Rifle–Clayton Crawford of the Aspen Skiers shot a four under par 68 to win the Rifle Invitational at Rifle Creek yesterday. Crawford led the Skiers to the team title. Rifle’s Danny Bartels and Ty Caron both tied for second with a score of 77. The Bears came in second place on their home course.

Glenwood Springs–The 3rd Annual Derbs Softball Tournament is set for the
weekend of September 16th at Sayre Park and Two Rivers. The tournament for men’s and coed teams benefits the Glenwood Springs High School Baseball team and the Lady Demons basketball program.


Denver–The Rockies beat the Houston Astros last night at Coors Field,9 to 5. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin went seven innings to get the win and also doubled in two runs.

Elsewhere in sports…

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have ironed out a new
contract with linebacker Lawrence Timmons. It’s a six-year deal
that will pay Timmons $50 million through 2016. He is the second
linebacker to sign an extension with the Steelers in the last
month. Teammate LaMarr Woodley agreed to a six-year, $61.5 million
contract on Aug. 5.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants suffered a
serious blow last night as they beat Chicago in pre-season play.
Starting cornerback Terrell Thomas tore the anterior cruciate
ligament in his right knee and is done for the season. He was the
Giants leading tackler last season.

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Indians and Mariners have a game this
afternoon in Cleveland. The Indians, who have fallen five and
a-half games back of first place Detroit in the American League
Central, are sending Justin Masterson to the mound. He has suffered
only one loss in the last two months.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Detroit ace Justin Verlander is a 19
game winner. He picked up the victory last night as the Tigers beat
the Rays 5-2. Verlander had eight strikeouts and is the winningest
pitcher in Major League Baseball.

TOKYO (AP) – The University of Hawaii is moving forward with
plans to play a regular-season football game in Japan within the
next few years. Jim Donovan, the school’s athletic director,
revealed the prospect while in Osaka over the weekend for a men’s
basketball game. The Rainbow Warriors could play a football game in
Japan as soon as 2014.