Perez fires 67, still leads by two in Hope Classic

Pat Perez shot a 5-under-par 67 on Friday to remain two shots ahead in the Bob Hope Classic at La Quinta, Calif.

After opening with rounds of 61 and 63 to complete the first 36 holes at 20 under, unprecedented in PGA Tour history, Perez was at 25-under 191 in the 90-hole event. The tour record for the first 54 holes of a tournament is 189.

Steve Stricker shot an 11-under 61 to move into second at 23 under.

Also: Bernhard Langer had seven birdies on the back nine on his way to an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with Brad Bryant in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead over Scotland’s Andrew Coltart after two rounds of the Qatar Masters at Doha. Oosthuizen was at 12-under 132.


Lions hire Linehan as offensive coordinator

Scott Linehan, fired as coach of the St. Louis Rams after an 0-4 start, was named the Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator by new head coach Jim Schwartz.

Linehan was UNLV’s quarterbacks coach in 1991.

Also: Dan Reeves, 65, who spent 23 seasons as an NFL head coach, interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator position.

Tee Martin, who led Tennessee to an undefeated national championship in 1998 after two years as Peyton Manning’s backup, was named quarterbacks coach at New Mexico by newly hired head coach Mike Locksley. Martin, 30, spent the last two years as an assistant at Georgia high schools.

Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley, a third-team All-American, will miss spring practice after having surgery on his right shoulder. The senior already had been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA because of leg injuries that sidelined him for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. Pinkney, who missed all of 2005 while recovering from a shoulder injury and multiple surgeries, completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,675 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.


Robby Gordon claims pole for SCORE event

Less than a week after finishing third in the prestigious Dakar Rally in South America, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Robby Gordon won the pole for today’s SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

Gordon completed a 6.25-mile lap in 6 minutes, 43.72 seconds in SCORE Trophy-Trucks to beat defending race champion B.J. Baldwin by about 13 seconds.

Racing will begin today and continue Sunday, when times from both days will be combined to determine the winners.

Also: Persistent rain postponed racing in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale, Calif., forcing officials to set all three races for today.


NHLPA won’t reopen bargaining agreement

The NHL avoided any possibility of labor strife for the next three years when the NHL Players’ Association announced it would not exercise an option to reopen the collective bargaining agreement.

The decision means there won’t be another work stoppage like the 10-month lockout that led to the cancellation of the 2004-05 season. The current agreement was reached in July 2005 and will remain in effect through the 2010-11 season.


Golden Gloves tourney to start at Silver Nugget

The Nevada Golden Gloves boxing tournament, featuring fighters in 11 weight classes, will take place today and Sunday at the Silver Nugget Events Center in North Las Vegas.

The division champions will advance to the Western Regionals in March at the Silver Nugget. The finals are scheduled for early May in Salt Lake City.

The first bell each day is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Also: Suspended Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido gave an emotional apology for his drunken driving arrest last week and said he will not be in the dugout for the Longhorns’ first four games.

Garrido’s 1,629 wins are the most in Division I history. The 69-year-old has won five national championships, three with Cal State Fullerton and two with Texas.

First baseman Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers completed an $18 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

The New York Mets agreed to contracts with outfielders Cory Sullivan and Rob Mackowiak and former All-Star pitcher Freddy Garcia.

Jeremy Abbott easily won the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland. His score of 86.40 points put him almost three points ahead of Evan Lysacek, the two-time defending champion, entering Sunday’s free skate.

Lance Armstrong finished 23rd and in the same time as winner Allan Davis in the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under. But the American, 29th overall, trails leader Davis by 49 seconds entering the sixth and final stage around Adelaide, Australia.

The UNLV women’s tennis team’s season opener against New Mexico State at the Fertitta Tennis Complex was postponed by rain. The match was rescheduled for 10 a.m. today.

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