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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

05.26.10 at 8:27 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WRKO)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ On Sunday night, Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez got into a confrontation with bullpen coach Randy Niemann before entering the game against the Yankees and recording the save. The New York Daily News snoops around and finds that teammates are siding with the coach, who apparently got tired of K-Rod’s constant complaining and selfishness.

♦ Dan Wetzel at Yahoo!Sports examines the NFL’s decision to award the 2014 Super Bowl to New York/New Jersey. Judy Battista in The New York Times looks at how the idea came to be and how it got pushed through.

♦ The Lakers lost Game 4 to the Suns on Tuesday night, and T.J. Simers in The Los Angeles Times writes about the distractions caused by rumors of where Phil Jackson will be coaching next season.

Sports Illustrated reports that a federal investigator is looking into the latest allegations that bicyclist Lance Armstrong cheated.

♦ Gregg Doyel at CBSSports.com looks at the latest allegations of impropriety with the University of Oklahoma basketball team and wonders why the Sooners shouldn’t get the death penalty.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 26, 1976, the Bruins acquired Rick Middleton from the Rangers by sending which player to New York?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “People talk about the weather, but, you know, this is football, not beach volleyball.” — New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, after the 2014 Super Bowl was awarded to the New Meadowlands Stadium

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Consecutive starts without a loss for Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, following Tuesday night’s win over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS: This basketball fan in Greece gets a little too close to the action.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Hodge

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Stevie Nicks is 62 today.