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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Dallas at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: James Madison at North Dakota State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
— NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager died on Thursday at 65 after a battle with leukemia. Athletes from the NBA and beyond reacted on social media after hearing the news:
Sager’s son Craig Sager II and daughter Kacy Sager tweeted these tributes to their father:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I got a couple calls [Wednesday] from people around the league, head coaches, GMs, and I told them my honest opinion of him. I think he’s going to be a great pickup for whoever lands him. You’ve got a young guy who’s hungry, he’s eager to make plays on a contract year. He’s got a chip on his shoulder now — not that he didn’t already have one, but he’s got a bigger one — and I hope he goes and makes a deep playoff run.” — Larry Fitzgerald, on his former Cardinals teammate and Patriots’ newest acquisition, Michael Floyd, who was released from the Cardinals earlier this week following a DUI arrest
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In 2012, the Patriots lost 41-34 to the 49ers in Foxboro. Down 31-10, the Patriots and Tom Brady staged a strong comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to win. At one point, the Patriots were down 31-3 before stepping it up later in the game and ultimately giving up their first December home loss in 21 games. Colin Kaepernick threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns for the 49ers, who clinched a playoff berth after this win. Brady threw for 443 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots.