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Nicasio, Rockies beat Brewers 7-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Juan Nicasio pitched six effective innings for his first victory in almost a year while Wilin Rosario, Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) and Dexter Fowler homered to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on Wednesday night.

The Rockies took two of three under new manager Walt Weiss in the season-opening series at Miller Park.

Nicasio (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits for his first win since last April 30, when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Winless in the next five starts, he sustained a season-ending knee injury on June 2.


Gallinari, Faried help Nuggets knock Jazz into 9th

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including nine straight in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat Utah 113-96 Wednesday night to end the Jazz's winning streak at five.

Utah (39-37) fell a half-game behind the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot.

Kenneth Faried added 19 points for the Nuggets (51-24), who took three of four from the Jazz this season.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 18 points, while Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 16 apiece.

Utah guards Mo Williams and Randy Foye were a combined 4 of 21.

The Jazz had made 19 3-pointers in two previous games but were just 6 of 20 from beyond the arc Wednesday.

Denver outscored Utah 58-38 in the paint and 19-13 on the break.


Maple Leafs acquire O'Byrne from Avs

DENVER (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs bolstered their defense by acquiring Ryan O'Byrne from the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014.

O'Byrne has a goal and three assists in 34 games this season for Colorado, which currently owns the worst mark in the NHL.

The 28-year-old O'Byrne joins a Maple Leafs squad that's in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff chase. He could help add more defensive stability to a team that's surrendering an average of 2.67 goals a game.

Colorado originally acquired O'Byrne from Montreal on Nov. 11, 2010.

He was taken by the Canadiens in the third round of the 2003 draft.


Ex-NFL, Hawaii star Lelie joins Nevada staff

(Stations: Note Denver Broncos interest.)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Ashley Lelie (luh-LEE'), a former star receiver at Hawaii who played seven seasons in the NFL, has been added to the Nevada Wolf Pack's coaching staff.

First-year coach Brian Polian announced Tuesday Lelie has been hired as offensive quality control coach replacing Pete Brown, who left Nevada for the same position at Iowa State last month.

The Denver Broncos picked Lelie 19th overall in the first round of the 2002 draft. He also played for San Francisco and Atlanta before closing out his NFL career at Oakland in 2008 with a total of 217 catches for 3,749 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The 33-year-old native of Bellflower, Calif., played at Hawaii with Nick Rolovich, the Warriors' record-breaking quarterback who now serves as Nevada's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.


Rapids midfielder Harbottle out with knee injury

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rapids midfielder Kevin Harbottle is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained left knee.

The team says Harbottle was injured in training on Friday.

Harbottle joined Colorado in the offseason and has started each of the Rapids first four matches of 2013.