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Vikings assistants on Bears’ list Minnesota assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will interview for the Chicago head coaching vacancy. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday that the Bears made the request. There are at least 10 other coaches reported to be under consideration to replace the fired Lovie Smith in Chicago. After an unsuccessful stint as coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Singletary was hired by his former Bears teammate Frazier to be a linebackers coach and a special assistant. He’s been with the Vikings for two years. Priefer has completed two seasons as special teams coordinator, helping steer the organization’s decision to cut veteran kicker Ryan Longwell and draft Blair Walsh, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie this year.


’Bama bashes Notre Dame for BCS title By Paul Newberry The Associated Press

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Barely taking time to celebrate their latest national championship, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are ready to get back to work. That's how they make it look so easy. In what must be an increasingly frustrating scene for the rest of college football, another season ended with Saban and

his players frolicking in the middle of a confetti-strewn field. Eddie Lacy ran all over Notre Dame, AJ McCarron turned in another dazzling performance through the air, and the Tide defense shut down the Fighting Irish until it was no longer in doubt. The result was a 4214 blowout in the BCS title game Monday night, not only making Alabama a back-to-back champion, but a full-fledged dynasty with three crowns in four

years. This one was especially satisfying to Saban. “People talk about how the most difficult thing is to win your first championship,” he said. “Really, the most difficult one to win is the next one, because there's always a feeling of entitlement.” Rest assured, that feeling won't last long in Tuscaloosa. While Saban insisted Alabama head coach Nick Saban holds up the cham-

pionship trophy after the BCS National Championship game Monday. Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14.





Miss Congeniality pleads guilty in Canada riots Police had an easy time identifying one suspect in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riots: a former Miss Congeniality beauty pageant winner. Sophie Laboissonniere, who was 20 during the June 2011 riots over the Canucks’ loss in the National Hockey League finals, has pleaded guilty for rioting. She was not in court when her lawyer entered the plea Monday on her behalf. She was among the first suspects charged after reports identified her as a Miss Congeniality winner at a Vancouver beauty pageant. Laboissonniere was charged with participating in a riot and breaking and entering. David Baker, her lawyer, says she pleaded guilty to the riot charge, while the break-and-enter charge will be dropped. Details of her actions during the riot will come out at a sentencing hearing later this year.


Jets fire OC Tony Sparano The New York Jets’ housecleaning will bring three new coordinators in 2013. Tony Sparano was fired Tuesday as offensive coordinator after one season in which the offense ranked among the league’s worst. Sparano was hired last March to replace Brian Schottenheimer and take over an offense that struggled mightily. Instead, the former Miami Dolphins head coach wasn’t able to jumpstart the running game or figure out a way to use Tim Tebow consistently as the Jets finished 30th in the NFL in total offense. Also gone is defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, whose contract expired. Coach Rex Ryan, who worked with Pettine the last 10 years, said Pettine was interviewing for the same job in Buffalo. The contract of quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh also was not renewed. Ben Kotwica replaces the retired Mike Westhoff as special teams coordinator. And the Jets are looking for a new general manager after Mike Tannenbaum was fired last week.

Martin Petersen (33) puts up a shot for the Hillsdale High School boys basketball team during Tuesday’s game against Blissfield. The Hornets defeated Blissfield 65-48. JIM DREWS PHOTO

Readings Michelle Davis (12) swats the ball away from Jonesville’s Hannah Benn during Tuesday’s Big Eight Conference game. READING WON 44-26. JIM DREWS

Hornets remain hot, Jonesville tripped by Chargers By Ed Patino


Rangers grind past Jonesville By Ed Patino

READING — After struggling on offense in the first half, the Reading High School girls basketball team regained its composure at halftime.

Settling down paid off for the Rangers as they found their rhythm in the second half and pulled away for a 44-26 victory over the Jonesville Comets in a Big Eight Conference game Tuesday. Reading (6-3, 3-2 Big

Eight) took control of the game by opening the third quarter with a 9-0 run. Jonesville (2-8, 0-5 Big Eight) kept itself within striking distance with a surge late in the frame, but the Rangers SEE RANGERS, B2

HILLSDALE — After closing 2012 by winning its annual holiday tournament, the Hillsdale High School boys basketball team picked up where they left off in the new year. Brandon Bisher and Jimmy Chase both scored over 20 points as the Hornets rolled to a 65-48 victory over the Blissfield Royals in a Lenawee County Athletic Association game Tuesday. Hillsdale (7-1) scored the game's first 10 points and never trailed. The Hornets maintained

their double-digit advantage throughout the game and were never seriously threatened. The fast start propelled the Hornets to an 18-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Chase keyed the start with several 3-pointers. Blissfield began to match baskets with the Hornets in the second quarter thanks to a spark from Connor Vandecaeye, but Hillsdale remained hot offensively. Brandon Bisher scored six straight points to close the frame, giving the Hornets a 40-24 lead at halftime. SEE HORNETS, B2


Pittsford pulls away from North Adams By Ed Patino

PITTSFORD — The Pittsford High School girls basketball team got back on track.. One night after dropping a non-conference game to Pioneer (Ohio) North Central, the Wildcats rebounded Tuesday with a 53-37 victory over the North Adams-Jerome Rams in a Southern Central Athletic Association game. Pittsford (5-3, 4-2 SCAA) looked sharp at both ends of the floor in the first quarter and built a 15-9 lead. The Wildcats continued to hold their lead in the second quarter, but ran into foul trouble.

Hot shooting at the line by Desiree Morrison kept the Rams within 28-20 entering halftime. After an even third quarter, Pittsford regained its momentum in the fourth, outscoring the Rams 17-9 to close the game. "We played well in the first half, but started to not play smart and ran into foul trouble," Pittsford coach Chris Hodos said. "We got out of our bad habits in the second half." Bianca Wright finished with 18 points, three assists and four steals to lead the Wildcats. Laura Clark scored eight points, while Mariah Betzer grabbed five rebounds. Morrison shot 10-for-13

from the free-throw line on her way to 16 points to lead North Adams-Jerome. Casey Farmer scored nine points off the bench. Both teams return to action Friday. Pittsford travels to Jackson Christian, while the Rams will host Waldron.

Blissfield 52, Hillsdale 37 The Hillsdale High School girls basketball team was unable to overcome a flat start on the road in a loss to the Blissfield Royals in a Lenawee County Athletic Association game Tuesday. Blissfield jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first

quarter and never relinquished the advantage. Hillsdale (6-2, 2-2 LCAA) did get stronger as the game went on, but was unable to make the comeback. "We had a bad first quarter and had a hard time catching up," Hillsdale coach Nick Langston said. "We played even with them for the rest of the game, but the start hurt us." Hayley Maystead had 22 points and four rebounds to lead the Hornets. Maddie Eves added six points, while Anna Thayer had four points. Jamee Thompson grabbed five rebounds and Whitney Hodge forced six steals. Claire Denecker scored

21 points to lead Blissfield. The Hornets will host Onsted in another LCAA game Friday.

Hillsdale Academy 48, Waldron 22 A big first half lifted the Hillsdale Academy to a home victory over the Waldron Spartans in a Southern Central Athletic Association game Tuesday. Hillsdale Academy (7-1, 5-0 SCAA) built up a ninepoint lead by the end of the first quarter, then extended increased its lead to 2810 by halftime. The Colts continued to SEE PITTSFORD, B2

Hillsdale High School vs Blissfield Boys Basketball  

Jim Drews Sports Photography

Hillsdale High School vs Blissfield Boys Basketball  

Jim Drews Sports Photography