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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

10.14.09 at 5:45 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’€™s Morning Mashup, where we will get you caught up on what’€™s going on in the sports world and beyond.

FOOTBALL: In his weekly stat-based analysis, Kerry Byrne says that Bill Belichick has lost hs mojo, at least when it comes to shutting down opposing quarterbacks. Chris Price checks in with his weekly Patriots mailbag, in which a reader questions the Pats‘ play-calling.

Left tackle Matt Light has no ligament damage, according to a report, but his return date is unclear. It appears that Junior Seau is a Patriot again, although Bill Belichick continues to be coy for some strange reason.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would not support Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the Rams.

D.J. Bean has his fantasy football Living With the Bye Week 6 feature over at our Reality Bites blog.

University of New Mexico coach Mike Locksley was suspended 10 days by the school for fighting with an assistant coach.

BASEBALL: The Yankees might go with a three-man rotation against the Angels in the ALCS, which starts Friday. Joe Torre said he plans to manage one more year, until his contract expires.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics rallied past the Nets, 91-88, last night in Newark, N.J. The C’s play Toronto tonight in Hartford. Jessica Camerato looks at the win, which was fueled by Rajon Rondo’s near-triple-double and the play of the reserves, as the Big Three took the night off.

To no one’s surprise, replacement NBA referees are coming under fire. Ex-Celtic Delonte West resurfaced with the Cavaliers after taking a week off to hopefully get things in order. Washington’s Gilbert Arenas was fined $25,000 for not speaking to the media.

SOCCER: U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies, a native of Manchester, N.H., who played at Boston College, was in serious condition last night after being injured in a car accident.

MISC.: Dan Guttenplan takes a look at what would happen if he were King of the Sports Universe.

HISTORIVIA: On Oct. 14, 1986, the Red Sox evened the ALCS with the Angels at three games apiece, getting to Kirk McCaskill early and often in a 10-4 victory. McCaskill has some area ties, as he was a standout baseball and hockey player at which New England college?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: It was a slow day in Boston, so we’ll head out West to see what volatile Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Jackson said after returning from a two-game suspension and relinquishing his captaincy. “I don’t want to be a role model,” he said. “Being captain was overrated to me, anyway. You don’t do anything but go out before the game and talk to the refs. I don’t want to do that, anyway.”

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 ‘€” Minutes played last night by the Celtics‘ Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in their exhibition game at New Jersey. Sorry, no refund, no exchange.

‘NET RESULTS: The legendary John Wooden turns 99 today. Here he is on a Gatorade commercial.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: McCaskill played baseball and hockey at the University of Vermont from 1979-83 before embarking on a 12-year Major League Baseball career with the Angels and White Sox.

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Thomas Dolby is 51. You probably haven’t heard this song in a while.