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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Syracuse vs. Dayton, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, UNC Asheville vs. Villanova, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, VCU vs. Oregon State, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Hawaii vs. California, 2 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Middle Tennessee vs. Michigan State, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Temple vs. Iowa, 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Bakersfield vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, South Dakota State vs. Maryland, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Pittsburgh vs. Wisconsin, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Stephen F. Austin vs. West Virginia, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Green Bay vs. Texas A&M, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Holy Cross vs. Oregon, 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Weber State vs. Xavier, 9:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Michigan vs. Notre Dame, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Northern Iowa vs. Texas, 9:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Cincinnati vs. Saint Joseph’s, 9:57 p.m. (truTV)
NHL: Bruins at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinals, UMass-Lowell vs. Providence, 5 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinals, Northeastern vs Boston College, 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Twins at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

— The Knicks’ next loss will clinch a third straight losing season, and the frustration is hard to hide for aging star Carmelo Anthony.

However, the 31-year-old still claims — at least for now — that he has no plans to waive his no-trade clause so that the team can move on from him and his huge contract.

“I don’t know, maybe my loyalty has come back to bite me in the [butt],” Anthony told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears. “As of right now, I am sticking to it.”

New York’s most recent loss was a blowout at the hands of the Warriors.

“Even though we lost … got our ass kicked tonight, I hope this is not an indication of where we are as a team,” Anthony said after the game. “I try not to compare, I’m not in the game of comparing, but I hope this is not an indication of where we are as a team and we can bounce back and show the real team that we are and how we play against the Wizards coming up [Saturday].”

The Knicks are 28-41 — 5-10 under interim coach Kurt Rambis — and likely to miss the playoffs for the third straight year. Anthony had made the playoffs his first 10 years in the league.

Earlier in the week, Anthony discussed the team’s coaching situation, shooting down a suggestion that team president Phil Jackson be a part-time coach and suggesting the team interview other candidates rather than handing the job to Rambis immediately.

Asked about his recent chat with Jackson about the team’s offseason plans, he said: “It was just one conversation. At this point, it’s more show me rather than tell me. That’s where I’m at.”

Added Anthony: “The ball is not in my court at this point. It comes to what [the front office] wants to do in the offseason. It’s up to them to make those decisions.”

— Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has been known to rile up opposing players, but on Thursday night Bucks forward John Henson turned the tables.

Henson had a big block of Barnes in the closing seconds of Milwaukee’s win, and after the play Henson stared down Barnes, igniting a brief confrontation.

Both players were assessed technical fouls, and because it was Henson’s second tech of the night, he was ejected. He celebrated as he left, taking off his jersey and tossing it to a young fan.

“That’s not the type of kid that John is,” Memphis center Ryan Hollins said. “He’s a really great kid, a shot blocker. I thought he played great tonight. So maybe it was just those emotions coming out. That’s not his personality. Hopefully, no one loses any money over something that silly.”

Barnes was taken out of the game — he later was listed as ejected — and he headed down the same tunnel, initially creating some concern that he might have decided to pursue Henson, but he went to the visitors locker room.

— University of Virginia coach Tony Bennett dropped to the floor in the first half of Thursday’s NCAA Tournament win over Hampton, apparently due to dehydration. Apparently, fans of legendary singer Tony Bennett heard the name and thought he was the one having health issues.

The 89-year-old Bennett (no relation) cleared up things on Twitter.

Wrote Bennett: I want to let all my fans know that Im ok. Glad to hear UVA coach Tony Bennett is fine after his fall. Congrats @UVAMensHoops on the win!

The 46-year-old coach sought treatment in the locker room and returned to the bench for the second half.

Said Bennett in a TV interview: “I think I was crouched down and was a little dehydrated and blacked out a little bit, but I’m OK.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 18, 1953, the National League owners approved the move of the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee. Who was the Braves owner?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m excited to find out about the Patriot way. … Just go out there and do what I do. I’m really not worried about the past, I’m just trying to make plays.” — New Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, on his trade from the Bears

STAT OF THE DAY: 4-3 — Ivy League teams’ record in first-round play of the NCAA Tournament since 2010, following Yale’s 79-75 upset of Baylor on Thursday in Providence

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Heat forward Hassan Whiteside throws down an alley-oop dunk over two Hornets defenders.

Members of the Liaoning Flying Leopards brawl with fans of the Sichuan Blue Whales who heckle them outside their hotel after a game in the Chinese Basketball Association Finals.

Flyers forward Claude Giroux shows off some impressive stickhandling skills.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lou Perini

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Wilson Pickett, who died in 2006, was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Christian breaks a report stating that officials are looking for an unnamed Patriot player who was present at Baltimore Ravens CB Tray Walker's dirt bike accident.

[0:00:24] ... you don't know Trey walker was a rookie defensive back with the Baltimore Ravens. Was in a motorcycle crash. Today. And now. Wow now Leanne Moore John is saying sources say the police are looking free ...
[0:00:58] ... to the Trey walker crash. A New England Patriots player with the Baltimore Ravens. Cornerback Trey walker who was in a very very bad accident today. Yet head trauma used in surgery at Jackson health hospital ...
[0:01:43] ... I have no idea. I have a feeling you probably was not Tom Brady. Why. Other than that no clue literally no idea could be anywhere. In case you missed it once again Trey walker who is the Baltimore Ravens defensive back who is in this awful awful crash she's in critical condition after crashing his dirt like. Police in Miami now looking for a missing New England patriot who was present what walker during the crash. It is apparently now nowhere to be found. This news just breaking within the ...
[0:03:35] ... crash if you don't know tree lockers at defensive back. But he Baltimore Ravens she was a rookie last year and he was in a very serious dirt bike crash today and is now in critical ...






We discuss the Patriots off-season moves with ESPN's NFL analyst Field Yates.

[0:05:43] ... quite a specialty it will get you all over the map. Was Chicago Bears beat down the law of attraction last year. Interact with these is a little in terms that apple and number. I'll be very curious to see where the patriot machine well. It Jack of all trades type that. But hey Jack Welch Obey it and that rate and that yet. But you know if we still believe the patriots value versatility. And I would ...
[0:06:42] ... like any able to be active part of their eat at. Think Anquan Boldin wool lined up and what kind of look at a money do you think you'll get. Yeah I think you get ahead ...
[0:07:18] ... A all competing for championship next year at eight career that water Super Bowl all it wants a shot at it. In a team like the patriots make the level that. Not that he can't be ...





We discuss the Patriots off-season moves with ESPN's NFL analyst Field Yates.

[0:05:43] ... quite a specialty it will get you all over the map. Was Chicago Bears beat down the law of attraction last year. Interact with these is a little in terms that apple and number. I'll be very curious to see where the patriot machine well. It Jack of all trades type that. But hey Jack Welch Obey it and that rate and that yet. But you know if we still believe the patriots value versatility. And I would ...
[0:06:42] ... like any able to be active part of their eat at. Think Anquan Boldin wool lined up and what kind of look at a money do you think you'll get. Yeah I think you get ahead ...
[0:07:18] ... A all competing for championship next year at eight career that water Super Bowl all it wants a shot at it. In a team like the patriots make the level that. Not that he can't be ...





We go inside the ESPN Ty Law interview/package that ran on NFL Live yesterday, and wonder why ESPN presented an old package that makes it seems like Ty Law is criticizing the Chandler Jones trade.
We go inside the ESPN Ty Law interview/package that ran on NFL Live yesterday, and wonder why ESPN presented an old package that makes it seems like Ty Law is criticizing the Chandler Jones trade.

[0:02:00] ... the middle of the Greg Garber appease. Ray and this sound from Ty Law jumped out of all of this is Ty Law yesterday on NFL live on the piece produced and presented by Greg Garber it. Has kept them at or near the top ...
[0:02:36] ... was one problem with that. They didn't bother telling you that what Ty Law said had nothing to do with the rate of Chandler Jones yesterday in fact. But I locked cut the you just heard. ...
[0:04:30] ... purpose of the package. Why why resurrect two year old sound. And Ty Law was I think mystified by the fact that there was sound out there from him criticizing the patriots because Michael he doesn't ...
[0:05:03] ... this has been going on for a long time we we interviewed Ty Law two years ago when he said the following. About something else. Right it's actually had to say it's your goal right eight ...






Martellus Bennett is on his way and that has Pats fans excited about the latest tight end to be paired with Gronk.
Martellus Bennett is on his way and that has Pats fans excited about the latest tight end to be paired with Gronk.

[0:01:30] ... these things won't work let's be honest they'd Joel even the great Bill Belichick is dumb things that haven't worked in the past. And and when we've lived through some of insult not every button pushes ...
[0:06:46] ... chance to prove themselves. Let it if you go back to win Bill Belichick act expended first round draft picks on Ben Watson and Daniel Graham. It's pretty obvious that he has always had an infatuation with the is too tight end offensive set. And he had the world's perfect too tight and offensive set when he had Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Obviously that ended. He's had a futile attempt to try to recapture that sense Hernandez left the team. And that's what Martellus Bennett is. He has once again Bill Belichick try to get back to what he had in the past what he envisioned in the past as a nightmare match up ...
[0:11:24] ... like it figured that out ID and and you know how much Bill Belichick loves versatility at it should be his middle name. I think they feel and Hogan nick got a guy who could play ...
[0:12:09] ... after thoughts like guys and turning them into superstars having nobody thought Wes Welker was the west welcome week came to know it's. Three years and in Miami you know in. Am adamant kicked around on ...






We discuss the Adam Laroche vs Chicago White Sox situation involving the banishment (at least part time) of his son from the clubhouse/team.
We discuss the Adam Laroche vs Chicago White Sox situation involving the banishment (at least part time) of his son from the clubhouse/team.

[0:00:08] ... 24 hours sense we've learned more about it. And it headed with Adam LaRoche. And in the final year of a two year contract with the Chicago White Sox. Yesterday the general manager or not the president. Is I guess he's president and general manager but Kenny Williams reportedly asked Adam LaRoche. If he could have his son Drake around that the team less. The reports were that Drake had been a constant clubhouse and practice field presence. And has been since since LaRoche signed with the White Sox. And supposedly reportedly in not even reported because Kenny Williams confirmed it he went to Adam LaRoche and asked if rate could be around less. He cities around a 100% of the time in fact I only one around 50% of the time you know we got we've got to reach an agreement here. So Adam LaRoche. Who was in year two of a two year 25 million dollar contract. Retired. Walked away from thirteen million dollars. And basically ...
[0:01:44] ... kept getting fleshed out earlier today what we find out. Is that Adam LaRoche wasn't jury wanted to play anymore his kids had been asking him to retire he wanted to spend more time with his kids his son. Drake had spent time with a with a Washington Nationals and and reportedly the nationals loved the kid. And and when he was negotiating with a White Sox about whether or not he was gonna play these last couple of years. Eroded the contract. That Drake got to be around the team. His presence in the clubhouse and on the field in the pregame and all that stuff was was part of the negotiations. Adam LaRoche had with the White Sox they agreed to. And now Kenny Williams was trying to say gab but you know home. Now the question is at Adam LaRoche had done little better than hit 206 last year with twelve home runs in 48 home runs if he had hit thirty. ...
[0:04:03] ... and they went and asked some within the nationals players about it Ryan Zimmerman for instance said. You know he's kept kind of relationship with the sun makes you jealous you know you wished you could have that kind of relationship with your kid. You know as it turned out that Adam LaRoche and his brother. You know they are the sons of a Major League Baseball player. I'd Dave LaRoche they spent time around ...
[0:05:36] ... group them I think he's right. Like you know. You know you're Adam LaRoche hit 207. You were first baseman who slugged 340. We need to focus more baseball and that's what he said look all ...