Tom Curran joins the Patriots discussion and talks about the possibility of the team fighting for their playoff lives the last week of the season.
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Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the recent conversation about David Ortiz and the Red Sox giving him an extension.
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Donny Marshall joins Mut and Merloni to talk about what he is hearing from his sources in the NBA about the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded to the Kings.
[0:02:56] ... you get asset sooner than than later. Is trying to mobile dialect RajonRondo and not be disrespectful. To a player like -- Well and so you you say yesterday that there are a team with it talks in the team out west and union and the SacramentoKings -- I guess that. But to follow ups about that the figured the source you're talking to want how far along. Are ... [0:05:11] ... many green uniforms bought the Celtic uniform actually in the stands following PaulPierce and Kevin Garnett over. You know the first 20/20 five games of the -- it's it's absolutely amazing. Buzz that's Q do ... [0:08:29] ... about being analyzed more than every. Payroll in the except one that NewYorkKnicks when you get up talking about money. It tells me one thing that. Ownership. Whatever happening behind closed doors with what the ...
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins and the struggles of Brad Marchand who can't seem to get his game going.
[0:06:24] ... good streak right now -- speeds. He's they are able. A little roadtrip that they went on and two helpers last lady gets -- fourteen so that the point is gonna come a little bit ... [0:07:31] ... perfect. A brick policy and start we talked about you know the StanleyCup hangover maybe some things that they've learned -- back because. You go back two years ago off the win the cup and ... [0:09:21] ... and I can type of experience you know when you're in the AmericanLeague and you keep. Keeping united parent club and reaching that you get to watch them play and you have -- it. Image ... [0:11:02] ... art dealer plates. I can't see the appeal going the way of JohnPaul and I don't see that and I'm about the fifteenth. And then now the question becomes the go to an independent arbiter ...
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: N.C. State at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Francisco at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has said he hopes to avoid paying the luxury tax next year. (AP)
The Yankees, who have had baseball’s highest payroll for 15 straight years, pay a 50 percent rate for every dollar over $178 million on their payroll because the team has been over the tax threshold at least four consecutive years. Their $28.1 million bill Tuesday is second only to their $34.1 million bill after the 2005 season.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has said he wants to avoid surpassing next year’s threshold of $189 million, but after their most recent free agent binge — including the signing of former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury — the Yankees already are locked in to $177.7 million for 15 players. However, if Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension is upheld, that would provide New York some salary relief.
The Dodgers were the only other team to be taxed this year, receiving a bill for $11.4 million. The Red Sox avoided the penalty by finishing $225,666 under the $178 million payroll threshold.
According to MLB, the average salary for a player increased 7.1 percent to $3,326,645, the steepest rise since 2006.
• The dysfunctional Knicks continue to make news for the wrong reasons. On Monday, following a 102-101 loss to the Wizards in which the team showed a lack of poise in the closing seconds, coach Mike Woodson announced that Amar’e Stoudemire would be sidelined because his knees were swelling.
Stoudemire responded via Twitter on Tuesday, refuting his coach’s statement and explaining that he just needed rest after playing six games in nine days, including two back-to-backs.
Tweeted Stoudemire: Fans, IM NOT INJURED, just want u to know I’m ONLY stay’n bk bc of 6 games n 9 days w/ bk2bks! Body & Knees feel great!
Woodson, meanwhile, again addressed the ending to Monday night’s game, when the Knicks had a defensive lapse to allow the game-winning layup with six seconds left, then didn’t call a timeout and showed no urgency before Carmelo Anthony threw up an off-balance 3-pointer that was well off the mark.
“Bad coaching,” Woodson said Tuesday. “We made a lot of bad mistakes coming down the stretch. It happens sometimes. And I don’t mean that in just a blow-off way. We didn’t take the foul when we should have and we talked about it, I didn’t call the timeout, so I mean, I can’t go back and get it. But I’ve got to learn from it and we’ve got to learn from it as a team, and if we are in that position again we can’t let that happen.”
• President Barack Obama sent a clear message to Russia when on Tuesday he named tennis legend Billie Jean King and other openly gay athletes to serve as part of the U.S delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies of February’s Sochi Olympics.
Russia has been heavily criticized for passing a national law banning “gay propaganda,” and although the White House did not mention the law Tuesday, a spokesman said the delegation “represents the diversity that is the United States.”
Said King: “I am equally proud to stand with the members of the LGBT community in support of all athletes who will be competing in Sochi and I hope these Olympic Games will indeed be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of all people.”
Openly gay women’s hockey player Caitlin Cahow, a Connecticut native who played at Harvard, will attend the closing ceremony as part of the U.S. delegation.
The White House also announced that Obama will not attend the Winter Games, nor will the vice president, the first lady or a former president.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 18, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his ninth (and final) career hat trick and added two assists in a 6-5 loss to the Hartford Whalers?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s a dirty player. … We’ve seen it from him how many times a year from him? It’s a dirty hit.” – Flames forward Curtis Glencross, talking about Brad Marchand‘s boarding of Sean Monahan during the Bruins’ 2-0 victory Tuesday night
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Capitals forward Tom Wilson is likely to be suspended after delivering a devastating hit to Flyers forward Brayden Schenn near the boards.
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hits a game-winner for the second straight game, this time beating the Cavaliers with a long 3-pointer in the final second.
Mavericks guard Jose Calderon teaches his teammates some Spanish.
Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson delivers a memorable rant following his team’s loss to Murray State.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Charlie Simmer
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was born on this day in 1943.