Denver–KMTS radio’s coverage of high school playoff basketball will continue in Denver this Friday night when the Rifle Lady Bears take on Middle Park at 5:30 at Bruce Randolph High School. That game will be followed by the Lady Rams of Roaring Fork taking on Denver School of Science and Technology at 7. The winners will play for the regional championship Saturday morning at 11.


Denver–The Avs won their fourth in a row with last night’s 4 to 1 home ice victory over the Anaheim Ducks.


Tuscon, AZ–Catcher Ramon Hernandez’s job description with the Colorado
Rockies in 2012 is to mentor both the young pitching staff and his
green backups behind the plate. Hernandez is enthusiastically embracing both duties as he prepares for his first season with the Rockies after signing a two-year, $6.4 million contract over the winter.
With Hernandez serving as the bridge to catching prospect Wilin
Rosario, the Rockies dealt Chris Iannetta, last year’s front-line
catcher, to the Los Angeles Angels.
The 35-year-old Hernandez played in 91 games last season for
Cincinnati, where he shared catching duties with Ryan Hanigan.
He joins a Colorado club that figures to have greenhorns Drew
Pomeranz, Juan Nicasio and Jhoulys Chacin in the starting rotation
with Alex White and Tyler Chatwood waiting in the wings.

Elsewhere in sports…

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Matt Kenseth won a rain-delayed and
crashed-filled Daytona 500 that didn’t finish until early this
morning. He beat Dale Earnhardt to the finish line in a two-lap
overtime finish.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – When the rain-delayed Daytona 500
finally ended in the early morning hours, the two-week SpeedWeeks
odyssey wasn’t over. Fog closed the North Carolina airports near
the teams’ headquarters, stranding drivers and teams at Daytona for
yet another night.

UNDATED (AP) – Kentucky and Syracuse are one-two in the men’s AP
Top 25 for a fifth straight week, while Kansas moves up to a
season-high No. 3. And undefeated Baylor is a unanimous No. 1 in
the women’s poll for a 13th straight week.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Longtime Red Sox catcher and team
captain Jason Varitek (VA’-rih-tek) is set to announce his
retirement Thursday, a person familiar with the decision tells the
AP. Varitek played his entire 15-year major league career with
Boston, winning two World Series championships and making three
All-Star teams.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Andy Murray looked a little
ragged playing his first match since losing in the semifinals of
last month’s Australian Open. The fourth-ranked Scotsman beat
German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 today in the first
round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.