DENVER (AP) – Juan Nicasio threw 6 1-3 solid innings for his
first win since returning from a broken neck, lifting the Colorado
Rockies over the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Nicasio (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits as he made his
second start at Coors Field since Aug. 5, when he was hit in the
right temple by a line drive and suffered a fractured skull along
with the neck injury.

DENVER (AP) – Kenyon Martin helped beat his old team with a
tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los
Angeles Clippers past the Denver Nuggets 104-98 on Wednesday night.
Martin tipped in Chris Paul’s missed jumper with 27 seconds left
and the game tied at 96, then blocked Ty Lawson at the other end
with 20 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Paul made two free
throws with 18.3 seconds left to make it a four-point game.

DENVER (AP) – Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler needs
surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip and is done for the
season. Chandler played seven minutes Monday night against Houston after
missing eight games with hip and groin injuries. But further
discussions with team doctors determined he needs surgery as soon
as possible.

MIAMI (AP) – Miami and Chicago, the top two teams in the NBA’s
Eastern Conference, square off tonight on the Heat’s home floor.
Entering play the Bulls are 47-15, while the Heat are 44-17.
Chicago tops Miami by 2 1/2 games in the battle for the top seed in
the East.

UNDATED (AP) – Play in the Stanley Cup playoffs continues
tonight with four first round games. In each case the visiting team
has a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series. Tonight’s schedule has
Florida skating at New Jersey, Boston at Washington, Phoenix in
Chicago and St. Louis at San Jose.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – There was an outstanding pitching
performance in the National League last night. In San Francisco,
the Giants blanked the Phillies 1-0 on an RBI single by Melky
Cabrera in the 11th inning. Cliff Lee threw 10 scoreless innings
for the Phillies and Matt Cain pitched nine for the Giants.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Pat Summitt has stepped down as women’s
basketball coach at Tennessee. The 59-year old is calling it quits
after 38 years on the bench and less than a year after she was
diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type. Summitt has
more victories than any college basketball coach, male or female.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – This week’s stop on the PGA Tour is the Texas
Open in San Antonio. The opening round is being contested today
with Brendan Steele back as the defending champion.