SPORTS, JULY 18TH

DENVER (AP) – Erik Bedard pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than a month, Andrew McCutchen homered, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Tuesday night to become the fifth team with at least 50 wins. Christian Friedrich (5-7) gave up five runs on six hits in 4 2-3 innings in losing for the sixth time in his last seven decisions.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Rockies infielder Chris Nelson is remaining hospitalized for observation after undergoing treatment for an irregular heartbeat. The Rockies said Nelson’s heart was beating normally again after doctors administered a series of shocks during a procedure earlier Tuesday. However, any physical exertion by Nelson will be limited for at least several days. The team placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets have waived reserve center Chris “Birdman” Andersen. The team announced the move Tuesday. Andersen averaged 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.44 blocked shots in 32 games with the Nuggets last season. He first joined the Nuggets as an undrafted free agent in 2001 and left for New Orleans in 2004. NBA officials suspended him in 2006, citing violations of the league’s drug policy, but he later rejoined the Nuggets. The Nuggets made the playoffs last season, but Andersen didn’t play. The Nuggets had excused him from team-related activities after Douglas County sheriff’s deputies searched his home as part of an investigation by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. No criminal charges have been announced.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – The Washington Redskins have come to terms on a contract with Robert Griffin III. The quarterback out of Baylor was the second overall pick in this year’s draft. He signed a four-year contract with Washington worth about $21 million. His agent tells The Associated Press that the Heisman Trophy winner will be in Redskins rookie camp today.

NEW YORK (AP) – Labor talks are set to resume today between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association. The biggest sticking point in the working out of a new deal is the league’s total revenue and how much each side will get. In short, the players like their share right now. The owners don’t.

PAU, France (AP) – The 16th-stage of the Tour de France is underway. The specter of doping was raised again last night as RadioShack Nissan Trek rider Frank Schleck withdrew after being informed he had tested positive for doping after Saturday’s stage.

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