Sports, September 10th


Glenwood hosts Eagle Valley tonight at 6.  CRMS visits Basalt at 4.


Rifle welcomes Grand Valley tonight at 6:30   Roaring Fork takes on Hotchkiss at 6:30 in Carbondale.


Rifle will take on Palisade this afternoon at 4 at Deerfield Park.   Grand Valley plays a doubleheader against the Grand Junction JV squad at 3.


San Francisco, CA—The Rockies lost to the Giants last night in San Francisco 3 to 2 in 10 innings.



UNDATED (AP) – Slumping Tampa Bay starts a crucial home series against Boston tonight that could go a long way toward determining the Rays’ post-season chances.  While Tampa Bay is a distanct 7 1-2 games back of the Red Sox for the AL East lead, the Rays are nursing a slim 1 1-2-game lead over Baltimore and Cleveland for the final American League wild-card spot.  The Rays are coming off a disappointing 3-7 road trip that cut into their wild-card lead.   Tampa Bay’s scheduled starter David Price is going through his own slump, having lost two straight to drop to 8-7. 
Boston counters with Clay Buchholz who’s making his first start after being sidelined three months with a strained neck.  Before the layoff he was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA.
The Yankees and Orioles continue their series of wild-card chase-ees in Baltimore.  Miguel Gonzalez goes for the Orioles, coming off his first win in seven starts.  The Yankees give the ball to Ivan (ee-VAHN’) Nova.  New York is three games back of the wild card.
Cleveland continues its wild-card bid hosting Kansas City.  The Royals have struggling Jeremy Guthrie scheduled.  He’s 1-3 with a 5.11 ERA in his past six starts. Zach McAllister is set for the Indians.
Martin (mar-TEEN’) Perez takes a personal six-game winning streak into his start for Texas against Pittsburgh.  His last four wins have come against All-Star pitchers Bartolo Colon, Chris Sale and Felix Hernandez twice.  Pittsburgh 15-game winner Francisco Liriano will be trying to shake off a dismal start his last time out when he gave up seven runs on seven hits with two wild pitches.
The Pirates are just a game back of St. Louis for the NL Central lead and just a game in front of Cincinnati in that tight race. 
The Cardinals are hosting Milwaukee tonight and hoping that Shelby Miller can regain some of his early season success.  The rookie righty has been shelled for eight runs in 10 innings in his last two starts.
The Reds are at home against the Cubs, after losing the opener of that series last night.  Still, Cincinnati has won six of its last eight to make a push up the division standings.
Jordan Zimmermann and Jorge De La Rosa are vying to see who will be the first 17-game winner in the National League.  Zimmermann gets the first shot at it, going for Washington against the Mets.  De La Rosa gets his turn for the Rockies against San Francisco.

US could clinch World Cup berth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The United States can lock up a berth in next year’s World Cup when it faces Mexico tonight in Columbus.  The Americans need a win and a win or tie by Honduras against Panama.
The U.S. is 23-0-2 in home qualifiers since losing to Honduras in September 2001.
Both the U.S. and Mexico head into the meeting coming off disappointing losses.  The U.S. looked bad in a 3-1 loss at Costa Rica over the weekend, and Mexico looked worse in a 2-1 loss to Honduras. That loss cost Mexico coach Chepo De la Torre his job.  Luis Fernando Tena takes over tonight. 

Probst elected to IOC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – U.S. Olympic Committee President Larry Probst has been overwhelmingly elected to the International Olympic Committee, boosting U.S. hopes of regaining influence on the Olympic stage.
Probst becomes the fourth U.S. member on the IOC, joining Anita DeFrantz, Jim Easton and Angela Ruggiero.

Bach favored to replace Rogge

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – German lawyer Thomas Bach is a clear-cut favorite to succeed Jacques Rogge (ROH’-guh) as International Olympic Committee president in voting set for today. The 59-year Bach is an IOC vice president.  Six candidates are on the ballot. If Bach is elected, he would continue Europe’s hold on the presidency. Of the IOC’s eight leaders, all have come from Europe except for Avery Brundage, the American who ran the committee from 1952-72.  Bach would also be the first Olympic gold medalist to become IOC president. He won gold in team fencing for West Germany in 1976.