Monday Morning Mashup

November 30, 2009 - 2:23 am

Welcome to Monday's Morning Mashup, where we'll get you caught up on what's going on in the sports world and beyond. Coming off a holiday weekend known for bringing families together, the Washington Post has an interesting article on former NHL star Rod Langway, who grew up in Randolph and went to the University of New Hampshire, and his estranged teenage daughter who has been reaching out to him. Langway apparently has resisted contacting her despite her advances, and she's not very happy about it. On a lighter note, here's's re-creation of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen getting punched out. On to the links: FOOTBALL: Chris Price has Five Things to Watch For in the Patriots' game tonight vs. the Saints. Tom Brady and Drew Brees are at the top of their games heading into this showdown. Running back Laurence Maroney ripped the media Saturday. There's a rumor that Charlie Weis could be headed back to the Patriots next season. D.J. Bean has the weekly wrapup for fantasy fans. The Ravens knocked off the Steelers in overtime last night. The Colts finished strong to finish off the Texans. The Titans beat the Cardinals on a touchdown with no time left. Brett Favre passed for 392 yards in the Vikings' win over the Bears. Matt Ryan came out after injuring his toe, but the Falcons still beat the Buccaneers. Darrelle Revis returned an interception for a touchdown as the Jets defeated the Panthers. Giants quarterback Eli Manning reportedly has a stress fracture in his foot. The University of Virginia fired Al Groh after a 3-9 season, his ninth at his alma mater. The BCS standings are unchanged. Dan Rowinski has Five Things We Learned from Boston College's win over Maryland on Saturday. BASKETBALL: Kevin Garnett and the Celtics appear to have righted the ship, beating the Heat last night to start a four-game road trip. Jessica Camerato has the Three-Pointer of Things We Learned from last night's win. Ray Allen almost didn't make the trip, as his diabetic 2-year-old son had a rough weekend. Rasheed Wallace is appealing his $30,000 fine for comments about the refereeing in Friday night's win over the Raptors. The winless Nets fired coach Lawrence Frank, then fell to 0-17 under interim coach Tom Barrise. Ryan Gomes scored 27 points and the Timberwolves ended a 15-game skid with a surprising win in Denver. Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said he hasn't talked to Allen Iverson about making a comeback. Suns forward Amare Stoudemire and Bobcats forward Tyson Chandler were fined by the league for Tweeting during games. Clippers broadcasters Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith met with Iranian-born Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi to make sure there were no hard feelings regarding their joking about him during a recent broadcast. Then the Clippers beat the Grizzlies for Mike Dunleavy's 600th career victory as an NBA coach. UCLA lost to Long Beach State yesterday to finish last in the 76 Classic. North Carolina coach Roy Williams picked up career win No. 600 when the Tar Heels beat Nevada. No. 15 Michigan lost to Alabama. The Wolverines on Wednesday will host Boston College, which is coming off a win over Providence on Saturday night. HOCKEY: Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned this weekend as the Bruins moved into first place in the Northeast Division with Saturday's win over the Senators. Penguins winger Matt Cooke was suspended two games for his hit to the head of Rangers center Artem Anisimov. BASEBALL: Lou Merloni explains why he thinks Marco Scutaro would be an upgrade over Alex Gonzalez at shortstop for the Red Sox. Rob Bradford has the update on Scutaro's situation. Alex Speier writes about the risks involved with acquiring Roy Halladay. The Marlins say they aren't going to trade Josh Johnson this winter. MISC.: Tigers Woods still isn't talking to the police, but he gave out some information on his website. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 30, 1926, the man who managed the Red Sox to World Series championships in 1915 and 1916 and then retired was brought back to manage the Sox again. Who is he? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "How can you tell me I'm doing my job wrong, if you never did my job?" '€” Oft-criticized Patriots running back Laurence Maroney, to reporters Saturday STAT OF THE DAY: .944 '€” Kevin Garnett's shooting percentage on the weekend (17-for-18) in the Celtics' two wins 'NET RESULTS: Here's Chaisson Allen's buzzer-beating halfcourt runner that gave Northeastern a win over Wright State on Saturday night. And here's old friend Pete Carroll helping to incite a near-riot in the closing minute of USC's 28-7 victory over UCLA Saturday night. In Carroll's defense, UCLA called a timeout when USC tried to end the game by taking a knee. So, then the Trojans threw a long touchdown pass, and the Bruins did not respond well. TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Carrigan, who lasted three seasons in his second stint, all last-place finishes SOOTHING SOUNDS: Rob Grill, lead singer of the Grass Roots, turns 66 today. That's Creed Bratton (Creed from "The Office") on the left.