HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Demons earned a sweep last night over the visiting Battle Mountain Huskies. The Lady Demons clobbered Battle Mountain 62-12 while the Glenwood boys came from behind to beat the Huskies 52-49. Glenwood travels to Delta to take on the Panthers this Friday night at 6 and 7:30. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS.
WORLD CUP SKIING/VONN
ST. ANTON, Austria (AP) – Lindsey Vonn is set to make her return at World Cup downhill training in Austria on Thursday after an absence of more than three weeks because of an intestinal illness. The four-time overall champion is among the 65 racers who appear on the start list for training that was released by governing body FIS late Wednesday. Vonn is likely to start in both speed events this weekend, the downhill race Saturday and a super-G the following day. U.S. women’s head coach Alex Hoedlmoser says Vonn will race “if nothing extraordinary happens.” Vonn has missed six races during her 24-day break and trails overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 725 points with 19 races left.
HOCKEY IS BACK
NEW YORK (AP) – NHL owners have ratified the tentative labor deal. All that now remains is player approval to finally start the hockey season. The league’s board of governors met Wednesday in a Manhattan hotel and voted on the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the NHL lockout.
Players are expected to vote Friday and Saturday. If two-thirds of the more than 700 members agree to the terms, training camps can open Sunday. An expected 48-game season can then begin Jan. 19. The NHL has yet to release a new schedule. The regular season was supposed to begin Oct. 11, but the lockout wrecked those plans after it took effect Sept. 16. The outdoor Winter Classic and the All-Star game won’t be played this season.
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s likely to be a quiet induction ceremony in Cooperstown this year. For only the second time since 1965, voters have failed to elect any players to baseball’s Hall of Fame. This year’s list of 37 candidates was highlighted by stars tainted by steroid allegations, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa. Three figures from baseball’s pre-integration era will be inducted in July. They are former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The doctor who performed surgery on Robert Griffin III this morning says it’s “everybody’s hope and belief” that the Washington Redskins quarterback will be ready for the 2013 season. Dr. James Andrews says he repaired Griffin’s torn lateral collateral ligament and did “a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction.” Griffin reinjured the knee in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have signed a kicker and a defensive end ahead of Sunday’s playoff game against Atlanta. Veteran kicker Ryan Longwell steps in for injured Steven Hauschka, while Patrick Chukwurah fills Chris Clemons’ roster spot. Clemons suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee in last Sunday’s win over Washington.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (VAR’-eh-zhoh) will have surgery for a torn leg muscle tomorrow. The team says he’s expected to be out six to eight weeks. Varejao was the NBA’s leading rebounder when he injured his knee three weeks ago in a game against Toronto.
TORONTO (AP) – NHL training camps haven’t formally opened yet, but the Toronto Maple Leafs already have fired their general manager. Brian Burke is out, replaced by his assistant, David Nonis. New corporate owners took over the Maple Leafs in August and Burke’s brash style might not have been a smooth fit. Toronto has not made the playoffs since Burke took over as GM in 2008.