Friday's Morning Mashup

November 20, 2009 - 3:33 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. FOOTBALL: Chris Price has Five Things to Watch For Sunday as the Patriots play the Jets. Price also writes about the contributions the Patriots have been getting from their rookies. Mike Petraglia writes about why things will be different than the first time these teams met. Dan Guttenplan recalls his first visit to Foxboro as a member of the media. D.J. Bean has his can't-pass-up matchups for fantasy football fans. In the Thursday night game, Ricky Williams led the Dolphins past the Panthers. The Vikings signed coach Brad Childress to an extension. The wife of former NFL player Chris Spielman died after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. BASKETBALL: The Celtics get a shot at the defending Eastern Conference champion Magic tonight at the TD Garden. Kevin Garnett spoke to Dale & Holley yesterday. Michael Holley has his NBA power rankings. Paul Gasol returned to the Lakers and helped them beat the Bulls. The Jazz won in San Antonio for the first time in a decade. The Wizards knocked of the Cavaliers. Allen Iverson cleared waivers, and the Knicks reportedly have some interest. Former NBA player Jayson Williams today is expected to plead guilty of lesser charges in the accidental shooting death of his driver. In college action, Syracuse crushed No. 13 California. No. 6 North Carolina held off No. 15 Ohio State. No. 5 Villanova edged George Mason. HOCKEY: The Bruins gave up a last-minute goal but won in a shootout over the Thrashers. In his Hat Trick of Things We Learned, Graig Woodburn sees positives signs. The Hurricanes rallied from three goals down, then allowed the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds left, then came back to force overtime with 2 seconds left and beat the Leafs in a shootout. Carolina placed Eric Staal and Cam Ward on the injured list. The Ducks blew a three-goal lead but won in overtime vs. the Lightning. The Penguins lost again, this time to the Senators. Canadian health official said Canucks players jumped the line for H1N1 vaccinations. BASEBALL: David Ortiz met with the media yesterday and said he wants another big bat in the lineup. Tim Lincecum won the NL Cy Young Award in a very close vote. Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte filed for free agency. Commissioner Bud Selig said some teams lost money this season. SOCCER: Ireland is demanding a replay with France after the controversial hand-ball goal by Thierry Henry knocked the Irish out of World Cup consideration. Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy was named MVP of Major League Soccer. The Galaxy meet Real Salt Lake in Sunday's MLS Cup. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 20, 1958, which Red Sox player was named American League MVP? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I have the ultimate respect for Tedy [Bruschi] and everything he's done for this organization, but he's not in this locker room at this point in time so he doesn't know the feeling that this defense or this team has. We still have our confidence, we still have our swagger and we're gonna go out Sunday and show ... the media, I guess." '€” Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, on Bruschi's comments about the defense being disrespected by Sunday's fourth-and-2 call STAT OF THE DAY: 7 '€” Consecutive wins over the Thrashers by the Bruins, who prevailed in shootout last night AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan yesterday morning. When talking about his coaching philosophy, he touched on a number of subjects, according to the automatically generated transcript: "Well I don't remember Olympic committees do. -- yet to be -- to -- different. Mood inept and Labatt blue and ineptitude of government." What he actually said: "Well, I think the number one thing for me is you have to remain agenda-free. Meaning, It has to be about them, and it has to be about winning." 'NET RESULTS: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gives a speech, and, according to this translation, he's complaining about the Chicago Bears. TRIVIA ANSWER: Jackie Jensen SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joe Walsh is 62 today.