Dominicans beat U.S. in WBC, 3-1

March 15, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — Dominican manager Tony Pena sat at a microphone in an interview room, choking back tears. Just beyond the walls, in the stadium plaza, his celebrating countrymen made a jubilant clamor. “I feel so emotional,” Pena said finally. “Today was the battle of two titans.” The Dominican Republic won, beating the United States Read More

Falcons get RB Jackson; Matt Cassel to Vikings

(AP) — The Atlanta Falcons replaced Michael Turner with another proven, productive running back. Steven Jackson, the top running back in free agency, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons on Thursday. Also getting new deals were backup quarterback Matt Cassel in Minnesota, pass rusher Cliff Avril in Seattle and cornerback Keenan Lewis Read More

Bronc soccer starts with Riverton Friday, tough Saturday Jamboree

March 14, 2013

SHERIDAN — There’s no soft competition to start this soccer season. The Sheridan Broncs open their 2013 campaign with a weekend full of good opponents. Friday night, they’ll play Riverton, followed by a marquee weekend matchup Saturday when the 2012 runner-up gets a rematch with the champ. Sheridan will play in a jamboree in Casper where they Read More

SC rodeo team opens spring in Gillette

SHERIDAN — After a couple months of practice, the Sheridan College rodeo team enters competition this weekend. SC will compete in Gillette, beginning at 1 p.m. Friday with slack. There will be a 7 p.m. performance both Friday and Saturday, with the top 10 in each event coming back to the short round Sunday. Head Read More

San Diego State defeats Boise State 73-67

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jamaal Franklin had 19 points and eight rebounds as San Diego State held off Boise State for a 73-67 victory in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Xavier Thames scored 18 points and Chase Tapley 17 for the fourth-seeded Aztecs (22-9), who advanced to Friday’s semifinals against No. 1 Read More

Broncos agree to 2-year deal with Wes Welker

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos gave Peyton Manning a new target — Tom Brady’s favorite receiver. Wes Welker’s signing for $12 million over two years highlighted another busy day for the Broncos on Wednesday. In addition to bringing Welker on board, Denver also agreed to terms on a two-year deal with defensive tackle Terrance Read More

Kobe hurts ankle, out indefinitely

ATLANTA (AP) — Kobe Bryant has been playing some of his best basketball since the All-Star break, almost single-handedly pushing the Los Angeles Lakers into the playoff race.Now he’s facing what may be his toughest opponent of the season. Bryant is out indefinitely with what he calls the worst sprained ankle of his 16-year career, Read More

Heat streak: Miami becomes 4th team to win 20 in a row

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With LeBron James by his side in the locker room, Dwyane Wade took a moment to admire Miami’s streak. “Twenty is special,” Wade said. “Win 20 games in a row, it’s awesome. You can’t get around it. We’re going to try to go for the next one.” James and Wade have an Read More

New Mexico beats Wyoming in Mountain West quarters

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Mexico won its quarterfinal matchup in the Mountain West Conference tournament despite a sluggish stretch in what seemed like a home game. Tony Snell scored 15 points and the No. 15 Lobos led from start to finish, beating Wyoming 59-46 on Wednesday night. Cameron Bairstow added 14 and eight rebounds Read More

SHS Cheer: Building atmosphere

March 13, 2013

SHERIDAN — For a group of athletes that operates mainly in pumping up other sports, thier own accolades are often found simply in crowd noise. The Sheridan High School cheer squad competed in the State Spirit Competition held prior to the 3A/4A state basketball tournaments last week in Casper. It was the culmination of an eight-month Read More

Broncos lock up Manning for 2 years

DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning knows where his paycheck is coming from and the Denver Broncos know who their quarterback will be for the next two years. The four-time Most Valuable Player was on Denver’s roster Tuesday, the start of the new league year, triggering his guaranteed salary of $20 million a year for 2013 Read More

World Baseball Classic: US beats Puerto Rico 7-1

MIAMI (AP) — Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish. Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings and the Americans beat Puerto Rico 7-1 in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday night. Wright drove in five runs, the last three with a bases-loaded double in the eighth. That Read More

Rockies 4, D-backs 3: Chatwood, Collmenter have strong starts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood and Arizona’s Josh Collmenter know they have a lot to prove if they want to earn rotation spots. They each made a good case Tuesday. Chatwood and Collmenter each worked four solid innings, then Dexter Fowler led off the sixth inning with a tiebreaking homer to lead the Read More

The Big East’s big break up

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Notre Dame and Connecticut provided a thrilling final act for the Big East. The conference name will live on with the basketball schools that are separating from the football schools next year. But the Big East that has been arguably the best women’s basketball conference in the country over the past Read More

Mike Wallace to Dolphins, Kruger to Browns highlight 1st day

Ready. Set. Spend! The NFL’s free agent frenzy began Tuesday, with Mike Wallace, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe among the big names to switch teams for big paychecks. Several other stars, including Nnamdi Asomugha, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Antoine Winfield, are looking for jobs after they were cut in cost-saving moves on a busy opening day Read More

MWC tourney: Wyoming defeats Nevada 85-81

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. scored 19 points and Leonard Washington scored 18 to lead Wyoming to an 85-81 win over Nevada to open the Mountain West Conference tournament. Deonte Burton scored 27 points for the No. 9 seed Nevada (12-19). Nance was 9 of 10 from the field for the game and Read More

Three make All-State for SHS

March 12, 2013

SHERIDAN — Girls basketball All-Conference lists were released Monday by the Wyoming Coaches Association, followed shortly by 4A All-State. For the Lady Broncs, Hailey Ligocki took 4A girls player of the year along with her second-straight All-State selection. Robbi Ryan, a freshman, garnered her first All-State honors. Mali Wright was the third All-Conference selection for the Read More

Woodward takes second straight All MWC honors

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s Kayla Woodward was one of four Cowgirl basketball players to receive postseason recognition Monday. This is the second All Mountain West Conference selection for the sophomore. Woodward was selected to the second team this season after making third team as a freshman. Woodward was second on the team in scoring (15 ppg) and rebounding Read More

Broncos cut D.J. Williams

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have parted ways with versatile but vexing linebacker D.J. Williams. The Broncos released the nine-year veteran Monday on the eve of free agency, freeing up his $6 million salary in 2013 for other needs. “We appreciate the contributions made by D.J. Williams during his time with the Broncos,” John Read More

Zags win another WCC title, reach 15th straight NCAAs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Not long after top-ranked Gonzaga received the West Coast Conference tournament trophy, an arena full of Zags fans started a chant of No. 1! Big, deep, athletic, tough-minded, not to mention dominating and willing to play defense — it’d be hard to argue against them. Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and Read More

Harvin traded to Seattle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn’t happy about it. Harvin, Minnesota’s moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle’s first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details Monday Read More

Lady Broncs finish with best record in 4A after 3rd place at state

March 11, 2013

CASPER — A lot of the final numbers held by the Lady Broncs might describe a state champion. Best record in 4A, wins over every team in the class and a win over the other No. 1 seed in their final game of the state tournament. In reality, the Lady Broncs may have been the Read More

Dodgers too much for Rockies, 6-1

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Even though it’s still spring training, Matt Kemp was still happy to get a couple of hits. Kemp ended a 0-for-11 run to begin the Cactus League with his first two hits of the spring and Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits in five innings and added an RBI single and the Read More

Broncos part ways with fullback Gronkowski

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chris Gronkowski became an unrestricted free agent after the Denver Broncos declined to issue a contract tender to the third-year fullback Friday. The Broncos tendered running back Lance Ball, punter Britton Colquitt and backup offensive tackle Chris Clark. The team would have a week to match any offers the restricted free Read More

Steelers release LB Harrison

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have released linebacker James Harrison after the team and the hard-hitting defensive star who played on two Super Bowl champions failed to agree on a new contract.