=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, December 10th ===
=== Report: Tigers, Davis agree to contract ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers have reportedly agreed to a contract
with outfielder Rajai Davis.
CBSSports.com is reporting the deal is for two years and worth $10 million.
Davis hit .260 with six homers and 24 RBI in 108 games with the Toronto Blue
Jays last season. He stole 45 bases, marking the fourth time in the last five
years he has surpassed 40 steals.
Davis is a career .268 hitter with 268 stolen bases, 27 homers, 25 triples,
224 RBI and 351 runs scored over eight seasons.
=== Cardinals place Mathieu on IR ===
Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - After tearing the ACL and LCL in his left
knee during Sunday's game, the Arizona Cardinals placed safety Tyrann Mathieu
on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.
Arizona head coach Bruce Arians revealed the injuries on Monday, saying that
the former LSU star will undergo surgery later this month and isn't likely
to be medically cleared for the start of next summer's training camp.
Mathieu had his left leg tangled while fielding a free kick that followed an
Arizona safety during the third quarter of the Cardinals' 30-10 victory over
the Rams on Sunday. He remained on the ground in obvious pain before being
carted to the locker room.
The 2013 third-round pick had started Arizona's last 10 games at safety and
currently ranks second on the team with 68 tackles. Mathieu added two
interceptions, one sack and nine passes defensed during his strong rookie
Arizona elevated safety Curtis Taylor from the practice squad to fill the
vacated roster spot.
=== Dolphins place CB Patterson on IR ===
Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins have placed defensive
backs Dimitri Patterson and R.J. Stanford on injured reserve.
The Dolphins also signed cornerback Justin Rogers and safety Michael Thomas
off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.
Patterson had 19 tackles, one sack and four interceptions in six games this
season. He dealt with a groin injury for much of the season.
=== Bears-Eagles flexed to Sunday night for Week 16 ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Week 16's game between the Chicago Bears
and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field has been moved to Sunday
The Eagles, at 8-5, are currently in first place in the NFC East, one game
ahead of the Dallas Cowboys.
Chicago, meanwhile, is tied atop of the NFC North with the Detroit Lions at
The game was originally slatted for 1 p.m. ET on FOX.
The league also announced on Tuesday that the game between New England and
Baltimore, which was originally scheduled for Sunday night, will be moved to
4:25 p.m. and aired on CBS.
The NFL uses "flexible scheduling" on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. It tries to
ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives
teams a chance to play their way onto prime time and into the late-afternoon
time slot on CBS or FOX.
=== Ravens put Stokley on IR ===
Owings Mills, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Ravens placed wide
receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve due to a concussion.
Stokley has suffered multiple concussions over the course of his career and
the Ravens determined after testing that this would end his season.
The 37-year-old Stokley played in just six games this year due to multiple
injuries. He caught 13 passes for 115 yards.
To take Stokley's place on the 53-man roster, the Ravens re-signed running
back Bernard Scott.
=== Wake Forest hires Bowling Green's Clawson ===
Winston-Salem, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Dave Clawson was named as the 32nd
head football coach in Wake Forest University history on Tuesday.
Clawson joins the Demon Deacons after five seasons as the head coach at
Bowling Green State University. He takes over for Jim Grobe, who resigned
earlier this month after a 13-year run with the school.
The 46-year-old Clawson guided Bowling Green to a 10-3 record as well as this
year's MAC championship, with the Falcons knocking off previously unbeaten
Northern Illinois, 47-27, in last Friday's title game to earn their first
league crown since 1992.
The Falcons received a bid to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.
Clawson will yield his position as head coach at Bowling Green and will not
coach the Falcons in the bowl game.
Bowling Green announced on Tuesday that special teams coordinator Adam
Scheier will serve as interim head coach for the bowl game.
"We are very pleased to have Dave Clawson leading our football program," said
Wake Forest director of athletics Ron Wellman. "Dave is a proven winner and
leader and has had great success at every institution he has coached. Dave has
rebuilt every program that he has coached and has led each institution to a
conference championship. He has developed a national reputation as a builder
of programs. Dave's expectations for our program and players are extremely
high. We have much to look forward to with his leadership of our program."
Clawson compiled a 32-31 overall mark over five seasons at Bowling Green
and previously put together successful stints as a head coach at both Fordham
and Richmond, having led both of those FCS schools to playoff appearances
during his tenures there.
Clawson will have to turn around a Wake Forest team that went 4-8 in 2013.
=== Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf
was suspended for two games, without pay, on Tuesday for boarding Boston
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during Sunday's game.
The incident, which didn't draw a penalty, occurred at the 17:43 mark of the
Phaneuf has two goals and 10 assists in 31 games this season. He will miss
Wednesday's game at home against the LA Kings and Thursday's tilt at St.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his
average annual salary, Phaneuf will forfeit $66,666.66. The money goes to the
Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
=== Blue Jackets extend deal with AHL affiliate ===
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their
agreement with the Springfield Falcons for the club to serve as the
organization's American Hockey League affiliate through the 2014-15 season.
The Springfield Falcons are currently in their 19th AHL season and have served
as the AHL affiliate of the Blue Jackets since 2010-11.
"Our affiliation with the Springfield Falcons has been very successful and we
are excited to extend our relationship with Springfield through the 2014-15
season," said Blue Jackets assistant general manager Chris MacFarland, who
oversees hockey operations for the club's affiliates. "The Falcons
organization, from Charles Pompea and Bruce Landon to the coaching staff led
by Brad Larsen, has provided our young players with a great environment in
which to develop and have success."
The Falcons this season have the best record in the Eastern Conference and
second-best mark in the AHL at 16-4-2.
Last season, the Falcons posted a franchise-best 45-22-9 record and captured
the Northeast Division title.
=== Bruins place Eriksson on IR ===
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins placed forward Loui
Eriksson on injured reserve and recalled forward Nick Johnson from Providence
of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.
Eriksson suffered a concussion in Saturday's win over the Penguins when
Pittsburgh forward Brooks Orpik delivered a questionable hit on Eriksson in
the opening minutes.
The 28-year-old Eriksson missed five games with a concussion earlier this
season. He has five goals and nine assists in 24 games this season.
Johnson has skated in 23 games with Providence this season, recording 11 goals
and nine assists.
=== Lysacek will not compete at Sochi Olympics ===
Colorado Springs, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic
figure skating champion, announced Tuesday that a hip injury will prevent him
from defending his title at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The 28-year-old American tore the labrum in his left hip in August. After
talking to his physician, Lysacek has decided to refrain from skating until
the injury is completely healed, which could be several months.
"Words cannot describe how disappointed I am to not be able to compete in
Sochi," Lysacek said. "The proudest moments of my life have been representing
the United States in the last two Winter Olympics. I have suffered numerous
injuries over the course of my skating career and they are some of the hardest
things an athlete has to overcome. While none of my past injuries have
sidelined me quite like this one, I remain determined to regain my health and
Lysacek has not competed since winning the Olympic gold medal in 2010. He was
the first American man in 24 years to win the Olympic title.
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