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Arenado hits 11th HR, Parra homers as Rockies sweep Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit his major league-leading 11th home run and Gerardo Parra also connected as the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

The Rockies swept a series in Phoenix for the first time since 2004. Colorado has won five of six from Arizona this season.

Arenado hit a two-run shot into the bullpen in left field in the sixth off reliever Randall Delgado. Parra hit a solo drive with two outs in the fifth.

Arenado also starred in the field, flagging down three scorching groundballs to third base and turning them into outs.

Chad Bettis (3-1) got the win after allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings. Jake McGee worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Shelby Miller (0-3) lasted only 3 2-3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks.


Boise State assistant named head coach at Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Jeff Linder is the new basketball coach at Northern Colorado. He spent the last six seasons at Boise State, where he was associate head coach for the Broncos since 2013 to 2014.

Linder replaces B.J. Hill, who was fired last month amid an NCAA investigation into allegations of violations in the program.

University President Kay Norton and Athletic Director Darren Dunn announced Linder's hiring Sunday.

Linder played high school ball in Lafayette, Colorado, and college ball at Mesa State and Western Colorado State. He began his coaching career under Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton.

In a statement, Linder said, "I look forward to returning home to the state of Colorado and continuing to build this program into something everyone can be proud of."

Hill was 86-98 in six seasons at UNC.


Brad Keselowski wins crazy crash-fest at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Brad Keselowski won a demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway, where multiple wrecks caused two cars to go airborne and led to millions of dollars in damage to race teams.

Keselowski's cruise to the checkered flag was anticlimactic Sunday compared to all the other trouble.

Chris Buescher's car flipped three times in an early crash, and Matt Kenseth was turned upside down in the waning laps. In Kenseth's accident, Danica Patrick hit hard into an energy-absorbing wall that that seemed to buckle upon impact. She appeared shaken after the hit.

There were 21- and 12-car accidents in the final 28 laps. And, as Keselowski crossed the finish line, another wreck in the back of the pack punctuated the sloppy day.

Only 21 of the 40 cars finished on the lead lap, and 12 cars were ruled out of the race.


Banged-up, but intact Patrick runs into trouble at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Danica Patrick was happy to leave Talladega Superspeedway with no broken bones.

She couldn't escape the NASCAR race Sunday without some bruises and a badly damaged car that caught fire and ran smack into an energy-absorbing wall with eight laps to go. Patrick climbed out after the 12-car melee, walked to the inside wall and bent over for a moment before emergency workers escorted her to a waiting ambulance.

"I would say that's probably the most scared (I've been), trying to hop out of a car with the fire on the inside," she said after leaving the infield care center. "I haven't had fire on the inside before. I've seen it on the outside.

Patrick said X-rays showed no broken bones but she had bruises on an arm and foot and her chest hurt when she took a breath. Plus, for a good reason: "My head feels like I hit a wall at 200."

Patrick was running in the top 10 in a race where wrecks collected all but a handful of cars at one point or another. Only 21 of the 40 cars finished on the lead lap, and 12 were knocked out of the race, including Patrick's Number 10 Chevrolet.