Sports, September 24th

HIGH SCHOOL  SPORTS ON TAP TONIGHT

SOFTBALL

Rifle hosts Eagle Valley at 4 o’clock.

SOCCER

Glenwood welcomes Rifle to Stubler Memorial Field for a 4 o’clock game while in Carbondale, CRMS takes on Moffat County.

VOLLEYBALL

Rifle travels to Parachute to take on Grand Valley at 6:30.   Roaring Fork heads north to Craig to battle the Moffat County Bulldogs.

BRONCOS SHINE ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, TROUNCE RAIDERS

DENVER (AP) – Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns last night to lift the Denver Broncos to another easy victory, 37-21 over the Oakland Raiders. Manning hit Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for a score apiece. The quarterback’s 12 TD passes are an NFL record for the opening three games.

MLB/ROCKIES HOST RED SOX

Denver—The Colorado Rockies close out the final homestand of the season with a two-game set against the playoff bound Boston Red Sox.  It’ll be the last chance for Rockies’ fans to catch the greatest player to wear the purple pinstripes, Todd Helton.  Number 17 is calling it quits after 17 seasons.  The Rockies close out the season this weekend against the Dodgers in L.A.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco  has placed linebacker Aldon Smith on the reserve non-football injury list as he enters rehab for substance abuse and begins what team CEO Jed York has termed an indefinite absence.  Smith played Sunday and had five tackles just two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Blues have added depth at forward, signing veteran Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract. The 34-year-old had six goals and eight assists in his final 15 regular-season games last season after being traded from Dallas to Pittsburgh.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee quarterback Nate Peterman will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand. He was hurt in Saturday’s 31-17 loss to No. 20 Florida.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The NCAA says it will gradually restore football scholarships taken from Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, saying the school has made significant changes to its athletics programs. College sports’ governing body said Tuesday that five scholarships will be restored next year and more will be phased in until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17. The NCAA says the decision was made based on the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who’s been serving as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor. Penn State and the NCAA agreed to the penalties a year ago, shortly after Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse. Penn State is also paying a $60 million fine and serving a five-year ban on postseason play.

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