Sports, July 17th

GOLD MEDAL SKIER IN FAILING HEALTH

The family of former Olympic downhill champion Bill Johnson says he is dealing with a life-threatening infection that has attacked his major organs and that he no longer wants to go through treatment. Hospitalized since June 29, Johnson’s mother said in a phone interview the one-time daredevil skier refuses a feeding tube, even though it hurts to swallow. He no longer wants supplemental oxygen or antibiotics that could possibly help. Johnson wants to return to an assisted living facility in Gresham, Ore., where the 53-year-old was living before the illness. His mom said, “that’s what he wants.” She added they had a “good day” Tuesday as they visited the hospital’s garden. In recent years, Johnson’s health has been on the decline because of mini strokes followed by a major one.

MLB ALL-STAR GAME GOES TO THE AMERICAN LEAGUE

NL batters no match for AL’s heat

NEW YORK (AP) — One by one they came out of the bullpen, hard throwers on a mission to shut down many of baseball’s top hitters. Max Scherzer and Chris Sale. Felix Hernandez and Matt Moore. Even with its own studs such as Matt Harvey and Clayton Kershaw, the National League couldn’t match up. The AL’s 3-0 victory at Citi Field on Tuesday night was an arms showcase. Scherzer, throwing at up to 99 mph, pitched a 1-2-3 first, and Sale followed with a pair of perfect innings. The NL managed just three hits. The NL managed just three hits. Michael Cuddyer reached on a leadoff walk against Grant Balfour in the sixth, Wright singled softly to center against Greg Holland in the seventh and Paul Goldschmidt doubled to deep right off Joe Nathan in the ninth. 

ROCKIES BACK IN ACTION FRIDAY

Denver—The Colorado Rockies hope  to make up some ground on the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers in the National League West with a 10-game homestand to start the second half of the season.  The Rockies welcome the Cubs to town Friday night for the first of a three-game weekend series.  That will be followed by a four game set with the Miami Marlins and will wrap up next weekend with three games against the Milwaukee Brewers.

CU BUFFS QB  TRANSFERRING

BOULDER  (AP) — Colorado quarterback Shane Dillon plans to transfer to another school to play basketball. Dillon is a redshirt freshman and is listed as a backup on the Buffaloes’ depth chart behind junior Connor Wood. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Dillon was recruited as a basketball player out of Christian High School in El Cajon, Calif.He went through spring practice with Colorado and was 19 for 39 for 185 yards and two touchdowns in four scrimmages under new coach Mike MacIntyre. The school said in a statement that Dillon had spoken with CU basketball coach Tad Boyle about the possibility of joining the team but no scholarships were available.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel says he missed activities at the Manning Passing Academy because he “overslept,” and his absence had nothing to do with being out the night before. Manziel left the camp for high school prospects run by the Manning family in Louisiana before it ended last weekend.He says his eventful offseason has been at times “blown out of proportion,” though he did acknowledge that he needs to make better decisions because he’s such a public figure. The 20-year-old Heisman Trophy winner faced hundreds or reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday. Wearing a dark blue suit, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore discussed his fame, decision-making and even answered a few questions about football.Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman.

GOLF

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — The British Open, the third major in men’s golf, starts play tomorrow morning in Gullane, Scotland. The defending champion this year is Ernie Els and he’s back to defend his title. The field includes all of the top players in the world, including Tiger Woods, who says his sore left elbow is feeling just fine. The head of golf’s governing body says there is no evidence of doping in the sport and emphasizes there will be no complacency in the fight to keep it drug-free. Peter Dawson says his organization is “right on the case” and that “anti-doping policies do as much as they can.”

AUTO RACING

UNDATED (AP) — Andretti Autosport says it has signed on as the third team to compete in the environmentally friendly FIA Formula E championship, which will feature electric cars racing in 10 cities around the world beginning in 2014. Michael Andretti’s two-car operation will join China Racing and British-based Drayson Racing as organizations already committed to a field that will have 10 two-car teams competing in each e-Prix. The races will be held September 2014 to June 2015 for a “winter season” on street courses that run through the heart of major cities around the world, including Miami and Los Angeles.

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