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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Incredible finish to R.I. basketball championship game 02.29.16 at 7:19 am ET
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NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Boston College at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Northeastern at Red Sox, 3:45 p.m. (NESN)


The Rhode Island high school Division 3 basketball state championship game had an ending that won’t soon be forgotten.

Burrillville took a one-point lead on a jump shot, then with four seconds left came up with a steal of Chariho’s inbounds pass. A Burrillville player threw the ball in the air, hoping to run out the clock, but a Chariho player came down with it just before time expired and called a timeout. The Burrillville players, hearing the buzzer, poured onto the court and started celebrating, but the referees put one second back on the clock.

Inbounding from the sideline, Chariho’s Jack Beauregard threw an alley-oop pass to Tom Longolucco, who sneaked past the defense, jumped and put the ball in just before the buzzer for the stunning 60-59 win.

“That was pretty crazy,” Longolucco told reporters afterward. “Coach drew up the play. I just finished. … I still can’t believe it. That was crazy.”

Said Chariho coach Corey Downey: “Think about the change of emotions and their attitudes from watching Burrillville and thinking the game’s over, and coming in and saying, ‘Guys, just run a play.’ They’re like, ‘What are you doing, Coach? We have one second left.’

“Again, I keep saying it, but it’s just what they do and who they are. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why we had a chance to win a championship.”

— Duke guard Grayson Allen escaped punishment for his trip of Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes last week — the ACC decided only to issue a reprimand — and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is dismissing calls for him to issue his star player a suspension for his second trip of the season.

“I would not suspend any player for what would be a flagrant 1,” said Krzyzewski, who met with Allen about the incident and apologized to Florida State. “What he got was the stiffest reprimand a player in our conference has gotten this year. I thought the [ACC] took action, and you’ve got to move on. The world doesn’t move on, because it’s Duke.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Bryant assistant Chris Burns first openly gay D1 men’s basketball coach 10.08.15 at 7:52 am ET
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NHL: Jets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Rangers at Blue Jays, 3:37 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Astros at Royals, 7:37 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Colts at Texans, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: SMU at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Washington at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Real Madrid, 3 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Cavaliers at 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Raptors at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifying, Germany at Ireland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Chris Burns

Chris Burns

— Bryant University assistant Chris Burns became the first openly gay Division 1 men’s basketball coach when he shared his story in a first-person account at

Wrote Burns: Sports was always a place I couldn’t be me. Basketball gave me a very secure identity at a young age, which was crucial, but as I grew older, it became a juxtaposition between the accolades of my on-court success and the fear created by being gay.

The more I achieved and excelled at my sport, the further I felt from myself. It made it extremely hard to fully enjoy the successes I achieved.

Burns, who played at the Rhode Island school from 2003-07, is in his third year as an assistant to Tim O’Shea. He told O’Shea last year and eventually shared his story with the team.

Senior forward Curtis Oakley said the team was supportive of Burns after an “initial shock factor.”

“Everyone was, like, ‘Yo, Burns, we rockin’ with you.’ It was all love,” Oakley said.

Wrote Burns: Since I started telling people in college basketball over the last few months, I’ve realized my fears were far worse than reality. I’ve realized that people, for the most part, are human beings first. For a guy who’s relatively cynical and can be negative, the reactions of people in my sport and in my life have shut me right up and reenergized my hope in the human spirit, in empathy.

You’ve got to give the majority of people credit for changing attitudes and credit to all the people who have worked to make that possible. Things have gone fairly well for me so far.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski also expressed his support for Burns. The legendary mentor reached out to Burns after being informed by a reporter.

“My message to him is, first off, congratulations, I’m very proud of you,” Krzyzewski told USA Today. “Next, please know you’ll be accepted by your brothers in the sport of men’s basketball. You’re included now in a very strong way. I think this will be something coaches in our sport will love.”

— Knicks coach Derek Fisher reportedly had an altercation with Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes, a former Lakers teammate, over the weekend, due to Fisher’s relationship with Barnes’ estranged wife.

The New York Post reports that Fisher, who filed for divorce in March, is dating Gloria Govan, who is estranged from Barnes. According to the Post, Fisher was at a party at Govan’s home Saturday night and Barnes drove there when he found out. That’s when the altercation occurred.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees fire ticket-seller involved in Curt Schilling Twitter controversy 03.03.15 at 7:56 am ET
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NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Dayton, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Villanova at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Sabres at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox vs. Boston College/Northeastern, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLB exhibition: Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, West Bromwich at Aston Villa, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)


The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that they have fired the part-time ticket-seller who posted vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter, saying they have “zero tolerance for anything like this.”

A number of individuals made vile comments on social media after Schilling tweeted congratulations to his 17-year-old for committing to play for the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Sean MacDonald was one of the most offensive tweeters, and Schilling called him out.

Yankees director of communications Jason Zillo said MacDonald worked a few days for the team in January, but, “We’ve terminated him.”

MacDonald is a former vice president of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University, from where he recently graduated. The fraternity acknowledged his “inappropriate and offensive tweets” and posted that “cyberbullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”

Another tweeter, identified as Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey who hosted a one-hour show on his school radio station’s student radio streams, was suspended by the school and is being investigated by local police.

Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation.

— More details are emerging about why Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed Rasheed Sulaimon in January, making him the first player kicked off the team in the coach’s 35-year tenure.

According to a report in The Duke Chronicle, the school’s newspaper, two students accused Sulaimon of sexual assault last school year, and the team was aware of the allegations for at least a year before Sulaimon was dismissed. According to a statement from Krzyzewski at the time, Sulaimon “has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.”

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Mike Krzyzewski reportedly considering return to Team USA 02.08.13 at 12:52 pm ET
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Mike Krzyzewski said after the London Olympics that he was done as the U.S. national team’s basketball coach. But a new coach has not yet been hired, despite USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo‘s comment after London that he planned to have a new coach in place around the start of 2013.

USA Basketball said there’s no timetable for hiring a new coach, but reported Wednesday that the hiring deadline has been pushed back to after the end of the college season to give Krzyzewski a chance to decide.

Krzyzewski was hired to lead the Americans in 2005, a change from the prior 13 years, when the national team had used exclusively NBA coaches. If Team USA stays with a college coach, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo is considered the leading candidate.

If Team USA goes the NBA route, however, Celtics coach Doc Rivers reportedly is among the front-runners for the job, along with Philadelphia coach Doug Collins and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. Colangelo apparently has not spoken to anyone else about the job.

Krzyzewski has been on the staff of 12 U.S. national teams since 1979, and one source told The Associated Press that there had been “rumblings” he was open to staying with the job after London.

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Sports Illustrated names Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Summitt Sportsman, Sportswoman of Year 12.05.11 at 11:16 am ET
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Sports Illustrated selected Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt for its top yearly honor, naming them Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.

The coaches will be honored Tuesday night in Manhattan at the magazine’s annual event.

Krzyzewski last month passed former mentor Bob Knight to become the winningest coach in men’s college basketball history. He now has 907 victories and four national titles, including the 2010 crown.

He’s the only coach to lead a team to an NCAA title, world championship and Olympic gold medal.

Summitt has 1,075 career wins in 38 seasons and has captured eight national titles. Every student to play four seasons for her has graduated.

Despite being diagnosed with early onset dementia, Summitt announced in August that she would continue to coach the Volunteers.

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Mike Krzyzewski: ‘Uncle Tom’ comments ‘very insulting’ to Duke 03.30.11 at 9:20 am ET
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking Tuesday to “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on Chicago’s ESPN 100, finally addressed the comments made by former Michigan player Jalen Rose during a documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five of the early 1990s.

Rose, whose March 11 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving was revealed this week, said in the ESPN documentary that debuted March 13: “I hated Duke and I hated everything Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Responded Krzyzewski: “Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

Krzyzewski said Duke was interested in the Fab Five’s most highly regarded member.

“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids [Jimmy King and Ray Jackson] we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids.”

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Duke’s Kyrie Irving will see ‘significant’ playing time 03.23.11 at 8:56 am ET
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday that freshman point guard Kyrie Irving will play “significant minutes” in the Blue DevilsSweet 16 matchup with Arizona on Thursday.

Irving missed 3 1/2 months with an injured big right toe, but he came off the bench to score 25 points in 41 minutes in Duke’s two tournament games last weekend. Krzyzewski said Irving will continue to come off the bench because the Blue Devils “are good with who we’re starting,” but noted that Irving is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

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Duke freshman phenom guard Kyrie Irving could miss remainder of season with toe injury 12.09.10 at 11:51 am ET
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said on Thursday that, after suffering an injury in Duke’s 83-48 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night, freshman phenom guard Kyrie Irving may be out for the season with a toe injury that appears to be much more serious than originally thought, UWIRE reports.

Irving left last night’s game with a toe injury that was thought be be relatively harmless, but after evaluation from Duke’s medical staff, it was announced that Irving would be out indefinitely. Irving was seen in a walking boot around campus when the Blue Devils returned back to Durham n Wednesday night.

“Kyrie’s injury is a serious one,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s being evaluated by our medical team here at Duke and medical people from different parts of the country who are good with foot injuries.”

Krzyzewski went on to say that Irving “could be” out for the remainder of the season. Irving had his first collegiate 30-point game several nights ago against Michigan State.

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