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Friday’s Morning Mashup

04.02.10 at 7:24 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’€™s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
Nationals at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m.
Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SATURDAY
Red Sox at Nationals, 4:05 p.m. (MLBN)
NCAA semifinals, Butler vs. Michigan State, 6:07 p.m. (CBS)
Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Revolution at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NCAA semifinals, West Virginia vs. Duke, 8:47 p.m. (CBS)

SUNDAY
Cavaliers at Celtics, 1 p.m. (CSNNE)
Yankees at Red Sox, 8:05 p.m. (NESN/ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Joey Johnston in The Tampa Tribune has a piece on Butler’s version of “The Blind Side,” junior guard Shawn Vanzant, who was taken in by a Tampa-area family as a youngster.

‘™¦ William C. Rhoden in The New York Times tells the story of a former Butler track athlete now gravely ill with ALS heading to Indianapolis from his home in Florida to watch his alma mater in the Final Four.

‘™¦ Tim Kawakami in The San Jose Mercury News looks at how the proposed 96-team NCAA tournament will water down the field.

‘™¦ Mark Alesia in The Indianapolis Star examines graduation rates of players who appeared in the Final Four from 1991-2007, and it’s not as bad as you might think.

‘™¦ Tom Moroney on Bloomberg.com has more on Major League Baseball’s attempts to make the Red Sox and Yankees speed up their games.

‘™¦ Mark Heisler in The Los Angeles Times writes that while Lakers fans are panicking after the team’s recent struggles, history indicates there might not be reason for concern.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 2, 2000, the Red Sox signed which former Twins star as a free agent?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We have to find ways to win these games. We did in New Jersey because we had everyone in. Tonight, we didn’t have everybody there, so the results are there.” ‘€” Bruins forward Mark Recchi, after Thursday night’s 1-0 loss to the Panthers

STAT OF THE DAY: 121 minutes, 42 seconds ‘€” Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask’s shutout streak that came to an end 7:15 into Thursday night’s game

‘NET RESULTS: Following up on Thursday’s cricket link, here’s another, only with less-impressive play. This team clearly did not follow the Red Sox’ strategy of focusing on defense.

Impressive high school dunk, except it didn’t count as the referee called charging.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Gary Gaetti, who played just five games for the Sox that year, his 20th and final season in the majors

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Emmylou Harris is 63 today.