Denver–Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each hit home runs last night at Coors Field as the Rockies pulled off a rare feat…beating the Atlanta Braves. 12 to 3 was the final score as starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez improved to 6 and 8 on the season.

Denver–The Colorado Rapids will be without their leading scorer for the rest of the season. Conor Casey suffered a torn achilles tendon in last weekend’s loss to Seattle. He’ll be out of commission for eight months.

Elsewhere in sports….

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Seventy-five former players are suing the
National Football League, claiming the league concealed information
about the danger of concussions for decades. The negligence and liability suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court lists Raymond Clayborn, Ottis Anderson and Mark Duper as plaintiffs, among others. Most players listed their wives as co-plaintiffs. Helmet maker Riddell also is a defendant.
The suit alleges the NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the
harmful effects of concussions and claims that information was
concealed from coaches, trainers, players and the public until June
2010. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the league hasn’t seen the suit
but would “vigorously” contest any claims of that kind.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – A judge in Delaware has begun a hearing
to determine whether to grant final approval to the Los Angeles
Dodgers’ proposed $150 million bankruptcy financing plan.
Wednesday’s hearing began with the Dodgers’ official committee
of unsecured creditors withdrawing its objection to the team’s
proposed hedge fund financing after minor modifications were made
to the loan agreement. But Major League Baseball is still objecting to the plan and is pushing its own financing offer. The Dodgers say the league’s offer is simply an attempt to take control of the team. A Dodger attorney told the judge Thursday that he will explain to the court why the team should not be forced to do “a deal with the devil.”
SHANGHAI (AP) – After helping pro basketball gain a foothold in
the world’s most populous market, Chinese star Yao Ming has
retired. Yao made it official today, telling a packed news conference in
his hometown that a series of foot and leg injuries forced him to
end his playing career at the age of 30. The 7-foot-6 center was a household name in China before starting his NBA career with the Houston Rockets as the top draft pick in 2002. Yao played eight seasons in the NBA, but missed 250 regular-season games over the past six years.

PINEROLO, Italy (AP) – Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway has won
the 17th stage of the Tour de France, the first of three in the
Alps. Boasson Hagen was in a chasing group that caught the lone
leader, Ruben Perez Moreno of Spain, in the final miles Wednesday
into the Italian town of Pinerolo. He then broke away to finish

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