Briefs: Local Sports October 17, 2008
• GJ’s Moore wins race in Bakersfield, Calif.
Dean Moore won the 23rd annual Budweiser West Coast Dirt Nationals Late Model feature race last weekend in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Grand Junction man finished ninth in the main event Friday and won the feature main event Saturday. He qualified for the main events in sixth place both nights.
• Mavs’ Hilts is RMAC golfer of the week
Mesa State’s Jennifer Hilts is the RMAC women’s golfer of the week.
The freshman from Bend, Ore., led the Mavericks to a first-place finish in the third RMAC tournament of the fall earlier this week at the Applewood Golf Course in Arvada.
Hilts won her first college tournament with a two-day total of 157. It was the lowest score of her collegiate career.
• Ballesteros has complication after surgery
MADRID, Spain — Seve Ballesteros developed a complication after brain tumor surgery, requiring doctors to remove a piece of the golf star’s skull to relieve pressure.
The 51-year-old Spaniard was stable but still in intensive care, La Paz Hospital said Thursday.
A sizable part of the tumor was taken out Tuesday, although it was not yet known if it was malignant. The hospital said Ballesteros had presented a “decreased level of consciousness by brain swelling.”
Part of the skull was removed — a procedure known as decompressive craniotomy — to allow room for a swelling brain to expand. Doctors say it is not uncommon after such operations.
• Johnson, Turnesa share lead in Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Zach Johnson shot a 10-under-par 62 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Marc Turnesa in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
After closing with weekend rounds of 62 and 64 in San Antonio, Johnson had 10 birdies on a sunny, windless day at TPC Summerlin. He opened with a 4-under 32 on the back nine, then birdied Nos. 1-5 and finished with another birdie on No. 9.
Turnesa also birdied the par-4 ninth to complete a bogey-free round. The 62s were a stroke off the course record set by Davis Love III in 2001.
• Romo practices, could play for Cowboys
IRVING, Texas — Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who wants to play despite a broken pinkie on his throwing hand, practiced Thursday and threw passes to receivers.
Coach Wade Phillips didn’t rule out the possibility of Romo playing Sunday at St. Louis even though he said the quarterback was limited in practice Thursday and that Brad Johnson took most of the snaps.
Romo, with a protective splint on his heavily wrapped hand, threw lightly to all receivers during the early portion of practice that was open to reporters. Johnson, the 40-year-old backup whose last start was in 2006 for Minnesota, was working with the starters during drills.
• Chicago fires Savard, hires Quenneville
CHICAGO — Denis Savard was fired as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday after only 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, including Colorado.
The Blackhawks, who have missed the playoffs nine of the past 10 seasons, improved to 1-2-1 after a 4-1 home victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.
“First and foremost, I’m proud of what we accomplished last year with the young kids in the lineup. I hope for them to do well,” Savard told The Associated Press by phone. “It’s a tough day, no question. I’m hurt. I worked hard to do the best I could to get the team on its way to the Stanley Cup.”