Sports, September 26th


The Glenwood Demons notched their second win of the season Tuesday, beating Rifle 9 to 1. Glenwood tallied 5 goals in the first half alone. Glenwood travels to Roaring Fork High School for a Saturday morning game at 11.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School edged Moffat County 3 to 2.


The Roaring Fork Lady Rams captured their 10th victory by beating Eagle Valley 3 games to 1.

Grand Valley lost the first two games against Rifle then stormed back to win the next three and the match.


Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays cannot play in this Sunday’s home game against the Oakland Raiders. Mays has been suspended one game and fined 50 thousand dollars by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub last week. The vicious hit took part of Schaub’s earlobe off.


Denver–The Colorado Rockies doubled up the visiting Chicago Cubs 10 to 5 last night in front of a mostly empty Coors Field.

Elsewhere in sports….

UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees have upped their lead over second-place Baltimore in the American League East by a half game. New York beat the Twins this afternoon 8-2 and can sit back with a two-game lead as they watch the Orioles playing the Blue Jays in Baltimore.

In the only other day game the Padres are playing host in San Diego as the Padres entertain the Dodgers, who are 4 1/2 games back of St. Louis in the National League wild-card race. Milwaukee is also 4 1/2 back while Arizona is 5 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the lone remaining NL berth. The Braves clinched the other NL wild-card spot last night. On tap tonight the Cards are at Houston, Milwaukee is in Cincinnati and Arizona is at San Francisco.

In the AL wild-card race the Orioles have a half-game lead over the Athletics with the Angels 2 games back of the A’s and the Rays 3 back.

On tap tonight, the Athletics are at Texas in a key AL West contest as entering play the Rangers lead the A’s by 4 games. The Angels are home to Seattle while the Rays are in Boston.

As a new day of play begins the White Sox and Tigers are tied for the lead in the American League Central. Each is 82-72. The Sox are home to the Indians tonight while the Tigers are home to Kansas City.

The remaining NL games tonight have Philadelphia at home to Washington, Miami in Atlanta, the Mets play host to Pittsburgh and the Cubs are at Colorado.


Possible settlement

UNDATED (AP) – There are reports that an agreement may be close in the labor dispute between the NFL and its referees. Such an agreement could mean the return of the regular officials this weekend. ESPN reports that “an agreement in principle is at hand,” and The New York Times reported that the sides “were closing in” on a way to end the impasse. ESPN cited unidentified sources from both sides; the Times cited a person briefed on the negotiations.

The NFL declined to confirm that a deal was imminent.

Tomorrow night marks the start of a new week of play as the Ravens play host to the Browns.


League hands out $75,000 in fines

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 for their conduct toward replacement officials. The fines announced came as the league and its referees’ union were meeting amid reports they are close to ending the lockout of the regular officials. Belichick grabbed an official’s arm at the end of Sunday night’s game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal. Shanahan was cited by the league for “abuse of officials” in Washington’s loss to Cincinnati.

On Monday, the league fined Broncos coach John Fox $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for berating officials during a loss to Atlanta on Sept. 17.


Post season plans in the works

UNDATED (AP) – A tentative plan for the new college football postseason calls for a Pac-12 or Big 12 team to face the best team from a group of five conferences. A person with direct knowledge of the plan for the four-team playoff in 2014 tells The Associated Press that either a Pac-12 or a Big 12 team likely will be the opponent for the top-rated champion from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the conferences did not want to make the plan public.

The proposal has the Pac-12 sending either its champion or a replacement team to the game in years when the Rose Bowl hosts a national semifinal.


Negotiations set to resume

TORONTO (AP) – There’s some good news if you’re a fan of the National Hockey League. Representatives for the two sides involved in the labor dispute, the league and the players, have agreed to sit down and talk this Friday.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players’ Association special counsel Steve Fehr (feer) met Tuesday in Toronto and scheduled the session.

These will be the first formal negotiations since Sept. 12, when the players and owners exchanged proposals.


Osborne calling it quits

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Tom Osborne, who put together one of the most successful coaching runs in college football history before serving in Congress and taking the reins as Nebraska’s athletic director five years ago, is retiring.

The 75-year-old Osborne announced his decision Wednesday at a news conference and said he will retire on Jan. 1, sticking around for several months as needed.


Perjury charges upheld by judge

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge in Harrisburg, Pa., has upheld perjury charges against two Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury that investigated allegations ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children. Judge Todd Hoover ruled against the motions by former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley that would have thrown out the count of perjury against each man.

The judge did not rule on the other count they each face, failure to properly report suspected child abuse. In that case, the defendants have argued the statute of limitations has expired. The judge said that dismissal request would be ruled on separately.

The judge said the claim made by Schultz and Curley that there is insufficient evidence to corroborate the perjury charges will be more appropriately pursued during the trial. He also said prosecutors have given the defendants sufficient information about which parts of their grand jury testimony make up the alleged perjury.