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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Daisuke Matsuzaka reportedly set to return to Japan 11.26.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina vs. Butler, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. UCLA, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue vs. BYU, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Furman at Duke, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Minnesota vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Campbell at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Lehigh at DePaul, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia vs. Gonzaga, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pacific at Alaska-Anchorage, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Oklahoma State, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri State vs. Colorado State, 2 a.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Flyers at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal vs. Dortmund, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Almost eight years after he arrived in Boston with great fanfare, Daisuke Matsuzaka reportedly is headed back to Japan.

The Japan Times reports that Matsuzaka has decided to return to his home country, with the reigning Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks expected to sign him.

“Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him,” Fukuoka team president Yoshimitsu Goto said in a Monday story. “We hope to get this done in the coming days.”

Matsuzaka starred for the Japanese Pacific League’s Seibu Lions from 1999-2006. He left Japan in 2007, barely beating a deadline to sign a six-year, $52 million contract with the Red Sox (the Sox also had to pay a $51 million posting fee).

Matsuzaka helped the Red Sox win the World Series in ’07, and he was fourth in American League Cy Young balloting in 2008 after winning 18 games and posting a 2.90 ERA. He never came close to matching that performance again, however.

The 34-year-old right-hander started the 2014 season in the minors but quickly earned a promotion to the Mets, for whom he appeared in 34 games and posted a 3.89 ERA.

— The feel-good story of the NFL season just got a little less positive.

Leah Still, the 4-year-old daughter of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, has been an inspiration as she has battled a rare form of pediatric cancer. Her father appeared to carry himself with grace and class while being thrust into the spotlight. Behind the scenes, however, he apparently has not been living up to his responsibility.

Civil right attorney Gloria Allred, representing Leah’s mother (Still’s ex-girlfriend), on Tuesday claimed Still has not paid child support for the past four months. She asked the NFL to investigate if this means Still has violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

“I don’t think it is fair that Devon Still, who is Leah’s father, has refused to pay any child support for her for the months of August, September, October and November of this year,” Leah’s mother, Channing Smythe, said in a note to the league. Smythe said she has not been able to work because of the time needed to care for Leah, and she would have been homeless if a family friend had not offered to let them live with her.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw fans 15 in no-hitter vs. Rockies 06.19.14 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN: WEEI-AM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Mississippi vs. TCU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Uruguay vs. England, 3 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Japan vs. Greece, 6 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw his team’s second no-hitter of the season, striking out 15 Rockies in an 8-0 victory Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Only one batter reached base, courtesy of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to lead off the seventh inning.

Kershaw struck out Corey Dickerson to end it, becoming the first pitcher in history to have 15 strikeouts with no walks in a no-hitter. Only Nolan Ryan had more strikeouts in a no-hitter.

“I’ll remember this for the rest of my life,” Kershaw said.

Coming one month after teamamte Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter, Kershaw treated the Dodger Stadium crowd of 46,069 to a stellar performance. His teammates were in awe as well.

“I was tearing up in the ninth inning,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “To do it with my best friend on the mound means the world.”

Kershaw, a two-time Cy Young Award-winner, signed a seven-year, $215 million contract on the offseason — a record for a pitcher. He missed six-plus weeks early in the season due to a strained muscle in his upper back but is 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA after Wednesday’s gem.

Said Rockies manager Walt Weiss: “I’ve seen some great pitching performances, but it’s tough to be any better than Kershaw.”

— The Jets waived Mike Goodson on Wednesday after the troubled running back failed to show up at mandatory minicamp a day earlier, and members of the team said Goodson has not been responding to attempts to contact him.

Goodson served a four-game suspension last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and he faces up to 10 years in prison on a gun possession charge. He is due in court in Morristown, N.J., next Thursday.

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Richard Sherman inks megadeal with Seahawks, discusses racism in NFL 05.08.14 at 9:52 am ET
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Three years after he was drafted in the fifth round with a lack of fanfare, Richard Sherman got a contract that put him in the spotlight. Coming off of his first Super Bowl win, the Seahawks cornerback signed a four-year, $57.4 million extension with $40 million guaranteed.

“I guess this is how it feels to be a first-rounder,” Sherman said.

The deal, which Sherman announced on his website, will make the two-time first-team All-Pro selection one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in league history.

While Sherman made a base salary of $375,000 as a rookie in 2011, the 26-year-old made clear that the salary bump would not change his approach.

“I’€™m still the guy scrapping for a spot,” Sherman said. “You never lose that mentality. You can take a ragged dog that has been living on the streets for 10 years and put him in a brand new house with a steak and a lobster every night, and he’€™s still the ragged dog that you got off the streets. So I’€™m still the ragged dog off the street. That mentality isn’t something that I can change I don’€™t think. Even [if] I wanted to, I can’€™t do it. It’€™s not a switch that I have.”

It’s been a busy offseason for the Seahawks, who also re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett and agreed to contract extensions with coach Pete Carroll and free safety Earl Thomas.

Sherman became a household name after he dubbed himself the best cornerback in the NFL and taunted 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after the NFC championship. Sherman, who this week was named one of Time magazine’€™s 100 most influential people in 2014, was on the receiving end of racist backlash after his remarks.

In his interview with Time, Sherman said that he was not surprised by the racist remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling because of his experience in January.

“You’ve got a lot of racial backlash, and a lot of racist comments that were uncalled for — I can never see a time where racism is called for,” Sherman said. “So it didn’t shock me as much as it would have had I not experienced that personally, had I not seen those things.

“That’€™s why a lot of people shy away from the conversation that I forced on us in January. People want it to be done, they want that uncomfortable truth to be over with, they want racism to be done, they want to believe everything is great and hunky-dory. And it’€™s not. There’s a lot of racism still alive and still active. And it just forced America to rethink it once again. And to really, really understand that racism isn’t gone. We have to actively push it out. And snuff it out.”

Sherman added that he does not think the NFL would have banned an owner if he had made comments similar to Sterling.

“Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins,” Sherman said. “I don’€™t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom-line league. If it doesn’t affect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”

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Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin calls out ESPN’s Cris Carter after Super Bowl win 02.03.14 at 8:42 am ET
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After catching five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s Super Bowl rout of the Broncos, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin had a few words for ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer Cris Carter.

While he did not directly call Carter out by name, Baldwin made it clear that he did not appreciate the analyst referring to Seattle’€™s receivers as “appetizers.”

“I’€™m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is,” Baldwin said, according to The Star Ledger. “I respect what you did on the field. But stick to football. Stick to playing football because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down, you need to go back. Because you’€™re saying some stuff that doesn’t really make sense.

“That dude that said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him. But I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances and I also saw two losses in the conference championship. I have a Super Bowl ring and I will gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’€™t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it.”

Baldwin, who made his comments at the press conference podium, added more about his fellow receivers later on in his interview.

“We’ve got dogs over here,” Baldwin said. “And if you don’€™t know what that is, you can Google that.”

Outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman also referenced Carter’€™s “appetizer” comment when he spoke after the game.

“I think if anybody took a bite out of them, they’€™d be pretty full,” Sherman said.

During Sherman’€™s interview, Baldwin jokingly added his opinion of the cornerback.

“I just want people to know this cornerback is mediocre!”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Richard Sherman tweets support for Peyton Manning after Super Bowl at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Spurs at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Xavier at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Hampton at Morgan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Prairie View A&M at Alabama A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Avalanche at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Beanpot, Harvard vs. Northeastern, 5 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Beanpot, Boston College vs. Boston University, 8 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City vs. Chelsea, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— We all know how Richard Sherman feels about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick thanks to the cornerback’s antics at the end of the NFC championship game. After Sunday’s 43-8 rout of the Broncos in the Super Bowl, however, Sherman was defending the losing QB.

When Sherman — who suffered a high ankle sprain and left Sunday’s game in the second half — got wind of Seahawks‘ fans criticism of Peyton Manning on his Twitter account, the cornerback asked for moderation.

Wrote Sherman: There is no reason to bash him on here please Seattle let’s just enjoy this one!!!! He is still a Future HOF player.

Added Sherman: Peyton is the Classiest person/player I have ever met! I could learn so much from him! Thank you for being a great Competitor and person.

 

Manning, who avoided throwing in Sherman’s direction, completed 34-of-49 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off twice and had a passer rating of 73.5, far less than Seattle QB Russell Wilson (123.1). The Broncos, who had the most prolific offense in NFL history in 2013, were shut out until the final play of the third quarter.

Warren Sapp apparently ended his feud with Michael Strahan when he apologized to the former Giants defensive end over the weekend.

Sapp, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, had said that Strahan was not one of the most worthy candidates this year. However, Strahan was one of the seven individuals elected Saturday.

Sapp said he apologized to Strahan when he saw him Saturday night.

“I hugged him and I wouldn’t let him go,” Sapp said on NFL Network, for whom he works as an analyst. “I said, ‘Please forgive me.’ I said, ‘Dumb Lex Luthor came to the city of Gotham and pulled Superman’s cape. How foolish could I have been, my man? Please forgive me.’

“If he tells the story any different, he’s lying to you, America, because I sure did apologize. I’m going to beg for forgiveness because there’s a party in Canton, and I promise you, I’m not going to miss it.”

— Jets quarterback Geno Smith received some advice from general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan: Stay out of trouble.

Smith has been involved in a couple of embarrassing situations since the Jets’ season ended, and the team would prefer that be the last of it.

“When you’re a quarterback in the NFL and you’re a quarterback for a franchise in a big market such as New York, all eyes are on you 24/7,” Idzik told reporters at a promotional event before Sunday’s Super Bowl. “I think Geno is experiencing this first-hand. Obviously, I’ve kept in close contact with him. This is part of learning how to deal with these things.

“We’ve addressed them, he’s addressed them, so [I have] no real concerns that way. It’s just how to deal with your celebrity and the visibility that goes along with that position.”

Smith, who was at the same event, would not discuss the incident on a Virgin America airplane that caused him to leave his flight (and for which the airline apologized). Also, an Atlanta woman who claimed she had an affair with Smith posted a lewd photo on Instagram she claimed to be the QB.

“It’s not a big deal,” Smith said of his offseason issues. “I just have to continue to do things that got me here, which is be myself. I’m not a troublemaker, I’m not a bad person and I don’t do things that get me in trouble.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 3, 2002, the Patriots beat the Rams for their first Super Bowl title. Who scored the Patriots’ first touchdown?

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: Insecure Richard Sherman ‘afraid’ of San Francisco receivers 01.31.14 at 9:22 am ET
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Colin Kaepernick typically has few words for the media, but after Richard Sherman‘€™s postgame interview after the NFC championship, the 49ers quarterback decided to open up.

“I think everyone knows his comments were ridiculous,” Kaepernick said of Sherman to the New York Post.

“As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really? If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’€™re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”

Seattle’€™s Sherman made a choke sign toward Kaepernick after the quarterback underthrew a pass to Michael Crabtree in the end zone at the end of the championship game. According to Sherman, the 49er should have known better than to throw the ball near him.

Kaepernick responded Thursday saying he would attempt the same play again.

“I don’€™t care who’€™s out there,” Kaepernick said. “I had Crabtree one-on-one with half of the field to himself, and I’€™m going to take that every single time. He made a good play on that ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it’€™s a touchdown and now you’€™re the goat, Richard Sherman.

“It’€™s a game of inches. The inches were in [Sherman’€™s] favor in that case, but this game will humble you very quickly.”

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Seahawks CB Richard Sherman reflects on learning experience, race relations after rant 01.27.14 at 9:53 am ET
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Richard Sherman may have openly discussed his postgame rant, but as he spoke to the media Sunday about the upcoming Super Bowl, he did not give an encore performance.

With a dozen camera crews and 50 members of the media listening in at the Seahawk’€™s news conference upon he team’s arrival in New Jersey, Sherman once again talked about the kind of conversation that came up after he ranted about Michael Crabtree to Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews.

“I still enjoy that because you’€™re learning, constantly learning and growing as a person,” Sherman said. “You’€™re constantly figuring out how the world works, how you can affect the world and how your words affect kids.

“I really want to affect kids and influence and inspire kids to really each their full potential and live their life goals and go out there and make the world a better place, so if I can do that on this stage, it’€™s a great blessing.”

Rather than say any volatile words, the cornerback told reporters about his respect for the Broncos offense before he touched on the discussion of race relations that ensued after his comments following the NFC championship.

“I think it did have some effect on opening up the channels of communication and conversation and dialogue,” Sherman said. “I think I had some impact on it, and I want to have a positive impact. I want people to understand that everybody should be judged by their character and who they are as a person and not by the color of their skin.

“I think that’€™s something we’ve worked to get past as a nation, as a country, and we’€™re continuing to work on it. It’€™s healthy. Everything that happened all the people who sent the messages, who tweeted what they tweeted, it ends up turning around to be a positive because it opens back up the discussion and people begin to get more educated. Anytime you get more knowledge, you’€™re more power as a person.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis says Richard Sherman ‘about me, me, me, me’ 01.24.14 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Rider at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vermont at Stony Brook, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Canadiens at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Northeastern at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: RIT at Niagara, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Denver, 9:35 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Coventry at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 a.m. Saturday (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, who got under the skin of the Patriots when patrolling “Revis Island” for the Jets, weighed in on the Richard Sherman controversy, and he wasn’t impressed with Sherman’s selfish behavior.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s an entertainer, but he shouldn’t have said that,” Revis said Wednesday at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. “The reporter asked him a question about the team and he went on to answer about me, me, me, me. So that is how I took it. He didn’t answer the question in the right way.”

Added Revis: “It is what it is, that is Sherman. That is what he thinks. Everybody has their own opinion.”

Revis, who had some Twitter battles with Sherman over the last couple of years since the Seahawks star started bragging that he was better, still isn’t prepared to tip his cap to Sherman.

“I feel like I’m the best,” Revis said. “Deion Sanders probably feels like he is the best. Everybody has their own personal opinion. And that is how you go with it and I think that is what makes it fun.

“[Sherman is] saying he’s the best,” Revis continued. “I’m saying I’m the best, Joe Haden thinks he’s the best. ‘€¦ You can go by numbers, you can go by the ball not being thrown to your side so many times, there are so many variables in it. But at the same time, we are all talented players.”

— One week after Jets quarterback Geno Smith walked off a Virgin America plane before takeoff in Los Angeles following a confrontation with a flight attendant, the airline apologized for the situation.

“After a full review of the incident, we believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily,” Virgin America said in a statement. “We’ve apologized to Mr. Smith for his experience, which could have been better — and we’d welcome him back onboard any time.

“As an airline that prides itself on our guest service, we take incidents such as this one very seriously.”

Smith reportedly was wearing headphones when an attendant who asked him to take them off became frustrated and removed them. That led to Smith’s departure from the flight.

“I really appreciate that Virgin America took this seriously, looked into this matter and followed up with me,” Smith said. “I look forward to flying their airline again soon.”

Alex Rodriguez isn’t allowed to play baseball this season, but he has at least one offer to remain in the game. The Torrington (Conn.) Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced that they are offering Rodriguez a position as an assistant coach this summer.

The Titans can only offer $5,000 for the 10-week gig, but they did include free coffee and donuts from a local donut shop.

“We would love to help Alex start to rebuild his image as a professional athlete by giving back to the community and helping our young athletes,” general manager Joey Abis said.

On a side note, comedic actor Bill Murray is a part owner of the team.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 24, 1971, which Bruin was honored in a pregame ceremony before the B’s beat the Canadiens, 4-2, to extend their home winning streak to 15?

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Seahawks CB Richard Sherman: Response to postgame speech went ‘a little bit further than football’ 01.23.14 at 9:04 am ET
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In his first public appearance since his emotionally charged postgame interview Sunday, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he was shocked by the reaction to his comments.

“I was surprised by it. Because we’€™re talking about football here and a lot of people took it a little bit further than football.” Sherman said Wednesday. “I guess some people showed how far we have really come in this day and age and it was kind of profound what happened and people’€™s opinions of that nature because I was on a football field showing passion.”

After the Seahawks defeated the 49ers in the NFC championship game, Sherman took the attention off the game and put it on himself in an interview with Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, shouting remarks that were generally directed at San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

On the last play of the game, Sherman deflected a pass in the end zone that was intended for Crabtree. When Sherman attempted to shake Crabtree’€™s hand seconds later, the 49er put his hand onto Sherman’€™s mask and pushed him away. Sherman has not reached out to Crabtree since the incident.

“Maybe it was misdirected, maybe things may have been immature, maybe things could have been worded better, but this is on a football field,” Sherman said. “I didn’t commit any crimes, I wasn’t doing anything illegal. I was showing passion after a football game.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman apologizes for postgame rant 01.21.14 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBATV)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Butler at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Temple at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Rutgers at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Purdue at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Boise State at New Mexico, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Wild at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Controversial Seahawks star Richard Sherman apologized Monday for his postgame rant after Sunday’s NFC championship game in which screamed about being the best cornerback in the game and insulted 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates… That was not my intent,” Sherman said in a text to ESPN.

Speaking on the “SVP and Russillo” show on ESPN Radio earlier in the day, Sherman acknowledged that he let his emotions get the best of him.

“Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently,” he said. “But it is what it is now, and people’s reactions are what they are.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he spoke with Sherman to clear the air, and he said the player was receptive.

Said Carroll: “You’re talking about a guy in a warrior’s mentality in the middle of everything. He’s a fiery guy. That was Richard being Richard in a moment where you would like to pull him to the side and take a knee for a while, then we’ll talk to you.

“It’s unfortunate that it was so crazed, but that’s who he is. His mental makeup to get ready for that matchup was expressed right there so he could play the way he can play. Unfortunately, sharing with the world, it didn’t come across so well.”

Kobe Bryant remains sidelined as he works his way back from a broken left knee suffered during a Dec. 17 game against the Grizzlies, and he said Monday that he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return.

“Try not to think about it too much,” he said before the Lakers lost to the Bulls in Chicago. “Just go day to day.”

Bryant, who missed the start of the season while recovering from a turn left Achilles tendon, has been limited to riding an exercise bike until he’s ready to get back on the court.

“There was before I came back the first time because I didn’t know how my Achilles was going to respond to playing and changing directions,” Bryant said. “The game in Memphis I had a pretty good feel for it, getting back to being able to do what I normally could do. I feel confident about it. I did play that second half on a fractured leg and played pretty well. I feel pretty good about my chances.”

Bryant, 35, also said he has not wavered on his decision to skip the 2016 Olympics.

“I’ll go an spectate,” he said, adding: “Maybe I’ll go watch [Pau] Gasol win another silver.”

— Jamaica has a team in the bobsled event at the upcoming Sochi Olympics — rekindling memories of the 1988 “Cool Runnings” squad — but it’s going to take some money to get the athletes to Russia.

So the team posted a collection page on Crowdtilt in an effort to cover the $80,000 needed to fund the trip and training. As of Tuesday morning, donations of more than $110,000 had poured in.

The team has been training in Wyoming, getting by with what it has been able to afford.

“We have not come close to covering our costs,” Jamaican Bobsled Federation general secretary Chris Stokes told ESPN.com. “We have many outstanding obligations, and we have to pay three more weeks of training. We’ve had very lonely days when we struggled to make ends meet by borrowing equipment. Our guys haven’t had the proper jackets.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 21, 1954, the NBA All-Star Game went to overtime for the first time. Which Celtic scored 10 points in the extra session and was named MVP after leading the East to a 98-93 victory?

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