FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM) NBA: Pistons at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Albany vs. Duke, 12:15 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Mississippi vs. Wisconsin, 12:40 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Temple vs. NC State, 1:40 p.m. (TBS) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Pacific vs. Miami, 2:10 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Cincinnati vs. Creighton, 2:45 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, La Salle vs. Kansas State, 3:10 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, James Madison vs. Indiana, 4:10 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Colorado vs. Illinois, 4:40 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, FGCU vs. Georgetown, 6:50 p.m. (TBS) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iona vs Ohio State, 7:15 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Villanova vs. North Carolina, 7:20 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Northwestern State vs. Florida, 7:27 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Oklahoma vs. San Diego State, 9:20 p.m. (TBS) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iowa State vs Notre Dame, 9:45 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Kansas, 9:50 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NCAA tournament, Minnesota vs. UCLA, 9:57 p.m. (truTV) College basketball: NIT tournament, Arizona State at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: NIT tournament, Stony Brook at Iowa, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU) NHL: Penguins at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NHL Network) NHL: Red Wings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network) College hockey: Hockey East semifinal, Providence vs. Lowell, 5 p.m. (NESN) College hockey: Hockey East semifinal, Boston University vs. Boston College, 8 p.m. (NESN) MLB preseason: Tigers at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB preseason: Cubs at Brewers, 4 p.m. (WGN) MLB preseason: Royals at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
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♦ Harvard’s upset of New Mexico late Thursday night might have messed up most of America’s NCAA tournament brackets, but those with Harvard ties were celebrating the win.
The school’s only current NBA alumnus, Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, posted a message and photo on Facebook, writing: YYYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you…. #threepointgoggles
Tweeted the Harvard Lampoon: America, we are sorry for messing up your brackets and also your financial system and everything else
Not all Harvard alumni were believers. President Barack Obama predicted a New Mexico win, even though he attended Harvard Law School and is close friends with the father of Crimson sophomore walk-on guard Alex Nesbitt.
Said Nesbitt in the days leading up to the game: “If we were to pull off an upset, [the president] would know about it and be excited for sure.”
♦ The Royce White saga continues, as the would-be Rockets rookie tweeted that he’s leaving his D-League team and returning to Houston in order to prepare for next season. White, who battles anxiety disorder, has yet to play for the Rockets this season.
Tweeted White: Have been advised by our team physician it is most logical I be in Houston the remainder of the season. Thank @rgvvipers for having me.
Added White: Working out in Houston to transition to next year has been medically deemed the healthiest option. I’m excited to get to work.
The Rockets, who reportedly did not take part in White’s decision, said only that White is still on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster.
Following negative feedback, White tweeted later: Don’t understand the uproar because I’m working out in Houston… Lol relax ppl Showing you’re too high strung over sports.
♦ Lakers center Dwight Howard turned up at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, working the Delta Airlines check-in counter and taking boarding passes for a flight to Hawaii. Accompanied by the Laker Girls, he also ran a trivia contest.
“I am part of Delta, the team. They are the official airline for the Laker Girls and the Lakers,” Howard said. “This is a great experience for me to come out and enjoy L.A.”
It provided a rare lighthearted moment in what has mostly been a rough season for Howard, due to be a free agent this offseason. He had little to say regarding his future Thursday, only joking: “Will I re-sign with Delta? That’s a good one.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 22, 1995, the Celtics raised a number to the rafters in honor of which player?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m exceptionally proud of our guys. They had to believe. We talked about preparation, we talked about passion, we talked about belief. We battled a really good basketball team in a tough environment. I’m very proud of our guys.” – Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, after Thursday’s 68-62 upset of New Mexico in the NCAA tournament
STAT OF THE DAY: 12-0-1 – The Bruins’ record in their last 13 games against the Senators, after Thursday night’s 2-1 victory
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Devils goalie Martin Brodeur gets credit for a goal against the Hurricanes in Thursday night’s game.
This video pokes fun at the Sabres’ “fire sale.”
TRIVIA ANSWER: The late Reggie Lewis (35)
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy was born on this day in 1941.
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
It's a baseball round table from the winter meetings in Orlando, Rob Bradford talks with Ian Browne, Scott Lauber, Tim Britton, and Jason Mastrodonato.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys went over a list of the most annoying people to see on your flight.
The guys opened the show discussing the great reception Doc Rivers got last night at The Garden. They said it was not surprising and well deserved.
Boston College running back Andre Williams joined the show and discussed his record setting season. He said that he will work on his acceptance speech on the flight down to New York.
Jackie MacMullan joins the show to discuss the return of Doc Rivers to Boston and what really happened during the offseason that led to Doc's departure.
Brick joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Shawn Thornton's on ice actions last week against the Penguins and what type of suspension he may be facing.
Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We debate the hit, and what Shawn Thornton deserves to get and will get for a suspension from the NHL when he faces his discipline hearing on Friday for his K/O hit of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.
We check in with Jack Edwards of NESN and focus on the Bruins, and more specifically Sean Thornton's upcoming discipline hearing for his cheap-shot hit on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.
We focus on multi-sport athletes in today's four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
No Jenny Dell today, but Mikey's back and we're answering questions bitches!
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
Answering questions, its what we do.
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