MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Blue Jackets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Sharks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Hawks, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Suns at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV) College basketball: Virginia at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Texas at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Iowa State at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Coppin State at Norfolk State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at Shrewsbury, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— This time last year, the national media was coming down hard on the Patriots for Deflategate. A year later, it’s a different story.
Writes King: Based on the weight of the evidence from the past 13 months, and that weight being circumstantial and not convincing, there’s one conclusion I’ve reached entering the 2016 draft season: Roger Goodell needs to give back the picks.
Whatever happens in the appeal of the case — which isn’t centered on the Patriots’ guilt or innocence but rather on a point of labor law in the judge’s decision — Goodell needs to realize he acted without nearly enough scientific evidence against the Patriots. The NFL has some significant circumstantial evidence in the case, the kind that should have prompted a strongly worded letter and $250,000 fine. Instead, Goodell killed an ant with a sledgehammer.
King notes that the lack of a “smoking gun,” combined with referee Walt Anderson’s failure to maintain proper oversight of the footballs plus the flaws in the Wells Report, should be enough to reduce the penalties.
Concludes King: The Patriots deserved to be slapped for Deflategate, not crushed. In fact, I’d propose giving back the draft picks but keeping in place the $1 million fine. These were reactionary, overblown sanctions. With time to reflect, they look even worse than when they were levied last May.
— Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle continues to run afoul of the law, earning another stint in jail Sunday on suspicion of aggravated battery, possession of drugs and criminal damage to property.
The 24-year-old was arrested Sunday morning in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas.
Randle, who was released by the Cowboys in early November after a series of incidents — including an alleged gambling issue — and his refusal to seek counseling.
He was arrested earlier this month in Irving, Texas, on an outstanding warrant after attempting to visit his ex-girlfriend in the middle of the night.
— A woman who taunted LeBron James during Sunday’s Cavaliers-Thunder game in Oklahoma City has become an Internet sensation, and she can thank the NBA superstar for helping to promote her.
The comment was caught on the national TV broadcast and quickly made its way around the web. James, who did not respond to the fan during his team’s 115-92 victory, later posted the video clip on his Instagram account.
Wrote James: I guess she told me!! Hahahaha. #JustSuckItUpLeBron #NoMomo #Classic
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 22, 1934, which Bruins defenseman played his final game and then became the first NHL player to have his number retired?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No, I don’t got nothing to prove. I just prepare myself to perform well, for my teammates to perform well, to try to get to the World Series. That’s what I’m doing. I put some goals in my mind, and I’m working hard to get it done on the field.” — Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, upon his arrival at spring training Sunday
Villani and Bradford continue their discussion on the Celts before being joined by Mr. Minihane of D&C fame. He pumps his podcast and the morning show on WEEI before discussing his negative impression of the team early on.
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There are rumors that one of the moves that Danny Ainge and Celtics were seriously considering was a trade that would have brought Jahlil Okafor to Boston. The guys discuss their thoughts on if that would have been a good move and the value of the Nets pick going forward.
Chris and Rob continue the discussion about the Red Sox including Hanley and Pablo's shortcomings. Then Ian Browne joins in on the conversation live from spring training.
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Villani and Bradfo, who is live in sunny Ft Myers, get things going discussing the Red Sox as they attempt to climb out of the cellar of the AL East. They of course get into the biggest hot-button topics - Hanley at first base and Pablo's weight. They are not willing to give these guys the benefit of the doubt until they earn it.