Sports, December 4th


Grand Junction—The Rifle Bears were swept by the Fruita Monument Wildcats last night in a couple of non-league games at Colorado Mesa University.  The Lady Bears were on the short end of a 37-23 score in the first game while the Rifle boys fell to the ‘Cats 52-45.

Edwards—The Coal Ridge Titans tipped off the season last night in Edwards against the Battle Mountain Huskies.  The Lady Titans beat Battle Mountain 55 to 30.  The Coal Ridge boys lost the nightcap to the Huskies, 54-48.    Coal Ridge plays at Glenwood Friday night at 6 and 7:30.


Fort Collins—The Colorado Buffaloes escaped Moby Arena in Fort Collins with a 67-62 win over the Colorado State Rams last night.  Spencer Dinwiddie led all scorers with 28 points including 19 in the second half as the Buffs improved to 8 and 1 on the season.


Brooklyn, NY— The Denver Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets last night in New York, 111-87 for their season best, 7th win in a row.


BEAVER CREEK (AP) – The second men’s World Cup downhill training session was canceled Wednesday due to heavy overnight snowfall. The forecast wasn’t much better throughout the day, leading race organizers to call it off. A downhill training session scheduled for Tuesday also was scratched because of travel issues with some teams that couldn’t arrive in time from Lake Louise, Alberta.The racers will try to squeeze in a training run on Thursday, with the snow tapering off but the temperatures expected to remain bitterly cold.Because of the weather, the race jury has already elected to flip-flop the downhill and super-G races. The downhill will now be Friday and the super-G on Saturday. The giant slalom will still be held on Sunday.


UNDATED (AP) – There are three more ACC/Big Ten Challenge games tonight featuring ranked schools. The schedule is led by No. 1 Michigan State playing host to North Carolina while fifth-ranked Ohio State is home to Maryland and eighth-ranked Wisconsin is at Virginia.

MEXICO CITY (AP) – The NBA has a regular season game in Mexico tonight. The Spurs are serving as the home team with the opposition coming from Minnesota. The Spurs have won eight of 10 and are 15-3 on the season.

UNDATED (AP) – The Yankees are back to spending big money on free agents. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that New York has reached agreement with Jacoby Ellsbury on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million. The person said Ellsbury was to take a physical in New York today. Playing for the rival Red Sox last season Ellsbury hit .298 with 31 doubles, 53 RBIs and a league-high 52 stolen bases.

MIAMI (AP) – The Pistons were in Miami last night and left the city with a 10-point win over the Heat, 107-97. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the defending league champs. Kyle Singler led seven Pistons in double figures with 18 points while Andre Drummond had 18 rebounds for the visitors.

DETROIT (AP) – The already banged up Detroit Red Wings got some more bad news yesterday as it was learned that Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks with a back injury. The injury leaves the Wings without their top two scorers for the time being as fellow center Pavel Datsyuk (PAH’-vuhl DAT’-sook) remains out because of a concussion.