Briefs: Local Sports October 20, 2008
• GJ U12 Fire Premier team gets shutout
The Grand Junction Soccer Club’s U12 Fire FC Premier team defeated Stingers Red of Denver 2-0 on Saturday at Long Family Memorial Park.
Leah Swander and Samantha Melchor scored the Fire’s goals.
The Fire is currently tied for fourth place in the state league standings.
• Sprint car driver dies in crash in Australia
SYDNEY, Australia — Police were reviewing video footage Monday of a weekend sprint car crash that killed a 28-year-old driver at a western Sydney track.
Scott Darley was driving one of the front cars in a 21-lap qualifying race Saturday when his sprint car veered off the track and became airborne before landing on its side and crashing into a concrete wall.
Darley, from western Sydney, was trapped in the car and freed by firefighters, but died at the scene. All other racing was suspended for the night.
Among the 2,000 spectators were Darley’s fiancee and father.
Race officials said they were investigating the possibility that the throttle on Darley’s car may have become stuck in the open position, leaving him no control of the speed of the vehicle as it entered a turn.
• Turnesa goes wire-to-wire for win
LAS VEGAS — Marc Turnesa completed a wire-to-wire victory for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to hold off Matt Kuchar by one stroke in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The fourth rookie to win on the PGA Tour this season, Turnesa opened with rounds of 62, 64 and 69 at TPC Summerlin en route to a 24-under 263 total. He earned $738,000.
• Langer defends Administaff Classic title
THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Bernhard Langer overcame a “senior moment” to win his second straight Administaff Small Business Classic title, shooting a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Lonnie Nielsen.
Langer took a one-stroke penalty on No. 3, when he absent-mindedly picked up his ball after his tee shot missed the green on the par-3 hole.
• Pressel wins inaugural Kapalua tourney
KAPALUA, Hawaii — Morgan Pressel birdied the final hole Sunday in the inaugural Kapalua LPGA Classic for her first victory of the season.
Kapalua’s tour pro, Pressel closed with a 3-under-par 69 to edge Suzann Pettersen (69) by one stroke. Pressel finished at 8-under 280 and earned $225,000 for her second career win.
• Sharp scores twice, ’Hawks beat Canucks
CHICAGO — Patrick Sharp had two goals and an assist and the Chicago Blackhawks won for the first time under new coach Joel Quenneville, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Sunday.
Quenneville took over behind the bench on Thursday after Denis Savard was fired after a 1-2-1 start.
Patrick Kane added a goal and two assists, Brent Seabrook also scored and Cristobal Huet made 28 saves for his first victory with Chicago.
Hurricanes 3, Ducks 1: At Anaheim, Calif., Michael Leighton made 32 saves and Ryan Bayda, Rod Brind’Amour and Eric Staal scored goals as Carolina topped slumping Anaheim.
Brind’Amour broke a 1-1 tie late in the second period and the Hurricanes held off Anaheim in the final period for their first victory on a six-game trip that began with a 4-3 overtime loss at Los Angeles on Friday night.
The victory moved Carolina coach Peter Laviolette past the late Bob Johnson into second place among U.S.-born coaches with 235 career victories. Former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella tops the list with 239.