Neither the NFL nor the Giants commented Wednesday on this bombshell revelation.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Derrick Rose rape trial continues despite death of investigator 10.13.16 at 7:43 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NFL:
Denver at San Diego, 8:25 (CBS; NFL Network)
College football: North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer:
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Derrick Rose rape trial will continue after a motion to dismiss it was denied.

After Rose’s lawyers petitioned for a mistrial on the basis of the accuser deleting a crucial text, the judge, Michael Fitzgerald, ruled it is not a reason to throw out the trial. But he did rule the jury will know the accuser did not disclose all the texts in question in the correct time frame.

This continuing case was shrouded in tragedy on Tuesday when one of its investigators was found dead in her California home.

Natalie Hernandez, 44, died of gunshot wounds and her death it being investigated as a suicide. She was a detective investigating Rose’s case and it is not clear if her death is related to that case.

— Tim Tebow might actually be a miracle worker.

On Tuesday the former NFL quarterback and current Mets prospect came to the swift aide of a fan in the stands who was having a seizure. One day later he explained why he did it.

“It’s what you are supposed to do,” Tebow said prior to Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale. “In my opinion just try to in those moments try to be there for people and try to help people, because there is not a bigger, better more important thing you can do in life than be there for people in need.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods pulls out of Safeway; Derrick Rose headed back to stand in rape trial 10.11.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Washington at Los Angeles, 5:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Chicago at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m. (FS1)
WNBA Finals: Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Portland at LA Lakers, 11 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Romania at Kazakhstan, 11:45 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Armenia at Poland, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, England at Slovenia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. New Zealand, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

 MONDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs: Indians 4, Red Sox 3
MLB playoffs: Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
MLB playoffs: Giants 6, Cubs 5
NFL: Buccaneers 17, Panthers 14

AROUND THE WEB:

— After announcing he would play in this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, California, Tiger Woods abruptly withdrew on Monday.

“After a lot of soul-searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods, 40, wrote on his website. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

This would have been Woods’s first PGA Tour event in over a year.

Woods also withdrew from next month’s Turkish Airline Open, and it seems his reason is performance anxiety.

“After a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world,” Woods said on his website.

Woods has won 14 major events and has been taking a break from golf after having back surgery last year.

Time will tell if we have seen the last of Tiger Woods, but he hopes to play in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December.

— Derrick Rose’s rape trial is set to continue Tuesday with the Knicks player is back on the witness stand.

Rose and two of his friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, are accused by an anonymous woman, who dated Rose on and off, of gang rape in August 2013.

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Carmelo Anthony says ‘the front office stepped up,’ Knicks now a contender 07.19.16 at 12:38 pm ET
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Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Speaking publicly on Monday for the first time since Knicks president Phil Jackson made a series of roster moves, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony applauded the front office and was hopeful about the team’s chances of being a contender in the Eastern Conference.

“The front office stepped up,” said Anthony, an 11-time All-Star who has been a Knick since 2011. “It was a collective effort. They did their job and they did what they had to do to make some moves and make things happen. They put us in a situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of that.”

“I think we have a good opportunity to do some things this year. It’s all about what we do. It’s all about us now. It’s all about how we come together, how we jell together. For the most part, the pieces are there, so it’s up to us.”

The Knicks, who have not had a winning season since they won 54 games in 2012-13, were able to trade for point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls the night before the NBA draft. Jackson and the front office brass then had the cap space to sign Rose’s teammate Joakim Noah, swingman Courtney Lee and point guard Brandon Jennings.

Although Anthony believes the Knicks “have a very special team on paper,” there are plenty of red flags. Noah and Lee are 31 and 30, respectively. Jennings, once a top young star in the league, averaged seven points per game with Orlando last season. And Rose, the 2011 league MVP, is 27 years old and injury-prone. He has not played more than 70 games since that MVP year.

Despite the injury concerns with Rose, Anthony said he is not worried about the point guard’s health.

“As far as injuries go, it happens,” Anthony said. “But I think sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air, in Derrick’s case. I talked to him maybe once or twice, but he’s locked in right now. He’s focused. I’m hearing he’s healthy.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Colts confident ailing QB Andrew Luck will play Sunday 10.01.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Ravens at Steelers, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-AM)
College football: Miami at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL preseason: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NNHL Network)
NHL preseason: Avalanche at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Monaco, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Sion at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: NWSL champoonship: FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— As if the season isn’t going bad enough for the 1-2 Colts, quarterback Andrew Luck sat out most of Wednesday’s practice for what the team said was a sore throwing shoulder.

Coach Chuck Pagano said the move was precautionary, and that Luck is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars.

“I’m not a witch doctor, I don’t have a crystal ball. I just listen to the trainers and the doctors, but I wouldn’t bet against [No.] 12, ever,” Pagano said, adding: “Supreme confidence that he’ll play.”

Luck, who was injured during this past Sunday’s win over the Titans — although he would not revel precisely how or when the injury occurred — has not missed a game since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012.

“There’s always bumps and bruises that show up in high school, college and the NFL. You deal with stuff, you manage it,” Luck said. “It’s nothing more than that in my mind.”

There has been speculation that Luck’s injury actually is to his ribs, especially after Luck winced Sunday when backup Matt Hasselbeck tapped him after a touchdown pass. The Colts added quarterback Alex Tanney to the practice squad Tuesday, and Hasselbeck handled most of the throwing Wednesday.

“It’s probably not the first time they’ve tried to [give Luck some rest],” Hasselbeck said. “It’s probably the first time he gave in.”

— Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has two bruised fingers but no broken bones after taking a pitch off his hand during Wednesday night’s loss to the Phillies.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez continues hot start at spring training 03.10.15 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Robert Morris at Saint Francis (N.Y.), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Green Bay at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Princeton at Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Dakota State vs. South Dakota State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Rangers at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Schalke at Real Madrid, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— There were some expectations that Alex Rodriguez would need some time to shake off the rust after being suspended for the entire 2014 season. However, Rodriguez has been hot in his first week of spring training, going 2-for-3 Monday against the Rays to improve to 4-for-9 with two walks in four games.

“It doesn’t really mean anything,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve played for a long time. It’s better than 0-for-9, I guess. … Nothing’s really significant this time of year.”

Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged he didn’t expect Rodriguez to be this comfortable this quickly, and he said he’s impressed by the start.

“I think it’s impossible not to [be impressed],” Girardi said. “If you’re struggling in the beginning, like a lot of our hitters are, you say it’s timing. That was my concern for Alex coming into camp; how long would it take for him to get his timing? I think he’s done a pretty good job adjusting, and I want to continue to see it.”

Added Rays manager Kevin Cash: “He looked good, he was aggressive, obviously hunting fastballs. He looked just the same as he did two years ago, so good for him.”

Rodriguez also passed another checkpoint, as Monday’s game was his first back-to-back outing of the spring. He’s expected to take Tuesday off.

“The first week is always the toughest,” Rodriguez said. “So far, so good.”

— Oft-injured Bulls star Derrick Rose, who had surgery on his knee Feb. 27, said Monday that he thinks he will return this season, but only “whenever I feel right, that’s when I’m going to step back.”

The team indicated Rose would miss between four and six weeks after his surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He shot around on the United Center floor before Monday’s game.

“I feel good. I’m in a positive place right now,” Rose said in his first public comments since the surgery. “Just trying to keep it positive and get the most out of these days.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant out again with torn rotator cuff 01.23.15 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Saint Louis, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Manhattan at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Green Bay, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: All-Star Fantasy Draft, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Providence at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at Cambridge, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The hits keep on coming for the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. On Thursday the team announced that Bryant tore his right rotator cuff in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans when he attempted a two-handed dunk.

Bryant, 36, headed home Thursday after an MRI revealed the tear.

Bryant remained in the game after suffering the injury despite struggling to do anything with his right arm. A righty, he managed to hit a 14-foot jumper with his left hand (video above).

He said after the game that it felt as if the shoulder “came out of the joint a little bit.”

“I felt fine when I went up, and didn’t feel too good when I came down,” he said.

The NBA’s highest-paid player at $23.5 million, Bryant is averaging 22.3 points per game, although he missed eight games over the past month to get some rest.

— The Bulls are struggling, but star guard Derrick Rose said it’s not the fault of coach Tom Thibodeau.

Fingers have been pointed at the former Celtics assistant as the team had lost six of its last eight games before Thursday’s 104-81 victory over the Spurs.

“This doesn’t have anything to do with Thibs at all,” Rose said. “The way that we’ve been playing doesn’t have anything to do with Thibs. He’s preparing us right. He’s doing everything and did everything possible to prepare us as a coach. It’s up to the players to give that effort.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks apologize after comparing comeback to civil rights struggle 01.20.15 at 8:19 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Stars, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: LSU at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Dayton at Davidson, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at Air Force, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Seahawks tweet 1-20-15— The Seahawks were understandably emotional after Sunday’s overtime victory over the Packers, a game in which Seattle trailed by 16 points at the half and needed two late fourth-quarter scores, a successful onside kick and an overtime touchdown to advance to the Super Bowl.

However, the team acknowledged it took things too far afterward by referencing quotes from Martin Luther King on the day meant to honor the civil rights legend.

The team’s official Twitter account tweeted a photo of quarterback Russell Wilson on Monday with two King quotes: “We shall overcome,” and, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

The tweet was eventually deleted, and an apology followed: We apologize for judgment shown in a tweet sent earlier. We did not intend to compare football to the civil rights legacy of Dr. King.

Meanwhile, Wilson drew some criticism for his own tweet, in which he used the famous line from former NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano just months before he died of cancer: Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

Wilson did not address the critics who assailed him for comparing a football game to battling cancer, but he retweeted a note from the group Strong Against Cancer that read: @DangeRussWilson In football, and in life. Thank you for inspiring the #StrongAgainstCenter team every day, Russell.

— The Cavaliers have had their issues this season, but after they knocked off the Bulls, 108-94, on Monday, it was Chicago’s turn to lament a lack of cohesiveness.

Guard Derrick Rose did not hold back when discussing his team’s performance. The Central Division-leading Bulls have lost six of their last eight games.

“We’ve got to give a better effort,” Rose said. “It seems like we’re not competing and it’s [expletive] irritating.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Wizards G John Wall emotional about 6-year-old’s death following win over Celtics 12.09.14 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Kings at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: IUPUI at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Dakota at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel at Liverpool, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After leading the Wizards to a 133-132 double-overtime victory over the Celtics, Washington guard John Wall struggled to keep his composure as he talked about dedicating the game to Damiyah “Miyah” Telemaque-Nelson, a 6-year-old who died Monday after losing her battle with cancer.

Wall, who finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds and scored his team’s final 10 points as the Wizards rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second OT, met Miyah last March and became close to her as she was being treated for Burkitt’s lymphoma. A moment of silence was held before the game, and Wall wrote “RIP Miyah” on his sneakers.

“This was an emotional game for me,” Wall said in an on-court interview with CSN Washington right after the game. “This is for Miyah, one of my close friends that I lost, that I met last year. It’s just tough for me, to see a little kid that fights so hard for cancer and can’t beat it. This game’s for her. All my jersey, my shorts, I’m going to give it to her family.

“It’s a tough day for me. I really cried today.”

Asked if Miyah really touched his heart, Wall could not respond, bending over while he cried.

Wrote Wall on Twitter later: If you were blessed to meet and get to know Miyah you know how special of a little girl she was. I’m saddened by the news but I know that she’s in a better place. Keep her family in your prayers. I’ll definitely miss my buddy. Rest In Peace Miyah.

LeBron James followed through on his suggestion that he would wear an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, donning the Eric Garner protest shirt during pregame warmups before his Cavaliers played the Nets in Brooklyn. He was joined by teammate Kyrie Irving and four Nets, including Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams.

“It was a message to the family. That I’m sorry for their loss, sorry to his wife. That’s what it’s about,” James said of the New York City man who died July 17 after police placed him in a chokehold. “I think everybody else gets caught up in everything else besides who’s really feeling it, and that’s the family. That’s what it’s about.”

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