Grizzlies’ first period overwhelms Wranglers

The Wranglers gave up three first-period goals and couldn’t recover, losing 5-2 to the Utah Grizzlies in an ECHL game Saturday in West Valley City, Utah.

Jordan Hart, Mike Walsh and James Sixsmith scored to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead after the opening period, and Utah went up 4-0 on Justin Johnson’s goal early in the second.

Jeff May got Las Vegas (6-7-2) on the board late in the second, and Bret Tyler made the score 4-2 midway through the third period, but Utah capped the scoring with a late Matt Craig goal.

Also: The Montreal Canadiens retired Patrick Roy’s No. 33, raising it to the rafters before a game against Boston.

Roy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ Most Valuable Player twice with the Canadiens, both in years that Montreal captured the Stanley Cup. The first came when Roy was a 20-year-old rookie in 1986 and the second seven years later, when he won a record 10 games in overtime.

He retired from the NHL after the 2002-03 season, after a stint with the Colorado Avalanche that produced two more Stanley Cup titles.

New Jersey defenseman Mike Mottau received a two-game suspension from the NHL for elbowing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen.

Mottau came across in the third period of Friday’s game and caught Nielsen with an elbow that laid out the center. Nielsen had to be helped off the ice with head and leg injuries.


Spain takes 2-1 lead in Davis Cup title match

Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco won their doubles match to give Spain a 2-1 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Lopez and Verdasco defeated David Nalbandian and Agustin Calleri 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-3, boosting Spain’s hopes of winning the best-of-5 championship on the road despite the absence of an ailing Rafael Nadal.

Spain could be in good position for its third Davis Cup crown if Argentina’s leading player, Juan Martin del Potro, cannot play reverse singles today because of a leg injury.

Today’s schedule tentatively has del Potro meeting David Ferrer, then Nalbandian playing Lopez. On Friday, Nalbandian defeated Ferrer in straight sets, and del Potro fell to Lopez in four sets.


Dodgers’ Billingsley suffers broken left leg

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley had surgery after fracturing his leg in a fall at his Pennsylvania home.

Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said the 24-year-old Billingsley slipped on ice outside his house in Reading, Pa., and suffered a spiral fracture of the fibula in his left leg Friday.

He had surgery to put a plate in and will be in a cast for two weeks. Rawitch said the surgery went as expected, and Billingsley should be ready to throw by spring training.

Also: The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team won the UC Irvine Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., finishing with 1,249.5 points to far outpace Air Force (1096.5).

John Mendoza won the 1,650-yard freestyle.

The women’s team took third with 850 points, behind Brigham Young (1076) and San Jose State (954). Marva Harpak won the 100 freestyle.

The UNLV volleyball team beat Air Force 25-18, 25-15, 25-11 in a Mountain West Conference match at Cox Pavilion.

Sara Nehf had 15 kills for the Rebels (16-13, 9-7 MWC), and Melody Nua had 18 assists.

Abilene Christian set a record for points in an NCAA football playoff game, beating West Texas A&M 93-68 in the second round of the Division II playoffs in Abilene, Texas.

Hugo Hernan Garay (32-2) retained his WBA light heavyweight crown with a unanimous decision over Juergen Braehmer (31-2) in Rostock, Germany.

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