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Report: Panthers’ Matt Moore placed on IR with shoulder injury

11.08.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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According to Panthers beat writer Joe Person’s Twitter, starting quarterback Matt Moore has been placed on the injured reserve with a torn labrum, ending his season. Moore suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s contest against the Saints when he got hit by defensive lineman Sedrick Ellis. In six games, Moore has thrown for 857 yards, five touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

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Update: Wade Phillips seen at Cowboys facility

11.08.10 at 12:57 pm ET
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In updating the update, ESPN’s Calvin Watkins reported that Wade Phillips was seen by “several team employees” at the Cowboys facility Monday. Speculation began arising earlier in the day when Phillips’ SUV was not seen in its customary parking spot.

As of midday, Phillips reportedly had yet to speak with all his coaches. A conference was scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on Monday, when more news was expected after a meeting between owner Jerry Jones and his coaching staff.

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Report: A’s win right to negotiate with Hisashi Iwakuma

11.08.10 at 11:41 am ET
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The agent for Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma sent out a tweet Monday morning that implied his client would be negotiating with the Athletics, and it has since been confirmed by Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman.

The A’s have 30 days to agree to a deal with Iwakuma a 29-year-old right-hander who had a 2.81 ERA in 201 innings this season. He was the Pacific League MVP in 2008 when he went 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA.

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Shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Tigers ink two-year deal

11.08.10 at 11:34 am ET
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According to the Tigers’ Twitter feed, the team has completed a two-year, $11.25 million deal with shortstop Jhonny Peralta with a club option for 2013. Though Peralta struggles defensively, the Tigers love his potential as a power-hitting shortstop. The 28-year-old finished with 15 home runs and 81 RBIs last season, although he batted only .249 on the year. The team acquired Peralta in the summer in a deal that sent left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto to the Indians.

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Update: Coach Wade Phillips not at Cowboys facility early

11.08.10 at 11:31 am ET
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Updating a previous item surrounding Dallas’ coaching turmoil from Sunday night, ESPN’s Calvin Watkins reported that as of 9 a.m. CT on Monday, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips was not seen at Valley Ranch. Phillips’ SUV was not seen in its usual spot outside the scouting department’s office.

After Sunday’s contest with the Packers, Phillips would not confirm if he had spoken with owns Jerry Jones after the game. Cowboys officials reportedly are planning a 4 p.m. CT news conference with Phillips for Monday.

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford set for MRI on right shoulder

11.08.10 at 9:22 am ET
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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was set to undergo an MRI on his right (throwing) shoulder Monday morning after he re-injured it in Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the Jets, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson. Stafford was enjoying a strong day before suffering the injury in the fourth quarter, completing 20-of-36 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns against a strong Jets secondary.

Detroit’s trainers spent little time examining the injury, which the Detroit News believes is “a good indication” that the injury is either “the same injury ‘€” or one very similar ‘€” that forced Stafford to miss five games this season.” Stafford had been sidelined from Week 2 to Week 7 with a separated acromioclavicular joint. He returned in Week 8 to throw four touchdown passes in a victory against the Redskins.

“He is very sore,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said of Stafford after the game. “You guys know how tough he is, and if he could have [finished] he would have. It’s something we’re going to have to take a very serious look at. It’s his right shoulder.”

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hints at changes

11.08.10 at 8:45 am ET
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The Monday Morning tradition of contemplating Cowboys coach Wade Phillips’ job security appears to be coming to a close. Following an embarrassing 45-7 loss to the Packers, owner Jerry Jones suggested a change was forthcoming.

“There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences,” Jones told the media, abandoning Phillips side for the first time this season. “I’m talking about within the team ‘€” players, coaches who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know firsthand what it is to have high expectations. I think unquestionably that our expectations were thinking we’re something we were not, possibly looking at what might be relative to a Super Bowl. All of those things have certainly contributed early.”

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer predicted a change would be forthcoming, tweeting “Welcome to the head coaching ranks jason garrett.” Along with the Cowboys offensive coordinator, secondary coach Dave Campo and wide receivers coach Ray Sherman are candidates to take over on an interim basis. Given Jones’ widespread disappointment, predicting who could take over is difficult.

“We have so many things that we need to correct and address, as this game so vividly exposed and previous games have,” Jones said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do, got a lot of decisions to make. And it’s not just one, two, three or four. There are several decisions. I think everybody in this country would agree that there’s a lot wrong with this team that we’ve got to address, and I’m certainly the one to address it.

“”I can’t put my finger on it because I don’t have enough fingers.”

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Report: Packers to release CB Al Harris

11.08.10 at 7:43 am ET
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Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Al Harris will be released by the Packers after he practiced with the team for the past three weeks while on the physically unable to perform list, Harris told ESPN.com. “I lost my job to injury,” Harris said in a text message,” but I have only good things to say about Green Bay and everyone I worked with.

Harris, 35, underwent reconstructive surgery on his left leg last Nov. 30 after being injured eight days earlier. He began practicing with the team on Oct. 19.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Channing Crowder furious after alleged spit in face

11.08.10 at 6:36 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ 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. … That’s the first time I’ve ever been spit in my face in my life, and that’s the worst thing you can do to a man as another man, spit in somebody’s face. Why would you do that? Because you’re scared of me? So you’re going to spit on me and walk away like he did ‘€” spit real fast, walk away and let your team protect you? That’s what he did.”

‘™¦ With the Cowboys hitting a new low in Sunday night’s 45-7 loss to the Packers, the calls for Wade Phillips‘ dismissal are growing louder. In the Dallas Morning News, Jean-Jacques Taylor writes that keeping Phillips “should be considered cruel and unusual punishment” for the coach, but then he explains why it doesn’t make financial sense for owner Jerry Jones to fire Phillips in midseason.

‘™¦ The Lakers are off to a 7-0 start, but Mark Heisler in The Los Angeles Times explains why there is a zero percent chance they will surpass the Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a season.

‘™¦ With free agency under way, Anthony McCarron in the New York Daily News polls some experts to try to determine what Derek Jeter‘s value is to the Yankees.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named captain of the Bruins?

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Yankees contact Cliff Lee’s agent

11.07.10 at 9:33 pm ET
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According to the Associated Press, the Yankees contacted the agent for left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee on Sunday to express interest in the hurler and to say that “they will be back in touch with an offer for the top pitcher on the market.”

The report cited a baseball official familiar with the conversation between New York and Darek Braunecker, Lee’s agent. Sunday was the first day for teams to contact free agents to express interest in them.

The Yankees nearly acquired Lee, the 2008 Cy Young winner, in exchange for a package of prospects headed by catcher Jesus Montero. But the Rangers swooped in when the left-hander was available in July and acquired Lee in exchange from the Mariners for first baseman Justin Smoak and others. Lee was a combined 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA for the Mariners and Rangers in 2010, and he ran his career postseason record to 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA through the American League Championship Series (when he and the Rangers beat the Yankees) before losing a pair of games in the World Series.

Lee is regarded as being in a class by himself in terms of available free-agent pitchers this offseason. He is expected to get a deal in excess of $100 million, with the Yankees and Rangers being viewed as the leading candidates to sign him.

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