Briefs: Local Sports October 02, 2008

College Volleyball

• Mavs-CCU match part of Swing For Life

Tonight is Swing For Life Night at Mesa State College to benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. During the Mavericks’ RMAC volleyball match against Colorado Christian University, both teams will wear special pink and white jerseys, which will be up for sale in a silent auction.
Between the second and third games, prizes will be awarded from raffle tickets sold by Mesa State students. Swing For Life T-shirts, wristbands and jewelry will be available, with all proceeds going to Swing for Life. Kathy Howa, who played volleyball and softball at Mesa State, founded Swing For Life and is a six-year breast cancer survivor who was treated at Huntsman. The program has raised $245,000 since 2002, with Mesa State’s softball team raising $2,500 last spring.
Admission to tonight’s match, which begins at 7 p.m. at Brownson Arena, is free, but donations to Swing For Life will be accepted.


• GJ’s Scissors loses in doubles final in Utah

Ben Scissors of Grand Junction and doubles partner Eric Braun of Missoula, Mont., reached the finals in the boys 18 division of the Dual in the Desert Level 5 tennis tournament in St. George, Utah, last weekend. The team lost 6-2, 6-3 in the championship.
Scissors made it to the quarterfinals in the singles draw.
Another Grand Junction player, Spencer Weinberg, reached the semifinals in both the singles and doubles draw in the boys 14 bracket. Weinberg teamed with Cooper Bridge in doubles.

Pro Football

• Arizona WR Boldin has fractured sinus

TEMPE, Ariz. — Anquan Boldin has a fractured sinus as a result of what he acknowledges was the worst hit he’s received in his football career.
The Arizona Cardinals standout wide receiver doesn’t know how long he will be sidelined, but when he returns, he says, there will be no change in his trademark tough, aggressive style.
“For me it was just a part of football,” Boldin said after watching his teammates practice on Wednesday. “It’s an unfortunate incident that happened but, you know, you take your bumps and bruises.”
Boldin said he was consulting with doctors on whether to have the sinus repaired or let it heal on its own. He expected a decision “in the next couple of days.”
According to the Web site, eMedicine, a high-impact sports injury is the second-most often cause of a sinus fracture. The most common cause is an automobile accident.
Whisenhunt said that until he hears from doctors, he is not ruling out Boldin’s participation in Sunday’s home game against Buffalo, although it seems highly improbable that he would play.
The two-time Pro Bowl receiver scoffed at any suggestion that this would change his bruising, aggressive style.
“As soon as I get back on the field, it’s the same old me,” he said. “I don’t plan on altering the way that I play, because if I did, I wouldn’t be Anquan.”


• Shock win Game 1 of WNBA finals

SAN ANTONIO — Katie Smith and Taj McWilliams-Franklin helped Detroit take a first step toward reclaiming the WNBA title by leading the Shock to a 77-69 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the WNBA finals.
Smith scored 25 points and McWilliams-Franklin had 24. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Friday in San Antonio.
The Silver Stars, who lost to an Eastern Conference team for the first time this season after 14 wins, were led by Sophia Young’s 21 points and 16 from Ann Wauters.
San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, who scored 35 points in the decisive Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, scored 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting in Game 1.


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