SPORTS, MARCH 21ST

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

All three games played yesterday were shutouts. The Rifle Lady Bears earned their first win of the season by blanking Rangely 4 to nothing. Aspen beat Grand Valley by the same score and Roaring Fork defeated Basalt 2-zip.

TEBOW

Tim Tebow is gone. One day after signing Peyton Manning to a five year, 96 million dollar contract, the Broncos traded the beloved but unconventional quarterback to the New York Jets for a fourth round draft pick.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has suspended New Orleans head coach
Sean Payton for the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive
coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from the league indefinitely
because of the team’s bounty program that targeted opposing
players. Commissioner Roger Goodell will review Williams’ status after
the upcoming season and consider whether he can return to the
league. Also Wednesday, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey
Loomis for the first eight regular-season games of 2012, and
assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games.
In addition, the Saints are being fined $500,000 and forfeit
second-round draft picks this year and in 2013.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NORTH CAROLINA-MARSHALL
Marshall still wait-and-see
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s basketball team
continues to prepare for its next NCAA tournament game as if
Kendall Marshall will be unavailable. The Tar Heels dynamic point
guard is recovering from Monday surgery on his injured right wrist.
Marshall is left-handed, so there is a glimmer of hope in Chapel
Hill that’s he’ll be able to play against Ohio on Friday night in
St. Louis.

NBA-BOBCATS-DIAW
Diaw leaving Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The agent for Boris Diaw (DEE’-aw) says
his client’s days in Charlotte are finally over.
Doug Neustatdt says the veteran forward has reached an agreement
on a contract buyout with the Bobcats that will allow him to sign
with another team.
The 29-year-old Diaw had fallen out of favor with coach Paul
Silas this season and barely played in the last three weeks. He was
in the final year of his contract and was still owed about $2
million of his original $9 million salary for this season.
It’s unclear how much money Diaw gave up in order to escape a
team that is an NBA-worst 7-37.

NBA-SCHEDULE
Knicks roll into Philly
UNDATED (AP) – Fresh off their fourth straight win under new
coach Mike Woodson, the Knicks streak into Philadelphia for a
meeting with the Atlantic Division-leading 76ers. New York has
turned the NBA’s Atlantic Division race into a three-team affair.
They’ve pulled within two and a-half games of second-place Boston
and are just four behind the Sixers. The Celtics are off tonight.
Elsewhere, it’ll be league leader Chicago at Detroit, Western
Conference-leading Oklahoma City hosts the L.A. Clippers, the
Pacific Division-leading L.A. Lakers are at Dallas to take on a
resurgent Mavericks team that will be chasing a fifth straight win,
Phoenix visits Orlando, Cleveland is at Atlanta, New Jersey is home
to Washington, Golden State plays at New Orleans, Southwest
Division leader San Antonio entertains Minnesota and Detroit is at
Denver.

NHL-SCHEDULE
An Original Six matchup with implications in the Big Apple
UNDATED (AP) – The first-place Rangers have an opportunity to
open up a little more ground between themselves and the Penguins in
the NHL’s Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference races. New York
enters this evening’s home game against Detroit with a one-point
lead over idle Pittsburgh. The Penguins drilled Winnipeg 8-4 last
night to tighten things up.
Also on the ice this evening, Florida begins its game at
Carolina with a five-point lead over idle Washington atop the
Southeast Division, Buffalo is two points behind the Capitals for
the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference ahead of its home
outing against Montreal, Northwest Division leader Vancouver skates
at Chicago and league leader St. Louis is at Anaheim. The Blues are
three points better than the Rangers in the chase for the NHL’s
best record.

OBIT-PARNELL
Parnell passes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Former big leaguer Mel Parnell has passed away
at the age of 89.
The left-handed pitcher spent his entire 10-year major league
career with the Boston Red Sox.
Parnell had a knack for doing well in Fenway Park, where the
Green Monster wall just 310 feet down the left field made many
lefties shudder.
Parnell’s lifetime record of 123-75 includes a 70-30 mark at
Fenway.

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