Sports, March 8th

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Grand Junction–The Glenwood Lady Demons were missing a couple of key players and lost a tough, overtime game to the Palisade Lady Bulldogs last night 3 to 2.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF BASKETBALL

Carbondale–The Roaring Fork Rams host a four-team regional tonight with 12th seeded Centauri taking on number 21 Faith Christian at 5 o’clock. At 7, the 5th seeded Rams will battle the 28th seeded Panthers of Middle Park. Tonight’s game with the Rams will be broadcast live on KMTS. Tonight’s winners will play for the regional championship tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock. The Aspen boys got the 16th seed and will play number 17 La Junta at Kent Denver. Number 29 Basalt battles number 4 Brush on the road.

On the girl’s side of the bracket, the Roaring Fork Lady Rams earned the 25th seed will play at number 8 Eaton at 7. Prior to that game, the 24th seeded Grand Valley Lady Cardinals go up against number 9 Machebeuf at 5. The Lady Titans of Coal Ridge managed to sneak in the regionals with a 10 and 10 mark and the 30th seed and will take on nunmber 3 Denver School of Science and Technology in Denver.

NUGGETS

DENVER – The Denver Nuggets routed the surging Los Angeles Clippers 107-92 on Thursday night, riding 21 points from Ty Lawson and 20 from Danilo Gallinari to their 12th straight home win.

BUFFS WIN BIG

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Xavier Johnson had a career-high 22 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 and Colorado beat No. 19 Oregon 76-53 on Thursday night, completing a season sweep and thwarting the Ducks’ bid to gain a share of the Pac-12 Conference title. The Buffaloes (20-9, 10-7) played without the nation’s leading rebounder, Andre Roberson, who sat out with a viral illness. Gone with the athletic junior forward were 11.5 rebounds and 10.8 points a game.

Elsewhere in sports…

DENVER (AP) – Chicago’s Blackhawks remain the story of the year in the NHL. They have reached the midway point of the labor-shortened season without a loss in regulation and tonight will attempt to keep the streak alive. The 21-0-3 Blackhawks are on the road for a game with the Avalanche in Denver.

NEW YORK (AP) – Realignment in the NHL is a bit closer to reality. Union head Donald Fehr (feer) has signed off on a plan after discussions with the union’s executive board and said the realignment issue will be re-evaluated later. No official details of the changes have been released by the NHL, but it is widely believed that more travel-friendly divisions will be set up.

MIAMI (AP) – Miami is the hottest team in the NBA these days. The LeBron James-led squad has won 16 straight and will look for No. 17 tonight at home when it plays Philadelphia. The 16 consecutive wins are a franchise record and things look bleak for the Sixers with the Heat a league-best 27-3 on their home court.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Despite the fact Miami is the hottest team in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs still have the best record overall. This evening the Spurs, who are 48-14, are home to the Portland Trail Blazers.

MIAMI (AP) – Second-round play at the Cadillac Championship is taking place today in Miami. At the end of play yesterday, Tiger Woods was one of five golfers atop the leaderboard at 6-under. The others are Freddie Jacobson, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson. Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan (MAY’-han), Peter Hanson and Steve Stricker are all at 5-under. Rory McIlroy continued his rough play and finished well off the pace at one over.

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