SPORTS, MARCH 22ND

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

The Western Slope 4-A All Conference teams were released. Four of the five starters for the Glenwood Lady Demons earned first team honors; Seniors Lexie Warkentin and Cassidy Gaddis, Junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler and Sophomore Delaney Gaddis. Glenwood Senior Sarah Davis was named Honorable Mention. On the boy’s side, Senior Mike McGraw from the Glenwood Demons was named to the first team while his teammates Kellin Casey and Randy Burbidge earned Honorable Mention.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Peach Valley–The Coal Ridge Titans host the Aspen Skiers this afternoon in a league doubleheader at 3 and 5 o’clock. The first game will be broadcast live on line at KMTS.com and rebroadcast tonight on the radio at 7.

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Four games are on the schedule this afternoon at 4 o’clock. Aspen visits Grand Valley, Roaring Fork plays at Basalt, Rifle hosts Rangely and Eagle Valley comes to Coal Ridge.

Elsewhere in sports…

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos added another target
for Peyton Manning as they signed free agent receiver Andre
Caldwell. The fifth-year player spent the last four seasons with
Cincinnati, where he caught 124 passes for 1,172 yards and six
touchdowns. Last year, he had 37 catches for 317 yards and three
scores. He can also return punts and kicks, which is an area of need
after the Broncos lost their top returner when Eddie Royal signed
with the AFC West rival San Diego Chargers last week.
Caldwell was a third-round pick in the 2008 draft out of the
University of Florida.

DENVER (AP) – JaVale McGee rebounded a missed free throw
following a basket with five seconds remaining and dunked to give
the Nuggets a 116-115 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday
night.

UNDATED (AP) – Four games are being played tonight in the men’s
NCAA basketball tournament. In Boston the first game has Syracuse,
the top seed in the East, facing Wisconsin; while in the nightcap
Ohio State goes against Cincinnati. In the opening game in Phoenix,
top seed Michigan State of the West Regional is playing Louisville,
while the second game has Marquette playing Florida.

UNDATED (AP) – The NFL came down hard on the New Orleans Saints
yesterday for their highly publicized bounty program. Commissioner
Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) announced that head coach Sean Payton has
been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season, while
assistant coach Joe Vitt will miss the first six games and general
manager Mickey Loomis the first eight. Former Saints defensive
coordinator Gregg Williams, the architect of the program and
current Rams defensive coordinator, has been suspended
indefinitely. The Saints were also fined $500,000 and stripped of
two No. 2 draft picks.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Virginia Commonwealth basketball fans got
some good news yesterday as coach Shaka Smart ended speculation
that he might take the open job at Illinois. Smart announced that
he’ll stay with the Rams, while the school said his contract will
be adjusted.

VIERA, Fla. (AP) – The Washington Nationals have decided to use
Stephen Strasburg as their opening game starter when they face the
Cubs on April 5. Strasburg made just five major league starts last
season after returning from Tommy John surgery.

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