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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

01.06.10 at 9:25 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

It was a busy day in baseball, with a number of signings and a retirement announcement. Also, there’s this: John Hirschbeck, the umpire spat upon by Roberto Alomar 14 years ago, called Alomar Tuesday to wish him luck in the Hall of Fame vote. The results will be announced today. Of the incident, Hirschbeck said: “I know we both wish it didn’t happen, but it did. On the other hand, I’ve told a lot of people who have called, I think it made us both better people for it.”

BASEBALL: Jason Bay met the media in New York., and WEEI’s Rob Bradford was there to fill us in on the highlights. Meanwhile, the Sox are set to trade Casey Kotchman to the Mariners for infielder/outfielder Bill Hall.

Matt Holliday and the Cardinals agreed on a seven-year, $120 million deal. Giants pitcher Randy Johnson retired after 22 seasons. Troy Glaus finalized a one-year deal with the Braves. Catcher Kelly Shoppach signed with the Rays.

FOOTBALL: Kerry Byrne breaks down the AFC playoff picture. Rodney Harrison weighed in on Wes Welker’s injury and long road back.

Mike Shanahan will be announced as the Redskins’ coach today. The Bears kept coach Lovie Smith but fired six of his assistants. New Browns boss Mike Holmgren will meet with coach Eric Mangini today. The Saints will be without injured defensive lineman Charles Grant for the entire postseason. Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. Vikings receiver Percy Harvin won the Offensive Rookie award. Los Angeles will try to lure the Bills or Jaguars.

Iowa beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

BASKETBALL: Paul Flannery has the Celtics injury update, with Paul Pierce getting closer to a return.

The Nuggets beat the Warriors by a point when J.R. Smith hit two free throws after being fouled on a 40-foot 3-pointer with less than a second left. The Lakers beat the Rockets.

Boston College squeaked past New Jersey Institute of Technology by 57 points.

HOCKEY: The Bruins beat the Senators in Miroslav Satan’s Boston debut. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned. B’s center Patrice Bergeron has a broken hand and will miss a couple of weeks. Woodburn has the NHL Power Rankings.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 6, 1995, a former New England college player passed Red Auerbach as the winningest coach in NBA history. Who is he?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wouldn’t've signed the contract if I didn’t want to be here or I wasn’t happy. This is one of the biggest days of my life.” — Jason Bay, on joining the Mets

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 — Victories retiring Florida State coach Bobby Bowden must vacate after a ruling by the NCAA was upheld

‘NET RESULTS: We haven’t seen a broken backboard in a while. Here’s one from a few days ago. The Oklahoma player didn’t even get the dunk, though.

Here’s UConn’s Kashif Moore with an impressive one-handed touchdown catch in Saturday’s Papajohns.com Bowl victory over South Carolina.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lenny Wilkens, who played at Providence College and was coaching the Atlanta Hawks when he surpassed Auerbach with 939 victories in his 22nd season

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Nino Tempo is 75 today.

Here’s what he looked like about two decades earlier.