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NHL: Blackhawks at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Joseph’s, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Penn State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Providence at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Syracuse at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UCF at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Boise State at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Colorado at USC, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


Celtics fans dreaming of seeing a star headed to Boston will have to turn their attention to someone other than Blake Griffin.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that the injured star would not be traded, despite a flurry of rumors and reports indicating there have been calls from other teams.

Griffin is expected to be out until next month with a broken right hand he suffered punching team equipment manager Matias Testi at a Toronto restaurant. He then will serve a four-game suspension for the transgression.

On Tuesday, a contrite Griffin wore a black wrap on his hand at practice as he addressed the media for the first time since the incident.

“It’s something I think about every day and wish I could take back, and I’ve told Matias that,” Griffin said. “I have talked to Matias tons of times since the incident. He actually said it best: ‘This stuff happens and we’re like brothers and we just have to move on.’ ”

Griffin said he already apologized to his teammates and the organization.

“It’s something that I feel awful about, something that I haven’t had to deal with ever before in life and it’s been tough,” he said. “But now that the NBA has done their due diligence and the Clippers and I have my punishment, I’m looking forward to just moving on and moving past this and getting back on the court with our teammates.”

— MMA fighter Ronda Rousey said Tuesday during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she contemplated suicide after her shocking loss to Holly Holm last year, her first defeat after dominating UFC competition.

“Honestly, my thought in the medical room, I was sitting in the corner and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ ” an emotional Rousey said. “Literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I’m like: ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore?’ “

Rousey said she was able to overcome with help from her boyfriend, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.

“I looked up and saw my man, Travis, was standing there,” Rousey said. “I’m looking up at him and was just like: ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.’ “

Rousey, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, recently announced she will return to fighting.

Kobe Bryant has been lauded nationally as he goes through his final season. Former NBA player Scot Pollard, however, had some harsh words for the Lakers legend.

During a Tuesday appearance on CBS Radio’s “Tiki and Tierney” show, the onetime Celtic said Bryant doesn’t compare to Michael Jordan.

“Personally, I never really liked Kobe,” Pollard said. “I didn’t like the way he carried himself, but I absolutely respect the way he played the game. If I was a GM, I absolutely want him on my team. I’ve got to find the right guys that can play with him. … I wouldn’t want to play with him. I think he made the team about him as opposed to making the team about winning.”

Added Pollard: “I don’€™t think [Bryant] carries his team like Jordan carried his team and made everybody on his team better. Kobe didn’€™t have that effect on his teammates. Kobe needed Batman to his Superman. He needed another superhero to help him win. That’s the part about him that I don’t respect. … I absolutely respect his game. I just didn’t want to be teammates with him.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 17, 1972, Bruins center Phil Esposito recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia and became the second player in team history with 250 goals. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “As my family and I prepare for the future, be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts.” — Patriots linebacker Jerold Mayo, announcing his decision to retire

STAT OF THE DAY: $34 million — Amount NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned for 2014, according to the league’s tax filing that was released Tuesday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon drains a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a win over Vanderbilt.

Boston Frisbee player Terry Roth shows some skill on the basketball court, hitting a backward 3-pointer as he does a backflip.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gene Pitney, who died in 2006, was born in Hartford on this day in 1941.

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Dale and Jerry discuss a story that is old, but has recently come back to light concerning Peyton Manning, and it's one of the most polarizing topics yet.
We look at four of the best moments of NBA All-star weekend history.

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