Grand Junction Central Warriors—36    Rifle Bears—-34


Grand Junction Central—50       Rifle—-40

Olathe—The Grand Valley Cardinals travel to Olathe tonight to take on the Pirates.  The girl’s game tips off at 5:30 and the boys contest will follow at 7.


Englewood— Peyton Manning will start for the Denver Broncos in the playoffs.  Coach Gary Kubiak informed his team of the decision Thursday morning when players returned from a three-day furlough after securing the AFC’s top seed.  Manning missed seven starts with a left foot injury.  He returned to action Sunday when he relieved Brock Osweiler in the second half and led the Broncos (12-4) to a 27-20 win over San Diego.  The Broncos went 7-2 with Manning as their starter and 5-2 under Osweiler, including Sunday’s win over the Chargers.  Osweiler has never taken a snap in the playoffs. Manning is 11-13 in the playoffs over his 18-year career. That includes an NFL record nine first-game exits, three Super Bowls and one ring.


Minneapolis, MN—The Denver Nuggets’ six-game losing streak came to an end with last night’s 78-74 victory over the Timberwolves in the Twin Cities.  Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 20 points.


Denver—The Avs beat the Saint Louis Blues last night in overtime, 4 to 3.  Gabe Landeskog scored the winning goal.


NEW YORK (AP) – The class of 2016 for the Baseball Hall of Fame features two recent stars, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza (pee-AHT’-zah). Griffey garnered 98.84 per cent of the vote to gain admittance while Piazza got 83 percent. Induction ceremonies at Cooperstown are July 24.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Golden State has been golden this season with a record of 33-2 but not too far behind are the San Antonio Spurs. They remained unbeaten at home with a 123-98 win over Utah last night. On the season the Spurs are 31-6.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cleveland remains the top team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers, who started a six-game road trip last night in Washington, beat the Wizards 121-115 as Lebron James and Kyrie (ky-REE’) Irving combined for 66 points. The Cavs are 24-9.

UNDATED (AP) – Lovie Smith is out as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was dismissed last night after two seasons and a record of 8-24. After going 2-14 in their first season with Smith, the Bucs improved to 6-10 this season.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Despite reports saying he might be leaving New Orleans, Saints coach Sean Payton says he’s staying put. The Saints have had back-to-back 7-9 seasons but overall have enjoyed success with Payton as coach.