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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blackhawks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Spurs at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UMass at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UConn at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northwestern at Penn State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Twins, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Women, United States vs. England, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Peyton Manning remains quiet about his incident with University of Tennessee trainer Jamie Naughright in 1996, but an ex-teammate and others have come to his defense.

Greg Johnson, a linebacker who was one of Manning’s Tennessee roommates, claims he was in the training room and witnessed the incident, which he describes as mooning of a fellow athlete and nothing more.

“[Manning] says ‘Hey’ to [track athlete Malcolm] Saxon and pulls down the back of his shorts, and I saw one butt cheek, and then he pulled his pants up,” Johnson told Sports Illustrated’s MMQB. “And Jamie said something like, ‘Aw, you’re an ass.’ Then I left. Thought nothing of it.”

Naughright described the incident similarly in a 1996 affidavit that was part of an employment discrimination complaint she filed against the school. However, Naughright filed a legal document seven years later alleging that Manning placed his bare behind and testicles against her face.

Johnson said he was not deposed in the 2003 case because he was serving with the Marines in Iraq and was not aware of the more serious accusation.

The MMQB story also quotes others who question Naughright’s integrity, including a woman who said she was friends with Naughright until Naughright sued her after allegedly slipping outside her restaurant.

“She sues people to make money,” Gretchen Anglero told MMQB.

Naughright also called the Knoxville News Sentinel for years to criticize the paper’s failure to adequately cover the training room incident and used “the most vulgar wording imaginable,” columnist John Adams said.

— Meanwhile, Manning was in a joking mood during an appearance in Jacksonville, Florida, Wednesday.

Before giving a speech on leadership at the Florida Forum, Manning hinted that he would say something about his impending decision whether to retire from the NFL or return for a 19th season.

Many of you have probably heard that I have a significant announcement to make, so I thought I’d go ahead and make it with all of you here tonight,” Manning said. “Papa John’s is offering 50 percent off tonight through Friday.

“I’m sure that was the response you were looking for.”


— Police in Oklahoma City continue to investigate after Thunder part-owner Aubrey McClendon died Wednesday in a one-car crash, one day after his indictment by a federal grand jury on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in Oklahoma.

McClendon, who co-founded Chesapeake Energy in 1989 and left the natural gas company three years ago, was not wearing his seat belt and was driving over the 50 mph speed limit when he slammed into a concrete bridge embankment shortly after 9 a.m., police said.

“He pretty much drove straight into the wall,” Police Capt. Paco Balderrama said. “The information out there at the scene is that he went left of center, went through a grassy area right before colliding into the embankment. There was plenty of opportunity for him to correct and get back on the roadway, and that didn’t occur.”

McClendon, who released a statement Tuesday after his indictment denying that he violated antitrust rules, frequently watched Thunder games from his courtside seats in the arena named for his former company.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he spoke to the team after being told about McClendon’s death.

“He always treated me very, very well,” Donovan said. “He was a very generous guy, and I’m just really saddened by what happened today.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 3, 1985, which Celtic scored a team-record 56 points, hitting 22-of-28 shots in a 138-129 victory over the Pistons at the Boston Garden?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think the odds favor [Tom Brady]. I can’t get into the mind of the three judges — really, two of them is all that it takes to either affirm or vacate. So my instinct is that Brady probably will win. But nobody can say with certainty what’s going to happen.” — Sports Illustrated legal analyst/UNH law professor Michael McCann, during a Wednesday appearance on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, on Thursday’s Deflategate appeal hearing

STAT OF THE DAY: 12 — Consecutive home wins for the Celtics, following Wednesday’s 116-93 victory over the Trail Blazers, tying the team’s longest such streak since the 2008-09 season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Boston College, on the brink of winning an ACC game for the first time this season, loses to N.C. State as Maverick Rowan slips free on an inbounds pass and hits a layup at the buzzer.

Tigers left fielder Jason Krizan drops a fly ball, allowing the Yankees to score the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning of their spring training game.

At the first hole during the inaugural round at a new golf course designed by Tiger Woods in Texas, an 11-year-old records a hole-in-one, earning a hug from Woods.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin McHale, whose record was eclipsed nine days later when Larry Bird scored 60 points vs. the Hawks

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mike Pender, lead singer of the Searchers, was born on this day in 1942.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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[0:01:07] ... is that where it surprises pretty I mean visit to penetrate and Logan Mankins after weeks before this season. Alma I am. I'm mildly surprised that they didn't at least bring them back to king but ...
[0:04:05] ... on him and maybe can be productive self. Not as sexy as Antonio Gates but a guy who I think could be a fit any young you know probably come cheap. And he also had a ...
[0:05:29] ... to Rutgers guy. You know always those guys always pop up on Bill Belichick radar screen for the target receiver available. Freeagent I could see them maybe casting and signed his direction. And it just for ...
[0:06:33] ... went under 24 to gulp. And both times they cleared out for Isiah Thomas he dribbled down he took a shot now it's frustrating it as that is to me is that only to see basketball ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the cuts, and whether or not there's any surprise to them.

[0:01:07] ... is that where it surprises pretty I mean visit to penetrate and Logan Mankins after weeks before this season. Alma I am. I'm mildly surprised that they didn't at least bring them back to king but ...
[0:04:05] ... on him and maybe can be productive self. Not as sexy as Antonio Gates but a guy who I think could be a fit any young you know probably come cheap. And he also had a ...
[0:05:29] ... to Rutgers guy. You know always those guys always pop up on Bill Belichick radar screen for the target receiver available. Freeagent I could see them maybe casting and signed his direction. And it just for ...
[0:06:33] ... went under 24 to gulp. And both times they cleared out for Isiah Thomas he dribbled down he took a shot now it's frustrating it as that is to me is that only to see basketball ...






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