Tuesday’s Morning Mashup
|12.22.09 at 7:13 am ET|
Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
USC plays Boston College in San Francisco Saturday in the Emerald Bowl — that is, if the Trojans have any players left. Three players, including two starters, were ruled academically ineligible Monday. Meanwhile, running back Joe McKnight is under investigation for allegedly driving around in an SUV owned by a local businessman who is his girlfriend’s boss. This businessman, coincidentally, has the rights to the website name 4joemcknight.com and he started a company last year called USC Marketing, but he insists it stands for “United States China Marketing.” Good one. Here’s the LA Times story that broke the news.
FOOTBALL: Bill Belichick may have apologized to his team for his handling of the recent disciplinary issues. Maybe.
The Giants routed the Redskins in the Monday game. Mike Holmgren will join the Browns as team president. Brett Favre explained his disagreement with coach Brad Childress in Sunday’s loss. The Colts debated whether to go for an undefeated season or rest players. North Carolina police continued to investigate Chris Henry’s death. Key players were lost to injuries for the Titans, Steelers and Bears.
BASKETBALL: Paul Pierce said he almost got a “divorce” from the Celtics during the down years prior to the arrival of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.
The University of Kentucky won its 2,000th all-time game.
HOCKEY: The Bruins ended their four-game winless streak with a shutout win over the Senators. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned.
The Devils beat the Penguins 4-0, giving Martin Brodeur an NHL record 104 career shutouts.
BASEBALL: Mike Lowell clarified the situation regarding his thumb injury. The Yankees have to pay $25.7 million in luxury tax for last season. Pitcher Jason Marquis and the Nationals reportedly agreed on a two-year deal. Major League Baseball and its umpires reportedly are close to a new deal.
MISC.: Race car driving Jimmie Johnson was named AP Male Athlete of the Year.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Redskins safety LaRon Landry is headed for a crash landing as Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw heads upfield during last night’s game in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 22, 1954, who retired as a player and was named coach of the Bruins?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t have a problem. Absolutely,” — Mike Lowell, when asked about playing for the Red Sox next season, although when asked to speculate he said: “I have no idea. I have absolutely no idea. That’s not my department.”
STAT OF THE DAY: $174 million — Luxury taxes the New York Yankees have paid since 2003, including $25.7 million this year
‘NET RESULTS: Maybe this is what Tiger Woods is doing while holed up in his house.
Here’s that Eddie House-Tony Allen Play of the Year from Sunday’s Celtics game, in case you’ve only seen it 25 times. We just wanted to have it here for posterity’s sake.
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith gave an interesting postgame interview Sunday.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Milt Schmidt
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Robin Gibb is 60 today. Here’s “Massachusetts,” one of the Bee Gees’ pre-disco hits.
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