49ers fire coach Nolan; Singletary to take over
The San Francisco 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan, seven games into his fourth consecutive dismal season with the club, FoxSports.com reported. Assistant head coach Mike Singletary, like Nolan a former Ravens assistant, is expected to take over the 49ers (2-5), who got off to a 2-1 start this season before four consecutive losses. Nolan, a Baltimore native who was the Ravens' wide receivers coach in 2001 and their defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2004, was 18-37 in 3 1/2 seasons with the 49ers, who hired him in January 2005. Nolan also was the Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator from 1997 to 1999. Singletary, a former start linebacker with the Chicago Bears, was the Ravens' linebackers coach in 2003 and 2004.
Browns:: Calling Kellen Winslow's critical comments a distraction, coach Romeo Crennel confirmed that the tight end was hospitalized for a staph infection. Crennel added he might discipline the Pro Bowl player for his conduct after Sunday's 14-11 loss to the Redskins. Winslow said he didn't reveal he had staph because the team "didn't want it to get out."
Cowboys:: Suspended cornerback Adam Jones has entered an alcohol treatment center. Jones has checked into a facility "in another part of the country," team owner Jerry Jones told the Associated Press. The NFL suspended Adam Jones for at least four games last Tuesday for again violating its personal-conduct policy.
Obituary:: Gene Hickerson, the Browns Hall of Fame right guard whose blocking helped Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly and Bobby Mitchell make the shrine, died after a long illness. He was 73.
Et cetera:: The Patriots put running back Laurence Maroney on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season. ... Bengals rookie linebacker Keith Rivers was scheduled for season-ending surgery to set his broken jaw.
Cubs give GM Hendry four-year extension
General manager Jim Hendry and the Chicago Cubs agreed yesterday to a four-year contract extension through the 2012 season. 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, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series.
Television:: Game 7 of the American League Championship Series drew the most viewers ever for a baseball game on cable television. Nearly 13.4 million people watched the Rays beat the Red Sox, 3-1, on Sunday night on TBS, the network said.
Nationals:: The team is expected to pay $3.5 million in withheld rent to the Washington government, now that the two sides have resolved a construction-related dispute at the ballpark. In return, the city will pay nearly $4 million for stadium improvements before the end of the year.
Et cetera: : Ex-Oriole Joe Kerrigan, 53, a former pitching coach with the Red Sox, Phillies and Expos, will succeed Jeff Andrews in the same job with the Pirates. ... The Athletics agreed on a two-year contract with Mark Ellis that guarantees the second baseman about $11 million. ... The Dodgers declined a $5.5 million club option on shortstop Angel Berroa, instead opting for a $500,000 buyout. ... Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is to appear in court Dec. 17 in Lincoln, Neb., for his arrest early Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving. ... Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell had surgery on his right hip.
Terps' Turner, Campbell pick up ACC honors
Maryland quarterback Chris Turner and offensive tackle Bruce Campbell earned weekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Turner was named Offensive Back of the Week after throwing for 321 yards and a touchdown in the team's 26-0 win over then-No. 21 Wake Forest (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday in College Park. Campbell was Offensive Lineman of the Week, helping the Terps (5-2, 2-1) rush for 140 yards while allowing no sacks.
Jurisprudence: : Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick pleaded guilty to drunken driving and other charges. Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney spokeswoman Amanda Howie said Vick also was convicted of eluding police and driving on the wrong side of the road. Vick, 24, was arrested in June.
D.C. United's Moreno retiring from Bolivia team
D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno, 34, is retiring from international soccer and will play his last game for Bolivia tomorrow in an exhibition against El Salvador at RFK Stadium.
NBA: : Wizards All-Star forward Antawn Jamison practiced without a protective sleeve on his banged-up right knee and expects to be at 100 percent for the start of the regular season next week. ... Baron Davis learned his injured left ring finger does not need surgery, and the Clippers guard might be ready to play in the season opener. ... The Celtics waived forward Darius Miles.