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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

01.07.10 at 8:36 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

According to a New York Daily News story, Magic Johnson was denied complimentary tickets to a Knicks game last month, possibly in retaliation for Johnson’s criticism of former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas. Not sure whose side to take here.

FOOTBALL: Wes Welker’s season officially ended as he was placed on injured reserve, but in his first public comments since blowing out his knee, the Patriots receiver said he plans on coming back full strength.

Mike Shanahan was introduced as the new coach of the Redskins, a job for which he’ll be paid $35 million over five years. Charlie Weis looks like he’ll be offensive coordinator with the Chiefs. The fiancee of the late Chris Henry will not be charged in his death, according to police. Chad Ochocinco practiced with the Bengals and is expected to play Saturday vs. the Jets.

Alabama and Texas play in the national championship game tonight. Central Michigan beat Troy in two overtimes in the GMAC Bowl. Jimbo Fisher was introduced as Florida State’s new coach.

BASEBALL: One-time Red Sox Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame, while Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar fell just short.

BASKETBALL: Impressive win for the Celtics in Miami. Jessica Camerato has the Three-Pointer of Things We Learned.

Following his gun controversy, Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the league. On the court, the Clippers knocked off the Lakers. The Magic fell to the Raptors. The Spurs handed the Pistons their 11th straight loss. The Suns blew a 16-point lead, then rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the Rockets.

Cornell gave top-ranked Kansas a scare. Tenth-ranked Michigan State held off 17th-ranked Wisconsin.

HOCKEY: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will be out about six weeks with a groin injury.

Former NHL player Chris Chelios, now playing in the minors, was arrested for DUI last month. Sean Avery led the Rangers past the Stars. Dallas’ Mike Ribeiro was hurt after getting a stick in the throat.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 7, 1991, who was named to succeed Rod Rust as coach of the Patriots?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To me, we should be favorites, so that’s fine. … I mean in the whole tournament.” — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, commenting on his team’s playoff chances

STAT OF THE DAY: 0.8 — Percentage points pitcher Bert Blyleven was short of election into the Baseball Hall of Fame

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s Team USA winning the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey championships Tuesday with an overtime goal vs. Canada.

DJ Steve Porter is back with a new mix: “You Play To Win The Game.”

Here’s a domino-building machine made out of Legos.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Former Syracuse University coach Dick MacPherson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mark Lindsay, lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders, is 72 today.