Briefs: Local Sports October 21, 2008

College Football

• Mavs’ game against Chadron State on TV

Mesa State College has picked up another televised football game this season.
The Mavericks game against Chadron State at noon Saturday, Nov. 1 at Stocker Stadium will be broadcast by Altitude2 (Channel 16) as the RMAC Game of the Week. The game will be re-broadcast at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2 on Altitude. It is the sixth game to be televised by Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Mesa State has been on regional or national television twice in the past three weeks.

• Mesa State ranked eighth in region

Mesa State remains eighth in the latest NCAA Division II region rankings released Monday.
The top six teams receive NCAA playoff berths.
Chadron State is the only other RMAC team in the top 10, but the Eagles moved up one spot to No. 5 this week.

Pro Football

• San Francisco fires Mike Nolan as coach

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan on Monday, seven games into his fourth consecutive dismal season with the club, according to FOXsports.com.
Assistant head coach Mike Singletary is expected to take over the 49ers (2-5), who got off to a 2-1 start this season before four consecutive losses culminating in Sunday’s 29-17 loss to the New York Giants.
Instead of delaying the decision until the 49ers’ bye week after Sunday’s home game against Seattle, owner John York apparently didn’t wait to get rid of his choice to revive the five-time Super Bowl champions, who have endured five consecutive losing seasons and haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.

Hockey

• Modano’s late goal lifts Stars to the win

NEW YORK — Mike Modano’s third-period goal snapped a tie and lifted the slumping Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night in the return to Madison Square Garden of noted pest Sean Avery.
Avery heard boos from the crowd that mostly adored him during his 11/2 seasons with the Rangers, cheers when he was leveled twice in the third period and mocking singsong chants of his name when he picked himself off the ice following a hit by Dan Girardi.
Penguins 2, Bruins 1, SO: Evgeni Malkin scored in the second extra round of the shootout to lift Pittsburgh past Boston in the Bruins’ home-opener.
Phil Kessel scored on Boston’s first shootout attempt before Petr Sykora tied it on the Penguins’ second shot.
Malkin beat goaltender Tim Thomas with a forehand shot inside the left post and Pittsburgh goalie Dany Sabourin stopped Boston’s Marc Savard’s wrist shot, ending the contest.
Canadiens 3, Panthers 1: In Montreal, Francis Bouillon scored 10:53 into the third period in his season debut as Montreal extended its winning streak to five games.

Baseball

• Cubs give GM Hendry 4-year extension

CHICAGO — General Manager Jim Hendry and the Chicago Cubs agreed Monday to a four-year contract extension through the 2012 season, a deal that would expire well after new owners are expected to take over the club.
The move came after the Cubs’ best regular season in more than six decades. They won their second straight National League Central title and had the league’s best record before getting swept out of the playoffs for the second straight year.


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