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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Inspirational freshman Lauren Hill scores first basket of college basketball season

11.03.14 at 7:31 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NFL: Colts at Giants, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Crystal Palace, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Lauren Hill, the freshman at Mount St. Joseph’s (Ohio) with inoperable brain cancer, scored the first points of the college basketball season Sunday when she hit a layup against Hiram College before 10,250 fans at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

Hill was mobbed be her teammates at center court after scoring, and she received a standing ovation before leaving the game, which the NCAA allowed the schools to move up in order to accommodate Hill. She re-entered with 26 seconds remaining and scored the game’s final basket as her team took a 66-55 victory.

At halftime, legendary former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt presented Hill with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award. An emotional Hill gave a brief speech.

During a TV interview, a reporter asked about it being her last game.

“Let’s not call this my last game. Let’s call this my first collegiate game,” she responded, adding: “I’ve never felt this good in my life.”

– Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki completed Sunday’s New York City Marathon in an impressive time of 3 hours, 26 minutes, one week after wrapping up the WTA season in Singapore.

Wozniacki’s time qualified her to run the Boston Marathon, but the 26-year-old said she won’t be in Hopkinton next April. However, after beating her target time of 3:30, she said she’ll consider running another marathon.

“After 15 kilometers, I was like, ‘Oh, I have to do another one,’ ” she said. “They said, ‘Wait, don’t say that yet. There’s still a long ways to go.’ At 20 miles, six miles left, I’m like, ‘I’m never running another marathon again.’ So I kind of changed my tune but just kept grinding out there.”

After crossing the finish line, Wozniacki was given her finisher’s medal by close friend Serena Williams, who also accompanied Wozniacki to the Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski was in the middle of a brawl following Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship race in Fort Worth, Texas, after he banged into Jeff Gordon and spun him out late in the race.

A furious Gordon confronted Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick joined in, pushing Keselowski from behind. Crew members from various teams joined in, and one from one of Gordon’s teammates appeared to land a flurry of punches on Keselowski, who was bleeding on his face and in his mouth.

“I couldn’t even tell you what happened,” Keselowski said. “Just a melee of people.

Gordon was leading on a restart when Keselowski made an aggressive move and contacted Gordon’s car, leaving him with a cut tire. Gordon ended up finishing 29th, while Keselowski took third.

“We were just racing for the win. I didn’t wreck him, and just raced him hard. He left a hole. Everything you watch in racing, you leave a hole, you’re supposed to go for it,” said Keselowski, who was the target of a fellow driver for the second time in four races. “I don’t want to ruin anyone’s day. I wanted to win the race and that was the opportunity.”

Said Gordon: “The way he races, I don’t know how he ever won a championship. This is why everyone is fighting with him. There wasn’t any conversation. You can’t have a conversation with him. There’s big consequences. To me, it’s just a bunch of crap. The kid is just doing stuff way over his head.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 3, 1942, the American League MVP winner was announced. Despite winning the Triple Crown, Red Sox star Ted Williams lost out to which Yankee?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He has always set a real high bar for how to play and I have tried to do the same through my efforts with my team. The only thing I really care about is the respect from my team, going out there and trying to earn it.” Tom Brady, after leading the Patriots to a 43-21 victory over the Broncos on Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 2-7 – Peyton Manning’s record in games at Gillette Stadium, following Sunday’s loss

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Saturday, Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young gets knocked out after colliding with Bulls guard Jimmy Butler.

In college hockey action Friday night, Minnesota-Duluth goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo reaches behind his back to make an incredible glove save against Miami (Ohio).

TRIVIA ANSWER: Second baseman Joe Gordon

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lulu was born on this day in 1948.

Read More: Brad Keselowski, Caroline Wozniacki, Jeff Gordon, Lauren Hill