Monday's Morning Mashup

December 07, 2009 - 2:12 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. FOOTBALL: The Patriots' slide continued with a 22-21 loss to the Dolphins. Chris Price has Ten Things We Learned from the Miami mess. Kirk Minihane says the magic is gone in New England. The Saints escaped Washington with an overtime win. Indianapolis knocked off Tennessee and tied the Patriots' record of 21 straight regular-season wins. The Cardinals slowed the Vikings, who lost linebacker E.J. Henderson likely for the season with a broken leg. The Raiders rallied past the slumping Steelers. Michael Vick got a mixed reaction in his return to Atlanta as he helped the Eagles rout the Falcons. The Giants knocked off the Cowboys. Boston College will play USC in the Emerald City Bowl Dec. 26 Alabama will face Texas in the BCS title game. Check here for stories on which teams are meeting in the other bowls. BASKETBALL: The Lakers won their ninth straight by handling the Suns. Blazers center Greg Oden had knee surgery and is done for the season. Allen Iverson makes his 76ers return tonight. The Nets, who finally ended their record losing streak to start the season, lost to the Knicks. Delonte West helped the Cavaliers past the Bucks. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy said he refused to make inaccurate calls to win bets. Boston College opened ACC play with a win over Miami, as sophomore Reggie Jackson came up with some big plays down the stretch. Harvard made a late run before falling to No. 14 UConn by six points. HOCKEY: Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned from the Bruins' win over Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The Senators ended a four-game skid with a shootout win over the Ducks. Flyers forward Dan Carcillo was suspended four games for his role in a fight against the Capitals. BASEBALL: Alex Speier examines the Red Sox' bargaining chips at the winter meetings. Dustin Pedroia talked to WEEI Saturday about his briefly rumored move to shortstop. Pedro Martinez said he wants to pitch for the Phillies again. Infielder Chone Figgins left the Angels for the Mariners. Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro's son Antonio was elected one of three vice presidents of the International Baseball Federation. MISC.: Jim Furyk won Tiger Woods' golf tournament as more accusations emerged about Woods' infidelity. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 7, 1968, which forward became the first player to record 250 career goals as a member of the Bruins? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If things don't go your way, you've got to fight back. At times we do, and at other times I don't think we fight very hard." '€” Tom Brady, on the Patriots' loss to the Dolphins STAT OF THE DAY: 1 '€” Touchdown passes thrown by Brady in the fourth quarters of the last nine games 'NET RESULTS: Here's Kobe Bryant's ridiculous game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer from Friday night. And here's Joakim Noah of the Bulls taking exception to LeBron James' dancing. TRIVIA ANSWER: John Bucyk SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Waits is 60 today.