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Larry Brown brings SMU to Long Island

Larry Brown brings SMU to Long Island

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) Larry Brown gets to ``go back'' more than most people. When your Hall of Fame career includes a record nine NBA jobs as well as stints at two of most prominent college programs in the nation, there are a lot of places to see old friends.

There's only one hometown, though, and Brown had his SMU team in his for a game on Long Island.

``It's kind of neat,'' Brown said Saturday morning at the Mustangs' shootaround for that afternoon's game at Hofstra. ``I played high school football here on this campus. I've been here my whole life. I loved living on Long Island and loved being from Long Beach.''

Long Beach was one of the towns that sustained devastating losses when Superstorm Sandy struck Long Island last month. It's expected the community may not be back normal in terms of its economy until the middle of 2013.

Brown is Long Beach's most famous sports product but he is second banana on the overall list behind filmmaker-comedian Billy Crystal.

``I spoke to Billy two days ago when he was in New York. He's got a film coming out,'' Brown said. ``Billy talked about if there was anything we can do to help. I think Billy has people trying to figure out a way to raise money.''

Brown, who has a summer residence on the East End of Long Island, said he received calls from people about Long Beach as the storm hit.

``Living in Dallas you don't realize how devastating it was,'' he said.

To ease the tenor of the conversation Brown was asked about his days as a football player.

``I was great,'' he said with his trademark deadpan. ``They ask me `Did I have a leather helmet?' Yeah. I remember I had a facemask, and I thought facemasks were for when the coaches pulled you around.''

Things have changed in the coaching world since then. Things are changing around SMU's new conference at a pace that's hard to keep up with.

SMU, a member of Conference USA, will begin play in the Big East next season.

``I don't know what conferences are like anymore until I pick up the paper,'' Brown said. ``I don't know what's going on. I'm really concerned about kids. Our school is a difficult school academically. It is a challenge for anybody. Now we go to Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, St. John's, Georgetown. That's very difficult for a kid. I don't even know where it's going.''

Brown knows where it started, though. He was close with Dave Gavitt, the man who founded the Big East and led it to the top of the college basketball world within a decade of existence.

``To me it's sad,'' Brown said of the Big East losing so many of the schools that made it a powerhouse so quickly. ``I was with Dave Gavitt with the 1980 Olympic team that didn't get to go. I know the pride he had in putting that league together. Even though you still have great schools with great tradition. I don't know. I can't get a handle on what's going on. It's a lot of money and most comes from football but it seems to me you have to worry about kids going to class, to have a chance at being successful. It's tough.

``We will have played seven games in 14 days after today,'' Brown said, ``then we go to finals. It's not easy for these kids with their schedules, study halls, tutors, all the responsibility they have. I hope people don't forget about them.''

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Game 58: Capitals at Blackhawks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 58: Capitals at Blackhawks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

When: 8:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blackhawks game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

The Capitals (33-17-7) take on the Blackhawks (24-26-8) Saturday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET in Chicago.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Blackhawks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 7:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 8:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 11:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 12:30 a.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

7:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
8:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:30 p.m. — Capitals at Blackhawks
11:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
12:30 a.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Blackhawks game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - Alex Chiasson
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Jakub Vrana, Taylor Chorney

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

The Capitals-Blackhawks game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

RELATED: BETTING ODDS FOR DUNK CONTEST, THREE-POINT CONTEST

Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

RELATED: WIZARDS/BULLETS HISTORY ON ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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