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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Villanova, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Marquette at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Red Wings at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Watford, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

— The night before Super Bowl 33 between the Falcons and Broncos in 1999, Falcons safety Eugene Robinson was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Now a radio analyst for the Panthers, Robinson talked to Carolina’s players Sunday, calling the incident the “worst night of my life.”

Apparently the Broncos could have benefited from Robinson’s advice. Practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was sent home by the team Tuesday after being detained and questioned by police as part of a prostitution sting in the San Francisco area.

According to reports out of nearby San Jose, a suspected prostitute led police to a car where Murphy and his brother were waiting, and Murphy’s brother was cited for solicitation.

“Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement. “Ryan is returning to Denver, but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time.”

Murphy, who grew up in Oakland and played at Oregon State, was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round last spring. He was waived in September, and the Broncos signed him to the practice squad in November.

— The Browns appear ready to move on from troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, implying Tuesday that they will make a move in March, when the league’s new year begins and his release would minimize the impact on their salary cap.

“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” new vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. “Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules.”

Manziel has been a disappointment since being drafted 22nd overall in 2014. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner repeatedly vowed to keep his focus on football but continued to have off-field issues, including a disturbance involving an ex-girlfriend in Dallas over the weekend. Police continue to investigate the matter to determine if charges will be filed.

— The Mercer basketball team is in mourning after senior guard Jibri Bryan was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot of convenience store in Macon, Georgia.

The 23-year-old graduate student was found in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to his head. According to media and police reports, two men arrived in a car and approached Bryan’s vehicle. One of them opened fire and killed Bryant — and also apparently hit the second suspect, who was in the line of fire. The gunman drove off, while the other man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

“Jibri Bryan was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him. He was important to us in every way,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said in a statement. “I loved him and cared about him from the very first time he was on our campus. We grew to be very close over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his special family.”

Bryan started all 35 games last season, averaging 7.8 points, but was limited to six games this season due to a knee injury.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 3, 2002, the Patriots beat the Rams for their first Super Bowl title. Who scored the Patriots’ first touchdown?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “€œThat’€™s extremely frustrating. Every team is capable of winning on any night, but it’€™s games we should win, especially at home, we need to start getting that in order. It’€™s different things every time. We’€™re trying to sort that out. If it’€™s not one thing, it’€™s another.” — Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller, on Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in which the B’s squandered a two-goal lead in the third period

STAT OF THE DAY: 3-for-19 — The Celtics‘ totals from 3-point range — including 0-for-13 in the first half — in Tuesday’s 97-89 victory over the Knicks

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice goes undercover as a Lyft driver in San Francisco and goes unrecognized.

Oilers forward Connor McDavid beats two Blue Jackets defenders and then has a nifty finish for a goal in his first game back in almost three months.

Suns forward Markieff Morris soars down the lane hammers one down on the Raptors.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ty Law, on a 47-yard interception return

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dennis Edwards, lead singer of the Temptations on many of their 1970s hits, was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
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