HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Roaring Fork at Hotchkiss 4 pm
Steamboat at Glenwood Springs 4 pm
Glenwood at Palisade 4 pm
Roaring Fork at Rifle 4 pm
Montrose at Coal Ridge 4 pm
MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE ROCKIES
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy will miss four to six weeks with a hairline fracture in his right forearm. Manager Bud Black said Murphy broke his arm Saturday in a game against the Cubs when he was hit by Anthony Rizzo’s bat while throwing to second base on a steal attempt. The ball sailed into center field and Rizzo was called for interference. Murphy stayed in the game until the seventh, as planned. His injury wasn’t discovered until later. Murphy is in a splint but won’t need surgery, Black said. Murphy joins a long list of Rockies sidelined during spring training. First baseman Ian Desmond is set for surgery on his broken left hand this week and will miss several weeks. Right-hander Chad Bettis is undergoing chemotherapy and is out indefinitely after discovering a recurrence of his testicular cancer during a routine follow-up. Left-hander Chris Rusin has an oblique injury and outfielder David Dahl has injured ribs. With Murphy out, the Rockies will turn to Tony Wolters and Dustin Garneau at catcher although Black said he’d consider other options.
Elsewhere in sports…
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – New Orleans (20-11) is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996, when it opens the tournament this evening in Dayton, Ohio, facing Mount St. Mary’s (19-15), beginning at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time. The winner faces No. 1 Villanova on Thursday in Buffalo.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Kansas State (20-13) takes on comeback kids Wake Forest (19-13) with a scheduled start time of 9:10 p.m. EST in Dayton, Ohio tonight. Wake Forest overcame deficits of 19, 14 and 13 points to win its last three games in the regular season.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) – Muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the Scottish golf club to again host the British Open. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield and is the world’s oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last May to retain the male-only policy. That led to Muirfield being taken off the list of 10 courses that can host the British Open.
MIAMI (AP) – Closing arguments are set for today in Miami in the federal trial of a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States. Agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada are charged with conspiracy and alien smuggling. Prosecutors say the two oversaw an operation to get players to the U.S. quickly so they could sign lucrative Major League Baseball contracts. The Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) and Leonys Martin of the Seattle Mariners were two Cuban players who testified.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The last of Goodyear’s fabled fleet of blimps has gone flat, but the company’s flight program will continue. About two dozen company employees were on hand early today to witness the deflation of California-based “Spirit of Innovation.” Spokeswoman Priscilla Tasker says crew members yanked a rip line to open a section at the top of the blimp’s gas bag, and it took just two minutes for it to crumple to the ground. The new airships, which don’t go flat when deflated, are faster and more maneuverable.