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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

03.30.10 at 7:12 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for updates from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:

Red Sox at Rays, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)

WHAT’S ON THE WEB:

♦ The Nets beat the Spurs Monday night (the Spurs must have been tired from romping past the Celtics the night before). This allowed New Jersey to get to 10 wins and avoid tying the 76ers’ 1972-73 mark for the worst record in NBA history. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski writes that brighter days appear to be ahead for the Nets, with free-spending Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov running the show. Stephanie Baker at Bloomberg.com has more about the 6-foot-7 Prokhorov, who says he’ll be the first NBA owner who can dunk (non-Michael Jordan category).

Frank Hughes at SI.com writes about current and former NBA players organizing a summer charity game in Seattle to pay tribute to the city that lost its club to Oklahoma City. Celtics guard Ray Allen is one of the ringleaders. Also, there is a movement building to retire Gary Payton’s number at the game. Payton said he doesn’t want the Thunder to retire his number because he has no ties to Oklahoma City.

♦ In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that St. John’s can become relevant again with the hiring of Steve Lavin, which seems set to be announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, Al Skinner may be on the outs at BC, with a decision expected today.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes about Butler’s run to the Final Four and how there is more to the team than the Cinderella story being talked about.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 30, 1976, which Celtic joined Bill Russell and Bill Bridges as the only players in NBA history to collect 10,000 before scoring 10,000 points?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We can’t keep hoping for other teams to lose games. We have to control our destiny and win games ourselves so we have our standing under control.” Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Times goaltender Tim Thomas has been pulled from a Bruins game, as he was Monday night in a 3-2 loss to the Sabres

‘NET RESULTS: NBA star Dwyane Wade and tennis great Andy Roddick played each other in tennis and HORSE.

Former Boston College hockey star Patrick Eaves, now playing for the Red Wings, had a little trouble with a shootout attempt.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Paul Silas

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Eric Clapton is 65 today.

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