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MONDAY’S MORNING MASHUP:
MLB: Exhibition: St. Louis at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: NY Yankees vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Indiana at Houston, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Hampton, 9 p.m. ESPNU
College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Connecticut at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: TCU at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. (FSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— When the Red Sox players return to Fenway Park this spring, they will find some major improvements to their team nap room.
The 145-square-foot sleep area is undergoing renovations after the Red Sox reached a deal with custom-made bedding company Bedgear this season. The room will now be equipped with performance bedding, including cool-vented pillows. It will also have oak floors, exposed brick and more beds.
“Every little edge you can get on your competition, if it’s one game or even an extra out, it matters,” Red Sox head athletic trainer Brad Pearson told the Boston Globe. “We’re always looking for ways to get better. This is one way.”
“How many hours can I sleep without waking up, that is the big thing for me,” Hanley Ramirez said. “It changes the way you play. It’s unbelievable. When you’re young you don’t think about stuff like that.”
Players tested mattresses and were fitted for pillows during spring training last week. They were also able to select their own luxury sheets and blankets.
The upgraded sleep room will be ready by Opening Day.
— ESPN Films’ documentary series “O.J.: Made in America” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature on Sunday night, becoming the longest film ever to win an Academy Award.
The eight-part documentary series totaling 467 minutes by filmmakers Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow recounted the story of O.J. Simpson’s life and murder trial, as well as his place in American society and celebrity
“I am so proud that ‘Academy Award-winning’ is now the latest accolade for ESPN Films,” ESPN president John Skipper said. “I have often remarked on the incredible work that the ESPN Films group does and how they have grown 30 for 30 into one of our company’s most beloved brands. What started as a celebration of ESPN’s 30th anniversary has evolved into a series that consistently brings to life some of sports’ most compelling stories and helps our fans look at them with fresh eyes.”
In his acceptance speech, Edelman paid tribute to Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, the two victims O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering in 1994.
— Oakland A’s right-hander Sonny Gray will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic after he was denied insurance coverage for the event.
Gray suffered a strained right forearm in August and was placed on the disabled list. He pitched only one inning since returning. The company that insures players will not cover him because he pitched fewer than 10 innings after August.
“As much as I’d like to participate and represent the A’s and Team USA, it’s just an unfortunate thing that came up and there’s nothing we can really do except try to get ready to start the season,” Gray said.
Gray joins Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin as the second player to be denied insurance for this year’s WBC.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m hoping that he breaks the bank. Whenever you see a tight end break the bank, it’s good for the industry, it’s good for the position. You want to see the position grow.” — Rob Gronkowski, on Martellus Bennett’s pending free agency
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