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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

10.19.09 at 9:56 pm ET

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

FOOTBALL: Tully Banta-Cain is apparently out but soon to be back in with the Patriots. Bill Belichick says linebacker Adalius Thomas still is a key part of this team despite being inactive Sunday. Thomas told Deion Sanders that he’s upset but will “work it out with his coach.” Amid swirling trade rumors, Belichick denies he’s up to something. Tom Brady talked about Sunday’s big win on WEEI yesterday, as did Belichick. Ty Warren shared some interesting stories about his youth when he visited with Dale & Holley.

Joe Zarbano has his weekly NFL power rankings, and the Patriots have jumped to No. 6.

Eddie Royal returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns, and the Broncos remained undefeated with a 34-23 victory over the Chargers. Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins is out for the season with a torn ACL. Jim Zorn lost play-calling responsibilities with the Redskins, as Sherm Lewis will take over.

UConn wide receiver Brandon Parker also was stabbed in the fight that led to the stabbing death of cornerback Jasper Howard, according to sources on campus. Meanwhile, arrests are imminent.

BASEBALL: The Yankees finally lost, although the Angels tried their best to blow this one before finally winning in the 11th inning on Jeff Mathis’ two-out double. In the NLCS, Jimmy Rollins hit a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning to give the Phillies a 5-4 win over the Dodgers and get them one win away from the World Series.

Takashi Saito is a free agent, but he may consider re-signing with the Red Sox.

HOCKEY: Joe Haggerty says the Chuck Kobasew trade sends a message to the Bruins. Winger Milan Lucic is out 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his broken finger.

The Rangers’ seven-game winning streak is over, courtesy of the Sharks.

HISTORIVIA: Five years ago today, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 10-3, in Game 7 of the ALCS to cap a comeback from a three-game deficit. Derek Lowe started and got the win for the Sox. Who started for the Yankees?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Man, that was one of the craziest games. It was an emotional roller coaster, man. We were up, we were down. I’ve got a headache right now, but it was a lot of fun.” ‘€” Torii Hunter, after his Angels beat the Yankees, 5-4, in 11 innings in Game 3 of the ALCS

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 ‘€” Consecutive postseason games with an RBI by the Phillies’ Ryan Howard, tying Lou Gehrig’s MLB record.

‘NET RESULTS: OK, Patriots fans, you thought that unsportsmanlike penalty on Brandon Meriweather in the Broncos game was bad? Check out this call from Saturday’s Arkansas-Florida game.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Kevin Brown, who was pulled in the second inning

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Petty is 51 today.