Tuesday, March 24
Bouma, Jones lead Flames to 3-2 win over Avalanche
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Lance Bouma and David Jones had a goal and an assist each to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.
Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, and Kari Ramo made 25 saves to earn his 15th win of the season.
Calgary held onto third place in the Pacific Division, ahead of the Los Angeles Kings, who won at New Jersey earlier Monday.
Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, and Semyon Varlamov finished with 23 saves. Alex Tanguay also scored, and Ryan O'Reilly added two assists.
NFL gives 32 compensatory picks to 14 teams
PHOENIX (AP) — NFC champion Seattle, Denver and Kansas City each were awarded four compensatory picks in this year's draft.
The NFL handed out 32 such picks to 14 teams on Monday. They begin at the conclusion of the third round when Super Bowl winner New England gets the 97th overall choice.
New England lost LeGarrette Blount, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib in 2014 free agency, while adding Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell. Blount returned to the Patriots after being cut by Pittsburgh.
A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks. The draft will be held April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
GRAYSON PRO DAY
CSU QB Garrett Grayson makes up for lost time at pro day
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Garrett Grayson saved the 40-yard dash for the end of his pro day workout Monday.
It was during a 40-yard dash last month that Grayson tweaked a hamstring, preventing him from showing off his skills at the NFL Combine and necessitating his personal pro day at Colorado State University.
Grayson completed 70 of 74 passes to wide receiver Charles Lovett with an impressive performance in front of more than a dozen NFL scouts at CSU's indoor football field.
The Mountain West Conference's offensive player of the year was sharp throwing outside the numbers, on three-, five- and seven-step drops, out of the shotgun and on roll-outs and re-sets. He was accurate on medium range and deep throws and solid on over-the-shoulder throws.
Rockies' Gray seizes chance, impresses in win over Brewers
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Gray allowed two singles in four scoreless innings, helping his chances of making Colorado's rotation and leading the Rockies to 5-1 spring win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Gray is one of four young pitchers hoping to replace Jhoulys Chacin, who was released in a surprise move Sunday amid a rough spring.
The 23-year-old Gray, Colorado's top prospect, has not pitched above Double-A. But manager Walt Weiss said the right-hander is in the mix for the rotation.
Gray's fastball hit 97 mph while striking out two, including Ryan Braun. Carlos Gomez singled in the first before Gray picked him off. Braun had another single in the fourth.
Nolan Arenado hit a leadoff drive in the second against Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg. It was his fourth homer of the spring.
Rockies release right-hander Jhoulys Chacin
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In a surprise move, Colorado released right-hander Jhoulys Chacin after the former Rockies' ace struggled this spring.
After going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA last year, Chacin had a 6.52 ERA in four appearances in Cactus League games, two starts. He walked four and struck out five in 9 2-3 innings.
"It's a tough day," manager Walt Weiss said. "A tough day for us, for me having to have that conversation with Jhoulys, who has been a warrior for us."
The reason for the move, Weiss said, was that the club had brought in a number of starting candidates and, "We just felt like Jhoulys was behind a few of the other guys."
Chacin was 38-48 in six seasons with Colorado with a 3.78 ERA, including 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 2013.
He had a $5.5 million salary this year that was not guaranteed and will receive 45 days' termination pay: $1,352,459.
Powderhorn ski resort closes early because of warm weather
MESA, Colo. (AP) — Powderhorn Mountain Resort in western Colorado has closed for the winter season early because of a stretch of unseasonably warm weather.
The ski resort, which closed Monday, was forced to move all of its closing weekend festivities up a week because of a lack of quality snow.
The Powderhorn Strider Snow Cup and Powderhorn Pond Skim events were held over the weekend.
Powderhorn, which was originally scheduled to close March 29, is about 20 miles east of Grand Junction.