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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

04.21.10 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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:
NHL playoffs: Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESNplus, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Hank Gola of the New York Daily News writes that the Jets continue to take risks, the latest being the signing of Jason Taylor, who prefers “Dancing With the Stars” over team conditioning. Meanwhile, Greg Cote at The Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins’ indifference led to Taylor’s departure. Writes Cote: “Miami letting Taylor go is worse than callous, though. It’s dumb. And it’s worse than dumb. It’s dumbfounding.”

♦ Following the Celtics’ rout in Game 2 Tuesday night, Israel Gutierrez of The Miami Herald writes that for the Heat, “It’s not panic time. It’s downright freak-out time.”

♦ Joe Lemire at SI.com writes that MLB’s suspension of injured Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez for performance-enhancing drugs demonstrates a problem with the process, as Volquez will be eligible before he’s healthy, and the team has no accountability.

♦ Kevin Baxter in the Los Angeles Times writes that the retirement of top-ranked golfer Lorena Ochoa is a devastating blow to women’s golf.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 21, 1967, Red Sox pitcher Billy Rohr, coming off a one-hitter at Yankee Stadium in his first major league start, made his second start and pitched another gem, winning 6-1. It was his last win in a Red Sox uniform. Which team did he beat?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The first game, I thought we gave it away. This time they took it. I thought they wanted it more than us.” — Heat guard Dwyane Wade, after the Celtics’ 106-77 rout Tuesday night at TD Garden

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 — Stolen bases for the Rangers against the Red Sox battery of Tim Wakefield and Victor Martinez Tuesday night

‘NET RESULTS: Impressive assist from a European hockey game.

San Francisco 49ers kicker beats Ziggy the robot in a field goal contest.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Yankees (again)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Iggy Pop is 63 today.