SPORTS, JANUARY 27TH

WINTER X GAMES

Aspen–Snowboarding Big Air, Superpipe and Slopestyle events highlight the competition today and tonight at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

In Parachute, the Grand Valley Cardinals host the Roaring Fork Rams tonight at 5:30 and 7. You can catch both games live on KMTS.

In other high school hoops, Aspen welcomes Gunnison, Olathe comes to Coal Ridge and Rifle travels to Cedaredge.

NBA

The Denver Nuggets take on the Toronto Raptors tonight at the Pepsi Center.

Elsewhere in sports…

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Raiders have announced the
hiring of new coach Dennis Allen, who will be formally introduced
Monday. Allen, the former Denver defensive coordinator, is getting a
four-year contract. New general manager Reggie McKenzie decided Tuesday to hire Allen to replace the fired Hue Jackson as head coach. The two sides finalized the details Thursday. Allen is Oakland’s seventh head coach since 2003. The Raiders have gone nine straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth, just missing out on the AFC West title on
tiebreakers with an 8-8 record last season.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – The Baltimore Ravens have promoted
linebackers coach Dean Pees to defensive coordinator and retained
Cam Cameron as their offensive coordinator.
Pees replaced Chuck Pagano, who left to become head coach of the
Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore’s defense ranked third in the NFL under Pagano, and coach John Harbaugh said Monday that under Pees, “the tradition of this defense will continue, and it will flourish and it will get
even better.” Pees is the former defensive coordinator of the New England
Patriots. Cameron coached the Ravens to a No. 15 ranking in total offense.
His four-year contract was set to expire next month.
Baltimore lost to New England 23-20 in the AFC title game last Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the
recession has helped build TV audiences for NFL games.
Speaking on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” to be aired Sunday, Goodell
says of nearly 60 million people tuning in to watch last Sunday’s
conference championships, “People want to feel part of a group .
and right now during these difficult times, they can turn on free
television and watch the greatest entertainment that’s out there.”
Goodell, who this week received a contract extension through
March 2019, oversees a league with revenues exceeding $10 billion
and with labor peace for another nine years.
Goodell expresses concern, however, “that because the
experience is so great at home,” it becomes more challenging to
get fans to attend games.

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