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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

05.20.10 at 7:22 am ET

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MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Howard Bryant at writes about the Anthony Galea/PED developments and how there is more to be learned. Sally Jenkins in The Washington Post wonders where we draw the line between doping and therapy. Meanwhile, in the New York Daily News, controversial former NFL player Bill Romanowski, an admitted steroid user, praised Galea as a “pioneer in sports medicine.” That’s an endorsement Galea probably doesn’t want to hear right now, as he faces federal charges.

‘™¦ A Red Sox fan from Natick bet his friends he could watch the first pitch of Monday’s Sox-Yankees game from his home and then drive to Yankee Stadium and get seated there before the game was over. He won the bet, arriving at the start of the ninth inning, but had to endure an epic collapse from the Sox when he got to the Bronx.

‘™¦ Lakers coach Phil Jackson has his team on the way to the NBA finals, but the big topic of discussion Wednesday was a report that Jackson is being asked to take a 60 percent pay cut if he wants to return to the team next season. The Los Angeles Times tries to get to the bottom of the story.

‘™¦ George Vecsey in The New York Times writes about new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who is making the rounds this week and winning over fans with his personality and promise to turn around the team.

‘™¦ David Whitley at AOL FanHouse wonders what the NBA will do about referee Joe DeRosa for his treatment of a Magic fan during Tuesday night’s game in Orlando.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: Which Red Sox player hit a home run every May 20 from 2001 to 2005?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In defense of Rasheed, I think he wasn’€™t in great shape, which is not acceptable. We want everybody in great shape, but he is a ‘big-game player.’ We did know that when we acquired Rasheed, he doesn’€™t enjoy the mundane part of the game, and he does enjoy the big games and the big moments. That’€™s what his MO has been over the last couple of years.” ‘€” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, talking about Rasheed Wallace on The Big Show Wednesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 16-4 ‘€” The Tampa Bay Rays‘ road record this season, after a 10-6 win over the Yankees Wednesday night

‘NET RESULTS: Double alley-oop dunk.

Spanish soccer team Athletic Bilbao invited a couple of hundred children to play against them ‘€” at the same time.

Good luck understanding what this English soccer reporter is saying.

See more funny videos and Sports Videos at Today’s Big Thing.

Improv Everywhere’s latest performance is a re-enactment of “Ghostbusters” at the New York Public Library.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jason Varitek

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joe Cocker is 66 today.