Phoenix–The Colorado Rockies were pummeled by the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in Phoenix 10 to nothing. D-Backs’ right hander Ian Kennedy struck out a career high 12 batters. Tonight, Josh Outman will be on the hill for the Rockies against Arizona’s Wade Miley.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Ryan Warner says he’s ready to
sign after the Colorado Rockies chose the 6-foot-7 right-handed
pitcher with its third-round supplemental pick.
The Rockies are offering the 2012 Pine Creek High School
graduate a $363,700 signing bonus to start his baseball career
ascent and put off college studies. Warner says he’s glad to stay in Colorado. Besides going 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA, he struck out 89 batters in 51 innings pitched.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Wesley Woodyard is gearing up for a
bigger role than ever with the Denver Broncos.
The fifth-year pro is coming off a year in which he piled up
career highs in tackles (97), starts (seven) and forced fumbles
(two) while replacing middle linebacker Joe Mays on passing downs
and making spot starts at weakside linebacker for D.J. Williams.
Williams, who led the team in tackles after missing the first
three games with an elbow injury, is facing a six-game drug
suspension to start the 2012 season. He also has an Aug. 15 trial
on misdemeanor driving under the influence and traffic charges.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Teal Bunbury scored in the 79th minute,
and Sporting Kansas City beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Tuesday
night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open
Cup. Sporting will host the Dayton Dutch Lions of the third-tier USL
Pro on June 26. Colorado goalkeeper Matt Picken was charged with an own goal in the 28th minute, giving Kansas City a 1-0 lead. Pickens deflected
Aurelien Collin’s header off a free kick, but the ball deflected
off Pickens, hit the post and rolled into the net.
Colorado, which came back from a 2-0 deficit to force a 2-2 home
draw last month in MLS play, had several chances to equalize after
the miscue. Tony Cascio shot just wide in the 36th minute, and Jaime
Castrillon hit the crossbar in the 52nd.
Elsewhere in sports…
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Boston Celtics center Greg
Stiemsma and Lance Thomas of the New Orleans Hornets have been
added to the select team of young players that will train against
the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team.
Also, USA Basketball has announced that Orlando forward Ryan
Anderson has withdrawn, leaving the roster at 14 players.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says Wednesday the
Americans were committed to inviting two players from their Pan
American Games team that won a bronze medal last summer.
The select team will train against the Americans in Las Vegas
from July 6-11. The roster also includes Rookie of the Year Kyrie
Irving, Jeremy Lin, John Wall, Kawhi Leonard, DeJuan Blair,
DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward,
Paul George, Taj Gibson and Klay Thompson.
NEW YORK (AP) – I’ll Have Another was made the 4-5 early
favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing’s 12th
Triple Crown champion. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 11 post under Mario Gutierrez on Saturday at Belmont Park. Dullahan was the 5-1 second choice and drew post No. 5. The colt
finished third in the Kentucky Derby and sat out the Preakness.
MIAMI (AP) – Don’t tell the Boston Celtics they’re too old to
contend — or the Miami Heat for that matter. The NBA’s Eastern
Conference finals took a stunning turn in Boston’s favor last night
with the Celtics rallying for a 94-40 victory. It was the first
road win for either team in the series, which now stands at 3-2 in
Boston’s favor. Game 6 is tomorrow night in Boston.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma City Thunder are one win away
from a trip to the NBA finals. They’ll be on their home court
tonight with a chance to eliminate the San Antonio Spurs. The
Thunder have run off three straight wins to build their 3-2
advantage. But San Antonio doesn’t sound panicked. Center Tim
Duncan says the Spurs “have the right game plan,” they just need
to “play a little better for a little longer.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Stanley Cup will be in the building
tonight when the Los Angeles Kings take on the New Jersey Devils at
Staples Center in L.A. The Kings hold a 3-0 advantage in the best
of seven series and a win would give the franchise its
championship. Captain Dustin Brown says the Kings know they need to
take one more step, and they “don’t want to trip now.”
PARIS (AP) – Maria Sharapova has taken another step toward
completing a career Grand Slam. She defeated Kaia Kanepi (KY’-uh
kuh-NEP’-ee) of Estonia 6-2, 6-3 today to reach the French Open
semifinals. The second-seeded Sharapova needed just 74 minutes to
finish off Kanepi — that after a fourth round match that took more
than three hours.