Sports, January 15th


The Rifle Bears welcome the Palisade Bulldogs to the Bear’s Den tonight for two important Western Slope league games. The Lady Bears tip off at 6 while the boys play at 7:30. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS.

Coal Ridge travels to Parachute to take on Grand Valley at 5:30 and 7.


Denver–The Denver Nuggets battle the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets are going for their sixth straight win.


DENVER (AP) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is paying a high price after losing a bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that required him to perform linebacker Ray Lewis’ famous pre-game dance if the Denver Broncos lost to the Ravens. The mayor’s spokeswoman, Amber Miller, says Hancock suffered an unspecified injury during “pre-game” warm-ups on Monday.
Miller says Hancock still plans to fulfill his end of the wager. She says Hancock will release an update when one becomes available. Had the Broncos prevailed, Rawlings-Blake said the Washington Monument would be lit in blue and orange Broncos colors. On Saturday, the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a 38-35 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens.


SAN DIEGO (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is working on a contract to become head coach of the division rival San Diego Chargers. The person spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been completed. McCoy will replace Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers missed the playoffs for the third straight season. McCoy’s hiring would come three days after the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. ESPN first reported that McCoy is heading to the Chargers.

In an ambulance with her face badly bleeding after a trick went horribly wrong in training, Gretchen Bleiler blurted this out: Snowboarding wasn’t worth it. Of course, that was just the pain speaking. Seven months ago, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist was practicing a double backflip maneuver on a trampoline in Park City, Utah, when she over-rotated, sending her knee bouncing off the springy surface and into her face. Bleiler shattered her right eye socket, broke her nose, split open her eyebrow and suffered a serious concussion.
Now, after surgery to repair the eye socket, dealing with double vision and headaches so severe she felt like she was constantly in a wave pool, Bleiler has a different take: There’s no way she could ever give up snowboarding.