Aspen–Tonight the Aspen Skiers travel west to Palisade for a pair of non-league games. The Lady Skiers tip off at 6 while the boy’s battle the Bulldogs at 7:30. The boy’s game will feature two of the best teams on the Western Slope and will be broadcast live on KMTS.


Denver–The Denver Nuggets head to California’s state capitol tomorrow night for a showdown with the Sacramento Kings.


Denver–Tonight the Avs host the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. The Avs won’t take to the ice again until a week from tonight when they travel to Edmonton.

Elsewhere in sports…

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The Penn State football team is paying
its respects to the late Joe Paterno.
Members of the team arrived at a university spiritual center
shortly before 10 a.m. local time, a few hours before the first
public viewing began for the Hall of Fame coach.
The 85-year-old Paterno died of lung cancer on Sunday. He
learned of his diagnosis in November just days after he was fired
in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse charges against former
assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno’s son, Scott, says despite the turmoil, Paterno remained
peaceful and upbeat in his final days and still loved the school.
Paterno’s son and former assistant Jay Paterno appeared on NBC’s
“Today” show this morning, saying his father hoped justice would
be done for the victims of alleged sex assaults by Sandusky.

Posada at end of line…Morrow gets new deal
UNDATED (AP) – One of the Yankees key contributors to their last
five World Series championships is officially retiring today.
Five-time All-Star catcher Jorge Posada (HOR’-hay poh-SAH’-dah) is
hanging up his spikes at the age of 40, after 17 big league seasons
in pinstripes.

In other baseball news:
– The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitcher Brandon Morrow to a
three-year contract worth $20 million. The 27-year-old right-hander
was 11-11 last season with a 4.72 ERA. Morrow set career highs in
wins, innings pitched and strikeouts.

Nadal and Federer will go head to head down under
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -Second-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 3
Roger Federer will meet in the Australian Open semifinals. The
Spaniard rallied to beat No. 7 Tomas Berdych (BUR’-dich) 6-7, 7-6,
6-4, 6-3 in Tuesday night’s quarterfinals meeting in Melbourne.
Federer beat U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro (wahn
mar-TEEN’ dehl POHT’-roh) earlier in three sets to advance to the
Australian Open semis for the ninth consecutive year. He has won
four of his 16 Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.
Nadal won the Australian title in 2009, but lost in the
quarterfinals the last two years.
Nadal and Federer are on the same half of the draw at a major
for the first time since 2005.

In the women’s draw, defending champion Kim Clijsters
(KLY’-sturz) handed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee) a 6-3, 7-6
loss that will cost the Dane her No. 1 ranking.
Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) became the
first player into the semifinals by beating Agnieszka Radwanska
(ahg-nee-ESH’-kuh rahd-VAHN’-skuh) 6-7, 6-love, 6-2. Azarenka
advances to a Grand Slam semifinal for only the second time in six
quarterfinal appearances.