Washington, D.C.–The Major League Soccer Champion Colorado Rapids were honored by President Obama today at the White House. The Rapids held a soccer clinic for the children of military families on the south lawn.

Cleveland, OH–Cleveland rocks for the Colorado Rockies and 40 year old slugger Jason Giambi. The Rockies’ designated hitter smacked a 440-foot, 3-run homer to help the team beat the Indians 8 to 7 last night.

Denver–The Colorado Avalanche say they’ll take the best athlete available in this Friday’s NHL draft. The Avs have the second and 11th pick in the first round.

Elsewhere in sports…

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Officials at the University of Colorado
are considering raising compensation for athletes who say they
don’t get enough money to cover expenses. NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association will consider a policy in August that allows schools to restrict how athletes are compensated for playing sports.
CU Regent Michael Carrigan says he thinks student-athlete
benefits should be improved because the amount of time they spend
in competition prevents them from otherwise holding jobs. Boulder
campus Chancellor Phil DiStefano may attend the meeting.
At issue is whether athletes should be awarded more money to
cover their entire cost of attendance, including transportation and
expenses beyond tuition, fees, books and housing.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the extra financial aid
at CU would amount to roughly $3,000 to $4,000.

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Two of the longest-serving players in
women’s tennis will meet for the first time at Wimbledon today.
Venus Williams is playing in her 15th Wimbledon. Kimiko Date
(kih-MEE’-koh DAH’-tay)-Krumm made her first appearance at the All
England Club in 1989.

UNDATED (AP) – Different manager, same result. Eighty-year-old
Jack McKeon took over the helm of the Florida Marlins yesterday,
following the resignation of Edwin Rodriguez. The team tied a club
record with their 11th straight loss and fell to 1-19 in June with
their 2-1 loss to the L.A. Angels.

CHICAGO (AP) – NFL owners begin meeting today. On the agenda:
the status of negotiations with the players for a new collective
bargaining agreement. There’s been optimism in the last few weeks
that training camps could open on time late next month. But no one
is saying a deal is imminent.

LONDON (AP) – Rory McIlroy is headed back to his hometown of
Holywood in Northern Ireland following his record-breaking U.S Open
triumph. After landing in London this morning, he’s set to make a
triumphant homecoming later today or tomorrow. McIlroy, who’s
skipping the French Open, won’t play again until the British Open
next month.