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.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
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.
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.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
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
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
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Curt Schilling didn't back down when twitter trolls took shots at his daughter. Dino, Gerry and Kirk applaud Schill's stand.
Dunkin Donuts liked Christian's "bacon covered doughnut" idea. SNL does an ISIS skit. The Pittsburg Pirates issued a statement condemning "Jihadi John's" Pirates hat.
Barry Melrose joined the show to talk about the NHL trade deadline. Although Melrose likes the trade of Brett Connolly from Tampa to Boston, he thinks the team needs to make more moves to keep ahead of Florida, who just traded for Jaromir Jagr. He also weighs in on the job security of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins AFTER the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
We examine four trade deadline day deals that helped or affected Boston teams in recent history.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins before the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
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.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
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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