|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks CB Brandon Browner reportedly facing 1-year suspension||11.26.13 at 8:03 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Ducks at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Chaminade vs. Gonzaga, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Penn State, 6 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Old Dominion, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Longwood at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas vs. DePaul, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Evansville at Indiana, 8 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Stanford, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor vs. Dayton, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: BYU vs. Wichita State, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at UNLV, 10:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Basel, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The 10-1 Seahawks continue to roll in the NFC, led by a stellar defense, but there could be a crack in the armor. Two Seattle cornerbacks reportedly are facing suspensions for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs on a team with a recent history of such problems.
Brandon Browner, who was suspended for the final four games of last season, is said to be facing a one-year suspension this time around, indicative of a Stage 3 offense. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Browner already had his appeal hearing on the matter, although the player and his agent are denying it.
Tweeted Browner: “I’m not facing suspension for PEDs, it’s sad that the NFL is reporting this.”
Browner, recovering from a groin injury, was not expected to be healthy enough to play until mid-December. The former Canadian Football League star who was a Pro Bowl player in 2011 already had been losing playing time to Walter Thurmond III.
Meanwhile, it was reported Sunday that Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for a similar offense. The Seahawks are said to be considering bringing back Antoine Winfield, whom they signed in the offseason but later released.
The Seahawks have had five players suspended since 2010, not including cornerback Richard Sherman, who won his appeal after allegedly testing positive for Adderall in 2012.
• The ex-Marine who tried to save a woman who jumped about 50 feet from the third deck to a concourse at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum after Sunday’s Raiders game is resisting being called a hero.
Donnie Navidad, a 61-year-old government worker and Raiders season ticket-holder, attempted to break the fall of the woman, who remained in extremely critical condition a day after the incident. Navidad was released from the hospital Sunday night.
“I don’t know who she was,” Navidad told the Contra Costa Times. “I just happened to be there. … I’m just an average government worker trying to survive in the world. I just did what I did.”
Navidad said he plans to return to the stadium for the Raiders’ final two home games in December. And he’d react the same way if faced with a similar situation.
“Had I not taken any actions and she hit the pavement, that there alone would have been etched in my mind until the day I die, knowing that I could have done something,” he said. “That would have left an impact you’d never forget.”
• Kobe Bryant isn’t playing now, but when he does return, it will be in a Lakers uniform. And he doesn’t want to play anywhere else.
Bryant, recovering from surgery on his torn right Achilles tendon, signed a two-year contract extension Monday. Although he’s taking a pay cut from his $30.45 million salary this season, he’s still making a reported $48.5 million over the two years.
Bryant, 35, tweeted a picture of his signature on the contract with the hashtag “Laker4Life.”
While there were some who questioned the decision to allocate so much money to an aging superstar considering there will be some prime free agents available next offseason, the team voiced its satisfaction with the deal.
“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded reigning American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt .45′s for which player?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Fox sideline reporter Pam Oliver gets in digs at New Yorkers at Super Bowl business breakfast||10.25.13 at 8:04 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Ducks at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: UMass at Maine, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Nets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Boise State at BYU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Liga MX, Guadalajara at Morelia, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Fox Sports NFL sideline reporter Pam Oliver might not be welcome in New York anytime soon after her performance at a Super Bowl breakfast for regional business leaders Thursday in Times Square.
Oliver asked New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Committee chairman Al Kelly how his group would make sure people dressed warm enough for the February game at MetLife Stadium, and Kelly said there probably would be “a couple of idiots” who are underdressed.
Responded Oliver: “Probably Jets fans.”
Oliver later asked Jets owner Woody Johnson, “How does Rex [Ryan] keep his job,” despite the team’s 4-3 start.
Oliver, who suffered a concussion when she was hit by a wayward pass before a preseason game in August at the Meadowlands, also got in a dig about the 1-6 Giants, asking co-owner Jonathan Tisch to explain “what in the hell is the matter with the Giants?”
The loudest groans (and boos) from the crowd came when Oliver asked members of the panel how they would “instruct people of this area, particularly New Yorkers, to be nice? To say, ‘please,’ ‘thank you,’ and, ‘I’ll get that.’ ”
Qualified Oliver: “I’m sorry — I’m from the South.”
Responded Tisch: “I’m from New York City, and I take exception with that. New Yorkers are unbelievably hospitable.”
• For the third time in three years, Stephen A. Smith is denying he used the N-word during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.” During a debate with co-host Skip Bayless on Wednesday, Smith appeared to say, “That’s the way it goes. That’s all! [N-word], please. Please.”
As he did the previous two times, Smith has insisted he did not use the offensive word. ESPN apparently agrees — at least publicly.
“We have concluded no inappropriate language was used after closely reviewing the segment several times, including physical aspects of speech and speaking to Stephen A., who maintains he jumbled his words,” an ESPN spokesperson said.
Following the controversy in 2012, when he appeared to say the word in a similar manner, Smith insisted people misunderstood him.
“I did not say the things reported that I said,” he explained then. “Hopefully I will not have to address this again. … If I were to have said anything like that, I would have instantly issued an apology.”
• In ESPN’s recent annual player rank, the media entity tabbed Lakers star Kobe Bryant as the 25th-best player in the league, dropping him 19 spots from a year ago. Another ESPN poll had the Lakers 12th in the Western Conference.
That’s not sitting well with Bryant, who last week changed his Twitter avatar to “1225.”
On Thursday, Bryant made it clear he hasn’t softened his stance, telling reporters that anyone who thinks he’s only 25th best in the NBA needs drug testing.
“The way I look at it, 25 is pretty silly,” he said. “Still and all, it’s a challenge that I willingly accept.”
Bryant, 35, tore his Achilles’ tendon in April and missed the postseason after averaging 27.3 points and 5.6 assists in 78 games. He appears doubtful for the team’s regular-season opener Tuesday night after acknowledging pulling back on his rehab to “let it heal up a little bit more.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 25, 1986, the Red Sox famously lost Game 6 of the World Series to the Mets despite having a two-run lead in the 10th inning. Which Mets pitcher — who later played for the Red Sox — got the win even though he surrendered two runs in the top of the 10th?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers say improving Kobe Bryant could return for preseason||07.19.13 at 8:04 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Rockies, 8:30 p.m. (WGN)
Soccer: Liga MX, Morella vs. Queretaro, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 6 a.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: British Open, 4 a.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Kobe Bryant, who last week expressed optimism about his recovery from a torn Achilles he suffered during the playoffs in April, might be back even earlier than expected.
“I would bet a lot of money on him coming back in the preseason,” Lakers vice president Jim Buss said Thursday in an interview with NBA TV at the Las Vegas Summer League (via the Los Angeles Times). “He’s going to come back when he is right. I see him coming back at the beginning of this season.”
Following the departure of Dwight Howard (free agent) and Metta World Peace (amnesty waiver), the Lakers are in need of a boost. An early return from Bryant would provide just that.
For what it’s worth, commissioner David Stern rejected a suggestion that the Lakers are conceding that they’re in for another long season.
“I expect that the Lakers aren’t thinking about the premise of your question, which implies that they’re not going to do better next year than they did the last year,” Stern told reporters in Las Vegas. “I don’t want to speculate beyond that, but I can tell you that’s not the basis upon which the Lakers are functioning. They expect to have a much better year.”
♦ Josh Brent retired from the Cowboys as he prepares to face an intoxication manslaughter charge in the car crash that caused the death of teammate and close friend Jerry Brown.
Brent, 25, has not played since the Dec. 8 accident. He was placed on the reserve non-football injury list at the end of last season. He is free on bond, despite twice testing positive for marijuana.
“I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” Brent said in a statement from the team. “Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.”
Team owner Jerry Jones said he remains supportive of Brent.
“I promised Jerry’s mother that we would support Josh in every way we could,” Jones said. “That’s been our only thought since the accident is to support him and support our team in their support of him.”
♦ Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, a well-known Mets fan, expressed his disappointment with fellow fans at Citi Field who booed some of baseball’s best players during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.
“This is one of the lowest moments of my lifetime of Mets fandom, when the Citi Field crowd was booing [players] that they see as rivals to their Mets team,” Seinfeld said in an interview with New York sports radio station WFAN (via CBS 2 New York). “And I’m standing there, I was in shock. I was embarrassed. I thought it was horrible manners. … These are the best players, in the game you love, that have come here to put on a show for you, and we’re booing them like 5-year-olds. As if there’s some sort of real animosity.”
“The American League is not the Taliban,” he added. “What are we booing Miguel Cabrera [for]? … So, I was very embarrassed by that.”
On the positive side, Seinfeld said he was happy to see the stadium show some class late in the game toward a crosstown rival.
“I felt redeemed by the reception that we gave Mariano Rivera,” Seinfeld said, “and that brilliantly staged farewell.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 19, 1933, when the Red Sox played the Senators, brothers on opposing teams hit home runs for the first time in major league history. Who were the brothers (who later teamed up on the Sox)?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant settles dispute with parents, auction house||06.11.13 at 7:51 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Costa Rica vs. Mexico, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Panama vs. United States, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Kobe Bryant’s dispute with his parents about them selling his memorabilia ended Monday, with his parents apologizing and 90 percent of the items being pulled from the auction.
Bryant and the auction company were due to go to trial in New Jersey next week. Bryant said the items were still his, while his mother, Pamela Bryant, claimed she owned the things Bryant had left at her house. Instead, Goldin Auctions will sell just six items from Bryant’s past, including two high school uniforms from Lower Merion (Pa.), Bryant 2000 NBA All-Star Game ring, and two rings celebrating the 2000 Lakers championship team that were given to Bryant’s parents.
“We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia,” Pamela and Joe Bryant said in a statement. “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years. We also apologize to Goldin Auctions for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance.”
The auction begins June 17, with bidding continuing until July 19.
♦ Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested Monday on an assault charge after he allegedly struck a woman outside a Cincinnati bar last week following a Reds game.
Jones, who has had numerous run-ins with the law since being drafted in 2005, insisted that he acted in self-defense. Tweeted Jones: Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for …
Video surfaced on the web Monday and it appears to show Jones arguing with a woman while the two were on opposite sides of a low gate, the woman attempting to poor the contents of her bottle on him, and Jones responding by unleashing a left to the woman’s face.
In an interview with Cincinnati radio station ESPN 1530, Jones again claimed he did nothing wrong.
“I’m not out acting a fool. I’m not out drinking, getting drunk,” he said. “All I was doing was protecting myself, man. I wouldn’t like to harm no woman, period. I have two beautiful little girls and a wife at home [and] my mother. Most of my family are all women, I don’t even had a dad. That’s not Adam. That’s no part. I’m not into that, and I don’t condone that. So I don’t want you to try to tweak it and make it sound any other way. All I was doing was protecting myself and trying to clear my space.”
♦ Feuding golf rivals Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia met up Monday at the practice range for the U.S. Open in Ardmore, Pa., and shook hands in their first meeting since Garcia made a racially insensitive comment about Woods.
After the pair had a dispute at The Players Championship last month when they were paired together, Garcia, at an awards dinner in England, joked that he would have Woods over for dinner and “serve fried chicken.” Woods downplayed the incident and said he wanted to move on.
Both players are scheduled to speak to the media on Tuesday.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 11, 1987, the Celtics tied an NBA finals record by having five players score 20 or more points in a 123-108 victory over the Lakers in Game 5. Which player led the way with 25 points?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Louisville’s Kevin Ware has successful surgery||04.01.13 at 7:49 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 1 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 1:30 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Phillies at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Cardinals at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pacers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Avalanche at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Louisville became the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four with Sunday’s victory over Duke, but the focus after the game was on the gruesome leg injury suffered by Cardinals guard Kevin Ware.
The sophomore jumped to contest a 3-point shot, and when he landed just in front of the Louisville bench, his leg snapped in two places. Following a long delay, Ware was taken to an Indianapolis hospital, where his bone was reset and a rod was inserted into his right tibia.
Distraught Louisville players fell to the court upon seeing the injury. CBS showed two replays immediately after it happened but decided not to show video of the leg after that.
“The bone was literally out,” said center Chase Behanan, who donned Ware’s No. 5 jersey at the end of the game. “I saw white, it was literally out.”
Added Behanan: “I dropped to the ground. I’ve never seen anything like that. I don’t remember the last time I cried.”
Despite his pain, Ware tried to inspire his teammates.
“The bone’s six inches out of his leg and all he’s yelling is, ‘Win the game, win the game,’ ” said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who was spotted repeatedly wiping his eyes after the incident. “I’ve not seen that in my life. … Pretty special young man.”
The team later took the Midwest Regional trophy to Ware, who was photographed with it tucked under his arm in his hospital bed.
♦ Kobe Bryant told NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper that he plans to decide this summer how long he’ll continue to play. With his contract expiring at the end of next season — his 18th in the NBA — Bryant said his current inclination is to make 2013-14 his last go-round.
“As I sit here right now, yeah,” he said.
Added Bryant: “I’ll talk to my family and stuff and really see if I want to continue to sacrifice as much as I’m sacrificing right now. I’m putting my body through a lot to just try to get ready to play every single night. To do what I’m doing right now, it’s not easy. I’ll tell you, it’s taken a lot of commitment.”
♦ The Denver Post has a profile of the always-interesting JaVale McGee. The 7-foot Nuggets center, known as much for his boneheaded plays as for his thunderous dunks, said he’s been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder but doesn’t mind it.
“I have extreme ADD,” McGee said. “They tried to put me on Ritalin, but I wouldn’t do it. I just didn’t want to take it. I was young [when it was diagnosed]; it was a long time ago. But, yeah, it’s definitely fun having ADD. It’s extremely fun. I’m not boring.”
Said Nuggets assistant coach Melvin Hunt: “He’s unique. You look at his physique, he’s unique, and guys don’t have that combination on the court, nor that combination off the court. He’s witty, at the same time he’s goofy, at the same time he’s smart, at the same time he’s silly. He can take you a lot of places.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 1, 2003, in the second game of the season, which Red Sox newcomer hit a home run in the 16th inning for a 9-8 victory over the Devil Rays in Tampa?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: NBA says Kobe Bryant got away with last-second foul||03.29.13 at 7:52 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Hawks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Heat at Hornets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Oregon vs. Louisville, 7:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Michigan vs. Kansas, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Michigan State vs. Duke, 9:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida, 9:57 p.m. (TBS)
NHL: Mighty Ducks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Yale vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Wisconsin vs. UMass-Lowell, 4:30 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Niagara vs. North Dakota, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Denver vs. New Hampshire, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Nationals, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Blue Jays at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Athletics at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The NBA on Thursday confirmed what the Timberwolves already knew: Kobe Bryant fouled Ricky Rubio on a 3-point attempt just before the buzzer in the Lakers’ 120-117 victory Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
“Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion,” the league said on its website. “Rubio should have been awarded three free throws.”
Rubio, who complained to officials after the play, said his team hasn’t been treated the same as more successful franchises such as the Lakers.
“We have to earn the respect,” Rubio said. “But I don’t understand how things go sometimes. We just want to play basketball, play hard as we can and do all the things. Sometimes it’s not fair because we give 100 percent and sometimes we can’t control things. But we have to improve things that we can control.”
Bryant, meanwhile, showed little sympathy. When asked about the play right after the game, he said: “That’s not a foul. You don’t call that [stuff].”
Later, he tried to downplay the importance of the play. If a foul was called, “we’d have went into overtime and won the game,” he said. “Simple as that.”
Meanwhile, Bryant was spotted walking with the aid of a crutch after Thursday night’s game (a 113-103 loss to the Bucks), although he played down the injury, which the Lakers described as bone spurs.
♦ The Mets, stung by Thursday’s news that pitcher Johan Santana has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and likely will miss the entire season, were answering questions about some infighting after a recent intrasquad game.
Star pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and 21-year-old infielder Aderlin Rodriguez were involved in an incident during the game last Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., that reportedly led to players taking sides along ethnic lines in the clubhouse.
Rodriguez homered off Wheeler and apparently strutted around the bases, leading to the 22-year-old right-hander hitting Rodriguez his next time up. In the clubhouse after the game, “Some of the American guys and some of the Latin guys were circling and yelling at each other,” a source told the New York Daily News.
The team reprimanded both players. Said vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta: “We’ve talked to everybody involved, and I think at this point it’s done with.”
♦ Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has taken steps to file a defamation lawsuit against ESPN. Fine filed paperwork in November, but it had not been reported until Thursday.
In November of 2011 the network reported two ball boys’ claims that Fine sexually abused them. Fine was fired 10 days later, following a third man’s accusation. No charges were filed against Fine.
Fine, 67, has served as a consultant for an Israeli basketball team since leaving Syracuse.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 29 of which year did the Bruins beat the Rangers, 2-1, to complete a two-game sweep of the Stanley Cup finals and win their first championship?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Bizarre finish to Charlotte-Richmond highlights Atlantic-10 tournament||03.15.13 at 8:00 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Timberwolves at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Bulls at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV, WGN)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Boston College vs. Miami, noon (ESPN2, MyTV; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Illinois vs. Indiana, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: SEC tournament, LSU vs. Florida, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: ACC tournament, NC State vs. Virginia, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Michigan vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: SEC tournament, Tennessee vs. Alabama, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: C-USA tournament, UTEP vs. Southern Mississippi, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Nebraska vs. Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Maryland vs. Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Syracuse vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big 12 tournament, Iowa State vs. Kansas, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Florida State vs. North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Notre Dame vs. Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Iowa vs. Michigan State, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: MWC tournament, San Diego State vs. New Mexico, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Pac-12 tournament, Utah vs. Oregon, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: MWC tournament, UNLV vs. Colorado State 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big West tournament, Cal Poly vs. Pacific, midnight (ESPNU)
NHL: Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Hockey East tournament, Vermont at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. United States, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Twins at Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB preseason: Pirates at Astros, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at White Sox, 3 p.m. (WGN)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Giants, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Charlotte trailed Richmond, 63-60, with 4.7 seconds left in Thursday’s Atlantic-10 tournament opener at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. Two seconds later, Charlotte’s three-point deficit turned into a five-point lead en route to a win in one of the strangest finishes ever.
The 49ers attempted 11 free throws — on two fouls and three technicals — to pull out a 68-63 victory. It started when Richmond elected to foul instead of allowing a 3-point attempt that could tie the game. While players were boxing out on the first free throw, Richmond’s Derrick Williams was called for a technical foul for being too aggressive. Pierria Henry made all four free throws to give Charlotte a one-point lead, and the 49ers retained possession of the ball due to the technical.
On the inbounds pass, Henry was fouled at midcourt with 2.8 seconds left, and he threw the ball at the basket, earning three free throws. That set off Richmond coach Chris Mooney, who was given two technical fouls and ejected.
“I felt like I was up there for 30 minutes,” said Henry, who hit eight of the 11 free throws he was given in the final 4.7 seconds, allowing the ninth-seeded 49ers to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals against top-seeded Saint Louis.
Said Mooney: “I was upset and probably too upset. So, again, I apologize. I wish it wouldn’t have happened like that. I can’t take it back right now, but I certainly wish I could, and I wish the whole last 4½ seconds would have been a little bit different.”
In a later A-10 game, Saint Joseph’s was trailing by a point after Xavier’s Langston Galloway hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds pass, Justin Martin threw the ball over everyone’s heads and off the opposite backboard. It bounced right to teammate Isaiah Philmore, but his lay-in bounced off the rim and out as time expired.
• Dahntay Jones might not agree, but the NBA backed Kobe Bryant‘s assessment that the Lakers star was fouled on the play in which he sprained his left ankle. Bryant was attempting a game-tying jumper against the Hawks on Wednesday night when he landed on Jones’ foot and fell to the ground as the shot missed.
“After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant’s shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor,” said a statement on the NBA’s website. “Bryant should have been granted two free throws.”
Bryant, who made his opinion clear in a series of tweets Wednesday night and early Thursday, indicated he was ready to move on later Thursday, tweeting: I’ve cried foul play enough Big boy pants time for me. #tweetvent what else is this thing for? Political correctness? Ha. #saywatufeel
Bryant, listed as being out “indefinitely,” had treatment all day Thursday and tweeted that the ankle was “still very swollen.” The Lakers play the Pacers in Indianapolis on Friday night.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 15, 1928, which player became the first Bruins goalie to win 20 games in a season, with a 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant angry at Hawks after ankle injury||03.14.13 at 8:01 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Captals at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Mavericks at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Knicks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Boston College vs. Georgia Tech, noon (ESPNU, MyTV; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: A-10 tournament, UMass vs. George Washington, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: A-10 tournament, Charlotte vs. Richmond, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Cincinnati vs. Georgetown, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Minnesota vs. Illinois, noon (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Big 12 tournament, Iowa State vs. Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: C-USA tournament, UAB vs. Southern Mississippi, 1 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Virginia Tech vs. NC State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: A-10 tournament, Dayton vs. Butler, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Penn State vs. Michigan, 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Big 12 tournament, Texas Tech vs. Kansas, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: C-USA tournament, Houston vs. UTEP, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: A-10 tournament, Saint Joseph’s vs. Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Nebraska vs. Purdue, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Wake Forest vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Villanova vs. Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: C-USA tournament, Tulane vs. Memphis, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Clemson vs. Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Northwestern vs. Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: C-USA tournament, Tulsa vs. East Carolina, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Pac-12 tournament, Washington vs. Oregon, 11:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Braves at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: White Sox at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Dominican Republic vs. United States, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered a severely sprained left ankle during Wednesday night’s 96-92 loss to the Hawks, and he’s not happy about how it happened. Bryant was shooting a potential game-tying shot (he missed) when he came down on the foot of defender Dahntay Jones and fell to the court.
Although X-rays were negative, Bryant said it’s the worst sprain he’s had in his 16-year career, and he criticized Jones for sliding his foot underneath him.
“First and foremost, the officials really need to protect shooters,” said Bryant, who is out indefinitely. “You just can’t go into shooters. That’s a dangerous play.”
Added Bryant: “I can’t get my mind past the fact that I have to wait a year to get revenge. It’s just a very, very dangerous play, especially when I’m fading away.”
Responded Jones, via Twitter: Tape doesn’t lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man.
♦ The Knicks visit the Trail Blazers on Thursday night, which means Knicks guard Raymond Felton returns to the city he called home a year ago. Felton admitted he was out of shape last season and he was not a fan favorite in Portland, but he said, “I really don’t care” about the reception he’ll receive from the fans.
There are some people in Portland, however, Felton does not want to see, and he warned that their paths should not cross.
“I’m not going to put it on the fans,” he said. “Some of the fans there were great. I made a lot of good friends there. I met a lot of good, real Portland Trail Blazers fans there. I’m not going to talk junk about the fans there. Certain people there I don’t want to see and better not come near me.”
Asked specifically who he was referring to, Felton said: “Just whoever, I’m not going to say who.”
♦ Chris Wright became the first NBA player known to have multiple sclerosis when he signed a 10-day contract to join the Mavericks after an All-Star season in the D-League. Wright, a former Georgetown star who went undrafted in 2011, was diagnosed with MS while playing in Turkey last season, after his foot gave out while he was running sprints at the end of a March practice and he had more issues that night. He was told by Turkish doctors that his basketball career was over.
“The doctors told me that, but I didn’t think so,” said the 23-year-old. “I knew it’d be a process, and when I got back, it’d be a good story.”
Said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle: “It shows determination and an element of resourcefulness, which I think is a very important quality on any NBA team, to have as many resourceful guys as you can. I know he’s very pleased to have this opportunity. And it’s going to give inspiration to others that may have similar conditions.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 14, 1944, which Bruin recorded two assists in a 6-4 victory over the visiting Blackhawks and set an NHL single-season scoring record with 75 points?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant gets last laugh vs. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban||02.25.13 at 7:55 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Syracuse at Marquette, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Stars at Predators, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Mets, 6:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested Friday during a radio interview that the Lakers might consider releasing Kobe Bryant on the amnesty provision because of the harsh penalties the team would face for being over the salary cap. Cuban later insisted he was speaking hypothetically, but the damage was done.
First, the Lakers called the remark inappropriate, although they implied they have no plans to file a formal complaint. Then, Bryant went out and recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Sunday’s 103-99 victory over the Mavs in Dallas, hitting all five of his shots in the fourth quarter.
Tweeted Bryant after the game: Amnesty THAT.
Responded Cuban: Nice to know there is a least one team and their players, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say. … But I do have to give props to @kobebryant for a great tweet. #Welldone.
♦ It was revealed over the weekend that Oscar Pistorius is not the only member of his family facing charges for the death of a woman. Older brother Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for the death of a female motorcyclist in a traffic accident near Johannesburg in 2008. The charge of “culpable homicide” was dropped and then reinstated, the family’s lawyer said Sunday.
Lawyer Kenneth Oldwage said that Carl “deeply regrets the accident” and noted that a blood a test showed Carl was not drunk at the time.
Oscar Pistorius, who was released on bail Friday, must report to the police station Monday and sign in as part of his bail conditions.
♦ The jersey Mike Eruzione wore in Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was sold for $657,250 at an auction Saturday, while the stick he used to score the winning goal in that game went for $262,900. Combined with the sale of some other Olympic memorabilia, the total haul was more $1.3 million, which Eruzione said he will use to establish a “nest egg” for his children and grandson and benefit his Winthrop-based charity.
Eruzione was at the auction in New York and congratulate winners who were in attendance. The 58-year-old Boston University product, who works as BU’s director of special outreach, has insisted that he’s not struggling financially. He also said there’s one piece of Olympic memorabilia he won’t part with: “As long as I’m alive, the gold medal won’t be sold,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 25, 1998, which onetime Celtics coach passed Red Auerbach to become the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 939 career wins?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant guarantees playoffs for sub-.500 Lakers||02.22.13 at 7:44 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Suns, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Timberwolves at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Louis at Butler, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Dakota State at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Sharks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Vermont, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Yale at Quinnipiac, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Denver, 10 p.m. (NBCSN), 10 p.m.
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Kobe Bryant is confident the sub-.500 Lakers will put things together — so sure, in fact, that he’s guaranteeing his team will qualify for the postseason.
“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will,” Bryant told Sports Illustrated. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”
The Lakers, coming off Wednesday’s rout of the Celtics, have won six of their last nine games to improve to 26-29. They are 3 1/2 games behind the Rockets for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
“We will make the playoffs,” he said. “And we will compete. And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game (a 107-97 loss on Feb. 10). We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass.
“OK, they have two great players [LeBron James and Dwyane Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.”
♦ The lead police investigator in the Oscar Pistorius case was replaced Thursday, after reports emerged that he was facing seven counts of attempted murder.
Hilton Botha and two other police officers were involved in a 2011 incident in which they allegedly fired shots at a minibus they were trying to stop. The charges against Botha had been dropped, but after more evidence was gathered they were reinstated on Feb. 4.
Pistorius’ lawyers have criticized the police investigation and insisted Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder.
The defense and prosecution completed their arguments Friday in the bail hearing, and the magistrate soon will decide if Pistorius will be freed or held in jail pending his trial.
♦ Alex Rodriguez, rehabbing his hip in New York while his teammates are at spring training in Tampa, Fla., issued a statement Thursday indicating his desire to rejoin the team. He did not comment on the accusations that he was involved with a South Florida man who is being investigated for distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
“Right now I’m dedicating 100 percent of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation,” A-Rod said. “I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates. I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 22, 1934, which Bruins defenseman played his final game and then became the first NHL player to have his number retired?
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