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Panthers coach Ron Rivera defends Cam Newton’s actions during, after Super Bowl 02.09.16 at 10:32 am ET
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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been heavily scrutinized this week for his actions both on and off the field on Super Bowl Sunday.

Newton came under fire when he appeared to back away from a loose ball after fumbling in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Then during his postgame press conference he gave mostly one-word answers before abruptly walking out on reporters, saying, “I’m done, man.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera apparently is not as concerned as fans and media members. In an interview with Pro Football Talk, Rivera defended his quarterback’s decision not to dive after his fourth-quarter fumble.

“I think he was looking for the rebound. When that group of guys came diving in, when it ricocheted backwards, he tried to turn and get after the ball,” Rivera said. “When you look at the circumstances he was looking at, I have no problem with that.”

As for Newton’s postgame surliness, Rivera said it simply was the result of the QB’s competitive nature.

Said Rivera, “The one thing about Cam that I think a lot of people have to understand is he hates to lose. He really does. And a lot of great ones have that.”

Rivera said the experience can all be used as a lesson for the future.

“Unfortunately, we just didn’t win the big one,” the coach said. “I think he’ll learn and grow from this situation and come back stronger next year.”

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Report: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out during minicamp 06.12.14 at 10:36 am ET
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While the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks are set to hold their mandatory minicamp next week, they may be without one of their biggest stars.

ESPN reported that running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to skip the mandatory three-day training session because the “€œBeast Mode” rusher wants a contract extension.

“It’s very, very unlikely that Lynch will be there,” a source close to the situation told ESPN. “He wants the Seahawks to renegotiate his current contract and provide him with more up-front money.”

Lynch has not been an active participant in any offseason programs, as the four-time Pro Bowler has not attended any of Seattle’€™s OTAs over the past three weeks.

Lynch is in the third year of a four-year deal that is worth $30 million — with an additional $6 million signing bonus. Lynch’€™s base salary is set to be $5.5 million this season and will count as $7 million against the cap.

If Lynch skips the team’€™s minicamp, which begins on June 17, he is expected to be fined $70,000.

Acquired from the Bills in October 2010, Lynch has blossomed while playing in the Emerald City, as he has the most touchdowns in the NFL since the start of the 2011 season with 39 while also leading the league in 100-yard rushing games since 2011 with 19.

Lynch was one of Seattle’€™s deadliest weapons on offense last year, rushing for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns while helping the team secure its first Super Bowl title.

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Minneapolis embracing cold weather as it prepares to host 2018 Super Bowl 05.21.14 at 10:02 am ET
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Minnesota winters are frigid. And now that Minneapolis has been awarded the 2018 Super Bowl, the city is ready to embrace the temperatures as part of its showcase for the world.

Along with the highly anticipated $1 billion stadium being constructed on the site of the former Metrodome, organizers used Minnesota’s historic winters as part of its selling point for Super Bowl LII under the theme “Built for the Bold.”

“We didn’t shy away from it. We embraced it,” Vikings president and owner Mark Wilf said.

Minneapolis’ winter festivities for the big game include plans to transform the Nicollet Mall pedestrian area into a nearly mile-long Super Bowl Boulevard filled with outdoor activities.

“It’s a chance for us to demonstrate how we celebrate winter,” Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, said. “It’s a community that never slows down, that enjoys the outdoors four seasons. And we’re in a position to share what we already know with the rest of the world.”

Super Bowl LII will mark the sixth time the NFL’s championship game has been played in a cold-weather city. East Rutherford, New Jersey, hosted this year’s Super Bowl, Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI and Detroit has hosted the big game twice.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NCAA tables proposal to slow down football with 10-second rule 03.06.14 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Avalanche at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Penguins at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Heat at Spurs, 8 p.m.. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Villanova at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Memphis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Iowa at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Charlotte at Marshall, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: LSU at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: George Mason at La Salle, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Hawaii at UC Santa Barbara, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Butler at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: USC at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


— The NCAA football rules committee on Wednesday tabled a proposal to slow down the game by instituting a 5-yard penalty for offenses that snap the ball before 10 seconds have run off the 40-second play clock.

The controversial proposal was widely criticized despite support from some high-profile coaches including Alabama’s Nick Saban, who claimed it would help protect players from injury. During the feedback period after the proposal initially passed on Feb. 12, 75 percent of the 324 comments the NCAA received opposed the change.

“What the committee agreed to do was table that proposal to allow time to gather more information from the medical community and allow time for a broader discussion for the implications of that change,” NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding told The Associated Press.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, a harsh critic who went so far as to make a video mocking the proposal, noted that there was no factual evidence supporting the claim that players were at risk of injury.

“I don’t know where it goes from here, but I appreciate the rules committee realizing it was a mistake to put it out there right now,” he told the AP.

— The Revolution, who open the season Saturday night with a game at Houston, unveiled new jerseys at a media event this week.

The adidas jersey features a navy blue jersey with a large UnitedHealthcare logo and the team’s logo over the left chest, with red stripes on the shoulders. On the back, the “Flag of New England” is centered between the shoulders.

“We’€™re very pleased with this design and are excited to begin wearing it,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said. “We worked with adidas to integrate some key design elements into the kit that are important to our club. For a long time, our primary kit has been solid navy, with only lesser red and white accents. We wanted this primary uniform to reinforce the region’€™s Revolutionary identity by having a greater balance of red, white and blue.

“The Flag of New England is also a key icon for our club, one which our supporters have been instrumental in growing. Unlike some teams that have their key icon or identifier on the ‘€˜jock tag’€™ on the lower seam of the jersey, we were insistent that the flag be very visible and somewhere that everyone could see. And there is no better place than right above the players’€™ names and numbers ‘€“ reminding everyone that they’€™re all part of New England.”

The players also will wear navy blue socks with thin white horizontal stripes.

— With New Jersey showing that a cold-weather city can be a successful Super Bowl host, other cities are looking at their options. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking a look at the possibility of expanding Soldier Field, partly in an effort to improve his city’s chances.

“It’s an exploration to see what, if anything, is possible,” an Emanuel spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune.

Soldier Field, the smallest stadium in the league, seats 61,500. The NFL’s preferred minimum for a Super Bowl is 70,000.

“We’ll work with that footprint. It’s all a process,” Emanuel said last month, indicating that he thought a Super Bowl would “be good for the city and good for the NFL.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 6, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his 600th NHL point with two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nordiques at Boston Garden?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Super Bowl ring belonging to Patriots’ Spygate videographer up for auction 02.06.14 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Spurs at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Rhode Island at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UConn at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LSU at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Robert Morris at LIU Brooklyn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Penn State at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Murray State at Belmont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UTEP at East Carolina, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tulsa at Louisiana Tech, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Santa Clara at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)


— The Super Bowl ring given to the former Patriots intern at the heart of the Spygate scandal is available via an online auction.

Matt Estrella was caught filming the signals of Jets coaches during a game on Sept. 9, 2007, after a tip from Jets coach Eric Mangini (a former Patriots assistant). The result was a $500,000 fine for Bill Belichick and another $250,000 penalty and forfeiture of a first-round draft pick for the team. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had the tapes destroyed after viewing them, leading conspiracy theorists to claim the Patriots were guilty of further violations.

Estrella, who continued to work in the team’s video department until 2009, sold the ring in May 2012 to an individual who later consigned it to Goldin Auctions. The ring commemorates the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXIX victory over the Eagles on Feb. 6, 2005.

As of early Thursday morning, the high bid for the ring was $5,700. Bidding closes Friday night.

If you’re looking for a different piece of Boston-themed sports jewelry, the auction also features former Patriots fullback Sam Gash‘s 1996 AFC championship ring and late Red Sox broadcaster Ken Coleman‘s 1967 American League championship ring.

— The Lakers won Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers, 119-108, but only after employing a little-known NBA rule that allowed them to keep a fouled-out player in the game.

The Lakers started the night with eight available players but lost two to injuries and another to fouls, leaving them with five. When center Robert Sacre fouled out, coach Mike D’Antoni was allowed to keep him in, with the only penalty being a technical foul, because NBA rules dictate a team must have five players on the court.

“That was, by far, one of the strangest games I’ve ever seen,” D’Antoni said.

Said Sacre: “That was just crazy. When I got my sixth foul I was just like, ‘Oh, dang!’ Then I got to come back in, so I thought it was something special. I didn’t know what was going on.”

— The NFL announced Wednesday that CBS will air eight of its Thursday night games next season after awarding the network a one-year deal with a league option for 2015.

The first eight Thursday night games of the season will be shown on CBS, with the NFL Network simulcasting them. The NFL Network will show six more Thursday night games later in the season.

“We want to make Thursday night football as big as possible in the minds of the NFL fan,” NFL executive vice president for media Brian Rolapp said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 6, 1988, Larry Bird won the 3-point competition during All-Star Weekend in Chicago, famously holding his right index finger in the air before his final shot went through the net to clinch the victory. Which player did Bird beat for the title?

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Super Bowl XLVIII most watched TV program of all time in U.S. 02.04.14 at 10:26 am ET
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When the Broncos fell to the Seahawks, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox on Sunday, they lost by the largest margin in a Super Bowl game in 21 years. They also did so in front of an average audience of 111.5 million people — the largest amount of people to watch a TV program in U.S. history.

According to, the Seahawks’ beatdown broke the previous record set by Super Bowl XLVI — a far closer contest between the Giants and the Patriots on NBC.

The numbers started off higher than usual when the kickoff rating was 12 percent more than last year. Those ratings continued to increase during the first half and hit a peak as the half ended and the Seahawks took a 22-0 lead.

A record-breaking 115.3 million viewers also tuned in to Bruno Mars‘ collaboration with the Red Hot Chili Peppers during the halftime show, which surpassed the previous high set by Madonna two years ago.

Kansas City led the individual market ratings with Seattle coming in with the second-largest amount of viewers — the best the market has ever done during the Super Bowl. Denver had the ninth-best market rating.

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Most memorable Super Bowl XLVIII commercials 02.03.14 at 3:08 pm ET
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At a reported $4 million for a 30-second spot, Super Bowl commercials are made to be as entertaining and memorable as possible. For many companies like Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Toyota, Sunday was the biggest night as their ads debuted on national television.

The consensus was that Super Bowl XLVIII’€™s commercials were cleaner and more family-friendly than in years past. GoDaddy, known for showing more risque ads, went with a simple commercial that featured bodybuilders and spray-tanning.

The cast of “Full House,” Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis all showed up with some lighthearted humor.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Warren Sapp takes feud with Michael Strahan to new level 01.30.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Cavaliers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Providence at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Bryant at Robert Morris, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Indiana at Nebraska, 8:15 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Houston at UConn, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Purdue at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCLA at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)


Warren Sapp, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle who now appears on NFL Network, took his feud with Michael Strahan to a new level Wednesday.

The dispute started when Sapp said Strahan, a favorite to be named to the Hall of Fame this weekend, does not deserve enshrinement this year. Strahan, the former Giants standout, called Sapp a “coward” for not addressing him directly, adding, “The tiger doesn’t listen to the opinions of a sheep.”

Strahan receive plenty of support, with former Strahan teammate Osi Umenyiora calling Sapp and “idiot” and Boomer Esiason referring to the controversial Sapp as “an embarrassment to anybody who’s ever played the game of football.”

On Wednesday, Sapp fired back.

“I can’t make that man respect me, but I will stop him from disrespecting me — I tell you that,” Sapp told New York Newsday on Super Bowl Radio Row. “It was about his resume; I wasn’t talking about the man.”

Added Sapp: “It was about his resume; I wasn’t talking about the man. But the sheep and the lion and all that? I don’t understand. ‘€¦ I just didn’t understand the venom in it this morning. Oh, that’s right, I’m in his city. I should be more hospitable.”

In an interview with Jim Rome, Sapp said he hadn’t made it personal, but then he got in a couple of backhanded shots.

“[Strahan] took it to a level that it didn’t need to be,” Sapp said. “I was just talking about his resume. I didn’t say anything about his gap tooth or his ‘S’ words or his ‘F’ words that I don’t understand. What the hell is he saying? So if he wants to go personal we can go personal, but I was just stacking his resume against the class.”

As for Strahan’s comment that Sapp is a coward, Sapp said: “Pick the spot and I’ll come see you and you can have a dose of it. If you think that’s what it is, pick the spot and I’ll come see you.”

— In other media-war news, Katie Nolan, one of the hosts of Fox Sports 1’s’ “Crowd Goes Wild” show, was not pleased with ESPN columnist Rick Reilly‘s lack of respect toward her colleague Regis Philbin at Super Bowl media day.

Reilly said that he didn’t think any of the players knew who Philbin was, referred to the longtime television personality as “the little guy in the makeup.”

Nolan responded with a diatribe in which she calls out Reilly for mistaking congresswoman Gabby Giffords for Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and criticizes him for rehashing old material in his columns, among other things.

— At, Elliot Harrison ranks all 47 Super Bowls from worst to best. The best is Super Bowl XIII, when the Steelers beat the Cowboys, 35-31. No. 2 is the Giants‘ 17-14 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, followed by the Jets’ 16-7 upset of the Colts in Super Bowl III.

The worst is Super Bowl XXIV, when the 49ers routed the Broncos, 55-10.

The rest of the Patriots’ Super Bowls are ranked 7 (Super Bowl’s XXXVIII’s 32-29 win over the Panthers), 10 (Super Bowl XXVI’s 20-17 win over the Rams), 17 (Super Bowl XLVI’s 21-17 loss to the Giants), 20 (Super Bowl XXXIX’s 24-21 victory over the Eagles), 21 (Super Bowl XXXI’s 35-21 loss to the Packers) and 24 (Super Bowl XX’s 46-10 loss to the Bears).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 30, 1973, the Patriots had perhaps their best draft ever. Which three players did they select in Round 1?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos QB Peyton Manning squashes retirement talk 01.27.14 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sabres at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Duke at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Savannah State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Colgate at Lafayette, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


Peyton Manning put rumors about his retirement to rest when he told the Denver Post he has no plans to step away from the game following his record-setting season.

“I think when you still enjoy the preparation, the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that.” Manning said. “When I stop enjoying it, when I can’t produce, when I can’t help the team, that’s when I’ll stop playing. If that’s next year, maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing.”

Manning, 37, is scheduled to have his surgically repaired neck examined, and there was speculation that he could leave the game if there were any concerns. However, he is due to make $20 million next season, giving him more than enough incentive to come back, even if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.

“A number of players have walked away as champions,” said Manning, who passed for an NFL-record 55 touchdowns in 2013. “I’m sure that’s a great feeling for those people. John Elway. Ray Lewis did it last year. Michael Strahan. Talking to Ray Lewis and talking to John Elway, they couldn’t play any more [physically]. That was all they had to give. They truly left it all out there.

“I still enjoy playing football. I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point coming off that [neck fusion] surgery. I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the work part of it. Everybody enjoys the game. Everybody is going to be excited to play in the Super Bowl.”

— Veteran Broncos safety Mike Adams grew up in Paterson, N.J., about 12 miles from MetLife Stadium, where his team will play the Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl. If Denver wins, Adams said he plans a victory march to his hometown. Without delay.

“If we win the Super Bowl, I’m going to keep my helmet and pads on and I’m walking home,” Adams said, adding: “After I get to the IHOP on Route 3, I’ll start hitchhiking. But they’d probably think I’m just some crazy person.”

An undrafted free agent from Delaware, Adams had a tough childhood. He never knew his father, and his mother died of ovarian cancer when he was a rookie with 49ers in 2004. He doesn’t try to paint a picture of his hometown as a pleasant place, but his walk home would be proof that anyone can escape a tough upbringing.

“It can be almost like a cancer,” Adams said of Paterson. “And I say that because the negativity in that place can be like a snowball rolling downhill.”

— Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Gola died Sunday at the age of 81 at a long-term care facility in Meadowbrook, Pa., where he had been staying since falling and hitting his head on a curb in 2003.

Gola starred at La Salle, leading the Explorers to the 1954 NCAA championship before losing to Bill Russell‘s San Francisco squad in the 1955 title game.

The 6-foot-6 Gola left the college game as a three-time All-American with an NCAA-record 2,201 rebounds. He remains one of only two Division 1 collegians to record 2,000 points and 2,000 rebounds. He’s also one of only two men to win an NIT, NCAA and NBA championship.

Gola helped the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1956 NBA title as a rookie and went on to become a five-time All-Star in 10 NBA seasons with the Warriors and Knicks.

He then coached La Salle for two seasons, posting a 37-13 record, before becoming a politician and running an insurance agency.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 27, 1986, which Patriots defensive standout announced his retirement after setting a team record for most games played with 210?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Patriots receiver Bethel Johnson teases New England fans after AFC championship loss to Broncos 01.20.14 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Kings at Bruins, 3 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pelicans at Grizzlies, 5 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA Trail Blazers at Rockets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Pacers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Loyola, Md., at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Creighton at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Ohio State at Nebraska, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Delaware State at North Carolina A&T, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland at NC State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Baylor at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at West Bromwich, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Former Patriots receiver Bethel Johnson apparently was not happy with his treatment by the team when he was sent packing in 2006, and he took pleasure in teasing New England fans following Sunday’s AFC championship game loss to the Broncos.

Tweeted Johnson on Sunday night: I said when the Pats trade me that they’ll never win another championship. Say what you want about me, I was there 3yrs & left with 2 rings.

Added Johnson, now 34: If they’d sign me back we’ll win immediately.

Johnson was drafted by the Patriots in the second round in 2003 out of Texas A&M and primarily played special teams. He’s generally considered one of Bill Belichick‘s worst draft picks.

In the summer of 2006, he was traded to the Saints but cut before the regular season while dealing with a knee injury. He went on to play for the Vikings that season, then played a year in the Canadian Football League after being cut by the Eagles and Texans.

Johnson apparently heard enough from Patriots fans, because his Twitter account was taken down Monday morning. Before then, he tried to defuse the situation, tweeting: I made a statement to get a rise out of the Pats fans and I got it…y’all are hilarious. I have nothing but love 4 the team that drafted me.

— Canucks coach John Tortorella reportedly will have a hearing with the NHL on Monday following his tantrum during Saturday’s game against the Flames, when he fiery coach approached the Calgary locker room after the first period to continue a dispute.

The game started with the Flames putting their fourth line on the ice. Tortorella responded in kind, and there was a line brawl immediately after the puck drop. During the brouhaha, Tortorella screamed at Calgary coach Bob Hartley.

Hartley denied intending to start off the game with a fight.

“Those guys are playing well for us,” he said of his fourth-liners. “They got us a goal last game. Obviously we’re not scoring many goals. We had absolutely zero intentions there. Those guys are playing hard for us. We’re a disciplined hockey club. As far as I know, they were the home team so they had the luxury to put whoever they wanted on the ice.”

Asked why he didn’t go with his top line to avoid a brawl, Tortorella claimed he was protecting his players.

“I see the starting lineup. I know the other guy across the bench and it’s easy for people to say put the Sedins out there and it’s deflated,” Tortorella said. “I can’t put our players at risk that way. With the lineup that he had, I’m not going to put those type of players at risk and that’s what ensues.

“I’m not proud of it. I’ve apologized to every one of the players involved in it. I don’t feel great about it at all, especially [Kellan Lain, who was making his NHL debut]. That’s my biggest mistake was putting Lainer in that lineup and I’ll kick myself forever not having someone else there. But I’d do the same thing again if it came that way because I cannot put anybody else out there not knowing what’s going to happen and knowing the other guy across from me.”

After the period, Tortorella headed toward the Calgary locker room but was pushed aside. Flames assistant coach Clint Malarchuk tried to get at Tortorella but was restrained by his team.

— According to an ESPN story, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to sit outside in the stands at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford N.J., for the Super Bowl, despite early predictions of freezing temperatures with a possibility of rain and snow.

This would not be a new thing for Goodell, who has appeared in the stands at other cold-weather games and claims to enjoy the experience.

In the previous coldest Super Bowl, played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on Jan. 16, 1972, then-commissioner Pete Rozelle sat outside as the temperature dipped to 39 degrees.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 20, 1996, in the NHL All-Star Game at what was then called the FleetCenter in Boston, which Bruin scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to give the East a 5-4 victory over the West?

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