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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

02.18.10 at 7:49 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.

We’ll lead off with a video today. Celtics guard Marquis Daniels has a replica head of himself made with diamonds. Here’s how it came together.

BASEBALL: Alex Speier wraps up Wednesday in Fort Myers. Daisuke Matsuzaka is taking it easy due to back stiffness. Mark McGwire showed up at Cardinals spring training and offered another apology. An MRI on Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens’ right shoulder revealed inflammation but no structural problems.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics, who play the Lakers tonight, reportedly are close to sending Eddie House to the Knicks for Nate Robinson. The Cavaliers got Antawn Jamison from the Wizards. Dwight Howard had 33 points and 17 rebounds in the Magic’s win over Detroit. C.J. Watson scored 40 points as the Warriors demolished the Kings.

No. 4 Purdue edged No. 9 Ohio State. No. 6 Duke rallied past Miami. No. 15 Texas lost to Missouri.

HOCKEY: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is facing DUI and speeding charges in Arizona.

FOOTBALL: Stephen Neal’s agent said the Patriots offensive linemen is not retiring. Receiver Deion Branch would consider a return to New England. The Ravens signed receiver Donte’ Stallworth. The Browns released running back Jamal Lewis, who hopes to play again. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said his team does not plan to spend wildly even if there is no salary cap. Titans punter Craig Hentrich retired after 17 NFL seasons.

One of two men charged with wielding knives in the fight that ended with the fatal stabbing of UConn player Jasper Howard is free after posting bail. Oregon tailback LaMichael James was arrested on domestic violence charges.

OLYMPICS: Skier Lindsey Vonn and speed skater Shani Davis won gold medals for the United States on Wednesday.

MISC.: Tiger Woods will speak Friday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 18, 1993, which reliever signed a free agent contract with the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s something I regret. I can’t say I’m sorry enough to everybody in baseball and across America, and whoever watches this great game. I think people understand how truly sorry I was for what I did.” — Mark McGwire, again apologizing for his steroid use after arriving at Cardinals spring training

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Medals won by the United States Wednesday, the best single-day haul ever for an American Olympic squad

‘NET RESULTS: This is one impressive shot, from Murray State freshman guard Isaiah Canaan.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jeff Russell, who would save 33 games that year

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung is 63 today.