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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 5 at 4:00 AM

CARDINALS-ROCKIES

Rockies stop skid with 8-2 win over Cardinals

DENVER (AP) — Tyler Colvin hit a tiebreaking double and rookie Josh Rutledge homered in his fourth straight game, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 last night to avert a three-game sweep.

Wilin Rosario hit his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot off reliever Brian Fuentes in the eighth inning, and Jordan Pacheco went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs to help the Rockies snap a five-game losing streak. It was their first win in their last eight games at Coors Field.

With the score deadlocked at 2, DJ LeMahieu singled off reliever Fernando Salas (1-4) to start the seventh inning and was sacrificed to second. Colvin then doubled to left to put the Rockies back on top.

RAMS-BROCKERS

Brockers happy after first full-pad Rams practice

EARTH CITY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brockers said it was nice to finally hit someone after the St. Louis Rams took to the field last night for their first practice with full pads.

The Rams practiced for just over two hours and will have a similar practice today in preparation for a scrimmage tomorrow at the Edward Jones Dome.

Other than the actual contact, Brockers, the 14th overall pick in this year's draft, said he felt no different than when he reported for organized team activities this past spring.

Teammates said Brockers has shown a hunger to learn. He often got past the offensive line during the scrimmaging sections of the practice but pulled up before hitting Sam Bradford to ensure that he didn't hurt the third-year quarterback.

The Rams open their preseason Aug. 12 at Indianapolis. Both teams were a league-worst 2-14 last season.

MISSOURI VALLEY POLL

NDSU football team picked to win conference title

Defending national champion North Dakota State is the preseason pick to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title this season.

The Bison, who won the Football Championship Subdivision championship last year, shared the conference title last season with Northern Iowa, which is second in the preseason poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.

NDSU returns six starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that finished 14-1. The Bison received 37 of 38 first-place votes in the preseason poll. The other went to Illinois State.

Youngstown State is third in the poll, Illinois State fourth and Indiana State fifth.

The rest of the top ten is South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, South Dakota, Western Illinois and Missouri State.

SOCCER PLAYER DIES

Robert Morris soccer player dies at practice

CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old Robert Morris University soccer player is dead after collapsing during practice.

The Cook County medical examiner's office says Jesus Lupian of Des Plaines collapsed on the field at the University of Illinois in Chicago on Wednesday evening. Officials say the Robert Morris team was using the UIC field as they worked to get ready for the upcoming season.

Robert Morris Provost Mablene Kruger says Lupian had just passed his sports physical. Kruger remembers the sophomore accounting student as "a wonderful young man."

An autopsy is planned.

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