Glenwood Springs–If you can endure 10 hours of skiing or snowboarding expert runs, sign up for this Friday’s Defiance Challenge at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Teams of two are encouraged to register for the annual endurance race to raise money for Sunlight’s 62 volunteer ski patrollers. The racing begins Friday morning at 7.

Denver–KMTS’ next broadcast of high school playoff basketball will be this Friday night in Denver as the Rifle Lady Bears take on Middle Park in first round regional action. Tip off is set for 5:30. Following that game, KMTS will announce the Roaring Fork Lady Rams battle Denver School of Science at 7.

Denver–The Denver Nuggets begin the second half of this strike-shortened season tonight at home against the Portland Trailblazers.

Elsewhere in sports…

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) – A woman who says she was sexually
assaulted by former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox is
continuing her testimony in a trial that could send the former
player to prison for life. The woman returned to the witness stand in Castle Rock on Wednesday, a day after testifying that she believes she was drugged the night of the alleged assault.
The Associated Press isn’t identifying her because she’s an
alleged victim of a sexual crime.
Cox’s defense attorney disputes prosecutors’ version of events,
which includes allegations that Cox impregnated her. Police
arrested Cox after his DNA matched a sample taken from the woman.
The judge told jurors other Broncos players could be called to
testify but the witness list is sealed. Broncos wide receiver
Demaryius Thomas was at the courthouse on Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Sports Illustrated report cites players and
staff members from the past four UCLA basketball teams who say that
coach Ben Howland allowed an influx of talented but immature
recruits to undermine team discipline and morale as the once-proud
program has struggled to live up to its storied history.
The report on Sports Illustrated’s website, which says SI spoke
with more than a dozen players and staff members from those teams
over the last two months, outlines a program in disarray where
teammates have come to blows, several players routinely used
alcohol and drugs – sometimes before practice – and one player
intentionally injured teammates but received no punishment.
UCLA’s sports information department did not immediately return
a call Wednesday to The Associated Press seeking comment on the

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Lakers star Kobe Brant will be
re-evaluated today before determining if he’ll play tonight against
a visiting Minnesota team that upset the Pacific Division-leading
Clippers last night in L.A. Bryant suffered a broken nose and
concussion during Sunday’s NBA All-Star game when he got smacked in
the head by Miami’s Dwyane (dwayn) Wade while driving to the

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bulls pulled into a virtual tie with
Miami for first place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference race with a
99-95 victory over New Orleans in their first game following the
All-Star break. The Heat don’t return to action until tomorrow
night at Portland.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – With 2010 No. 1 pick Sam Bradford already in
place, the Rams are indicating a willingness to trade the No. 2
pick in the 2012 draft. Fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert
Griffin III are expected to go 1-2 in April.

NEW YORK (AP) – Even the country’s most-popular pro sports
league knows when it’s overmatched. The NFL is moving this season’s
kickoff game up a day to Sept. 5, to avoid conflicting with
President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National
Convention the next night. It will be the NFL’s first Wednesday
game in more than 60 years.