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Friday’s Morning Mashup

03.26.10 at 7:23 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.

Suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas faces sentencing on gun possession charges today. Prosecutors want Arenas to go to jail for at least three months, noting that the repeat offender lied about why he brought guns to the locker room and he tried to cover up what happened. Arenas’ lawyers are asking for probation and community service, insisting that he was playing a misguided joke.

BASEBALL: Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first appearance in a major league spring training game.

Phil Hughes was named the Yankees’ fifth starter, beating out Joba Chamberlain and three others. Mariners lefty Cliff Lee still is feeling the effects of a strained abdomen. Center fielder Jim Edmonds made the Brewers’ 40-man roster after skipping the 2009 season. Yankees star Derek Jeter said he wants to own a team when he is done playing.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price looks at Patriots center Dan Koppen. DJ Bean profiles Patriots draft possibility Ricky Sapp.

The Eagles reportedly want a pick in the top 42 for quarterback Donovan McNabb. Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf made a plea deal for 10 years probation. The Jets will be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Florida International running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death in an incident on the school’s main Miami campus late Thursday night. The International Bowl is folding after four years.

BASKETBALL: Butler bounced Syracuse in the Sweet 16. Kansas State edged Xavier in two overtimes. Kentucky handled Cornell. West Virginia turned away Washington.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt turned down an offer from St. John’s, which reportedly has turned its attention to Boston College coach Al Skinner.

The Blazers bested the Mavericks. The Clippers beat the Rockets to end an 11-game losing streak. There was some progress in the talks regarding the sale of the Wizards.

Paul Flannery has Part 3 of his D-League series. Michael Holley has the NBA Power Rankings.

HOCKEY: The Bruins lost to the Lightning. The NHL rule banning blindside hits to the head finally became reality. The Hurricanes beat the Capitals in a shootout. The Blue Jackets routed the Blackhawks. The Sharks blanked the Stars.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 26, 1974, the Red Sox released which two future Hall of Famers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m very curious, not knowing. Normally I kind of know what’s going on. I think they have some decisions to make. We’ll see what happens.” — Tim Wakefield, on the Red Sox’ plans for the rotation

STAT OF THE DAY: 22 — Consecutive power plays without a goal for the Bruins, after Thursday night’s 0-for-3 performance vs. the Lightning

‘NET RESULTS: Goalie’s free kick goes three-quarters of the soccer field and right into the goal.

Here’s that Amar’e Stoudemire dunk that many are raving about and others are calling overrated. You decide.

Really, this dunk from Wednesday’s Hawks-Magic game was better, when you consider that it not only was a great play, it won the game at the buzzer.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Aparicio and Orlando Cepeda

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Steven Tyler is 62 today.