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Eagles coach Andy Reid names Michael Vick starting QB

10.25.10 at 11:49 am ET
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Following the Eagles’ 37-19 loss to the Titans on Sunday, coach Andy Reid wasted little time announcing the direction of his quarterback carousel heading into Philadelphia’s Week 8 bye.

“It’s Mike [Vick],” Reid said shortly and bluntly when asked who his starter would be when the team returns to action. Kevin Kolb‘s shaky day (26-for-48 for 231 yards, one TD and two interceptions plus a lost fumble) made Vick the easy selection for the coach. At 108.8, Vick is the top-rated passer in the NFC, and he has tallied 986 total yards and seven touchdowns in limited action this year. He has missed the past two games with injured ribs.

While Vick didn’t declare himself 100 percent, his latest comments suggest he’ll be fine in Week 9. “I’ve got some time to heal, some more time to get stronger. If they really needed me down the line, I probably could have [played],” Vick said. “If Kevin or Mike [Kafka] would have went down, I could have gotten through.”

Kolb, meanwhile, was disappointed yet not discouraged with the news. “I enjoy playing out there, and I want to continue to play,” Kolb began. “But, I’ll say it again, I always trust [Reid]. And I trust him now.”

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Report: Michael Nylander’s career in jeopardy following surgery

10.25.10 at 11:07 am ET
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According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, veteran NHL center (and onetime Bruin) Michael Nylander is set to undergo career-threatening surgery Monday after injuring a vertebra in his neck on Saturday. At 38 years old, Nylander had been playing in the AHL after being loaned to the Rochester Americans by the Washington Capitals. Given that the rehab process takes six months minimum, Nylander would be approaching age 40 by the time he could play again.

“He’ll definitely have to do some soul-searching when he has recovered,” Americans coach Chuck Weber told the Democrat & Chronicle. “The little bit I do know him, I don’t think this is the way he’ll want to go out.”

Nylander was injured after being  hit from behind by Grand Rapids Griffins’ defenseman Brendan Smith and falling head first into the boards. He immediately headed to the bench following the hit, before quickly leaving for the dressing room and later a local hospital. Nylander has been a bit of a journeyman in his NHL career, dividing 19 seasons with the Whalers, Flames, Lightning, Blackhawks, Rangers, Bruins and Capitals. He played in 15 games for Boston in 2003-04, registering a goal and 11 assists. He has 209 goals and 470 assists in 920 career games, and had four goals and two assists in seven games with the Amerks this year before suffering the injury.

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Report: 49ers owners ‘grumble’ about coach Mike Singletary

10.25.10 at 10:13 am ET
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According to a report from csnbayarea.com, 49ers owners John and Jed York privately complained about the team’s coaching to their “inner circle” following Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the previously winless Panthers. San Francisco is now 1-6 under Mike Singletary despite expectations of a division title heading into the season.

There’s no doubt in my mind, somehow, someway, we will regroup and we will keep fighting and we will make a season of it,” Singletary said after Sunday’s loss. “And I still believe we can go to the playoffs. I still believe we can get those things done. We just have to get the right things in place and go from there.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ilya Kovalchuk benched after bad start with Devils

10.25.10 at 7:42 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:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ After Ilya Kovalchuk signed a $100 million contract with the Devils, big things were expected in New Jersey. It hasn’t started out so well. The team is off to its worst start in two decades at 2-6-1, first-year coach John MacLean can’t find the right linemates for his star winger, and Kovalchuk was benched Saturday night for an undisclosed reason. Speculation centers around a missed team meeting.

‘™¦ With the Yankees‘ season over, Joel Sherman in the New York Post looks at the upcoming contract negotiations with Derek Jeter., who is coming off his worst season ever. By the way, the Yankees again had thousands of unsold playoff tickets.

‘™¦ Los Angeles’ bid to get another NFL team continues, and a recent rumor has the Vikings as a target. In the Los Angeles Daily News, Vincent Bonsignore looks at the efforts to return NFL football to LA.

‘™¦ University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has been taking a pounding in the media since the news of his flaunting of NCAA rules came to light. Dana O’Neil at ESPN.com looks at the school’s curious manner of dealing with the situation.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 25, 1986, the Red Sox suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Mets in Game 6 of the World Series, surrounding three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to lose 6-5. The Sox had taken a two-run lead in the top of the 10th on a home run by Dave Henderson and an RBI single by Marty Barrett. Which Mets pitcher ‘€” who later in his career would play for the Sox ‘€” gave up the 10th-inning runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The refs called a wonderful game ‘€” for the Steelers.” ‘€” Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, after a controversial call in the finals minutes helped Pittsburgh take a 23-22 victory

STAT OF THE DAY: 38 ‘€” Yards of offense for the Patriots in the first half of Sunday’s game in San Diego, at which point they led the Chargers 13-3

‘NET RESULTS: Lithuanian basketball player Augusto Peciukeviciciaus nails a shot from the free throw line ‘€” to the basket at the other end of the court.

A soccer player gets checked past the goal line and slides down a flight of stairs to an access tunnel.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Aguilera, who recorded 20 saves for the Red Sox after being traded to Boston by the Twins in the 1995 season (he then returned to Minnesota in 1996)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Taffy Nivert Danoff of Starland Vocal Band is 66 Monday. She’s the one with the blue scarf.

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Report: Brett Favre denies photos but admits to voicemails

10.25.10 at 6:33 am ET
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According to a report from Fox Sports, Brett Favre admitted to NFL investigators that he sent voice messages to Jets TV host Jenn Sterger but denied sending obscene photos to her. Favre met with league security on Tuesday, one day before Sterger hired legal representation. Sterger has not decided whether or not she will cooperate with the league’s investigation, according to her lawyer.

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Report: Iverson signs with Turkish team

10.24.10 at 10:26 pm ET
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According to Yahoo! Sports, former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson has agreed in principle to a two-year, $4 million deal with Besiktas of the Turkish professional league. The report stated that Iverson, 35, plans to sign the deal this week and report to the team next week. The deal includes an opt-out clause that would permit the mercurial guard to return to the NBA for the 2011-12 season.

The 11-time All-Star and 2000-01 NBA MVP has a career average of 26.7 points per game. He spent last season with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Video: Spanish soccer player Miguel Garcia suffers heart attack during game

10.24.10 at 9:50 pm ET
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Soccer player Miguel Garcia was recovering in a local hospital Sunday after suffering a heart attack during a Spanish second-division game earlier in the day. Garcia, a 31-year-old who plays for Salamanca, collapsed face first near midfield during a break in the action.

A statement on the Salamanca website said Garcia “remains stable and recovering from cardiac arrest suffered in today’s game. If his progress continues being favourable, tomorrow he will leave intensive care and will be moved to the ward.”

Here’s the video:

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Report: Jenn Sterger may be thinking about taking action against Jets

10.24.10 at 8:22 pm ET
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Peter King reported on Football Night in America that the lawyer for Jenn Sterger – the former employee of the New York Jets whom Brett Favre allegedly sent suggestive messages, along with explicit photos — has hired multiple former FBI agents to find out how Favre obtained the phone number of Sterger. The attorney, Joseph Conway, according to King, has identified a “person of interest” who worked for the Jets in 2008. The insinuation is that Sterger’s camp might be positioning itself to take action against the Jets if necessary. To read more of King said, see ProFootballTalk.com.

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Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall picks off Bears four times; ties single-game record

10.24.10 at 5:22 pm ET
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Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler was harassed by Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall in Sunday’€™s matchup between the Bears and Redskins. Hall was the beneficiary of four Cutler interceptions, tying an NFL single-game record in Washington’€™s 17-14 win in Chicago.

Hall returned a third-quarter interception 92 yards for a touchdown in what proved to be the winning score for the Redskins. The single-game record is shared by 18 other players and hadn’€™t been matched since 2001 when Deltha O’€™Neal was a member of the Denver Broncos. Coincidentally, the 2001 Broncos were coached by Mike Shanahan, who has led the Redskins to a 4-3 record.

For more on Hall’s huge day, click here.

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Rams’ Steven Jackson passes Eric Dickerson as all-time franchise rusher

10.24.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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With a three-yard scamper near midfield in the second quarter of Sunday’€™s game, St. Louis running back Steven Jackson has become the Rams’€™ all-time leading rusher. Jackson passed Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, who gained 7,245 yards for the Rams in his tenure from 1983-87.

With minutes left in Sunday’€™s game against Tampa Bay, Jackson has carried 22 times for 110 yards. Jackson, 27, joined Dickerson and Marshall Faulk as the only Rams players to record at least 25 100-yard rushing performances for the Rams in Week 6. Jackson recorded his 26th 100-yard game against Tampa Bay.

For more on Jackson’s record, click here.

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