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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

12.08.09 at 7:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

There are reports that a woman was taken from Tiger Woods’ house to the hospital in an ambulance early this morning. Check WEEI.com for updates as they become available.

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy appeared with Dennis & Callahan this morning to discuss his accusations that officiating is corrupt and promote his new book.

FOOTBALL: Steve DeOssie has the Patriots report card. Joe Zarbano has the weekly NFL power rankings. Chris Price discuses the much maligned Pats pass defense. Bill Belichick defended rookie cornerback Darius Butler.

The Packers dropped the Ravens in a penalty-filled affair in the Monday night game.

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and receiver Golden Tate are leaving Notre Dame for the NFL. Florida’s Tim Tebow heads the list of five Heisman Trophy finalists. Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly will meet with Notre Dame officials. Virginia’s new coach is Mike London, a former Boston College assistant who was most recently head coach at Richmond.

BASEBALL: Alex Speier considers how the Red Sox would look without Jason Bay in the lineup. Bay declined arbitration yesterday. The Red Sox made some minor signings yesterday and met with the agent for A’s free agent pitcher Justin Duchscherer. Also, Sox minor league star Casey Kelly will commit to pitching.

The Tigers re-signed shortstop Adam Everett. Ex-Sox pitcher Brad Penny signed with St. Louis. Pudge Rodriguez signed with the Nationals.

Whitey Herzog is headed to the Hall of Fame after being selected by the veterans committee.

BASKETBALL: Paul Flannery writes about rookie phenom Brandon Jennings, who is in town with his Bucks to play the Celtics tonight. Allen Iverson made his return to the 76ers, who lost their 10th straight. Deron Williams’ late jumper helped the Jazz edge the Spurs.

HOCKEY: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur posted his 103rd career shutout, tying Terry Sawchuk’s career NHL record. The Hurricanes beat the Penguins for their first road win. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in his return to the Capitals. Red Wings forward Darren McCarty announced his retirement. John Stevens, fired as Flyers coach last week, spoke publicly for the first time since.

MISC.: Danica Patrick will sign with JR Motorsports’ NASCAR team. A Marine was shot to death arguing with a friend about Saturday night’s Texas-Nebraska football game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 8, 1973, the Red Sox signed this pitcher, who was the active MLB leader in career wins (238). Who is he?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s no easy games when you play like we play. We’re not a very consistently good football team.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, speaking on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Years Tim Tebow has been invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City as a finalist; he’s the first player to be so honored

‘NET RESULTS: We had a link recently of a Florida State lineman staying in his stance for an entire play. Here, the entire offensive line stays in its stance because a defensive player was offsides. I’m going to need some help understanding how this benefits FSU. The Seminoles have a free play. Wouldn’t it be better to block for it and try to get a big gain?

Jarrett Jack of the Raptors tucks the ball on his leg and ties his shoe while the clock is running — and the Bulls let him.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Juan Marichal, who went 5-1 in his one season in Boston

SOOTHING SOUNDS: One of the all-time greats, Jerry Butler, aka the Ice Man, is 70 today. I couldn’t find any videos of him from the 1960s, so these will have to do. You can go back and listen to his original classics on iTunes later.