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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

11.05.09 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

BASEBALL: The Yankees won. Hideki Matsui was MVP. Alex Rodriguez finally has a title. Fans celebrated. Blah, blah, blah. Alex Speier rates the last 10 World Series winners.

Rob Bradford writes about what the future holds for Josh Beckett. Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette will participate in a WEEI.com chat today at noon.

Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla is recovering from a bullet wound in his leg after a shooting accident in Nicaragua.

FOOTBALL: Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter doesn’t like the Patriots. Again.

Colts starting linebacker Tyjuan Hagler is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured biceps.

Dan Guttenplan has his Week 9 NFL picks.

The University of Florida upped the suspension of Brandon Spikes to a full game. Police made another arrest in the stabbing death of UConn cornerback Jasper Howard.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics finally had a close game, edging the Timberwolves, 92-90. Jessica Camerato looks at Three Things We Learned from the win.

The Suns became the latest team to fall from the ranks of the undefeated, losing handily to the Magic. The Nuggets stayed perfect, using a 44-point third quarter to pull away from the Nets.

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was released from jail. Nancy Lieberman will be the first woman to coach an NBA Development League team.

Isiah Thomas made his debut as coach of Florida International and lost an exhibition game to Northwood, an NAIA team coached by Rollie Massimino. UConn crushed Division 2 AIC in an exhibition in Hartford. At the University of Central Florida, Michael Jordan’s son Marcus cost the school a shoe contract with adidas by insisting on wearing Nike Air Jordans.

HOCKEY: Bruins fans, it could be worse ‘€” Carolina’s winless streak reached 10 games last night. The Sharks won their sixth straight.

MISC: Kirk Minihane has his weekly mailbag.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 5, 1946, for the first time in pro basketball history, a player shattered a backboard — albeit with a shot instead of a dunk. Which Celtic did the honors?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Look, a lot of people ran the other way. My teammates and coaches and organization stood right next to me. And now we stand together as world champs.” ‘€” Alex Rodriguez, after the Yankees won the World Series

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 ‘€” RBI for Yankee Hideki Matsui last night, tying a World Series single-game record

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Celtics boss Danny Ainge appeared on The Big Show yesterday. When talking about the C’s bench, he said, according to our automatically generated transcript:

“And KG they have mystical city night last night that we get a database at the Sheldon.”

What he actually said: “And KG and Ray have miserable shooting nights last night but we get it out of Eddie and Shelden.”

‘NET RESULTS: Al Jefferson played well against the Celtics last night in Minnesota. Maybe it was revenge for the way Paul Pierce treated him when Jefferson was a rookie in Boston in 2004.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Chuck Connors, who was better known for starring in the TV show “The Rifleman”

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Herman’s Hermits lead singer Peter Noone is 62 today.