Much has been made about Barack Obama’s love of basketball and his pickup games at the White House. Bernie Sanders, who hopes to succeed Obama as president, showed Tuesday he’s got game as well.

The Vermont Senator shot hoops with his grandchildren in Concord, New Hampshire, while waiting for the final results of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary — which he won handily over Hillary Clinton.

The 74-year-old showed some skill, banking in a series of short shots.

Sanders said in a previous interview that he was a “very good athlete” and his Brooklyn elementary school won the borough championship. He ran track at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, where he said he ran a mile in the impressive time of 4 minutes, 37 seconds.

Sanders has another connection to sports: He was part of the bipartisan House Committee on Government Reform panel that grilled Roger Clemens and other Major League Baseball players on the use of steroids in baseball in 2005.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Bernie fans continue to invade the D&C show.
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The guys discussed the NH Primary.

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NBA: Clippers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulane at East Carolina, 6:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Butler at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Providence at Marquette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: LSU at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Memphis at Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor at Kansas State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Iowa State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tulsa at SMU, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at Utah, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego State at Fresno State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Rangers at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, West Bromwich at Peterborough United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Johnny Manziel’s departure from Cleveland can’t come soon enough for the Browns.

On Tuesday the team denied an NFL Network report that it covered up for the fact that Manziel showed up at for practice the final week of the season in an intoxicated state by placing him in the concussion protocol.

NFL Network’s Michael Silver, using an unnamed Browns player as his source, reported that the team “lied” to protect Manziel, who took a couple of hard hits during the team’s Dec. 27 loss to the Chiefs.

“Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30th and complained of concussion symptoms,” the team said in a statement. “He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league’s concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12th after being cleared by the independent neurologist.”

Manziel missed the final regular-season game against the Steelers, and he missed a scheduled medical checkup the morning of that game after reportedly visiting Las Vegas the previous day.

Similar speculation emerged that week, with then-coach Mike Pettine strongly denying the team covered for Manziel.

Silver sent out a series of tweets defending his report, but he backtracked slightly, saying he takes the Browns at their word and regrets using the word “lied.”

The Browns have indicated they plan to release Manziel, who is being investigated by Dallas police after his ex-girlfriend accused him of hitting her in an incident last week.

— The Clippers came down on star Blake Griffin, suspending the injured forward four games and docking him an additional game’s salary because his broke his hand punching a member of the equipment staff last month. The suspension will begin when Griffin returns from his injury in a few weeks.

“We have made it clear that this conduct has no place in the Clippers organization,” team owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers said in a joint statement. “Blake is remorseful and has apologized for his actions. He is a valued member of our Clippers family and we support him as he rejoins the team.”

The NBA assisted with the Clippers’ investigation and is not expected to hand down further punishment.

Griffin already was sidelined with a partially torn quadriceps tendon when he reportedly punched assistant equipment manager Matias Testi while the two were at dinner at a Toronto restaurant. Griffin and Testi are friends.

The Clippers, who are 18-4 without Griffin, close out a four-game road trip with a game against the Celtics on Wednesday night.

Phil Jackson has not been able to turn around the Knicks since his arrival as team president, and now there are reports that he might be ready to abandon ship.

Jackson, who fired coach Derek Fisher this week, apparently has an opt-out clause in his contract that he can exercise this summer.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, “There’s still a strong belief Jackson will eventually find his way to his fiancee Jeanie Buss and the Los Angeles Lakers.”

Kurt Rambis, Jackson’s former assistant with the Lakers (as was Fisher), made his debut as interim coach Tuesday night in a 111-108 loss to the Wizards.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 10, 1989, which former Providence College star who went on to a successful NBA coaching career was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser. … If I offended anybody that’s cool, but I know who I am and I’m not about to conform nor bend for anybody’s expectations because yours or anybody’s expectations would never exceed mine.” — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, defending his surly behavior in the postgame interview area after Sunday’s Super Bowl

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Points scored in the final two seconds of Tuesday’s Celtics-Bucks game, with the Bucks scoring three of those points to escape with a 112-111 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Jazz forward Gordon Hayward hits a stepback jumper at the buzzer for an overtime win over the Hawks.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gives another memorable sideline interview, capped by him shaking his head in dismay when being informed that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Miami point guard Angel Rodriguez outjumps a pack of taller Pittsburgh players to tip in the winning basket with 1.4 seconds left.

From a high school game in Pennsylvania, Wilmington High takes a one-point lead on a layup with two seconds remaining, but Jacob Reimold of Reynolds High School hits a full-court heave at the buzzer to give his team the victory.

A fan dancing at the University of Kentucky basketball game attempts to slide down a railing while holding a young girl. It does not end well.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lenny Wilkens

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Roberta Flack was born on this day in 1939.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss Cam Newton doubling down on his post-game tantrum, and the latest in the Johnny Manziel situation, which is less about football and more about his life at this point.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss Cam Newton doubling down on his post-game tantrum, and the latest in the Johnny Manziel situation, which is less about football and more about his life at this point.