Sports, August 14th


DENVER (AP) – DJ LeMahieu had a career-best four hits, Jeff Francis pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6 on Monday night. Dexter Fowler, Eric Young Jr., Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson each had two hits of Colorado’s 15 hits.


DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche have signed goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (zhee-GEHR’) to a one-year contract extension. The deal announced by the Avalanche on Monday will keep the Giguere with the team through the 2013-14 season.


DENVER (AP) – Colorado officials say they are still interested in holding the Olympics. Several members of the Denver Sports board traveled as spectators to this year’s games in London to scope out the events. The U.S. Olympic Committee board is forming a committee that would look into bidding for the Olympics in 2024 and 2026, in part because going for the 2022 Games would be too difficult. The International Olympic Committee awarded the 1976 Winter Games to Denver, but the city later decided against hosting the event amid concerns over pollution and promoting too much growth.

TORONTO (AP) – The NHL Players’ Association will present its vision for a new collective bargaining agreement to the NHL when labor talks resume today.

NHLPA executive director Don Fehr (FEER) says proposal will offer a “different kind of an approach” and an “alternate view.” The presentation will come a month after the NHL made its first proposal, which included a 20 percent reduction of players’ share of revenues and limitations to free agency.

Commissioner Gary Bettman has already said the NHL is prepared to lock out its players if no deal is reached by the time the current deal expires on Sept. 15. Negotiations have been underway for seven weeks.


Yankees rip Rangers

UNDATED (AP) – The Giants go into the second game of the division-leaders showdown with Washington still atop the NL West. Unlike yesterday, they’re just not alone.

A 14-2 pummeling by the Nationals last night was San Franciso’s third loss in five games and dropped them into a first-place tie with the Dodgers. The Giants will try to regroup in game two of the series with the red-hot Nats tonight. Washington will start Jordan Zimmerman who leads the National League with a 2.35 ERA. San Francisco starts 12-7 Madison Bumgarner.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers continue their series in Pittsburgh. L.A.’s Chad Billingsley has won four in a row going into tonight’s game and has a 6-1 lifetime mark against the Pirates. He’ll square off against Kevin Correia (kohr-AY’-uh), who has won seven in a row.

There are eight night games in all on the National League schedule.

The best record in the American League is on the line when the Yankees and Rangers resume their series in New York tonight. The Yanks edged a half-game ahead of Texas after last night’s win. AL West-leading Texas sends 13-game winner Matt Harrison to the mound against the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda, who’s coming off his first loss since June 19.

Seven games and counting. That’s the length of Tampa Bay’s current win streak which is the best in the big leagues right now. That’s helped propel the Rays to the top of the American League wildcard race. Tampa Bay tries to make it eight straight and 11 wins in 13 games, in Seattle tonight.

First inning survival would seem to be the goal for Josh Beckett tonight. The Red Sox starter has a 10.42 ERA in the first this season, a big reason why he’s only 5-9. He takes the mound against wildcard contender Baltimore tonight.

There are seven games under the lights in the American League.