Sports, April 16th



Rifle—Tonight’s western slope showdown between the Rifle Bears and the Glenwood Demons has been rescheduled to Thursday night at Cooper Field in Rifle.  The game time is 6:30, weather permitting and will be broadcast live on KMTS.  

Coal Ridge is scheduled to take on the Bruins in Cedaredge today at 4 while Grand Valley plans to travel to Rangely for a 3 o’clock game with the Panthers.



Glenwood welcomes Palisade to Stubler Memorial Field for a 6 o’clock game under the lights tonight.  All other games in the valley are scheduled for 4 o’clock including Coal Ridge at Basalt, Grand Valley at Rifle and Roaring Fork at CRMS.

Elsewhere in sports…


ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Champ Bailey is both cranky and confident as he prepares for his 15th NFL season.  He’s still irked by that loss to Baltimore in the playoffs and the way he got burned by Ravens receiver Torrey Smith. He’s heard the whispers that he should move to safety and how quarterbacks now won’t shy away from him anymore.
But as he approaches his 35th birthday, Bailey insists he’s not willing to concede anything to age, has no plans to switch positions and welcomes any quarterback or offensive coordinator who wants to target him in 2013.  And if the Broncos want to select his heir apparent in the upcoming draft, he’s all for that, too.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Ty Lawson scored 26 points, including a jumper in the lane with 9.3 seconds left, as the Denver Nuggets clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 112-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

DENVER (AP) – Nick Foligno scored at 4:31 of overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets game Monday night was postponed by a heavy spring snowstorm.  The teams will play a split-doubleheader Tuesday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. The nightcap is set to start at 6:40 p.m., as previously scheduled.  Weather forecasts call for additional snow on Tuesday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The University of Oregon proposed a self-imposed two-year probation and the loss of a scholarship for three years because of possible recruiting violations involving the Ducks’ football program. The university released documents late Monday that included a proposed summary disposition from September which discusses the violations and characterizes at least one as “major.” The contents of the documents were first reported by KATU television in Portland. The NCAA began looking into possible violations following reports about payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.
Oregon and the NCAA failed to come to an agreement on the matter and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee this year.