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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ailing Colts coach Chuck Pagano gives emotional postgame pep talk to team 11.05.12 at 7:01 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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Eagles at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Timberwolves at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Premier League Soccer: Southampton at West Bromwich Albion, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ The surprising Colts are 5-3 after Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, and the fact that they’re doing so well while their coach is off battling leukemia is even more impressive.

Chuck Pagano, weakened by chemotherapy treatment, paid a visit to the locker room after Sunday’s game and delivered an emotional pep talk.

“As I mentioned before the game, you guys are living a vision, not circumstances,” Pagano told the players. “Because you know where [the prognosticators] had us in the beginning, every last one of them, but you refused to live in circumstances. And you decided consciously as a team, as a family, to living a vision. And that’s why you bring things home the way you brought it home today. That’s why you’re champions, and well on your way.

“I’ve got circumstances. I understand it. You understand it. It’s already beat. … My vision, I’m living to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and hoist the Lombardi Trophy several times.”

♦ Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams helped his team to a victory in Washington on Sunday, and he explained that part of Carolina’s motivation was Washington’s decision to make the contest a “homecoming” game, welcoming back 150 former players and wearing throwback uniforms.

“That was definitely motivating,” Williams said. “I mean, you don’t say you’re going to have a homecoming in the National Football League. I mean, you do it in college. It’s [against] one of those teams that’s just terrible. You don’t book a good team for homecoming. … I don’t know if they had a dance or anything; I just know you don’t give a team extra motivation by putting that on your program, just blatantly coming out and saying, ‘You’re our homecoming game.’ ”

Added Williams later on Twitter: I’ve never been more insulted in the nil until today!

♦ The New York City Marathon was canceled due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, but that did not deter thousands of runners, who showed up Sunday morning in Central Park to run an adjusted version of the 26.2-mile race.

“A lot of people just wanted to finish what they started,” explained Lance Svendsen, who organized an alternative marathon called Run Anyway that drew about 600 participants.

Meanwhile, other would-be marathoners took a ferry to Staten Island to help people in the neighborhoods that suffered the most damage.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 5, 1946, the newly founded Celtics played their first-ever home game, which was delayed after which player damaged the backboard during warmups?

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Report: Teams show interest in trading for Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams 10.29.12 at 10:48 am ET
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The Panthers are listening to trade offers on running back DeAngelo Williams, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Schefter cites league sources as revealing that multiple teams have contacted the Panthers about Williams.

Given Williams’ tough season this far, it isn’t surprising that the Panthers might want to deal him before Tuesday’s deadline. The 29-year-old Williams has 61 carries in the Panthers’ six games for just 210 yards.

Schefter reported that a stumbling block to any potential Williams trade would be his contract. His $5.25 million salary this season is guaranteed, meaning any team that trades for him would have to pay $2.6 million in the second half of the season.

Last season, Williams carried the ball 155 times for 836 yards. His last 1,000-yard season came in 2009.

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Report: Frustrated Frank Gore goes off on 49ers coaches 08.27.11 at 1:07 pm ET
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After threatening to hold out for a contract extension at the start of training camp, 49ers Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore swallowed his pride and reported to practice on time. However, Gore has reportedly grown frustrated with the lack of progress in his contract negotiations.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Gore “snapped” at some of San Francisco’s assistant coaches in practice and is not pleased with how much he’s had to play in the preseason compared with previous years. Gore, who suffered a season-ending hip injury in 2010, has one year left in his contract and is reportedly looking for an extension similar to what DeAngelo Williams got from the Panthers (five years, $43 million).

“I’d be upset [if no deal is made], but I’m still a football player,” Gore said. “I want to be here for my whole career. That’s up to upstairs, the team. If they want me here, I want to be here. I’m just going to come out every day and practice hard.”

“The best thing we can say is we’re doing everything we can to make [Gore] a 49er for life, and whether that gets accomplished in the near future or not remains to be seen,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.

Entering his seventh season in San Francisco, Gore is the third all-time leading rusher in 49ers history with 6,414 yards.

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Panthers place RB DeAngelo Williams on injured reserve while Jimmy Clausen sits out of practice 11.17.10 at 2:31 pm ET
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The Panthers placed running back DeAngelo Williams on the injured reserve list with a mid-foot sprain, ending his season. The Panthers (1-8) placed Williams on the IR on Wednesday, the same day the team sat quarterback Jimmy Clausen out of practice with a concussion, the Associated Press reports.

Panthers coach John Fox told reporters that Williams wouldn’t have been able to go for another two to three weeks, and the team needed that roster spot. Jonathan Stewart will be the go-to guy in the Panthers’ running game.

Fox said that either rookie quarterback Tony Pike or former Boston College standout Brian St. Pierre would get the start for Carolina this Sunday against the Ravens.

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DeAngelo Williams out for Sunday 11.07.10 at 1:46 pm ET
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Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams will miss Sunday’s game vs. New Orleans. Williams continues to struggle with a sprained left foot that he suffered two weeks ago in a win over San Francisco. This will be Williams’ second consecutive game on the inactive list, after he sat out last week’s loss to St. Louis.

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