Battlement Mesa–The fall high school sports season teed off Thursday at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course with the first tournament. Fruita Monument took the team title while Rifle captured 4th overall. The top local golfers were Triston Quigley of Rifle and Aspen’s Jesse Beetham who tied for 6th place with a score of 75.

NFL Preseason Denver Broncos

CHICAGO (AP) – Peyton Manning didn’t hide his feelings. This one was special, and he simply wasn’t about to dismiss it as just another tuneup. He’s come too far for that. “I know how much hard work I’ve put in and how much help I’ve gotten along the way,” he said. “I know once we get to Pittsburgh, it’ll be all about the game. I’m not going to be too reflective.” His first preseason appearance with the Broncos was brief and a bit uneven. He hopes to have it ironed out by the opener Sept. 9. Manning got intercepted near the goal line on the game’s opening possession and watched from the sideline the rest of the way as Denver beat the Chicago Bears 31-3 Thursday night. All eyes were on Manning and the results were mixed for the four-time MVP. Considering he missed all of last season with a nerve injury in his neck that weakened his throwing arm and led to his tearful farewell from the Indianapolis Colts, it was hardly a surprise.


San Francisco, CA–The Colorado Rockies visit AT&T Park in San Francisco tonight for the first of a three-game weekend series against the first place Giants.

Elsewhere in sports…

UNDATED (AP)- Dwight Howard’s departure from Orlando is complete. The All-Star center has been traded to the Lakers by the Magic. To make the deal happen, two other teams, the Nuggets and 76ers, were involved as well. Howard was the centerpiece of the 12-player deal that was completed after NBA officials reviewed all sides. It also sent Andrew Bynum from the Lakers to Philadelphia and Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH’-lah) from the 76ers to Denver. Orlando got guard Aaron Afflalo (uh-FLAH’-loh) and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Moe Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic (nee-KOHL’-uh VUTCH’-ih-vich) from Philadelphia, and forward Josh McRoberts and guard Christian Eyenga (EYE’-vehng-uh) from the Lakers. The Lakers got Howard, guard Chris Duhon (DOO’-hahn) and forward Earl Clark from Orlando. The Magic also traded guard Jason Richardson to Philadelphia. As part of the deal, Orlando also gets five draft picks over five years.

LONDON (AP) – The IOC has formally stripped American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics. The first-place prize now goes to a Russian rider with American Bobby Julich (JOO’-lihk) of Glenwood Springs moving up from bronze to silver. After years of denials, Hamilton told CBS’s “60 Minutes” last year that he had repeatedly used performance-enhancing drugs. The IOC asked for documents from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency before reallocating the medals.

LONDON (AP) – The United States women’s 4x100m relay team won the gold medal and set a world record at the Olympic Stadium. The team of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter (JEH’-tur) set the world record with a time of 40.82. They are also the first women’s 4x100m relay team to ever break the 41.0 second barrier in a race. Jeter crossed the finish line pointing the baton at the clock showing the world record time.


BATON ROUGE, La.- LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu (TY’-ran MATH’-yoo) from its football program for violating school and team rules. The junior defensive back, who was nicknamed Honey Badger, was a surprising Heisman Trophy candidate last season as the Tigers won the Southeastern Conference championship and ached the BCS title game. LSU lost the championship 21-0 to Alabama.
He was suspended for a game last year for failing a drug test.
At a news conference today, coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was kicked off the team. The school’s athletic director said Mathieu violated an athletic department rule and had his scholarship revoked.