8/14/09 Sports for Friday

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - The Sheridan Bronc Football team closes out their first week of two-a-day practices tomorrow, with a much needed day off Sunday before ramping it up again on Monday. The Big Horn, Tongue River, and NSI football teams all open fall camp on Monday.

Tongue River Head Coach Chuck Walters says the next two weeks will be big for the Eagles as they, along with Big Horn, will play in a much tougher division this year.

The Sheridan Broncs will open the regular season at home August 28th against Casper Kelly Walsh. Big Horn and Tongue River will have zero week action with a jamboree at Sheridan High School on the 29th, before they open the season September 3rd and 4th. The Rams will open with a game at Sheridan High School on Thursday, September 3rd against Greybull, while the Eagles open on Friday the 4th at home against Hulett.

FALL SPORTS - All high school sports practices begin Monday, including volleyball, tennis, golf, cross-country and Lady Bronc swimming and diving.

UW FOOTBALL - Wyoming is holding the first of its four scrimmages during fall football practice. The situational scrimmage in War Memorial Stadium will take place this morning. The other three scrimmages will take place over the next several days. The scrimmage is an opportunity for first-year coach Dave Christensen and his staff to continue their evaluation of their players.

Christensen says there are a number of players at whom the coaching staff will be looking to get a better evaluation during the scrimmage. He noted 18 players missed parts of spring practice, and 47 new recruits joined the team recently. Wyoming opens its season at home on September 5th against Weber State.

NFL NEWS - Michael Vick has found his way back to the NFL. The recently reinstated quarterback has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles with a one-year team option. The deal will allow Vick to start to resurrect a once successful football career that came to a screeching halt with his conviction on federal dogfighting charges in 2007.

Eagles starting quarterback Donovan McNabb is a friend of Vick's and thinks the one-time highest paid player in the NFL deserves a second chance. The 29-year old Vick has not played since the 2006 season.

NFL BRONCOS - LaMont Jordan is ready to reward Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels for taking a chance on him, even though he was overweight and out of shape this winter. Jordan has dropped 30 pounds since following McDaniels from New England to Denver. Now, Jordan checks in at 228 pounds – the lightest he's been in his nine-year NFL career.

Jordan has been sharing starting duties with fellow free agent Correll Buckhalter, while top pick Knowshon Moreno works his way into shape after a long holdout. The Broncos will open their pre-season schedule tonight with a road game against the San Francisco 49ers. We'll have all the action live for you on AM 1410 KWYO. Pre-game will begin at 7 o'clock with kickoff set for just after 8 pm.

MLB ROCKIES - Jason Marquis allowed three hits over seven innings, and Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes homered as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 yesterday. Colorado's Dexter Fowler had four hits -- three of them doubles -- and scored three runs. Barmes finished with three hits and three RBIs. Marquis became the third pitcher in the National League to reach 13 wins. He'd been 0-2 in his previous three starts, but gave up one run and struck out six with three walks.

The Rockies won the final two games of the three-game series. Their six-game road trip starts tonight in Florida, with Colorado right-hander Jason Hammel scheduled to start against Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson.

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