The Duke Blue Devils will seek their first national title in nine years after getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia for a 78-57 victory on Saturday night. West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler had to be helped off the court after injuring his left knee in a hard collision. Click here for the game recap.

The Butler Bulldogs continued their magical run through the NCAA tournament by beating Michigan State, 52-50, in the Final Four. Gordon Hayward contributed 19 points and collected the final rebound as Butler advanced to the NCAA title game in front of a hometown crowd in Indianapolis.  Click here for the game recap.

Butler's underdog story has been compared to the movie "Hoosiers," but the team also has a player whose story is similar to that of "The Blind Side" — junior guard Shawn Vanzant, who was taken in by a Florida family as a youngster. Read more about that, along with a story about a gravely ill Butler alum battling ALS who will make the trip to the Final Four. Those stories and more, incuding videos and trivia, can be found at Friday's Morning Mashup.

Bernie Carbo, now a born-again Christian, recounted for The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld how he abused drugs throughout his baseball career, including the 1975 World Series, when he hit two memorable home runs for the Red Sox. Meanwhile, a John Hancock employee is out to infiltrate Red Sox Nation this month. He is trying to become his company's biggest Boston Marathon fundraiser, which would earn him the right to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, and if he wins he plans to trot onto the field decked in Yankees garb.

With trade rumors surrounding Donovan McNabb, a Philadelphia Inquirer writer decided to go back and look at the 2005 Super Bowl between the Eagles and Patriots to examine whether the quarterback really threw up during the Eagles' final drive. His conclusion? No. For more on that, plus other links, videos, trivia and more, check out Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

The recent resurgence of interest in Larry Bird and Magic Johnson has helped rekindle the discussion about Boston and race relations. (AP)It’s often said that race is the third rail of politics.



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Boston College has parted ways with basketball coach Al Skinner. Over 13 seasons on Chestnut Hill, Skinner accumulated the most wins of any men’s basketball coach in school history, compiling a 247-165 record that resulted in seven berths in the NCAA tournament. That said, the Eagles had a 15-16 record in 2009-10, the team’s second losing season in the last three years.

 

Martha Burk, who made a name for herself leading a protest of August National's exclusionary policies in 2003, made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to discuss Tiger Woods' return for the Masters. "It's the perfect place for a misogynist like Tiger to come back out in public," said Burk, the director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women's Organizations. "Those guys are all anti-women one way or another. Tiger has shown it pretty starkly. He will be welcomed. There won't be any sanctions on him.

The New Jersey Nets beat the Spurs Monday night to for their 10th win of the season, assuring that they will not tie the 76ers' 1972-73 mark for NBA futility. And with new owner Mikhail Prokhorov set to spend this summer, there is hope for the immediate future. Read more about that story and others from around the web, plus check out our videos, trivia and more at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.

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.