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Monday’s Morning Mashup

01.25.10 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

Of the top 100 finishers in a recent Chinese marathon, 30 were found to have cheated, according to this report. Some runners used public transportation (sound familiar?) while others convinced speedier runners to take their timing chips. The runners cheated because finishing with a good time gives them extra points on the entrance exam for prestigious universities.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price has 10 Things We Learned from conference championship Sunday, as the Colts and Saints punched their Super Bowl tickets. The Colts are the early favorite after an impressive second half against the helpless Jets. Unheralded kicker Garrett Hartley was the hero Sunday for the Saints. The speculation has begun about whether Brett Favre will retire. Kirk Minihan writes that Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever.

Florida coach Urban Meyer might not take a leave of absence after all.

BASKETBALL: Ray Allen commented on a tough stretch ahead for the Celtics, featuring games against the Magic, Hawks and Lakers. Hedo Turkoglu hit two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to lift the Raptors over the Lakers. The Mavericks beat the Knicks by 50 points. Sulking guard J.R. Smith may face punishment from the Nuggets. Suns guard Leandro Barbosa will have surgery on his wrist and miss about a month.

Seton Hall upset No. 9 Pittsburgh. Florida State knocked off No. 19 Georgia Tech.

HOCKEY: The Bruins were routed by the lowly Hurricanes. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned. The Penguins edged the Flyers.

BASEBALL: Tom Hicks is selling the Rangers to a group that includes Nolan Ryan. Miguel Tejada is returning to the Orioles after two years in Houston. Alex Rodriguez got emotional receiving his postseason MVP award at the New York baseball writers dinner.

MISC.: Tennis is being played in Australia. Denny Hamlin tore his ACL but will wait until after the upcoming NASCAR season is over to have surgery.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 25, 1956, which former Red Sox infielder and manager was elected to the Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I thought we just kept our mouths shut and went to work this week.” ‘€” Colts quarterback Peyton Manning

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 ‘€” Postseason games with 300 or more yards passing for Peyton Manning, an NFL record

‘NET RESULTS: If you missed this Saturday, take a look at the finish to the South Carolina-Florida game. South Carolina’s Devan Downey went the length of the court, going past all five Florida players (although he did get away with a double dribble), to score the go-ahead basket with 5.1 seconds left, but Florida’s Chander Parsons answered with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Skip to the 1:53 mark of these Boston College-Virginia Tech highlights to see a fan win $10,000 with a halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday’s game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Cronin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Richard Finch, bass player and co-founder of KC and the Sunshine Band, is 56 today.