SPORTS, DECEMBER 20TH

NHL

Denver–The Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers last night at the Pepsi Center 3 to 2.

College Basketball

The CU Buffs beat Cal State Bakersfield 70-64. CSU pounded Texas Southern 85 to 61 and the Denver Pioneers got past Wyoming 57-46.

NBA

The Denver Nuggets host the Phoenix Suns tonight in a pre-season game.

NFL

San Francisco, CA–The San Francisco 49ers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers laste night 20 to 3.

Elsewhere in sports…

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – A year ago, John Elway agreed to another
comeback with his beloved Denver Broncos shortly after the ouster
of Josh McDaniels, whom many felt had doomed the franchise to
mediocrity for the foreseeable future.
The Hall of Famer has pulled all the right strings in rapidly
reversing the team’s fortunes. And for all those fans worried that he’s not completely sold on Tim Tebow and might put the unorthodox quarterback on the trading block this winter, relax. Elway said the city’s new comeback king
isn’t going anywhere. In an interview with The Associated Press, Elway gave his
strongest indication yet that he believes Tebow can morph into the
pocket passer needed for long-term success in the NFL, which
suggests he won’t be spending a high draft pick on another QB.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State will find out its NCAA fate
later today. Athletic director Gene Smith tells The Associated
Press that the NCAA’s committee on infractions will hand down its
final sanctions of the Ohio State athletic program at 3 p.m.
Eastern. Five football players were suspended for accepting cash
and tattoos from the owner of a local tattoo parlor, and the
scandal forced head football coach Jim Tressel to resign.

UNDATED (AP) – Southern Miss may have found the next head coach
for its football program. A person with knowledge of the search
says the school has reached a deal with Ellis Johnson and an
announcement could come today. Johnson spent the past four years as
defensive coordinator at South Carolina, and he previously spent
time on the staff at Southern Miss.

UNDATED (AP) – The NHL has a seven game schedule tonight. The
marquee matchup features a pair of recent Stanley Cup winners, with
the Chicago Blackhawks in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. The
Hawks lead the Western Conference and the league with 46 points,
while the Pens are trying to keep the Philadelphia Flyers within
reach in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

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