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Sports Log: Malden Catholic’s Chris Serino dies at 63

HOCKEY

Malden Catholic athletic director and hockey coach Chris Serino died Monday, according to associates. He was 63. He had been battling throat cancer. Serino guided the Lancers to the top of the Catholic Conference and to Super 8 titles two straight years. “It’s tough, he wasn’t in good shape for about a month,” said John McLean, who took over as coach while Serino was ailing last season. “He put up a good fight.” Serino was also a coach and athletic director at Merrimack College for seven years. He resigned from his position there in 2005 and took over at Malden Catholic. Serino was a three-sport Globe All-Scholastic in hockey, football, and baseball at Saugus High School.

Eagles dropped from No. 1 perch

A season-opening 3-1 loss to Northeastern Saturday night knocked Boston College from its spot as No. 1 in the nation in the USCHO Division 1 mens’ poll. Minnesota (2-0) replaced the Eagles at the top with North Dakota second. BC is third . . . Mike Modano, the highest-scoring US-born player in NHL history, joined former Providence College coach and longtime Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, and player-turned-broadcaster Ed Olczyk, as the newest inductees to the US Hockey Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Dallas.

BASEBALL

Reds add two years to Baker’s deal

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Reds manager Dusty Baker received a two-year contract extension Monday, giving him another chance to take Cincinnati deep into the playoffs. The Reds have been there twice in the last three years, failing both times to get past the Division Series. The 63-year-old Baker missed the Reds’ NL Central title celebration because he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke. He returned and lost ace Johnny Cueto at the start of their series against San Francisco, which ended with the Giants rallying to win Game 5. ‘‘I don’t want to leave in a situation where for the rest of my life I would have regretted not coming back with unfinished business,’’ Baker said . . . The Phillies hired Wally Joyner as an assistant hitting coach. The 50-year-old former lefthanded-hitting first baseman finished his 16-year playing career with a .289 batting average.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Brown is not ready to retire at Texas

Two days after a whipping at the hands of rival Oklahoma, Texas coach Mack Brown dismissed any suggestions he may be ready to retire, saying he’s still got energy and the backing of the school and its big boosters. Brown said several prominent boosters told him to keep fighting after Saturday’s 63-21 blowout, the third time in Brown’s tenure the Sooners have hung more than 60 points on the Longhorns . . . Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said linebacker Daniel Cobb has been cleared of a felony burglary charge stemming from his arrest in August. Cobb, who has started practicing with the 18th-ranked Red Raiders, is expected to play against TCU Saturday.

BASKETBALL

N.C. State is coaches’ pick to win ACC

Atlantic Coast Conference men’s coaches picked North Carolina State as league favorite. Eight of the league’s 12 coaches picked the Wolfpack. Duke was selected second and had three first-place votes, while North Carolina got the other first-place vote. Boston College was chosen last in the poll. The coaches also picked N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie as preseason player of the year . . . Duke redshirt freshman Marshall Plumlee will miss 6-8 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot . . . The Sacramento Kings announced a multiyear arena naming rights deal with Sleep Train Mattress Centers.

MISCELLANY

NASCAR, Fox extend contract 8 years

NASCAR and Fox Sports Media Group announced a $2.4 billion, eight-year extension that runs through 2022 and keeps the prestigious Daytona 500 and opening third of the Sprint Cup Series on the network. Fox, which has been with NASCAR since 2001, will pay an average of $300 million annually beginning in 2015 . . . New Jersey says it will start issuing licenses for sports betting Jan. 9. New Jersey enacted a sports betting law in January 2012, limiting bets to the Atlantic City casinos and the state’s four horse-racing tracks. In May, Governor Chris Christie said New Jersey would forge ahead with sports betting, despite a federal ban on sports gambling in all but four states . . . Irish jockey Richard Hughes won seven of the eight races at Windsor (England) Racecourse, a feat that totaled combined odds of 10,168-1.

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