SPORTS, APRIL 6TH

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Grand Valley hosts Grand Junction Central at 4:30. Three games are on the schedule for Saturday; Rifle plays at Rangely, Glenwood heads north to Steamboat Springs and Roaring Fork plays at Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

BASEBALL

Four local teams will be playing doubleheaders Saturday at 11 and 1 o’clock. The Glenwood Demons are in Delta. Roaring Fork Rams host Cedaredge. Coal Ridge heads south to battle Gunnison and Grand Valley welcomes the Basalt Longhorns.

TRACK AND FIELD

Glenwood, Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork and Rifle girls and boys will compete Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum. Grand Valley’s girls and boys will visit Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction for the Frank Woodburn Invitational.

MLB

The Rockies open up the 2012 season against the Astros in Houston.

NHL

The Colorado Avalanche were eliminated from playoff contention with last night’s 5 to 2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

NBA

The Denver Nuggets are home tonight taking on the Phoenix Suns.

Elsewhere in sports…

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) – The Mountain West Conference has
suspended Air Force baseball coach Mike Kazlausky for two games,
following his ejection from a game against New Mexico on Thursday.
Kazlausky was ejected after arguing a call. The suspension means the Falcons will be without Kazlausky for the rest of their series against New Mexico, which ends Saturday.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Jason Dufner is in the clubhouse at minus-5
after a 2-under par 70 in round two of the Masters. He tops Lee
Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen (OOST’-hay-zehn) by one shot.
Westwood stood to have the lead by himself but a double bogey on 18
dropped him into the second place tie. Fred Couples and Sergio
Garcia are having the best rounds of the day as each is 5-under for
the day, Couples through 17 and Garcia through 16.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Albert Pujols (POO’-hohls) debuts in an
Angels uniform tonight as they entertain the Royals in Anaheim,
Calif. Pujols was the biggest catch of the off season when he inked
a long-term deal with the Angels, leaving the World Champion
Cardinals.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Andy Pettitte is on track to join
the Yankees in May. The veteran agreed to a minor league contract
on March 16 and threw a scoreless inning in the final game of
spring training on Wednesday. Manager Joe Girardi says Pettitte is
slated to pitch in an extended spring training game Monday.

CLEVELAND (AP) – There’s more bad news for the Cleveland
Cavaliers. Starting guard Anthony Parker has a bruised sternum and
will miss at least the next two games. He joins rookie guard Kyrie
Irving, veteran guard Daniel Gibson and veteran big man Anderson
Varejao (VAR’-eh-zhoh) on the injured list.

ROQUEBRUNE, France (AP) – The quarterfinal Davis Cup competition
between the US and France is tied at 1-1 after opening day play. In
the first singles match, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG’-guh)
defeated American teenager Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, and in
the second match John Isner (IHZ’-nur) got the better of Gilles
Simon (zheel see-MOHN’) 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

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