Lakewood, CO–Dozens of athletes from Aspen to Parachute will be competing in the Colorado State Track and Field meet at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The gates open at 7:30 Thursday morning and the meet concludes on Saturday.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Marco Scutaro homered off closer Santiago
Casilla to lead off the ninth inning and lift the Colorado Rockies
past the mistake-prone San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Scutaro smacked a 92 mph fastball from Casilla (0-2) just over
the left-field wall for his first home run of the season after
Colorado blew a three-run lead in the eighth.
Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT’-skee), Michael Cuddyer
(kuh-DY’-ur) and Carlos Gonzalez each drove in a run as the Rockies
took advantage of three Giants errors to snap a four-game losing

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – John Elway says he had to “sacrifice
the short term for the long term” when he used a second-round pick
on Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler rather than drafting a
player who could help Peyton Manning right away.
The boss of the Denver Broncos was joined by coach John Fox in
an hour-long conference call with 6,000 season ticket holders
Tuesday. A caller from suburban Broomfield asked Elway for his reasoning
in selecting the QB with the 57th overall pick last month, and the
Hall of Fame quarterback said he saw Osweiler as the future QB of
the Broncos. Manning signed a five-year deal in Denver after his release from Indianapolis. He missed all of last season because of a nerve injury that
caused weakness in his throwing arm.

DENVER (AP) – Three Colorado football players are joining the
National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.
The newest members include John Wooten, an offensive guard at
the University of Colorado from 1956-1958, Greg Myers, a Colorado
State University defensive back from 1992 to 1995, and Scott
Thomas, an Air Force Academy safety from 1982-1985.
According to the College Hall of Fame, of the nearly 5 million
players and coaches who have participated in college football in
the last 143 years, just over a thousand have been inducted,
recognizing their achievements.

NEW YORK (AP) – After engineering a turnaround that landed
Indiana the No. 3 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs
with a 42-24 record, Pacers president Larry Bird is an easy winner
in balloting for league Executive of the Year. The Hall of Fame
player is the first person to win that honor after picking up
league MVP and Coach of the Year awards.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Roger Clemens’ defense lawyer is continuing to
try to poke holes in testimony by a key government witness in the
pitcher’s perjury trial. Former strength and conditioning coach
Brian McNamee (MAK’-nuh-mee) concedes Clemens didn’t mention
steroids when he asked for a “booty shot” while he was with the
Toronto Blue Jays in 1998 and that he just assumed that’s what
Clemens meant. McNamee testified earlier this week that he injected
the seven-time Cy Young award winner in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

CHICAGO (AP) – Former big league pitcher Kevin Hickey has died
at the age of 56 from an undisclosed cause. Hickey pitched in six
major league seasons, compiling a 9-14 record, 3.91 ERA and 17
saves in 231 relief appearances. He’d been working as a coach for
the Chicago White Sox since 2004.

ROME (AP) – Fresh off titles in Madrid, Serena Williams and
Roger Federer won their first matches of the Italian Open today in
Rome. Williams extended her winning streak to 15 matches with a
4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Russia’s Nadia Petrova (NAH’-dee-uh
peh-TROH’-vah) after Federer polished off 38th-ranked Carlos
Berlocq of Argentina 6-3, 6-4.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) – Under the category of how far can a
human being sink, police in Oceanside, Calif. report that a thief
burglarized the home of Junior Seau (SAY’-ow) on May 7, just days
after the former NFL star committed suicide. Authorities say the
crook crawled in through a doggy door in Seau’s garage before
rummaging through cabinets and stealing a $500 bicycle belonging to
a friend of Seau.