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.
Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
Adam Schefter breaks down the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks, and Jay Cutler and the Bears
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
We discuss another impressive win by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and think long term for the 2014 season about whether or not the Patriots will have enough firepower to beat the Broncos in crunch time: the playoffs.
We tackle four topics that pit Boston against Chicago in one form or another.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
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