Wednesday's Morning Mashup

December 16, 2009 - 1:57 am

Welcome to Wednesday'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 a Patriots mailbag. Vikings backup linebacker Erin Henderson was suspended for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Rams released offensive lineman Richie Incognito two days after coach Steve Spagnuolo benched him for the second half of a loss at Tennessee. Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was smoking marijuana as he drove his car Thursday night, according to a police report. Mike Holmgren visited with the Browns for a second straight day. BASEBALL: Alex Speier has a piece on the Red Sox' expanding payroll. Mike Cameron and John Lackey will be introduced to the media today. The Roy Halladay trade is nearing completion, with a fourth team added to the mix. The White Sox acquired left fielder Juan Pierre from the Dodgers. Nolan Ryan is part of the group that is bidding to buy the Rangers. Toronto's Adam Lind was named top DH. The former agent for Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is suing his new representatives, the Hendricks brothers, in Massachusetts state court. The McCourt saga gets stranger in Los Angeles. BASKETBALL: Rasheed Wallace is enjoying life as a Celtic. Kobe Bryant scored 42 points despite a broken finger as the Lakers beat the Bulls. Tracy McGrady made his season debut with the Rockets in a win over the Pistons. The Suns beat the Spurs to stay perfect at home. HOCKEY: Graig Woodburn has the Bruins at No. 9 in the NHL Power Rankings. The Penguins routed the Flyers. The Kings moved into first in the West with a win over the Oilers. The Capitals crushed the Avalanche but are upset about a hit by a hit from Colorado's David Koci that knocked defenseman Mike Green out of the game. MISC.: Dan Guttenplan ranks ESPN's personalities. A doctor who treated Tiger Woods is being investigated for performance-enhancing drugs. The Big Ten is exploring options to expand from 11 teams to 12. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 16, 1964, the Red Sox announced they would be moving their spring training home from Scottsdale, Ariz., to which Florida city? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's tragic that it happens to come unfortunately at a time when one of his patients is suffering through a media frenzy, which as a result has put him in the eye of the storm as well." '€” Brian Greenspan, attorney for Dr. Anthony Galea, who denies giving performance-enhancing drugs to Tiger Woods or any of the other athletes he has treated STAT OF THE DAY: 6 '€” Record number of players Alabama placed on The Associated Press All-America team, which was announced yesterday 'NET RESULTS: There are bad referees and there are good referees. In the latter category, it would be hard to top Swedish hockey referee Wolmer Edqvist, who performed CPR on a fallen player during a game this past weekend. According to reports, Niklas Lihagen of Orebro HK of the Swedish Allsvenskan collapsed on the ice after getting hit in the first period of a game against Bofors and went into cardiac arrest. Edqvist, who works as an ambulance driver, successfully restarted the player's heart. EMBED-Swedish referee performs on-ice CPR, saves players life - Watch more free videos Here's the latest from Improv Everywhere: Guerrilla handbell strikeforce. A 13-member handbell choir surprises a New York City Salvation Army bell-ringer with an apparently impromptu concert. TRIVIA ANSWER: Winter Haven SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tony Hicks is 64 today. Hicks is a member of the Hollies, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.