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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: NY media has field day as James Dolan brings Isiah Thomas back to MSG 05.06.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Mets, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


Isiah Thomas is back at Madison Square Garden, much to New York's dismay.

Isiah Thomas, who flopped as general manager of the Knicks but still is in the good graces of team owner James Dolan, is returning to Madison Square Garden, named by Dolan as president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

Thomas will oversee basketball and business operations for the Liberty, and he will receive an ownership stake in the team if approved by the WNBA Board of Governors.

“Over the last couple of months Jim and I talked,” Thomas told The Associated Press. “We talked about the ideas and the way that there was a growth opportunity for the New York Liberty. Women’s basketball is an exciting opportunity. It’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

Thomas was president of the Knicks from December 2003 until April 2008, and his high-salaried teams failed to win a single playoff game. He also coached the team for two seasons, going 56-108 before being fired. Additionally, he was sued by a former employee for sexual harassment, a case that cost MSG $11.6 million.

“I’m familiar with everybody’s bad taste in their mouth about him,” said Liberty star Tina Charles, who grew up in New York as a Knicks fan. “I don’t hold anybody to their past.”

The New York media was not as understanding. In a piece headlined, “Only James Dolan would entrust a WNBA team to sexual harasser,” New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro wrote that he assumed when he saw the release that it was from Funny or Die or The Onion, because it was too absurd to be true.

In a statement announcing the hire, Dolan said the Knicks still deny the sexual harassment allegations against Thomas, despite a jury finding him responsible.

That’s no surprise to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who writes that Thomas’ ultimate goal clearly is to return to his position as Knicks president, and calls Dolan “[Thomas’] meal ticket who believes in Thomas with more conviction than most 8-year-olds believe in Santa Claus.”

— Two Las Vegas residents filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Manny Pacquiao and his camp of hiding his shoulder injury before his loss to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.

According to the suit, Pacquiao and his backers admitted knowing of the fighter’s injury but did not disclose it to the Nevada Athletic Commission as required by law, keeping the information from fans who bought tickets, ordered a pay-per-view broadcast or bet on the bout.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks fans start campaign calling for owner James Dolan to sell team 02.10.15 at 8:34 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Stars at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Rockets at Suns, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nuggets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Kentucky at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Memphis at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Temple, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: James Madison at Delaware, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arkansas at Auburn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Louis, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: New Mexico at Colorado State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Premier League, Tottenham at Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


Knicks fans are fed up with owner James Dolan. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Some Knicks fans are fed up with controversial owner James Dolan after his latest embarrassment. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

— Following Knicks owner James Dolan’s mean-spirited email reply to an elderly fan who called for him to sell the team, a group of fans has started a petition to get Dolan out. It’s the same group that made news during football season pushing for the Jets to fire general manager John Idzik.

Dolan had replied to the 73-year-old, long-suffering fan by calling him a “sad person,” suggesting he was an alcoholic and “most likely have made your family miserable.”

Jason Koeppel, who says he’s a diehard fan of the Jets and Knicks, and some friends started, along with a Twitter and Facebook account. The group now is raising money with plans to take out an ad on a billboard near Madison Square Garden.

“It was the ‘Idzik news conference moment,’ That’s what we called it — when we decided that management and ownership had gone too far and it was time for the fans to do something,” Koeppel told ESPN. “This email that he had the nerve to send to one of his fans was the moment. … We’re sick of having Dolan around. We’re sick of his meddling. He’s an embarrassment. And it’s embarrassing to us to read the email that he sent to a fan, so we just felt like it was time to embarrass him.”

The NBA announced Monday it would not fine Dolan, whose team is a league-worst 10-42 as it prepares to host All-Star Weekend in a few days.

Forward Carmelo Anthony attempted to come to Dolan’s defense.

“Yeah, we all have it. We all have those moments where you just want to get that, you feel a certain way and it’s what people are saying is not the real thing. So we all have those moments,” Anthony said before Monday’s game (which he left early with an injury).

Added Anthony, “For me I would never respond. That’s just their opinion, that’s their feelings and I wouldn’t even go down that path.”

(Anthony apparently forgot that on New Year’s Eve of 2013, he responded to a critical fan on Twitter by writing: “I didn’t ask for your glazed donut face ass to root for me anyway!!!”)

Anthony said the players are are disappointed as the fans with this season’s results.

“I said this early in the year, it’s frustrating for fans, it’s frustrating for me, it’s frustrating for us as a team. So I know. I get it. I get the frustration coming from a fan standpoint,” he said. “But we’re the ones going through it, too, as players, so we have to deal with that.”

George Karl apparently is on the brink of returning to the NBA, as reports out of Sacramento indicate the Kings are closing in on a four-year deal for the 63-year-old to serve as coach.

Karl, who has been working as an analyst for ESPN, last coached in 2012-13, earning Coach of the Year honors for leading the Nuggets to the playoffs, but he was fired after Denver’s first-round playoff loss to the Warriors. Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro worked with Karl in Denver.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots Malcolm Butler, Julian Edelman make cameo at Grammys 02.09.15 at 8:17 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Clippers at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Boston University at Lafayette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Coyotes at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler made a cameo on the Grammys Sunday night, joining teammate Julian Edelman onstage to help present one of the awards.

The Super Bowl hero appeared nervous as he stood alongside Edelman and actor Josh Duhamel. As Duhamel was about to announce the winner of the award for best rock album, Butler (after getting a subtle nudge from Edelman) reached over and took the envelope from Duhamel.

“Once again, another interception by Malcolm,” Edelman deadpanned.

In a backstage interview, Butler said he’s starting to recover from the emotional high of the Super Bowl and its immediate aftermath.

“I’ve been coming down,” he said (via the New York Daily News). “I’ve been coming down lately, but coming back here brought me back up. But I’m managing it well. You’ve got to get over that. I don’t want one play to define me as a player, so back to work, sooner or later.”

As for the actual play, Butler admitted that he was concerned the Patriots might not be able to pull out the win.

“I’m not going to tell a story,” he said. “Me and the whole Pat Nation felt that way. But never give up, keep playing hard, and things like that happen.”

— Knicks owner James Dolan, no stranger to embarrassing himself, is back in the spotlight again for his obnoxious response to criticism from a longtime fan of the team.

The fan, 73-year-old Irving Bierman, emailed Dolan to complain about the team’s poor performance under his guidance and requested that he sell the club. “You have done a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise,” wrote Bierman, who said he has been a fan of the team since 1952. “Please NO MORE.”

In his response, Dolan got personal with Bierman and suggested he takes his allegiance elsewhere.

Wrote Dolan: Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am.just guessing but ill bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing. In fact ill bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you. You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around. In the mean while start rooting for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks owner James Dolan ‘by no means an expert in basketball,’ will defer to Phil Jackson 03.19.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Heat at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iowa vs. Tennessee, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Illinois at Boston University, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Vermont at Georgia, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, UC Irvine at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, LSU at San Francisco, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blues at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Pirates at Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB preseason: Rays at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Angels at White Sox, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at Rockies, 9:40 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Olympiakos at Manchester United, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


— The Knicks introduced new president Phil Jackson to great fanfare Tuesday with controversial owner James Dolan saying he is “willingly and gratefully” ceding authority to allow Jackson the space to fix the team.

Making a rare media appearance, Dolan acknowledged what New York fans have known for years: he’s no whiz when it comes to running a basketball team. Although he admittedly has meddled in basketball decisions in the past, he said he’s prepared to defer to those who are more qualified.

“The two gentlemen to my left [Jackson and general manager Steve Mills] are the experts in basketball. I am by no means an expert in basketball,” Dolan said. “I’m a fan, but my expertise lies in managing companies and new businesses. So I think I’m a little out of my element when it comes to the team.”

The 68-year-old Jackson, who signed a five-year deal worth a reported $60 million, said he plans to focus on “the kind of culture that’s built” and improve the experience for the players.

“The organization has suffered in the past few years from things I think have just been created, by press, by lack of continuity, by lack of solidarity,” Jackson said.

Jackson has won 13 NBA titles — two as a player with the Knicks and the rest as a coach with the Bulls and Lakers — and he said leading New York to a title would the perfect way to go out.

Said Jackson: “This would be the pinnacle, a capstone, on the remarkable career that I’ve had.”

— Former Pistons standout Ben Wallace was sentenced to a year in jail — but only ordered to serve two days of the sentence — for leaving the scene of a car accident last month.

An SUV registered to Wallace crashed into a fence outside a Virginia home last month, taking out a 20-foot section of the fence.

“It was dark, but it’€™s clear from here I saw one person trying to fight to get out of the car,” homeowner Silverio Acosta told WTVR-TV. Acosta said he saw the man smash pieces of wood against the fence after exiting the car “because he was angry.”

Wallace, who pleaded guilty to drunken driving and weapon possession charges related to an incident in the Detroit area three years ago, pleased no contest Tuesday.

— No 16 seed has ever knocked off a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, although there have been two one-point games (Georgetown’s escape vs. Princeton, and Oklahoma’s victory over East Tennessee State, both in 1989) and an overtime contest (Michigan State over Murray State in 1990).

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how such an upset can happen, noting that teams that came close were able to slow down the game and/or use a solid zone defense.

Three No. 15 seeds have knocked off No. 2 seeds in the last two years, but the 16 seeds are 0-116 since the tournament expanded in 1985, despite teams from smaller leagues closing the gap on the power conferences.

Said TNT analyst Charles Barkley: “It’s going to happen at some point soon.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 19, 1972, which Bruins player scored two power-play goals in a 7-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota North Stars and in the process set an NHL single-season record with 27 power-play goals (he finished the season with 28)?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jason Collins receives warm welcome in Nets debut 02.24.14 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Syracuse at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


Jason Collins played for the Nets in Sunday night’s win over the Lakers, becoming the first openly gay player in one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States, after signing a 10-day contract earlier in the day.

Collins received a brief but warm round of applause from the crowd at Los Angeles’ Staples Center when he checked in during the second quarter. He played a total of 10 1/2 minutes, recording two rebounds and five fouls.

“I know that I can play in the NBA and it felt good to be out there tonight,” Collins said after the game. “Conditioning-wise, I felt good. I don’t think I got tired. It was a lot of fun to get back out on the court and set screens, hard fouls. Didn’t take any charges tonight — that’ll change. I’ll get in position next time. As far as basketball timing, it’s going to take at least a couple of practices.”

Teammate Paul Pierce, who had 25 points and seven rebounds to help the Nets end an 11-game losing streak against the Lakers, offered support for the 12-year veteran. Pierce also played alongside Collins on the Celtics last season.

“In the society we live in, you know this was going to happen eventually,” Pierce said. “He is a guy who’s going to be able to open the door for so many athletes — not only in America but around the world — to feel comfortable to come out and not feel embarrassed and feel like they’re welcomed in the sports world. It isn’t about race, gender or sexuality. It’s about being a part of a team and caring for one another. That’s all that matters at the end of the day.”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver also expressed support for Collins.

“Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team,” Silver said in a statement. “Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment.”

— The debate continues about the charge call in Saturday night’s showdown between Syracuse and Duke, with even veteran officials unsure of whether the call was correct after watching slow-motion replays.

One thing no one is debating: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim did not handle the situation well, storming onto the court and swearing at referee Tony Greene, leading to his ejection and effectively ending his team’s chances of winning. Syracuse was trailing by just two points with 10 seconds left when Boeheim lost his cool.

“I just thought that was the worst call of the year, that’s all,” Boeheim said after the game. “I just hate to see the game decided on that call.”

The ACC announced Sunday that Boeheim would not receive further punishment.

— The Knicks continue to underwhelm, and the people of New York aren’t happy about it.

One fan, a 19-year-old who is the son of a New York City police officer, allegedly tweeted death threats against Knicks owner James Dolan, leading to his arrest for harassment, according to the New York Daily News.

Police told the Daily News that Johnny Giamella tweeted, “James Dolan, it’s officially time to die,” and, “Death to James Dolan.” He also posted pictures of himself holding a gun.

Dolan’s security chief saw the tweets and notified police.

Meanwhile, Ron Artest‘s opinionated brother, Daniel, sent out a series of tweets blasting the organization after learning that the team was in the process of buying out Ron’s contract. Daniel called Dolan “the worst owner in sports,” and also wrote, “Mike Woodson is trash as a coach.”

Added Daniel: “Ron wanted to be a Knick his entire career and his dream became a nightmare. Knicks need an overhaul. Top to bottom.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 24, 1917, which Red Sox legend was sold to the Indians?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Flyers chairman Ed Snider calls NHL’s Olympic break ‘ridiculous’ 02.07.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Kings at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Pelicans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Manhattan at Canisius, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Detroit at Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marshall at Southern Mississippi, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Merrimack at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Western Michigan at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Maine at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Opening ceremony, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)


— As the NHL prepares to take two-plus weeks off so that its star players can compete in the Sochi Olympics, at least one high-level executive is speaking out against the break.

Flyers chairman Ed Snider voiced his disapproval after Thursday’s 3-1 victory over the Avalanche.

“It’s ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Snider said. “I don’t care if it was in Philadelphia, I wouldn’t want to break up the league. I think it’s ridiculous to take three weeks off, or however long it is, in the middle of the season. It screws up everything. ‘€¦ How can anybody be happy breaking up their season. No other league does it, why should we? There’s no benefit to us whatsoever. If anything I can only see negatives.”

Added Snider of the Olympics: “I hate them.”

However, reminded that the Flyers won the Stanley Cup reached the Stanley Cup finals during the last Olympic year (2010), Snider laughed.

“Maybe I like them,” he joked. “I forget about that.”

Snider also isn’t happy with Team Canada’s snub of Flyers forward Claude Giroux, who scored an empty-net goal Thursday, the same day Hockey Canada executive director Steve Yzerman chose Lightning forward Martin St. Louis to fill the roster spot vacated by the injured Steven Stamkos. Yzerman also is the Lightning’s general manager.

“It’s a farce,” Snider said. “[Giroux is] one of the best players in the game. It’s ridiculous. He’s better than half the guys on that team.

“Anybody that things Claude Giroux doesn’t belong on the Canadian team, they don’t know anything about hockey as far as I’m concerned. It’s politics, to a certain degree. He had to pick his own guy. His own guy is good, but Claude is better.”

— The Knicks continue to plod along, with a record of 19-30 in a woefully bad Eastern Conference, and it’s not sitting well with controversial owner James Dolan. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Dolan visited the locker room following Wednesday’s loss to the Trail Blazers and asked Carmelo Anthony if coach Mike Woodson should be fired.

Anthony, who scored 26 points Wednesday but missed all five of his shots in the fourth quarter, is said to be sensitive to the fact that he could be viewed as a “coach-killer.”

“There may be players that have a problem with Woody and want to blame him, but Carmelo isn’t one of them,” a person close to Anthony told the Daily News. “If Carmelo has tuned out Woody or doesn’t want him as a coach, why did he score 62 points two weeks ago? Why was he Player of the Month in January?”

On the other hand, Tyson Chandler has publicly questioned Woodson, and the center reportedly has grown close to team president Steve Mills.

Woodson, appearing on ESPN New York radio Thursday, acknowledged that it’s been a trying season.

“This year has been, for me, it’s been kind of a disaster from a coaching standpoint in trying to get players to compete and play at a high level,” he said. “That’s the frustrating part about it, because I know we’re better than what we’ve shown and we’ve still got a chance.”

The Nets are 12-4 in 2014 following Thursday’s 103-89 victory over the short-handed Spurs, improving their season record to 22-25, but TNT analyst Charles Barkley is not impressed.

“I don’t think they’re any good at all,” Barkley said on a conference call with reporters earlier Thursday. “Listen, you’ve only got two teams in the East, you’ve got the Heat and you’ve got the Pacers. I actually think probably the Washington Wizards are the third-best team in the Eastern Conference.

“I could get on here and lie to you, but listen, it’s the Heat and the Pacers. Nobody else is any good ‘€¦ or worth talking about, to be honest with you.”

Barkley offered little hope for a turnaround from point guard Deron Williams, who has not been the same since being traded from the Jazz in February 2011. A three-time All-Star in Utah, Williams has struggled with injuries and inconsistency since. He’s been slowed by ankle injuries this season and admitted Saturday that his confidence “is not my highest” after shooting 3-for-12 against the Pacers.

“Deron Williams has been hurt a lot the last couple of years. He’s never going to get back to Utah,” Barkley said of the 29-year-old. “His best days are behind him.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 7, 1999, which Patriots defensive player was named co-MVP of the Pro Bowl after helping the AFC to a 23-10 victory?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos QB Peyton Manning scheduled for MRI on ankle following win over Chargers 11.11.13 at 7:53 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Dolphins at Buccaneers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Lightning at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Kent State at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UMKC at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Colorado State at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Kentucky at Wichita State, 1 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
College basketball: Akron at Saint Mary’s, 3 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Hawaii, 5 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)


‘€¢ The Broncos won their first game without coach John Fox, who is recovering from heart surgery, but it ended with a scare.

Peyton Manning re-injured his right ankle while being hit by Corey Liuget in the closing minutes of Sunday’s 28-20 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. Although he remained in the game, Manning limped out of the stadium and said he would have tests to determine the extent of the injury.

“Pretty sore,” Manning said of the ankle, which has been a source of trouble for him for a month. “They kind of got me twice in that lower area. I felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but pretty sore. I’ll get an MRI [Monday], so I’ll know a little more then.”

Manning, who threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, originally injured the ankle last month and aggravated it the following week. He said he’s likely to suit up for Sunday night’s matchup with the undefeated Chiefs.

“I certainly plan on it, yeah,” he said. “I had [an MRI] a couple of weeks ago. I took a couple of hits today, so just kind of an update to see what it says. I’m hoping for no change.”

‘€¢ A Chargers tailgater received a ticket for throwing a football in the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium before a game last month.

Jesse Unger, 27, was approached by police and handed a citation, and while he says the officers told him it was for $60, he discovered online that it actually was $280.

Unger took the matter to court last week, and the judge agreed with Unger that it was ridiculous. He suspended the fine after Unger pleaded guilty to “throwing the football.”

“I couldn’t believe that I was going to admit to something that has no business being considered a crime,” he said.

Then, according to Unger, the judge complained about the Chargers’ lack of production in the running game.

The San Diego Union-Tribune investigated and determined that three other NFL venues have a similar police: Tennessee’s LP Field, Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

‘€¢ The Knicks were routed by the Spurs on Sunday, 120-89, but owner James Dolan remains confident in his team. Either that, or he’s setting up coach Mike Woodson to take the fall.

While performing with his band, JD & The Straight Shot, at the Cutting Room in Manhattan, Dolan reportedly said of Wednesdays game against the Hawks: “We’re going to win the next game. That’s a guarantee.”

This came after fans started a brief “Fire Woodson” chant during Sunday’s game.

Said Woodson when asked about the fans’ reaction: “I don’t worry about that stuff. I’ve got to coach them.”

Woodson did acknowledge that his team played like one with no pride.

“No, not at all,” he said. “It’s something we’ll address [Monday] at the practice facility. It’s my job to push them through it and get them over the hump.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 11, 1999, which Red Sox skipper was named American League Manager of the Year?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Heat fan sues Spurs for resting top players 01.16.13 at 7:41 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Hornets at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Rockets at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Miami at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NC State at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at St. Bonaventure, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Purdue at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘™¦ A lawyer from Miami is suing the Spurs for sending four top players home prior to a game against the Heat on Nov. 29, which he claims violates the state’s deceptive and fair trade practices law. Larry McGuinness filed a class-action suit in Miami-Dade County claiming Spurs coach Gregg Popovich “intentionally and surreptitiously” sent home Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green to give them some rest, causing McGuinness and other fans to suffer “economic damages” because they paid a premium price for tickets.

“It was like going to Morton’s Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak,” said McGuinness, who bought his ticket on the resale market. “That’s exactly what happened here.”

NBA commissioner David Stern apologized to fans after the game (a 105-100 Miami win), calling it “unacceptable,” and fined the Spurs $250,000.

Popovich acknowledged he was not doing right by fans when he said at the time: “If I was taking my 6-year-old son and daughter to the game, I would want them to see everybody. And if they weren’t there, I’d be disappointed.”

However, Popovich later made it clear he believes he did what’s best for his team: “I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, I’m sure,” he said.

‘™¦ The Knicks are in London for a game against the Pistons on Thursday, but the talk Tuesday was about owner James Dolan‘s decision to have audio technicians at both ends of the Madison Square Garden court over the weekend to tape all of Carmelo Anthony‘s on-court conversations. Reportedly, Dolan was trying to protect Anthony following the controversy over Kevin Garnett‘s alleged insult about Anthony’s wife during a recent game that led to the Knicks forward getting a one-game suspension for trying to confront Garnett after the game.

“I don’t care about the microphones,” Anthony said upon his arrival in London. “I wasn’t aware of it. I found out on the plane.”

Added Anthony: “I don’t think the mikes are going to stop what goes on out on the court. But it was funny when I heard it. No, I wasn’t upset. Not at all.”

‘™¦ The former media director for the Syracuse athletic department pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance for secretly videotaping male athletes in the locker room shower. Roger Springfield, whose real name is Roger Cahak, was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return next Tuesday.

Springfield was charged with videotaping football, lacrosse and soccer players four times, dating back to 2010. A total of 14 videos were found along with still images, but the charges were limited to the most recent four videos as the others fell outside the statute of limitations.

Springfield, a 57-year-old married father of three, was fired in the fall after a Syracuse athletics department employee discovered one of the videos.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 16, 1974, which Bruin became the eighth player in NHL history to record 450 goals when he scored in a 5-5 tie with the Blackhawks in Chicago?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly tapes Carmelo Anthony’s on-court conversations 01.15.13 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Trail Blazers at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Tennessee at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Notre Dame at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Mississippi at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ According to multiple reports out of New York, Knicks owner James Dolan had audio technicians stationed at both ends of the Madison Square Garden court during the team’s two weekend games holding parabolic microphones designed to capture everything said by and to Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony recently was suspended one game for his postgame altercation with Kevin Garnett that began when the two exchanged insults on the court. Apparently, Dolan wanted a tape of every conversation Anthony had — perhaps so that he could vindicate the player if he’s involved in another confrontation, although the specific reason is unclear.

Said coach Mike Woodson on Monday: “I heard about it, but I don’t know about all of that, I don’t know where it came from.”

Said a league executive to the New York Post: “I’m sure they were trying to placate Carmelo Anthony over anything else. But it would [tick] me off if I didn’t know about it.”

‘™¦ Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel‘s parents got a pep talk from Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman recently, with the AD encouraging the freshman quarterback’s family to be more careful with his public persona.

Manziel, who was arrested last summer after he showed false identification following a fight outside a bar, tweeted a picture of himself holding a wad of cash at an Oklahoma casino last month, and a day later the 20-year-old was photographed partying at a Dallas bar.

“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior,” Hyman said Sunday. “He is a ‘Heisman.’ ‘€¦ It’s [about] education, and we’ve got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award-winner. There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.”

Said Manziel last week: “I’ve got to learn from [things] and move on, and make sure I don’t make some of the same mistakes.”

‘™¦ Tim Tebow‘s brother, Peter, took pleasure in the Broncos’ 38-35 overtime loss to the Ravens on Saturday. Apparently bitter over how Denver shipped his brother to New York following his memorable season in 2011, Peter tweeted after the game: Am I the only one in Denver who’s happy right now?

After the tweet made its way around the web, Peter apologized on Monday.

Tweeted Tim’s older brother: My comment after the game was uncalled for. I may root for another team but I should never gloat about anyone’s misfortune. I’m truly sorry.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 15, 1987, which Bruins forward recorded an assist in a 6-4 victory over the Hartford Whalers to become the 35th player in NHL history with 500 career assists?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rangers coach John Tortorella critical of owner James Dolan’s optimistic talk 01.18.12 at 7:40 am ET
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NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Mavericks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cincinnati at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Clemson at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Texas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ Rangers coach John Tortorella is known for speaking his mind and not backing down to anyone, and apparently it doesn’t matter even when dealing with the team’s owner. After James Dolan told the media Tuesday that the first-place Rangers were “pretty close” to winning a Stanley Cup, Tortorella called out his boss.

‘€œRight now up to this point we’€™ve done a pretty good job ‘€” we just have to go about our business,’€ Tortorella said after the Rangers shut out the Predators, 3-0, and Dolan had left the room on Madison Square Garden’€™s fifth floor. ‘€œLike I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That’€™s a bunch of bull—-. We need to take one game at a time.’€

‘™¦ Oilers forward Taylor Hall slipped on a puck during pregame warmups Tuesday night and ended up colliding with two teammates and getting a skate across his face. Hall, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a hospital for stitches above his eye. The No. 1 pick in 2010, Hall was taken one spot before the Bruins grabbed Tyler Seguin. Hall has scored six goals in his past nine games.

“This is one of those fluky things. It just happens,” Oilers coach Tom Renney said. “Not much we can do about it.”

‘™¦ A man was shot and killed at a restaurant inside a Vancouver hotel where the U.S. women’s soccer team is staying as they compete in an Olympic qualifying tournament. A team spokesman said no players witnessed the shooting.

Tweeted goalie Hope Solo: Saved by our instant yoga session. Was about to walk to starbucks when all hell broke loose in the lobby of our hotel! Life is precious’€¦

‘™¦ Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, named last week as coach of the Rams, was first at the scene of a serious car crash Sunday in Brentwood, Tenn., and aided two injured teenagers until medical personnel arrived. On a 911 tape, a woman who called for help can be heard recognizing Fisher. “Hi, coach Fisher. Hi. We need you. Right now!” she said. “There’s coach Fisher. That’s Jeff Fisher, from the Titans. So hold on. We need him. Immediately.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 18, 1973, the Red Sox signed their first designated hitter, with the position set to debut that season. Which veteran was obtained to fill that role?

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