DeadspinThe questions for Harbaugh during his media availability were of course thematically appropriate given the name of the game, but some dumbass reporter decided to take the jovial nature of the presser too far, and asked Harbaugh if he had any thoughts on his players not seeing women in bikinis. Harbaugh refused to engage with her line of questioning, which concluded his presser.

Q. I want to get your thoughts on this because you have mentioned that the fun is in the football work and the team unity with the guys being down here with the practicing and everything, but your players are a little disappointed they haven’t seen any bikinis. I’d like to get your thoughts on that.

JIM HARBAUGH: I don’t have any thoughts on that.

Q. They would like to see some bikinis before they leave.

JIM HARBAUGH: I don’t know about that. I don’t know anything about that. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Q. See the beach.

JIM HARBAUGH: I do not know what you’re talking about.

Q. The beach, the bikinis.

JIM HARBAUGH: Yeah. I don’t know anything about that.

Q. Not on the itinerary?

JIM HARBAUGH: Don’t know what you’re talking about.

This sounds just like a man who knows exactly what that reporter is talking about.

As for the oranges: 

Jim Harbaugh on the #OrangeBowl …….Literally…..#Michigan #FSU #TeamSideline@FCN2go

I don’t like the lady who said “I think we’re done with the orange questions.” I could have listened to another ten minutes of that.

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MediaiteRushing the court has become ridiculously commonplace in college basketball these days. It’s become so common, in fact, that on Wednesday night, Oregon fans did it twice in the same game — much to the chagrin of Bill Walton, who was calling the action for ESPN2.

With his team down 87-86 in the final seconds of their game against No. 2 ranked UCLA, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks pulled up at the top of the key and nailed a 3-pointer with the clock showing no time remaining.

The Oregon fans, believing the game was over, stormed the court in celebration. Only, the game wasn’t over. The referees put nearly a full second back on the clock after a video review of Brooks’s shot.

Walton, meanwhile, was livid about the fans being on the court.

“This is unacceptable and not safe,” Walton said.

The discussion between Walton and play-by-play man Roxy Bernstein centered around whether a technical foul should’ve been called on Oregon. Bernstein seemed to assert that because UCLA’s player had not inbounded the ball, play hadn’t been interrupted. Walton wasn’t having it.

“If you can call a technical, I mean, the ball doesn’t have to be in bounds!” Walton said.

The rule would seem to say that Walton was right and wrong. The ball didn’t have to be inbounded, but again, the clock showed no time left. The game appeared to be over.

Eventually, the court was cleared. UCLA failed to score when play resumed, and the Ducks were finally credited with the victory.

“The PAC 12, conference of champions, cannot let this happen. They’ve instituted new rules and procedures to prevent this,” Walton also said, and he would know because he was wearing a pink PAC 12 “Conference of Champions” tie-dye shirt on national television.

This is nothing new, though. Here is a quick tour of his previous tie-dye shirts:

Last year he wore this:

The next day he wore this one with Dave Pasch’s face on it:

Here he is giving Dave Pasch some bad advice:

Here he is in a rare moment of being the one who is appropriately dressed:

And that’s enough tie-dye shirts for one day.

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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Dallas at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: South Florida vs. South Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Oklahoma State vs. Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Connecticut at Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Butler at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia at Auburn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


— Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used his weekly press conference to take aim at the media for the second week in a row, but this time he did so by canceling the presser altogether.

On Wednesday Sherman called off his weekly media event, telling reporters at his locker they take him and his media availability for granted.

“I’m just going to make sure people — it’s a privilege to have me up there,” Sherman said. “You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.”

This comes just one week after Sherman threatened to ruin Seattle radio host Jim Moore’s career after Moore asked Sherman about Sherman’s criticism of the Seahawks coaching staff’s play calling decisions.

This was the first time this season Sherman canceled his weekly press conference.

— The NFL has suspended Buccaneers running back Doug Martin for four games without pay for violating the league’s drug policy.

The Buccaneers deactivated Martin before Saturday’s loss to the Saints because of this suspension but the reason was unknown at the time.

Martin issued a statement on Wednesday in reaction to the suspension that suggests he is entering rehab:

“I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me — including Coach [Dirk] Koetter — I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need.”

The suspension will start this week with the Buccaneers’ season finale against the Panthers and will carry into the first three games of next season.

— Prosecutors in Aaron Hernandez’ latest murder trial say some of his tattoos are evidence he was involved in the 2012 double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

The prosecutors claim the tattoos depict the same type of gun used in the murders and Hernandez allegedly got another tattoo at the same time as the handgun tattoos that says “God Forgives.”

These tattoos are “in fact an admission by Mr. Hernandez,” Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan reportedly said.

In a filing on Tuesday, Hernandez’ lawyers argued against this claim.

“The displays and mention of tattoos on the Defendant’s arm may easily cause the jury to base their decision on bodily artwork unrelated to propositions in the charged crime of this case, in addition to providing a misleading distraction from the elements of the case,” they wrote. “The tattoos generally relate to a non-specific revolver and shell casing, and were acquired along with other tattoos across other body areas.”

Hernandez’ other tattoos were brought up as potential evidence in his 2014 murder trial for the killing of Odin Lloyd.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They have a good football team. They’re strong in all three areas. They’re well-balanced. They can run. They can throw. This is as explosive an offense as we’ve seen all year, which they had 460 yards against us so we saw quite a bit of it. But they can run it, they can throw it, good on defense, good secondary, turn the ball over, good on third-down.” —Bill Belichick, on how impressed he is with the Dolphins, who face the Patriots on Sunday

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