Sports, October 2nd

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER SCHEDULE

Glenwood travels to Edwards tonight to take on Battle Mountain at 6. Rifle heads to Breckenridge hoping to tame the Tigers of Summit High School. Basalt welcomes Coal Ridge to town at 4 while Aspen visits Roaring Fork.

SOFTBALL

The Rifle Lady Bears host the Palisade Bulldogs in a key, Western Slope game at 4 o’clock.

VOLLEYBALL

The Glenwood Lady Demons head south to take on the Delta Panthers. Grand Valley takes on Moffat County in Craig and Aspen entertains Rifle at 6.

COLORADO REGIONAL SPORTS

DENVER (AP) – Ty Lawson received a stream of text messages from his Denver Nuggets coach all summer asking the same thing: Are you leading right now? Leading? The speedy point guard was typically sleeping, since George Karl fired off most of the messages in the middle of the night. Still, Lawson understood his point. For the Nuggets to take another step forward, Lawson has to step up and take charge. So on Monday at media day, Lawson made sure no one would sleep on the Nuggets, pronouncing his team the one to beat in the Western Conference. A rather bold statement for sure, given the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers picking up Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Colorado star defensive lineman Will Pericak (PRE-check) faces two opponents every Saturday: the opposing quarterback and diabetes. After every other series, he goes to the sideline for finger pricks to test his blood sugars. High-fructose energy drinks are on hand if he needs them. Pericak was diagnosed at 15 when he was a freshman at Boulder High School, but his older brother was diagnosed much younger, “so I kind of grew up with it throughout my youth, so I kind of knew what it was all about.”
Like many diabetics, Pericak, a senior who packs 285 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame, uses a proper balance of diet, medication and exercise to control his disease, which he has come to view as more a blessing than a curse.

UNDATED (AP) – Just one game separates the top two teams in both the AL East and AL West races with two games to play. East leader New York hosts Boston tonight while Baltimore plays at Tampa Bay. West leader Texas is at second-place Oakland.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals can claim the NL’s second wild card with a win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds tonight. If they should lose, the Redbirds could still capture the berth with a Dodgers loss to the visiting San Francisco Giants later on.

NEW YORK (AP) – The two sides in the NHL labor dispute met again today and there is little talk of progress toward ending the lockout. The league’s deputy commissioner estimates that the NHL has lost $100 million in revenues from the canceled preseason. No further talks are scheduled.

LONDON (AP) – Two days after leading his team to stirring come-from-behind victory at the Ryder Cup on U.S. turf, Jose Maria Olazabal (oh-lah-THAH’-bul) says he will not be staying on as Europe’s captain for the 2014 matches in Scotland. The Spaniard says the job can be “torture” at times.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Tennis’ first Grand Slam event of the year is now the most lucrative of the four majors, at least for the players involved. Australian Open organizers are increasing prize money by $4.15 million to a record $31.1 million.

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