THURSDAY SPORTS, JUNE 16TH

Denver–The Rockies took out of three from the San Diego Padres with yesterday’s 6 to 2 series finale win at Coors Field. Jhoulys Chacin improved to 8 and 4 on the year with a solid, six inning, seven strikeout performance. The Rockies are off today and will host the Detroit Tigers to town tomorrow night for the first of a three game, interleague series.

Elsewhere in sports…

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – The top three players in the world are
grouped together for the first two days of the U.S. Open and Luke
Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer (KY’-mur) are among those
already on the course at Congressional Country Club for round-one
play. A light rain greeted those with early tee times and there’s a
50-50 chance of late-afternoon thunderstorms in the Washington,
D.C. area.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Vancouver erupted in violence
last night after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals
to the visiting Bruins. The mayor calls it “despicable,” among
other things. It’s Boston’s first NHL championship since 1972.
Vancouver has never won the Cup.

BOSTON (AP) – Boston police report several arrests but few
serious incidents as Bruins fans reveled in the team’s first
Stanley Cup championship in nearly four decades. Precautions taken
earlier Wednesday allowed the city to avoid the violence and
destruction that have marred past sports celebrations in Beantown.

DALLAS (AP) – The party is just getting started in Dallas. Some
250,000 revelers are expected to attend a parade celebrating the
Mavericks’ first NBA championship in their 31 years of existence.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Los Angeles Angels have released
once-promising starter Scott Kazmir. The left-hander was a two-time
All-Star with Tampa Bay but his career quickly spiraled downward
since being acquired by the Halos in August 2009.

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