Rex got feisty with the Boston media.

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hofstra at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Georgetown, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: DePaul at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at VCU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Brown at Columbia, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Cincinnati at South Florida, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Air Force at Boise State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Michigan at Boston University, 6 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Ravens running back Ray Rice, suspended by the league last year after video surfaced of him punching out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, shared his thoughts on the Greg Hardy situation Thursday, telling New York radio station WFAN that Hardy should “take a deeper look into what the severity of domestic violence is.”

Rice, during a visit to the “Boomer & Carton Show,” said Hardy needs to show he can change his behavior.

“You have to be sincere in your actions,” Rice said. “Show it on and off the field. Take that uniform and use it for what it’s worth. You don’t have to win another football game, you don’t need another dollar to go out and make a difference in other peoples’ lives.”

While Hardy was given a second chance by the Cowboys after his domestic incident last year while a member of the Panthers, Rice has not returned to the NFL even though his indefinite league suspension was overturned by an arbitrator.

The three-time Pro Bowler said he wants to play football again, and he’s come a long way since his incident.

“What I’ve done over the entire year is understand the severity of domestic violence,” the 28-year-old Rice said. “I really did a lot of research and counseling, whatever I had to do. I think it is a total rehabilitation. Domestic violence is very real. It was just one time for me, and it was the worst decision I ever made. That one bad decision, everything I had done good in my life had gone to waste.”

— Much has been made about Cam Newton‘s “dab” touchdown celebration during Sunday’s win over the Titans. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer now has his own controversy. Palmer was seen doing a pelvic thrust in the direction of the crowd after Arizona’s game-winning touchdown in a 39-31 victory Sunday night. However, Palmer said it was not meant to be a taunt toward Seahawks fans.

Palmer said he saw some familiar faces in the stands and decided to share his celebration with them.

“I had my buddies in the sideline, right four or five rows up,” Palmer told ESPN, saying his friends are called “Pup, Phil and Sugar Cane.” “I saw them pretty excited, and [that] got me excited to see them excited.”

Carson’s brother, free agent quarterback Jordan Palmer, dismissed the idea that Carson might get fined for his actions.

“The last thing Carson Palmer would ever do was taunt an opposing fan,” Jordan said. “It’s a joke.”

— Jaden Newman is a sixth-grader who has played for the varsity team at Downey Christian High School in Orlando, Florida, since she was in third grade. She averaged 31.3 points, 8.9 assists, 5.9 steals and 4.8 rebounds per game last season and is off to a more impressive start this year.

The 11-year-old, whose father is the team’s coach, scored 57 points in her team’s opener last week, and earlier this week she scored 47 against Cornerstone Christian Academy. In the process she reportedly became the youngest player ever to reach 1,000 career points.

She also beat Warriors star Steph Curry in a 3-point competition in February.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 20, 1958, which Red Sox player was named American League MVP?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just think the way you guys spin everything, you put everything I say, you take whatever it is, you put it out there the way you want to. I understand it. You guys have covered this matchup for years and years. We’ve got no business being on the same field. That’s what you said. We’ve lost seven of eight, I’ve lost seven of eight against them. So, don’t talk to me. I’m sitting back here and I’ll answer the question, whatever. I don’t know why you even bother.” — Bills coach Rex Ryan, getting frustrated with the New England media on a conference call to discuss Monday’s game against the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 32 — Points for Bruins winger Loui Eriksson in 32 career games against the Wild, after he recorded a hat trick in Thursday’s 4-2 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Warriors rally from 23 points down to beat the Clippers and improve to 13-0.

Sharks forward Melker Karlsson goes top shelf to finish a two-on-one and beat the Flyers in overtime.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg breaks in alone on Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, but his wrist shot ends up in Luongo’s glove.

Blues goalie Jake Allen reaches out his stick in a scrum and knocks away a shot by Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jackie Jensen

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joe Walsh was born on this day in 1947.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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