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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.

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