Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
Eagles rule CB Samuel out for Sunday vs. Bears
After insisting all week that Asante Samuel was "day-to-day" and no decision had been made on his availability for Sunday's game, the Philadelphia Eagles finally conceded the cornerback will not play.
The Eagles announced this morning that Samuel, who has a sprained MCL, will not make the trip to town with the team today. It's a big blow for the Eagles as Samuel leads the NFL in interceptions with seven.
Philadelphia will replace Samuel with Joselio Hanson. He's been the nickel back this season, and Hanson will slide inside in the sub package and Trevard Lindley will play left cornerback in those situations.
It's a good break for the Bears' passing game because Samuel is an instinctive cornerback who can take a receiver out of a game, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Yankees sign ex-Sox OF, now pitcher, Anderson
The Yankees have signed right-handed reliever Brian Anderson and left-handed reliever Andy Sisco to minor-league deals with invites to spring training, according to a Tweet from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Originally an outfielder, Anderson was drafted by the White Sox in the 1st round of the 2003 draft. He was traded to the Red Sox for Mark Kotsay in 2009. He was converted to a pitcher in 2010 with the Royals.
Andy Sisco, who was drafted by the Cubs in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft, had Tommy John surgery in 2008 and returned to the mound in 2010, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Broncos, McDaniels fined for filming 49ers
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels 50,000 each because the team's video operations director broke league rules by filming a San Francisco 49ers practice in London last month.
The NFL investigation determined that Steve Scarnecchia took the six-minute video of the walkthrough and presented it that day to McDaniels. The coach declined to view it.
But the NFL fined both the coach and team because the matter was not reported, as required by league policy, (Chicago Tribune).
Caldwell steps down as Vanderbilt football coach
Robbie Caldwell resigned as Vanderbilt's head football coach on Saturday, hours before the Commodores concluded their season against Wake Forest.
The school said Caldwell's resignation will be effective after Saturday night's season finale. Caldwell was assistant head coach and offensive line coach under Bobby Johnson before taking over in mid-July, when Johnson announced his unexpected retirement, (SI.com).
Bears fans being conned with fake tickets
The Eagles may be without one of their top corners on Sunday, but the Bears may be without some of their fans, as fake tickets have become a popular con near Soldier Field. The Chicago police have already arrested 14 people for defrauding the public with fake tickets so far this season, some of which have gone for 250 apiece. The tickets have come from EBay and Craigslist. (Examiner.com)
City auctioning off Blackhawks banners
As part of charitable efforts, the city of Chicago will be auctioning off 20 banners online starting the morning of Friday, Nov. 26. The banners are of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship and the 50th anniversary of The Second City that have hung on the street poles downtown.
Auctions will close at staggering times through Dec. 3 and money will go to the Sharing It Program, which provides job training, as well as hunger relief charities and to buy holiday gifts for needy children. (Chicago Tribune)
Cubs interested in Pena?
According to TheDiamondReport.com, the Cubs are interested in signing power-hitting first baseman Carlos Pena. The Washington Nationals are rumored to be very interested in signing the left-handed slugger, but they are awaiting a final decision from free agent 1B Adam Dunn, who spent last year with the Nationals.
If the Cubs signed Pena, it would provide them with instant offense and fill two voids for the team--a left-handed power hitter and a first baseman that provides an offensive spark. (TheDiamondReport.com)
Ex-Sox starter Garland signs with Los Angeles
Jon Garland, who pitched for the White Sox for several years earlier in his career, rejoins another former Chicagoan with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garland signed a one-year, 5 million contract and will join a rotation that already includes former Cub Ted Lilly. (Chicago Tribune)
Hawks sign defeseman Exelby
The Blackhawks inked defensman Garnet Exelby and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs on Friday. Exelby is the IceHogs' captain and was previously on a player tryout contract with the Blackhawks. (CSNChicago.com)