Sports, June 17th


The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as executive vice president of basketball operations. Team President Josh Kroenke confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Monday that Connelly will take over for Masai Ujiri, who left to become general manager of the Toronto Raptors. Connelly has been the assistant GM with the New Orleans Pelicans since 2010. His first order of business with the Nuggets will be finding a replacement for George Karl after the longtime coach was fired nearly two weeks ago.


DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have selected the contract of right-hander Logan Kensing from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies made the move Sunday. Kensing was available against Philadelphia for the finale of the three-game series.
To make room Colorado optioned righty Chris Volstad to Triple-A.
Kensing was 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA and seven saves in 19 appearances with Colorado Springs. In parts of seven major league seasons with Miami and Washington, Kensing is 8-9 with a 5.81 ERA and two saves in 134 games. Volstad appeared in two games after being recalled on Wednesday, his second stint with the Rockies. He allowed four runs in two innings, and has a 10.80 ERA in six games with Colorado this season.


Toronto—The Colorado Rockies take on the Toronto Blue Jays tonight in Canada. Jorge De La Rosa is on the mound for Colorado.


BOSTON (AP) – Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Finals is tonight in Boston. The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1 after the Bruins and Blackhawks split the opening games in Chicago. Both of the games in the Windy City took overtime to decide.

NEW YORK (AP) – Slumping New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR’-uh) could be heading back to the disabled list because of an injured wrist. Yanks GM Brian Cashman says he’s leaning toward putting Teixeira on the DL. The All-Star slugger is hitting just .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats.

DETROIT (AP) – Detroit’s Max Scherzer tries to raise his record to 10-0 when the Tigers host the Orioles tonight. The Tigers start the night with a four and a-half game lead in the AL Central while the Orioles, who took three of four from Boston over the weekend, have closed within a game and a-half of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The hottest team in baseball could be the San Diego Padres, who try for their seventh straight victory when they take on Barry Zito (ZEE’-toh) and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants tonight. The Padres are over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2010 season.

NEW YORK (AP) – The Cincinnati Bengals will star in the training camp documentary show “Hard Knocks” for the second time in five NFL seasons. The popular HBO series premieres Aug. 6.