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Kevin Pearce
Kevin Pearce
Skip Stewart, Associated Press

Recovering snowboarder is transferred

DENVER — Snowboarder Kevin Pearce has been transferred to a Denver hospital specializing in brain injuries.

Pearce banged his head on the halfpipe during practice Dec. 31 and was taken to University of Utah hospital.

An update Thursday says Pearce is making "excellent strides" since the accident left him in critical condition. He has been moved to Craig Hospital — considered to have one of the top rehab facilities for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Doctors at the Utah hospital say Pearce is able to walk and perform daily activities with assistance. They describe his progress as "tremendous."

Grizz acquire NHL vet to complete trade

VICTORIA, British Columbia – The Grizzlies acquired the ECHL rights to former NHL goaltender Mike Morrison as future considerations to complete a Dec. 12 trade that sent Shea Guthrie to the Everblades for the rights to Simon Ferguson.

Morrison is expected to join the Grizzlies next week in Boise as they continue their six-game road trip.

The Massachusetts native was 9-10-3 with a 2.89 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage this year with Florida and also spent time with the

AHL's Albany River Rats. He has played in the NHL with Edmonton, Ottawa and Phoenix and has an all-time record of 11-7-3 with a 3.28 goals-against-average and a .870 save percentage.

BYU women's swim team downs rival Utah

PROVO — Clinching the Mountain West Conference regular-season title, the BYU women's swim and dive team defeated Utah 218-82 on senior night at the Richards Building pool. The Cougar men fell to the Utes 162-138 in the closest meet of the season.

The women finish the season with a perfect 11-0 overall record and an 8-0 MWC record while the men finish 2-5 overall and 0-5 in the MWC.

"It was exactly how I expected the meet to be," BYU head coach Tim Powers. "It is always a battle against Utah and we always have a great crowd. We swam as hard as we possibly could and we swam extremely well."

Junior Rachel Grant left the pool with two new BYU pool records and three individual wins while sophomore Brandon Watson earned a 9.5 on one dive and an overall 402.98 on the 3-meter board, also winning the 1-meter competition.

—Associated Press and staff reports