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Friday’s Morning Mashup

01.29.10 at 8:15 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.

We had a mention last month of an incident during a Celtics game in Phoenix, where Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his brother, Yankees prospect Brandon Laird, were arrested along with their uncle after allegedly fighting with security while intoxicated. More details emerged this week, courtesy of this report in the Arizona Republic, and apparently the altercation involved the wife of Celtics guard Eddie House.

Reportedly, Charlsie House accused the Lairds’ 70-year-old grandfather, who was not cited, of touching her inappropriately at the Suns’ Verve Energy Lounge, although she did not pursue the matter with police. Officers responding to the fight said Brandon Laird shouted derogatory remarks toward House and other women before taking a swing at one of the women. Witnesses told police the Lairds appeared intoxicated upon arrival and had been cautioned by security.

FOOTBALL: Vince Wilfork, back home in Florida for the Pro Bowl, said he wouldn’t mind playing in his home state if negotiations with the Patriots stall. Chris Price’s Patriots positional analysis continues with a look at defensive linemen.

Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans offered his thoughts on preparing for the Super Bowl with the Saints. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez might have offseason knee surgery. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney missed a second day of practice with a sprained ankle. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the Pro Bowl’s new date is working well. Meanwhile, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco wants to kick in the Pro Bowl. According to reports, Rams running back Steven Jackson was charged with assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.

Police arrested two men in connection with an assault on Oregon kicker Rob Beard. Two more Michigan State players pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges stemming from a Nov. 22 campus fight.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics lost to the Magic. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer from the disappointing loss.

Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce were among those named to the NBA All-Star team. Michael Holley has his NBA Power Rankings.

Spurs guards Tony Parker is expected to miss a few games with a sprained ankle. LeBron James was fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle during a recent victory. Ted Leonsis talked about his stalled bid to buy the Wizards. Pistons guard Ben Gordon won a $1.3 million lawsuit against his former advisors. The weapons trial for Cavaliers guard Delonte West was postponed.

No. 10 Purdue edged No. 16 Wisconsin. No. 22 Georgia Tech routed Wake Forest.

HOCKEY: The Bruins reportedly would need to give up their high first-round draft pick in order to land Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuck.

The Senators beat the Penguins for their franchise-record-tying eighth straight victory. The Oilers lost their 12th straight, falling to the Blues. The Flames lost their ninth straight game, bowing to the Coyotes in a shootout. The Blackhawks beat the Sharks in overtime after blowing a three-goal lead. The Thrashers overcame a two-goal, third-period deficit for a win over the Flyers. The Wild blanked the Avalanche.

BASEBALL: Alex Speier writes about Red Sox prospect Ryne Miller. Former Sox pitcher Mike Timlin said he’s retired for good. Outfielder Jim Edmonds signed a minor league deal with the Brewers.

MISC.: Australia. Tennis. Danica Patrick’s NASCAR schedule was announced.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 29, 1996, in a trade with the Phillies, the Red Sox acquired which reliever?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I did the right thing and it’€™s time for me to move on. This is definitely not on me. We’€™ll see where it goes from here.” ‘€” Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, on his contract negotiations with the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 ‘€” Number of first-time players named to play in the NBA All-Star Game

‘NET RESULTS: Former NBA player Olden Polynice has an emotional surprise reunion with his father, who survived the earthquakes in Haiti, on the “Dr. Phil” show.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bettye LaVette is 64 today.