Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

Shannon falls off Quest trail

DAWSON, Yukon -- Rookie musher Shannon Brockman has been dragged down a steep summit clinging to her dog sled while it was on its side, slogged through frigid open water and bounced from ice jam to ice jam in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

But the 32-year-old from Nenana is in the top 10 in the 1,000-mile race to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and if she stays there she's a likely candidate for rookie of the year.

Former Packers Linebacker dead at 60

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Tommy Joe Crutcher, a linebacker who helped the Green Bay Packers win three straight NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls, has died. He was 60.

Crutcher, who was managing the Southwest Grain Co. at McCook, Texas, died in his sleep Saturday at McAllen, Texas, Packers spokesman Lee Remmel said.

Crutcher began and ended his nine-year NFL career in Green Bay. He was drafted by the Packers out of Texas Christian in 1964 and was traded to the New York Giants following the team's third straight championship in 1967. He started two seasons for the Giants before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1970, where he spent the year on injured reserve.

Crutcher rejoined the Packers in 1971 and retired after the 1972 season.

''He was a tough, hard-nosed football player in the Texas tradition,'' said Remmel, who covered the Packers for the Green Bay Press-Gazette during the Vince Lombardi era. ''He played with a great love for the game and always had a smile on his face.''

The funeral will be Wednesday in McAllen, Remmel said.

Mattiace takes first PGA win

LOS ANGELES -- After 220 tries, Len Mattiace finally won on the PGA Tour.

Mattiace closed with a 3-under 68 Sunday and took advantage of a late collapse by crowd favorite Scott McCarron to win the Nissan Open, becoming the third first-time winner on tour this year.

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