Sports, October 9th

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

The Basalt Lady Longhorns earned the 7th overall seed in the 3A State Playoffs and the right to host a four-team regional this Saturday, October 13th. Basalt will take on 18th seeded Peak to Peak in Region 5 at 10am. The winner of that game will take on either number 19 Gunnison or 6th seeded Florence for the regional championship and the right to move on to the state tournament next weekend in Denver.

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Five games are on the schedule today. At 4 o’clock this afternoon Coal Ridge welcomes Hotchkiss to Peach Valley, Grand Valley hosts Moffat
County, Roaring Fork travels to Vail Mountain School and Aspen comes to Carbondale to battle CRMS. At 6 o’clock tonight, Glenwood entertains Eagle Valley.

VOLLEYBALL

At 6, Rifle takes on Steamboat Springs at the Bear’s Den while Coal Ridge visits Grand Valley.

Elsewhere in sports….

DENVER (AP) – Players who stood by Jim Tracy while the Colorado Rockies endured their worst season in franchise history are reiterating their support for him following the manager’s resignation over the weekend. Left-hander Jeff Francis said he was surprised to hear Tracy had decided to step down, telling The Associated Press in an email: “I loved playing for him and I think everyone did. The Rockies will miss him for sure.” Among the most vocal supporters was outfielder Dexter Fowler, who appreciated Tracy sticking with him through protracted slumps over the last two seasons before a breakout 2012. He tweeted, “Man I’m gonna miss Tracy, thanks for believing in me! You are a wonderful and stand up guy!” Rex Brothers, Tyler Colvin and Josh Rutledge also tweeted praise for Tracy.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to football coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.

The sentence means the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach will be in prison at least until he’s nearly 100 years old.

Judge John Cleland issued the sentence three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Sandusky says he is not a monster and he didn’t do the “alleged disgusting acts.” He plans to appeal.

MLB-PLAYOFFS

Reds and Tigers looking to complete sweeps

UNDATED (AP) – The Reds and Giants are first up on today’s two-game postseason baseball schedule. Cincinnati goes for a sweep on its home field after winning the opening two games of the best-of-five NL Division Series in San Francisco.

The NL Central champions hand the ball to Homer Bailey. The Reds are hoping the 26-year-old right-hander can pitch them to their first home playoff victory in 17 years just a couple of weeks after he tossed the 15th no-hitter in franchise history.

The NL West champion Giants are relying on right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to help them extend their season.

After capturing the first two games of their ALDS at home, Detroit will be looking to complete a sweep of the Athletics tonight in Oakland. The Tigers send midseason acquisition Anibal Sanchez to the mound to face left-hander Brett Anderson.

The two other division series resume tomorrow. Baltimore and New York are tied at a game apiece following the Orioles’ 3-2 victory last night. And the Cardinals and Nationals are dead even after the Cards’ 12-4 win yesterday in Game 2.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

Beavers go with Plan B against BYU

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is out indefinitely after injuring his left knee during the No. 10 Beavers’ victory over Washington State on Saturday.

Coach Mike Riley says an MRI has indicated the sophomore quarterback will require surgery.

Backup Cody Vaz will start for the undefeated Beavers when they play a nonconference game against BYU this weekend.

Meanwhile, BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season with a lateral collateral injury suffered on his final carry in Friday night’s 6-3 win over Utah State.

BYU senior Riley Nelson says he is ready, pain-free and will start against the Beavers after missing two games with what he said were “back fractures.”

GOLF-HALL OF FAME-VENTURI

Venturi to be enshrined

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Former U.S. Open champion and longtime television analyst Ken Venturi has been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Venturi, 81, was chosen through the Lifetime Achievement category. He’ll be inducted next May.

FOOTBALL-ALEX KARRAS

Lions saddened by news of Karras’ condition

DETROIT (AP) – Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand says the franchise is deeply saddened to learn of Alex Karras’ condition.

The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported Monday that the former All-Pro defensive lineman and actor has kidney failure and has been given only a few days to live.

The 77-year-old Karras has been suffering from dementia. He is among the many former NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries. He was an NFL standout for 12 seasons.

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