FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Timberwolves at Thunder, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Akron at Toledo, 7 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: George Washington at Dayton, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Evansville at Illinois State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Blackhawks at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Boston College, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College hockey: Merrimack at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— The Raiders were left out of the NFL’s preferred plan regarding Los Angeles, but they might have another option. San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs said Wednesday that he spoke with Raiders owner Mark Davis to pitch a plan for the Texas city.
Talking to ESPN San Antonio, McCombs — who owned the Vikings from 1998-2005 — said he would be willing to invest his own money in the team if needed. The 88-year-old said he has locations in mind along with 12 corporate sponsors ready to make “serious commitments.”
“We would be happy to be investors if that what he wants,” McCombs said. “We have investors lined up if that what he wants. If he wants to keep it all to himself, that’s OK too.”
Davis reportedly already owns land in San Antonio where he could build a stadium should he choose to leave Oakland, where he has struggled to get a new facility.
“He was born and raised there [in Oakland] and he has a great feeling for the state of California,” McCombs said of Davis. “But it appears he is going to need to go somewhere.”
After the NFL announced Tuesday that it approved a plan for the Rams and possibly the Chargers to move to a new stadium in Inglewood — with the Raiders to step in only if the Chargers remain in San Diego — Davis made it clear he was shopping around for a new home immediately.
“We don’t have a lease right now at the Oakland Coliseum,” Davis said. “America, the world is a possibility for the Raider Nation.”
— When the Knicks visit Memphis on Saturday it will mark the first meeting between Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes since their confrontation in October at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife that led to a two-game suspension for Barnes.
Said Barnes: “I know I’ve got to keep my mouth shut because then he’ll run and tell. So we’re focused on playing that team [the Knicks]. And when I’m retired, him and I will cross paths again.”
While Fisher has been quiet about the incident, Barnes has discussed it freely. He said one of his twin sons told him he was upset that Fisher, who apparently was dating Barnes’ ex-wife, was in the house, so Barnes drove there. The two scuffled, and Barnes reportedly punched Fisher in the mouth. Police eventually arrived to calm things down.
Barnes, no stranger to controversy in his long NBA career, insists he did not want the league to discipline Fisher for his role in the incident.
“I never wish for another man’s downfall. I always knew the NBA would come down hard on me, so I wasn’t surprised. … ‘Cause I’m the bad guy.”
The suit claims Kroenke and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff made false and misleading statements about the team’s desire to stay in St. Louis, violating Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, which prohibits false statements in the sale of advertisement of trade or commerce.
As an example, the suit cited Kroenke comments in a 2010 interview when he said. “It’s not our desire to ever lead the charge out of St. Louis. … I’m going to attempt to do everything I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis.”
Stated the lawsuit: “Defendants did in fact ‘lead the charge’ out of St. Louis, yet defendants never informed their ticket and merchandise buyers or corrected the previous statements.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 15, 1987, which Bruins forward recorded an assist in a 6-4 victory over the Hartford Whalers to become the 35th player in NHL history with 500 career assists?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I want to start off by saying I made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend. Right now, my main focus is becoming the best player I can be and helping the team, and we’re focused on Kansas City.” — Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, on his hospitalization Sunday morning
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos):Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers loses the ball, recovers it and hits an off-balance jumper with less than a second remaining to beat the Pistons.
Kings forward Rudy Gay hits the game-winning jumper with less than a second left against the Jazz.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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