Sports, August 16th


Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Demons first game is a “zero week” game Saturday, August 25th at Conifer High School. To help pay for their travel expenses next week and the rest of the season, players are selling Varsity Gold “Demon” cards for 20 dollars a piece. The cards provide year long discounts and bargains at local restaurants and auto repair shops.

NFL/Broncos Camp

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Linebacker D.J. Williams was absent from the Denver Broncos’ practice Thursday morning, a day after being convicted on two charges in a Denver court. Williams was found guilty of driving while ability-impaired and driving without his headlights, the offense that prompted police to stop him near downtown Denver about 3 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2010. Already facing a six-game drug suspension to start the season, Williams is subject to further punishment from the NFL because of his conviction on the impaired driving charge. The league said it will review the matter. The leading tackler in five of his eight seasons in Denver, Williams hasn’t been working with the starters during camp, and he missed a practice earlier this month for personal reasons.

MLB / Rockies beat the Brewers

DENVER (AP) – Tyler Colvin hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Wednesday. Wilin Rosario started the rally with a one-out pinch-hit single to center off reliever Jim Henderson (0-2). Eric Young Jr., who homered earlier in the game, also singled to put runners at the corners. The Rockies host the Miami Marlins tonight.

Padres Sale Approved

DENVER (AP) – Major League Baseball owners have approved the sale of the San Diego Padres to a group that includes the O’Malley family and pro golfer Phil Mickelson. Commissioner Bud Selig announced the endorsement Thursday following owners meetings in Denver. Under the deal, the group will buy the franchise from John Moores for around $800 million. Ron Fowler will become the controlling owner.
The new ownership group includes Kevin and Brian O’Malley, the sons of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley. Peter and Tom Seidler – the nephews of Peter O’Malley – also will be involved.
The agreement comes months after Jeff Moorad’s attempt to buy the team on a layaway plan collapsed. The final closing of the sale will be on or before August 31.

Colorado High School Olympian Charms Leno

DENVER (AP) – Missy Franklin is headed back to school after winning four gold medals at the Olympics. Franklin is beginning her senior year at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora on Thursday, three days after arriving home from London. The honor student managed to squeeze in an appearance on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday before returning to a somewhat normal teenage life. Franklin is still leaning toward going to college rather than turning professional. She acknowledges the decision has become harder now that she’s receiving more endorsement offers but she told Jay Leno that she loves being part of a team. Accepting endorsement deals that could be worth millions would cost Franklin the chance of swimming at the collegiate level. Franklin said her courses this year include advanced dance, forensic science and economics.