Blackhawks dump Savard
Denis Savard was fired as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday after just four games and hours after the team’s first victory of the season. He was replaced by team scout Joel Quenneville, who has coached two other NHL clubs.
The Blackhawks, who have missed the playoffs nine of the past 10 seasons, improved to 1-2-1 following a 4-1 victory at home over Phoenix on Wednesday night.
Quenneville has coached the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche, and his first game as coach of the Blackhawks is Saturday at St. Louis.
He has a 438-283-118 record in parts of 11 seasons.
He was signed by the Blackhawks as a pro scout in September.
Prices now Super high
The official price of Super Bowl tickets will reach $1,000 for the first time this season.
The NFL confirmed that 25 percent of the tickets for the Feb. 1 game in Tampa, Fla., will be priced at $1,000. It also announced it will drop the price of 1,000 tickets at Raymond James Stadium by $200 to $500, the first time the league has cut prices for a Super Bowl.
Overall, the official price for 17,000 suite and club seats will be $1,000 each. Ticket prices for the first Super Bowl, played at the Los Angeles Coliseum 43 years ago, were $6, $10 and $12.
Sport takes another hit
Cycling’s doping- battered image was dealt two setbacks in Germany when organizers canceled the country’s main multistage race and the two main national public broadcasters decided to drop live coverage of the Tour de France.
The 2009 (Spokane) Valley Girl Triathlon isn’t until July 19, but entries raced in when online registration opened at midnight Wednesday. All 550 slots were filled in less than two hours.