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Friday’s Morning Mashup

01.22.10 at 7:12 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

jenkins_fergie-cardjpgHall of Fame pitcher (and onetime Red Sox hurler) Fergie Jenkins became the latest to get in some jabs at Mark McGwire, and he didn’t hold back. Jenkins send an open letter to The Associated Press, writing: “You have not even begun to apologize to those you have harmed.”

Added Jenkins: “You have yet to apologize to all the pitchers you faced while juiced. You altered pitchers’ lives. You may have shortened pitchers’ careers because of the advantage you forced over them while juiced. Have you thought about what happened when they couldn’t get you out and lost the confidence of their managers and general managers? You even managed to alter the place some athletes have achieved in record books by making your steroid-fueled run to the season home run record.”

In a followup phone interview Wednesday, Jenkins continued his barrage, saying that he would have thrown at McGwire during his home run surge. “It’s tough to hit a home run off your back,” said Jenkins, who pitched in Boston in 1976-77 and once was detained for possession of drugs (in 1980, while with the Texas Rangers). “In my era, [Tom] Seaver, [Bob] Gibson, [Don] Drysdale, [Steve] Carlton, there were so many guys that would have probably knocked him on his butt. He wouldn’t have hit home runs the way he did in that era.”

FOOTBALL: Chris Price continues his positional analysis of the Patriots with a look at wide receivers. The Cowboys gave Wade Phillips a new two-year deal. Quarterback Michael Vick will participate in a 10-part series on BET that explains his downfall.

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich returned to practice for the first time since his cancer scare. Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator and interim coach Ruffin McNeil was named head coach at East Carolina.

BASEBALL: Jason Bay told Rob Bradford the rest of the story about his negotiations with the Red Sox. Tigers star Miguel Cabrera is being treated for alcoholism. Joe Blanton signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Phillies to avoid arbitration. Former Cardinals right-hander Joel Pineiro signed a two-year deal worth $16 million with the Angels. Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez had shoulder surgery and might miss the start of the season.

BASKETBALL: Celtics forward Glen Davis apologized and received some criticism and a fine after his altercation with a fan Wednesday night in Detroit. The All-Star teams were announced, and Kevin Garnett will start.

LeBron James scored 37 points and the Cavaliers beat the Lakers. Cavs guard Mo Williams is expected to miss a month with a sprained shoulder. The Nuggets won their fifth straight. Thunder forward D.J. White will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured thumb. Kobe Bryant laughed at Shaquille O’Neal’s idea for a charity slam dunk competition featuring Bryant and LeBron James. Thunder owner Clay Bennett, who moved the team from Seattle, will pay former SuperSonics season ticket holders $1.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

HOCKEY: The Bruins lost to the Blue Jackets. Dan Rowinski has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice as the Penguins edged the Capitals. Eric Staal had a hat trick as the Hurricanes beat the Thrashers. The Senators won their fifth straight. Wild defenseman Brent Burns returned to action after missing 29 games with a concussion. Enforcer Georges Laraque had his contract bought out by the Canadiens.

MISC.: Tennis is being played in Australia. NASCAR will loosen its rules and let its drivers be more aggressive.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 22, 1947, which pitcher, who spent the last eight seasons of his career with the Red Sox before retiring in 1941, was elected to the Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not going to comment too much on that, that’s called human error. It’s unfortunate and it’s what it is. It’s human error.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, after a late penalty call on the Bruins that appeared to be a case of mistaken identity

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 — NBA players with 25,000 points, after Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to reach the plateau

‘NET RESULTS: Shaquille O’Neal shows off his foot after his sneaker was stolen. His foot looks pretty good for a guy who has played as much basketball as he has.

In case you missed the Celtics’ latest loss Wednesday night, here’s Rasheed Wallace going in for a slam and getting thwarted by Jason Maxiell on a block so clean even Sheed couldn’t complain.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lefty Grove

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Steve Perry turns 61 today. Here’s a double feature — with and without Journey.

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