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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: New York at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Golden State at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Winnipeg at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NHL)
College football: Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Temple at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: San Jose State at Boise State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Bundesliga: Hertha BSC Berlin vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, 3:20 p.m. (FS2)
NBA: Cavaliers 128, Celtics 122
NBA: Magic 102, Kings 94
NBA: Nuggets 102, Timberwolves 99
NBA: Bucks 125, Pacers 107
NBA: Warriors 122, Thunder 96
NHL: Bruins 4, Lightning 3
NHL: Capitals 4, Jets 3
NHL: Flyers 3, Islanders 2
NHL: Senators 1, Canucks 0
NHL: Stars 6, Blues 2
NHL: Kings 3, Penguins 2
NHL: Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 1
NHL: Rangers 5, Oilers 3
NHL: Panthers 1, Devils 0
NHL: Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 0
NHL: Coyotes 3, Predators 2
NHL: Flames 3, Sharks 2
AROUND THE WEB:
— The most notorious Cubs fan in history can at long last come out of hiding. But it appears that he still doesn’t want to.
A spokesman for Steve Bartman, Frank Murtha, told USA Today on Thursday Bartman did not seem to express relief about the team’s World Series title when he spoke with Bartman on the phone.
Murtha said Bartman is thrilled with the win but does not want to be in the spotlight.
“He was just overjoyed that the Cubs won, as all the Cubs fans are,” Murtha said. “We don’t intend to crash the parade. The one thing that Steve and I did talk about was if the Cubs were to win, he did not want to be a distraction to the accomplishments of the players and the organization.”
Bartman is blamed for continuing the Cubs’ World Series drought by infamously interfering with a foul ball during the 2003 NLCS. He has kept out of the public eye since then after extreme backlash, including death threats.
Bartman still lives and works in the Chicago area.
— Penn State is facing a record $2.4 million fine for failing to report crimes or warn the public of safety hazards related to the Jerry Sandusky case.
This fine by the U.S. Education Department is the largest ever imposed under the Clery Act, which requires universities and colleges to keep the public informed.
The Education Department detailed the university’s failures in a 35-page letter. The failures include not sending out “an emergency notification to its students and employees” when school officials learned sex abuse charges were coming against Sandusky. The letter also says school officials knew Sandusky was facing over 50 felonies but he still had “unfettered access to campus buildings and facilities.”
U.S. Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell said in a statement, “For colleges and universities to be safe spaces for learning and self-development, institutions must ensure student safety — a part of which is being transparent about incidents on their campuses. Disclosing this information is the law.”
He added, “There must be consequences.”
Penn State released its own statement, saying, “While regrettably we cannot change the past, today the University has been recognized for significantly strengthening our programs since 2011.The safety and security of our University community is a top priority and we are dedicated to full compliance with the Clery Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. Today, Penn State has robust Clergy training and collection processes in place.”
— Giants cornerback Eli Apple is choosing his team’s side in the war of words between his employer and his mom.
Apple said Thursday his mom’s accusations against the Giants the he was pressured to limit her criticisms of the team are “false.”
In October, Annie Apple slammed the Giants and owner John Mara on Twitter for the team’s handling of Josh Brown’s domestic violence case. She also published pieces in Sports Illustrated explaining her history with domestic violence.
Throughout this episode Eli Apple has sided with the Giants, and his mom claims the team is forcing him to do so.
The 21-year-old said he is in a “weird position” and is not being pressured to say anything.
“She was a little bit upset and I didn’t have a chance to really talk to her, and I guess throughout that whole thing that’s just how she felt, but I never had a chance to talk to her or anything, so maybe that’s just an assumption of hers that she just felt in her gut,” Apple said of his mom. “But it’s definitely false. Nobody’s leaning on me or anything telling me things to tell her. It’s not like that at all. I think the Giants are a class organization, and I’m just happy to be here.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You never expect a guy to make 50 percent of his 3’s every day, right? But I think at the end of the day, if he can bring that same tenacity and that same focus, especially defensively, he can just keep getting better. That’s what you want. So I thought today was a good step in the right direction, for sure.” — Brad Stevens, on Jaylen Brown’s performance in the Celtics’ loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday
ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In 2007, Tom Brady and the Patriots beat Peyton Manning and the Colts, 24-20, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The win put the Patriots at 9-0 on the season. Brady threw three of his four touchdown passes in a four-minute period in the fourth quarter to win the game in the final minutes.