Sports, August 24th

High School Football

Basalt–The Basalt Longhorns kick off the 2012 season tonight at home against the Paonia Eagles. The game is one of 19 zero week contests around the state. Tonight’s game begins at 7 and will be broadcast live on KMTS.

Conifer–The Glenwood Demons begin the season tomorrow afternoon with a showdown against the Lobos at Conifer High School. Kickoff is set for noon and will be broadcast live on KMTS.

Elswewhere in sports…

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong’s career Friday – including his record seven Tour de France titles – and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

USADA said it expected cycling’s governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

The Amaury Sport Organization that runs the world’s most prestigious cycling race said it would not comment until hearing from USADA and the UCI.

Armstrong, who retired a year ago, said Thursday that he would no longer challenge USADA. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career.

BOSTON -The Red Sox overcame deficits of 8-6 and 12-11 last night but were beaten by the visiting L.A. Angels 14-13 in 10 innings. Both teams blew ninth-inning save opportunities. It’s Boston’s 11th loss in 15 games.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Padraig Harrington held a one-stroke lead when round two of The Barclays got started this morning at Bethpage Black. The Irishman is coming off a 7-under-par 64. Americans Brian Harman and Nick Watney carded 65s on yesterday.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State trustees are getting set to meet this weekend and, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by the AP, NCAA sanctions will be part of the discussion on Sunday. The landmark NCAA penalties handed out in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal include a four-year bowl ban and a $60 million fine.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- The San Francisco Giants stretched their lead in the NL West to three games over the idle L.A. Dodgers after beating the Atlanta Braves 5-2 at AT&T Park last night. The loss dropped the Braves six and a-half games back of Washington in the NL East.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)- – Alex Cobb pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0 to pull within 2 1/2 games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Rays have won 14 of their last 17.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Indians owner Paul Dolan says manager Manny Acta’s job is safe for now, and that he’s not planning any overhaul of the team’s front office despite Cleveland’s stunning losing skid. The Tribe has lost eight straight and 21 of 25 heading into a weekend series against the New York Yankees.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Padraig Harrington found a way to take some of the attention away from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on the PGA Tour. He made six birdies on the tough back nine of Bethpage Black and opened the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead at The Barclays outside New York City.