Wednesday's Morning Mashup

December 02, 2009 - 5:16 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. The Tiger Woods story is at the top of the list today, with more accusations emerging. Dan Guttenplan puts his spin on the situation. Brad Faxon weighs in with his opinion. FOOTBALL: Kerry J. Byrne writes that Bill Belichick is no longer a defensive genius. Steve DeOssie has his Patriots report card. The Sports Pickle says the Patriots ran down the score Monday night. Steelers receiver Hines Ward apologized for questioning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's toughness Sunday night. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez received sliding lessons from Yankees manager Joe Girardi. The Bears signed linebacker Cato June. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will retire after the season. Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. BASEBALL: Billy Wagner reportedly is headed to the Braves. Dustin Pedroia said he welcomes a move to shortstop if needed by the Red Sox. Johnny Damon and Miguel Tejada were among those not offered arbitration by their teams. BASKETBALL: The Celtics beat up on the Bobcats. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer of Things We Learned. The 76ers signed Allen Iverson. In a rematch of last season's NCAA title game, No. 10 North Carolina beat No. 9 Michigan State. HOCKEY: Marc Savard got his seven-year deal from the Bruins. Capitals star Alex Ovechkin received a two-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit Monday night. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 2, 1986, the Celtics lost to the Washington Bullets, ending their homecourt winning streak at 38 games. But the game was not played at the Boston Garden. Where was it played? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Tell Derek [Jeter] to enjoy the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards while he can. ... I believe I can play shortstop and help get the Red Sox back where they belong." '€” Dustin Pedroia, on potentially moving to shortstop for the Red Sox STAT OF THE DAY: 388 '€” Career wins for Bobby Bowden, who announced he is retiring as Florida State football coach; his total ranks second all-time to Penn State's Joe Paterno 'NET RESULTS: Bobby Bowden won't have to worry about things like this anymore '€” one of his offensive linemen forgets to move during a play. TRIVIA ANSWER: The Hartford Civic Center, where the Celtics used to play an occasional home game SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom McGuinness, bass guitarist for Manfred Mann, is 69 today.