8/15/09 Sports for Saturday

LOCAL SPORTS- The Sheridan Bronc Football team will wrap up two a day practice today. They'll get a much needed rest tomorrow, then it's back to the grind for the Broncs on Monday. Tongue River, Big Horn and NSI will have their first practices on Monday. All high school sports practices begin Monday, including volleyball, tennis, golf, cross-country and Lady Bronc swimming and diving.

MLB ROCKIES- Josh Johnson allowed one hit and had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings, and the Florida Marlins tightened the NL wild-card race by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Friday night. The Marlins won for the seventh time in eight games and climbed within two games of the Rockies, who lead the wild-card race. Johnson had not given up a hit until Garrett Atkins homered on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the seventh. The Marlins' right-hander allowed three walks and one run. Chris Iannetta hit a three-run homer in the ninth before Leo Nunez retired pinch-hitter Todd Helton on a fly ball for his 13th save in 17 chances.

NFL BRONCOS- Kyle Orton threw interceptions in his first three series during a disastrous Denver debut, while San Francisco's two quarterback candidates were steady in the 49ers' 17-16 victory over the Broncos on Friday night. It was Orton's backup, Chris Simms, who nearly led Denver to victory with a big second half. After Miller's second TD of the night on a 40-yard reception from Damon Huard put the 49ers up 17-10, Simms hit Kenny McKinley on a 52-yard TD pass with 2:01 left, but the Broncos failed on the 2-point conversion.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP- Tiger Woods is exactly where he wants to be as he tries to win his first major of the season and 15th of his career. The world's number-one golfer has a four-shot lead after two rounds of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine outside Minneapolis. Woods is 8-and-0 in his career when he has the lead in a major after 36 holes. He never has lost a pro tournament when entering the weekend with a four-shot advantage Defending PGA champion Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Brendan Jones, Ross Fisher and U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover are all tied for second. Phil Mickelson posted a second straight 2-over 74 and just made the cut by one stroke and is 11 shots behind Woods.

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