New Hermon Mountain ski area open
HERMON — With snowmaking guns working since late November, New Hermon Mountain ski area is open for the season, except Christmas Day, with two trails completed top-to-bottom and more opening daily.
The tubing and the terrain parks will be open mid-Christmas week. Five trails are lit for night skiing, plus the tubing and terrain parks are also well-lit.
Prices for lift tickets are $20 for a half-day for 13 and older, $15 for 12 and under. A full-day ticket is $25 for an adult, $20 for a child. Ski rental packages are available for $14 for a half-day, $20 for a full day. Snowboard rental packages are available for $17 for a half-day or $20 for a full day.
Hermon Mountain is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, and 3 p.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays. For vacation and holiday weeks, hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day except Sunday. For more information, contact Marlene Whitcomb at 848-5129.
Celtics F Wilcox out with sprained thumb
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that forward Chris Wilcox will be out three to four weeks with a sprained right thumb.
The team announced Monday that they promoted Jarvis Varnado from Sioux Falls of the D-League to take Wilcox’s spot on the roster.
Varnado appeared in 10 games for the SkyForce and averaged 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and a league-best 3.9 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game.
Wilcox is averaging 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Boston.
Eagles’ Foles has broken hand; Vick to start
EditorsNote: Updated: Vick to start, Foles injury updated Eagles QB Foles has broken hand; Vick may start
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid announced Monday that quarterback Nick Foles has a hairline fracture of the second metacarpal bone in his right hand and Michael Vick will start the season finale Sunday against the New York Giants.
“That’s the direction we’re going in as we speak,” Reid said Monday of starting Vick.
Foles sustained the injury late in the first half of the Eagles 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins, according to NFL.com. However, he stayed in the game and finished 32 of 48 for 345 yards with a touchdown and an interception. An MRI taken after the game revealed a hairline fracture.
Vick has been out for five games with a concussion but was cleared to play last week.
“He’s had a couple of weeks of practice here,” the coach said. “I thought the first week, he was a little bit rusty out there. I thought this past week, he threw it around well. He feels good. He obviously deserves an opportunity to play.”
The Eagles (4-11) were evaluating the young Foles in recent weeks and may part ways with Reid and Vick at the end of the season.
Reid said the choice between Vick and Edwards came down to the fact that Vick “had been the No. 1.”
Foles, who started six games and played 27 quarters, finished the season with a 79.1 passer rating. He had a 60.8 completion percentage and threw just five interceptions in 265 attempts.
Texans RB Foster ‘back to normal’
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster sent out a tweet that he is OK a day after leaving Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with an irregular heartbeat.
Foster carried the ball 10 times for 15 yards and made two receptions for 14 yards before exiting in the third quarter after experiencing an irregular heartbeat. Houston lost 23-6.
“I appreciate all the concern and support,” Foster wrote. “I am doing well. Saw a cardiologist today and everything is back to normal.”
Foster experienced the problem before during practice, but called Sunday’s incident a “minor situation.”
Foster has run for 1,328 yards with 14 touchdowns this year.
The AFC South champs finish the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.
Vikings CB Winfield has hand fracture
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield has a hand fracture but is expected to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, coach Leslie Frazier told reporters on Monday.
Winfield sustained the injury Sunday during the 23-6 win over the Houston Texans but stayed in the game.
Frazier said an MRI taken Monday revealed the fracture and that Winfield should play with the hand in a soft cast.
Running back Adrian Peterson still has abdominal soreness and will probably practice on a limited basis this week.
Defensive end Brian Robison missed Sunday’s game with a sprained right shoulder but may be available against the Packers.
Bears sign long snapper Mannelly to extension
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears signed long snapper Patrick Mannelly to a one-year contract extension.
Mannelly, 37, has been the primary deep snapper for the Bears since 1998, a span of 230 games.