Sports, March 5th

NBA/DENVER NUGGETS

Denver–The Nuggets won their 11th straight home game with last night’s 104-88 trouncing of the Atlanta Hawks.
Corey Brewer led the Nuggets with 22 points. Ty Lawson had 18.

NHL/AVALANCHE

Denver–The Colorado Avalanche take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at the Pepsi Center.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL/DENVER PIONEERS

DENVER (AP) – Denver guard Chase Hallam is relishing his return to the court this season after a back injury nearly ended his career. Hallam fractured a vertebra and herniated a disk late last year by simply rolling over in his sleep. Doctors feared his career just might be finished. Through rehab and rest, the lone senior returned in time to start the season and is leading the squad with his tenacity. Even more, he has the Pioneers (19-8) in line for something that has never happened in school history – making the NCAA tournament field. They end the regular season by hosting Louisiana Tech (26-3) on Saturday, a final test before heading into Western Athletic Conference tournament, where more than likely only the winner will earn a spot in the big show.

BRONCOS WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL, SAYS LINEBACKER

DENVER (AP) – It’s only March and Von Miller is already guaranteeing a Super Bowl title for the Denver Broncos next season. Miller says he’s dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident with his mother and older brother in West Texas. On Monday, Miller tweeted: “You can post this where ever.. Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl” in the 2013 season. He added hash tags “4UJEREMIAH” and “IGUARANTEEIT58.” Miller says when the boy, Jeremiah Clark-Martinez, came out of his coma he remembered he had a cousin who played for the Broncos. That inspired Miller to make his pledge Miller spoke by phone from New York while on a media tour for AXE skin products.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Angels slugger Albert Pujols (POO’-hohls) is making his 2013 spring training debut today in Arizona, where L.A. is taking on the Cincinnati Reds in a Cactus League game. Pujols is entering his second season with the Halos and is about 10 days ahead of schedule following offseason knee surgery.

NEW YORK (AP) – Nineteen-year-old outfielder Kolby Copeland is the eighth player suspended this year under baseball’s minor league drug program. The Miami Marlins prospect has been suspended 50 games for refusing to take an offseason test.

WASHINGTON (AP) – NHL player Roman Hamrlik (HAM’-uhr-lihk) is looking for work after being waived by the Washington Capitals. The 38-year-old defenseman has played in only four games this season and is in the final season of a two-year, $7 million contract.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Assembly Hall will be rocking tonight. One day after losing their spot atop the AP basketball poll, second-ranked Indiana can claim the outright Big Ten title with a home victory over 14th-ranked Ohio State.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Secretary of State John Kerry says Dennis Rodman “was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player.” The former NBA star made headlines last week with a visit to North Korea, where he sat next to the country’s young leader, Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon), at an exhibition basketball game. After his return to the States, Rodman was complimentary of the dictator who threatens to cancel the truce that ended the Korean War.

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