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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Princeton at California, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Purdue at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida at Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner and an NFL first-round draft pick, was found dead in a park in Colorado on Monday night. He was 42.
The cause of death is still under investigation. Salaam’s mother, Khalada, said her son left a note and suspects he might have committed suicide.
“They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there,” she said.
Salaam was a star running back at the University of Colorado, ultimately winning the Heisman as a junior in 1994. That year he set the school record for touchdowns with 24.
The Bears selected him in the first round of the draft in 1995. Salaam only spent a few years in the league due to injuries but rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie season.
Former USC quarterback and fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart tweeted his condolences.
— Phil Jackson sort of discussed his “posse” comments about LeBron James in an appearance on CBS Sports on Tuesday.
On CBS’s show “We Need to Talk,” Jackson danced around apologizing for saying last month that James has a posse. James took issue with Jackson using that word, believing it has racial connotations.
“That’s a topic I’m not going to discuss because, one, we’re not supposed to discuss other teams’ players in this position that I have here,” Jackson said. “So I violated one of the tenets of our thing. And the obvious thing is, the word itself carries connotation. And I just don’t understand that part of it, the word. So I guess word choice could be something I could regret. But yeah, talking about other teams’ players, that’s out of the box.”
Jackson also said he has no plans to meet with James about the comments.
“No, it’s water under the bridge,” he said. “I don’t think there was anybody hurt or harmed in this situation. I think LeBron’s friend obviously had an issue with it. So we just let it go. It’s not enough to talk about it.”
— ICYMI: Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz went off on a great rant about participation trophies following his team’s loss to the University of Maryland last week.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’ll have plenty of time to figure that out. But the way that Rick emerged last year — first of all, just you think about Chris Sale as an addition, you think about the returning guys, another year in the progression of Eddie Rodriguez … David Price obviously, Steven Wright, get him back on track. And that’s not to leave out Drew Pomeranz or Clay Buchholz. There’s a surplus right now, but when you think about the high end of it, this is an exciting group.” — John Farrell, on the Red Sox pitching rotation after the acquisition of Chris Sale on Tuesday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Larry Bird (59), Brian Johnson (26)