Sports, May 21st

BRONCOS LOOK TO VETERAN DEFENSIVE BACK TO SHORE UP SECONDARY

ENGLEWOOD. (AP) – The Denver Broncos keep bringing in veteran free-agent cornerbacks and Chris Harris keeps fending them off.
He aims to do the same with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Denver this spring. Last season, the Broncos brought in Drayton Florence and Tracy Porter. Florence was cut in training camp and Porter started the season as the right cornerback but got sick and never won his job back with Harris playing so well. Rodgers-Cromartie is slated to start opposite Champ Bailey this season with Harris moving to nickel back. That’s not really a demotion because in today’s pass-heavy NFL, teams consider the third cornerback another starter. Harris also wants to start in the Broncos’ base defense, though, and history shows he has a good shot.

ROCKIES LOSE TO D-BACKS

DENVER (AP) – Patrick Corbin tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game and struck out a career-high 10, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Corbin (7-0) joined Randy Johnson as the only lefties in team history to begin the season 7-0. He also turned in his club-record ninth straight start where he’s pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or less.

COLORADO REC TEAM MANAGEMENT FIRM GROWING

BOULDER (AP) – A Colorado-based company that helps people manage their recreational sports teams’ activities online has acquired key assets of Weplay Inc., a sports social-networking site that had been backed by athletes including Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter.
Boulder-based TeamSnap said Tuesday it is acquiring the customer base, technology and online coaching resources of Weplay. TeamSnap CEO Dave DuPont says the acquisition cost less than $5 million. He didn’t disclose other terms. The announcement follows the news last month that TeamSnap raised $2.75 million from investors.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Vinny Del Negro (NAY’-groh) is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after their first-round playoff exit. The Clippers won a franchise-record 56 games, had a 17-game winning streak and won the club’s first Pacific Division title before their early playoff exit. Del Negro had a 128-102 regular-season record in three years with the team.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA and the players’ union are combining to donate $1 million to tornado relief efforts in the Oklahoma City area. The donation follows $1 million pledges from the Oklahoma City Thunder and star forward Kevin Durant.

BOSTON (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium being built in Santa Clara has been chosen as site of Super Bowl 50 to be played in February 2016. That stadium, due to open next year, beat out South Florida, which was stymied in its bid to host an 11th Super Bowl.

SAN ANTONIO (AP)- The San Antonio Spurs have home-court advantage tonight as they try to go 2-up on the Memphis Grizzlies in their NBA Western Conference final. The Spurs blitzed the Grizzlies with 14 3-pointers while hitting 53 of their shots in a 105-83 victory in the series opener on Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA draft lottery is tonight in New York. The Orlando Magic, who posted a league-worst 20-52 record, have a one-in-four chance of snagging the No. 1 pick, which is expected to be Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel.

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