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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Demaryius Thomas calls out Tom Brady at bar, but then says he’s great 03.07.17 at 9:29 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Baseball Classic: South Korea vs. Netherlands, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: China vs. Cuba, 10 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: Boston at Washington, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Canada vs. Toronto, 1 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (NBA)
NHL: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Clemson, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Boston College at Wake Forest, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. Francis (Pa.) at Mount St. Ma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Dakota State at Omaha, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Detroit at Green Bay, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: IUPUI at Western Illinois, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Marquette at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— In a video obtained by TMZ, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas jokingly took a shot at Tom Brady while partying at a nightclub on Saturday.

“F— Tom Brady! But he’s great!” Thomas said to the camera while at the Velvet Elvis Grille in Milledgeville, Georgia. The unidentified man with Thomas in the video assured everyone there is no ill-will between Thomas and Brady and said “He’s kidding!”

Thomas is also seen dancing shirtless on top of the bar and buying drinks for other club-goers.

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Mike Francesa doubles down: Hiring woman coach would be ‘publicity stunt’ 03.06.17 at 5:07 pm ET
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NY PostMike Francesa allows that females can be CEOs and perhaps even the president. However, the WFAN icon will not concede that a woman has the capability to be a head coach in the NBA.

Digging in further after his controversial comments last week, Francesa used his opening monologue and then five friendly callers to assert that women coaching professional basketball players is an impossibility. Where others may seen misogyny, Francesa believes he sees reality, doubling down on claims that a female coach would be eaten alive by male NBA players.

“There’s no saying that everybody has to do every single job. Some are better for some people. That’s all,” Francesa said Monday, after he told a father of a daughter Wednesday that the caller wouldn’t see a world in which women coached men at the highest level. “That’s not being chauvinist. That’s not being stone aged. That’s just being reasonable. … It is difficult for men to run these rooms.”

Francesa cited the fact that there are zero women coaching men at the collegiate level, extrapolating from there that a woman who would rise up the ranks at the professional level would not have the resume needed to demand players’ respect. He pointed at the latest Knicks drama, in which Carmelo Anthony questioned the adjustments Jeff Hornacek has made, and said that if Hornacek can’t be blindly accepted by players, neither can a woman.

“I have no problem with women advancing in business, they have every right to do and they will do it as well as men, maybe better,” Francesa said. “Same thing with politics, we’ve seen that. … In male sports at the highest level, running young athletes, bringing them along on the college level, coaching them, teaching them, disciplining them, trying to turn them into a cohesive group, is probably harder now, with all the trappings we have, then it’s ever been before.” 

“…That would be a very tall order for a woman. That’s not an unreasonable statement,” Francesa said. “… I don’t see how that in any way is stone age. If it ever happened, I don’t think it would be anything more than a publicity stunt, I don’t think it would last.

You are not going to change Mike Francesa’s mind on this, or anything really because he is always right.

As I wrote last week, there are currently no women next in line for a head coaching position on the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL level, but that’s not to say there won’t be one day. Right now it’s unlikely a woman can be a head coach because there just isn’t a female candidate up for the job.

Because of this, if a team hired a woman right now it would be a publicity stunt of sorts because she would only have been hired because of her gender. So, again, Mike is sort of right. If an NBA team hired Becky Hammon right now, that would be a publicity stunt. However, it’s not out of the question she could be a head coach someday.

But Francesa said “if it ever happened” meaning even if it happens in the future it would be a publicity stunt. And that is sexist. As is saying a woman in a head coaching position wouldn’t last.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Arian Foster explains why he can fight wolves; Russian politician wants to make fan fighting spectator sport 03.06.17 at 9:26 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Boston at Houston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Israel vs. Taiwan, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Boston at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Dallas at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Indiana at Charlotte, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Boston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (CSN; TNT)
College basketball: Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: BYU vs. Saint Mary’s, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

—  Arian Foster sent a tweet storm on Sunday detailing why he is capable of killing a wolf. Reasons include wolves don’t have thumbs, “don’t know biology” and biting is their only weapon.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Reporter unknowingly interviews Adrian Peterson; MLB, MLBPA agree to 2017 rule changes 03.03.17 at 8:57 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Boston at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB:
NY Yankees vs. Toronto, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Cleveland at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: San Antonio at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Boston at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (CSN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami (Ohio) at Ohio, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville State at Belmont, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Akron at Kent State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Murray State at UT Martin, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. N.C. State, 11 a.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. Notre Dame, 2 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball:
Northwestern at Ohio State, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. Florida State, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball:
Minnesota at Maryland, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. Duke, 8 p.m. (NESN Plus)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A TV reporter in Houston interviewed a man on the street for a story on road rage last week and didn’t realize until the end of the interview the man was Adrian Peterson.

Peterson gave a general response to reporter Jon Donnelly’s road rage question and Donnelly had no idea who he was interviewing until he asked for the man’s name. When Peterson told him, Donnelly paused before saying, “Wait a minute…you’re not?” to which Peterson replied, “Yeah.”

The Vikings declined Peterson’s 2017 contract option the day this happened so it must have been a relief for Peterson when he realized this reporter just wanted to ask him about road rage.

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Mike Francesa’s coaching opinion is sexist, but problem is he’s not entirely wrong 03.02.17 at 11:04 pm ET
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NewsdayLike many jobs in sports, coaching remains a male-dominated profession, but a few women have found their way into the professional ranks of men’s sports. Former WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon has been an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs since 2014, and Kathryn Smith became the NFL’s first full-time female coach while working with the Bills in 2016.

Still, WFAN’s Mike Francesa thinks it would be “impossible” for a woman to be a head coach for a team of men.
On Wednesday, a caller asked Francesa if the radio host expected to see someone like Hammon take over a team in his lifetime. Francesa dismissed the notion as being outside the realm of possibility, saying Hammon had “no shot” to become a head coach.

“To be the head coach of an NBA team?” Francesa asked. “No shot. The odds on that are a million-to-one, and if it wasn’t the most dominant coach in the league doing that, I don’t think anyone else would hire a woman right now.”

Hammon was hired by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in 2014 after attending team practices and meetings the previous year. In 2015, she coached the Spurs’ NBA Summer League team, leading it to the Las Vegas Summer League title.

“I think it’s an honorable thing, but the bottom line is what you’re asking her to do is an incredibly difficult thing to do,” Francesa said. “It’s not something that makes sense to even aspire to.”

The caller mentioned his daughter who has an interest in sports, but Francesa was adamant that she would have no avenue to professional coaching.

“Here’s your thing — you have decided that your daughter should be allowed to manage a professional team. Let’s be honest, your daughter, maybe she’ll become a great athlete. Maybe she’ll become a great executive. But the problem is there’s not gonna be an avenue for her to manage a major- league men’s team,” Francesa said. “First of all, do you know how difficult it would be for a female to manage 25 men? Or 50 men? Do you know how impossible that would be?”

The caller answered that it would be tough, to which Francesa responded, “It wouldn’t be tough. It would be impossible. You’re gonna tell me that you would think a woman could walk in to an NFL team and coach as a head coach, 15 assistants and 50 to 60 men?”

When I was 12 I dreamed of being the manager of an MLB team. I decided not to pursue that, but it wasn’t because anyone told me I couldn’t. I agree with the caller that it would be tough. Really tough. However, I disagree with Francesa that it would be impossible. It’s not happening any time soon but it’s not impossible. There is currently a woman MLB coach and there was, until recently, another in the NFL. It’s not unfathomable to say they could be a manager or head coach one day, but the chances are slim. I even doubt it will happen, but I don’t think it’s something women shouldn’t aspire to.

By definition, what Francesa said here is sexist. Saying a woman can’t do something because she’s a woman is sexist. But he’s not completely wrong. And that’s the real problem.

I see where he’s is coming from. It would be extremely difficult for a woman to coach an MLB or NFL or NBA team because where would they come from and how would they get there? As Mike said, there’s no real pathway currently for women to coach on this level. As of right now, it is virtually impossible because there aren’t any women in positions where they can move directly to a head coaching job should one open up. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be impossible in the future. Just not in the near future.

I’m not offended by this at all because this is Mike Francesa saying this. Of course he’s going to say this. There’s never been a woman head coach or manager so he thinks there never can be. He’s a traditionalist who just learned what Uber is yesterday.

And I agree with Francesa that Susyn Waldman couldn’t manage the Yankees. She’s insufferable.

ALSO, Mike: You said someone can’t coach a team on a major league level if he (or she) hasn’t played the game. Not that this story is even necessarily true, but you said in the past you were offered a job in the NFL in the 90’s, possibly to coach, but you never played football. so based on what you said here, you are unqualified to coach an NFL team and I know you don’t believe that.

Though because Francesa had a “baseball career” in high school, he would be qualified to manage an MLB team. It’s a shame his bad knees cut that career short.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs speaks out after criticism 03.02.17 at 9:36 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Exhibition: Boston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB:
Exhibition: Miami vs. Houston, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB:
Exhibition: LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: Houston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: BC at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM 850)
College basketball: VCU at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Louisville at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Marquette at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Air Force at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: BC vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Mack Beggs, the transgender wrestler who won the Texas state girls’ wrestling title last week, opened up in an interview with Outside the Lines on Wednesday, saying he needs to “stay strong” against the scrutiny he has received for wrestling against girls.

The 17 year-old Beggs identifies as male and said he was undeterred by the boos from the crowds during matches on his way to winning the championship.

“I just heard the boos, but I heard more cheering,” Beggs said. “Honestly, I was like, ‘You know what? Boo all you want, because you’re just hating. You hating ain’t going to get me and you nowhere, and I’m just going to keep on doing what I’ve got to do.’

“That’s why I’ve always had that mentality,” he went on. “If you’re going to be negative, you know, whatever, that’s not going to faze me.”

Beggs said he has been called “f—-t” and “it” and said his taking testosterone is the reason for the boos and criticism.

“I mean, I’ve been winning before when I didn’t have testosterone, but now that, you know, I’m actually winning winning, people want to go crazy,” Beggs said. He said he believes some people “just automatically want to call me a cheater.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Florida State player sort of gets revenge on Grayson Allen; Budapest pulls out of 2024 Olympic bid 03.01.17 at 9:19 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: Houston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Exhibition: Boston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: Miami vs. Houston, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Exhibition: LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College basketball: Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m. ESPN2
College basketball: Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: BC at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-AM 850)
College basketball: VCU at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Louisville at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Marquette at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Air Force at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: BC vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes was one of the players that was tripped earlier this season by Duke’s Grayson Allen and he may have got his revenge on Tuesday night.

In the Duke-Florida State matchup at Cameron Indoor Tuesday, Rathan-Mayes fell to the floor and when Allen stepped over him, he fell down himself. Likely not intentional, and probably a bit of an acting job on Allen’s part, but likely made Rathan-Mayes feel like he got a little revenge.

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Adidas NFL combine island prize is more burden than reward 02.28.17 at 11:51 am ET
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Sporting News Athletes participating in this year’s NFL Combine will have a chance to own their own island, thanks to adidas.

The footwear company will offer up a piece of paradise to anyone who can break Chris Johnson’s legendary 40-yard dash time of 4.24 seconds. The record, which was set in 2008, is going to be hard to beat, but maybe the prize will push an athlete to new limits.

There are a few rules to this, though. The athlete has to break the record wearing adidas shoes and must agree to an endorsement deal with the company before the start of the upcoming NFL season. The company will select the island, and there is a maximum value of $1 million.

Making the record based around a 40-time is of course going to be unfair to the offensive linemen and punters at the event, but tough luck, I guess.

Even if a record isn’t broken, adidas is willing to pay $10,000 to the athlete (wearing adidas shoes) who gets the fastest 40 time.

This sounds way better than it actually is.

There’s no guarantee the island will be “a piece of paradise.” Just as some deserts are made of ice, so are some islands. It could be an Arctic island or an island in outer space. The terms and conditions are very vague.

Most decent islands cost well over what Adidas is willing to pay, but here are some islands you can buy for under $1 million. A couple of them are OK but keep in mind adidas is picking which one you get. That’s a big catch here. Plus, the rules state Adidas will provide the island “as soon as reasonably possible,” which could mean anything.

The island probably won’t have running water or infrastructure so you’re going to have to bring that there yourself and those costs are not included in what Adidas is covering. And you have to travel there which will cost money, as will getting supplies for daily life shipped to the island. Kind of a hassle. Unless you want a deserted island, you’re going to have to shell out a lot for this “prize.” And pay taxes on it.

Of course, if you were in the market for an island already this isn’t such a bad deal.

In general, if an island is ever in your choice of prizes, your best bet is usually to take whatever else they’re offering.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Connecticut aquarium names seal after Trey Flowers; ESPN reportedly looking to woo Katie Nolan from FS1 02.28.17 at 9:30 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Exhibition: NY Yankees at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Arizona at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Colorado at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Golden State at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Charlotte at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA)
College basketball: Buffalo at Ohio, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgetown at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Maryland at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Florida State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Ohio State at Penn State, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fresno State at Boise State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 


— Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium is honoring the Patriots’ Super Bowl win by naming a rescued seal after a member of the championship team.

Each year the aquarium has a naming theme for its rescue seals and this year’s theme is flowers. Fittingly, it decided to name one of the seals Trey after Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers. Trey is expected to be released back into the wild after he completes his rehabilitation in two to three weeks.

Before the Super Bowl, Mystic Aquarium made a bet with the staff at the Georgia Aquarium that whichever aquarium’s team lost the Super Bowl, the staff must perform the sea lion show in the opposing team’s jerseys. Georgia’s staff fulfilled the bet while the sea lions performed “Under the Boardwalk” last week.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox upgrade sleep room at Fenway for players to nap; ESPN’s ‘O.J.: Made in America’ wins Best Feature Documentary Oscar 02.27.17 at 9:30 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

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.

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