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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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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.

” ‘Surprised’ isn’t the word,” Martz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You can’t print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That’s just plain out-and-out ridiculous.”

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.

— As if Brazil hasn’t come under enough criticism for unhealthy conditions as it prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, now athletes are expressing concern about the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that scientists have linked to a rare birth defect.

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

STAT OF THE DAY: 112.8 — The Celtics‘ average points over their last 12 games, including Sunday’s 119-114 loss to the Magic

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From the NHL All-Star Game, Team Pacific goalie John Gibson makes a stellar toe save that leads to a goal for his team.

Knicks forward Derrick Williams gets free and delivers a monstrous dunk against the Warriors.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Glen Murray

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Don Everly of the Everly Brothers was born on this day in 1937.

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