Check out our newly reconfigured Morning Mashup, where we highlight some interesting stories from around the sports world. Martha Burk, who protested Augusta National's exclusion of women in 2003, commented on Tiger Woods' return for the Masters, saying: “I think this is a safe haven for him. They’re all chauvinists themselves. It’s a perfect fit. He’ll be welcomed. These people have a fundamental disregard for women.

For the first time in 51 years, the West Virginia Mountaineers advanced to the Final Four by upsetting No. 1 seed Kentucky, 73-66. West Virginia, a No. 2 seed, built a lead of 16 points with 4:25 left in the game before Kentucky began whittling the deficit. The Wildcats got the game to within four points with 25 seconds remaining, but the Mountaineers put the game away on free throws down the stretch.

 

Butler outscored Kansas State, 9-2, in the final 3:09 of their Elite Eight contest in Salt Lake City to reach the Final Four for the first time in school history. Butler's 63-56 victory allowed the team to advance out of the West Regional bracket and gives the Horizon Conference champion the opportunity to play in the Final Four in Indianapolis, just a few miles from its home campus.

 

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (32-4) were led by Gordon Hayward's 22 points. The team is now 32-4 on the season.

 

Suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas faces sentencing on gun possession charges Friday. Prosecutors want jail time, while Arenas’ lawyers are asking for probation and community service. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.

Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post reports (via Twitter) that St. John's University is interested in Boston College basketball coach Al Skinner.

 

"Sources tell The Post that BC's Al Skinner has moved into a prominent place on St. John's' wish list," Vaccaro reported.

 

An NHL rule barring blindside hits to the head moved another step closer to acceptance, and it's expected that once the players association signs off on it, it will go into effect as soon as Thursday night. Get the details on that, plus check out links to the day's top stories, plus videos -- including the Clay Buchholz-Nick Swisher ESPN promo -- trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

If there were a quarterback in this year's draft that Bill Belichick was convinced would be a 10-year NFL starter -- and this player was on the board when the Patriots picked 22nd -- would they pull the trigger?



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An autistic teenager from Chicago allegedly has picked every game of the NCAA tournament correcly, even with all the upsets in the first two rounds. Plus, we've got video of Stephon Marbury's impressive performance in the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Game. Find that, plus much more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

Joslyn James, an adult film actress who allegedly was one of the women who had an affair with Tiger Woods, called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to explain why she has been detailing information about her relationship with the golfer. "It wasn't about revenge," she said. "It was about getting the truth out." James insisted money is not a motive: "It was never about the money. It was about giving me the honest truth and showing me the same respect I gave him," she said, adding, "There will be no lawsuit."

 

Shawn Thornton's fight with Matt Cooke aside, the Bruins let down their fans last Thursday in a way the fans won't soon forget. (AP)Last Thursday’s Bruins-Pittsburgh matchup was one of those rare moments in sports that comes along maybe once a year, if you’re lucky. And even then, only if your team is relevant.



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