Sports, January 24th


Aspen–The 17th Winter X Games are up and running at Buttermilk Mountain. Thousands of people are expected to flock to the four day competition that features over a dozen Colorado athletes including Gretchen Bleiler and Matt Walker of Aspen along with Eric Willett of Breckenridge.


Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Demons girls and boys look to get back on the winning track tonight as they host the Summit Tigers. The Lady Demons tip off at 5:30 while the boys follow at 7:30. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS.


Grand Valley hosts Meeker in a dual meet at 6:30. At 7, the Rifle Bears grapple against the Eagle Valley Devils in Gypsum.


Houston, TX–The Denver Nuggets beat the Rockets last night in Houston 105-95. Ty Lawson led Denver with 21 points. Danilo Galinari scored 18 points including three from beyond the arc.


Albuquerque, NM–The CSU Rams lost to the 15th ranked New Mexico Lobos last night, 66-61.

Elsewhere in sports…

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The women’s final is set for the Australian Open. On Saturday, sixth-seed Li Na (lee nah) will face defending champion Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh). Li advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah), while Azarenka beat 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Half of the men’s final at the Australian Open has been determined. Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) reached the final match with a straight sets win over fourth-seed David Ferrer. Djokovic will face the winner of tonight’s Roger Federer-Andy Murray match.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Duke, the top team in this week’s AP poll, was knocked off last night by Miami of Florida. The Hurricanes, playing in front of their own fans, destroyed the Blue Devils 90-63. This was the third-worst loss ever for a team ranked No. 1 in the AP poll.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Michigan, the second-ranked team in the AP poll, is home this evening for a game against Purdue. The Wolverines enter the contest 17-1 with an eye on the top spot in the poll next week as No. 1 Duke was upset last night.

CHICAGO (AP) – Sammy Sosa has told the website that he thinks he and fellow steroid-tainted star Mark McGwire should be in the Hall of Fame. Sosa goes so far as to say he thinks the Cubs should retire his number and that he might be interested in running for president of the Dominican Republic.