Sports, August 27th


BRECKENRIDGE (AP) – A Broncos executive accused of crashing into two cars in the high country while driving drunk has made his first appearance in court.
Director of player personnel Matt Russell is accused of DUI after a vehicle ran in to the back of a police car in Summit County over the 4th of July holiday.
An attorney representing Russell said more investigation is needed.
Russell was suspended indefinitely from the team and is being provided with treatment, rehabilitation and counseling. The Broncos organization said he must comply with these programs before he will be allowed to return to work.


ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Denver safety Quinton Carter has landed on season-ending injured reserve for the second straight year. Carter started 10 games as a rookie in 2011 and had interceptions in consecutive playoff games that year. But a torn right hamstring at an indoor practice the following summer led doctors to discover he needed surgery on his left knee. He played in just three games in 2012 before aggravating his surgically repaired knee and going on IR. The Broncos also placed center J.D. Walton on reserve/PUP to reach the 75-player roster limit Tuesday. Walton had complications in his comeback from left ankle surgery and needed another operation in June. He won’t be able to practice until Oct. 15 at the earliest but might not return until November.


DENVER (AP) – Todd Helton homered to move within three hits of 2,500, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Monday night.
Juan Nicasio tossed six shutout innings and added an RBI single, and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies.  Buster Posey singled and reached base for the 49th straight game against Colorado.  The Rockies began a nine-game, 10-day homestand with a strong performance against lefty Barry Zito (4-10), who has struggled away from home this season. His numbers didn’t improve in his short outing at Coors Field.
Zito allowed five runs and nine hits and struck out one in four innings in his second start since being put back into the rotation. He is 0-8 with a 9.61 ERA on the road this season.


NEW YORK (AP) – Men’s 13th-seed John Isner is through to the second round of the US Open after rolling past Italy’s Filipo Volandri 6-love, 6-2, 6-3. Other first round winners on Day 2 of the tournament included seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) and tenth-seed Roberta Vinci.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A person familiar with the decision says Pittsburgh has acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets for a minor leaguer and a player to be named later. The Pirates are hoping the two veterans will help in the stretch run as they compete for their first playoff berth in 21 years.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Tim Tebow has survived the New England Patriots’ mandatory roster cut to 75 players.  The third-string quarterback is expected to see considerable playing time Thursday night against the New York Giants in the Patriots’ final exhibition game. He played poorly in the first two games and did not play in the third.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance to help former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez collect an $82,000 workout bonus. His contract provides for him to receive that amount if he participated in the team’s workouts from April to June.  The Patriots cut Hernandez after he was arrested on June 26 and before he was charged with murder later that day.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin would not say whether Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) will play for the seventh-ranked Aggies against Rice Saturday, amid allegations he received payments for autograph’s.  Athletic director Eric Hyman said Monday night that he’d instructed everyone in the program not to talk about the quarterback.