Sports, January 14th

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Glenwood at Grand Junction Central 5:30 / 7   Both games broadcast live on KMTS.

Palisade at Rifle  6 / 7:30

Grand Valley at Coal Ridge  5:30 / 7

WORLD CUP SKIING

FLACHAU, Austria (AP) – American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin used an impeccable first run to lead the field by an impressive 0.90 seconds at a World Cup night slalom on Tuesday. Shiffrin, who won here last year, timed 51.72 seconds on the Griessenkar course. Only Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany finished within a second of the American, while Marlies Schild of Austria and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden shared third, already 1.09 off the lead. Defending overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia was 1.44 back in sixth.
Shiffrin, who won the world championship and the World Cup title in slalom last year, leads the discipline standings and is looking for her third victory of the season and seventh overall. The event in Flachau is the penultimate slalom on the women’s calendar before the Sochi Olympics next month.

COLORADO SPORTS

PUEBLO (AP) – The Upper Arkansas River has been added to the state list of Gold Medal Trout Waters, which are prize fishing grounds that stretch across the state.
The 102-mile gold medal stretch of the river runs from the Lake Fork, near Leadville, downstream to Parkdale just above the Royal Gorge west of Canon City. To get the honor, a body of water must have a minimum standing trout stock. The Upper Arkansas River was cleaned up after pollution from mining in the Leadville area shortened the life of trout downstream.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Alec Burks scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets last night. Derrick Favors added 19 points and 15 rebounds while Trey Burke had 18 points for the Jazz, who won their fifth game in the last six home starts. Burks was filling in for Gordon Hayward, who sat out his second consecutive game after scoring a career-high 37 points – including the last 17 – in a win over Oklahoma City last Tuesday. The swingman strained his left hip flexor late in the game and his absence was apparent as Cleveland snapped Utah’s four-game home winning streak on Friday, 113-102. But Burks made his presence felt from the start and had 17 in the first half to help the Jazz run out to a 67-53 lead, the highest first-half total for the Jazz this season. Ty Lawson had 23 points and J.J. Hickson scored 21 but the Nuggets trailed by as many as 24 points as they saw their improbable five-game winning streak come to an end.

T25-COLORADO-DINWIDDIE

Colorado’s Dinwiddie out for year with knee injury
BOULDER (AP) – No. 21 Colorado has lost leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The school said yesterday the junior guard had an ACL injury and will require surgery once the swelling in the knee goes down. Dinwiddie was hurt in a noncontact play during the first half of a 71-54 loss at Washington on Sunday. Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points and 3.1 rebounds for Colorado, which dropped six spots in the latest AP poll. He is also considered the Buffaloes’ emotional leader. The Buffaloes (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12) are off to one of their best starts in school history as they try to make the NCAA tournament for a third straight season.

BRONCOS-HARRIS OUT

Broncos CB Chris Harris out with torn ACL
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is out for the rest of the playoffs after an MRI yesterday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee.
Coach John Fox said “there’s no doubt he’s one of our better performers on defense throughout this season, but … we’ve lost some pretty good performers throughout the season and this team’s been resilient.” Harris was injured in the third quarter of Denver’s 24-17 win over San Diego in the AFC Divisional round Sunday. With Harris out, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers brought San Diego back from a 17-0 deficit largely by targeting his rusty replacement, Quentin Jammer. Fox wouldn’t say if Jammer will start against New England in the AFC championship.

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