BOB HOPE CLASSIC: At Palm Desert, Calif., Robert Gamez, in the tournament on an exemption, struggled at times and still shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take the lead after three rounds. Gamez went to 17-under 198, good for a one-shot lead through 54 holes. Justin Leonard, the 2005 champion, had a 67 to share second place with D.J. Trahan

CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii, Tom Purtzer shot a bogey-free 10-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's season-opening MasterCard Championship. Jim Thorpe, who tied for second last year and is coming off a victory at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup, was a stroke back along with Allen Doyle.


FIELD KOS DAVIS: At Key West, Fla., Eric Field needed 55 seconds to stop Kelvin Davis in the first round Friday night in the main event of "Fight Night in the Keys." Randall Bailey scored a fifth round TKO against Anthony Mora to capture the WBC's Latino Junior Welterweight Championship.


EX-STEELER DIES: Ernie Holmes settled into a quiet life as a preacher in rural Texas after his "stone crazy" days with Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain" defenses.

Holmes, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, died Thursday night after his car left a road and rolled several times near Lumberton, about 80 miles from Houston, a Texas Department of Public Safety dispatcher said. He was 59.

Holmes, driving alone and not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene, the department said.

"Ernie was an original. He was out there," said former Steelers receiver Lynn Swann, a teammate on Super Bowl-winning teams following the 1974 and '75 seasons. "In today's environment, he may have spent a few hours in the commissioner's office."

RAMS OWNER DIES: Georgia Frontiere, the St. Louis native who became a hometown hero when she brought the NFL's Rams from Los Angeles in 1995, died Friday. She was 80.

Frontiere had been hospitalized for breast cancer for several months, the Rams said in a statement posted on their Web site.

"Georgia Frontiere was the first lady of sports in her native St. Louis," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that also praised her philanthropy and concern for retired NFL players.


VENDT SETS RECORD: At Long Beach, Calif., Erik Vendt set an American record in the 1,000-yard freestyle Friday night in the Southern California Grand Prix. The 27-year-old Olympian won in 8 minutes, 36.49 seconds, lowering the mark of 8:42.64 set by Robert Margalis on March 1, 2007, in St. Petersburg, Fla.