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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

11.18.09 at 8:54 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.

FOOTBALL: Kerry Byrne separates myth from fact concerning the Patriots. Chris Price has a lengthy Patriots mailbag.

Browns coach Eric Mangini is getting more heat, this time because one of his best players, wide receiver Josh Cribbs, got hurt on a meaningless final play during Monday night’s 16-0 loss to the Ravens.

Massachusetts native Dick Jauron was fired as coach of the Bills and replaced by Perry Fewell on an interim basis. The Bengals signed former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended four games Tuesday for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances. Jets receiver Braylon Edwards pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident earlier this season when he played in Cleveland. Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown will miss tomorrow night’s game vs. Carolina with an injured shoulder. Quarterback Chad Pennington has begun his comeback with some uncertainty if he’ll ever play again.

Finally, reality TV star Tila Tequila filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman alleging domestic violence.

In college news, another University of Tennessee player is facing charges. Charlie Weis doesn’t think Notre Dame has decided his future. Coach Mark Mangino is dealing with some issues at Kansas.

BASEBALL: Zack Greinke of the Royals won the American League Cy Young Award.

BASKETBALL: Doc Rivers isn’t happy with the Celtics’ effort.

The Nets are 0-11 after losing to the Pacers. Magic point guard Jameer Nelson needs more surgery.

In college action last night, Boston College routed St. Francis. UConn rallied past Hofstra in the Preseason NIT quarterfinals. No. 1 Kansas edged Memphis. No. 2 Michigan State held off Gonzaga. Tennessee squeaked past UNC-Asheville, 124-49, recording a school record for points. Isiah Thomas got his first win at Florida International, beating a school called Florida Memorial.

HOCKEY: Alex Ovechkin scored in his return to the Capitals, who beat the Rangers. Brendan Shanahan announced his retirement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 18, 1997, the Red Sox acquired Pedro Martinez from the Montreal Expos for a player to be named later and which pitcher?

BONUS TRIVIA: On Nov. 18, 1987, this individual who would later play for the Red Sox became the first player on a last-place team to be named league MVP. Who is he?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You read your team, and if you like your team, you take risks. That’s what you do. But you don’t get do-overs in coaching and that’s the difference. Everything else, you get to sit around and talk about it after the fact. In coaching, you make your decision ‘€” you make it and you live with it and you don’t apologize for it.” ‘€” Celtics coach Doc Rivers, on Bill Belichick’s fourth-and-2 call in the Patriots’ Sunday night loss to the Colts

STAT OF THE DAY: .818 ‘€” Tyler Roche’s 3-point percentage after Boston College’s first two games of the season, after his 5-for-6 effort in last night’s rout of St. Francis

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Tom Brady appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about Sunday’s loss to the Colts. Discussing the controversial fourth-and-2 play and asked if the referee’s spot of the ball after Kevin Faulk’s reception might have been short, Brady said, according to the automatically generated transcript:

“That’s what I thought to remain weak through enemy units and it’s a terrible secret the 31 yard line on point so.”

What he actually said: “That’s what I thought, too. I mean, we threw it, I thought Kevin’€™s feet were at the 31-yard line at one point, so …”

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a memorable finish to a high school football playoff game Saturday in St. Louis. Trailing Webster Groves by eight points with 47 seconds left, Chaminade scores a touchdown but misses the conversion (not shown). Chaminade then recovers the ensuing kickoff and kicks a 48-yard field goal ‘€” good by about an inch ‘€” to take a one-point lead with six seconds remaining. After the kickoff went into the end zone, Webster Groves had the ball at its 20 and promptly threw an 80-yard touchdown pass as time expired.

This brings back memories of the greatest comeback ever that ultimately ended in heartbreak. We speak of the 1994 Texas playoff game between Plano East and John Tyler, in which Plano East trailed by 24 points with three minutes left and somehow managed to take the lead only to … well, take a look if you haven’t seen it.

The announcing on this is priceless, ending with: “God bless those kids. I am sick. I want to throw up.”

And here’s yet another tremendous finish from this past weekend, this time a college playoff game that featured an NCAA Division 2 record 64-yard field goal as time expired in regulation and an incredible touchdown run in overtime ‘€” on fourth-and-5 ‘€” followed by a game-winning two-point conversion.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Pavano was the pitcher, and Tony Armas was dentified as the player to be named later on Dec. 18.

BONUS TRIVIA ANSWER: Andre Dawson, then with the Chicago Cubs

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kim Wilde is 49 today. Sorry, it was a slow day.