Panthers quarterback Cam Newton isn’t apologizing, but he is explaining his terse post-Super Bowl press conference. After giving mostly one-word answers before walking out altogether, Newton says that’s just the way he was feeling at the time. Newton came under fire for being a poor sport and admits to being a “sore loser”.
The Super Bowl celebration is on in Denver. The Broncos held a victory parade and rally yesterday in honor of beating the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets as players and coaches drove by to celebrate the team’s third title in franchise history.
Mark Scheifele [[ SHIHF-lee ]] scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Jets over the Blues 2-1 at the Scottrade Center. Colton Parayko [[ puh-ray-koe ]] netted a power play goal early in the second for St. Louis to tie the game at one. Brian Elliott made 32 saves in the loss, which dropped the Blues to 30-17-and-9. The Blues play the Panthers in Florida on Friday.
Martin Jones stopped all 33 shots he faced as the Sharks blanked the Blackhawks, 2-0. Corey Crawford made 25 saves for Chicago. The Blackhawks had won three in-a-row since returning from the All-Star break. The ‘Hawks host the Stars tomorrow.
The Clippers are punishing forward Blake Griffin for his altercation with a team assistant equipment manager. Griffin has been suspended four games after breaking his hand in the incident. Griffin will also lose five games worth of salary.
A pair of NBA stars won’t be seeing the floor for a while. Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will be out of action for three-to-four weeks due to a left knee sprain. Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is sidelined indefinitely due to a broken bone in his right foot.
A pair of top-10 teams in college hoops were handed losses last night. Rapheal Davis hit a free throw with 4.6 seconds left in overtime to give 16th-ranked Purdue a wild 82-81 win over number-nine Michigan State. Meanwhile, Creighton clobbered fourth-ranked Xavier, 70-56.
Illinois has a few more days off before its next game. The Fighting Illini play Saturday at Northwestern. Illinois lost 77-65 to fifth-ranked Iowa on Sunday. The Illini are 11-and-13 overall, including 3-and-8 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats are 16-and-9 after losing to Ohio State last night.
Coming up Friday night on Talk 101FM, it’s High School Basketball as the Talk 101 High School Game of the Week presented by World of Powersports makes it’s way to MacArthur High School as the Generals play host to the Springfield Southeast. The Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy Pregame Show gets underway at 7:15p.m. and the tipoff follows at 7:30p.m. Join Scott Busboom and Glenn Purvis with all the action Friday night from MacArthur High School on Talk 101, and online at decatur radio dot com.