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For August 20, 2008

University of Wyoming Basketball

The University of Wyoming Athletics Department released the men’s and women’s basketball schedules for the upcoming season earlier this week. The Cowboys begin the 2008-2009 campaign with an exhibition contest at home against the Colorado School of Mines on November 8. They tip off the regular season in Laramie against California State University-Bakersfield on the 14th of that month. The Pokes’ first six outings of the year are at the Arena-Auditorium. Mountain West Conference action starts January 3 of next year at Utah. The UW men will face four NCAA Tournament teams from last season in UCLA, Boise State, BYU, and UNLV.

As for the Cowgirls, they host an exhibition game against the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on November 4. They open the regular season on the road against Denver on the 14th of that month. The UW women have their first regular season game in Laramie on November 20 against North Dakota, and they begin league play at home against Utah on January 7. The Cowgirls will meet seven schools that appeared in the postseason last year – Montana, Boise State, Idaho State, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Utah, and TCU.

This year’s Wyoming Shootout will be held on December 13 in Casper. The men will face Northern Iowa, while the women will take on North Dakota State.

Regional Scoreboard

Tuesday in Major League Baseball, the Colorado Rockies beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles 8-3 in the opener of a three-game set. The Rox never trailed in last night’s outing, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run single off the bat of third baseman Ian Stewart. He would finish the game with a career-best five RBIs. Left fielder Matt Holliday tied a career high with four hits, including a solo homer in Colorado’s half of the eighth that put the team ahead 5-3. Stewart added a three-run shot later in the frame to seal the victory, which was the 500th win with the club for manager Clint Hurdle, and now five of Stewart’s past 12 hits have been home runs. The Rockies have gone deep at least once in 12 of their last 13 outings. They play Game 2 of the series in L.A. this evening.

News & Notes

Sticking with baseball, umpires want Major League Baseball to reconsider instant replay. Angry that their concerns in the matter aren’t being addressed, they said this week that their governing board has voted to boycott a conference call with MLB management today that was intended to discuss the issue. Major League Baseball has responded, saying it cancelled the phone call because it doesn’t have an agreement with the players’ union on instant replay.

And at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, the United States softball team beat Japan to earn a spot in Thursday’s gold-medal game. The American women will face the Japanese again after they knocked off Australia in the bronze-medal contest for the right to take on the U.S. for the gold. The men’s beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser advanced to the gold-medal match with a straight-set victory over a duo from the country of Georgia. The Americans will now face a pair from Brazil. The U.S. men’s basketball team blew out Australia 116-85 in the quarterfinals today to move into the semis, which will be held on Friday. The American baseball squad doubled-up Japan today 4-2 in its final preliminary outing. And as of earlier this morning, the United States had regained the lead in the overall medal count with 81. Americans have won 26 golds, 27 silvers, and 28 bronze medals.

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