Sports, November 26th

NUGGETS WIN IN BIG ‘D’

Dallas,TX—-The Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks last night 110-96.  Ty Lawson led the Nuggets’ scoring effort with 19 points. Nate Robison was right behind him with 17 points including 11 in the fourth quarter. 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL/RAMS BLOW PAST PRAIRIE VIEW A & M

Fort Collins—The CSU Rams improved to 4 and 2 on the season with last night’s 95-68 win over Prairie View A & M at Moby Arena.  Gerson Santo and Jon Octeus each scored 16 points to lead the Rams.

BANGED UP BRONCOS EXPECT TO PLAY IN K.C.

Englewood—-Jack Del Rio says MRIs revealed Knowshon Moreno’s sprained right ankle and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s jammed right shoulder are “not significant” injuries.  Del Rio said both players are day-to-day and should practice this week.  Moreno left Gillette Stadium in a walking boot Sunday night after rushing for a career-high 224 yards on 37 carries in Denver’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Patriots.  Rodgers-Cromartie was hurt on the final play of the first half, and his absence helped the Patriots overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit.   Del Rio had no update for defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (hip).
He did say he expects cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and tight end Julius Thomas (knee) to play this week.

VONN HOPING TO SKI IN ALBERTA

BEAVER CREEK (AP) – U.S. women’s head coach Alex Hoedlmoser remains hopeful that Lindsey Vonn’s ailing right knee will be ready for a return in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Hoedlmoser said Tuesday that Vonn’s presence in the starting gate in Lake Louise on Dec. 6 is “up to her. She’s the only one who knows how her knee feels.” The four-time overall World Cup champion was supposed to make her return this week from a serious knee injury she suffered in a crash last February. After hurting her knee again in a training mishap last week – she wiped out going from sunshine into shade – Vonn will sit this week out. The competition goes on as the rest of the field receives their first glance at the steep course in a training run Tuesday.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

NEW YORK (AP) – Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining a collection of steroid-tainted holdovers that include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The Hall said Tuesday the 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin. Results will be announced Jan. 8 and inductions held July 24 at Cooperstown. Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time since 1996 to produce any inductees.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) – Mark Sanchez says he “absolutely” could be back with the New York Jets next season, and the injured quarterback thinks he’ll be “better than ever.”
Sanchez is out for the season with a shoulder injury and had surgery eight weeks ago after tearing his labrum in preseason. He says he has had no setbacks in rehab and jokes that “it sounds like I’ll be bionic.” Sanchez was speaking publicly Tuesday for the first time since his surgery. He was volunteering at a community kitchen at Church of the Redeemer in Morristown. The quarterback has two years remaining on his contract. But his $13.1 million salary cap number for next season makes it unlikely the team would keep him at that amount. Sanchez, though, says he plans on remaining with the Jets.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man who has performed as the Kansas City Chiefs’ mascot for more than two decades is in stable condition after a weekend accident at Arrowhead Stadium. His attorney said Monday the injuries appear to have been caused by human error. Dan Meers has played KC Wolf since the mascot’s inception in 1989. He was seriously injured Saturday while rehearsing a zip line routine ahead of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. No details about the injury have been released.
Attorney Tim Dollar says Meers’ injuries appear to have been caused from how an outside company secured the riggings. He says an investigation is pending. According to the website mascothalloffame.com, Meers previously performed as Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals’ mascot, and the University of Missouri’s mascot Truman the Tiger.

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