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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

11.04.09 at 6:52 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

NBA legend Bill Walton announced this week that he will not return to ESPN to provide NBA analysis, saying, “It is time to dedicate the rest of my life to service.” Here’s a clip of him playing horse vs. Will Ferrell. Coincidentally, this video shows the Larry Bird behind-the-backboard shot that’s being compared to Rajon Rondo’s shot last night.

BASEBALL: Pedro Martinez knows he has the support of Red Sox Nation tonight as he faces Andy Pettitte at Yankee Stadium. Phillies sparkplug Shane Victorino is still hurting after being hit on the hand by a pitch in Game 5, and he’s questionable for tonight.

Josh Beckett plans to talk to the Red Sox brass about his future.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price has his weekly Patriots mailbag. Price also writes about Dolphins speedster Ted Ginn Jr., who comes to Foxboro Sunday. D.J. Bean has his Week 9 Living With the Bye fantasy football column

The Seahawks cut running back Edgerrin James, who ranks 10th in NFL history in rushing. The Chiefs picked up tight end Chris Chambers, who was waived by the Chargers.

Browns owner Randy Lerner met with some disgruntled fans. Meanwhile, his team reacted to the departure of general manager George Kokinis. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder talked publicly about his frustration with his team’s woes.

In college news, Georgia running back Washaun Ealey, the victim of Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes’ attempted eye gouge, said he doesn’t think Spikes should be suspended. At Syracuse, three players were suspended for violating team rules. Longtime Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews will retire after the season.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics routed the 76ers, 105-74. Paul Flannery writes about how the C’s are making it look easy.

The Magic lost to the Pistons, and the Heat were felled by the Suns, leaving the C’s as the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference. The Nuggets are 4-0 and off to their best start in 24 years. The Lakers survived the Thunder in overtime.

Cavaliers guard Delonte West faces additional weapons and traffic charges in Maryland. Clippers owner Donald Sterling paid a $2.7 million fine to settle a housing discrimination dispute.

Syracuse lost to Division 2 Le Moyne in an exhibition game at the Carrier Dome. Duke guard Nolan Smith was suspended two games for playing in an unsanctioned summer league.

HOCKEY: The Bruins dropped a 2-0 decision to the Red Wings.

Former Bruin Phil Kessel made his debut with the Maple Leafs in a losing effort.

HISTORIVIA: On Nov. 4, 1986, which Red Sox bench boss was named named American League Manager of the Year?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t want to die and then hear everybody say, ‘Oh, there goes one of the best players ever.’ If you’re going to give me props, just give them to me right now.” Pedro Martinez, as he prepares for tonight’s Game 6 of the World Series in New York

STAT OF THE DAY: 132 — Consecutive scoreless minutes for the Bruins

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Ken Rosenthal appeared on the Dale & Holley show yesterday and talked about the situation in the Phillies clubhouse after Game 5, when Brett Myers confronted teammate Cole Hamels.

According to our automatically generated transcript, Rosenthal said:

“I just bought our used joke you know look at the big deal at all. It back when I woke up the border learned that the fluid in Britain.”

What he actually said: “I just though Myers was joking and it wasn’t a big deal at all. And in fact, when I woke up this morning to learn that the story had been written …”

‘NET RESULTS: Comedian Stephen Colbert is sponsoring the US Olympic Speedskating team.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Sport Report – NYC Marathon & Olympic Speedskating
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor U.S. Speedskating

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: John McNamara

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Harry Elston is 71 today. He sang with “Friends of Distinction,” which you know from their version of “Grazing in the Grass.” The group was “discovered” by football legend Jim Brown in the late 1960s, or so the story goes.

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