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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife for mocking him 01.29.13 at 7:59 am ET
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NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Islanders at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Hornets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: North Carolina at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NC State at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)


‘™¦ Following the Patriots’ loss to the Ravens in last Sunday’s AFC championship game, Wes Welker‘s wife, Anna Burns Welker, posted a comment on Facebook mocking Ray Lewis for his apparent hypocrisy. Welker noted that Lewis “paid off a family” after being involved in a double murder outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in 2000 and has fathered six children with four women.

On Monday, Lewis insisted he has forgiven Burns Welker, who apologized one day after her attack.

“I’ve always been a firm believer of the Good Book, and the Good Book always confirms, even a fool is counted wise until he opens he or she mouth,” Lewis said. “Sometimes people just say silly stuff. And they say it out of emotion.

“Sometimes you need to let the game take care of the game. We lost up there last year, and I didn’t hear one teammate say anything about nobody there because we have respect for that team, that they won it fair and square. So for her to come out and say what she said — listen, I truly forgive her, and I have no hard feelings against her at all, but I believe people just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes.”

Lewis also acknowledged he has made mistakes in his life, and he appreciates that he has been given an opportunity to win people over.

“I don’€™t know nobody that’€™s ever lived a perfect life,” he said. “I have [seen] people that have been through things before. Realistically, most of the time when you find somebody that goes through adversity, you really find out what their true character is. For me, people really now have taken time to find out who I am ‘€¦ and [what] my character is.”

Added Lewis: “For someone who has been through adversity and found his way out and really just showing what my true character is and who I am as a person.”

‘™¦ Days after President Barack Obama said football needs to be safer for parents like him to consider allowing their kids to play, hard-hitting Ravens safety Ed Reed agreed.

“I am with Obama,” Reed said. “I have a son. I am not forcing football on my son. If he wants to play it ‘€¦ I can’t make decisions for him. All I can do is say, ‘Son, I played it so you don’t have to.’ ”

Reed added that football’s medical system needs major improvement.

“We’ve got some leaks in it that need to be worked out,” he said. “Every medical training room should be upgraded; training rooms can be a lot better.

“When you’ve got the president talking about it, you’ve got something.”

Meanwhile, Kristin Cavallari, who is engaged to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, said she will push their 5-month-old son to a sport other than football when he gets older.

“I will try to steer Cam in a different direction, maybe a sport that isn’t so aggressive,” she said. “Maybe baseball — something where he doesn’t have to get hit.”

‘™¦ The Jets reportedly have had internal discussions about former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who struggled to stay focused and in shape and was out of the NFL after the 2009 season. Russell is planning to attempt a comeback after being out of the game the last two seasons.

New general manager John Idzik told New York sports radio station WFAN on Monday that he wants to challenge incumbent Mark Sanchez, whose contract makes him difficult to trade. Idzik recently got a chance to meet Sanchez and let him know where he’s coming from.

“Yeah, I’m comfortable with Mark being a Jet,” Idzik said. “I told him as well, we’re going to add competition. ‘€¦ It’s going to help make Mark and everybody else better.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 29, 1996, the Red Sox sent outfielder Lee Tinsley, reliever Ken Ryan and minor league outfielder Glenn Murray to the Phillies for which pitcher (and two minor leaguers)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re in the White House right now, which is like, ‘Mama, I made it.’ ” LeBron James, as the Heat visited President Obama to celebrate their 2012 NBA championship

STAT OF THE DAY: 23 — Consecutive penalty kills for the Bruins to open the season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A player for the Russian Professional Basketball League team Unics Kazan makes a pass to his coach on the sideline. The alert coach makes a quick pass to another player.

Magic big man Glen Davis catches Gerald Wallace as the Nets forward goes in for a layup and gives him a lift to the baseline.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of The Gap Band, was born on this day in 1953.

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Former Raiders No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell training for NFL comeback 01.23.13 at 11:08 am ET
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After spending the last three years effectively out of football, former No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell is attempting an NFL comeback, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Russell, the quarterback who was drafted by the Raiders in 2007 and last played with them in 2009, will need to overcome both conditioning issues and off-field problems, including a 2010 arrest for possessing codeine syrup without a prescription.

‘€œThe last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family,” Russell said. “People would say [that] I didn’€™t love the game, but that pisses me off. People don’€™t know the real you, but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I’€™m a bust. I want show them I’€™m not. I’€™m committed to this now.’€

The 6-foot-6 Russell now weighs 308 pounds, down from the 320 pounds he weighed last fall but a far cry from the 265 he weighed when the Raiders drafted him. He has been working on cardio conditioning over the last few months to get in shape, and he has also spoken to youth groups about his poor life choices and his arrest.

Yahoo! reports that former NFL wide receiver Mike Clayton, who, like Russell, went to LSU, has been mentoring Russell throughout his training. Clayton is part of a team of former players and doctors supporting Russell on his road back to professional football.

Even in 2007, Russell was known more for his raw athleticism than his training or technique, and he struggled at the NFL level. He played 31 games with the Raiders and completed 52.1 percent of his passes in that time. But with a new network of support behind him, he said things will be different this time.

‘€œI’€™m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’€™t been there for me,’€ Russell said. ‘€œIt feels funny not to go through a training camp, that’€™s just what I’€™m used to. It’€™s going to feel good to go back out there again. I will make this happen.’€

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Report: JaMarcus Russell facing foreclosure on mansion 03.04.11 at 12:50 pm ET
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Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is facing foreclosure on his $2.4 million mansion, reports. According to documents obtained by the site, foreclosure proceedings have already begun after Russell allegedly failed to pay nearly $200,000 in mortgage payments.

Oakland drafted Russell first overall in 2007, and he is widely considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history. He went 7-18 in 25 starts with 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions before being released last offseason. No one signed him last season and he’s still a free agent.

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Redskins bring in JaMarcus Russell for workout 11.02.10 at 2:33 pm ET
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Fresh off criticizing and benching Donovan McNabb for his cardiovascular fitness, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins brought in JaMarcus Russell, a quarterback who has dealt with his own fitness issues. Russell was one of several free agents to work out with the Redskins on Tuesday before the team broke for its bye-week vacation.

In his three seasons in Oakland, Russell threw for 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 31 games before being released this offseason. The Redskins current backups to McNabb are Rex Grossman and second-year player John Beck out of BYU.

McNabb was suffering from lingering hamstring issues heading into Sunday’s game vs. the Lions and was told in advance he might be pulled.

On Tuesday McNabb said, “Coach makes the decisions.”

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Report: Ex-Raider Russell failed drug test in ’07 08.13.10 at 1:36 pm ET
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Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell said that he failed a drug test after being selected first overall by Oakland in the 2007 draft in an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez. He tested positive for codeine, the same drug he was arrested for possessing back in July. Russell claimed he had a prescription for the drug but that it came from a doctor not associated with the team. He is still without a team following his arrest and is not expected to play in the NFL in 2010.

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