SPORTS, JULY 11TH

Washington, D.C.–The Rockies were shutout by Jordan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals, 2 to nothing. The Rockies find themselves five games under .500 at the All-Star break and eight games behind first place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Phoenix, AZ–The fan favorite home run derby takes place tonight in Phoenix. Former Rockies’ slugger Matt Holiday will compete for the National League representing the St. Louis Cardinals. Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will start for the NL in tomorrow night’s mid-summer classic.

Elsewhere in sports…

UNDATED (AP) – Pete Duranko, a star defensive lineman on Notre
Dame’s 1966 national championship team who went on to play eight
years for the Denver Broncos, has died of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
He was 67. Notre Dame announced Sunday that Duranko died at a hospice in
Windber, Pa., on Friday. He had battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for a decade. Originally from Johnston, Pa., Duranko started at defensive
tackle for the Fighting Irish in 1965 and ’66. He had 73 tackles
for the ’66 team, which allowed only 3.8 points per game and had
six shutouts in 10 games. The next year he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns of the NFL in the fourth round and the Broncos of the AFL in the second round. He went on to play defensive end and linebacker for the Broncos from 1967-74.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Shannon Sharpe has chosen his older brother,
former star receiver Sterling Sharpe, as his presenter when he is
enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.
The Hall announced the presenters for the Aug. 6 ceremony on
Monday. Bears defensive end Richard Dent picked Joe Gilliam, his
coordinator at Tennessee State. Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders selected their agents: Rocky Arceneaux and Eugene Parker, respectively. Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger and NFL Films founder Ed Sabol chose
their sons. Steve Sabol succeeded his father as president of NFL
Films. Jon Richter will represent his late father, Los Angeles Rams
linebacker Les Richter, who is being enshrined posthumously.
Sterling Sharpe played for the Packers from 1988-94, while
Shannon was a record-setting tight end for the Broncos.

BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) – Hundreds of friends, family and
well-wishers have gathered in Brownwood, Texas, for the funeral of
39-year-old Shannon Stone, who fell to his death trying to catch a
souvenir baseball at a Texas Rangers game.
More than three dozen Patriot Guard Riders stood quietly across
from the First United Methodist Church, holding American flags
while the private memorial got under way Monday.
The program called for 10 fellow firefighters to carry Stone’s
casket to a lone fire engine parked in front of the church.
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel, black tape covering their
badges, were expected to join the procession to a cemetery.
Stone took his 6-year-old son, Cooper, to a Rangers game in
Arlington on Thursday night. They stopped to buy the boy a glove,
and sat in left field. Cooper’s favorite player, Josh Hamilton,
tossed a foul ball into the stands but Stone fell about 20 feet
onto concrete as he caught the ball. He died a short time later.

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