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?



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."


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.



Johnny Damon said he will proudly display his Red Sox 2004 World Series ring on his finger now that he no longer plays for the Yankees. And when he gets his Yankees 2009 ring, he's going to wear both rings together. Get the details on that, plus find links to the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.

Suffering from Tiger Woods fatigue? 



Outgoing Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson had some parting comments for the city Sunday, and they weren't very complimentary. On the same day new owner Michael Jordan promised to be more visible in the community and win over fans and businesses, Johnson said Charlotte did not do enough for him and his team, calling it a "close-knit, arrogant, sometimes incestuous town." Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.

In his first interview since a November auto accident that led to a leave of absence and the revelation of several extramarital affairs, golfer Tiger Woods told reporters that he’s “done some pretty bad things in [his] life” and is unsure what sort of reception he’ll receive from fans when he gets back to golf next month at the Masters.

Throughout the interviews — one with ESPN, one with the Golf Channel — Woods said he had been “living a lie,” and regretted the “hurt” he had caused his mother and wife.

According to the Associated Press, ESPN will air a one-on-one interview with Tiger Woods tonight sometime after 7 p.m. EST. Tom Rinaldi is expected to conduct the interview with the 14-time major champion.