Sports, March 26th

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Rifle–The Rifle Bears beat the Steamboat Springs Sailors yesterday 8 to 5. Starting pitcher Danny Bartels struck out 15 to earn the win.

MLB/ROCKIES

Scottsdale, AZ–Todd Helton led the Colorado Rockies’ 26-hit attack with a 4 for 4 performance as the boy’s in purple pounded the Cleveland Indians 18 to 4. The 39 year old first baseman boosted his spring batting average to .435.

NUGGETS WIN STREAK OVER

New Orleans, LA–The Denver Nuggets played without injured guard Ty Lawson for a third straight game and lost to the Hornets in New Orleans, 110-86. The loss ended the Nuggets winning streak at 15 games.

Elsewhere in sports…

ATLANTA (AP) – Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Kordell Stewart has filed for divorce from his reality television star wife. In a divorce petition filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Stewart says his marriage to Porsha Williams is “irretrievably broken” and the two are separated. The pair appears on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” The filing says the two married May 21, 2011, and have no children together. Stewart asks the court to find there are no marital assets to divide. He says Williams is “an able-bodied person, earning income, and is capable of supporting herself.” He asks that neither side be ordered to pay alimony. Stewart was a sensation in Pittsburgh in the late 1990s and was nicknamed “Slash” for his versatility as quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Miami has now won 27 straight games. The Heat extended their winning streak last night with a 108-94 victory over the Magic in Orlando. Up next on the Miami hit-parade: Chicago’s Bulls, tomorrow night in the Windy City.

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – The Boston Celtics will be without big-man Kevin Garnett for at least a week. He is suffering from inflammation in his left ankle and general manager Danny Ainge says the 36-year-old may be sidelined for up to three weeks.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Tiger Woods is back in familiar territory, on top of the world golf rankings. He regained the No. 1 spot by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational yesterday. He shot a final round 2-under-70 to finish two shots in front of Justin Rose.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Tubby Smith was dismissed as head basketball coach at Minnesota yesterday. Smith held the Gophers job for six seasons and had a record of 124-81. That said, his mark in the Big Ten was just 46-62. This year’s club was 21-13 after losing 11 of its last 16 games before starting Big Ten tournament play.

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