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Friday’s Morning Mashup

12.11.09 at 7:29 am ET

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

Brian Kelly, from Chelsea, St. John’s Prep and Assumption College, is the new coach at Notre Dame, getting a five-year deal. But his former players at Cincinnati aren’t giving him a warm sendoff. Kelly told his team last night that he’s leaving the undefeated Bearcats to rebuild the Irish, saving the announcement until the end of the team’s banquet.

‘€œWe already knew what he was going to say. We weren’t giving him a round of applause or anything,’€ tight end Ben Guidugli said. ‘€œIt’s like somebody turned their back on us. We brought this whole thing this far. We’ve come this far. To have someone walk out now is disappointing.’€

Said standout receiver Mardy Gilyard: ‘€œHe went for the money. I’m fairly disgusted with the situation, that they let it last this long.’€

Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn was appointed to coach the fourth-ranked Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl vs. Florida. Quinn has been a Kelly assistant for 22 years, moving with him from Grand Valley State to Central Michigan and Cincinnati.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price has Five Things To Watch For Sunday when the Patriots play the Panthers. Pats linebacker Adalius Thomas spoke about about being punished for showing up late Wednesday morning.

The Steelers lost to the Browns, their fifth straight setback. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo volunteered to hold for field goals, even though, you may recall, it didn’t go so well in one of his previous attempts. Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell talked about being benched. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is being sued for $70 million by a woman who claims he fathered her two children and assaulted her.

University of Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin said he is not aware of any recruiting violations as his program is being investigated.

BASEBALL: The deal to send Mike Lowell to the Rangers still is not complete. The Red Sox acquired pitcher Boof Bonser from the Twins. The Mets are showing interest in Jason Bay. Pedro Feliz left the Phillies for the Astros. Brandon Lyon agreed to a deal with the Astros.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics edged the Wizards in Washington. Jessica Camerato has the Three-Pointer of Things We Learned. Michael Holley has his NBA Power Rankings.

Deron Williams lifted the Jazz over the Magic. The Pistons edged the Nuggets as former Piston Chauncey Billups missed a layup in the final seconds. A spokesman for NBA referees ripped Tim Donaghy, calling him a “compulsive liar.”

Syracuse beat Florida in a matchup of top-10 teams. The NCAA is discussing expanding the tournament.

HOCKEY: The Bruins turned away the Leafs. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned.

The Penguins stopped the Canadiens. Daniel Sedin’s hat trick helped the Canucks beat the Thrashers. The Kings needed eight rounds of a shootout to beat the Coyotes. Red Wings forward Dan Cleary will be out for about a month with a separated shoulder.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 11, 1980, which Bruin became the second defenseman in NHL history to total 500 career assists?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Motivation is for kindergarteners. I’€™m not a kindergartener. Sending somebody home, that’€™s like, ‘€˜Are you expelled? Come back and make good grades.’€™ Get that [expletive] out of here. That’€™s ridiculous.’€ ‘€” Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas, on being punished by coach Bill Belichick for showing up late Wednesday morning

STAT OF THE DAY: 32 ‘€” NBA players with 20,000 career points, after Celtics guard Ray Allen joined the club last night

‘NET RESULTS: Jeremy Lin, who lit up Boston College for 25 points in Harvard’s win on Wednesday, is no fluke. The senior scored 30 against UConn Sunday, and here he is with a pretty impressive game-winning shot in triple-overtime against William & Mary earlier in the season (No. 6 on the countdown).

While we’re on the subject of buzzer-beating shots, here’s a halfcourt game-winner from Division 3 Gustavus Adolphus.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: David Gates, lead singer of Bread, is 69 today.

Big Mama Thornton was born on this day in 1926 (she died in 1984).