MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College hockey: Beanpot, Harvard vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Beanpot, Northeastern vs. Boston University, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Bucks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV) College basketball: North Carolina at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Howard at Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Davidson at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SMU at Houston, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
— The Lions apparently are holding out hope that five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson will rethink his decision to retire, but reports out of Detroit indicate the man they call Megatron had long planned to hang up his cleats after this season.
According to an ESPN report, Johnson told family and friends before the season started that this would be his final year, and he told coach Jim Caldwell one day after the regular-season finale. The report indicates Caldwell asked Johnson to take his time before finalizing the decision, and Johnson agreed.
A person who knows Johnson well told ESPN, “He’s pretty content with his decision.”
Johnson, 30, has played nine seasons since being selected No. 2 overall in 2007 and is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (731) and receiving yards (11,619). He had an NFL record 1,964 receiving yards in 2012.
This season he had 88 catches for 1,214 yards — his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season — with nine touchdowns.
The Lions have finished with losing records in seven of his nine seasons, making the playoffs only twice.
“I would love to see him back, but it’s his decision to make,” Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah said after Sunday’s Pro Bowl. “He’s a great guy who has a lot of respect for the game. … He’s a professional, and he’s somebody that I look up to.”
Added Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper: “You never want to see the greats leave the game. You feel like they’re going to be making plays forever. You want to be like them growing up, and you still want to see them make plays.”
— Former Rams coach Mike Martz is not pleased that Terrell Owens was named a Hall of Fame finalist in his first year of eligibility while former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were left off the list for the second straight year. And he doesn’t mind letting everyone know how he feels.
Marty said his players were being punished for not bragging about themselves like Owens did.
“Had they promoted themselves, which was contrary to everything we were about, they’d probably get in without an issue,” Martz said. “Had they pulled a T.O., they’re probably get in without an issue. That’s just not who we were.
“If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they’d probably get in earlier. I think they’ll eventually get in. I don’t think that’s an issue, but it’s tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?”
Responded Owens on Twitter when asked about Martz’s comments: Lol. Nope. Doesn’t surprise me. I expect the devil to become busy when God is in the midst of a blessing.
American wrestler Adeline Gray, who was participating in a pre-Olympic event at Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park over the weekend, said her coaches have warned her to take precautions against mosquito bites.
“Unfortunately we’re not spending too much time outside,” she said. “We’re wearing long sleeves, long pants and just making sure we have on as much bug spray as we can.”
Added Gray: “This anxiety has to kind of subside so you can focus on what you are doing. If you are worried about that in the back of your mind, then you’re not doing your job well enough.”
Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said organizers have been looking for standing water where mosquitoes breed, but there has been no talk about postponing the Olympics.
“This has never been mentioned. No way,” Andrada said. “It’s impossible to do that. There is no reason to do that.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 1, 2004, which Bruin recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the Penguins and in the process set a team record by scoring six consecutive Bruins goals over three games?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s just another one on the list of stuff that I cannot believe is happening. I never in a million years would have believed I was at an All-Star Game, the fans would be behind me like that and score two goals in a game. You can’t put it into words. You can’t write this stuff. It’s unbelievable.” — Canadiens minor leaguer John Scott, after being named NHL All-Star Game MVP on Sunday night
Picard and Price take a look at next week's Super Bowl match-up with the Broncos and Panthers, what they see going down in Santa Clara and if the Broncos top-ranked D can slow down the mission that Cam Newton is on.
While continuing the postmortems on the Patriots after their loss last week, the boys attempt to move on and discuss what the team will look like next year, potential free agent signings and their chances to get back to another Super Bowl.
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We're one week removed from the AFC Championship that saw the Patriots fall to the Broncos in Denver, and Danny and Chris discuss what went wrong from Brady's play to Belichick's decision to not kick a FG with six minutes to go to Gostkowski missing an extra point to the clear number one issue in the play of the offensive line. How can the Pats improve? The guys discuss it all.
DJ, Joe and Pete are in the house for the NHL All-Star weekend edition of Sunday Skate. They discuss a little bit about the skills competition last night, the John Scott situation and the events of the weekend before taking a step back and looking at the state of the Bruins a little over the halfway point of the season. They talk about the B's needs going forward, Chara's decline and how the Bruins are still hanging around while quietly rebuilding in Don Sweeney's first season at the helm.
Danny credits the Broncos defense on Brady and talks about next week's Super Bowl being a much closer game than people are predicting
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John Tomase wants the Celtics to get LSU's Ben Simmons in the next NBA Draft. Is there a way to pull it off?
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Butch Stearns, Rob Bradford, and John Tomase discuss Stephen Gostkowski and his missed extra point in the AFC Title game
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