Sports, June 26th

ROCKIES LOSE TO RED SOX AGAIN

Boston—The Colorado Rockies were clobbered by the Red Sox last night in Boston, 11 to 4. Dustin Pedroia had four RBI in leading Boston’s offensive attack. Today, Roy Oswalt (0-1) pitches for
the Rockies against John Lackey (4-5) in the
finale of a two-game series with the Boston Red Sox. Game
time is 2:05 mountain time.

COLORADO OLYMPIAN SHINING AT NATIONALS

INDIANAPOLIS – Missy Franklin attempts to win two more titles
at the U.S. National Championships. The recent Regis Jesuit High School graduate held on to win yesterday’s 100 meter freestyle in Indianapolis.

NUGGETS INTRODUCE NEW HEAD COACH

Denver—Brian Shaw is finally a head coach in the NBA. After years of being an understudy for former Lakers and Bulls coach Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw is now calling the shots. Shaw was chosen by Nuggets’ executives to take over for George Karl who was fired by the team after a record-breaking 57 win season.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

FORMER PATRIOTS TIGHT END IN BIG TROUBLE

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots say they’ve released tight end Aaron Hernandez “following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide” last week in nearby North Attleboro. The Patriots issued a statement Wednesday saying: “We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.” The move came a few hours after Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs. He was taken into custody more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house. Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.

OREGON DUCKS FOOTBALL PROGRAM PENALIZED BY NCAA

Eugene, OR—The NCAA has taken away a scholarship and placed Oregon’s football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under previous coach Chip Kelly. The NCAA’s Division I Infractions Committee released a report on Wednesday that found Kelly and the university failed to monitor the program. The NCAA has been looking into Oregon’s recruiting practices since questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service, Complete Scouting Services. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit. The NCAA also reduced Oregon’s official paid visits from 56 to 37 for the next three academic years, reduced its evaluation days for each of the next three seasons and banned the program from using recruiting services during the probation period.

UPSETS CONTINUE AT WIMBLEDON

LONDON (AP) – American John Isner (IHZ’-nur) and women’s second-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) are both out of Wimbledon. Isner retired during his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino of France with a left knee injury after only two games, while Azarenka withdrew minutes before her second-round match against Flavia Pennetta (FLAH’-vee-uh pehn-EHT’-uh) was to begin. She suffered an injury in her first round match. Steve Darcis (DAHR’-see), who beat two-time champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) in straight sets on Monday in one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets, has also pulled out because of a right shoulder injury. Former champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to German qualifier Dustin Brown in the second round. Hewitt, who upset 11th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK’-ah) in the first round, was overwhelmed by Brown, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. Coming up today for the men, second seed Andy Murray has a match, as does No. 3 Roger Federer and sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG’-guh). For the women, third-seed Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) leads the way with No 8. Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) in action as well. Sloane Stephens of the U.S., the 17th seed, has a second-round match also.

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