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Rockies take game one over Royals, Nuggets eyeing Russell Westbrook

Rockies take game one over Royals, Nuggets eyeing Russell Westbrook

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Colorado Rockies defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-2 in the first game of a three-game series. The Rockies were led by Brenton Doyle and Brendan Rodgers, who each had two hits. Doyle drove in two of Colorado’s four runs. Michael Toglia hit his 10th home run of the season. 

Kyle Freeland started for the Rockies, pitching seven innings and allowing just one run while striking out five Royals batters. With this win, the Rockies broke their month-long drought of back-to-back home wins. They aim to make it three in a row tomorrow, with Austin Gomber scheduled to start. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, there is mutual interest between Russell Westbrook and the Denver Nuggets. Tony Jones, also from The Athletic, reports that the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz are working on a sign-and-trade deal to send Kris Dunn to L.A., potentially involving Westbrook moving to a third team. 

Even if the Clippers do not trade Westbrook directly to Denver, the Nuggets could still acquire him after a buyout with the Clippers or another team. Sources indicate that if Westbrook becomes a free agent, Denver has the upper hand in signing him.

The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team is gearing up for the Paris Olympics, aiming for their fifth straight gold medal. The team begins its training camp this Saturday in Las Vegas, followed by an exhibition game against Canada on Wednesday. Stephen Curry, making his Olympic debut, was the first to arrive in Las Vegas.

The journey includes stops in Abu Dhabi for games against Australia and Serbia, and in London to face South Sudan and Germany. Olympic play begins on July 28 against Serbia, with additional group games against South Sudan and the winner of Sunday’s qualifier in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. team features a mix of experienced Olympians and newcomers. LeBron James returns for the first time since 2012, seeking his third gold medal, while Kevin Durant aims for a record fourth gold. Other returning gold medalists include Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum, and Anthony Davis. First-time Olympians include Tyrese Haliburton, Anthony Edwards, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, and Joel Embiid, who chose to play for the U.S. over France. This talented squad is poised to make a significant impact in Paris.