Sports, September 25th

SOCCER SCORES

Glenwood—–3            Rifle——-1

CRMS——–4            Moffat Co.—-1

 

SOFTBALL

Rifle——-19        Eagle Valley——3

 

VOLLEYBALL

Roaring Fork —3       Moffat Co.—-1

Grand Valley——3     Rifle——0

MANNING AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME

ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Peyton Manning is only getting better with age. Those surgical scars on his neck are starting to fade like all those fears that he might never be the same quarterback – or even play again – after his right arm shrank from a damaged nerve in his biceps two years ago. After attacking his rehab as doggedly as he assails defenses, Denver’s 37-year-old quarterback is making it hard to fathom and easy to forget that not so long ago he was missing an entire season and getting fired in Indianapolis. The four-time MVP is off to the best start of his storied 16-year career. Driven by last year’s playoff pratfall, Manning is putting up historic numbers while directing an imaginative offense that’s still working through some growing pains.

AIR FORCE KICKS QB OFF TEAM

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) – Air Force quarterback Jaleel Awini has been suspended from the Falcons football team. The Academy said Wednesday that Awini “is no longer a cadet in good standing and is not allowed to represent the Academy in any outside activities, effective immediately.” There was no indication of what got Awini in trouble.  The news release added only this: “All cadets are held to the same high standards – honor, physical fitness, academics and military aptitude – and each case is handled on its own individual merits. Holding each cadet to these high standards promotes good order and discipline throughout the institution.” Awini had taken over as the Falcons’ starting QB after Kale Pearson hurt a knee in the opener. They won that game, against Colgate, but have lost three straight since.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Oracle Team USA has completed a great comeback to win the America’s Cup. Speeding past the team from New Zealand, skipper Jimmy Spithill and his team won its eighth straight victory to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.

CINCINNATI (AP) – Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS’-kay maht-soo-ZAH’-kah) scattered four hits in 7 2/3 innings to pace the Mets to a 1-0 win over Cincinnati. New York won two of three games in the series to hurt the Reds chances of passing Pittsburgh for the top wild-card spot in the National League.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Yadier Molina (YAH’-dee-ay moh-LEE’-nah) drove in a pair of runs and Matt Adams homered to lead St. Louis to a 4-1 win over Washington to help the Cardinals move closer to wrapping up the NL Central title.  Jordan Zimmermann took the loss for the Nationals, preventing him from becoming a 20-game winner this season. 

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – Detroit running back Reggie Bush says he will play against the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears on Sunday, a week after missing a game with a banged up knee. Bush missed Sunday’s win over Washington with the injury.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Predators right wing Viktor Stalberg will miss up to four weeks with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, suffered in Tuesday’s exhibition win over Tampa Bay. He signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Predators in July after helping Chicago win the Stanley Cup.

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