DENVER (AP) – Jamie McGinn scored the first of a four-goal
flurry in the second period and Semyon Varlamov (var-LAH’-mawf)
stopped 21 shots as the Colorado Avalanche beat the struggling
Minnesota Wild 7-1 on Tuesday night.
Jay McClement, Jan Hejda (yahn HAY’-dah), Mark Olver, Ryan
O’Reilly, David Jones and Cody McLeod also scored for the
Avalanche, who have won six of eight to climb back into the playoff

MESA, Ariz. (AP) – Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and a
double to send Dale Sveum (swaym) and the Chicago Cubs to an 11-4
victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.
It was Sveum’s first victory since he was hired to manage the
Cubs in November.
Soriano led off the Cubs’ four-run second inning with a drive
that hit halfway up the scoreboard in left field. He led off the
third with a double to the wall in center and added a two-run homer
in a four-run fifth.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Top high school players Shabazz
Muhammad, Nerlens Noel and Kyle Anderson are on the U.S. roster for
the Nike Hoop Summit.
Colorado Springs-based USA Basketball announced the roster
The entire 10-man U.S. team is ranked among the top 50 high
school players, and seven have signed letters of intent to play in
college. Rounding out the roster for the April 7 game in Portland,
Ore., are: Archie Goodwin, Gary Harris, Mitch McGary, Marcus Paige,
Tony Parker, Rasheed Sulaimon and Kaleb Tarczewski.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brittney Griner of Baylor, Skyler Diggins of
Notre Dame and sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike
(oh-GWooM-i-kay) of Stanford are among 15 finalists for the John R.
Wooden Award given to college basketball’s top female player.
The finalists were announced Wednesday. The winner will be
announced April 6 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Colts owner Jim Irsay says the team is
releasing quarterback Peyton Manning after a 14-year run that
included one Super Bowl title and four MVP awards.
Irsay and Manning are appearing together Wednesday at a news
conference at the Colts’ team complex to announce the move.
The 35-year-old Manning will become a free agent, and there is
expected be interest from a half-dozen or so NFL clubs, provided
he’s healthy. Manning is coming off a series of operations to his
neck and missed all of last season.
Indianapolis needed to cut him this week to avoid paying him a
$28 million bonus. The Colts are widely expected to begin moving on
by taking Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall
pick in April’s draft.