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Video: Jaguars game-winning Hail Mary never even practiced

11.15.10 at 1:05 pm ET
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In one of the craziest plays of the 2010 NFL season, a deflected David Garard Hail Mary fell right into the lap of wide receiver Mike Thomas on Sunday to give the Jaguars’ a 31-24 victory over the Texans. The play epitomizes Houston’s league-worst secondary, even more so because it’s something the Jags never truly practice, according to’s Peter King.

“We jog through it, and we know what position to be in, and then we look at diagrams,” Thomas said in describing what the team calls “Rebound.” The team doesn’t practice the play at full speed to avoid injuries. “[Tight end] Marcedes Lewis is the point man. He’s supposed to tip it to one of us if he can. I’m the scoop guy, out front.”

Instead of Lewis, Houston cornerback Glover Quin was the tipper, and he batted it straight ahead instead of down to the ground. “When it happened,” Thomas said, “all I could think was, ‘Oh my goodness! Did he really just tap it to me?’ ”

Ironically, with three seconds left in a tie game and the ball at midfield, Thomas explained how the team, “basically began to think of overtime.” Clearly, that wasn’t necessary due to the Texans participation in “Rebound.”

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Report: Brett Favre to meet with expert about shoulder

11.15.10 at 12:05 pm ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told ESPN he will contact Dr. James Andrews about pain in his right shoulder. Andrews performed surgery on Favre to repair a partially torn biceps tendon following the 2008 season, and there is speculation that the new injury might be related.

Favre said he experienced a sharp pain putting on a T-shirt at practice Saturday but did not have pain during Sunday’s game vs. the Bears.

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Report: Lane Kiffin loses grievance vs. Raiders

11.15.10 at 11:59 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Lane Kiffin was denied his grievance seeking unpaid salary from the Raiders following his dismissal four games into the 2008 season. The NFL arbitrator also denied the Raiders their countergrievance for lawyer and arbitration fees, the report stated, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Kiffin, now the coach at USC, had been seeking about $2.6 million. Raiders owner Al Davis claimed Kiffin made comments against the organization that were enough to violate the terms of the three-year, $6 million deal.

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Phillies hire Ryne Sandberg as Triple-A manager

11.15.10 at 11:44 am ET
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After missing out on the Cubs’ managerial opening, Ryne Sandberg accepted a job as manager of the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Sandberg managed the Cubs’ Triple-A team in Iowa this past season and was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. The Hall of Fame infielder left the organization after the Cubs selected Mike Quade as manager.

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Steelers WR Hines Ward says he’ll play Sunday

11.15.10 at 11:23 am ET
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Shortly after he was knocked out of Sunday night’s contest against the Patriots with a concussion, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he would be ready to play in this coming Sunday’s game against the Raiders. In fact, Ward believes he could have returned to the game vs. the Patriots, but the team’s medical personnel wouldn’t allow him.

‘€œI felt like I could have played but our [doctors] felt otherwise,’€ the 13-year old veteran said. ‘€œIt’€™s my body. I feel like if I want to go back out there I should have the right. They saw me tripping over the grass and the league was going to make a big deal about it, them putting  me back out there.’€

Ward was injured on a 5-yard catch after he took a shot to the head from safety James Sanders to end the first quarter. The play was originally ruled a completed pass but was overturned following a Patriots challenge. Consequently, Ward left the contest with no catches, snapping his streak of regular-season games with at least one catch at 186.

‘€œI’€™m a competitor and I want to be out there, especially against the New England Patriots,” Ward said. “I worked my tail off all week to get in that position and I got dinged up.’€

Though he believes he could have returned Sunday night, Ward will still have to pass multiple cognitive tests this week before he is cleared to play against the Raiders.

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Islanders fire Scott Gordon, name Jack Capuano interim coach

11.15.10 at 11:13 am ET
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The Islanders responded to their 4-10-3 start by removing Scott Gordon as coach and replacing him with Jack Capuano on an interim basis for the rest of the season. Gordon, a former Boston College goalie who had a brief NHL career and later coached the AHL’s Providence Bruins, will remain with the team for the rest of the season as an adviser to general manager Garth Snow.

Capuano, a former University of Maine defenseman who had a cup of coffee with the Bruins in 1991-92, was promoted after coaching the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, for the past four seasons.

“”We believe we need a change in direction and, with the majority of the regular season still ahead of us, our goal remains to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Snow said in a statement. “Scott has made tremendous strides with our team the past three seasons and I look forward to continuing our relationship in an advisory capacity.”

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Report: Clinton Portis to sit Monday night against Redskins

11.15.10 at 10:54 am ET
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NFL Network’s Jason La Confora tweeted Monday morning that Redskins running back Clinton Portis is scheduled to be inactive for the Monday night game against the Eagles. La Confora’s report is in agreement with the Washington Post’s feeling that Portis is “doubtful” for the game. Portis has been out with a groin injury suffered in a Week 4 contest with the Eagles. Ryan Torain, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury throughout the practice week, should get the start in his place.

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Lakers critical of Lamar Odom technical foul in loss to Suns

11.15.10 at 10:47 am ET
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As was reported before the season began, NBA officials pledged to expand the guidelines on calling technical fouls. So far, they’ve held true to their world, which has drawn criticism throughout the season, most recently from Lakers players and coach Phil Jackson. In a controversial call, forward Lamar Odom was given a tech late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 121-116 loss to the Suns on Sunday, and it might have cost his team the game.

After he absorbed contact from Hedo Turkoglu as he made a layup with 53.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Odom spun around and signaled to referee Ron Garretson that he should have been awarded an and-one call and a chance to bring the Lakers to within one. Instead, Odom’s reaction drew a technical foul from referee Tony Brown, which Steve Nash followed with a made foul shot to put the Suns up by three with the ball. The two-point swing  “changed the context of the ballgame,” according to Jackson.

“I was unhappy about the situation that happened with Lamar,” Jackson said. “I don’t think the NBA wants that type of thing to happen, but that’s part of the residual that’s going to happen off of the policy they have.”

The play was ruled more excessive than a normal reaction by Odom, which led to the T. Lakers forward Matt Barnes called the foul “ridiculous” while Kobe Bryant deemed it “disgusting.”

“It’s a bad, bad rule,” Bryant said. “It’s a bad rule. It’s subject to so much interpretation. It’s tough. I’ve been toeing the line here so I don’t want to [say much more]. You have to [think about the rule when you play] now. It’s something you have to be conscious about as a player, which kind of throws you off your game a little bit because basketball is such an emotional sport and you have to think about it a little bit.”

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Update: Cleveland WR Josh Cribbs expected to be fine with multiple dislocated toes

11.15.10 at 9:28 am ET
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Updating a previous post, Cleveland wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs dislocated all of the toes on his right foot except the big toe. After recording an electrifying 37-yard catch-and-run, Cribbs went to the locker room for X-rays and did not return to action.

“I just couldn’t get back out there,” said Cribbs, describing the play. “I was about to jump and somebody behind me stepped on my foot right as I was about to jump. They took X-rays and they just told me, ‘You’re done for the day.’ I asked them what the X-rays show, but they didn’t tell me. They just said, ‘You’re done, you’re done.’ ”

Cribbs added, “I knew I couldn’t. It doesn’t seem too serious, but it hurts.” His initial diagnosis is quite accurate, as Profootballtalk reports the dangerous receiver is expected to be fine for the upcoming game with the Jaguars.

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Video: Chiefs coach Todd Haley refuses to shake Josh McDaniels’ hand

11.15.10 at 9:08 am ET
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Nobody likes a sore loser.

Following an embarrassing 49-29 loss to the Broncos yesterday, Chiefs coach Todd Haley refused to shake opposing coach Josh McDaniels‘ hand, instead pointing a finger and lecturing him before turning his back. When he was asked about the altercation, Haley offered little, simply calling it a “private moment.”

Haley was presumably upset about the way McDaniels handled a big lead. Though they were up a comfortable margin entering the fourth, the Broncos were still airing the ball out, blitzing on defense and max protecting. Cue the coaching rivalry music.

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