Briefs: Local Sports January 05, 2009

College Wrestling

• Mavericks finish 10th at Midwest Classic

With four Mesa State College wrestlers finishing in the top eight, the Mavericks took 10th place at the Midwest Classic with a team score of 48.
Chase Walker, who wrestles at 157-pounds, led the way with a second-place finish, falling 5-3 in a decision to Noomis Jones of Adams State in the championship match.
Keith Johnson was the next highest finisher for the Mavericks finishing fifth a 149. Cole Johnson (165 pounds) and James Breidel (197 pounds) both finished in eighth.
Newberry College was the overall winner with a team score of 149.5. Adams State finished fourth with 90 points.

Pro Football

• Cowher says he won’t coach in 2009

NEW YORK — Bill Cowher doesn’t plan to coach in the NFL next year and will stay with CBS Sports as a studio analyst.
Cowher was recently wooed by the New York Jets, but said during “The NFL Today” on Sunday that he’s taking it “year to year.”
“It’s a privilege and an honor to be a head coach in the National Football League,” Cowher said. “And I have been flattered about the attention, but the timing right now is not right. I don’t plan on coaching next year.”
The Super-Bowl winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, Cowher took himself out of the running as a candidate for the Jets job on Dec. 30. He also was a candidate for the vacant Cleveland job, but asked to be taken off the list.

Skiing

• Crash costs Vonn overall World Cup lead

ZAGREB, Croatia — Lindsey Vonn of the United States crashed just five gates before the finish and Maria Riesch of Germany won her third straight World Cup slalom race Sunday.
Vonn hit a gate on the icy Crveni Spust course and lost her overall World Cup lead to Riesch, who finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 58.69 seconds. Vonn dropped to third in the World Cup standings, 77 points behind Riesch.
Vonn led after the opening leg and was 0.94 seconds faster than Riesch at the second intermediate time in the final run before falling. But Vonn thought she was trailing during the run.
“I wasn’t sure about the time while I was skiing,” said Vonn, who was not injured. “I heard ‘one second’ and I thought I was one second behind for sure as I’ve had a mistake at the top. I would have slowed down a bit had I known that I was a second ahead.”


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