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Friday’s Morning Mashup

12.04.09 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

Here’s your Tiger Woods update.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price has Five Things to Watch For Sunday in Miami when the Patriots take on the Dolphins. Price also wonders if the Patriots still rank among the NFL’s elite. Dan Guttenplan has his NFL picks.

The Jets beat the Bills, but Mark Sanchez sprained his knee. Seahawks president and general manager Tim Ruskell resigned. Ben Roethlisberger discussed his concussion controversy. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was ticketed for driving 109 mph. Two workers were hurt in a fall from the roof at Cowboys Stadium.

Oregon edged Oregon State in the battle for the Pac-10 Rose Bowl berth. Embattled Kansas coach Mark Mangino resigned. Hofstra is dropping football.

BASEBALL: Alex Speier writes about how the Red Sox’ signing of Marco Scutaro makes the team better. The Mariners may be making a run at Jason Bay. Takashi Saito signed a one-year deal with the Braves. Alex Speier looks at the effect on the Sox bullpen. Mike Lowell discussed the challenges ahead for him.

Infielder Placido Polanco signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Phillies. The A’s and Cubs made a trade. The Rangers are moving closer to new ownership. George Steinbrenner is meeting with the Yankees brass.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics posted an impressive road win over the Spurs. Jessica Camerato has the Three-Pointer of Things We Learned. Michael Holley has the NBA power rankings. Paul Flannery has an interesting Q&A with “Pro Basketball Prospectus” author Kevin Pelton.

The Nuggets handled the Heat. Allen Iverson got emotional about returning to Philadelphia. Ex-referee Tim Donaghy talked to “60 Minutes” about how he won betting on games and how he was threatened by the mob. Ron Artest explained his comments about drinking alcohol during games. Matt Harpring’s comeback attempt with the Jazz may be over.

HOCKEY: Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel advised Marc Savard not to sign his long-term deal with the Bruins this week.

Sidney Crosby has 11 points in three games after recording two goals and an assist in the Penguins’ win over the Avalanche. Matt Moulson had a hat trick in the Islanders’ win over the Thrashers.

SOCCER: David Beckham has asthma.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 4, 1988, which receiver caught the 500th pass of his Patriots career?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’ve got a little rhythm.” — Kevin Garnett, after the Celtics won in San Antonio for their sixth straight win

STAT OF THE DAY: 55-32 — Rebounding advantage for the Spurs over the Celtics last night in Boston’s win

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s Allen Iverson’s emotional press conference.

Why was the coach receiving the trophy in the first place? Get a player up there.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Stanley Morgan, whose 534 career receptions as a Patriot ranks second to Troy Brown’s 557.

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Revere’s own Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon is 70 today.

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