High School Softball

Rifle–The Rifle Lady Bears will host Delta this afternoon at 4 o’clock at Cooper Field. Grand Valley welcomes the Grand Junction Central JV squad for a game.

High School Football

Glenwood Springs–The new rankings from the Denver Post are out and in 3A, the Glenwood Demons are ranked second behind Vista Ridge. In 2A, Aspen is ranked 6th. The Demons open the season this Friday night against the Longhorns in Basalt.

Elsewhere in sports…

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL and the players’ union are donating $1
million to memorials and charities to commemorate the 10th
anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The first Sunday of the regular season is Sept. 11, and includes
games matching the Dallas Cowboys at the New York Jets and the New
York Giants at the Washington Redskins.
The NFL and NFL Players Association will contribute $500,000 to
the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan, and $250,000 to be
divided between the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville,
Pa., and the Pentagon Memorial Fund in Washington.
In addition, the NFL and NFLPA will donate all proceeds from the
sale of auction items from games played on Sept. 11.

NEW YORK (AP) – This is the second day of play at the U.S. Open
and both top seeds will see action. Men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic
(NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) opens play, as does women’s top-seed
Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee). Among the other notable
players on court today will be Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’)
and Serena Williams.

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks are red-hot these days
and have taken a five-game lead over San Francisco in the National
League West. Last night the D-Backs upped their record to 76-and-59
with a 5-1 win over the Rockies. Arizona enters this evening’s game
with the Rockies riding a seven-game winning streak.

BOSTON (AP) – The Red Sox and Yankees resume their rivalry this
evening with the opening of a three-game series in Boston. The Red
Sox start the day with a game-and-a-half lead over the New Yorkers.
In tonight’s contest, CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) of the Yankees
goes for his 18th win of the year.

DAEGU, South Korea (AP) – There was a disappointing finish at
the World Track and Field Championships for an American. Pre-race
favorite LeShawn Merritt of the U.S. was nosed out by Kirani James
of Grenada (greh-NAY’-duh) in the 400 meters. James won the race
with a time of 44.60 seconds while Merritt finished second at

NEW YORK (AP) – The Associated Press has learned that
negotiators in the NBA labor dispute will meet tomorrow for just
the second time since the lockout began. The sides last met Aug. 1,
exactly one month after the lockout was imposed.