Thursday's Morning Mashup

December 03, 2009 - 3:11 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. Tiger Woods regrets his transgressions. PGA golfer Brad Faxon, the pride of Rhode Island, offered his opinion on the matter (as did many others who contributed to a full day of "Tiger Talk" on WEEI). The woman initially accused of having an affair with Woods will hold a press conference today. FOOTBALL: Kirk Minihane has his weekly mailbag, otherwise known as group therapy for disheartened Pats fans. Wes Welker isn't surprised people are now doubting the Pats. Check the It Is What It Is blog to read what the players are saying about Monday's loss to the Saints and this Sunday's game vs. the Dolphins. Browns running back Jamal Lewis was placed on injured reserve, likely ending his career. The league adjusted its rule regarding concussions. According to a report, Greater Boston native and Assumption College product Brian Kelly, now leading upstart Cincinnati, will be the next Notre Dame coach. Former Pitt coach Foge Fazio died Wednesday at the age of 71. BASEBALL: The Red Sox lost another member of their front office, as scouting director Jason McLeod departed for San Diego to serve as assistant general manager. Billy Wagner will get $7 million for one year with the Braves. The wife of Diamondbacks picher Scott Schoeneweis died of a cocaine overdose and an anesthetic. Yankees legend Tommy Henrich died at the age of 96. BASKETBALL: The Nets lost their record 18th straight game to start the season. The Hawks scored 146 points in a rout of the Raptors. The 76ers lost their eighth straight as they await Allen Iverson to save the day (that's sarcasm, in case you couldn't tell). Zydrunas Ilgauskas set a record for the most games played in a Cavaliers uniform, and Cleveland handed the Suns their second straight loss. Lakers forward Ron Artest admitted drinking alcohol during halftime of games when he played for the Bulls. Nice win for Boston College at Michigan. With Wisconsin beating Duke, BC is the only team never to lose a game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which was won by the Big Ten this year for the first time. Illinois rallied from 23 points down in the second half to win at No. 18 Clemson. UConn routed Boston University. HOCKEY: The Bruins looked impressive in a win over Tampa Bay. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned. Alex Ovechkin is angry about being suspended for two games. Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard apologized for injuring teammate Tomas Vokoun with his careless stick-swinging incident. The Blackhawks are going to announce contract extensions for three young players. SOCCER: Revolution defender Jay Heaps retired after 11 MLS seasons. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: Which Bruins legend had his number retired to the Boston Garden rafters on Dec. 3, 1987, after a special tribute from a then-active Bruins player? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves." '€” Golfer Tiger Woods, addressing the controversy on his website STAT OF THE DAY:  21 '€” Jamal Lewis' rank on the list of all-time leading NFL rushers. The Browns running back was placed on season-ending injured reserve and previously had announced plans to retire at the end of the season. 'NET RESULTS: We linked to a couple of videos from Improv Everywhere last month. Recently, six Improv performers went to a Knicks game and had one of them walk around pretending he couldn't find his way back to his seat. Pretty soon, the whole section was yelling for the "lost" fan. Everyone agreed it was more entertaining than watching the Knicks lose again. Here's Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard showing off a couple of trick shots. And here's LeBron James with a length-of-the-court shot with a football. TRIVIA ANSWER: Phil Esposito, who had his No. 7 retired after watching Ray Bourque, who had been wearing No. 7 until that night, give up the number for No. 77 SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ozzy Osbourne is 61 today.