08/13/09 Sports for Thursday

BIG HORN FOOTBALL - The Wyoming High School Activities Association has made many changes that will affect high school football this year. Class 4-A went to a single ten-team league, and class 2-A went to a much bigger and tougher league as well.

Big Horn Football Coach Bert Dow says the 2-A ranks will be tough and the Rams' schedule will reflect that. The Rams player/parent meeting takes place tomorrow night at 6 o'clock in the Big Horn gym. The first practice will be Monday morning at the softball complex at Sheridan College.

TONGUE RIVER FOOTBALL - The Tongue River Eagles will start the season looking to avenge last year's season, which saw the Eagles fall to 0-8. Head Coach Chuck Walters says they have to get a lot done in the first week of practice. The Eagles' football player/parent meeting takes place tonight at the high school.

POLO - The Flying “H” Polo Ranch has matches this afternoon and Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, hosting the “Skeeter Johnston” Memorial Cup. Admission is free both today and Saturday.

TENNIS - The Sheridan Bronc and Lady Bronc tennis teams end their camp tonight; they'll open practice Monday morning.

FALL SPORTS - The fall sports season starts practices soon for many teams. The Lady Bronc Volleyball team opens Monday morning at 6:30 in the Sheridan High School gym. Practice will begin Monday as well for Lady Bronc Swimming, Cross-Country and Golf.

MLB ROCKIES - Ubaldo Jimenez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Carlos Gonzalez homered early, sending the Colorado Rockies over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 last night. Jimenez won his fourth consecutive decision. He became the fourth member of the Rockies' rotation with double-digit victories; he joins Jason Marquis, Aaron Cook and Jorge De La Rosa. The series is now split at one game apiece. The finale is set for this afternoon at Coors Field; right-hander Jason Marquis will get the start for the Rockies.

NFL BRONCOS - The Denver Broncos aren't taking this pre-season stuff lightly; under new coach Josh McDaniels, all but a handful of their practices have been in full pads. This only a year after former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had his players went full-contact for a single goal-line drill at one practice.

McDaniels has also told his starters to expect to play deep into tomorrow night's exhibition opener at San Francisco. McDaniels moved two of his training camp practices to Invesco Field so the players and coaches could go through dry runs before facing the 49ers. We'll have tomorrow night's game live for you on AM 1410 KWYO. Pre-game begins at 7 o'clock, with kick-off set for just after 8.

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