Blackmon, Tulowitzki lead Rockies past Brewers 10-4

colorado-rockiesDENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon drove in four runs, Troy Tulowitzki had three RBIs and the Colorado Rockies beat the skidding Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 on Sunday.

Nolan Arenado led off Colorado’s three-run fourth inning with his 17th homer, and the Rockies broke out for their most runs since scoring 11 against St. Louis on June 8. They averaged 3.2 runs in their previous 12 games before Sunday.

All 10 runs came off Matt Garza, who allowed 13 hits for the second straight start.

It wasn’t all good news for the Rockies. Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left in the fifth inning with a mild sprain of his left hand. He was injured leaping into the right-field wall trying to catch Ryan Braun’s triple in the fourth. Braun scored on a groundout to pull Milwaukee to 3-2.

Husker Cowboy Wins Tie-Down Roping; Buffalo Bill Rodeo Wraps Up

Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., won second place at the 2015 Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. The rodeo wrapped up on June 20 with champions crowned in each of seven events. Photo by George Hipple.

Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., won second place at the 2015 Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. The rodeo wrapped up on June 20 with champions crowned in each of seven events. Photo by George Hipple.

North Platte, Neb. (June 20, 2015) –A couple of Husker cowboys left the 2015 Buffalo Bill Rodeo with some extra cash in their pockets, and one of them with the gold buckle.

Riley Pruitt returned to the Wild West Arena, where he has competed in the pro ranks, as well as in high school rodeo and with the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, and walked out as tie-down roping champion.

The Gering, Neb. man made an 8.2 second run on his first animal in slack Wednesday morning, and followed up with an 8.8 second time on his second run to win the average with a time of 17.0 seconds on two head.

He’s won money at the North Platte event before, but never won the gold buckle, which his dad, 1991 world champion tie-down roper Troy Pruitt, has won several times. Troy and Riley’s granddad,Don Meter were in attendance to watch his runs.

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Morales homers on birthday in Royals’ 7-4 win over Red Sox

kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kendrys Morales homered on his 32nd birthday and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday night.

Morales hit a two-run, tie-breaking shot in a five-run fifth off Rick Porcello (4-8). It was his third career homer on his birthday.

The Red Sox lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval (sprained left ankle) and catcher Blake Swihart (sprained left foot) to injuries and designated hitter David Ortiz was ejected in the seventh inning by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-1 lead, but Porcello imploded in the bottom of the inning with a hit batter, a balk, a walk and four hits.

Porcello lost his sixth straight, matching his career high set in 2012. He allowed six runs, eight hits, two walks and hit two batters in five innings.

Blackmon’s 3 RBIs lead Rockies past Brewers 5-1

colorado-rockiesDENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon homered and drove in three runs, Chad Bettis pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

Adam Lind homered for the Brewers’ only run.

Colorado had lost nine of its last 10 before getting a strong outing from Bettis (3-2), who got his first win since carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning at Philadelphia on May 29. He allowed one run and five hits, walked two and struck out five in 6 1-3 innings.

Bettis got the Rockies off to a good start by holding Milwaukee scoreless until the sixth. It was the first time in six games a Colorado opponent didn’t score in the first inning.

The offense, which hit .215 in the previous 10 games, gave Bettis enough support to get the win.

Access improvements planned for 3 Buffalo County lakes

game-and-parks-featureELM CREEK, Neb. (AP) — Officials say people who fish at Sandy Channel State Recreation Area in Buffalo County soon will have better access at three of the area’s lakes.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says Lake No. 8 will have a fishing pier installed for people with disabilities, and more than 500 feet of shoreline will be cleared of brush. Lake No. 2 will have a concrete boat ramp installed and 400 feet of shoreline development to improve conditions for anglers. Lake No. 4 also will have a concrete boat ramp installed, 500 feet of shoreline will be cleared of brush and walkways will be added.

The work should be finished by early fall. The recreation area will remain open during the project, but some spots may be temporarily closed because of construction.

Rodriguez pitches well in Boston’s 7-3 victory over Royals

kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eduardo Rodriguez pitched capably into the seventh inning, Mookie Betts had a career-best four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Friday night.

Rodriguez (3-1), who gave up nine runs in 4 2-3 innings in his previous start against Toronto, allowed one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Alcides Escobar’s RBI-double in the fifth was the first run he allowed on the road in 18 1-3 innings.

The Red Sox batted around in a five-run second inning, which included an RBI-single by Betts. Blake Swihart contributed a two-run double, while Mike Napoli drove in two runs with a single.

Betts is 13 for 22 in his past five games, raising his average to .267.

Boston’s Hanley Ramirez hit his 14th home run in the fifth.

Brewers snap 6-game skid with 9-5 win over scuffling Rockies

colorado-rockiesDENVER (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and Taylor Jungmann threw six innings to help the Milwaukee Brewers snap a six-game losing streak with a 9-5 victory over the scuffling Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot as the Brewers rediscovered the long ball after hitting only one homer in their losing streak. They had two off Jorge De La Rosa (4-3) in a three-run first inning.

Ben Paulsen finished a homer shy of the cycle for the Rockies, who have lost five straight.

Relying almost exclusively on his fastball, Jungmann (2-1) handcuffed Colorado’s potent offense before losing steam. The right-hander allowed four runs and eight hits.

Wyoming, Louisiana Cowboys Lay Claim to Part of Winnings on Third Night of Buffalo Bill Rodeo

A bull rider competes at the 2015 Buffalo Bill Rodeo. The rodeo, an inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, kicks off the ten days of NebraskalandDays activities in North Platte. Photo by George Hipple.

A bull rider competes at the 2015 Buffalo Bill Rodeo. The rodeo, an inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, kicks off the ten days of NebraskalandDays activities in North Platte. Photo by George Hipple.

North Platte, Neb. (June 19, 2015) – After competition at the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, several cowboys slipped into the money, coming in second and fourth  place in their respective events.

North Platte played host to several top fifteen cowboys, including bareback rider Seth Hardwick and saddle bronc rider Heath DeMoss. Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., and currently fourth in the world in his event, scored 81 points to hold the fourth place spot in the rodeo so far. He rode Queen Molly, a little bay horse owned by Beutler and Son Rodeo Co., the stock contractors for the rodeo. “I’d heard from a few guys she was a little bucky. But it’s Bennie’s (Beutler) pen, and I guess they’re all like that,” he said.

The 26 year old cowboy is having the best year of his rodeo career, and if he can stay away from injuries and keep in the top fifteen in the world, he’ll be headed to his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December. He credits it to not being injured, working out more, and drawing good bucking horses. He’s had a good start, winning second at San Antonio, Texas earlier this winter and winning the Champions Challenges at Redding, Calif., and Spanish Forks, Utah. But there’s no letting off the pedal now. The North Platte rodeo “pretty much starts our Fourth (of July) run, so I’ll rodeo till the end of September, for the most part. A guy can just about go to a rodeo every day, if he wants,” Hardwick said. “We try not to do that, because you can get too tired, but we go to plenty of them.”

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Huskers Get Commit From 4-Star DE/LB Alexander

Huskers land 10th commit for the 2016 class in defensive end/linebacker Quayshon Alexander.

Here is the ESPN scouting grade card for Alexander who lists at 6-2, 225 out of DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ.

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Ostrander Set for Collegiate National Team Training in Louisiana

Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska volleyball senior Alicia Ostrander is one of 36 athletes who will head to New Orleans, La., for the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 21-29.

For the fourth consecutive year, USA Volleyball will have its U.S. Collegiate National Team program (formerlyknown as U.S. Women’s National A2 Team) represented at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships.

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