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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sabres at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Timberwolves at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Alabama A&M at Southern, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Duke at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Davidson at Richmond, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Lafayette at Bucknell, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Shannon Sharpe reveled in the Broncos' win over the Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Shannon Sharpe reveled in the Broncos‘ win over the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

— Former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe does not have the same platform he once had, as he was fired as a CBS analyst two years ago, so he’s taken to Twitter to express his pleasure at Patriots fans’ disappointment following Sunday’s AFC championship game.

Sharpe, who took shots at Tom Brady and the Patriots after the Broncos‘ overtime win during the regular season, was back at it after Sunday’s AFC championship game, taunting New Englanders to tweet at him so he could fire off insults in return.

While Sharpe’s uncreative comments showed the likely reason he was dismissed by CBS, the Hall of Famer kept busy firing off insults. Among his highlights:

Pats would’ve had a healthy Brady, Gronk, Collins, Hightower Amendola and Edleman.They would’ve destroyed the Broncos. Wait they did.

I’m a concerned citizen. @POTUS we need as many men as you can spare because the Broncos killed the Pats. SB 50 bound. Run tell dat.

In the famous words of coach Belichick. Broncos are on to SB 50

Sharpe eventually acknowledged respecting what the Patriots have accomplished, but he doesn’t like the excuses the fans make when the Pats lose, and he doesn’t care for some of the obnoxious comments from the fan base.

Wrote Sharpe: Don’t believe I’ll see what Pats have done in 15yrs again, but some of their fans are disrespectful. And: Respect the tm, but won’t let fans attack me.

The Denver Police got in on the trolling as well, tweeting the Patriots for their lack of offense in the first half of Sunday’s game. Tweeted the department’s official feed next to an emoji of a winking face: MISSING PERSONS unit heading to @SportsAuthField to try & locate Patriots Offense. GO @Broncos.

— Longtime Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan returned to ESPN on Sunday, after reportedly being suspended for comments he made about NBA analyst Mark Jackson.

Ryan was a guest on Dan Le Batard’s radio show Jan. 6 when he discussed the Warriors’ improvement since firing Jackson as coach. Said Ryan: “I am on record, thank God, publicly saying two years ago, I looked at the NBA, I looked at the rosters and what was going on, and said the most talented team one through eight, at least, in the NBA is the Golden State Warriors. They’re doing OK, but I know that they can do better. I know if they had a real coach, not some phony, Bible-pounding phony that Mark Jackson is, when he isn’t even a legitimate Bible pounder, I know that they’ll be better off.”

Told by Le Batard that his comments were “savage,” Ryan continued: “Yeah, because he’s a phony. That’s all. Well, I’m sorry, but it’s the truth. And I can’t believe they took him back on that broadcast. Oh my God. He’s a con man, and he’s done very well at it. I’ll give him credit for being a great one.”

Two days after the interview, ESPN released a statement calling Ryan’s comments “inappropriate and personal” and saying it had “addressed it with him” without mentioning a suspension.

Ryan issued an apology on Twitter and said he “reached out to Mark with my sincere apology.”

The Big Lead reported Sunday that Ryan indeed had been suspended. Ryan told the website his remarks were an “intemperate, foolish outburst that I regret. I was treated very nicely by the company, and have told them that I will not do anything like this again to be out of their good graces.”

— On the heels of a report last week that the International Tennis Federation did not investigate players who had been suspected of throwing matches, a mixed doubles match at the Australian Open came under suspicion after a surprisingly large number of bets were placed on it.

A sports gambling website suspended betting on the match after heavy money came in on Andrea Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot, who rolled to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Lara Arruabarrena and David Marrero.

Pinnacle Sports executive Marco Blume told The New York Times that the company “saw a small number of people placing a large amount of money” on the match about 13 hours before it started.

Pinnacle cut off betting on the match and contacted police in Melbourne.

“In context, these matches are rather small,” Blume said. “That means that any aggressive betting behavior is very easy to detect on our side.”

After the match, Arruabarrena and Marrero denied any impropriety, citing Marrero’s knee injury as a key reason for the lopsided loss.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 25, 1956, which former Red Sox infielder and manager was elected to the Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s kind of a cruel reality that it came down to that. . . . I just feel awful about it. It was my fault, 100 percent. I just didn’t hit a good kick.” — Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, on his missed PAT in the first quarter that proved costly in Sunday’s 20-18 AFC championship game loss to the Broncos

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 — Games this season the 76ers have lost by at least 20 points, including Sunday’s 112-92 loss to the Celtics

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Kings forward Milan Lucic, upset about being slashed on the wrist, seeks out Coyotes player Kevin Connauton and punches him in the face, earning the former Bruin a game misconduct and a hearing with the league’s department of player safety.

A father promises to get his kids a puppy if Bobby Ryan scores for the Senators, and Ryan comes through with a goal against the Rangers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Cronin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Etta James, who died in 2012, was born on this day in 1938.

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Jerry Spar
Fred and Glenn break down the Patriots loss in Denver.
Mut and Gary get into just how important the dangerous combo of Edelman and Gronk have been to the Patriots recent success. But are they even better than Moss and Welker from 2007? Mut says yes, but Gary says he’ll take Moss and Welker for one season…or possibly even Deion Branch over anyone.
The boys give their thoughts on the NFC Championship today in Carolina and who will emerge to move on to the Super Bowl.

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The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote a column on how the bitterness of Pats’ fans in regards to Deflategate, the NFL and other teams along with being spoiled with winning so much have caused them to miss out on the fun of the AFC Championship. The guys give their reaction on why they think this is a bunch of garbage.

[0:04:47] ... like all of their playing loose because they're happy and everybody loves Gary Kubiak and Peyton Manning and that's a whole again it's it's a troll job it's the lowest of low in truth. You know ...
[0:09:03] ... to meet. By the commission it should be at a game between Cam Newton. It Carson Palmer as opposed to what could be the last meaningful meeting between. The pillars of his league Peyton Manning and Tom Brady you ...
[0:10:39] ... never been a conciliation. From the lead from the commissioner from from Troy Vincent from. You know might cancel whatever and you know what we messed up. We did we messed up I'm you know it ...





Curran calls the NFL Sunday gang to get into Pats and Broncos. He says pulling Manning won't be an easy decision for Kubiak today, and he's not sure it will ever get to that for Denver. He says that the Broncos need to get pressure on Brady early and often in order to disrupt the Pats' offense. On the other side, it stars with CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman and setting the edge which makes Malcom Brown, Alan Branch and Akiem Hicks possibly the most important players for the Patriots on the field today. Tom also gets into Deflategate adding to the Pats' desire to win, James White possibly being a factor today and his thoughts on the NFC side.
Tanguay is obsessed with the way the Pats played at the end of the season and why they didn't go all out for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. It may or may not be a factor -- we'll find out later today. There has been a lot of criticism for Belichick this season, especially coming off a SB victory. They get into more imortant matchups today on the field including Chris Harris and Julian Edelman.
The guys chat about the various broadcast teams for NFL games and why they aren't fans of Phil Simms. Fauria calls the guys in preparation of the AFC Championship n Denver today and gives his thoughts on what we'll see at 3pm. The guys ask Fauria about the Pats not going after homefield advantage, but Fauria doesn't think it will be as big of a factor as everyone else. He thinks Brady and the offense will be fine, and the keys on the other side of the ball are CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman for Denver and Collins and Hightower for New England. Ultimately, he thinks Peyton will turn the ball over and lose the game for the Broncos.
Price is in Denver for the show today and gives us a weather report and what to expect as the game goes on. There is a chance of rain and/or snow today. Then the guys get a call about if the Pats should defer if they win the coin toss today. The opinions differ on this one.
The guys take a good look at the Pats offense and how they'll look to attack the best D in the NFL. Price talks about picking up Denver's blitzes and watching out for their LB's putting their hands up to deflect balls. The guys think that Brady will look to use quick strikes and slants all day with Julian Edelman being the true key today.

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[0:01:17] ... Saturday. I remember the teams that have had the most success against Tom Brady and those are the teams and they've been few and far between. I mean you can take a look at the giants ...
[0:04:15] ... there are ways to weaken at least trying minimized the damage that Tom Brady in the rest of that passing him. He's going to try and delivered to because I think that news in there I ...
[0:05:57] ... you maybe can't execute. You know. Talk about a blueprint to beat Tom Brady in the slowdown that passing game and you didn't look at the idea that knew what the jets were able to do. ...