Briefs: Local Sports December 07, 2008

College Cross Country

• Randall places 61st in NCAA nationals

Dartmouth College senior Glenn Randall of Collbran placed 61st in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships earlier this week in Indiana.
He finished the 10,000 meters in 30 minutes, 34 seconds. Randall won the Dartmouth Invitational and placed in the top 10 at the NCAA regionals. He also made the All-Ivy League team.

Baseball

• A-Rod will play for Dominican team

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Alex Rodriguez is switching sides.
The New York Yankees star will play for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, he said Saturday.
Rodriguez made the announcement while playing at a charity golf tournament hosted by friend David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.
“I am 100 percent sure that I will play for the Dominican Republic team,” he said. “This time, there will be no doubts and it is a dream of my mom’s that I intend to fulfill.”

Rodeo

• Ohl has near-record tie-down effort

LAS VEGAS — Five-time world champion tie-down roper Cody Ohl won the third round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday night, finishing only four-tenths shy of his NFR record.
Ohl, from Hico, Texas, had a time of 6.9 second. Seven-time world champion Fred Whitfield of Hockley, Texas, was second in 7.1.
Tyson Durfey of Colbert, Wash., followed a second-place finish in the first round and a first-place effort during in the second with a sixth-place finish in 8.6. Durfey lead the average at 23.50 for three rounds.
Josh Peek of Pueblo leads the world standings with $153,771. Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., fourth in 7.3 in the round, remained second with $141,422.
In saddle bronc riding, Billy Etbauer of Edmond, Okla., extended his PRCA standings lead by finishing first with an 89.5 on Blue Too.
In steer wrestling, 2006 world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., won in 3.5 seconds.
In bareback riding, world leader Steven Dent of Mullen, Neb., remained in first place by tying for fourth with a score of 83.5 on Real Deal. Royce Ford of Briggsdale won with an 88.5 on Full Baggage and moved from sixth to fourth in the standings.
In barrel racing, world leader Lindsay Sears of Canada increased her lead to over $51,000 over second-place Brittany Pozzi-Pharr of Victoria, Texas, by winning the third round in 13.91. Pozzi-Pharr tied for second in 13.94 with Maegan Reichert of Mount Pleasant, Texas.
In bull riding, standings leader Chance Smart of Philadelphia, Miss., remained in first with $179,917 after tying for first at 91.5 on Scoundrel. Douglas Duncan of Huntsville, Texas, tied with Smart on War Zone. Smart and Duncan were the only riders out of the 15 competitors to have successful rides.
In team roping, Matt Funk of Hermiston, Ore., and Bucky Campbell of Benton City, Wash., finished first in 4.0.
In all-around, Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, had a $113,000 lead over second-place Steven Dent of Mullen, Neb.


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