Your morning roundup for Feb. 23. Photo of Jim Harbaugh, in Indiana for the NFL scouting combine and moonlighting as team manager for brother-in-law Tom Crean's Hoosiers, via Larry Brown Sports. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EST): WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Golf Channel) at 10:30 a.m. Knicks at Heat (TNT) at 7. Canucks at Red Wings (NHL Network) at 7. Duke at Florida State (ESPN) and Alabama at Arkansas (ESPN2) in men's college basketball at 7. Murray State at Tennessee (ESNPU) in men's college basketball at 8. Louisville at Cincinnati (ESPN) and Wisconsin at Iowa (ESPN2) in men's college basketball at 9. Lakers at Thunder (TNT) at 9:30. Stanford at Colorado (Fox Sports Net) in men's college basketball at 10:30. Brigham Young at Gonzaga (ESPN2) in men's college basketball at 11.
In Germany, an American Jewish hockey player chooses the future: "A hockey jersey hung in each player's locker. It bore Germany's national colors, black trimmed in red and gold. The front was emblazoned with an eagle above the word Deutschland. This would be Evan Kaufmann's first time wearing the jersey. He removed it from the hanger and turned it around to see his family name spelled in capital letters. He would recall feeling a tingle of excitement. He felt something else, too, emotions that crisscrossed like the laces of his skates. He was proud to wear the jersey but also solemn about what history had done to the name on the back. His great-grandfather starved to death by the Nazis. His great-grandmother herded to extermination on a train to Auschwitz. His grandfather shuttled between ghettos and concentration camps, surviving somehow, finding a displaced sister after the war, pushing her from a hospital in a wheelbarrow after her lower left leg was amputated because of frostbite. On Feb. 10, Kaufmann finished dressing and skated onto the ice at a tournament in Belarus. With his initial shift, he became one of the few Jews to represent Germany in elite international sports since World War II, the first in ice hockey since the 1930s and perhaps the most visible to have had family members murdered in the Holocaust, according to sports historians and Jewish officials." [New York Times]