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Monday’s Morning Mashup

05.03.10 at 7:53 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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. (VERSUS)
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN/ESPN, WRKO)
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ In a story that likely won’t surprise anyone, John Calipari’s University of Kentucky basketball team had an embarrassingly low team grade-point average, the worst among all 20 of the school’s sports teams. In the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Jerry Tipton takes a look at the situation and includes this comment from school president Lee T. Todd Jr.: “I was disappointed.”

♦ T.J. Simers in The Los Angeles Times writes that the Lakers are underachievers, despite the fact that they appear headed for another NBA Finals appearance.

♦ Bob Raissman in the New York Daily News looks at Reggie Jackson calling into to a sports radio program to defend Alex Rodriguez — and then calling back to defend himself for being ridiculed.

♦ Dan Le Batard in The Miami Herald continues the examination of the Jeff Ireland-Dez Bryant controversy, looking at the Dolphins’ explanation for asking the receiver if his mother was a prostitute.

♦ Heather Timmons in The New York Times writes about YouTube and its future broadcasting sports events.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 3, 1999, which Red Sox catcher hit a grand slam for his first major league hit — and only home run of his brief major league career?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re going to have to regroup in a hurry and figure it out.” — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, after his team was swept by the Orioles over the weekend

STAT OF THE DAY: 0.87 — Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon’s career ERA against Baltimore before coughing up the winning run Sunday

‘NET RESULTS: Amazing trick basketball shots. How does this guy even come up with these ideas?

During Game 6 of the Nuggets-Jazz series, Camelo Anthony travels before he dribbles the ball, then takes FIVE steps after dribbling it but does not get called for traveling.

Johns Hopkins lacrosse player Kyle Wharton literally rips the net with a shot.

A Los Angeles Dodgers fan films himself catching a home run ball in the bleachers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Creighton Grubanich, who played a total of 18 major league games, all with the Red Sox in 1999

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Frankie Valli is 76 today.