Rifle–It’s playoff time in high school football. Tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock, the 10 and 0 Rifle Bears welcome the Roughriders of Roosevelt in a first round game. The game will be broadcast live on KMTS with pre-game coverage beginning at 12:30.

Eaton–In 2A playoffs, the Aspen Skiers travel to Eaton to take on the Reds at 1 o’clock.

College Football

Boulder–The Colorado Buffaloes are still winless in the Pac-12. Tomorrow they welcome the Arizona Wildcats to Folsom Field for the home finale.

Fort Collins–The CSU Rams host the San Diego State Aztecs tomorrow in Fort Collins.


The Avs beat the New York Islanders in overtime last night at the Pepsi Center 4 to 3.

Elsewhere in sports…

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – A hybrid linebacker with a multitude of
pass-rush moves and wearing No. 58 will be tormenting the
quarterback again inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
And if his style looks a little bit like that of the late
Derrick Thomas, well, it’s because Denver Broncos rookie Von Miller
patterned his game after the Hall of Famer.
Be on the lookout, Matt Cassel, Miller has made it his mission
to show respect for his boyhood idol by sacking the Kansas City
Chiefs quarterback over and over.
Not that the affable Miller expects Chiefs fans to cheer for him
should he drive Cassel to the turf, even if the spin moves were
inspired by Thomas, who died in 2000 from injuries he sustained in
a car crash.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State has decided that it is in
everyone’s best interest to keep Mike McQueary away from tomorrow’s
Big Ten home game against No. 19 Nebraska. He’s the Nittany Lions
assistant football coach whose grand jury testimony eventually led
to the arrest for former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on
child sex-abuse charges.
School officials say McQueary has received “multiple threats”
following Wednesday night’s firing of popular football coach Joe
Paterno in the fallout from the scandal.
Longtime assistant Tom Bradley will lead 12th-ranked Penn State
into Saturday’s game against the Cornhuskers in Beaver Stadium, and
for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, the school’s board of trustees is holding its
regularly scheduled meeting today, where a committee will be
appointed to investigate the “circumstances” that led to the
indictments of Sandusky, as well as two university officials, who
are accused of lying to a grand jury. It’s the first time the board
has met publicly since forcing out Paterno and president Graham

Hoops on the water
UNDATED (AP) – There’s a special game on tap for Veterans Day,
with the top-ranked team in the AP’s preseason poll participating
in the first college basketball contest ever played aboard an
active aircraft carrier. No. 1 North Carolina begins its quest for
the third national championship of the Roy Williams era across the
country in San Diego. The Tar Heels are preparing to take on Tom
Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans on the flight deck of the USS Carl
Vinson — the ship tasked to bury Osama bin Laden at sea.
President Barack Obama is expected to be one of the 7,000-or-so
fans in attendance.
The contest is a rematch of the 2009 NCAA title game won by
North Carolina.

First-place Raiders win on the road
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Making just his second start of the season,
quarterback Carson Palmer helped lead Oakland to a 24-17 win last
night in San Diego that puts the Raiders on top of the AFC West.
Palmer threw for two touchdowns and Micheal Bush piled up a
season-high 157 yards on the ground as the Silver and Black improve
to 5-4.
San Diego is 4-5 following a fourth straight loss.

Talks break down
NEW YORK (AP) – NBA players broke off negotiations with the
league last night, saying there had not been enough progress to get
a deal done to end the four-month lockout.
The league offered the players a revised offer last night after
nearly 11 hours of bargaining, but union president Derek Fisher
said it doesn’t address all the necessary system issues that are
important to the players.
Now, they’ll regroup, talk to their player representatives,
figure out what to do next and possibly resume negotiations with
the league next week.
The league’s latest offer was based on the possibility of a
72-game season, starting Dec. 15.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said there’s really nothing left to
negotiate. Said the commissioner: “There comes a time when you
have to be through negotiating, and we are.”