Glenwood Springs–Once again, there’s a statewide shortage of men and women willing to wear the pinstripes. If you’d like to referee football games this fall on the Western Slope, the Three Rivers High School Football Association will train you. Call Dan Chicoine a call at 948-3258 for more information.

Elsewhere in sports…
DENVER (AP) – Troy Tulowitzki homered among
his three hits, Esmil Rogers pitched effectively into the sixth
inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 6-3
on Thursday night. Ty Wigginton and Chris Nelson had two hits each for the Rockies, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

DENVER (AP) – Rumors of Kyle Orton’s departure have gotten
nearly as much mileage as the Toyota Prius the Broncos quarterback
drives. Looks like it’s time to hit the brakes.
Orton continues to practice exclusively with the first team at
Denver’s training camp, while backup Tim Tebow (TEE’-boh), the
anticipated challenger for the starting job, has yet to run a
single play behind the No. 1 offensive line. Team periods often
consist of the offense broken up into two offensive groups.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Tiger Woods is playing back-to-back rounds
for the first time since the Masters as he continues his comeback
from injuries to his left knee and ankle at the Bridgestone
Invitational. The former world No. 1 is coming off a 2-under-par 68 that left
him tied for 18th place, six shots behind leader Adam Scott.

UNDATED (AP) – The Steelers have signed linebacker LaMarr
Woodley to a six-year contract that will keep him with the team
through the 2016 season.
The contract extension replaces the one-year, $10 million deal
agreed to in February when Pittsburgh placed the franchise player
tag on the fifth-year star
Woodley earned $550,000 in the final season of his rookie
contract and has played four seasons with the Steelers. He was
drafted in the second round from Michigan.
Woodley has started 47 regular-season games in his first four
seasons, and has 39 career sacks.

Jacksonville’s Pro Bowl tight end has signed a five-year
contract worth about $35 million, with nearly $17 million in
guaranteed money. The Jags placed the franchise tag on Marcedes Lewis after he posted career highs with 58 receptions for 700 yards and 10
touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-6, 262-pounder had signed a
one-year tender worth $7.28 million, the average salary of the five
highest-paid tight ends in the league.
The NFL lockout prevented Lewis’ agent and the Jaguars from
working out a long-term deal, and Lewis skipped the first five days
of training camp while waiting for a new deal. He reported Monday,
but sat out full-contact drills while the contract was being
negotiated. He signed it Friday morning and should practice soon.

Also from the NFL, we get word that former Colts and Titans
linebacker David Thornton has decided to retire after nine seasons
in the league. Thornton had 809 tackles, five sacks, five
interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 121
games. He missed the 2010 season recovering from hip surgery.