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Friday’s Morning Mashup

02.26.10 at 9:52 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.

Canada's on-ice celebration did not go over well with everyone. (AP)

Canada's on-ice celebration did not go over well with everyone. (AP)

At the Olympics Thursday in Vancouver, Canada defeated the United States for the gold medal in women’s hockey. That went over well in Canada. The team’s celebration, however, wasn’t as well-received. After a half-hour in the locker room, the players returned to the ice and partied with champagne, beer and cigars.

“I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values,” said Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games. “If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened.”

Hockey Canada apologized in a press release late Thursday night. “The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone,” the statement said. “In the excitement of the moment, the celebration left the confines of our dressing room and shouldn’t have. The team regrets that its gold medal celebration may have caused the IOC or COC any embarrassment.

“Our players and team vow to uphold the values of the Olympics moving forward and view this situation as a learning experience.”

BASEBALL: Rob Bradford looks at how one adjustment led Marco Scutaro to Boston. Hitting coach Dave Magadan defended the Red Sox offense. David Ortiz is in a better place this spring. The Sox unveiled plans for their new spring training home. On Dennis & Callahan this morning, Jonathan Papelbon said he’s “on a mission.” Theo Epstein talked to D&C about his thoughts on the team.

Alex Rodriguez said last season’s World Series title is like “a humongous gorilla came off my back.” Mark McGwire responded to his estranged brother’s tell-all book by saying that he doesn’t plan on ever seeing him again. Infielder Khalil Greene’s contract was voided by the Rangers, as the player did not report to spring training due to social anxiety issues.

FOOTBALL: WEEI.com’s Christopher Price and D.J. Bean report from the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Price takes another look at the Pats’ David Patten signing.

The Steelers re-signed nose tackle Casey Hampton. Representatives from the players union and the league met to talk about a new CBA.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics lost to the Cavaliers. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer analysis. Leon Powe made his debut for the Cavs.

Without coach George Karl (cancer treatment), the Nuggets raced past the Warriors. The Bucks edged the Pacers for their fifth straight win. As expected, the Wizards bought out Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ contract, clearing the way for him to return to the Cavaliers in a month. The Grizzlies assigned rookie center Hasheem Thabeet to the D-League.

Purdue junior forward Robbie Hummel is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Isiah Thomas was ejected from Florida International’s loss to Middle Tennessee. Syracuse is expecting a record crowd for an on-campus game when it hosts Villanova Saturday.

HOCKEY: The Bruins returned to the ice for practice. Dan Rowinski analyzes the B’s top defensive pairing. The Flames gave Rene Bourque a six-year extension worth $20 million. The Wild signed winger Cal Clutterbuck to a three-year extension. Blues forward Cam Janssen was suspended five games for a hit to the head on Washington’s Matt Bradley.

MISC.: Nike said it will continue to support Tiger Woods.

OLYMPICS: The U.S. women’s hockey team fell to Canada in the gold medal game. South Korean Kim Yu-na won the women’s figure skating gold. Skier Julia Mancuso talked about her rivalry with Lindsey Vonn and played down the controversy. The United States won a couple of Nordic medals.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 26, 1935, the New York Yankees released Babe Ruth so that he could sign with which team to finish out his playing career?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This year everyone is doubting our offense, so that motivates you, and not only me but all the other guys in the lineup have something to prove. It’s going to be fun proving everybody wrong.” — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, during an appearance on Dennis & Callahan

STAT OF THE DAY: 3-for-21 — The Celtics’ shooting in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s loss to the Cavaliers

‘NET RESULTS: Soccer goalie scores goal. From own box.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Boston Braves

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Fats Domino is 82 today. Interesting fact: When he and his family were rescued from their flooded New Orleans home during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in 2005, they stayed with then-LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who reportedly was dating Domino’s granddaughter.