WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Hornets at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM) NBA: Rockets at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA: Heat at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Miami at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NC State at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Michigan State at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network) College basketball: Pittsburgh at Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Xavier at St. Bonaventure, 8 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Purdue at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network) College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: UNLV at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: Saint Mary’s at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
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♦ A lawyer from Miami is suing the Spurs for sending four top players home prior to a game against the Heat on Nov. 29, which he claims violates the state’s deceptive and fair trade practices law. Larry McGuinness filed a class-action suit in Miami-Dade County claiming Spurs coach Gregg Popovich “intentionally and surreptitiously” sent home Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green to give them some rest, causing McGuinness and other fans to suffer “economic damages” because they paid a premium price for tickets.
“It was like going to Morton’s Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak,” said McGuinness, who bought his ticket on the resale market. “That’s exactly what happened here.”
NBA commissioner David Stern apologized to fans after the game (a 105-100 Miami win), calling it “unacceptable,” and fined the Spurs $250,000.
Popovich acknowledged he was not doing right by fans when he said at the time: “If I was taking my 6-year-old son and daughter to the game, I would want them to see everybody. And if they weren’t there, I’d be disappointed.”
However, Popovich later made it clear he believes he did what’s best for his team: “I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, I’m sure,” he said.
♦ The Knicks are in London for a game against the Pistons on Thursday, but the talk Tuesday was about owner James Dolan‘s decision to have audio technicians at both ends of the Madison Square Garden court over the weekend to tape all of Carmelo Anthony‘s on-court conversations. Reportedly, Dolan was trying to protect Anthony following the controversy over Kevin Garnett‘s alleged insult about Anthony’s wife during a recent game that led to the Knicks forward getting a one-game suspension for trying to confront Garnett after the game.
“I don’t care about the microphones,” Anthony said upon his arrival in London. “I wasn’t aware of it. I found out on the plane.”
Added Anthony: “I don’t think the mikes are going to stop what goes on out on the court. But it was funny when I heard it. No, I wasn’t upset. Not at all.”
♦ The former media director for the Syracuse athletic department pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance for secretly videotaping male athletes in the locker room shower. Roger Springfield, whose real name is Roger Cahak, was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return next Tuesday.
Springfield was charged with videotaping football, lacrosse and soccer players four times, dating back to 2010. A total of 14 videos were found along with still images, but the charges were limited to the most recent four videos as the others fell outside the statute of limitations.
Springfield, a 57-year-old married father of three, was fired in the fall after a Syracuse athletics department employee discovered one of the videos.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 16, 1974, which Bruin became the eighth player in NHL history to record 450 goals when he scored in a 5-5 tie with the Blackhawks in Chicago?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t think they love baseball. I think they like baseball. It’s revenue, and I know that’s their right and their interest because they’re owners. … it’s still more of a toy or hobby for them. It’s not their blood. They’re going to come in and out of baseball. It’s different for me. Baseball is my life.” – Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on the Red Sox owners, in a forthcoming book
STAT OF THE DAY: 18 – Points 28-year-old Heat star LeBron James needs in Wednesday’s game vs. the Warriors to become the youngest NBA player (by more than a year) ever to record 20,000 career points
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The team at Bad Lip Reading takes on the NFL, and Tom Brady is featured prominently.
Baltimore’s Marriott Waterfront in Harbor East has a Ray Lewis light show on the side of the hotel.
At a high school basketball game in California, Crespi High’s Carter Gallo weaves his way through the defense and hits a half court shot at the buzzer to beat Loyola, 82-80.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Johnny Bucyk
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barbara Lynn was born on this day in 1942.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
Catcher Blake Swihart, one of the Red Sox top-rated prospects, sits down with Lou to talk about Spring Training and his expectations for the upcoming season
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
Pierre McGuire of the NBC Sports Network joins the show to talk about the Bruins' continued struggles, and what the team needs to do to improve moving forward
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.
Mookie sat in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season and his preparation for playing in the outfield. Mookie also details one of his favorite hobbies, bowling.
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We discuss the good week that was for the prosecution in the Aaron Hernancez murder trial with attorney and professor of law Michael McCann.
Dale and Michael discuss the plight of the Bruins as the trade deadline looms.
Dale and Michael go back and forth on the circumstances around Vandy coach Kevin Stallings verbally berating a player on national TV, and using harsh language like "I'll kill you"
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
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