Sports, August 28th


VAIL (AP) – Bill Marolt will step down as president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association after the Sochi Olympics. He’ll be replaced by former Olympian Tiger Shaw, who will start on Oct. 1 as chief operating officer before taking over after the Olympics in February. Marolt, who has been in charge of USSA for 18 years, will remain as vice president of the International Ski Federation and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s board of directors. He also plans to help the organization with fundraising.
Said Marolt in a phone interview: “It’s always hard to leave something behind, there’s no question. But at the same time, it’s time. It’s time for new leadership. It’s exciting.”


DENVER (AP) – Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval hit back-to-back homers and Yusmeiro Petit won his first game in four years, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.


ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Derek Wolfe practiced with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday for the first time since his arms and legs went numb following a frightening hit in a preseason game at Seattle 10 days earlier.Showing his neck was fine, Wolfe swiveled his head from side to side on the podium. That was a far cry from the night he was strapped to a backboard and taken off the field in an ambulance amid fears he had a cervical spine injury that would keep him off the football field and maybe off his feet forever.
The second-year defensive end said he won’t play in the Broncos’ preseason finale Thursday night. Barring a setback, he plans to be in the lineup when Denver opens the regular season Sept. 5 against Baltimore.


NEW YORK (AP) – Defending champ Andy Murray makes his U.S. Open debut tonight fresh off his historic win at Wimbledon last month. Top women’s seed Serena Williams and sister Venus are also on the schedule to play second round matches.

ST. LOUIS (AP)  – Adam Wainwright tries to become the first National League pitcher to 16 wins when he starts for St. Louis tonight at home against Cincinnati.  The Cardinals have won six of seven to open a game-and-a-half lead over Pittsburgh at the top of the National League Central.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck are expected to join Pittsburgh for tonight’s game against Milwaukee after being acquired in a trade with the Mets yesterday. The Pirates have lost 11 of their last 17 but still hold onto one of the league’s wildcard spots.

ATLANTA (AP) – Cleveland goes with 13-game winner Justin Masterson when the Indians take on the NL East leading Braves in Atlanta tonight.  Masterson is looking to snap just his second two-game losing streak of the season.  The Braves boast the best record in baseball and have won 14 of their last 17 at home.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Dodgers look to Ricky Nolasco to continue to pay dividends when he gets the start this afternoon against the Cubs.  The right-hander is 5-1 since being acquired from Miami. Over his last three starts Nolasco is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA.