Friday's Morning Mashup

February 12, 2010 - 3:30 am

Welcome to Friday's Morning Mashup, where we'll get you caught up on what's going on in the sports world and beyond. The NCAA announced proposals to deal with taunting and concussions. The most controversial proposal, if passed by the rules committee, would take away a touchdown if a player taunts the opposition on his way to the end zone, assessing the penalty at the spot of the foul. "Taunting and prolonged individual acts have no place in our game, and our officials have generally handled these rules well," said former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, the committee chair. "This is just another step in maintaining our game's image and reflecting the ideals of the NCAA overall." The concussion proposal requires players to be cleared by a doctor before returning. Also, those "eye black" patches with messages on them will soon be banned. FOOTBALL: The Giants released linebacker Antonio Pierce. The Jaguars released receiver Torry Holt. Former Patriots receiver David Givens' lawsuit against the Titans was thrown out. The Rams are being sold but are not expected to be moved. Central Florida was put on two years probation for "major" recruiting violations. The son of Archie Griffin will play at Ohio State, the school where his father won two Heisman Trophy awards in the 1970s. BASEBALL: The Mets signed Japanese lefty Hisanori Takahashi. Tom Glavine officially retired and joined the Braves as a front office special assistant. BASKETBALL: Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson will miss Sunday's All-Star Game. Jessica Camerato has a piece on Rajon Rondo's preparations for the weekend. The Cavaliers beat the Magic for their 13th straight win. The Spurs routed the Nuggets. Pacers president Larry Bird addressed his team's struggles. The NBA's CBA proposal asks all players for salary cuts. Shaquille O'Neal said his TV show is being renewed. Former Lakers coach Fred Schaus died at the age of 84. Jim Calhoun is back at UConn, hoping to right the Huskies' sinking NCAA chances. No. 16 Gonzaga routed St. Mary's in a big WCC matchup. No. 18 Butler beat Youngstown State to clinch the Horizon crown. Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody was injured in the Irish's loss to Seton Hall. HOCKEY: The Bruins held off the Lightning. Dan Rowinski has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned. The Senators led the Northeast after beating the Capitals. Evgeni Nabokov made 50 saves and the Sharks beat the Wings in a shootout. The Oilers edged the Kings in a shootout. The Hurricanes topped the Sabres in overtime. The Canucks blanked the Panthers. The Panthers traded Dominic Moore to the Canadiens. MISC.: The Olympics begin tonight in Vancouver. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 12, 1967, the Celtics retired No. 25 in honor of which players? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We knew that we had to clean it out and rebuild it, and we knew we were going to go through some tough times. Nobody likes to lose, and everybody wants to be a part of a winner. We think we're on the right track to get there." '€” Pacers president Larry Bird, on his team's struggles STAT OF THE DAY: 17 '€” Games since the Bruins scored more than three goals before last night's five-goal outburst 'NET RESULTS: Steve Nash has put out some not-so-funny videos, but this commercial is pretty good. The Harlem Globetrotters played a game on ice Tuesday in New York's Central Park. TRIVIA ANSWER: KC Jones SOOTHING SOUNDS: Michael McDonald is 58 today. Here he is singing in concert with the Doobie Brothers.