Briefs: Local Sports December 11, 2008

High School Basketball

• Mende leads ’Cats to win in tourney opener

Alex Mende scored 19 points and Brett Nankervis 11 as the Fruita Monument High School boys basketball team opened play in the Ralston Valley Roundup tournament Wednesday with a 62-48 victory over Wheat Ridge.
It was the second consecutive victory for the Wildcats (2-2).
“We were able to settle in (against) a 2-3 zone and work the ball into Alex,” Wildcats coach Dave Fox said.
Fruita Monument, which took a 14-6 first-quarter lead, was also able to score off its transition game.
The Wildcats play the second round of the tournament Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Littleton, which defeated host Ralston Valley on Wednesday.

Youth Wrestling

• Three Outlaws place in Salt Lake tourney

Three Colorado Outlaw wrestlers placed in the Salt Lake Slam Folkstyle Nationals last weekend in Salt Lake City.
Justin Ray placed third in the middle school 105-pound weight class and Jacob Sealy placed 6th in the middle school 112 pounds. Skylar Marxs took fourth in the novice 65-pound class.

Baseball

• Source: Yanks, Sabathia reach agreement

LAS VEGAS — CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees agreed Wednesday on the framework for a $161 million, seven-year contract, the richest for a pitcher in baseball history.
The Yankees and Sabathia’s agents still need to work out all the details, a baseball official familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been completed and the pitcher must pass a physical.
Sabathia has the right to opt out after three seasons and become a free agent again.

• Seattle’s Putz goes to Mets in 3-team trade

LAS VEGAS — The New York Mets obtained J.J. Putz from Seattle on Wednesday night as part of a three-team, 12-player trade that gives them a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez.
New York dealt seven players — six to the Mariners and one to Cleveland — to get three back in a huge swap at baseball’s winter meetings.
The Mets shipped reliever Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez, lefty Jason Vargas and three minor leaguers to the Mariners for Putz, center fielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green in the first trade by new Seattle General Manager Jack Zduriencik.
Promising outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was sent from the Indians to Seattle. Cleveland gets reliever Joe Smith from the Mets and 23-year-old second baseman Luis Valbuena from Seattle.

Rodeo

• Mote matches NFR bareback record

LAS VEGAS — Bobby Mote matched the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bareback record for the second time in three rounds Wednesday night, scoring 91.5 points on Spring Fling in the seventh round to take the season lead.
Mote, from Culver, Ore., also tied the NFR bareback record set by Justin McDaniel and Will Lowe in 2007 with a 91.5 on Big Tex in the fifth round.
In barrel racing, Lindsay Sears of Canada won in a 2008 NFR-best time of 13.56 seconds.
In steer wrestling, Curtis Cassidy of Canada and Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., tied for first at 3.4 seconds.
In team roping, Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith of Midland, Texas, won their first 2008 NFR round in a time of 3.9.
Brazile, who earned $16,767 for his part in the win, is $49,805 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.
In saddle bronc riding, Cody Wright of Milford, Utah, placed first with an 88.5 on Round Robin and cut into Billy Etbauer’s season lead. Etbauer, from Edmond, Okla., was bucked off Devil Lady. He has earned $204,194 this season, while Wright has made $192,967.
“I just don’t feel that I’m any comparison to Billy Etbauer,” Wright said. “Some nights, I just get luckier. Billy is one of the best bronc riders there has ever been. It would be awesome to win the world rodeoing with Billy just because he is so great.”
Cody Taton of Newell, S.D., the lone rider to make seven successful rides, leads the aggregate with 566.5 points.
In tie-down roping, Jeff Chapman of Athens, Texas, placed first in 7.3. Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., tops the PRCA standings with $156,475 and second-place Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., has made $155,755, as both riders didn’t place among the top six during round seven. Herrin, however, became the average leader with an aggregate of 62.40 for seven NFR rounds.
In bull riding, Mike Moore of Kankakee, Ill., won with an 85.5 on Devil in Savo.
Standings leader Chance Smart of Philadelphia, Miss., remained in first with $179,917, which is $14,479 more than second-place J.W. Harris of May, Texas, who placed fourth in round seven with an 83 on Shiner. Harris was the aggregate leader with 507 points on six rides and was the lone rider to stay on more than four bulls.
In all-around, Brazile, who secured his sixth gold buckle during round six, has earned $342,524 for 2008. He has passed the $300,000 mark for three straight seasons. Brazile is first in the team roping average and ninth in the tie-down average.


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