|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledges, ‘We’re in trouble’||01.24.13 at 7:54 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Purdue at Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tennessee at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Murray State at Tennessee Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wyoming at UNLV, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Stanford at Colorado, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Lakers held a team meeting Wednesday, then went out and lost for the 10th time in 12 games, a 106-93 setback vs. the Grizzlies in Memphis.
“You never want those kind of meetings because we’re in trouble a little bit,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Things needed to be said and needed to happen. Now it’s up to us to make something positive out of it.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, during the meeting Kobe Bryant admitted to his teammates that he can be difficult to play with, and he asked Dwight Howard if had an issue with him. Howard apparently was hesitant to speak up.
“He didn’t go back at Kobe,” a source told the paper.
After the loss, D’Antoni said it’s not an issue of lack of effort by his players.
“I do think they play as hard as they can play, and that’s what’s scary,” D’Antoni said. “I mean I don’t know how we can play harder or blame something else. We just didn’t play well.”
Said forward Earl Clark: “It’s just the same thing over again. We broke down defensively. They went on a run, and we continue to just go downhill.”
♦ Former Cubs star Sammy Sosa, who received 12.5 percent of the votes for the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility this year, said he thinks he and fellow steroid-era home run legend Mark McGwire deserve enshrinement.
“I think so,” Sosa said in an interview on the website Ustream.com.
“I’m not going to come here an say anything that is going to jeopardize my future,” he added. “But definitely time will determine everything. Right now whatever it is, it is. I am not [somebody who] is going to go out there and say anything I don’t want to say. I’m waiting for my time. … I don’t like controversy. Definitely time will determine everything.”
Sosa, who finished his career with 609 home runs but reportedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, also sounded open to re-establishing a relationship with the Cubs, after leaving on bad terms after the 2004 season. Cubs president Tom Rickets said last weekend that the team might reach out to Sosa.
“They know where I am,” Sosa said. “If they want to find me, they have to call me. I’m always available.”
♦ Tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a 27-year-old Frenchman, appeared before the media at the Australian Open press conference and stuck his foot in his mouth when asked about the inconsistency of the top women’s players.
“You know, the girls, they are more unstable emotionally than us,” he said. “I’m sure everybody will say it’s true, even the girls [laughter]. No? No, you don’t think?
“But I mean, it’s just about hormones and all this stuff. We don’t’ have all these bad things, so we are physically in a good shape every time, and you are not. That’s it.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: 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?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Sammy Sosa’s corked bat resurfaces||10.11.10 at 7:44 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
No local games scheduled
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The corked bat that Sammy Sosa used in a Cubs game in 2003 has resurfaced, thanks to former Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who is selling it through an online auction house. Remlinger, who grew up in Plymouth and attended Dartmouth College, was a pitcher for the Cubs when Sosa used the bat during a game and broke it while hitting a ground ball. Remlinger found the bat under some equipment and tucked it away in an effort to protect the slugger. He said no one from the league came looking for it. Remlinger said he reached out to Sosa last year and an assistant said the retired player was interested in the bat, but Remlinger never heard back.
♦ Amid reports that the NFL is aggressively investigating the situation regarding Brett Favre and his alleged harassment of female Jets employees, Clay Travis at AOL FanHouse looks at the legal ramifications. Meanwhile, in the New York Daily News, Gary Myers writes that the Jets are lucky to be done with the Favre headache.
♦ With the Cowboys losing to the Titans and falling to 1-3, the criticism is coming in heavy on Dallas coach Wade Phillips. In the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Jennifer Floyd Engel looks at the embarrassment of “Wade-ball.” In San Francisco, San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami writes that coach Mike Singletary and quarterback Alex Smith cannot co-exist on the 49ers, who dropped to 0-5. And in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Nick Canepa blames the Chargers’ slow start on Norv Turner.
♦ Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson became the first woman to run a sub-three-hour marathon in five decades, when she finished Sunday’s Chicago Marathon in 2:47:50. Her time was less than two minutes from qualifying for the Olympic trials.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 11, 1999, the Red Sox beat the Indians in the fifth and deciding game of the American League Division Series, 12-8. During the game, which player hit the first grand slam in Red Sox postseason history?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The fight showed up again, and that’s a good sign.” — Rays manager Joe Maddon, after his team tied the American League Division Series vs. the Rangers with a 6-3 win Sunday in Game 4
STAT OF THE DAY: 29 — Consecutive Associated Press college footballs that featured an SEC team in the No. 1 spot, a streak that ended this week, when Ohio State moved into the top spot after Alabama’s loss to South Carolina
‘NET RESULTS: Dude Perfect has a new trick: The Cowboy Stadium shot.
The Long Beach State basketball team has a clever way of avoiding the spread of germs.
Here’s an onside kick from Saturday’s Baylor-Texas Tech game that did not go well for the kicking team.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Troy O’Leary, who also hit a three-run homer to finish with a postseason record-tying seven RBI
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk (in the blue vest in this video) turns 60 today.
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup||08.24.10 at 7:49 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Major League Baseball is looking into how financial information on teams was leaked to the media. The info showed that the Pirates are still profitable despite 18 losing seasons, and it details how much lower-echelon teams receive in profit-sharing.
♦ In Chicago magazine, Shane Tritsch has a revealing piece on Sammy Sosa, in which the controversial slugger blames the Cubs for making him appear to be a “a monster.”
♦ The Los Angeles Times looks at the McCourt saga and how it landed the Dodgers owners in court.
♦ Rob Gloster at Bloomberg.com has a piece on Blake Strode, a tennis player who has put Harvard law school on hold while he tries to qualify for the U.S. Open.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 24, 1973, which Red Sox player publicly demanded a trade — a wish that would eventually be granted in the ensuing offseason?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show.” — Tom Brady, on the Dennis & Callahan show, talking about HBO’s “Hard Knocks”
STAT OF THE DAY: 17 — Hits — all singles — in Monday night’s game between the Red Sox and Mariners
‘NET RESULTS: Another wall-climbing catch from Japanese baseball.
Here’s the one from earlier in the season in case you missed it.
And here’s one from about 25 years ago that tops them both.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Reggie Smith
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mason WIlliams is 72 today.
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