Sports, March 22nd

 

SNOWY WEATHER FORCES CANCELLATION OF LOCAL GAMES

 

Glenwood Springs—Three high school soccer games, one lacrosse game and a tennis match were all canceled yesterday due to the wintry weather.  Make up dates and times have not been announced.

 

HEAVY SCHEDULE OF SPRING SPORTS ON SATURDAY, WEATHER PERMITTING

 

BASEBALL

Five baseball doubleheaders are slated for tomorrow beginning at 11am.  Glenwood is scheduled to play at Battle Mountain in Edwards.  Rifle welcomes Steamboat Springs, Olathe comes to Carbondale to play Roaring Fork, Grand Valley heads north to Craig to battle Moffat County and Aspen and Coal Ridge hook up for two at the field in El Jebel.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

 

Grand Junction—The annual Micky Dunn Invitational meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction gets under way tomorrow morning at 9.  Dozens of schools will be competing including Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Grand Valley.

 

Hotchkiss—The Roaring Fork Rams girls and boys will compete tomorrow at the Hotchkiss Invitational.  It begins at 8am.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL/NCAA TOURNAMENT

Lexington, KY—The Colorado State University Rams knocked off 9th seeded Missouri 84-72 last night to move on to the next round. Dorian Green led the Rams with 26 points.  The Rams face top-seeded Louisville tomorrow in the Midwest Regional game.

Austin, TX—This afternoon the CU Buffs battle the Fighting Illini of Illinois.  The winner will likely face the second seeded Miami Hurricanes.

 

NBA/NUGGETS

 

Denver—The Denver Nuggets extended their franchise best winning streak to 14 games with last night’s dramatic, come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia 76ers 101-100. Corey Brewer knocked down three straight free throws with 2 seconds left to ice the win.

 

Elsewhere in sports…

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Another busy day of play

UNDATED (AP) — Sixteen more games are being played today in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Contests are taking place in Dayton, Austin, Philadelphia and Kansas City.

The afternoon games feature Duke facing Albany at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with Creighton going up against Cincinnati in the second game there. At the Sprint Center in Kansas the opening game has Wisconsin playing Mississippi with the second contest featuring Kansas State and La Salle. In other afternoon play Temple is tangling with North Carolina State at UD Arena in Dayton with the second half of that twin bill featuring Indiana and James Madison. The final pair of day games are being played at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin with Miami playing Pacific and Illinois facing Colorado.

On tap this evening in Philadelphia you’ve got Georgetown playing Florida Gulf Coast and San Diego State facing Oklahoma. At the same time in Kansas City it’ll be North Carolina against Villanova, followed by Kansas and Western Kentucky. The night games in Austin are Florida against Northwestern State and Minnesota playing UCLA, while in Dayton, Ohio State is up against Iona with Notre Dame and Iowa State squaring off in the nightcap.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Heat look for No. 25

UNDATED (AP) — Miami’s relentless attack on the NBA’s single-season consecutive-game winning streak continues tonight in South Beach. The Heat enter the game with the Pistons having won their last 24 straight contests. Their most recent win was perhaps the most impressive. Two nights ago in Cleveland the Heat trailed the Cavaliers by 27 points before the team led by former Cav LeBron James fought back for a 98-95 win. Detroit, by the way, has dropped nine straight.

By now you probably know that the all-time NBA record for consecutive wins is 33, as held by the 1971-’72 Lakers.

San Antonio is looking to build on its lead over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference tonight. The Spurs, who have the best mark in the conference with 52 wins and 16 defeats, are home to Utah. The 50-and-19 Thunder are in Orlando.

The rest of the schedule has the Raptors at home to the Knicks, Milwaukee at Indiana, Atlanta’s Hawks home to Portland, Cleveland in Houston, the Jazz at home to Memphis, Boston playing the Mavs in Dallas, Minnesota at Phoenix and the Lakers on the home floor for a game with Washington.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Face-offs are few

UNDATED (AP) — Just four games comprise the NHL schedule this evening. In three of the outings a division leader is in action. Pittsburgh tops the Atlantic Division by 14 points over New Jersey and tonight the Penguins are on the road for date with the Islanders. Winnipeg is the lead team in the Southeast by two points over Carolina and the Jets are home to Washington, while Pacific Division leader Anaheim is playing host to Detroit.

The final game of the night has Calgary skating at Columbus.

PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

Haas looks good

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bill Haas has the hot hand so far today in the early going of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He is 4-under for the day after eight holes and stands 7-under for the tournament. Justin Rose ran off a string of four straight birdies late in the first round yesterday on the way to a 7-under 65. Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under-69 yesterday.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC

Opening round today

SAUCIER, MISS. (AP) — First-round play is taking place today in the Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Fred Couples is the defending champion after a birdie on the final hole gave him a one-shot win over Michael Allen. Following this tournament the tour has the next three weeks off, resuming play April 19-21 with an event in Deluth, Ga.

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