The UConn women edged Baylor, 65-64, in a thriller Tuesday night in Hartford to improve their record winning streak to 80 games. UConn's surprise savior was Bria Hartley, who was playing in just her second college game and missed her first six shots before hitting two 3-pointers and an inside basket down the stretch. Read more about that story, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody was not pleased after perusing the Internet following his team's overtime victory over the Browns on Sunday. The former Boston College and Patriots blocker did not appreciate people implying the Jets were more lucky than good. So, he tweeted: "Lots of haters out there calling us lucky ... will y'all please check tha stats of the game b4 drinkin tha Haterade."

 

It didn't take long for Amar'e Stoudemire to question what's going on at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks' prized free agent acquisition was livid after Sunday night's loss to the Rockets that came two days after a meltdown in Minnesota, where New York blew a 21-point lead in a loss to the Timberwolves. "I don't understand why we're not playing with the urgency. ... It's almost as if it doesn't matter," Stoudemire said after the team's fifth straight loss. "Maybe it's the fact that the winning mentality has never been here. I'm used to winning.

In an effort to show their solidarity with the team, staffers of the Jets went outside together and did 30 pushups — 10 for each penalty committed by the team at Thursday's practice. Even fitness-oriented owner Woody Johnson joined in. "In this age of Rex [Ryan], this is so indicative of how people are willing to run through a wall for him," explained Jets executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins. The executive said fans now want to get on board as well, so a system is being developed to alert followers as to how many pushups to do each day.

Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs — including the Red Sox and Yankees — reportedly also are under investigation.

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I love the Patriots like I love my country: In a completely biased, irrational, jingoistic, my-football-team-right-or-wrong, star-spangled championship banner-waving, “Foxboro: Love It or Leave It” bumper-sticker kind of way.



Last week, it was Kevin Garnett who was engaged in some heated discussions with Bucks big man Andrew Bogut. Tuesday night, Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire took his turn. Stoudemire objected to what he felt was an intentional elbow from Bogut during the Bucks' 107-80 blowout win. After receiving a technical foul for taunting Bogut, Stoudemire took his argument to the Bucks bench, engaging in a back-and-forth with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles.

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the ballot for its veterans committee, and the most prominent names are late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his frequent sidekick, Billy Martin. Results of the voting will be announced Dec. 6. In other news from around the web, read about why Isiah Thomas' dreams of returning to the NBA may be fleeting, and why Tom Brady is being credited with another shrewd decision for taking a share of Under Armour as part of his deal to endorse the company's products.

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was furious Sunday during the Dolphins' 26-10 loss to the Ravens, but it wasn't just because of the loss. Crowder became incensed and had to be restrained by his teammates because, he later explained, Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spit in his face. McClain denied the accusation, but Crowder was adamant after the game. "Le'Ron McClain spit in my face," he said. "That's some real [expletive], so if you talk to him tell him he's a [expletive] and if he ever comes to Miami he's got to see me. ...

Randy Moss' departure from Minnesota apparently was triggered by his rude behavior toward some employees who were catering a post-practice meal for the Vikings. This got us thinking about other infamous incidents in sports involving food. Who can forget then-Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens tossing items from a postgame buffet at a writer, an NFL assistant coach's naked trip through a fast food drive-through window, or Jim Schoenfeld's "Have another doughnut" rant at an NHL official?