TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Celtics at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBATV) College basketball: Georgia Tech at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM) College basketball: Butler at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1) College basketball: Temple at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Kansas State at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Missouri at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Rutgers at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPNews) College basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Purdue at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (BTN) College basketball: Boise State at New Mexico, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN) NHL: Wild at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
– Controversial Seahawks star Richard Sherman apologized Monday for his postgame rant after Sunday’s NFC championship game in which screamed about being the best cornerback in the game and insulted 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates… That was not my intent,” Sherman said in a text to ESPN.
Speaking on the “SVP and Russillo” show on ESPN Radio earlier in the day, Sherman acknowledged that he let his emotions get the best of him.
“Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently,” he said. “But it is what it is now, and people’s reactions are what they are.”
Said Carroll: “You’re talking about a guy in a warrior’s mentality in the middle of everything. He’s a fiery guy. That was Richard being Richard in a moment where you would like to pull him to the side and take a knee for a while, then we’ll talk to you.
“It’s unfortunate that it was so crazed, but that’s who he is. His mental makeup to get ready for that matchup was expressed right there so he could play the way he can play. Unfortunately, sharing with the world, it didn’t come across so well.”
– Kobe Bryant remains sidelined as he works his way back from a broken left knee suffered during a Dec. 17 game against the Grizzlies, and he said Monday that he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return.
“Try not to think about it too much,” he said before the Lakers lost to the Bulls in Chicago. “Just go day to day.”
Bryant, who missed the start of the season while recovering from a turn left Achilles tendon, has been limited to riding an exercise bike until he’s ready to get back on the court.
“There was before I came back the first time because I didn’t know how my Achilles was going to respond to playing and changing directions,” Bryant said. “The game in Memphis I had a pretty good feel for it, getting back to being able to do what I normally could do. I feel confident about it. I did play that second half on a fractured leg and played pretty well. I feel pretty good about my chances.”
Bryant, 35, also said he has not wavered on his decision to skip the 2016 Olympics.
“I’ll go an spectate,” he said, adding: “Maybe I’ll go watch [Pau] Gasol win another silver.”
– Jamaica has a team in the bobsled event at the upcoming Sochi Olympics — rekindling memories of the 1988 “Cool Runnings” squad — but it’s going to take some money to get the athletes to Russia.
So the team posted a collection page on Crowdtilt in an effort to cover the $80,000 needed to fund the trip and training. As of Tuesday morning, donations of more than $110,000 had poured in.
The team has been training in Wyoming, getting by with what it has been able to afford.
“We have not come close to covering our costs,” Jamaican Bobsled Federation general secretary Chris Stokes told ESPN.com. “We have many outstanding obligations, and we have to pay three more weeks of training. We’ve had very lonely days when we struggled to make ends meet by borrowing equipment. Our guys haven’t had the proper jackets.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 21, 1954, the NBA All-Star Game went to overtime for the first time. Which Celtic scored 10 points in the extra session and was named MVP after leading the East to a 98-93 victory?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that. It’s not for me to decide, but it’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on Wes Welker‘s hit on Aqib Talib in Sunday’s AFC championship game
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bulls forward Taj Gibson takes an inbound pass with less than a second left in overtime and hits a layup for a win over the Lakers.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Bob Cousy
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Edwin Starr, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1942.
And Richie Havens was born on this day in 1941.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
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John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
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After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
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Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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