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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

10.15.09 at 6:39 am ET

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price has a look at where Junior Seau will fit in on this Patriots defense. Mike Petraglia has Bill Belichick pumping up Sunday’s opponent, the winless Titans.

Dan Guttenplan has his Week 6 NFL picks. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t happy with the Jaguars offensive strategy. Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is out 4-8 weeks after arthroscopic surgery.

A Bay Area pit bull advocacy group says Michael Vick turned down a chance to visit some of his old dogs. And Rush Limbaugh is no longer part of a bid to buy the Rams.

Dan Rowinski has some midterm grades for Boston College.

BASEBALL: Lou Merloni takes a look at how the Red Sox lineup could look for 2010. Curt Schilling checks in with a blog entry looking at the makeup of the Red Sox.

Terry Francona was on the Dale & Holley show yesterday. He talked about his disappointment with the season being over and defended his Game 3 strategy. Pitching coach John Farrell will stay with the Sox. According to a report, the Sox plan to meet with a Japanese high school phenom.

The NLCS starts tonight in Philadelphia, with the Dodgers sending Clayton Kershaw out against fellow lefty Cole Hamels. John Smoltz wants to return to the Cardinals. Former Red Sox Carney Lansford is out as hitting coach of the Giants.

HOCKEY: Joe Haggerty has his first NHL power rankings, and the Bruins rate No. 12. The Rangers won their sixth straight, knocking off the Kings.

BASKETBALL: Aside from a cold-shooting night from Ray Allen, the Celtics looked sharp offensively in a 106-90 win over the Raptors in Hartford. Bobcats coach Larry Brown was fined $60,000 for criticizing replacement refs. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was fined $25,000 for a similar offense.

SOCCER: The U.S. national team scored in extra time to tie Costa Rica, while showing support for injured forward Charlie Davies.

HISTORIVIA: On Oct. 15, 1947, this Bruins rookie scored his first career goal. After playing 10 years in the NHL, he went on to be more well-known as the coach who led the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cups. Who is he?

“Bill doesn’€™t kick around tires and say, ‘€˜I’€™m just going to go grab a guy that’€™s 40 years old off the surf board and say come and join us.’€™ He has a plan. ‘€” Linebacker Junior Seau, after officially rejoining the Patriots yesterday

STAT OF THE DAY: 1,515 ‘€”
Career tackles by Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler

‘NET RESULTS: On Oct. 15, 1989, Wayne Gretzky, playing for the Los Angeles Kings against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, broke Gordie Howe’s career scoring record of 1,850 points.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Glen Sather, who is now the president and general manager of the New York Rangers

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry McGuire is 74. In 1965, he sang about the “Eve of Destruction.”