Sports, August 30th

High School Volleyball

Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Invitational Volleyball tournament gets underway today at Glenwood Springs High School. The Lady Demons will host several teams from the valley including Rifle, Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley. The tournament wraps up Saturday afternoon.

High School Football

Peach Valley–The 3rd ranked Rifle Bears head down the road to kick off the season with their valley rival, the Coal Ridge Titans, Friday night. Kick off is set for 7 o’clock with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:45 on KMTS.


Glendale, AZ–The Denver Broncos close out the exhibition season in the desert against the Arizona Cardinals tonight at 9 o’clock. Rookie quarterback Brock Osweiller is looking to earn the back up role to Peyton Manning. Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on KMTS.


Denver–The Colorado Rockies battled to the end but came up on the short end of a 10-8 decision to the LA Dodgers yesterday at Coors Field. The Rockies host the suddenly red hot San Diego Padres tomorrow night at Coors.

Elsewhere in sports….

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is being recommended for “sexually violent predator” status that would require lifetime registration with authorities. The recommendation from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board was disclosed to The Associated Press on Thursday by someone who has read the board’s report to a judge. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the report’s confidential nature. The 68-year-old Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys. He is jailed awaiting sentencing and maintains his innocence. Under Pennsylvania law, sexually violent predators are considered those with mental abnormalities or personality disorders that make them likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses. Judges make final decisions regarding sexually violent predator status. Prosecutors have declined to comment. Defense attorney Joe Amendola hasn’t returned messages.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Unable to reach a deal with DirecTV, Pac-12 Networks has issued an open letter to fans recommending they switch to another television provider. Pac-12 Networks will televise 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 football games this season. “If you’re one of the fans who won’t be satisfied without Pac-12 football, or our more than 135 men’s basketball games and hundreds of other live events, we recommend finding Pac-12 Networks with another television provider,” the letter says. The network opens its coverage Thursday with three games – Northern Colorado at Utah and Northern Arizona at Arizona State.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL’s collective bargaining talks are on hold until Friday. Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, had originally said he was “optimistic” the union would table a counterproposal Thursday. Fehr could extend a counteroffer on Friday at the NHL’s New York office. The current agreement expires Sept. 15, when the league has said it will lock out the players if a new deal is not in place. The two sides are at odds over hockey-related revenue. The league wants to knock down the players’ percentage to 46. The players’ share of HRR was 57 percent last season. Fehr said changes in how HRR is calculated would see the amount of money players give up to escrow increase “significantly.” Under the NHL’s proposal, the union said current contracts would not be paid in full. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued his second proposal to the NHLPA on Tuesday in New York, an offering he called “meaningful” and “significant.” On Wednesday, the two sides met again, and broke the proposal down with several player representatives in attendance. “We’re hopeful that it’s a meaningful proposal that we can continue to make progress from,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday. “We feel like we made a good step in that direction earlier this week and we hope that they would make a step forward as well.” Fehr was accompanied Wednesday by NHLPA special consultant Mathieu Schneider, as well as Mike Komisarek (Toronto), Douglas Murray (San Jose), George Parros (Florida), Chris Phillips (Ottawa), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles), Craig Adams (Pittsburgh), Nick Bonino (Anaheim), B.J. Crombeen (Tampa Bay), Alex Goligoski (Dallas) and Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg). The NHL regular season is slated to begin on Oct. 11. “Obviously, the clock is ticking,” Daly said. “We’re almost into September now.”