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Monday’s Morning Mashup

03.01.10 at 8:44 am ET

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

It was an interesting weekend for handshakes, and Bill Belichick wasn’t involved in either of the incidents. In England, the soccer feud that rocked the national team spilled over to Premier League play, as Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge refused to shake hands with Chelsea’s John Terry, who allegedly cheated on his wife with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend and was removed as national team captain. Manchester City went on to win the game, 4-2.

And in New Mexico, Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford and BYU player Jonathan Tavernari exchanged unpleasantries after their postgame handshake. Tavernari later visited the New Mexico locker room to apologize to Alford, whose team won a tight game.

BASEBALL: Rob Bradford sat down with Josh Beckett, who talked about looking forward to a big year. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was interviewed by investigators about the Canadian doctor

FOOTBALL: Christopher Price and D.J. Bean report from the NFL combine. Raiders coach Tom Cable spoke glowingly of former Patriot Richard Seymour.

The Bills are setting Terrell Owens free. The Chargers will let Darren Sproles be a free agent as well. The NFL will consider changing its overtime format for playoff games.

BASKETBALL: Kevin Garnett is ‘disgusted’ with the Celtics after Saturday’s loss to the lowly Nets. Tony Battie reportedly would be interested in the Celtics (along with other title contenders) if he is set free by the Nets.

The Lakers rallied past the Nuggets. The Spurs stopped the Suns. The Hawks topped the Bucks in overtime. The Wizards turned away the Nets.

Shaquille O’Neal will have surgery on the thumb he hurt against the Celtics and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. Timberwolves center Al Jefferson apologized after his arrest on suspicion of DWI. NBA commissioner David Stern said he expects Michael Jordan to be approved as majority owner of the Bobcats by the end of March.

Louisville edged UConn on a late bucket by Edgar Sosa. No. 14 Michigan State handled Purdue.

OLYMPICS: Canada won a classic hockey final, beating Team USA in overtime. Kirk Minihane kept a diary while watching the thriller.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 1, 1901, which future Hall of Famer was hired away from Boston’s National League franchise to be a player and manager for the city’s new American League team (the Red Sox, although that wasn’t the nickname at the time)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Being in Canada, that’s the opportunity of a lifetime. You dream of that a thousand times growing up. For it to come true is amazing.” ‘€” Sidney Crosby, after his overtime goal gave Canada a 3-2 win over the United States in Sunday’s Olympic gold medal game

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 ‘€” Gold medals won by Canada in Vancouver, a Winter Olympics record

‘NET RESULTS: The girlfriend of Canadian speedskater Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais (an Olympic speedskater herself), gets a workout cheering for his gold medal performance in the crash-filled 500.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jimmy Collins

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mike D’Abo, former lead singer for Manfred Mann, turns 66 today.