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Friday’s Morning Mashup

03.19.10 at 7:22 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.

How are your brackets looking? Hope you didn’t put your faith in the Big East, as the nation’s best conference had a disastrous day Thursday in a memorable opening to the NCAA tournament.

Mike Miller of NBCSports’ Beyond the Arc blog has a recap of the Big East nightmare, which included upset losses by third-seeded Georgetown (to 14th-seeded Ohio), sixth-seeded Notre Dame (to 11th-seeded Old Dominion) and sixth-seeded Marquette (to 11th-seeded Washington). And No. 2 seed Villanova had to rally for an overtime win over 15th-seeded Robert Morris, a win that was aided by some questionable calls.

Four more Big East teams are in action today: No. 1 seed Syracuse, No. 2 seed West Virginia, No. 3 seed Pitt and No. 8 seed Louisville.

BASEBALL: Alex Speier looks at Kevin Youkilis’ inability to be recognized as one of the league’s top players. There were positive reports coming out of Arizona after Ryan Westmoreland’s brain surgery.

A day after acknowledging he failed a drug test for cocaine last year, Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted he used marijuana and amphetamines while he was a player.

FOOTBALL: Cris Price looks at the Patriots’ new tight end acquisition, Alge Crumpler. D.J. Bean profiles Penn State’s Jared Odrick. Scot McCloughan may or may not still be the general manager of the 49ers.

BASKETBALL: Jessica Camerato looks at Brian Scalabrine’s contributions to the team and his uncertain future. The Magic blew a big lead but beat the Heat in overtime. Carmelo Anthony lifted the Nuggets over the Hornets.

Thursday was perhaps the most memorable opening day in NCAA tournament history. Click here for recaps on all the upsets and great finishes.

HOCKEY: The Bruins put up a stinker in a 3-0 loss to the Penguins after Shawn Thornton pounded Matt Cooke. Dan Rowinski has the Hat Trick analysis.

The Thrashers gained ground on the Bruins by beating the Senators. The Hurricanes beat the Capitals in overtime. Paul Kariya scored his 400th goal in the Blues’ win over the Rangers. Flyers goalie Michael Leighton will be out about eight weeks with a high ankle sprain. Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended eight games for delivering a hit to the head area of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

MISC.: Tiger Woods’ latest embarrassment came when a porn star released sexually explicit text messages purportedly from the golfer.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 19, 2003, which Bruins coach was fired by general manager Mike O’Connell, who took over on an interim basis?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s my job. I know my job. So it was addressed immediately and then it was out of the way.” — Shawn Thornton, on his fight with Penguins villain Matt Cooke Thursday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 42 — Years since the Penguins shut out the Bruins in Boston, before Thursday night’s 3-0 decision

‘NET RESULTS: Injured Hornets guard Chris Paul has a little time on his hands, apparently.

Skip to the 1:20 mark for a Valparaiso-like 3-pointer to win this NAIA Division 2 national semifinal.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Robbie Ftorek

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Clarence “Frogman” Henry is 73 today.

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