Sports, February 15th

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING REGIONALS

Over 40 wrestlers will be competing in regional tournaments this weekend. Wrestlers from Glenwood Springs and Rifle will grapple at Montrose High School in the 4A regional. Grand Valley High School will host the 3A regional with Basalt and Coal Ridge. Wrestlers are fighting for a chance to advance to the state tournament.

BASKETBALL

The Glenwood Demons close out the regular season tonight at Rifle High School. The girls tip off at the Bear’s Den at 6 o’clock and the boys follow at 7:30. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS.

Grand Valley plays at Coal Ridge at 5:30 and 7 while Basalt welcomes Roaring Fork.

The Roaring Fork Rams travel to Craig tomorrow afternoon for an important Western Slope showdown with the Moffat County Bulldogs. Gametimes are 2 and 3:30 and will be broadcast live on KMTS.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Boulder–Spencer Dinwiddie scored 21 points in
leading the Colorado Buffaloes to a 71-58 upset over the 9th ranked Arizona Wildcats.

NHL/AVALANCHE

Denver–The Avs beat the Minnesota Wild last night in a shootout, 4 to 3.

Elsewhere in sports….

LIGETY CLEANS UP AT WORLD CUP

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) – Ted Ligety became the first man in 45 years to win three gold medals at a skiing world championships by blowing away the field in winning his favored giant slalom on Friday. The American can match French great Jean-Claude Killy, who earned four golds in 1968, if he wins Sunday’s slalom. “I am super pumped. This is such a cool feeling,” Ligety said. “I am glad I’ve done it … it’s been a dream for sure. It’s been a really cool experience.” Defending champion Ligety, who also took the super-G and super-combined titles, built on his big first-run lead of 1.31 seconds with a fast start but cautious finish in the second.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) – Murder charges against a history-making Olympian are being disputed by the family of Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR’-ee-uhs) and his management. Pistorius wept openly during his court appearance today in South Africa. The statement says the alleged murder by the double-amputee Olympian “is disputed in the strongest terms.”

UNDATED (AP) – The NBA has the night off ahead of this weekend’s All-Star festivities. In men’s college basketball, there’s just one top 25 team in action, with No. 15 Georgetown visiting Cincinnati. The NHL has seven games on the schedule, highlighted by a couple of good Western Conference matchups. Detroit hosts the Pacific Division leading Anaheim Ducks, while the league-leading Blackhawks are home to San Jose.

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) – Ted Ligety has become the first man in 45 years to earn three gold medals at the skiing world championships, winning the giant slalom in dominating style in Austria today. The defending champ topped second place finisher Marcel Hirscher by 0.81 seconds. Having already won the super-G and super-combined titles, Ligety can match French great Jean-Claude Killy’s four golds with a win in the slalom on Sunday.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – It’s too warm to ski today at the Olympic venue in Russia. Snowboard World Cup races at Sochi (SOH’-chee) have been cancelled. Organizers first postponed the parallel slalom races for an hour on Friday at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park then canceled them because of deteriorating snow conditions. It was not immediately clear if snowboardcross, scheduled for this weekend, will be held.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – NASCAR will likely require baseline concussion tests for all drivers in 2014. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations, said officials have also urged drivers to get an ImPACT test before this season. The test is used by many professional sports leagues, including the NFL, to assess concussions and determine when an injured athlete can safely return to play.

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