SPORTS, AUGUST 19TH

High School Golf

Montrose–The Rifle Bears took third place in yesterday’s Montrose Invitational at the Bridges Golf Club. The Bear’s top golfer was Danny Bartels who finished in a four way tie for third place with a 3-over-par 74. Aspen’s Jesse Beetham won the tournament.

Glenwood Springs–Several local high school football teams will be scrimmaging other teams tomorrow morning as the final tuneup to the regular season. The Glenwood Demons will host Coal Ridge and Hayden to Stubler Memorial Field at 9-am.

Elsewhere in sports…

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Despite having a dozen teammates
implicated in the scandal that may impact the future of Miami
football, two Hurricanes say they are trying to focus on the coming
season and not possible sanctions.
Center Tyler Horn and running back Mike James were the first
Miami players to meet reporters since convicted Ponzi-scheme
architect and former university booster Nevin Shapiro claimed that
he provided money, prostitutes, cars and gifts to some current and
former Hurricanes. Neither is among the current players implicated
by what Shapiro told Yahoo Sports.
Horn says “it was a shock to hear those allegations, but we’re
focused on football. That’s all we can focus on. That’s all we can
control.”
The NCAA has been investigating Miami for five months, and the
school is bracing for the possibility of stiff penalties at some
point.

BASKETBALL-CHINA-U.S. BRAWL
Sorry
BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese team that got into a nasty brawl with
Georgetown University players in an exhibition game Thursday went
to the Beijing airport Friday to reconcile and see off their
departing rivals ahead of a rematch Sunday in Shanghai.
According to a short statement released by Georgetown, coach
John Thompson III says two of the Hoyas players met with
representatives of China’s Bayi (bah-EE’) Rockets.
Chinese basketball fans slammed Bayi, which is owned by China’s
military, for its part in the brawl that forced the cancelation of
a match intended to promote U.S.-China goodwill during Vice
President Joe Biden’s visit.
Video footage showing players punching each other and throwing
chairs spread swiftly on the Internet and worldwide TV news.

NBA-LOCKOUT-CHINA
Not so fast fellas
BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese Basketball Association will restrict
contracted NBA players from playing for domestic teams in the event
the season is canceled, but will still allow free agents. That’s
according to a report in the country’s state media.
The CBA would bar players under contract such as Carmelo Anthony
and Chris Paul. The two All-Stars are among several players to have
expressed interest in playing in China if the NBA lockout drags on
and results in the cancellation of all or part of the 2011-12
season.
The CBA says it will welcome free agent NBA players, but will
require them to play an entire season in China, the Xinhua
(shin-wah) News Agency reports.

GOLF-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sluman holds narrow lead
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) – Jeff Sluman fired a 6-under 65 and had a
one-stroke lead after the opening 18 hole of the Senior Players
Championship. Gary Hallberg and Peter Senior began the day tied for
second place in the final major of the year for the Champions Tour.

GOLF-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Co-leaders in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Jeff Quinney and Tom Gainey shot 7-under
63’s and shared a one-stroke lead when second-round play got under
way at the Wyndham Championship this morning.
Stuart Appleby was alone at minus-6 after 18 holes.
It’s the final event before the four-week FedEx Cup playoff.

GOLF-WEIR-SURGERY
TORONTO (AP) – Former Masters champion Mike Weir underwent
surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow on Thursday and
isn’t expected back on the PGA Tour until 2012.
Weir’s 2010 season also was cut short by a torn ligament in his
right elbow.
The Canadian left-hander made just two cuts in 15 PGA events
this year, managing to break 70 in only one of the 34 rounds he
completed. He’s fallen to 539th in the world rankings.

MLB-SCHEDULE
1 vs. 2 matchup in the Motor City
UNDATED (AP) – There’s no bigger series in baseball this weekend
than the AL Central’s showdown in Motown. Detroit enters tonight’s
opener of a three-game set against second-place Cleveland with a 1
1/2-game lead over the Indians in the division race.
Both managers will send a 12-game winner to the mound. Detroit’s
Jim Leyland hands the ball to Max Scherzer. Manny Acta goes with
Josh Tomlin.
Cleveland has lost 17 of its last 20 games at Comerica Park.
The rest of tonight’s AL schedule finds Boston at Kansas City,
New York at Minnesota, Tampa Bay hosting Seattle, Texas at Chicago,
the L.A. Angels entertaining Baltimore and Toronto playing at
Oakland.

A National League matinee in Chicago gets things going on
today’s full slate. The Cubs host a St. Louis Cardinals team that
is second in the Central Division standings, 6 1/2 games behind
Milwaukee.
This evening in the senior circuit, the Brewers take on the Mets
in New York, Pittsburgh hosts Cincinnati, Philadelphia is at
Washington, Atlanta entertains Arizona, Houston is home to San
Francisco, the L.A. Dodgers are at Colorado and Florida plays at
San Diego.

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