SPORTS, APRIL 23RD

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Rifle–The Rifle Bears are now in the driver’s seat for the Western Slope 3A title if they can run the table. The Bears swept the Cedaredge Bruins in a key doubleheader Saturday afternoon, 10 to 7 and 3 to 1. Rifle travels to Carbondale tomorrow for a 4 o’clock showdown with Roaring Fork. The game will be broadcast live on line at KMTS.com and rebroadcast on the radio at 7pm.

The Roaring Fork Rams split a doubleheader with Olathe over the weekend.

SOCCER

Glenwood defeated Delta 5 to 1 while Grand Valley beat Rangely by the same score.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

The Rapids lost to Landon Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy 2 to 1.

BASEBALL

The Rockies beat the Brewers in Milwaukee 4 to 1. The Rockies visit Pittsburgh tonight.

NBA

The Denver Nuggets pounded the Orlando Magic last night, 101-74.

Elsewhere in sports…

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Veteran safety Brian Dawkins is retiring
from the NFL after 16 seasons. Dawkins posted the news on his Twitter account Monday, thanking the teams he played for, his coaches and teammates and fans. Dawkins spent his first 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and his last three with the Denver Broncos.
He suffered a serious neck injury in December that sidelined him
for the stretch run and the Broncos’ two playoff games.
“I would like to thank the Eagles & the Broncos 4 believing in
me,” he tweeted. “I would like 2 thank all my teammates & coaches
that I have been blessed 2 go to battle with. Along with u, the
fans 4 helping make my career 1 that I have enjoyed tremendously.
In other words. I am announcing my retirement from the NFL.”
UNDATED (AP) – Presidents’ Trophy winner Vancouver and
Pittsburgh were eliminated from the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs in the
first round with losses Sunday. The Canucks lost Game 5 to the
visiting L.A. Kings 2-1 in overtime and the Penguins got hammered
5-1 by Philadelphia in Game 6 of their best-of-seven matchup.
Boston outlasted Washington 4-3 in OT to force a decisive Game 7 on
Wednesday in Beantown.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kobe Bryant scored six of his 26 points in
the second overtime to help lift the L.A. Lakers past visiting
Oklahoma City 114-106. The competitive game between Western
Conference contenders was marred by World Meta Peace’s
second-quarter ejection for elbowing the Thunder’s James Harden in
the back of his skull.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) – Ben Curtis ended a PGA Tour title
drought stretching back to 2006 by winning the Texas Open by two
strokes over Matt Every and John Huh. The 2003 British Open
champion shot an even-par 72 in the final round and ended up
9-under after 72 holes in San Antonio.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr.
at Kansas Speedway to win his second Sprint Cup race of the season.
Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson was third across the
finish line.

BRNO, Czech Republic (AP) – The U.S. routed Sweden 7-0 to
capture a fourth straight title at the under-18 hockey world
championship. It’s the seventh time the Americans have won the
competition, collecting a record 10th medal at the tournament.

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