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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

01.05.10 at 8:35 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.

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas explained to D.C. law enforcement officials that bringing three guns to the locker room was a joke. Hilarity did not ensue. Other NBA players talked about guns, with one saying he believes 75 percent of the league’s players own one.

FOOTBALL: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick spoke on WEEI about Wes Welker and Sunday’s playoff game vs. the Ravens. Belichick ripped CBS Sports analyst and former NFL general manager Charlie Casserly, and Chris Price offers some background on the feud. Price also writes about Julian Edelman stepping in for Welker. Steve DeOssie checks in with a Patriots Report Card. Joe Zarbano has the Patriots at No. 8 in the NFL Power Rankings. Zarbano also writes that Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken to the hospital during Sunday’s game in Houston.

The Bills fired their coaching staff. The Redskins fired Jim Zorn and flew in Mike Shanahan. The Giants fired defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan.

The fiancee of the late Chris Henry said the receiver jumped out of the back of her truck in the incident that killed him.

Boise State capped a perfect season with a one-touchdown victory over TCU in the Fiesta Bowl, and, of course, there was a trick play that was key to the victory.

University of Kentucky coach Rich Brooks retired and will be succeeded by offensive coordinator Joker Phillips. Texas Tech began its search for a new coach.

BASEBALL: The Red Sox have a deal with Adrian Beltre. Rob Bradford writes about how it all went down. Lou Merloni explains why it makes sense for the Sox. Gary Marbry has a Beltre Nuggetpalooza.

BASKETBALL: Paul Flannery writes that Rasheed Wallace is answering the call to fill the void left by the injured Celtics starters.

The College of Charleston upset North Carolina in overtime, helped by this game-tying, 28-foot 3-pointer (over a 6-foot-10 defender) with two seconds left in regulation by C of C guard Andrew Goudeluck.

HOCKEY: The Bruins made a late comeback bid but lost to the Rangers. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 5, 1974, which Bruin became the oldest player in NHL history to score four goals in a game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong. I should not have brought the guns to D.C. in the first place, and I now realize that there’s no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns ‘€” even if unloaded.” ‘€” Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 ‘€” Years since the College of Charleston basketball team last defeated a Top 25 opponent before Monday night’s win over North Carolina

‘NET RESULTS: A couple of Rams fans take a scary tumble trying to get a player’s cleat as a souvenir.

Patriots defenders should be more prepared for Ravens running back Willis McGahee than Raiders safety Hiram Eugene was on this play.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 38-year-old Johnny Bucyk, in a 6-2 road win over the Islanders

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Athol Guy of the Seekers is 70 today. That’s him on the right, playing the bass.

On Jan. 5, 1973, Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park,” was released.