|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Kentucky coach John Calipari goes off on team after upset loss in NIT||03.20.13 at 7:57 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Hornets, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nets at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, LIU Brooklyn vs. James Madison, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, La Salle vs. Boise State, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Indiana State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Mercer at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Long Beach State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Detroit at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Wild at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB preseason: Indians at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ For Kentucky coach John Calipari, Tuesday night’s first-round NIT loss to Robert Morris was a fitting end to a miserable season. And he was not shy about admitting it.
“This is a shot in the arm for [Robert Morris] and they deserve to win the game,” Calipari said after his top-seeded Wildcats missed a 3-pointer with one second left and dropped a 59-57 decision to the eighth-seeded Colonials. “If we’d have won at the buzzer, it would have been a shame.”
Kentucky rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to force a tie, but Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining to oust the defending national champions, whose season was plagued by injuries and inconsistency.
“This is humbling,” Calipari said. “They think we’re supposed to win 30 a year, 35 a year, go to the Final Four, win a national title.”
Calipari was blunt about the problems his team had this season.
“They haven’t had any discipline all year,” he said. “We ended on a note we’ve been talking about [all year]. We can’t really play [disciplined].”
Added Calipari: “The stuff I had to withstand this year … the program almost got hijacked. Never in my career have I surrendered in any way to any team and I did at times this year, to try to save guys, to try to help guys, and it never works.”
The game was played at Robert Morris, minutes from Calipari’s boyhood home in Western Pennsylvania, as Kentucky’s arena was being prepared to host NCAA tournament games. The arena was jammed with 3,500 boisterous fans who stormed the court after the win. It helped ease the pain of Robert Morris missing the NCAAs after winning the Northeast Conference regular-season title but losing in the conference tournament.
“It’s probably the greatest consolation prize you can possibly have,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said.
♦ Jim Brown, arguably the greatest running back of all time, weighed in on the proposed rule to penalize ball-carriers who lower their head and initiate contact with a defender. Brown, speaking from the league meetings in Phoenix, said he has no problem with the suggested rule.
“I didn’t use my head,” Brown said, via Newsday. “I used my forearm. The palm of my hand. And my shoulder. And my shoulder pads. I wasn’t putting my head into too much of anything. I don’t think that’s a good idea. At least it doesn’t sound like a good idea to me if I’m not guaranteed that my head is going to be strong enough to hurt somebody else and not hurt myself.”
Added Brown: “Nobody I ever broke bread with, and I see players all the time, talked about using their head running the football. I’ve seen Barry Sanders and Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen and Franco Harris and we’ve all been together — we were all together at the Super Bowl — and no one talked about using their head.”
♦ With the NCAA tournament upon us, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 March Madness shockers.
No. 1 is George Mason’s run to the Final Four in 2006, including an overtime victory over top-seeded UConn in the regional final. No. 2 is VCU’s victory over top-seeded Kansas in the regional final in 2011. No. 3 is Villanova over Georgetown in the 1985 championship game. No. 6 is Cleveland State — coached by Boston native Kevin Mackey — over Indiana in 1986.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 20, 1957, the movie “Fear Strikes Out” made its premiere. Which Red Sox player was profiled in the film?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees’ Mark Teixeira injury more serious than initially thought||03.18.13 at 7:53 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Baseball Classic: Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Brewers at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury is worse than originally thought. Teixeira on Sunday revealed that instead of just a strained tendon, he has a partially torn tendon sheath (which covers the tendon and keeps it in place).
General manager Brian Cashman said Teixeira still is not slated for surgery, which would be “the worst-case scenario.” He put the chances at 30 percent that Teixeira would need a season-ending procedure, noting that the tendon is stable rather than dislocated. That gives the player hope that it will heal on its own in a couple of months.
“This is one of those things I can’t come back too early,” Teixeira said. “We saw when I tried to play too early last year what happened. I don’t know if it’s going to be middle of May, beginning of May, beginning of June. I don’t know when it is, but I know there’s a whole bunch of season left, and the time that really matters is the playoffs.”
Teixeira suffered the injury while hitting off a tee during a practice with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic.
♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban still is upset that Derek Fisher signed with the Thunder last month, two months after the veteran guard received his release from the Mavs because he said he missed his family. Before the Thunder visited Dallas for a Sunday game, Cuban told The Dallas Morning News: “I’ll make a point not to see him. I’ll just boo him hopefully like everybody else.”
Cuban said he offered Fisher advice when he was out of the league, eventually adding him to the Mavs roster, and Fisher betrayed him in return.
“I really tried to help him out,” Cuban said. “And then to have him pull this stuff. … But it wasn’t his first time. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, you know, I’m an idiot.”
Added Cuban: “It’s not that he used me. Look, my personality is to try to help somebody, particularly somebody that I thought one thing about. It didn’t turn out to be that way. I was just trying to be nice and help. Usually, when you help somebody, you expect some semblance of loyalty back. So when you don’t get it, it’s more disappointing.
“His history, I shouldn’t have been surprised what happened. I thought I offered him some positive encouragement and advice. And then we signed him. I expected a little different turnout than what happened. That’s just how it goes. I have my big-boy pants on.”
Responded Fisher: “I love Mark and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done and does in terms of this team. … I don’t have any issues with Mark, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about than the short few weeks here.”
♦ With the NCAA tournament set to begin this week, Forbes magazine takes a look at the absurdly high salaries being paid to coaches and has a list of the most overpaid.
Missouri coach Frank Haith is No. 1, followed by Kentucky’s John Calipari. Other notables names include Michigan’s John Beilein (4), Louisville’s Rick Pitino (5) and Indiana’s Tom Crean (9).
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 18, 1953, the National League owners approved the move of the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee. Who was the Braves owner?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens’ Bernard Pollard OK with bounties, upset with Roger Goodell||04.05.12 at 7:57 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers, 1 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI)
MLB: Marlins at Reds, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Dodgers at Padres, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Celtic at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
NBA: Knicks at Magic, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Frozen Four, Boston College vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Frozen Four, Ferris State vs. Union, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, known to Patriots fans as the player who caused major injuries to Tom Brady, Wes Welker and, this past season, Rob Gronkowski, is not happy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell‘s attempts to make the sport less dangerous.
“It’s getting out of hand,” Pollard told Houston radio station KILT. “This is not powderpuff football, this is not flag football. This is a violent sport. And it’s a fun sport — we all love playing this game. And we’re blessed by God to even go out there and display our talent to the world, but at the same time you can’t sit there and say, ‘We want guts, we want glory, we want heart.’ You can’t give a player heart but at the end of the day you tell him, “Well, hold on, but be careful when you go to make that hit.’ We wear helmets and shoulder pads. That means you’re supposed to go knock somebody around. We ain’t wearing flags.”
Regarding the Saints’ bounty situation, Pollard said he doesn’t care if a team has bounties and called the one-year suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton “outrageous.”
“This is a game, this is a violent game. You can’t take this away,” Pollard said. “You suspend a man for a whole year? You suspend a man for a whole year and now you’re looking for players to suspend? This is outrageous. You’ve got to be kidding me.”
♦ After coaching Kentucky to the national championship Monday, John Calipari insists he has no desire to leave for the NBA, even though the Knicks reportedly have interest.
“Kentucky is the best job in basketball coaching,” Calipari said. “Why would I leave? We just won the national title. We’re chasing UCLA.”
Meanwhile, a player being recruited by Kentucky, Everett’s Nerlens Noel, raised some eyebrows when he recounted a story of walking through Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Final Four weekend and being graciously received by Wildcats fans.
“I’m always just shocked at how dedicated Kentucky fans are,” Noel wrote in a diary for ESPN. “One man asked me if I wanted to take his wife home with me, ha ha. I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘Nah, I’m good,’ but that’s just how insane the fans were down there.”
♦ At Wednesday’s annual press conference prior to the start of The Masters, August National Chairman Billy Payne refused to answer questions about if and when a woman would be admitted as a member of the club. The topic became relevant again because IBM has a new CEO, Virginia Rometty, and the last four IBM CEOs have been invited to be club members.
“As has been the case whenever that question is asked, all issues of membership have been and are subject to private deliberations of the members,” Payne said. “That statement remains accurate and that remains my statement.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 5, 1971, the Cardinals returned to the Red Sox which Rule 5 draft pick who would go on to a stellar major league career (most of it outside Boston)?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rick Pitino fires back at John Calipari||10.07.11 at 7:35 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
No games scheduled
NHL: Lightning at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLS: Earthquakes at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NFL: Jets at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Following comments from University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari that were dismissive of Rick Pitino‘s Louisville program, Pitino responded in an interview with CBS Sports‘ Jeff Goodman. “Four things I’ve learned in my 59 years about people,” Pitino said. “I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid.”
Added Pitino: “If the shoe fits anyone, wear it.”
♦ Eagles defensive end Jason Babin was fined $15,000 for a hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, and he isn’t happy about it. Tweeted Babin: Attn:Guy at the NFL that decides on who and how much players get fined Stop being a puppet, if you want to protect QB’s, get better linemen. Asked about the tweet, Babin said: “That was just meant to be sarcastic. But my main point was the person that decides the fines — I’m assuming they’re supposed to be unbiased and make decisions for themselves according to the rules and regulations — not let outside influences affect their decision-making. You know what they say, ‘One man with courage is a majority.’ ”
Meanwhile, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was fined $7,500 for an unnecessary roughness penalty, but he insists his offending hit came before the whistle. Stated Pouncey: “I’m not changing how I play.”
♦ The University of Alabama fan who is accused of poisoning trees at Auburn might once again be looking for a new attorney. Harvey Updyke Jr. went against his counsel’s advice and recently called in to a radio show to apologize “for all the damage I have done,” leading to attorney Glennon Threatt asking the court for permission to be the fourth lawyer to withdraw from the case. Said Threatt: “He needs somebody he will trust, and he needs somebody he will listen to.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: The seventh of October has not been a successful day for the Red Sox throughout the years. On this date, they lost World Series games in 1946 and 1967, and playoff games in 1986, 1990, 1999 and 2005. They did have one big victory on Oct. 7, when in 1975 they beat the A’s, 5-3, to sweep the three-game ALCS. Who was Boston’s winning pitcher?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rodney Harrison rips Brett Favre for being ‘classless’||10.06.11 at 7:55 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Flyers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (Versus)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ On Tuesday, Brett Favre did a radio interview in Atlanta and said he was surprised that it took his replacement in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers, three years to win a Super Bowl title considering how talented the Packers have been since Favre’s departure. NBC football analyst Rodney Harrison responded by calling Favre “classless” and “immature.” Added Harrison of Favre: “Everything he’s accomplished in his career is now diminished. … He’s about himself. He’s about nothing else but himself.”
♦ John Calipari and Rick Pitino are coaching neighbors in Kentucky, but Calipari is doing his best to pretend that his old friend doesn’t exist. Among the recent slights is a comment Calipari made this week about how other states have multiple programs that split loyalties, but Kentucky rules the Bluegrass State. Said Calipari: “There’s no other state — none — as connected to their basketball program as this one. Because those other states have other programs. Michigan has Michigan State. California, UCLA has all those. North Carolina has Duke. It’s Kentucky, throughout this whole state, and that’s what makes this unique.”
♦ The case of Leo Nunez, the Marlins closer who was pitching under an assumed name, might just be the first of many. According a sports activist in the Dominican Republic, as many as 30 other Dominican natives now playing in the majors and minors are using assumed names to conceal their true ages, and there are more impostors from Venezuela, Panama and Nicaragua.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 6, 1906, which Red Sox player homered in his final at-bat, as he committed suicide before the following season, shortly after he was named manager?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman sues Yankees over design of logo||04.20.11 at 8:01 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at A’s, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ A 63-year-old woman from Yonkers, N.Y., sued the Yankees, claiming her late uncle designed the team’s top-hat logo in 1936. Tanit Buday claims then-Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert asked Kenneth Timur to make the design, long credited to sports artist Henry Alonzo “Lon” Keller. Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said there’s no proof of Buday’s claim. “This is a wonderful country, where anybody can sue for anything, even when the allegations are over 70 years old,” McGillion said.
♦ The NBA admitted that a key Thunder basket in Game 1 vs. the Nuggets should not have counted because of goaltending by Kendrick Perkins. In the Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that the league must avoid the appearance of showing favoritism toward its stars.
♦ ESPN analyst Bobby Knight apologized to the University of Kentucky and coach John Calipari after implying that some Wildcats players who bolted for the NBA after one college season last year did not attend classes in the second semester. “My overall point is that ‘one-and-dones’ are not healthy for college basketball,” Knight said in an ESPN statement. “I should not have made it personal to Kentucky and its players and I apologize.” In the Louisville Courier-Journal, Eric Crawford complains that Knight has yet to admit his facts were wrong.
♦ The New York Times pays tribute to marathon legend Grete Waitz, who died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 57.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 20, 1986, the Celtics beat the Bulls in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, 135-131, in double overtime. in the game, Bulls guard Michael Jordan set an NBA playoff record by scoring how many points?
|Rumor: Knicks may have interest in John Calipari||04.08.11 at 11:51 am ET|
According to the New York Post, the Knicks may have interest in pursuing University of Kentucky coach John Calipari to run the front office and coach the team.
The $5 million option for current Knicks president Donnie Walsh has yet to be picked up by owner James Dolan, fueling speculation that a move will be made this offseason.
Calipari had a previous stint in the NBA, coaching the Nets from 1996-99 after leading UMass to the 1996 Final Four (since vacated by the NCAA). He was fired by the Nets 20 games into the lockout-delayed 1998-99 season with the team struggling to a 3-17 start.
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: HS basketball player dies after hitting game-winner||03.04.11 at 7:07 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NBA: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox (SS) at Orioles, 1:05 p.m.
MLB Preseason: Marlins at Red Sox (SS), 1:05 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (NESN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ A high school basketball player in Michigan died Thursday night after hitting the game-winning shot that capped his team’s undefeated regular season. Shortly after he was lifted up by teammates in celebration while fans rushed the court, 16-year-old Wes Leonard of Fennville High School collapsed. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Leonard, a 1,000-point scorer, also was an honorable mention all-state quarterback on the school’s football team.
♦ Steve Mandl, who coached Manny Ramirez at George Washington High School in New York and has been at the school for 27 seasons, is fighting a one-year suspension he received for violating the league’s prohibition on recruiting.
♦ ThePostGame.com blog has the story of two girls from Southern California, Ghazaleh Sailors and Marti Sementelli, who play varsity baseball at different high schools. On Saturday, the two are scheduled to be the starting pitchers against each other, making it the first time two girls take the mound as starters on opposing teams.
♦ The University of Oregon football team is taking some heat for paying $25,000 to a Texas man, Will Lyles, who claims to run a scouting service but reportedly steers players to colleges. Oregon also paid a lesser fee to a former University of New Hampshire player, Baron Flenory, who runs camps and has close relationships with recruits. Flenory played at UNH when current Oregon coach Chip Kelly was an assistant for the Wildcats.
♦ Forbes magazine has a look at the top 10 highest-paid college basketball coaches. Kentucky’s John Calipari is No. 1 at $4 million per year. Next up are Michigan State’s Tom Izzo ($3.4 million) and Florida’s Billy Donovan ($3.3 million).
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 4, 1984, which former Red Sox catcher was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame?
|John Calipari apologizes for expletive-laden tirade at freshman Terrence Jones||01.19.11 at 1:19 pm ET|
University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari had some choice words for freshman Terrence Jones during the Wildcats’ loss to Alabama on Tuesday night. Calipari could be seen berating the player during a break in the action with 2:03 remaining. He appeared to call Jones “a selfish mother-[expletive]” toward the end of the one-sided discussion.
Shortly after the game, Calipari apologized via Twitter and Facebook, writing: First of all I want to apologize for my language at the end of the game. I got caught up in the emotion of the game, but that’s no excuse.
He followed that with: Sometimes you don’t realize in the moment that what you’re saying is on national TV. The [Big Blue Nation] deserves better and so do my players.
Here’s the video of the incident.
|Report: Dominican National Team has interest in Calipari||12.21.10 at 11:08 am ET|
According to Inside Puerto Rico Basketball blog there has been “communication” between the Dominican Republic Basketball Federation and John Calipari about the possibility of Calipari taking over as coach of the national team.
It is believed that if the Kentucky head coach agrees to the position, it would be a similar deal to that of Rick Pitino, who agreed to coach Puerto Rico’s national team next summer at the 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“Guys like Cal and Rick don’t take jobs like this for the money,” a source told Inside Puerto Rico Basketball. “Guys at that level have made more money then they can spend in their lifetime so the money is not the issue. Taking this type of job doesn’t hurt recruiting or prevent a coach and his staff from running an elite program. In a highly competitive recruiting environment taking a job like this increases exposure for both the coach and the program he is coaching. Most importantly, it helps to develop new recruiting contacts internationally which in today’s game is a must.”
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