Sports, September 13th

FULL SLATE OF HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ON TAP

SOCCER

Battle Mountain comes to Glenwood Springs for a 6 o’clock game. All other games will be played at 4 including Basalt at Coal Ridge, Grand Valley at Vail Mountain, CRMS at Moffat County, Eagle Valley at Rifle and Roaring Fork at Delta.

VOLLEYBALL

Glenwood hosts Eagle Valley tonight at 6:30 while three other matches will begin at 6; Rifle at Basalt and Coal Ridge at Moffat County.

SOFTBALL

The Basalt Lady Longhorns host Grand Valley at 4.

FORMER BRONCOS TO BE ENSHRINED

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – Former Denver Broncos teammates Tyrone Poole and John Mobley will be inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame. Poole and Mobley will enter the Hall of Fame on Dec. 14 in Florence. Both played on two Super Bowl champions. Poole was an All-America cornerback at Fort Valley State in 1994 and a first-round pick by the Carolina Panthers. He started 112 games during his 13-year NFL career. Poole played for the Broncos in 2002. Mobley played linebacker at Kutztown University and was an Associated Press All-American as a senior. He was the 15th overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft by Denver and went on to win two Super Bowls with the Broncos during his eight seasons with the franchise. His career was cut short by an injury.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Retiring after three national titles in a 26-year career at Connecticut, Jim Calhoun is thanking everyone who helped him turn the Huskies into a basketball powerhouse. The 70-year-old Hall of Famer spoke Thursday at a news conference to announce he is stepping down. The event is being held on the court in Storrs, where Calhoun racked up many of his 873 total wins.
In thanking administrators, players, fans and his family, the longtime coach says he feels blessed and is grateful that “you trusted us.” Calhoun will take a transition appointment through next spring as a special assistant to athletic director Warde Manuel. When he is fully retired, Calhoun will become head coach emeritus. Calhoun has been slowed by health problems in recent years including a fractured hip last month. Assistant coach Kevin Ollie, who played point guard for Calhoun from 1991-95, will be the Huskies’ new coach. His contract runs through next April 4 and he will be paid $625,000.

NEW YORK (AP) – NHL players braced for the league’s fourth work stoppage to begin this weekend, and Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby says “it’s not looking great” for the season to start on time Oct. 11. Crosby was among more than 280 players who attended union meetings in New York that ended Thursday. NHL owners also met Thursday ahead of the expiration of the sport’s labor contract at midnight Saturday night, and Commissioner Gary Bettman plans to call for a lockout if there’s no deal by then. Crosby says he’ll consider playing overseas if part of the NHL season is cancelled. He also said “things can change pretty quickly.” Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller says NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr is doing a far better job communicating with members than leadership did in the last lockout, which wiped out the 2004-05 season.

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