Sports, September 6th

GLENWOOD DEMONS LOSE LEAGUE OPENER TO PALISADE

Grand Junction—The Glenwood Demons lost to the 8th ranked Palisade Bulldogs last night at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction 34-18.   Senior quarterback Travis Lundin threw a touchdown pass to Everett Marr in the closing seconds of the game for the Demons’ first TD of the season.  Glenwood fell to 0 and 2 on the year and will host the 3rd ranked Rifle Bears next Friday night.

RIFLE WELCOMES MOFFAT COUNTY

Rifle—The Rifle Bears open up league play tonight at home with the Moffat County Bulldogs.  Game time is set for 7 o’clock with pre-game coverage on KMTS beginning at 6:45.

IN OTHER HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ACTION TONIGHT…

Coal Ridge travels to Meeker, Grand Valley heads to Paonia while Roaring Fork welcomes Aspen to Carbondale.  Basalt has a bye.

SOCCER SCORES

Summit beat Glenwood 2 to nothing.   Coal Ridge trounced Vail Mountain 7 to 3.  Aspen got past Grand Valley 3 to 1. 

VOLLEYBALL

Coal Ridge defeated Grand Valley in four games while Roaring Fork swept the Basalt Lady Longhorns.

BRONCOS OPEN NFL SEASON WITH ROMP OVER RAVENS, MANNING TIES QB RECORD

DENVER (AP) – Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.  A record-tying seven touchdown passes – something no one had done in 44 years – made it worth the while.  Connecting with his most prized addition, Wes Welker, former college basketball player Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas for two TDs each, Manning directed Denver to a 49-27 victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night in the NFL opener, a much-anticipated rematch against the team that ended the Broncos’ playoff run in January.
Manning is the sixth QB in NFL history to throw seven TD passes in a game and the first since Joe Kapp did it for Minnesota against Baltimore on Sept. 28, 1969.
Manning was 27 of 42 for 462 yards with seven TDs and no interceptions.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL / CU BUFFS

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Buffaloes know better than to take lightly a lower-tier school like FCS power Central Arkansas, their opponent in their home opener Saturday night. And not just because seven FCS schools beat FBS schools on opening weekend.The Buffaloes, who beat rival Colorado State last week in coach Mike MacIntyre’s debut, are 1-2 against FCS-level opponents.They lost at home to Montana State in coach Dan Hawkins’ debut in 2006 and were beaten in Boulder by Sacramento State last year, one of many low points in a program-worst 1-11 season that got Jon Embree fired. In 2008, they edged Eastern Washington by a touchdown.
So, while the Big Ten debates the risks and rewards of putting FCS opponents on their schedules, the Buffaloes view the Bears (1-0) as opponents worthy of their full attention.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Without doubt the marquee matchup in baseball tonight is being played in St. Louis as the Cardinals entertain Pittsburgh. The weekend series could go a long way in determining the outcome of the National League Central Division race. At the start of play the Pirates hold a 1  1/2-game lead over the Cardinals with Cincinnati just three back.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Ryan Braun may be done playing for the season because of his suspension but he’s not done with the Brewers’ fans. The disgraced Milwaukee slugger is personally calling season ticket holders and apologizing for using performance-enhancing drugs. The calls have been confirmed by a team executive with Milwaukee radio station WTMJ.

NEW YORK (AP) – Play in the women’s semifinals are on tap today at the U.S. Open. The opening match has second seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) playing unseeded Flavia Pennetta (FLAH’-vee-uh pehn-EHT’-uh) while the second contest has top seed Serena Williams going against No. 5 Li Na (lee nah).

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Qualifying for tomorrow night’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Speedway is taking place today. The race is the last on the 2013 regular-season NASCAR schedule before the start of the Chase for the Championship.

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