Sports

SHS grad finds his way: Thomas playing with Pacific at NCAA tourney

March 21, 2013

SHERIDAN — Where do you want to be in five years? If you paid close attention to the NCAA selection show Sunday, you might have seen a familiar face. Among the quick clips of teams packed around couches in front of televisions, waiting for their names to be called, there’s sometimes a Sheridan County kid Read More

Heat overcome huge deficit, run win streak to 24

CLEVELAND (AP) — The jilted billionaire owner offered an olive branch. The scoreboard leaked fluid, causing a long delay. The home team, missing its top three scorers, built a mammoth lead over the defending NBA champions. A fan sprinted onto the court, hoping to convince LeBron James to come back home. Just an ordinary night Read More

NFL passes helmet rule, ends tuck rule

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners passed a player safety rule Wednesday barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field. Several coaches and team executives expressed concern about officiating the new rule, but Commissioner Roger Goodell championed it and it passed Wednesday as Read More

Freeney, Abraham set to visit Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller might have a new pass-rushing partner by week’s end. Free agents Dwight Freeney and John Abraham are set to visit Denver on Thursday, 48 hours after the Broncos submitted a new contract proposal to Elvis Dumervil. Freeney, 33, and Abraham, 34, are both older and less productive than Dumervil, Read More

Bears part ways with Urlacher

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are parting ways with veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher after 13 years. General manager Phil Emery said Wednesday that the team couldn’t reach a contract agreement with Urlacher.  He has, for years, been the heart and face of the franchise. He is now a free agent after missing Read More

Athlete of the Week: O’Dell, Davenport continuing football careers close to home

March 20, 2013

SHERIDAN — There’s a unique crop that comes from one Big Horn, Wyo., farm. A farm for player development, that is. Its product? College athletes. Two Big Horn High School seniors are continuing a tradition of playing college football close to home. Will O’Dell will attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., and Preston Davenport is headed for Rocky Mountain College Read More

NCAA tourney sparks basketball fever in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With some of their strongest teams in years, New Mexico and New Mexico State are creating quite the NCAA tournament buzz across the state. Mountain West Conference champion and No. 3 seed New Mexico (29-5) is in the West Regional and will face No. 14 seed Harvard (19-9), the Ivy League Read More

Kentucky stunned by Robert Morris in NIT

MOON, Pa. (AP) — Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Robert Morris shocked defending national champion Kentucky 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night. The Wildcats decided not to call timeout after the second free throw but Kyle Wiltjer’s 3-pointer before the buzzer bounced harmlessly off Read More

Tom Watson gives back one of nine captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tom Watson is giving back one of his captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup. In his first big move since he was appointed U.S. captain last year, Watson said Wednesday he would take the top nine players off the Ryder Cup standings and select three players as captain’s picks. For the Read More

Wyoming to host N. Colorado in WNIT

March 19, 2013

LARAMIE (AP) — Wyoming is back in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and the Cowgirls will host Northern Colorado on Thursday in the first round. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. at Arena-Auditorium. This is the sixth time the Cowgirls have appeared in the postseason under head coach Joe Legerski. The Read More

SC rodeo moves up in standings

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College men’s rodeo team’s first win in five years has moved them up the Central Rocky Mountain Region standings. Sheridan (1,650 points) sits in sixth place in the 13-team field, narrowly trailing Northeastern Junior College (Sterling, Colo.) (1,730) and Casper College (1,880). Individually, the SC team is led by Taygen Schuelke, who Read More

NCAA tourney a homecoming for Montana players

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Thursday’s second-round NCAA tournament game between Montana and Syracuse will be a homecoming of sorts for Grizzlies guard Will Cherry. The East Regional matchup will be held in San Jose, Calif., just south of Cherry’s hometown of Oakland. Kareem Jamar, who also is from California, tells the Missoulian he and Cherry Read More

Five Lady Generals named to Region IX All-Academic team

SHERIDAN — Five Lady Generals have earned All-Region academic honors. Sheridan College sophomores Brodie Bennett, Jasmine Davis and Kayla Kiriau along with freshmen Stephany Sessions and Morgan Wille were named to the 2012-13 Academic All-Region team this week. “To have five players earn academic honors really means a lot to our program and our institution,” head coach Read More

Miami slips past Boston 105-103 for 23d win in a row

BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Miami Heat escaped Boston with their 23rd win in a row. All that’s in front of them now is the NBA record for consecutive victories. Five years to the day after the Celtics snapped Houston’s winning streak at 22 games, James scored 37 points and made the go-ahead Read More

Iguodala’s three lifts Nuggets over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — The Denver Nuggets’ 12th consecutive win didn’t come easily or without controversy. While Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime will go down as the game-winning shot in the Nuggets’ 119-118 win over Chicago, the Bulls feel otherwise. “We felt like we got it stolen from us,” Bulls forward Carlos Read More

NFL meetings: Goodell says no expanded playoffs for 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens’ reward for winning the Super Bowl might be a road trip. Traditionally, the NFL champions kick off the next season by hosting a Thursday night game. Baltimore earned that privilege with its 34-31 victory over San Francisco last month. Problem is, the guys next door, baseball’s Orioles, are scheduled Read More

Sheridan College cowboys take buckle in Gillette

March 18, 2013

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College rodeo team opened its season with a long-awaited team title in Gillette. The men took the team title after strong rides from several cowboys in the team’s first rodeo of the spring season. “Our young men stepped up this weekend and rode some of the rankest stock in the country,” head Read More

SHS soccer teams play three at Casper jamboree

Lady Broncs win one, lose two SHERIDAN—The SHS girls soccer team went 1-2 Saturday at a jamboree in Casper. Playing three shortened games, 26 minute halves, the Lady Broncs opened with a win over Kelly Walsh, but dropped close games with Rock Springs and Natrona Saturday. “I felt like it was a good day,” head coach Read More

SHS track places in top five at NC Early Bird

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School boys and girls track teams finished their first competition with two top five team finishes in Casper Saturday. The Natrona County Early Bird track meet brought 17 girls and 16 boys teams to Natrona County High School, opening the spring season for the Broncs and Lady Broncs. “Many of the indoor Read More

TR’s Nielsen, Huff shine at first track meet

SHERIDAN —Two Tongue River High School track athletes pre-qualified for state in their first competition of the year. Sarah Nielsen and Josiah Huff each performed well with limited outdoor practice entering the NC Early Bird in Casper. While the two were short practice and on spring break, still, Head coach Chuck Walters said he wasn’t surprised by their success.

Miami Heat head to Boston looking to make it 23 wins in a row

(AP) — No extra motivation needed when the hated Heat come to Boston. LeBron James’ 45-point masterpiece on their own floor that kept them from reaching the NBA Finals last year, Ray Allen swapping sides over the summer, and recent years of bad blood and great games would’ve had the Celtics ready Monday night. Now throw in Read More

Texas, George Mason highlight 16-team CBI field; Wyoming gets Lehigh Tuesday

Texas and George Mason highlight the 16-team field for the sixth annual College Basketball Invitational. Out of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years, coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns (16-17) aren’t going to the NIT, either. Instead, they accepted an invite to the lower-level CBI and will play at Houston on Read More

Colorado State’s Eustachy taking fourth school to NCAAs

(AP) — Colorado State first-year coach Larry Eustachy is taking his fourth school to the NCAA tournament. The Rams earned an at-large bid Sunday. They’re the eighth seed in the Midwest and will face No. 9 seed Missouri at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday.Eustachy took over from Tim Miles in April and led Read More

Broncs battle Riverton to 2-2 draw

March 16, 2013

SHERIDAN —The Sheridan Bronc soccer team got a full game plus 20 minutes extra to work into their new roles in Friday’s season opener. While a 2-2 draw deadlocked Riverton and Sheridan to the end at Homer Scott Field, the Broncs improved as the game went on, showing potential in their inexperienced offensive attack. Sheridan’s last Read More

Lady Broncs tie Riverton

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan girls soccer team had plenty of chances in its season opener, but didn’t put the ball in the back of the net as they played to a 0-0 tie in Riverton Friday. “I felt we did a decent job controlling the game,” said Sheridan coach Tom Racette. “I wouldn’t say we Read More