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Draymond Green continues his feud with Paul Pierce by taking a shot at his Celtics career 03.01.17 at 9:43 am ET
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Paul Pierce is in a war of words with Draymond Green. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

Paul Pierce is in a war of words with Draymond Green. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

After withstanding a Twitter beatdown from Paul Pierce last week, Warriors forward Draymond Green has fired back with vengeance.

The latest chapter in the Pierce-Green feud happened Tuesday, when Green took a shot at Pierce’s career with the Celtics on his podcast.

“People tend to forget he was struggling to to get to the playoffs … Then all of a sudden Ray Allen and KG showed up. Let’s not forget that,” he said. “Just because you were scoring points don’t mean you were carrying the team. If you couldn’t get anywhere and you couldn’t do nothing, where were you carrying them to? … Pierce had had an amazing career. He was a beast. But how far was he carrying those teams? If you weren’t carrying them that far, I guess we’re in the same boat.”

During the Warriors-Clippers contest last Thursday, Green told Pierce, who’s in his final season, he’s not deserving of a farewell tour. That prompted Pierce to remind Green about the Warriors’ collapse against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last season.

While Green has a point about Pierce needing Kevin Garnett and Allen to reach the promised land, that’s hardly a negative commentary on the Truth. It takes more than one star to achieve success. Just ask Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who’s averaging a triple-double this season and will be lucky to win a first-round series.

The Clippers and Warriors don’t face each other again this season, so if Pierce and Green are going to continue their beef, it will likely have to wait until the playoffs.

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Paul Pierce roasts Draymond Green, shows he finally knows how to use Twitter 02.24.17 at 3:05 pm ET
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Paul Pierce played his final game at the T.D. Garden Feb. 7. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

Paul Pierce played his final game at the T.D. Garden Feb. 7. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

Paul Pierce has finally figured out Twitter, and Draymond Green is still licking his wounds.

Early in the first quarter of the Thursday’s Warriors-Clippers matchup, TV microphones caught Green spewing some trash talk towards Pierce.

“You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?,” he said.

Pierce fired back on Twitter, reminding Green about the Warriors’ blown 3-1 series lead against the Cavaliers in the Final last year.

Ouch.

The most notable thing about Pierce’s tweet isn’t his diss, but rather his proper emoji use. Pierce revealed his emoji ignorance during the DeAndre Jordan free agency craze two years ago, when he appeared to download a picture of a rocket emoji instead of clicking the icon on his smartphone keyboard.

The Truth has come a long way. He seems to be putting those two cellphones he was spotted with at the Dunk Contest to good use.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Woman in Von Miller’s sex tape speaks out; Iman Shumpert won’t visit Trump White House if Cavs win championship 12.01.16 at 8:03 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:
NHL:
Carolina at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: LA Clippers at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Dallas at Minnesota, 8:25 p.m. (NBC; NFL)
College basketball: Columbia at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oregon State at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: South Carolina at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Von Miller’s sex tape co-star, Elizabeth Ruiz, is speaking out about why she taped her love-making session with the Broncos linebacker.

Ruiz told TMZ she is not out to extort Miller but wanted to keep the tape for herself.

“I used it to pleasure myself,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz claims everything she did with Miller, including making the video, “was consensual.”

“He had recorded clips on his phone as well,” Ruiz said. “….He never asked me to delete it. Not once.”

Ruiz also said she never wanted to ask Miller for money.

“I never, never, never, never went up to Von and asked for $2.5 million or for a dollar,” Ruiz said. It wasn’t until his lawyers made an offer that her lawyers counter-offered with an amount.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Paul Pierce reportedly agrees to join Clippers on 3-year deal 07.02.15 at 6:41 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Paul Pierce is headed west to join Doc Rivers and the Clippers, agreeing on a three-year, $10.6 million deal, according to reports out of Los Angeles.

Pierce became a free agent after one season with the Wizards, who were hoping to keep him around after the team’s impressive season. But the Clippers give him the opportunity to challenge for an NBA title as well as return to his Southern California roots. And it gives him a chance to play for the coach who guided him to a championship with the Celtics in 2008.

That apparently was enough to convince Pierce to sign on at a discount rate — the most Los Angeles had to offer — for three years, despite him saying last season that he would only play one more year.

Said Pierce after the Wizards’ second-round playoff exit: “I don’t even know if I am going to play basketball anymore. These seasons get harder and harder every year, every day. Summers get even harder when you start getting back in shape. I’m 37 years old. I’m top two or three oldest in the league.”

Pierce spent his first 15 seasons in Boston before spending one season with the Nets and then one year with the Wizards. He is the 16th-most prolific scorer in league history.

— The United States will play Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup championship game, as England lost Wednesday’s second semifinal in the most heartbreaking way.

During stoppage time of a 1-1 game, England defender Laura Bassett tried to clear a ball but instead deflected it into her own goal. When the game ended a minute later, Bassett fell to the field in tears as her teammates attempted to console her.

“Oh, what a tough one, what a tough one to take,” England coach Mark Sampson said. “I can’t speak about the game. I can only speak about how incredibly proud I am of my group.”

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Rumor: Could Paul Pierce join Clippers? 05.26.15 at 8:59 am ET
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Following the Wizards’ loss in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Paul Pierce seemed disillusioned with basketball.

“Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don’€™t have too much of these efforts left, if any,” Pierce said. “These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit … . I don’€™t even know if I’€™m going to play basketball anymore.”

However, with $5.5 million still remaining on his contract, retirement is not a likely scenario for the longtime Celtic. Instead, speculation abounds that Pierce will opt out of his deal and rejoin coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles with the Clippers. To add further motivation for a potential move, Pierce grew up in the Los Angeles area in Iglewood, California.

“Washington’€™s main issue is complacency,” NBA.com columnist David Aldridge wrote Monday. “The Wizards could stand pat if Pierce decides to return to D.C. next season rather than opt out of his deal, but many around the league believe Pierce will do just that and finish his career back home in Los Angeles with the Clippers.”

Aldridge argued that the Wizards are content to begin their search for Pierce’s long-term replacement at the small forward position. With John Wall and Bradley Beal locked in as the backcourt of the future, Washington has the chance to develop youngster Otto Porter Jr. or pursue another option in a trade.

Meanwhile, the Clippers would be more than enthused to get Pierce this offseason, especially after watching Matt Barnes shoot a horrendous .267 percent from beyond the arc this postseason. If Pierce does decide to leave Washington and put off retirement, the Clippers would seem to be the perfect destination.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Senators want suspension for ejected Canadiens D P.K. Subban after slash 04.16.15 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Blues, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Jets at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (CNBC)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 1:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Napoli at Wolfsburg, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has infuriated the Bruins with his dramatics as he attempts to draw penalties. On Wednesday night in the opening game of Montreal’s first-round playoff series against Ottawa, Subban acted as the aggressor, and it cost him in the form of an ejection. Subban received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct after he slashed Senators rookie Mark Stone midway through the second period.

As Stone skated in front of the Montreal goal, Subban chopped his stick down on Stone’s right wrist, sending the 22-year-old to the ice in pain. Subban immediately raised his hand to protest the call against him and appeared shocked that he was being punished. Stone, the Sens’ leading scorer, skated to the dressing room. He returned before the end of the period, left again and then was back for the last half of the third period.

The Senators scored twice on the power play, although they allowed a shorthanded goal as well — one of four goals Montreal scored in the second period en route to a 4-3 victory.

Afterward, the Senators called for Subban to be suspended.

“I think it’s quite simple — it’s a vicious slash on an unprotected part of the body,” Ottawa coach Dave Cameron said. “You either do one of two things. I think it’s an easy solution. You either suspend him, or when one of their best players gets slashed just give us five [minutes].”

Said Stone: “It’s up to the league. Obviously it was a pretty big hack. It looked like he wanted to hurt me. He had been doing it a couple of times, he tried targeting me a couple of times in the first period off faceoffs.”

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, however, didn’t even think Subban deserved a major penalty.

“I agree it was a slashing penalty, but I don’t agree that it deserved five minutes,” he said.

— A day after Paul Pierce questioned Deron Williams’ ability to handle the pressure and said Williams “didn’t want” to be an MVP candidate, the Nets guard insisted the criticism doesn’t bother him.

“Being here, I got pretty thick skin,” Williams said Wednesday. “He has his opinions, and that’s fine.”

Added Williams: “It’s what it is. I can’t change his opinions. So just leave it at that.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Paul Pierce details icy relationship with Ray Allen, criticizes ex-Nets teammates 04.15.15 at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Nationals at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 2:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hornets at Raptors, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pacers at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Capitals, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Predators, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Flames at Canucks, 10 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico at United States, 9 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— There have long been indications that Ray Allen‘s relationship with his Celtics teammates was icy during their time in Boston, and on Tuesday Paul Pierce explained just how strained it was.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Pierce offered some details about the Big Three’s time together. He said he has not talked to Allen since Allen left Boston as a free agent to sign with the Heat in the summer of 2012 — not because he’s angry, but more because there wasn’t that much depth to the relationship.

“It was a weird relationship,” Pierce said. “We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That’s just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we’d be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn’t show up. We’d go to his charity events, but Ray wouldn’t show up to somebody else’s. I called him on it. I said, ‘Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don’t come to ours.’

“I remember when [Rajon] Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn’t show up. I know Ray probably didn’t like Rondo that much, but it wasn’t a fact of not liking somebody. You don’t have to like everybody you play with — it’s a matter of showing support. Rondo probably didn’t like Ray either, but he came to Ray’s functions to show, ‘Hey, we’re together in this.’

“It’s not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we’d say, ‘Let’s go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.’ We’d get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam [Cassell], but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three.

“It just got to the point where it was, ‘That’s Ray.’ No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn’t much there.”

As for Rondo, Pierce said he’s trying to convince Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal that they have to show up to play every single night if they want to be great, something he wasn’t able to convince Rondo to do.

“That was Rondo’s problem, too,” Pierce said. “Some days he did, some days he didn’t. I think it’s more this generation. A lot of these players have been catered to since the sixth grade. The NBA is changing so much. It’s not like when I came up, with that old-school mentality that practice really mattered. You’ve got these 24-, 25-year-old guys who sit out of practice now to rest. It’s hard for me to understand, but I’m trying.”

Pierce also discussed his “horrible” 2013-14 season in Brooklyn, criticizing the team’s players for not caring enough despite the efforts of Pierce and Kevin Garnett to fire them up.

“It was just the guys’ attitudes there. It wasn’t like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn’t want to play and didn’t want to practice. I was looking around saying, ‘What’s this?’ Kevin and I had to pick them up every day in practice,” Pierce said. “If me and Kevin weren’t there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Former landlord sues Paul Pierce for damaging Tribeca condo 03.25.15 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Raptors, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Murray State at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Louisiana Tech at Temple, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Blackhawks at Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Mets at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Brewers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: White Sox at Royals, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Denmark, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Paul Pierce probably would like to forget his one year in Brooklyn, as the Nets went into the 2013-14 season with high hopes after adding some big names but underperformed and ended up in another rebuilding phase.

However, his former landlords aren’t ready to move on as Pierce did when he signed with the Wizards last offseason.

Rejeev Tewari and Anuragini Pandey, who own the Tribeca condo where Pierce and his wife, Julie, lived last season, sued Pierce for failing to live up to his two-year lease and for making unauthorized changes — including replacing wood floors with pink carpet in all four bedrooms. They are seeking $425,000 plus back rent.

“[They] left the apartment in shambles, converting some of the items … to their personal gain and . . . ripping out carpeting, wooden floors … a washer and dryer and an expensive and unique stone hearth from the fireplace,” the court filing reads (via the New York Daily News).

The landlords, who live in Singapore, claim there was damage to radiator covers, halogen lights, kitchen tiling, a shower head, a towel hanger, a soap dish and a cabinet door, and that it took five months and $225,000 to fix the problems.

While the Pierces were paying $32,000 per month, the landlords say now they can only rent the Franklin Street condo for $23,000 due at least in part to the issues.

— Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Tuesday to a sexual assault charge in Nevada, the third of four states in which he agreed to a plea deal that will have him serve about nine years in federal prison.

Appearing via the Internet from a courtroom in Los Angeles, Sharper said, “Guilty,” when asked for his plea. His lawyer issued a statement noting that Sharper accepted responsibility for his actions.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Paul Pierce pays tribute to injured Kobe Bryant 01.28.15 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Boston College, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: SMU at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Duke at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Memphis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Chile vs. United States, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Things are going well for former Celtic Paul Pierce, who has become a veteran leader for a talented Wizards team. Not so much for Pierce’s longtime rival with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant.

Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his rotator cuff in a game over the weekend, and even before his injury his team was headed for another miserable season.

Although the two have butted heads in the past, Pierce lamented the loss of Bryant.

“It always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers we lose [him] due to injury,” Pierce said before sitting out the Wizards’ 98-92 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles with a toe injury. “It always saddens me.”

Added Pierce: “A lot of fans around the league pay to watch Kobe, a lot of fans around the world. Regardless of how the Lakers are doing or not, he’s an icon. He’s a player who defined his generation. A lot of people that come out here to see him.”

Bryant recently said that he’s enjoyed his on-court verbal exchanges with Pierce, and Pierce agreed.

“It’s just fun. We’re one of the last two of our generation,” Pierce said. “That’s pretty much a lot of the things we talked about on the court, a little bit of a trash in there.

“But we also said there’s no more trash-talkers in the league today coming up. It’s a generation that’s passing by, and a lot of these guys are friends. I don’t think this new generation is as competitive as we were with the past guys.”

— Clippers forward Matt Barnes, whose temper has gotten him in trouble a number of times in the past, lashed out on Twitter at the owner of the Suns after being fined for an incident in Phoenix.

The NBA slapped Barnes with a $25,000 fine Tuesday for his conduct during Sunday’s game, when he directed inappropriate language toward a fan.

Barnes, who shot 1-for-9 in the Clippers’ 120-100 victory, acknowledged he swore, but he claims it was because Suns owner Robert Sarver provoked him.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Regretful Adrian Peterson takes ‘full responsibility,’ promises not to use switch again 11.21.14 at 8:31 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. West Virginia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. Charleston, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton vs. UConn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Akron vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Nevada, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU vs. Old Dominion, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas vs. California, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. South Carolina, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Loyola (Ill.) at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marshall at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple vs. Due, 9:30 p.m. (Tru)
NHL: Bruins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Texas-El Paso at Rice, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College football: San Jose State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Air Force at San Diego State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Adrian Peterson had “shown no meaningful remorse” for his child abuse incident, Peterson changed course, telling USA Today that he will no longer use a switch to discipline his kids again.

Peterson hit his 4-year-old, leaving marks that last for weeks, but he insisted he was regretful for the pain he caused.

“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that, ‘I didn’t mean to do this to you,’ and how sorry I was.

“I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”

Peterson has been lumped in with former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his then-fiancee with a punch to the face in a hotel elevator, but he said that’s not a fair comparison.

“I take full responsibility, because I spanked my child, and no matter what my intentions were, I end up leaving those marks on his legs,” Peterson said. “That’s the bottom line.

“That’s not what I tried to do, but that’s what ended up happening. Don’t put me in the same [category as Rice].”

Peterson has six children with six women, and he says he tries to maintain a relationship with all of them.

“You can look down on me and say, ‘You have six kids. You should not be at this, you should not be at that,’ ” Peterson said. “This is the cards I’ve been dealt based off my decisions. I make the best of it by spending time with my kids, any and every opportunity that I have.”

Peterson said he hopes to talk to Goodell and would like to return to the Vikings, although he knows not everyone in Minnesota will be welcoming.

“I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it’s not going to be a problem. I’ve felt so much support from those guys. The organization, I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me,” said Peterson, adding, “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

“I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” he said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Paul Pierce and LeBron James are set to renew acquaintances Friday night in Washington as the Wizards host the Cavaliers, but Pierce downplayed the intensity of their rivalry.

“I think a lot of it is really misunderstood,” the former Celtics star said Thursday. “If I see LeBron walking down the street, it’s not going to be no fistfight. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. It’s like fighting for the same girl. How am I going to be cool with that guy? I’ve got total respect for him as a person. It’s just the thing we go through on the court.”

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