RAPIDS ROOKIE FORD IS NAMED TO MLS HOMEGROWN TEAM
Rapids rookie center back Kortne Ford has been selected to play on a squad of “homegrown players” for the MLS team in an exhibition match against Chivas de Guadalajara’s under20 team next month, the day before the MLS All-Star Game in Chicago.
Ford, a University of Denver product who grew up in Greeley, was signed as a “homegrown player” last January. The league’s homegrown player rule allows teams to sign prospects from their own development academies directly to the senior team roster without exposing them to the MLS draft. Chivas is Mexico’s reigning under-20 champions.
Ford, 21, has started eight matches for the Rapids this season and has scored one goal — the game-winner against Sporting Kansas City on May 27.
The MLS Homegrown Game will be played Aug. 1 at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire. The next day a team of MLS all stars will play Real Madrid, the reigning UEFA Champions League champions, at Soldier Field.
• Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard was voted to the MLS all-star team by fans. John Meyer, The Denver Post
Former Utah St. football player jailed 12 days. LOGAN, UTAH»A
Former Utah State football player will spend 12 days in jail before transferring schools after he pleaded guilty to stealing a PlayStation and games and accessories for the console.
The Herald Journal reported that Troy Murray was sentenced to a combined total of one year in jail, with the majority of time served.
• Wyoming is working with quarterback Josh Allen on obtaining an insurance policy in case Allen suffers an injury that might diminish his prospects for the NFL.
Allen is considered by many to be among the top college quarterbacks in the nation available for next year’s draft.
• Former Mississippi coach Houston Nutt has filed a civil lawsuit against the university and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his contract because of false statements he says school officials made during an ongoing NCAA investigation.
X Games set for first indoor venue.
MINNEAPOLIS» The X Games have arrived in Minneapolis.
The extreme-sport event takes place Thursday through Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the first time it’s being held at an indoor venue. The 1-year-old home of the Minnesota Vikings has been transformed into a course for the skateboarding, BMX and motocross competition that began 22 years ago.
Suns top Storm for 5th straight win.
SEATTLE » Shekinna Stricklen made a career-high seven 3-pointers to tie a franchise record, accounting for all 21 of her points in the Connecticut Sun’s 83-79 victory over the Seattle Storm in an WNBA game.
• Allie Quigley made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Jessica Breland had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Sky beat the Dallas Wings 90-84.
Almirola ready to return.
MOORESVILLE, N.C.» Aric Almirola plans to return to action this weekend after missing two months of the NASCAR season with a fractured vertebra.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Almirola would be back in the No. 43 car this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Almirola suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 vertebra — just above the middle of his back — during a fiery, multicar wreck May 13 at Kansas Speedway.
The Utah Jazz and Thabo Sefolosha agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal. … Ryan Lochte is returning to USA Swimming competition this week for the first time since his 10-month suspension for his behavior at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended.