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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

02.23.10 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

The Toronto Star ran a story and followup over the weekend that focused on boxing matches being held in locker rooms of youth hockey teams. According to the report, it’s not a new problem. And according to many parents, it’s not a problem at all.

The report was sparked by this video showing 15-year-olds from the Minor Midget A Vaughan Panthers go at each other in a locker room last month.

BASEBALL: Alex Speier takes a look at what awaits David Ortiz at Red Sox spring training. The Sox are not pegging Clay Buchholz for the bullpen. Here’s Monday’s wrapup at Fort Myers.

Manny Ramirez said his days with the Dodgers are numbered. The Yankees are working on a deal with pitcher Chan Ho Park. Hank Aaron gave Mark McGwire a thumb’s-up for the former slugger’s admission of steroid use.

BASKETBALL: Jessica Camerato takes a look at what the NBA’s elite players are expecting from the Celtics the rest of the season.

Allen Iverson left the 76ers again to be with his sick child. The Hawks won in Utah for the first time in 17 years. Andrew Bogut had 24 points and 20 rebounds as the Bucks beat the Knicks, who visit the Celtics tonight. Oklahoma City signed free agent guard Antonio Anderson of Lynn to a 10-day contract, waiving forward Matt Harpring.

UConn picked up another impressive win, beating No. 8 West Virginia. Kansas held off Oklahoma to clinch a share of the Big 12 title. Texas point guard Dogus Balbay is done for the season with a torn ACL. New Mexico moved into the Top 25 for the first time in 12 seasons.

HOCKEY: Dan Rowinski begins his Bruins positional analysis with a look at the centers.

FOOTBALL: The Patriots put the franchise tag on Vince Wilfork. The Chargers parted ways with LaDanian Tomlinson.

Oregon suspended linebacker Kiko Alonso for the 2010 season after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants over the weekend.

OLYMPICS: The women’s hockey final between the United States and Canada is set. Roberto Luongo will replace Martin Brodeur in goal for the Canadian men’s team today.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 23, 1998, the first owner of the Patriots died at the age of 82. Who was he?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s been great. I wish I could have been there a long time ago. It’s a great city and I had a blast there. I’m just happy the way they received me out there. It was unbelievable.” ‘€” Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, on playing in Los Angeles for what he expects will be his last season there

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 ‘€” LaDanian Tomlinson’s rank on the NFL’s all-time rushing list; he was let go by the Chargers Monday

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a collection of impressive basketball trick shots.

Bowler Brian Voss converts a 7-10 split with a lucky bounce of the pin.

Trinity beat Yale for its 12th straight national squash title, and it got a little testy at the end.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Billy Sullivan

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Howard Jones is 56 today.