SPORTS, JUNE 30TH

Glenwood Springs–Tonight, the annual Glenwood Springers Community Track Meet will be held at Stubler Memorial Field. Athletes of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in a wide range of events including distance running, sprints, relays, the long jump and the shot put. The meet begins at 5 O’clock.

Elsewhere in sports…

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – There was a mild upset in the first
ladies semifinal at Wimbledon. Eighth-ranked Petra Kvitova
(kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) knocked off fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka
(ah-zah-REN’-kuh) of Belarus, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to earn her first berth
in a Grand Slam final. The Czech left-hander had 40 winners and 14 unforced errors, while Azarenka had only nine winners and seven unforced errors.
It’s the second straight year Kvitova dismissed Azarenka from
the Championships. She won in straight sets last year.
Today’s second semifinal is pitting fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova
against wild-card Sabine Lisicki (LEE’-zih-kee) of Germany. The
Russian won Wimbledon in 2004, at the age of 17.

The men’s semifinals are on the Friday schedule at the All
England Club. Defending champion Rafael Nadal faces Andy Murray, who is trying to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since
Fred Perry in 1936 and only second to win at the All England Club
in more than 100 years. The other semifinal match pits second-seeded Novak Djokovic (JOH’-kuh-vich) against No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
(SAHNG’-guh), who eliminated six-time champion Roger Federer on
Wednesday by coming from two sets down to win in five.

MLB-SCHEDULE
Six matinees on nine-game big league slate

UNDATED (AP) – Some of the top pitchers in the game will be on
display this afternoon, including a matchup of nine-game winners in
Philadelphia. The Phillies are going with Cole Hamels while the Red
Sox send Jon Lester to the mound. Boston has lost two in a row to
the major league leaders and has fallen 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees
in the AL East race. The Yankees have won four straight and send 10-game winner CC Sabathia out to face a visiting Milwaukee club that’s looking to
avoid a three-game sweep. Detroit also hands the ball to a 10-game winner. Justin Verlander will be looking to improve to 6-0 in June when he faces a
visiting New York Mets team that’s working on a four-game winning
streak. Also this afternoon, the Chicago Cubs host the San Francisco
Giants, the Chicago White Sox play the Rockies in Colorado and
Oakland hosts Florida. Tonight, it’ll be St. Louis at Baltimore, Toronto home to Pittsburgh and Texas playing at Houston.

MLB-JETER RETURN
Getting ready to resume his chase

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Derek Jeter says he’ll rejoin the Yankees on
Monday for a series in Cleveland. The veteran shortstop is
rehabbing an injured right calf and will play minor league games
Saturday and Sunday at Double-A Trenton.
Jeter is six hits shy of the 3,000 plateau. A return next week
could put him on track to reach the milestone at Yankee Stadium
during a four-game series against Tampa Bay from July 7-10.
His bid to become the 28th major leaguer, and first with the
Yankees, to get 3,000 hits has been on hold since he strained his
right calf June 13 against the Indians.

NFL-LABOR
More talks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’)
and NFLPA head DeMaurice (deh-MOHR-ihs) Smith have resumed talks
aimed at ending the lockout. This time they are joined by a handful
of players and owners. The group is meeting at a Minneapolis law firm with U.S. Magistrate Arthur Boylan. The participants include New York Giants
owner John Mara and Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday
It’s the fifth set of “secret” talks between the two sides
this month as the clock ticks on the 2011 season.
Training camps are scheduled to open in just over three weeks
with the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7.

NBA-LABOR
NBA heads to CBA deadline day, sides far apart

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA is on the verge of becoming the second
major professional sports league to implement a lockout.
Negotiators for the owners and players are set to meet in an
attempt to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining
agreement. They are facing an end-of-day deadline for the
expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. If nothing is
worked out, the owners are expected to vote Friday to lock the
players out. It would be the first time that has happened since the 1998-99
season was reduced to 50 games.

PGA-AT&T NATIONAL
One more time

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) – This week’s PGA Tour stop is in
Pennsylvania, for the AT&T National. It’s the second year in a row
the event is being played at Aronimink Golf Club outside of
Philadelphia. It’s original home, Congressional Country Club, was
unavailable as they prepared for and then hosted this year’s U.S.
Open. Justin Rose is the defending champion.
The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, but the
former No. 1 golfer is still sidelined by injuries to his left leg
and is not in the field.

CHAMPIONS-MONTREAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mize defending

BLAINEVILLR, Quebec (AP) – The Champions Tour is north of the
border for the Montreal Championship. Larry Mize is the defending
titleholder. Tom Lehman is the tour leader with three victories this year.
He’s in the field along with two-time winner John Cook

OBIT-COSTELLO
Former boxing champ passes away

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) – Former World Boxing Council light
welterweight champion Billy Costello has died of lung cancer. He
was 55. Costello won his first 30 professional fights and was 40-2 over
a 20-year career that began in 1979. He won the WBC light
welterweight championship in 1984 with a 10th-round technical
knockout of Bruce Curry, then defended the title three times over
the next year. Costello lost the title to “Lightning” Lonnie Smith in an
eighth-round technical knockout in 1985. His only other loss as a
pro came to Alexis Arguello (ahr-GWAY’-oh) in 1986.

 

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