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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Barack Obama to attend NCAA play-in game

03.13.12 at 7:59 am ET

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NHL: Bruins at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Hurricanes at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Heat at Magic, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
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College basketball: NIT, Texas-Arlington at Washington, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
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MLB preseason: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (WEEI)
MLB preseason: Mets at Cardinals, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ President Barack Obama and British Prime Minster David Cameron will attend Tuesday night’s NCAA play-in game in Dayton, Ohio, between Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State. The two leaders will take part in a live halftime interview with analyst Clark Kellogg.

The White House said the trip will showcase the tight relationship between the two allies. Ohio also is considered a swing state for the upcoming election.

Republicans criticized the trip.

“While showing off our amazing college basketball teams is great, many Americans struggling to find jobs, dealing with soaring gas prices, or concerned with our rising deficit and debt would probably like the president spend at least as much time dealing with those issues,” said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The president made his NCAA tournament picks for ESPN, and they will be unveiled Wednesday. He has not revealed whether he predicted Harvard — where he attended law school — to pull off an upset of Vanderbilt on Thursday.

‘™¦ Bulls point guard Derrick Rose led his team to a 104-99 victory over the Knicks on Monday, but he was not happy after the game. Rose is frustrated that he’s not getting calls from the officials.

“I’ve got to be the only superstar in the league that’s going through what I’m going through right now,” he said. “But I can’t say too much about it.”

In the fourth quarter, Rose had an aggressive dunk. Asked about it, Rose said: “I don’t usually dunk it, but I was just mad I wasn’t getting any calls.”

‘™¦ The Indians pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona struck a deal to have false identity charges dropped in exchange for his participation in a work program in the Dominican Republic. Carmona, whose real name is Roberto Hernandez, is 31, three years old than the age he claimed. Carmona, who went 7-15 last year, is due $7 million this season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 13, 1971, who became the third player in Bruins history (and fifth in NHL history) to record 100 points in a season when he scored a goal in a 6-3 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is Lob City, and they enjoy the game. You can see them when they play, it’€™s a lot of fun. We had to make this game no fun. This game can’€™t be a joyous occasion. It has to be a competition. [We] went out there and they turned it into a competition.” Celtics coach Doc Rivers, on Monday’s 94-85 victory over the Clippers

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 — Kevin Garnett‘s rank on the NBA’s all-time list of career minutes played, as he passed Moses Malone on Monday

‘NET RESULTS: Charles Barkley joins the IT department to help a company win a rec league basketball title in this ad from CDW.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Neil Sedaka turns 73 Tuesday.

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