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Monday’s Morning Mashup

03.29.10 at 7:27 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. We’re changing our format starting today. Instead of the recap of all the day’s top news, we’re highlighting a few interesting stories from around the sports world. We still have our videos, trivia and other assorted tidbits below. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the wire updates.

First off, here’s what’s happening today on the local scene:

Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (VERSUS)
Rays at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN/MLBN)

Here are some stories worth checking out:

‘™¦ Martha Burk, who led a 2003 protest against Augusta National for its exclusion of women, was interviewed by the New York Daily News and had some interesting things to say about Tiger Woods returning for the Masters. “I think this is a safe haven for him,” Burk said. “They’re all chauvinists themselves. It’s a perfect fit. He’ll be welcomed. These people have a fundamental disregard for women. What produced Tiger Woods as we now know him goes back a long way.” Added Burk: “He always seemed to be super disciplined, an automaton. But once [the scandal] came out, it wasn’t so shocking. This kind of behavior is part of a fundamental misogyny that is displayed by many people in power. We see this a lot with politicians, your Eliot Spitzer … They get to thinking they are above it all. Tiger Woods just outdid everybody.”

‘™¦ In the Wall Street Journal, Jason Gay writes that Butler is the obvious choice for nonpartisan fans watching the Final Four. He notes that Butler’s home arena, Hinkle Fieldhouse, was the building used for the state championship game in the movie “Hoosiers.”

‘™¦ Over in England, in the Guardian, there’s a story about a government proposal to allow fans the first option to purchase their local soccer team before the team is sold to an outside party. The plan also requires all teams to hand over a 25 percent share to supporters.

‘™¦ The Washington Post‘s Mike Wise tells the sad story of Gilbert Arenas‘ estranged mother, who lived a troubled life before her death this month at the age of 46.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times has a feature about Mike Penner, a Times sports columnist who killed himself last fall after struggling with his transgender status.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 29, 1929, the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup championship, taking a 2-1 victory and winning the best-of-three series in two straight against which opponent?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This does not change our progress. You trip up a little here, but it doesn’t change the mission we’re on or the direction we’re heading.” ‘€” Ray Allen, on the Celtics’ loss to the Spurs Sunday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 1-for-14 ‘€” The Celtics‘ numbers on 3-pointers Sunday night

‘NET RESULTS: Jim Playfair, coach of the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat, wasted two perfectly good hockey sticks complaining about a referee’s call.

And in a Brazilian soccer game, these players received shots of pepper spray from police for their behavior toward the referee.

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash really likes to give out high-fives.

TRIVIA ANSWER: New York Rangers

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby Kimball from Toto is 63 today. He’s the singer with the mustache.