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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Boston College, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: SMU at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Duke at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Memphis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Chile vs. United States, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Things are going well for former Celtic Paul Pierce, who has become a veteran leader for a talented Wizards team. Not so much for Pierce’s longtime rival with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant.
Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his rotator cuff in a game over the weekend, and even before his injury his team was headed for another miserable season.
Although the two have butted heads in the past, Pierce lamented the loss of Bryant.
“It always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers we lose [him] due to injury,” Pierce said before sitting out the Wizards’ 98-922 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles with a toe injury. “It always saddens me.”
Added Pierce: “A lot of fans around the league pay to watch Kobe, a lot of fans around the world. Regardless of how the Lakers are doing or not, he’s an icon. He’s a player who defined his generation. A lot of people that come out here to see him.”
Bryant recently said that he’s enjoyed his on-court verbal exchanges with Pierce, and Pierce agreed.
“It’s just fun. We’re one of the last two of our generation,” Pierce said. “That’s pretty much a lot of the things we talked about on the court, a little bit of a trash in there.
“But we also said there’s no more trash-talkers in the league today coming up. It’s a generation that’s passing by, and a lot of these guys are friends. I don’t think this new generation is as competitive as we were with the past guys.”
— Clippers forward Matt Barnes, whose temper has gotten him in trouble a number of times in the past, lashed out on Twitter at the owner of the Suns after being fined for an incident in Phoenix.
The NBA slapped Barnes with a $25,000 fine Tuesday for his conduct during Sunday’s game, when he directed inappropriate language toward a fan.
Barnes, who shot 1-for-9 in the Clippers’ 120-100 victory, acknowledged he swore, but he claims it was because Suns owner Robert Sarver provoked him.
Tweeted Barnes: Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns . . . Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!! #thecode
— Pro golfer Robert Allenby continues to insist he was robbed and beaten after competing in a tournament in Honolulu, despite reports questioning the authenticity of his wild story.
“There has definitely been a lot of confusion,” Allenby said Tuesday. “But I think the No. 1 thing that you should all remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it. I told you what I knew, and I told you what someone told me. That’s the bottom line. I never lied to anyone.”
The Jan. 16 incident remains under investigation by the Honolulu police. Allenby was shown on surveillance video walking out of a bar with three men he says he does not recognize. About two hours later he turned up in a park where he said a homeless woman told him he had been thrown out of the trunk of a car, leaving him with injuries on his face.
However, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted the homeless woman as saying she never told Allenby she saw him in a trunk and did not know how he was hurt.
Allenby said he still has no memory of the two-hour time frame when he left the club until he was discovered with his injuries.
“I have been trying and overlooking and going backward and forward, and there is just nothing,” he said. “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, responding the same way to every question during Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day in Phoenix
STAT OF THE DAY: 19 – Franchise-record home winning streak the Warriors had before Tuesday’s 113-111 overtime loss to the Bulls.
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Steph Curry delivers a halfcourt alley-oop pass to Harrison Barnes.
Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo sneaks in for a putback jam.
The gang at Bad British Sports Commentary takes on the college football national championship game.
TRIVIA ANSWER: New Hampshire’s Carlton Fisk
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sarah McLachlan was born on this day in 1968.