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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Knicks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, UMass vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Richmond vs. Dayton, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Michigan vs. Indiana, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, South Florida vs. Temple, noon (AAC)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Florida at Texas A&M, 1 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, UConn vs. Cincinnati, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Illinois vs. Purdue, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, George Washington vs. Saint Joseph’s, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Tennessee vs. LSU, 3 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: C-USA Tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Providence vs. Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big Ten Network, Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: C-USA Tournament, Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Notre Dame vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Baylor vs. Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Tulane vs. Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Alabama vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: Big Ten Network, Nebraska vs. Maryland, 8:55 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Memphis vs. Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Davidson vs. St. Bonaventure, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Georgia vs. South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Miami vs. Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Seton Hall vs. Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pac-12 Tournament, California vs. Utah, 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big West Tournament, Long Beach State vs. UC Irvine, 11:59 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston University at UMass-Lowell, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Rays at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban might be known for embellishing in an attempt to draw penalties, but on Thursday night there was real concern for his health.

The veteran stayed on the ice receiving treatment for about 10 minutes after teammate Alexei Emelin’s leg hit his head on a play in the corner. Subban, who had fallen just as Emelin skated over and bumped into him, initially threw off his gloves and wriggled around, but he then stayed on his back as medical personnel attended to him before strapping him into a stretcher to get him off the ice.

“It’s scary to see that many trainers and doctors on the ice,” Habs captain Max Pacioretty said. “Nobody knew exactly what happened. That was the scariest part for me. It looked like a nothing play. It was impossible to concentrate after that.”

“When you see a guy go down like that, and the stretcher comes out, it takes the life out of you,” said teammate Torrey Mitchell, who had a goal in Montreal’s 3-2 win. “We’re just praying that Subby is OK right now.”

Added Sabres coach Dan Bylsma: “You’re trying to win a hockey game but you almost felt like you don’t want to keep playing at that point and time. The game’s an afterthought.”

Subban, who has played in 273 consecutive regular-season games, was injured late in the third period and would seem unlikely to play in Montreal’s next game Saturday in Minnesota. The team said he was taken to a hospital for further testing of a neck injury, and he had normal movement in his extremities.

— Former Celtics guard Nate Robinson plans to give the NFL a try. The 31-year-old last played football as a freshman at Washington, starting six games at cornerback and intercepting two passes.

Robinson, a three-time slam dunk champion, has the backing of NBA and NFL players, who offered their support on a video from The Lead Sports.

“He knows where to be, he feels the game,” former Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel says on the video. “The guy has what it takes to play football at the highest level. … In my mind, I’ve seen one athlete that can do this, and that’s Nate Robinson.”

Doubters question Robinson’s age and lack of experience.

Said Robinson: “I don’t really care what people say, because I know me. They don’t know me like I know me. Nobody knows yourself more than you. So I look at it like, OK, that’s fine that you don’t think I can do it. That doesn’t mean I can’t do it.

“The NBA/the NFL has never been done. But why not me.”

— Those who wanted the Celtics to pursue Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins got another wakeup call Thursday, as he was suspended one game for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

During Wednesday’s loss to the Cavaliers, Cousins could be seen yelling and gesturing heatedly at coach George Karl during a timeout — and it’s not the first time the two have gone at it. Vice president of basketball operations/general manager Vlade Divac spoke with Cousins after the game outside the locker room.

“Obviously we try to do our best to send a message that we can’t tolerate some stuff as an organization,” Divac said Thursday. “He went a little far, and we have to do things to be on the same page.

“I think DeMarcus is doing very well this year. He is playing very hard. This is something where he was emotionally overwhelmed and did something that he shouldn’t do.”

Cousins, who had 29 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday, will miss Friday’s game against the Magic.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 11, 1976, which Bruins winger scored the 300th goal of his career with a hat trick in a 6-2 victory over the Maple Leafs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t think we’re going to make that big of a deal in being first place. We lost a game tonight, and even if it means that point got us in first, we’re certainly not satisfied with that.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, after Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Hurricanes

STAT OF THE DAY: $28 million — The signing bonus Tom Brady will receive as part of the two-year contract extension he agreed to with the Patriots

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): LeBron James takes an alley-oop pass off the backboard from J.R. Smith and finishes with a left-handed dunk.

The White Sox turn a 7-6-3 triple play against the Royals.

At Baltry golf course in Ireland, a fox goes into a golfer’s bag and takes his wallet.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Hodge

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Cheryl Lynn was born on this day in 1957.

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Jerry Spar
Mikey and Mut talk to our man on the ground, Rob Bradford. They discuss David Price making his spring training debut, Pablo Sandoval, and Yoan Moncada.
We discuss a topic we've touched on in the past, and was then featured in a Shaughnessy column today. Why in this town are you either a Bruins fan or a Celtics fan? Why do the fanbases cross over so little?
We discuss a topic we've touched on in the past, and was then featured in a Shaughnessy column today. Why in this town are you either a Bruins fan or a Celtics fan? Why do the fanbases cross over so little?
We discuss the stats and fit of James Starks as he was officially in for a free agency visit with the Patriots today.
We discuss the stats and fit of James Starks as he was officially in for a free agency visit with the Patriots today.

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[0:05:52] ... of their interest and CJ Anderson. In your interest fit and James Sharpe James Starks what they're looking for is these hard charging him they'd they'd just like their backs need to run harder. I mean ...
[0:06:52] ... you know how Michaels would do that but not not a real football team. He's the Clay Buchholz of the patriots works. And and the fact that they've actually got Starks in for a visit indicates ...