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Friday’s Morning Mashup

04.09.10 at 8:05 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:
Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE/WRKO)
Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN/WEEI)

SATURDAY
Hurricanes at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
Red Sox at Royals, 7:10 p.m. (NESN/WEEI)
Toronto FC at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE alternate channels)
Celtics at Bucks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE/WRKO)

SUNDAY
Bruins at Capitals, noon (NBC)
Red Sox at Royals, 2:10 p.m. (NESN/WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

After a four-year battle, the University of North Dakota will drop Fighting Sioux as its nickname for sports teams.

Christine Brennan in USA Today writes that Tiger Woods may have softened his demeanor, but his game still is sharp.

Nick Canepa in the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that new Jets running back LaDanian Tomlinson should think twice before criticizing his former team.

Jerry Sullivan in The Buffalo News writes that the city has to be thankful for the Sabres’ great season, although he questions whether the team has enough for a long postseason run. That would be good news for the Bruins, who could draw the Sabres in the opening round.

Bob Kravitz in The Indianapolis Star writes that Brad Stevens signing a long-term contract to remain at Butler makes the feel-good story feel that much better.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 9, 1976, which future Hall of Fame pitcher made his debut for the Red Sox on Opening Day and was the hard-luck loser in a 1-0 loss to Jim Palmer and the Orioles?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s had some tough times. His teammates and the coaching staff certainly support him. There’s obviously some frustration and he has stuck with it. He was a valuable asset to our team [Thursday night].” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, on defenseman Dennis Wideman, who scored a goal in Thursday’s win over the Sabres

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Consecutive games without a power-play goal for the Bruins

‘NET RESULTS: Bizarre sequence from Wednesday night’s NBA game in Oklahoma City. Denver’s Carmelo Anthony lays on the floor while play goes on around him. He eventually makes a miraculous recovery and returns.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ferguson Jenkins

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Carl Perkins, who died in 1998, was born on this day in 1932.

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