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Denver complex cancels 2017 Colorado Motorcycle Expo

(Information in the following story is from: The Denver Post,

DENVER (AP) — Officials have announced that the 2017 Colorado Motorcycle Expo has been canceled after a deadly brawl at the Denver event in January.

The Denver Post reports that National Western Complex President and CEO Paul Andrews says in a Thursday news release that the decision to cancel the motorcycle show "is in the best interest of public safety." He says officials will evaluate whether the motorcycle expo, which has been held each year since 1978, could be held at the complex in the future.

Police say a heated argument between two biker groups led up to a shooting at this year's event that killed 46-year-old Victor Mendoza. Police had said three others were shot, a fourth was stabbed and three more suffered injuries from a fistfight.


Rockies' homers silence Red Sox, Bradley's hit streak, 8-2

BOSTON (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers and the Colorado Rockies stopped Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 29-game hitting streak with a 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and it ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox. Bradley's major league-best streak was halted when he went 0 for 4 after moving up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season.

Jon Gray (2-2) gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the first, but pitched six scoreless innings before leaving in the eighth.

Clay Buchholz (2-5) took the loss. He pitched three perfect innings before things came apart in the fourth, when he gave up Gonzalez's homer with the other two coming the following inning.


Harrison's 2-run double helps Pirates top Diamondbacks 8-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 Thursday.

That gave the Pirates a 5-3 lead.

The runs gave reliever A.J. Schugel (1-1) his first major league win after he had surrendered the lead inherited from starter Gerrit Cole in the top half of the inning. Schugel gave up a two-run single to Paul Goldschmidt in his only inning of work.

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (2-4) took the loss. He was responsible for both runners that scored on Harrison's double, which was hit off reliever Jake Barrett.

Cole hit a three-run homer in the third inning.

The Pirates added three runs in the eighth inning. Andrew Chafin loaded the bases and gave way to Evan Marshall, who gave up a two-run double to Jung Ho Kang and an RBI double to Starling Marte.


Utah to play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017 in a game that will end a "cooling off period" Utah demanded due to events at recent games.

Utah said in a news release Thursday that the two schools have agreed to play in 2017 at BYU. The school's athletic directors are talking about scheduling future games.

The decision to cancel the rivalry upset BYU and ignited a controversy that lit up sports talk radio and triggered legislators to order a state audit of Utah athletics. The game had been played every year since 1909 except for during World War II.

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said in January that the rivalry had become a "venomous and toxic environment." BYU guard Nick Emery was ejected from December's game for punching Utah's Brandon Taylor.