SPORTS, JUNE 26TH

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Glenwood Springs–Former Glenwood Springs girl’s varsity basketball coach Bryan Derby says he will not attend tonight’s meeting of the Roaring Fork Re-1 School Board. Derby was fired two weeks ago for reasons he says he still doesn’t understand and planned to speak his mind at tonight’s meeting. He says after getting advice from other people, he realized he’d be fighting a losing battle. Derby says he’d rather walk away with his pride and dignity in tact knowing he gave everything he had to the program and the many girls he coached in six years. Derby leaves the program with a record of 113 and 34, three league championships and a playoff appearance in every year including the 4A final four in 2007.

MLB

Denver–The Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals last night at Coors Field 4 to 1. The Rockies handed National’s ace Stephen Strasburg only his second loss of the season against 9 wins.

WIMBLEDON (AP) – The two No. 2’s at Wimbledon won today. Men’s second-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) did away with his opening round opponent, as did women’s second-seed Victoria Azarenka (as-ah-REHN’-kah), who beat American Irina Falconi 6-1, 6-4.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Capitals have found their new head coach. To build for the future the Caps are looking to their past, hiring former player Adam Oates. He replaces Dale Hunter, who resigned at the end of last season. Oates played for the Capitals six seasons.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Larry Bird is reportedly leaving the Indiana Pacers. As the club’s president of basketball operations, Bird built a team that lost to league champion Miami in the playoffs this season. For that he was named NBA Executive of the Year. The Indianapolis Star cites an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the situation as saying the 55-year-old is stepping down.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Matt Kenseth, the current NASCAR points leader, is leaving Roush (rowsh) Fenway Racing at the end of the season. There has been speculation that he might leave for the Joe Gibbs Racing team.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Two longtime rivals are meeting once again tonight in San Francisco. The Giants, who beat the Dodgers last night 8-0, can move to within a game of the Dodgers in the National League West with another win. On the mound for the Dodgers will be last year’s Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, while the Giants use Ryan Vogelsong.

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