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Pitching coach market moves: Duncan stays with Cardinals, Eiland fired by Yankees

10.25.10 at 2:58 pm ET
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Major league pitching coaches are engaged in a game of musical chairs. On Monday, there was significant movement (or non-movement) on three teams.

–Most prominently, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell was officially announced as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. In his absence, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told WEEI.com, Boston will talk with both internal and external candidates. Francona also said there is “no timetable” for replacing Farrell.

–The man who is considered by many to be the best pitching coach in the majors, Dave Duncan, received a two-year extension from the Cardinals with a mutual option for the 2013 season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

–Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland will not return in 2011, New York GM Brian Cashman told reporters. (For the full report from mlb.com, click here.) That means that the Yankees, like the Sox, will be in the market for a new pitching coach this offseason.

–With Farrell on board, the Jays announced that they would retain pitching coach Bruce Walton.

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Josh McDaniels apologizes to irate Broncos fan base

10.25.10 at 1:29 pm ET
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Following the Broncosembarrassing 59-14 loss to the Raiders, Denver is in disarray. According to that report, “the stream of fans heading to the exits became a rush” following Darren McFadden‘s 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter (his fourth TD on the day). In a poll on the Denver Post’s game recap, nearly 83 percent of voters believe the team has already quit. Former Bronco and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth tweeted during the game: “I have lived in Denver since 1995 and I can’t remember a more embarrassing showing by the Broncos ever!”

Someone’s seat is getting hotter, and it’s that of former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Since winning his first six games as a head coach, McDaniels has gone 4-13. One Denver Post headline questions, “Josh losing fans; is he losing team too?” Another columnist predicts “Orton can never again inspire real hopein this town,” also adding “If [Tim] Tebow can’t play, then McDaniels is done in Denver.”

McDaniels response to all the turmoil? An apology. “I apologize to [owner] Pat [Bowlen], the organization, the fans, everybody else. That was awful,” he said.

If he can’t win now and win often, McDaniels may have to familiarize himself with Timbaland’s cold message:

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Jerramy Stevens released by Buccaneers following arrest

10.25.10 at 12:17 pm ET
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Updating a post from Sunday, the Buccaneers made good on their promise to “address this matter with the seriousness it deserves,” as the team released tight end Jerramy Stevens Monday morning. Stevens had been arrested on multiple drug charges, including intent to distribute given the large quantity of marijuana in his possession (38 grams).

As was originally reported, Stevens was a healthy inactive for Tampa Bay’s 18-17 comeback win over the Rams on Sunday. Though physically gifted, Stevens has had off-field distractions that have always outweighed his on-field production. He had only three catches for 43 yards on the year, and this could mark the end of his NFL career.

While the Bucs have officially wiped their hands clean of Stevens, Profootballtalk.com’s Mike Florio points out the curious timing of the arrest. It will be interesting to see if other Bucs players are implicated in a Stevens trial, and if this will interfere with the Bucs’ potential as the “best team in the NFC.”

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Video: Jonathan Byrd hits hole-in-one in playoff for Shriners win

10.25.10 at 12:01 pm ET
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Well, that’s one way to secure a win. With daylight dwindling, Jonathan Byrd did this on the fourth playoff hole to win a three-man playoff battle at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open in Las Vegas. The PGA Tour said it’s the first sudden-death playoff decided by an ace.

After all three went for par in the first three playoff holes, Byrd, defending champion Martin Laird and Cameron Percy met to discuss whether there was enough light to continue playing. They agreed to go one more hole, which was the 204-yard 17th at the TPC Summerlin, and had planned to continue play Monday if necessary.

Clearly, that wasn’t necessary.

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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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