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Kerry Wood back to Cubs?

11.16.10 at 10:50 am ET
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Could the Cubs be thinking about returning Kerry Wood to Wrigley Field? That’s speculation floated by ESPNChicago, which suggests that Wood would come back as a set-up man after a brief departure that took him from Cleveland to the Yankees. The report also has the Cubs making a play for Adam Dunn.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Damien Woody lashes out at Jets haters

11.16.10 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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 TUESDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody was not pleased after perusing the Internet following his team’s overtime victory over the Browns on Sunday. The former Boston College and Patriots blocker did not appreciate people implying the Jets were more lucky than good. So, he tweeted: “Lots of haters out there calling us lucky … will y’all please check tha stats of the game b4 drinkin tha Haterade.”

On Monday, Woody further explained his feelings to the New York Post: “When I saw some of the tweets I was getting I was like, ‘Hold on now.’ There are a lot of ignorant people out there saying some dumb things. Check the stats out before you start throwing out, ‘Oh, you guys lucked out to beat Cleveland.’ We dominated Cleveland. If we had done a better job in the red zone, the game wouldn’t even have been close and we wouldn’t be having this discussion.”

Woody also compared this year’s Jets team to the two Patriots Super Bowl-winning teams he played on. “We have that feeling ‘€” and it was the same way in New England when we won those Super Bowls — that no matter what the situation is we can win the football game at the end,” Woody said. “Good teams find a way to win. That’s what we’re doing. In New England we knew when we went out there that we were going to win. We didn’t know how we were going to do it, but we were going to win.”

‘™¦ With the Knicks struggling to a 3-7 start, Marc Berman in the New York Post wonders why it’s Amar’e Stoudemire who is standing up and challenging his teammates to show more heart instead of coach Mike D’Antoni.

‘™¦ Martin Fennelly in The Tampa Tribune has the story of Arron Sears, the former Buccaneers offensive lineman who was arrested on a felony charge over the weekend while wandering in a busy street and submitted for mental health evaluation, leaving his ex-teammates saddened by his demise.

‘™¦ At AOL FanHouse, Jon Weinbach has the progress report on Los Angeles’ plan to build a new stadium and attract an NFL team.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 16, 1979, the Red Sox signed which free agent and future Hall of Fame slugger?

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Chiefs coach Todd Haley apologizes for snubbing Josh McDaniels

11.15.10 at 4:55 pm ET
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Chiefs coach Todd Haley apologized Monday for not shaking Josh McDaniels‘ hand Sunday after the Broncos beat the Chiefs 49-29. Haley would not explain why he avoided the handshake.

“And I apologize. I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh,” Haley said.

McDaniels ran towards Haley after the game and offered his hand, but Haley drew his hand away and pointed at McDaniels. Haley had some brief, angry comments for McDaniels before the two separated. McDaniels said Monday he still has no idea why Haley was upset. The two teams meet again on Dec. 5 in Kansas City.

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Giants receiving corps gets thinner: Ramses Barden likely done for the year

11.15.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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According to Tom Coughlin Monday, Giants receiver Ramses Barden is likely out for the year after he broke his ankle and tore a ligament in his ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Barden is the second Giants receiver to be seriously injured in the past seven days; Steve Smith suffered a partial tear of his pectoral muscle last week and is out indefinitely.

The injuries leave Coughlin with only three active receivers on his roster: Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and rookie Duke Calhoun. Kick returner Darius Reynaud is listed as a receiver, but he is battling a hamstring injury. Calhoun and Reynaud have yet to record a catch this season.

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Donovan McNabb earns big pay day

11.15.10 at 3:46 pm ET
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According to ESPN NFL Insider Michael Smith Monday, the Washington Redskins and Donovan McNabb have agreed to a five-year extension, for $78 million, with $40 million guaranteed. If accurate, the deal would pay the 33-year-old (he turns 34 next week) slightly less than Tom Brady will receive from the Patriots over the life of a four-year, $72 million deal that was tacked onto the New England quarterback’s $6.5 million salary for the 2010 season.

The move comes just hours before the Redskins Monday night game against the Eagles. The extension also comes after McNabb was benched at the end of the team’s Week 8 loss against the Lions. In his first season in Washington, McNabb has thrown for 1,971 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading the Redskins to a 4-4 record.

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Akinori Iwamura heading back to Japan

11.15.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Former Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura is returning to Japan after his worst MLB season last season, the Kyodo News (via the Japan Times) reports. The 31-year old has signed a deal with the Rakuten Eagles, a team official said in the report.

After three successful seasons in Tampa, Iwamura was traded to Pittsburgh last offseason, but struggled through 54 games with the Pirates. After being released by the Pirates, Iwamura signed with the Athletics and hit just .129 in 10 games with Oakland. Iwamura hit .267 with 16 homers and 117 RBIs in four seasons of play state-side.

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NHL to have first ever European referee Tuesday

11.15.10 at 3:19 pm ET
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Marcus Vinnerborg will become the first European to officiate an NHL game Tuesday, when he takes the ice to officiate the Stars-Ducks game in Dallas. Europeans broke into the NHL in 1964, and several former players coached briefly in the NHL, but officiating was the last position to be filled by a European.

‘€œYou can’€™t set this as a goal for yourself because until now the NHL has been a closed world to European officials,’€ Vinnerborg said in an interview with IIHF.com. ‘€œI feel fortunate to get this opportunity and to be appreciated by them.’€

The 37-year old, who hails from Sweden, has been preparing for the move to the NHL by refereeing games in the American Hockey League this fall.

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Bengals kicker Mike Nugent could be out for the year

11.15.10 at 3:17 pm ET
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Bengals kicker Mike Nugent could miss the rest of the season due to a right knee injury he suffered on an onside kick late in the team’s loss to the Colts Sunday. Nugent had to be carried off the field by teammates after the Bengals recovered the ball. He was seen on the sidelines with crutches later in the game.

‘€œThe ball was on its way and I kind of cut back to take a guy and that’€™s when it happened,’€ Nugent told the Bengals’ official site. “It doesn’t look good.”

Nugent is 15 of 19 this year on field goal attempts. The injury could not have come at a worse time, as former Bengals kickers Dave Rayner (Detroit) and Shayne Graham (New England) signed on with other teams last week.

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Monday night football injury update

11.15.10 at 3:16 pm ET
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Heading into a big NFC East matchup, the Redskins will be without starting running back Clinton Portis, while the Philadelphia Eagles will be playing with a makeshift defense and offensive line.

The Redskins will start Ryan Torain at running back, with Portis inactive due to a lingering groin injury. According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, Washington will likely have Brandon Banks back after undergoing knee surgery two weeks ago. The rookie wide receiver and kick returner is sixth among all kickoff returners with 16 or more returns, with a 27.3 yards per return average.

On the other side, the Eagles will be without two defensive starters and could be missing two offensive lineman. Rookie free safety Nate Allen has been ruled out due to a neck injury that caused him to miss practice all week. Former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs will miss the contest with a hip injury that also kept him out of the team’s game in Week 9 against the Colts.The Eagles will start rookie Kurt Coleman at free safety, and Dimitri Patterson at cornerback.

Along the line, starting right guard Max Jean-Gilles and backup left tackle King Dunlap are uncertain for tonight. Jean-Gilles suffered a concussion against the Colts last week and only was cleared to returned to practice Saturday. Dunlap is doubtful with a knee injury that limited him in practice all week.

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Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen has concussion

11.15.10 at 1:46 pm ET
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Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion Sunday against the Buccaneers and could miss the team’s game this upcoming weekend against Baltimore.

Coach John Fox said he thinks the concussion may have occurred on the last play of the game, when Clausen was stopped at the goal line in a 31-16 Buccaneers win. On the play, Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib dove headfirst into the pile, sparking the ire of several Panthers. Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was one of several members of the team upset with the move, and he was penalized 15 yards when he shoved Talib after the play.

If Clausen is unavailable Sunday, the Panthers would be left with rookie quarterbacks Tony Pike and Armanti Edwards. Starting quarterback Matt Moore was placed on the IR list last week with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

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