The Rifle Bears won their 8th straight game, beating the Roaring Fork Rams last night in Carbondale, 19 to 8. Pitcher Danny Bartels is now 9 and 0.

Coal Ridge defeated Grand Valley 12 to 4.


Glenwood edged Palisade 2 to 1 while Aspen beat CRMS by the same score.


The Colorado Rockies lost to the Pirates last night in Pittsburgh, 5 to 4. The Rockies and Pirates will play a doubleheader today.

Elsewhere in sports…

Lakers forward forced to sit out
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – The Lakers are preparing for their
upcoming playoff appearance without one of their best defenders.
Starting forward Metta World Peace has been suspended by the NBA
for seven games for elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden in the
head during Sunday’s game. The suspension begins with tomorrow
night’s regular-season finale in Sacramento.
Harden has yet to receive medical clearance to resume playing
after suffering a concussion from the blow.
The NBA’s postseason opens Saturday.

Still something to play for
UNDATED (AP) – There are seven games on the penultimate night of
the NBA’s regular season.
Denver needs to win tonight at Oklahoma City or tomorrow night
at Minnesota to secure the No. 6 seed in the West. If they can’t
get the job done, the Nuggets could back into the sixth slot with a
Dallas loss at Atlanta on Thursday. The Thunder are likely to be
without top reserve James Harden. He’s recovering from a concussion
courtesy of an elbowing incident Sunday that has cost Lakers
forward World Metta Peace a six-game suspension.
Orlando can wrap up the sixth seed in the East with a victory
over Charlotte. The 7-57 Bobcats have lost 21 straight games and
need to win one of their remaining two outings to avoid finishing
with the worst winning percentage in league history.
San Antonio has secured the top seed in the West, so look for
the Spurs to rest some of their top players tonight against a
Phoenix team that was eliminated from postseason contention last
night with a loss at Utah that put the Jazz into the playoffs.
The East’s top seed is taking a different path. Chicago plans to
be at full strength at Indiana, giving the Bulls starters some
much-needed time together on court after dealing with numerous
absences due to injuries.
The L.A. Clippers can grab home-court advantage in the first
round of the playoffs with a win tonight in New York against the
playoff-bound Knicks.
Also tonight, Philadelphia tunes up for a second straight
postseason appearance with a game at Milwaukee and Cleveland hosts

Showdown in Beantown…Devils and Panthers one more time
UNDATED (AP) – The defending NHL champion Bruins will be trying
to stave off elimination for a second straight outing when they
host the Capitals tonight.
Boston forced a decisive seventh game in the opening-round
playoff series with a 4-3 overtime win Sunday in Washington.
Not only is it knotted, 3-3, it’s the first NHL series to ever
have its first six games decided by one goal.
Washington won two of the three previous games played in
The Bruins are in a familiar position. They won two Game 7s on
home ice during last year’s postseason and clinched the Stanley Cup
title with a Game 7 victory in Vancouver.

There will be a Game 7 Thursday night in Sunrise, Florida.
Sixth-seeded New Jersey topped No. 3 seed Florida 3-2 in
overtime to win Game 6 of the best-of-seven matchup in Newark.

Plenty of afternoon action in senior circuit
UNDATED (AP) – Today’s major league schedule gets under way in
Pittsburgh with Game 1 of a doubleheader between the Pirates and
Colorado Rockies. They are making up for Monday night’s rainout.
Other afternoon starts around the National League have Houston
at Milwaukee, Chicago hosting St. Louis, Philadelphia playing at
Arizona and Washington at San Diego.
The lone matinee in the American League takes place in Oakland.
The A’s beat the White Sox 2-0 last night, snapping Chicago’s
four-game winning streak.

Spanning the globe
SHENZHEN, China (AP) – The World Golf Championship event that
has been played in Shanghai since 2009 is moving to California for
this year’s tournament.
The International Federation of PGA Tours has announced that the
$7 million WGC HSBC Champions will be played Oct. 29-Nov. 4 on the
longest of the 12 courses at Mission Hills.
The 7,320-yard layout was designed by two-time Masters champion
Jose Maria Olazabal (oh-lah-THAH’-bul).
Shanghai will host a new official event on the European Tour
from Oct. 25-28.