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Report: Raiders cut Hall
The Raiders waived two-time Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall after eight games Tuesday. The stunning move is designed to cut the team's financial losses before Hall makes any more money, a team source told The Chronicle. That means Hall will have made $8 million for eight games while the Falcons got a second-round draft pick in their offseason trade with Oakland.(San Francisco Chronicle)
Mets, Rays in trade talks
The Mets and Tampa have had preliminary discussions about the Rays' pitching depth, notably Nos. 4 and 5 starters Andy Sonnanstine and Edwin Jackson. The Rays do not believe the Mets have the pieces necessary to pry one of the four starters projected to front Tampa's rotation in 2009: Scott Kazmir (remember him, Mets?), James Shields, Matt Garza and David Price. But Tampa is blessed with depth in Sonnanstine (13-9, 4.38) and Jackson (14-11, 4.42), plus Jason Hammel, Jeff Niemann and Mitch Talbot. They have let the Mets know there might be a potential for a deal among that group. Tampa continues to have interest in Aaron Heilman, but not to the extent it had in the past, in part because the Rays' belief that Heilman can be transitioned to the rotation has dwindled. Thus, the Mets would have to surrender more to complete a deal. (New York Post)
Davis denies interest in Tennessee job
After more than three decades in coaching, North Carolina's Butch Davis has gotten used to having his name linked to other jobs when they come open. So he didn't seem particularly surprised when he was asked Tuesday evening whether he had any interest in the Tennessee job, which became vacant when Phillip Fulmer was fired this week. Davis' response: "The long and short of it is that the administration and I are completely, firmly committed to building a championship football program at North Carolina. And my family and I are very happy in Chapel Hill." (Charlotte Observer)
Must-See Photo
The puck bounces wide of the net as Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin, right, of Sweden, slides past Nashville Predators' goalie Dan Ellis during second-period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.(Photo courtesy of AP)
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More George Foreman
1977 -- BYU's Marc Wilson sets an NCAA record with 577 passing yards in the Cougars' 38-8 win over Utah.
1994 -- George Foreman regains the heavyweight boxing title for the first time in 20 years with a 10th-round knockout of Michael Moorer.
1995 -- John Elway becomes the seventh QB to pass for 40,000 yards in his career.
1997 -- The Milwaukee Brewers switch from the American League to the National League.


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