LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES AND SCHEDULES
Glenwood travels to Delta to take on the Panthers at 7 o’clock. The game will be broadcast live on 99.1 and 96.7 KMTS with pregame coverage beginning at 6:45.
The top ranked Rifle Bears are heavy favorites to beat tonight’s homecoming opponent, the Battle Mountain Huskies.
The Coal Ridge Titans hope to celebrate their homecoming with a win over Pagosa Springs tonight. Roaring Fork travels to Paonia, Grand Valley and Bayfield collide tonight in a battle of unbeaten teams in Parachute. Basalt plays at Gunnison and Aspen heads to Olathe to take on the winless Pirates.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Never before in Peyton Manning’s 15-year NFL career had so many passes missed their mark. Half of his 52 throws ended up somewhere other than in the hands of the man he was throwing to during Denver’s 31-25 loss to Houston last weekend.
And that doesn’t count the one toss that went off Eric Decker’s hands in the end zone only to flop into the waiting arms of tight end Joel Dreessen for the touchdown. Manning targeted receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Jacob Tamme 21 times total, but they combined for only a half-dozen catches, leading Manning to reiterate his stance that he’s still building a rhythm and rapport with his new teammates.
Boulder–The CU Buffs will go for their second straight victory tomorrow afternoon at 4 when the UCLA Bruins visit Folsom Field.
Denver–Jordan Pacheco and DJ LeMahieu each homered, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for a three-game series sweep. Pacheco, Wilin Rosario and Chris Nelson had two hits apiece for the Rockies, who had 12 hits in their final home game of 2012. Rafael Betancourt pitched the ninth for his 31st save. Anthony Rizzo homered and had three hits and Luis Valbuena also had two hits for the Cubs, who have lost five straight and nine of 10. The Cubs (59-97) are on pace to surpass 100 losses for the first time since 1966.
Elsewhere in sports…
BALTIMORE (AP) – The regular NFL officials got plenty of love in their return to the field during last night’s Ravens win over Cleveland. Gene Steratore’s (STEHR’-ah-tohrz) officiating crew was the first to work an NFL game since the league ended its lockout late Wednesday night and reached a tentative contract agreement with the referees’ union. M&T Bank Stadium erupted in cheers after Steratore brought the captains of the Browns and Ravens together for the coin toss, turned on his microphone and said, “Good evening men. It’s good to be back.” Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) apologized to the fans for putting them through this but added it was necessary to get the kind of deal the league needs for the future. Goodell also played down how much Monday’s Green Bay-Seattle game played into the final agreement, saying the pressure had been on both sides already.
College Football/Pac 12
Seattle–The unranked Washington Huskies upset the 8th ranked Stanford Cardinal last night in the northwest, 17 to 13.
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) – The 39th Ryder Cup teed off just after sunrise this morning in chilly weather. But it didn’t take long for the foursomes competition between the United States and Europe to heat up. Graeme McDowell started play by hooking the opening drive deep into the crowd on the first hole, leaving the way open for Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) to give the U.S. the advantage. But he hooked his tee shot to within feet of McDowell’s. Both teams managed to recover to halve the hole with pars. McDowell and McIlroy went on a run of four straight birdies and made the turn 1 up on Furyk and Brandt Snedeker. The Europeans lead in three matches and one is tied.
Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia are 1 up on Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley through 8 holes. Mickelson set the record for Ryder Cup appearances by a U.S. player. He’s playing in his ninth Ryder Cup, breaking a tie with Lanny Wadkins, Ray Floyd and Billy Casper.
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson are all square with Lee Westwood and Francisco Molinari through 6. Ian Poulter and Justin Rose lead Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 1 up through 5.