Sports briefs – October 20

Tanner Dunkle scored the lone goal for the Olds Grizzlys in a 4-1 Alberta Junior Hockey League loss to the Camrose Kodiaks Tuesday.

Kodiaks beat Grizzlys

OLDS — Tanner Dunkle scored the lone goal for the Olds Grizzlys in a 4-1 Alberta Junior Hockey League loss to the Camrose Kodiaks Tuesday.

The Grizzlys and Kodiaks were tied 1-1 after 40 minutes before the visitors poured in three goals in the third period before a crowd of 463 at the Sports Complex. Scoring for Camrose were Jordan Hale, John Lidgett, Nolan Marshall and Cole Wilson.

Kodiaks netminder Dalyn Flette turned aside 21 shots. Brayden Hopfe made 30 saves for the Grizzlys, who host the Drumheller Dragons Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Dahlke nears berth on Alberta team

Lisa Dahlke of the Red Deer Synchronized Swim Club has taken the first step toward earning a berth on the Alberta team to compete in the Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia in February.

Dahlke finished 11th out of 17 competitors in the first meet and advanced to the second cut, which will take place at the end of November.

The top 10 will be on the team or as an alternate.

Dahlke has already competed for Alberta at the US Open championships in Texas, where the team finished third.

Seau released from hospital day after SUV accident

SAN DIEGO — Former NFL star linebacker Junior Seau was released from the hospital Tuesday, a day after plunging down a seaside cliff in his SUV, a spokeswoman said.

Seau, 41, spent the night at Scripps La Jolla Hospital in San Diego and was released at about 11 a.m. PDT, spokeswoman Lisa Ohmstede said.

Ohmstede gave no details on his condition, but police described Seau’s injuries as minor.

About nine hours before the crash, the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the home in Oceanside that he shares with his 25-year-old girlfriend, who told authorities that Seau assaulted her.

On Monday, Seau sent his white Cadillac SUV off the road and down to the beach about 30 metres below.

Seau told investigators he fell asleep while driving.

Couture, Emelianenko have virtual showdown

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko have finally met in the octagon. They just did it with Xbox controllers in their fists.

Two of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts actually doubt they’ll ever get the chance to trade blows outside of their new video game.

Couture and Emelianenko made a rare joint appearance Tuesday to promote EA Sports’ first MMA game, duelling in pixels under a tent on a rainy day at Universal CityWalk. For the record, Emelianenko won their virtual showdown, stopping Couture early in the first round with a slick takedown and a ground-and-pound finish.

“My son beats me at video games, my girlfriend beats me, and now Fedor beats me,” Couture said with a laugh. “Either I need to take this more seriously or stop doing it.”

Both veteran MMA stars still hold a bit of hope they’ll someday get in the octagon to face each other in perhaps the sport’s biggest what-if? fight, but that hope fades weekly. The 47-year-old Couture has tried for years to land a bout with the former Russian soldier who was essentially undefeated until his upset loss to Fabricio Werdum in June.

Couture even attempted to leave the UFC in 2007 and then returned to the sport’s dominant promotion, both times figuring his moves gave him a better chance of facing Emelianenko. The Russian has fought for seemingly every promotion except the UFC, which won’t agree to his management’s demands to co-promote his bouts.

Couture could only chuckle at the idea his only fight with Emelianenko might be a video-game battle in the middle of a gaudy outdoor shopping mall next to a theme park.

“It’s very American, very capitalistic,” Couture said.