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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

01.13.10 at 8:26 am ET

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

The New York Knicks claim there were ghosts in their Oklahoma City hotel prior to Monday night’s loss to the Thunder. According to the New York Post story about the Skirvin Hotel, “Legend has it that sometime in the 1930s, a woman jumped to her death while holding her baby in her hands.” Said Jared Jeffries: “The place is haunted. It’s scary.”

FOOTBALL: Kerry Byrne says the Patriots should dump Randy Moss. Chris Price has Part 1 of his rankings of every Patriots player on the roster. D.J. Bean begins analyzing potential draft picks for the Patriots. Receiver Wes Welker talked about the field in Houston, where he tore up his knee. Chris Price will have a Patriots chat today at noon.

Packers defensive back Charles Woodson was named AP Defensive Player of the Year. Jack Del Rio will return as coach of the Jaguars. Romeo Crennel talked to the Giants but is giving the Chiefs first crack at hiring him to be their defensive coordinator. Pete Carroll was introduced as Seahawks coach. Meanwhile, the Seahawks revealed that Tony Dungy turned down an offer to be team president last month. Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was placed on probation for his Cleveland nightclub incident earlier in the season.

Lane Kiffin is leaving Tennessee after one year to take over at USC, and the news sparked near-riots in Knoxville. Texas Tech asked a judge to throw out former coach Mike Leach’s lawsuit.

BASEBALL: Jose Canseco said Mark McGwire and Tony La Russa are lying. Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage said performance-enhancing drug users such as McGwire should be banned from the Hall. The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency said baseball should toughen its rules. The Marlins agreed to increase their payroll. Outfielder Ryan Church signed with the Pirates for one year. Barry Bonds accompanied his son to court, where the 20-year-old pleaded not guilty to charges relating to a fight with his mother.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics play the Nets tonight. Jessica Camerato has a look at Rajon Rondo’s passing skills.

The Spurs routed the undermanned Lakers. Stephen Jackson scored 43 points as the Bobcats beat the Rockets. The Pistons ended a 13-game losing streak. Wizards coach Flip Saunders promises discipline for his team in the wake of the Gilbert Arenas gun controversy.

Boston College plays at No. 8 Duke tonight. Ohio State knocked off No. 6 Purdue. N.C. State upset No. 25 Florida State.

HOCKEY: Graig Woodburn has the NHL Power Rankings, with the Bruins 14th. Martin Brodeur and the Devils shut out the Rangers. The Islanders blanked the Red Wings. The Lightning beat the Capitals for the first time in 13 tries.

Goalie Curtis Joseph retired after 19 seasons. The league is looking into Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows’ accusation of biased refereeing. FSN Pittsburgh suspended a longtime producer for not presenting the league with a replay that showed a goal against the Penguins last week. Here it is:

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 13, 1983, the Red Sox traded which somewhat infamous starting pitcher to the New York Mets for a minor leaguer to be named later?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I definitely think that they cheated. And what does the Hall of Fame consist of? Integrity. Cheating is not part of integrity.” ‘€” Goose Gossage, on players who used performance-enhancing drugs and whether they should be considered for the Hall

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 ‘€” Curtis Joseph’s rank on the all-time victories list for NHL goaltenders after he retired Tuesday with 454 wins

‘NET RESULTS: David Ortiz made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night NBC show Tuesday night and pitched eggs to the host.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Fred White, drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire, is 55 today.