Sports, September 4th


Glenwood Springs–The Rifle Bears have been bumped up to the number 1 spot in the 3A football rankings by the Colorado Preps Network. The week 2 rankings for 3A to 1A are as follows:

#1 Rifle (1-0)
#2 Frederick (1-0)
#3 Palisade (1-0)
#4 D’Evelyn (1-1)
#5 Lewis Palmer (1-0)
#6 Conifer (2-0)
#7 Silver Creek (1-0)
#8 Holy Family (1-0)
#9 Thomas Jefferson (1-0)
#10 Fort Morgan (1-0)

TEAMS TO WATCH: Erie (1-0), Delta (1-0), Woodland Park (1-0), Evergreen (1-0), Eagle Valley (2-0)

#1 Florence (1-0)
#2 Kent Denver (1-0)
#3 Eaton (2-0)
#4 Brush (1-0)
#5 Bayfield (1-0)
#6 Trinidad (1-0)
#7 Faith Christian (0-1)
#8 La Junta (1-0)
#9 Strasburg (1-0)
#10 Olathe (0-1)

NEW: Strasburg (1-0)
DROPPED OUT: Bennett (0-1)
TEAMS TO WATCH: Grand Valley (1-0), St Mary’s (1-0), University (1-0), Aspen (1-0)

#1 Buena Vista (1-0)
#2 Limon (1-0)
#3 Burlington (1-0)
#4 Hotchkiss (1-0)
#5 Platte Canyon (1-0)
#6 Resurrection Christian (1-0)
#7 Wray (0-1)
#8 Crowley County (1-0)
#9 Monte Vista (1-0)
#10 Wiggins (1-0)

NEW: None
TEAMS TO WATCH: Centauri (1-0), Del Norte (1-0), Roaring Fork (1-0), Denver Christian (1-0), Rye (1-0), Lyons (1-0)


Glenwood Springs–The Coal Ridge Lady Titans host the Glenwood Lady Demons tonight at 6 in a non-league match. Also at 6, the Roaring Fork Lady Rams welcome Basalt to Carbondale.

Elsewhere in sports…

NEW YORK (AP) – Alabama is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving past Southern California after its resounding victory against Michigan. The Crimson Tide swayed more than enough voters with its 41-14 win Saturday night in Texas to overtake the preseason No. 1 Trojans, who beat Hawaii 49-10. USC entered that game a 40-point favorite at home. The Tide receives 45 first-place votes, up 28 from last week. USC draws 11 first-place votes and No. 3 LSU four. It’s the 47th time Alabama has been No. 1, the 16th under coach Nick Saban.

NEW YORK (AP) – Women’s top seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) is on the court today for a match with No. 7 Sam Stosur. Third-seed Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) also has a match as does Andy Roddick, who faces seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN’ dehl POHT’-roh).

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – In case you missed it last night, 16th-ranked Virginia Tech took overtime to beat Georgia Tech 20-17 in Blacksburg, Va. Cody Journell kicked a 17-yard field goal in overtime to win the game. Georgia Tech got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Tevin Washington threw an interception.

OAKLAND (AP) – The Oakland Athletics had their nine-game winning streak snapped last night. The visiting Los Angeles Angels banged out three home runs in an 8-3 victory.

NORTON, Mass. (AP) – Rory McIlroy finished first in the Deutsche (DOY’-cheh) Bank Championship yesterday. The win was his third of the season on the PGA Tour. He finished one shot in front of Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn). Tiger Woods finished third and in doing so went over $100 million in PGA Tour earnings.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL kicks off a new season tomorrow night with the Giants playing host to the Cowboys. It appears replacement refs will indeed be working the game as no new talks are scheduled between the league and the locked-out on-field officials. This is the 86th time in the 76-year history of the AP media poll that the top-ranked team won and dropped in the rankings. It’s happened at least once every year since 2007.