Sports, December 6th


Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Demons boy’s basketball team will play their second game of the season tonight at home against the Aspen Skiers. Tip off is set for 7 o’clock and marks the official beginning of the Demon Round Robin Tournament. The Rifle Bears boys and girls teams will be playing in the Steamboat Invitational tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.


DENVER (AP) – A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Butch Jones has rejected an offer to become the football coach at the University of Colorado. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Jones hadn’t publicly revealed his decision to stay at the University of Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported Jones had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Buffaloes job. Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn met with Jones on Monday in Boulder and offered him a five-year deal worth at least $13.5 million. Jones was Colorado’s top choice to replace Jon Embree, who was fired after going 4-21 in two seasons at his alma mater. Now, it’s back to Square 1 for a program that, at 1-11, just completed the worst season in its 123-year history.


DENVER (AP) – Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper has been downgraded to questionable for Thursday night’s game at Oakland with a sprained ankle. Kuper was listed as probable during the week but was downgraded Thursday morning. Manny Ramirez would replace him in the lineup against the Raiders if he can’t play. Kuper is the Broncos’ top offensive lineman, but he’s made just six starts this year. He missed the first four games with a broken forearm and missed two other games with a sprained ankle. The Broncos will be without their top tackler, weakside linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who stayed back in Denver with a sprained left ankle. D.J. Williams is expected to start in his place with rookie Danny Travathan also getting some snaps in Woodyard’s absence.

UNDATED (AP) – Just two games are on tap in the NBA this evening. In Miami the top two clubs in the East are squaring off as the Heat entertain the Knicks. The second game features a pair of Western Conference clubs as Phoenix plays host to Dallas.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Lakers beat the Hornets last night 103-87 and in the process Kobe Bryant became the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He needed 13 points to reach the plateau and in doing so became the youngest player to reach the mark. The 34-year-old joins the select company of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Sixth-ranked Florida knocked off arch-rival Florida State last night in men’s basketball, 72-47. The win gives the Gators a record of 7-0. Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario led the way by scoring 14 points each.

NEW YORK (AP) – Hall of Famer Barry Larkin says steroid users should not be admitted to the Cooperstown shrine. The former Cincinnati shortstop told The Associated Press in a phone interview that players who cheat shouldn’t receive baseball’s highest individual honor.