Thursday's Morning Mashup

February 11, 2010 - 2:32 am

Welcome to Thursday's Morning Mashup, where we'll get you caught up on what's going on in the sports world and beyond. The Cleveland Cavaliers said they were trying to protect fans when they removed water fountains from Quicken Loans Arena before the season, claiming that they wanted to prevent the spread of the flu. Some accused the team of trying to force fans to buy bottled water ($4 a pop) although free cups of water were available for fans willing to wait in line. However, when the Cleveland Building and Housing Department found out about the situation after an article in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer this month, it determined that the team was violating the state building code, which requires a water fountain for every 1,000 occupants. Said Cleveland City Councilman Tony Brancatelli: "It's clearly an opportunity to sell more drinks. If there were health reasons, we'd be taking fountains out of every school and institution." The fountains will be re-installed. BASKETBALL: The Celtics lost to the Hornets. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer of Things We Learned. Kendrick Perkins is among the 27 players named to the U.S. national team pool. Despite playing without Kobe Bryant again, the Lakers beat the Jazz. The Bucks routed the Nets before 1,016 fans who braved the East Coast snowstorm. The Heat topped the Hawks. Chris Bosh led the Raptors past the Sixers. The Magic beat the Bulls, and Chicago's Derrick Rose left with an injury. Warriors rookie Stephen Curry had a triple-double and Golden State ended a nine-game skid by beating the Clippers. The Trail Blazers frustrated the Suns. Knicks legend Carl Braun, who ended his career with the Celtics in 1961-62, died at the age of 82. No. 2 Syracuse defeated UConn. Miami knocked off No. 20 Georgia Tech at the buzzer. Duke pulled away from North Carolina, which retired Tyler Hansbrough's jersey. UC Davis ended a 49-game losing streak to Pacific. HOCKEY: The Capitals' 14-game winning streak ended, but they still picked up a point in an overtime loss to the Canadiens. The Flyers beat the Devils in overtime. The Blue Jackets shut out the Sharks. The Predators beat the Rangers to end a five-game road skid. The Ducks won their 11th straight home game, edging the Oilers. The Avalanche scored nine seconds into overtime to beat the Thrashers. The Penguins topped the Islanders. FOOTBALL: Chris Price notes some key dates in the NFL offseason. Vikings fans took out an ad on a billboard encouraging Brett Favre to return. Texans coach Gary Kubiak signed a contract extension. The University of Texas is upset by a new recruiting rule. BASEBALL: The Red Sox claimed pitcher Gaby Hernandez off waivers from the Mariners. The Braves reportedly made an offer to Johnny Damon. MISC.: Skier Lindsey Vonn isn't sure if she'll be able to compete in the Olympics. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 11, 1918, the Red Sox named a manager to replace Jack Barry, who was serving in the Navy. Who took over the Sox and led them to their their last World Series title for 86 years? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Trades are very difficult to do in the NBA right now. We'€™re going to try to do something. I feel like we need to do something, but it might be something very small to tweak the personality of our team." '€” Celtics boss Danny Ainge, on The Big Show yesterday afternoon STAT OF THE DAY: 10 '€” Turnovers by Hornets guard Darren Collison vs. the Celtics last night 'NET RESULTS: Here's how Jim Kosek forecasted our area's storm. This guy is becoming a legend. Minor controversy in last night's Syracuse-UConn game as the Orange were given a timeout after the Huskies had taken possession. TRIVIA ANSWER: Ed Barrow SOOTHING SOUNDS: Otis Clay is 68 today. Here's a song from his earlier days.