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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapses leaving field at halftime of game vs. Colts 11.04.13 at 7:45 am ET
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NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Rockets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NFL: Bears at Packers, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Ducks at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘€¢ Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime of Sunday night’s game vs. the Colts and was taken via ambulance to a Houston hospital.

With his team leading 21-3, Kubiak was leaving the field when he stopped, bent over, and received help as he displayed obvious discomfort. The 52-year-old coach remained on the ground for several minutes while he received medical attention. He was taken off the field on a stretcher.

The team revealed little other than to say that Kubiak did not have a heart attack and that he was conscious as he left the stadium with his family.

“He had an episode, he was light-headed and dizzy,” general manager Rick Smith said after the game. “He was evaluated by a number of specialists. ‘€¦ He is awake and coherent.

“He went to a knee, and they laid him on the ground. He is stable; for precautionary reasons we wanted to get him to the hospital. we have to assess ‘€¦ obviously, there’s a lot of info. Hopefully, Gary will be back with us [Monday].”

The Texans, meanwhile, fell apart in the second half and lost, 27-24, their sixth straight setback after opening the season with two wins.

“We were all very worried,” quarterback Case Keenum said. “When we went back out they told us he was ‘€¦ stable. We were all upset about that but trying to stay focused at the same time.”

‘€¢ Friday’s line brawl between the Flyers and Capitals in Philadelphia — occurring as Washington was winning 7-0 — got plenty of attention, and much of it was not positive. The highlight/lowlight was Flyers goalie Ray Emery challenging his counterpart, an unwilling Braden Holtby, and wailing away on him while the referee stood and watched.

Said Emery afterward: “He didn’t want to fight and I basically said, ‘Protect yourself.’ He didn’t really have much of a choice.”

Emery was given an instigator penalty, a five-minute fighting major and a game misconduct — totaling 29 minutes in penalties — but he will not be suspended, although the league made it clear it was not pleased with his actions.

“We constantly monitor and look at the game,” commissioner Gary Bettman said (via The Columbus Dispatch). “There was no rule that was violated to elevate things to the level of a suspension. It’€™s something we’€™ll continue to discuss.

“I don’€™t think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like. Fortunately it’€™s not something that happens very often. But I’€™m sure it’€™s something we’€™ll focus on, particularly with the general managers.”

‘€¢ The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year hiatus due to Superstorm Sandy, and security was high following the bombing at the Boston Marathon in April.

The finish line area at Central Park was a less crowded than in years past — perhaps due to the long security checks or because of fears that there could be a terrorist attack similar to the one in Boston — and no major issues were reported.

The security concerns didn’t seem to affect Geoffrey Mutai, as the Kenyan won his second straight New York City title, winning in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds.

“To win for the first time is easy, but to defense your title is not easy,” the 32-year-old said. “Today, it was a very tough race.”

Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s race in 2:25:07.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 4, 2007, in a 24-20 comeback victory over the Colts in Indianapolis — a game that featured two undefeated teams — Tom Brady threw three touchdowns passes for the ninth consecutive game, an NFL record (breaking a tie with Peyton Manning). That gave him 33 touchdown passes on the season (en route to an NFL record of 50), breaking the single-season team record of 31 previously held by which player?

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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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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)


‘™¦ 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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