High School Basketball

Carbondale–The annual Brenda Patch basketball tournament tips off tomorrow at Roaring Fork High School. Girls and boys’ teams will compete in the annual scholarship fundraiser including Roaring Fork, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Basalt. The Lady Demons and the Lady Longhorns face each other tomorrow afternoon at 3:30.

Men’s College Basketball

Fort Collins–The CSU Rams squeaked by the CU Buffs last night at Moby Gym 65 to 64. The DU Pioneers beat the Utah State Aggies last night in Logan, Utah, 67-54.


Denver–At the Pepsi Center, the Avs skated past the New Jersey Devils in a 6 to 1 victory.


The Colorado Rockies traded catcher Chris Iannetta to the LA Angels for right handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood.

College Football

Former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach is now the head coach at Washington State. Leach, known for his fast, high-scoring offensive schemes at Tech, agreed to a five year contract to coach the Cougars. He replaces Paul Wulf who was fired last week.

Elsewhere in sports…

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have avoided a
local television blackout for Sunday’s home game against Tim Tebow
and the Denver Broncos. Chief marketing officer Steve LaCroix says the game will be broadcast on Fox in the Twin Cities market.
The Vikings had about 5,800 tickets available for the game 10
days ago and about 3,000 left at the beginning of the week, but
they reached another sellout of their 64,000-seat stadium to ensure
local television coverage despite their 2-9 record.
The Vikings have gone 142 straight home games without a
blackout, including preseason, regular season and playoff games
since the start of the 1998 season. The Vikings have home games
left against New Orleans on Dec. 18 and Chicago on Jan. 1.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer says he hasn’t
discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn
State assistant football coach still maintains he’s innocent of the
charges against him.
Joe Amendola said Thursday that he’d consider “possible
alternatives” with Sandusky if new charges are filed that involve
more victims than the eight boys covered by the 40 pending criminal
Amendola says Sandusky has never considered a plea in his case.
The 67-year-old former Penn State assistant coach is awaiting a
preliminary hearing on the charges.
Amendola says the topic of a guilty plea came up as a
“what-if” question about potential additional charges in a recent
interview and that if more charges are filed he would only then
discuss the possibility of a plea.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor says the
school decided to fire associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine
upon hearing an audiotape recorded by Bobby Davis, one of three men
who have accused Fine of molesting them as minors.
The university fired Fine on Sunday after ESPN broadcast the
2002 audiotape, recorded by Davis, of a conversation between him
and a woman ESPN identified as Fine’s wife, Laurie, in which she
says she knew “everything that went on.”
Cantor says if the tape had surfaced in 2005, when the
university did its own investigation, Fine would have been fired
and that the school would have fired him immediately when Davis’
allegations became public Nov. 17 had it known about the tape.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks are the home team in
tonight’s NFL game. The ‘Hawks are playing host to the Philadelphia
Eagles, who are once again without the services of injured
quarterback Michael Vick. Both the Seahawks and Eagles are 4-and-7
on the season.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – West Virginia can clinch a share of the Big
East championship tonight with a win over South Florida. The
22nd-ranked Mountaineers are 8-and-3 this season, while the Bulls
are 5-and-6.