In brief: Babcock gets extended
Hockey: The Detroit Red Wings have signed coach Mike Babcock to a four-year extension.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Associated Press that Babcock signed the deal Monday morning.
Babcock helped the Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup in 2008 and come within one win of repeating the next season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Babcock also coached Canada to the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics this year.
Babcock is leading the Red Wings for a sixth season after starting his NHL coaching career with the Anaheim Ducks. He was a longtime coach of the Spokane Chiefs.
Babcock, Holland and assistant Jim Nill are under contract with the franchise through the 2014-15 season.
Spokane’s Russell 44th in Chicago
Running: Spokane’s Victoria Russell finished 44th overall among women at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, missing the Olympic qualifying mark by just under three minutes with a time of 2 hours, 48 minutes, 54 seconds.
Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova won the women’s race in 2:20:25. Russell finished one place behind 1984 Olympic marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, who timed 2:47:50. The Olympic qualifying mark is 2:46:00.
Russell, 38, finished seventh in her age group (35-39) and 342nd overall among all runners, men and women.
Mariners will talk to Cooper
BASEBALL: Cecil Cooper, a former All-Star first baseman who served one season as Houston Astros manager, will interview today for the Mariners’ managerial vacancy.
Cooper, 60, guided the Astros to an 86-75 record in 2008, an improvement of 13 games from 2007. But he was fired on Sept. 22, 2009, with the Astros mired at 70-79. His overall record at Houston was 171-170.
Cooper was hired by the Astros as interim manager, replacing Phil Garner, who was fired. Cooper, Garner’s bench coach since 2005, was given the job full-time for the 2008 season.
Cooper also managed at Triple-A Indianapolis (2003 and ’04).
He worked for the Brewers when Mariners’ general manager Jack Zduriencik was there.
Seattle will also talk to former Toronto skipper John Gibbons. Former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge and ex-Mets and Rangers manager Bobby Valentine also are on Seattle’s list.