National sports briefs
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 18, 2011
CONCORD ó Five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson called on IndyCar to stop racing on ovals in the wake of Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldonís death.
Wheldon was killed in a 15-car accident in Sundayís season finale IndyCar race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a high banked, 1.5-mile oval.
ěI wouldnít run them on ovals. Thereís just no need to,î Johnson said Monday during a test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ěThose cars are fantastic for street circuits, for road courses. I hate, hate, hate that this tragedy took place. But hopefully they can learn from it and make those cars safer on ovals somehow.
ěI donít know how they can really do it. Myself, I have a lot of friends that race in that series, and Iíd just rather see them on street circuits and road courses. No more ovals.î
RALEIGH ó The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled forward Brett Sutter from their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.
The team made the move Monday, three days after forward Zac Dalpe suffered a lower body injury at Buffalo.
The 24-year-old Sutter is the older cousin of Carolina forward Brandon Sutter, and has no points in four games at Charlotte. Brett Sutter was acquired last season in a trade with Calgary.
Panthers 7, Lightning 4
TAMPA, Fla. ó Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss both had two goals and two assists, defenseman Brian Campbell had four assists, and the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-4 on Monday night.
Versteeg put the Panthers up 5-3 with his second power-play goal of the game when he beat goalie Dwayne Roloson from the low right circle 25 seconds into the third period. Florida scored five goals in nine chances with the man advantage.
Avalanche 3, Leafs 2, OT
TORONTO ó David Jones scored 1:11 into to lift Colorado over Toronto. Jones buried the rebound of Kyle Quinceyís shot past goalie James Reimer.
Daniel Winnik and Milan Hejduk also scored for Colorado (5-1). Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin had goals the Maple Leafs (3-0-1).
The Avalanche went 5-0 on their longest road trip of the season. It was Coloradoís first perfect mark in a trip that long.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. ó The Arkansas menís golf team took the lead early then held on to win the Windon Memorial Classic in Skokie, Ill.
The Razorbacks finished with an 847, four strokes ahead of UCLA and Indiana, which tied for second on Monday.
Individually, Ethan Tracy came in third with a 73 ó two strokes behind second-place Eric Chun of Northwestern and four strokes off winner Matt Thompson of Michigan.
Tracy shot three birdies and six bogeys over the final round and was even at the turn, but three bogeys over the final nine holes took him out of the top spot.
TORONTO ó A 100-year-old runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the race in Toronto on Sunday.
Fauja Singh earned a spot in the Guiness World Book of Records for his accomplishment.
It took Singh more than eight hours to cross the finish line ó more than six hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the event for the fourth straight year ó and he was the last competitor to complete the course.
The 5-foot-8 Singh broke world records for runners older than 100 in eight different distances ranging from 100 meters to 5,000 meters.