High School Softball

The Rifle Lady Bears earned a trip to the state 3A tournament for the second straight year. Rifle defeated Basalt in the district tournament in Gunnison last weekend to secure a spot in the tournament that will be played in Aurora this Friday and Saturday.

High School Football

The Glenwood Demons knocked off the Steamboat Sailors 43 to nothing. Rifle beat Delta 41 to 7. Roaring Fork fell to Gunnison 31 to 6. Coal Ridge lost to Olathe 36 to 17. Grand Valley beat Basalt 34 to 7 and Aspen blanked Cedaredge 30- nothing.

The Denver Broncos will watch tonight’s NFL matchup between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. The Broncos travel to Miami this Sunday for a showdown with the struggling Dolphins. Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow will get his first NFL start.

Elsewhere in sports….

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The world is reacting to the death of champion
race car driver Dan Wheldon in a fiery crash during yesterday’s
IndyCar race in Las Vegas.
Formula One champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton call
their fellow Briton a “true fighter” and an “inspirational”
Button recalls Wheldon as being a star of the British karting
circuit in the 1990s before going on to win the Indianapolis 500
The 33-year-old Wheldon was killed in a massive 15-car wreck
that sent cars flying through the air early in the Las Vegas Indy
Drivers were told of Wheldon’s death in a meeting about two
hours after the crash that many of them say is the worst they’ve
ever seen.
There had been concerns about the high speeds at the track,
where they were hitting nearly 225 mph during practice.
It is the first IndyCar fatality since Paul Dana was killed
after a crash in a morning warmup at Homestead in 2006.

Two days and counting
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Preparations for the World Series are under way
in St. Louis. The Cardinals clinched the National League pennant
Sunday night by beating the Brewers in Game 6 of the best-of-seven
League Championship Series in Milwaukee. It’s the Cards’ third NL
title since 2004 and their 18th overall.
The Redbirds will host the Rangers for the opening two games on
Wednesday and Thursday nights. Texas won the AL title Saturday
night with a Game 6 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers and will
be making its second straight World Series appearance. The Rangers
lost to San Francisco in five games a year ago in their first-ever
trip to the Fall Classic.
St. Louis has home-field advantage due to the National League’s
victory in this summer’s All-Star game.

Report has McCourts settling
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Frank and Jamie McCourt may have reached a
divorce settlement giving him control of the L.A. Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Jamie McCourt would get
about $130 million and give up any claim to the team.
The deal removes Jamie McCourt as an obstacle to Frank McCourt’s
bid to keep ownership of the Dodgers by selling TV rights.
The newspaper report is based on unidentified sources familiar
with the agreement.

Tigers and Tide top first BCS poll
UNDATED (AP) – The first BCS standings of the season are out and
LSU and Alabama are one-two.
The Tigers and Crimson Tide are followed in order by Oklahoma,
Oklahoma State and Boise State. Three more undefeated teams round
out the top eight: Wisconsin, Clemson and Stanford.

Media and coaches have different No. 1s
NEW YORK (AP) – This week’s AP college football poll bears a
striking resemblance to last week’s, with no changes in the top 10.
LSU retains a firm grip on No. 1, with Alabama, Oklahoma,
Wisconsin and Boise State rounding out the first five.
The USA Today coaches’ poll has Oklahoma at No. 1, followed by
LSU, Alabama, Wisconsin and Stanford

AFC East matchup in the Meadowlands
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The NFL’s Week 6 finale between the
Jets and visiting Dolphins will be a battle of struggling teams
looking to earn a little respect.
After opening the season 2-0, New York has dropped three
straight and some of the Jets are looking at this as a “must-win”
Miami will be trying to avoid its second 0-5 start in five
seasons as the pressure on coach Tony Sparano intensifies.
The winless Dolphins come off a bye and are without QB Chad
Henne (HEH’-nee), who underwent shoulder surgery and is gone for
the season. Matt Moore is slated to start in his place.

UFL ending season early
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The struggling United Football League is
cutting its season short. It’s moving up its championship game to
League founder and owner Bill Hambrecht says the UFL will turn
its focus to “building a blueprint for the long-term success of
the league” and that there are plans to expand from four to six
teams in 2012.
Each team has played four of its six regular-season games in a
league that has lost more than $100 million the last two years.
The Las Vegas Locos will visit the Virginia Destroyers in the
championship game. The Sacramento Mountain Lions will visit the
Omaha Nighthawks on Friday in what the league calls the consolation

Toronto prepares for Avalanche
UNDATED (AP) – Colorado at Toronto will be the first NHL game to
get started this evening, and it’s perhaps the best matchup on the
five-game schedule. The Maple Leafs have won all three of their
games this season, while the Avalanche hit town with a 4-1 record.
Also on the ice this evening, Tampa Bay hosts Florida,
Pittsburgh skates at Winnipeg, Edmonton is home to Nashville and
Anaheim plays at San Jose.

LONDON (AP) – A run of outstanding play has propelled Scotland’s
Andy Murray past Roger Federer to No. 3 in this week’s ATP
rankings. It’s the first time in eight years the Swiss star has
fallen out of the top 3. Federer slipped to No. 4.
Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is still No. 1 and
Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) remains second in the
Murray has captured three consecutive titles and has won 25 of
26 matches since mid-August. Federer hasn’t played an ATP event
since losing to Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals.