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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

03.23.10 at 8:02 am ET

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

Johnny Damon said he has broken out his 2004 Red Sox World Series ring and started wearing it, now that he no longer is a Yankee.

According to a New York Post story, Damon said: “I started wearing it this past offseason after I knew I wasn’t coming back to New York. I was in New York for four years and I couldn’t wear it then.

Damon, now with the Tigers, said that because his new team doesn’t play at Yankee Stadium until August, he wants the Yankees to mail him his 2009 championship ring, which he said will share his hand with the Sox jewel. “I am going to wear them both,” Damon said. “There aren’t too many guys with rings from each team.”

BASEBALL: Kirk Minihane looks at Tim Wakefield’s longevity. Alex Speier looks at Jacoby Ellsbury’s breakout potential.

Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols got an anti-inflammatory shot for tightness in his back and is expected to be out of action for the next couple of days. Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with federal investigators probing a Canadian physician on Friday, according to a report in The New York Times. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is feuding with his son, whom he pushed out of his job with the team over the weekend after a Twitter controversy.

FOOTBALL: The Patriots picked up four late-round draft picks for losing free agents last year. Robert Kraft spoke to the media at the NFL owners meetings and said he’d prefer to see Tom Brady in Foxboro.

Former Giants star Mark Ingram Sr., the father of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram Jr., was sentenced to more than two additional years in federal prison for jumping bail in an attempt to see his son play in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about the star’s off-field problems. Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown was charged with DUI. Scot McCloughan is out as 49ers general manager.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics lost to the Jazz. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer analysis.

Hornets guard Chris Paul is back after missing 25 games with a knee injury, and the Hornets beat the Mavericks. The Magic handled the 76ers. The Spurs beat the Thunder, despite 45 points from Kevin Durant. The Bucks edged the Hawks.

The Warriors are for sale, and Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is interested.

Michigan State star Kalin Lucas will miss the rest of the NCAA tournament after an MRI confirmed he ruptured his left Achilles tendon. Tom Penders resigned as coach at Houston. Big 12 Player of the Year James Anderson of Oklahoma State plans to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Memphis’ appeal to the NCAA was denied, meaning the school’s runner-up finish in 2008 is officially vacated.

In the NIT, Rhode Island won and UConn lost. Boston University advanced to the semifinals of the CBI.

HOCKEY: The Bruins visit the Thrashers tonight. NHL players are looking to tweak the proposed rule on blindsided hits to the head in an effort to get it in place this season.

Flyers leading goal-scorer Jeff Carter will miss 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot. The Red Wings beat the Penguins.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 23, 1969, during a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, which Bruins right winger scored his 42nd goal to break Dit Clapper’s team record for goals in a season.?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Would I prefer he be here in the offseason? Yes. To me, he is the most complete, special leader in the NFL. Would we be better as a team if he was here the entire time between now and the start of training camp? [Yes.]” ‘€” Patriots owner Robert Kraft, on Tom Brady skipping voluntary team workouts

STAT OF THE DAY: 36 ‘€” Double doubles for Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, after he recorded 22 points and 11 assists against the Celtics on Monday night

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s how the St. Mary’s campus reacted to the Gaels’ victory over Villanova.

Northern Iowa’s welcome home was a little subdued, as the fans at the airport didn’t want to wake up the coach’s sleeping kids.

And let’s get to know Northern Iowa’s Ali Farokhmanesh a little better.

Here’s a clip that compares the game-winners of Farokhmanesh in Round 1 to Northern Iowa’s memorable upset of Missouri 20 years earlier. They are amazingly similar.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ric Ocasek from the Cars is 61 today.