Vermette's 2 goals lead Coyotes past Avalanche 3-1
DENVER (AP) - Antoine Vermette scored two goals, Thomas Greiss stopped 29 shots and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Szwarz also had a goal for the Coyotes, who won for just the second time in five games.
Phoenix has struggled of late, going 3-5-2 in its past 10 games to slip to ninth in the Western Conference. Tuesday's win pulled the Coyotes within a point of Colorado.
Patrick Bordeleau scored his fourth goal of the season and goalie Semyon Varlamov had 22 saves for the Avalanche, who have lost three of their past four. Despite a strong start to the season, Colorado is eighth in the Western Conference.
After a scoreless first half of the game, the goals came quickly. Vermette got the first one when he scored on a give-and-go with defenseman Keith Yandle at 8:31 of the second period.
Szwarz made it 2-0 a little more than three minutes later when he scored on Jeff Halpern's rebound.
AP source: A's trade LHP Brett Anderson to Rockies
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have dealt left-hander Brett Anderson to the Colorado Rockies for lefty Drew Pomeranz and minor league pitcher Chris Jensen.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal hadn't been announced. Two-time AL West champion Oakland had been looking to move Anderson, who is due to make $8 million this season and has a $12 million contract option for 2015.
Anderson made a late-season stint as a reliever following an injury-shortened season in which he went 1-4 with a 6.04 in five starts and 16 appearances.
This marked busy general manager Billy Beane's fourth trade in a week.
FOXSports.com first reported the swap.
COLORADO COLLEGE-N COLORADO
Northern Colorado dominates Colorado College 96-57
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Anthony Johnson, with 15 points, led five players in double figures as Northern Colorado dominated Division III Colorado College 96-57 Tuesday night.
Tim Huskisson had 14 points, Derrick Barden 13, Dominique Lee 12 and Jordan Wilson contributed 11 for Northern Colorado (5-2).
The Bears hit 59.1 percent of their shots from the field, making 9 of 16 3-pointers. They also controlled the boards 46 to 22.
Colorado College (5-1) actually had a 5-4 advantage at the 16:44 mark, but the Bears took the lead when Wilson scored five straight points, making a layup, a jump shot and one free throw. Northern Colorado charged on to a 54-29 halftime lead. The Tigers could never get close again.
Ryan Milne led Colorado College, scoring 27 points. Chris Lesnansky added 15.
Broncos good at overcoming big early deficits
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos shrug off double-digit deficits like Peyton Manning dismisses his cold-weather critics: with a proverbial body slam.
Four times this season the Broncos (11-2) have dug themselves an early hole against a lesser opponent and four times they've climbed right out thanks mostly to a turbo-charged offense that's putting up points at a record pace.
They'd like to put the colossal comeback on hiatus, however.
"Certainly the more situations you can face early in the season to get you ready for games late in the season I think it's an advantage," Manning said Tuesday.
"I think we'd like not to, you know, be down by double digits, get off to a better start on both sides of the ball, special teams. It would be a good time to start that this week."
Te'o says he's ignored flack over girlfriend hoax
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Manti Te'o says his rough rookie season has nothing to do with the flack he's faced over getting fooled by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend while at Notre Dame.
The San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker said in his first conference call of the season Tuesday that he has yet to play a complete game in the NFL but that's because of his adjustment to the pros and not because he's distracted in any way by the catcalls from opposing teams or their fans.
Te'o said he does a good job blocking out the chatter from the stands.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Brazile earns 19th gold buckle
Trevor Brazile secured his record-breaking 19th gold buckle when he won the all-around championship during round six on Tuesday at the National Finals Rodeo.
Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, clinched the crown when the only other all-around competitor in contention, heeler Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., was unable to rope his steer with header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., during round six. Header Brazile and heeler Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, went on to win the round in a time of 4.8 seconds.
Brazile has earned $312,579 in 2013 compared to $153,159 for Corkill. Brazile's two other events in 2013 were tie-down roping and steer roping, which he won for his 18th gold buckle.
Brazile has won 11 of the past 12 world all-around titles, including the past nine in a row. He broke a tie with steer roper Guy Allen, who was the first individual to attain 18 gold buckles.
Galaxy MF Pablo Mastroeni retires from soccer
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who played for the United States at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, is retiring from soccer.
The 37-year-old was a nine-time All-Star in Major League Soccer and is eighth in league history with 316 regular-season games played. He was acquired by the Galaxy in June from Colorado, where he had played since 2002.
Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Mastroeni made 65 appearances for the U.S. from 2001-09. He appeared in three matches at the 2002 World Cup and two at the 2006 tournament.
He announced his retirement on Tuesday.
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