Sports, October 17th

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER SCHEDULE

Glenwood Springs at Rifle—-4pm

Coal Ridge at Grand Valley—-4pm

VOLLEYBALL

Coal Ridge at Rifle—-6pm

COLTS OWNER BACKPEDALS ON MANNING COMMENTS

Fox, Polian chide Irsay for criticizing Manning
ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay has backed down a bit after Broncos coach John Fox and former Colts general manager Bill Polian chided him for comments critical of Peyton Manning.   Fox used his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance Tuesday to criticize the Colts’ owner for sounding ungrateful for all Manning did for his team and city, including winning a Super Bowl in 2007, and Polian used the same platform to say Irsay was wrong in both his facts and opinions.  After a series of tweets defending himself Tuesday night, Irsay took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he meant that if the Colts had given Manning better special teams and defense, they could have won more than one Super Bowl, instead of asking the quarterback to do too much.

VON MILLER READY TO GO

Von Miller back and bigger than ever
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver Broncos superstar Von Miller returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 22, having served his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug abuse policy. By all accounts, he looked great – all 270 pounds of him. Coach John Fox said his All-Pro outside linebacker “had an outstanding practice. Obviously he’s got fresh legs and ready to roll and excited about the opportunity this week.” Miller had 30 sacks in his first two seasons for the Broncos, who went 6-0 in his absence despite the league’s worst pass defense. Miller makes his 2013 debut Sunday when the Broncos visit the Colts (4-2) in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis.

NHL / AVALANCHE

Denver (AP) – Colorado coach Patrick Roy has been way more composed than combustible on the bench during the Avalanche’s 6-0 start. Then again, there hasn’t been much that has gone wrong for the goalie-turned-coach who is well-known for his fiery personality. Sure, there was the meltdown in his first game in charge when he nearly crashed through a glass partition during an argument with Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau following a 6-1 win. Other than that, he’s been fairly mild mannered. Roy’s players certainly don’t view him as volatile so much as an invigorating presence that’s ignited a much-needed spark. Behind Roy, the team can match their best start in franchise history with a win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

CANADA HALL OF FAME-SAKIC
Sakic inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
TORONTO (AP) – Former NHL star Joe Sakic was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. Sakic helped the Colorado Avalanche win two Stanley Cup titles and is now the team’s executive vice president of hockey operations. He also won titles at the Winter Olympics, world hockey championship, World Cup of Hockey and world juniors. He was inducted along with Olympic champion curler Russ Howard, cyclist Alison Sydor, late five-time Paralympian Andre Viger and the 1992 Olympic champion women’s coxless four rowing team of Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington and Jennifer Walinga. Former Canadian Amateur Hockey Association President Murray Costello and sport development architect Dr. Jean-Guy Ouellet entered as builders.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS….

DETROIT (AP) – The Tigers and Red Sox are squaring off tonight in the fifth game of the American League Championship series in Detroit. The Tigers evened up the best of seven series last night at two wins apiece with a 7-3 victory. This evening’s pitchers are Anibal (AH’-nih-bahl) Sanchez for the Tigers and Jon Lester for the Sox.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Dodgers kept their World Series hopes alive yesterday with a 6-4 win over the visiting Cardinals. St. Louis leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 with today being a travel day. The series resumes Friday night in St. Louis.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The NFL game this evening has Seattle playing at Arizona. The Cardinals are 5-1 this season while the Seahawks are 3-3. Last Sunday, Seattle beat the Titans 20-13 while the Cards were stopped by the 49ers 32-20.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – There is one top-25 game being played tonight and it is an ACC contest. Miami, the 10th-ranked team in the AP poll, is playing at North Carolina. The Hurricanes are in the poll for the first time in four years with a 5-0 record. The Tar Heels check in at 1-4.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – This week’s stop on the PGA Tour is the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. A year ago the winner was Ryan Moore. The first round is being played today.

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