Sports, April 30th

BASEBALL

Edwards—The Glenwood Demons split a pair of games with the Battle Mountain Huskies yesterday in Edwards.  The Demons took the first game 11 to 4 and dropped the second contest 5 to 2. 

SOCCER

Edwards—The Glenwood Lady Demons need to beat Battle Mountain tonight on the turf in Edwards to earn a league-title showdown with the winner of the Palisade/Steamboat game.  Both the Bulldogs and the Demons finished with identical Western Slope records of 8 and 2 but Palisade gave up fewer goals.  A win tonight, gets Glenwood an automatic birth in the 4A state playoffs.

Vail—The Roaring Fork Lady Rams shutout Vail Mountain 3 to nothing.

 

MLB/ROCKIES

Los Angeles, CA—The Colorado Rockies crushed the Dodgers in LA, 12 to 2.  Nolan Arenado, playing in front of his family and friends at Dodger Stadium, hit his first major league home run in the winning effort.  Jorge De La Rosa is on the mound tonight for the Rockies.

NHL DRAFT LOTTERY/AVS

Toronto—The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery.  The top pick is expected to be defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks.  The son of former NBA player, Popeye Jones is ranked as the number one skater in North America.

Elsewhere in sports…

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR has suspended the two Richard Childress Racing crew members arrested for fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond.
Thomas Costello and Michael Searce were both suspended for four Nationwide Series races and fined $15,000 each Tuesday. They were also placed on probation until the end of the year for the altercation in the motorhome lot after Friday night’s race.
Henrico (HEHN’-ree-koh) County police charged Searce with two counts of misdemeanor assault, and Costello with one count of misdemeanor assault.

NHL PLAYOFFS
Opening night
UNDATED (AP) – The Stanley Cup playoffs begin their long run this evening with three games. Chicago starts the postseason as the top seed after finishing with 77 points. Tonight the Blackhawks are playing host to Minnesota. The Wild get to play the top team by virtue of finishing eighth in the Western Conference standings. Minnesota right wing Jason Pominville will sit out the game. He missed the last two games of the regular season after he was elbowed in the chin by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings. He practiced Monday but the Wild say he’s not ready. In St. Louis, the Blues are entertaining the Kings and in Anaheim it’ll be the Ducks and Red Wings. Remaining first-round series will start tomorrow and Thursday night.

NHL-NEWS
Preds ink Hornqvist…Rolston hangs ‘em up
UNDATED (AP) – The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract. They gave him the contract despite the fact that injuries limited Hornqvist to four goals and 10 assists in 24 games this season. Hornqvist scored 30 goals in 2009-10 to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach that benchmark.  He ranks eighth on the franchise’s all-time list in power-play goals and is 10th in overall goals with 84. In other hockey news:
- Brian Rolston has retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams. The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12.

NBA PLAYOFFS
Two game schedule

UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors can advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a win tonight in Denver. The Warriors top the Nuggets three games to one in their best-of-seven series after winning the last three contests. And in Los Angeles, the Clippers are playing host to the Grizzlies. That best-of-seven Western Conference series is tied at 2-2. The home team has won every game played so far.

NBA-SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Kidd wins again
NEW YORK (AP) – New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd has become the first player to win back-to-back NBA sportsmanship awards. He received 91 first-place votes from league players and 2,474 total points to claim the Joe Dumars (DOO’-mars) Trophy in his first season in New York. He won the award last season with Dallas.
Three-time winner Grant Hill is only other player to win the award multiple times.

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