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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

03.25.10 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

The acceptance of an NHL rule banning blindside hits to the head now lies with the players association. The union’s representatives on the competition committee signed off on the new rule Wednesday, and now the executive board needs to approve it so that it will go into effect. It’s expected to be implemented within 24 hours.

BASEBALL: Mike Lowell looks at the progress with his hip. Dustin Pedroia’s wrist injury is not serious.

MLB tweaked the postseason schedule, eliminating a day off in the LCS. Former major league star Dwight Gooden was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

FOOTBALL: Kirk Minihane looks at the possibility of preparing for life after Tom Brady. NFL owners passed more rule changes and may consider amending regular-season overtime in the near future. The Rams reportedly are not interested in trading for the Eagles’ Donovan McNabb.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics beat the Nuggets. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer analysis. Flannery also has Part 2 of his D-League series. Nuggets coach George Karl might miss the rest of the regular season to battle cancer.

The Hawks beat the Magic on a dunk at the buzzer. The Lakers beat the Spurs for their seventh straight win. LeBron James scored 38 points and the Cavaliers handled the Hornets.

Syracuse center Arinze Onuaku will miss his third straight NCAA game. UMass alumn Tony Barbee left UTEP to be coach at Auburn. Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson was given a new 10-year contract. Kansas may have a ticket scandal on its hands.

HOCKEY: The Bruins signed Andrew Ference to a three-year extension. The Capitals beat the Penguins in a shootout to remain undefeated in the season series. The Rangers routed the Islanders. The Sabres beat the Canadiens in a shootout. Capitals players denied getting performance-enhancing drugs from a chiropractor.

MISC.: Tiger Woods will have a press conference at the Masters.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs for which two players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We have been able to get the job done on the road, but this is where we eat. This is where we set our table.” — Paul Pierce, referring to the Celtics playing better at home

STAT OF THE DAY: 30 — Ray Allen’s standing on the list of all-time NBA scorers, after he moved past David Robinson Wednesday night with 20,794

‘NET RESULTS: Florida coach Urban Meyer got upset at a reporter who wrote a story critical of Tim Tebow.

Here’s the ESPN Clay Buchholz-Nick Swisher commercial with actor Adam Scott.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brumley

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Elton John is 63 today.

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