SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE

Soccer

Glenwood hosts Grand Junction Central tonight at 6 o’clock.  Palisade visits Carbondale tonight to take on Roaring Fork.

Volleyball

Rifle travels to Palisade for a 6:30 match with the Bulldogs.   Roaring Fork entertains Basalt in a league match at 6.

MLB/ROCKIES

Phoenix, AZ—The Rockies blew a three-run lead in the sixth inning when Yasmany Tomas hit his first career grand slam, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 12-9 win over the Rockies.  Tomas’ blast came off Jordan Lyles who took the loss and dropped to 4 and 5 on the year.

Elsewhere in sports….

FORMER CU BUFF LINEMAN SIGNS EXTENSION WITH THE PACK

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari has signed a contract extension to stay in Green Bay, and a person familiar with the talks says it’s a four-year deal worth up to $51.67 million.  NFL.com first reported the extension for the lineman who protects quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blind side.  General manager Ted Thompson announced the signing on Tuesday without releasing terms.  Bakhtiari has been a starter up front since his rookie season after being drafted in the fourth round in 2013 out of Colorado.  The signing comes less than two weeks after the Packers cut veteran left guard Josh Sitton , who signed with Chicago.

NFL PLANS RED AND WHITE GAME THIS THURSDAY

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – The NFL isn’t colorblind to the concerns of its TV audience regarding the “Color Rush” alternate uniforms the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets will wear Thursday night.  League spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email Tuesday the NFL consulted with color-blindness experts to ensure all uniform combinations “will be clearly distinguishable for all fans.” That begins Thursday with the Jets wearing mostly white uniforms and the Bills going with all red.  That’s a switch from last year, when Buffalo wore all red and the Jets all green during their prime-time game on Nov. 12. The combination led to colorblind viewers complaining they couldn’t tell which team was which.
Studies found that red-green color blindness is the most prevalent, affecting more than 10 Americans.  Last season, the NFL had four games featuring the “Color Rush” promotion. This year, all 32 teams playing on Thursday night will wear the alternate uniforms.