Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 3, 2014: Craig Daily Press hosting online football contest

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As the NFL’s regular season begins, the Craig Daily Press will feature an online forum for football fans to predict weekly results and win prizes by doing so.

Participants can register at CraigDailyPress.com/football through the UPICKEM system and can update their selections throughout the season, comparing their outcomes to local VIPs, including Mark Samuelson, owner of Samuelson’s True Value Hardware; Shawnna Muhme, director of sales for Clarion Inn & Suites; Kevin Willbanks, general manager for Craig Powersports; Brian Kitzman, sales manager for Victory Motors; and Daily Press sports reporter Andy Bockelman.

Those with the most accurate picks can win prizes at both the local and national levels, with UPICKEM’s ultimate prize package a trip for two to Hawaii.

For more information, call 970-875-1782.

Local billiards season starts Sept. 7

BCA Pool Leagues will begin its fifth season next week at The Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way.

The 9-Ball league takes place at 5 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 7, consisting of three-person teams with a total of 5 players allowed on teams. The 8-Ball games are at 6 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 8, with five-person teams and a total of eight players allowed on teams.

Players can qualify for a Las Vegas trip during both nights. The league also hosts tournaments and special events throughout the season.

Yearly fees are $20 to play in both leagues and in all other events. Nightly fees are $5 for 9-Ball and $6 for 8-Ball, plus the cost of coins.

For more information, call 970-620-0056 or visit http://craigbca.weebly.com.

Golf event to benefit local organizations

The Yahoo Golf Tournament & Ball Drop will take place Sept. 13 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The tournament will consist of two-person teams in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions, with the $120 team registration covering greens fees, carts, food and prizes. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m.

For more information about how to sign up, call YVGC at 970-824-3673.

The preceding ball drop will be at 8:30 a.m., and entrants can purchase white or red balls that can win them one of the prizes worth more than $7,500 donated by local businesses. Prizes include Denver Broncos tickets, golf equipment and packages, gift certificates and more.

The event will benefit Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Craig Kiwanis Club.

Tickets for the ball drop are available at Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. For more information, call 970-826-0411.

Parks and Rec basketball registration available

The Craig Parks and Recreation youth basketball season is accepting applicants.

The leagues for third- through sixth-grade boys and girls will begin practices and games starting in October. Registration is open now at the Parks and Recreation office, 300 W. Fourth St., or on the Parks and Rec website, with the deadline of Sept. 17.

There will be a mandatory skills days for each age bracket Sept. 22 to 25.

For more information about the league or to become a coach or official, call Dave Pike at 970-826-2006.

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