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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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Seahawks DE Raheem Brock arrested for DUI

11.15.10 at 9:06 am ET
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As was first reported on KCPQ and then later confirmed by the Seattle Times, Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock was arrested for a DUI Saturday morning. According to Washington State Patrol trooper Julie Startup, Brock was pulled over around 3 a.m. Saturday morning on NE 45th Street over Interstate 5. He was arrested but not booked by the arresting officer, meaning he was released pending charges.

Brock, 32, was signed by Seattle the week before the regular season started and has appeared in every Seahawks game this season. He was active Sunday against Arizona and has recorded 13 tackles and three sacks on the year. Brock is a nine-year veteran, and this is believed to be his first arrest as a pro.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Amar’e Stoudemire questions Knicks’ commitment to winning

11.15.10 at 7:41 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ 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. Used to talking about winning. We just can’t have guys complacent and comfortable with losing. I keep saying that.”

‘™¦ Former Browns receiver Braylon Edwards ignored the taunts as he returned to Cleveland with the Jets on Sunday and left with a win.

‘™¦ The father of new Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was killed after being struck by a car late Saturday night in St. Petersburg, Fla. John Alderson, 87, was crossing a street when he was struck. He died in a hospital shortly thereafter.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 15, 1967, Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski was named American League MVP, but the vote was not unanimous. Which AL player received one first-place vote?

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Dolphins lose QBs Chad Pennington, Chad Henne to injuries

11.15.10 at 6:13 am ET
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It should have been a great win for the Dolphins. A 29-17 victory over Vince Young, Chris Johnson and the Titans would seem a great way to end a five-game away losing streak. However, things got much more bleak in South Florida on Sunday when quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Chad Henne were potentially lost for the season.

Pennington, in his first start of the season, suffered a potentially career-ending right shoulder injury on the second play from scrimmage. Pennington missed most of last season while he underwent reconstructive shoulder surgery.

Enter Henne. Henne was relieved of his starting role after failing to help the Dolphins execute in the red zone and for giving up many costly turnovers. Henne came into the game for Pennington and played well, completing 19-for-28 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown, although he did throw another interception. Henne limped off the field near the end of the third quarter after his leg was twisted on an incomplete pass. He stayed on the field for several minutes as trainers and doctors examined his leg. He soon appeared on the sideline with crutches.

Now, it seems both Henne and Pennington could be out for the year, reports the Miami Sun Sentinel.

The injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time, with a Thursday night game against Chicago (6-3) looming ahead in a short week. In 2009, both Henne and Pat White were knocked out of the season finale, something that coach Tony Sparano never wanted to revisit.

“Second time this has happened to me,” Sparano said. “It’s getting a little bit old. These defensive guys are getting too good.”

With both players out, Miami ran its wildcat offense and even attempted a deep pass with wide receiver Brandon Marshall that fell incomplete. Tyler Thigpen entered in the fourth quarter and went 4-for-6 with 64 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to Anthony Fasano that put the Dolphins out of reach for the Titans.

The Dolphins will need to sign at least one quarterback in the upcoming days, and former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell reportedly is heading in to work out with the team on Monday. Other suspected options include White, Jeff Garcia and Daunte Culpepper.

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