Holiday Classic back
For the second year in a row, some of the Sac-Joaquin Section's best football players will meet in the Holiday Classic all-star game. The game, featuring rosters from the northern and southern ends of the section, will be played at Sacramento's Grant High School on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. The north team -- the Capital All-Stars -- won the inaugural game 68-21. The south team -- the Valley All-Stars -- did have the longest play from scrimmage, when Orestimba's Greg Panelli hit Merced's Carlos Acosta on a 79-yard strike. The rosters still have not been selected, so local coaches can send their nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For youngsters like second-year safety Michael Huff (24), who lost only six games during his standout collegiate career at the University of Texas, losing is becoming an uncomfortably familiar way of life with the Oakland Raiders.
49ers' Nolan misses another practice
San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan missed his second straight practice Saturday for family reasons. The 49ers didn't specify why Nolan was absent, but his father, former 49ers coach Dick Nolan, is known to be in declining health with Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer. Nolan returned to the Bay Area on Saturday shortly after the 49ers wrapped up their workout for Monday night's road game against the Seattle Seahawks. Assistant head coach Mike Singletary ran practice for the second straight day for the 49ers (2-6), who have a six-game losing streak. "I told him, 'Hey, just do what you have to do,' " Singletary said. "We'll be fine here, and when he gets back, we'll be ready to rock." Dick Nolan, who played nine NFL seasons before coaching in San Francisco and New Orleans, lives in an assisted-care facility in the Dallas area.
Cotto wins unanimous decision over Mosley
Miguel Cotto punches Shane Mosley during the 11th round of their WBA world welterweight championship boxing match Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto won the fight by unanimous decision.