Sports, Marach 19th


The Rifle Bears clobbered the Grand Valley Cardinals
on a chilly afternoon in Parachute, 25 to 3.  Troy
Phillips’ Bears put the game away in the top half of
the first inning with 15 runs.  Rifle is now 4 and 1
overall and will host the Delta Panthers this Saturday
in an important league doubleheader.  Grand Valley
dropped to 0 and 3.

In Carbondale, the Roaring Fork Rams were shut out 12-zip
by the Hotchkiss Bulldogs.  The Rams travel to Olathe
this Saturday. 


Coal Ridge blanked the visting Aspen Lady Skiers 6-nil.
Senior Captain Paige Ryan had a hat trick to lead the
offensive attack.  The Lady Titans travel to Basalt

In Parachute, the game between Grand Valley and Moffat
County was postponed because of poor field conditions.
The Lady Cards will head west tomorrow to play a non-league
game at Grand Junction Central.

Today at 3, Roaring Fork plays at Aspen.


The Glenwood Demons fell to the visiting Battle Mountain
Huskies 18 to 2.  The Demons will take on the Skiers
tomorrow afternoon in Aspen.


MONTREAL (AP) – Thomas Vanek had a hat trick to lift Montreal to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in former Canadiens great Patrick Roy’s first game at the Bell Centre as an NHL head coach.Brandon Prust, who left the game late in the first period with an injury, returned to score a goal and set up one by Travis Moen for Montreal, which won its third game in a row. Vanek got his first goal in six games since he was acquired in a trade deadline deal.
Trailing by two goals, Roy pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:20 left to play, but Dale Weise scored into the empty net.Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored a highlight-reel goal and Max Talbot and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, who lost for only the third time in 10 games. The Avs end a three-game road trip Wednesday night in Winnipeg.



CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James poured in 43 points as the Miami Heat beat Cleveland 100-96 to pull within three games of the NBA’s Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. James contributed 25 points while the Heat outscored the Cavs 37-25 in the first quarter. He also hit six free throws in the final two minutes to help Miami win for just the third time in eight games.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – North Carolina State and Albany have advanced to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament by winning in Dayton on Tuesday. T.J. Warren scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half and the Wolfpack led most of the way in a 74-59 victory over Xavier. D.J. Evans scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.6 seconds left as the Great Danes earned a 71-64 win over Mount St. Mary’s.

UNDATED (AP) – The St. Louis Blues still lead the West by four points over Anaheim and San Jose following losses by the Ducks and Sharks. Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 46th goal of the season snapped a 2-2 deadlock early in the third period of Washington’s 3-2 victory at Anaheim. Roberto Luongo turned back 52 shots and Florida beat San Jose 3-2 to end the Sharks’ six-game winning streak.

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins have tied the NHL’s longest winning streak of the season while maintaining their five-point lead over second-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference. Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN’-luh) scored in a 59-second span early in the second period before the Bruins completed their 10th consecutive victory, 4-2 at New Jersey. The Penguins kept pace as Sidney Crosby scored twice and had an assist to lead a 5-1 verdict over Dallas.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months. The team says the three-year NFL veteran has experienced soreness in the ankle since the end of last season. Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and the NFC South championship in 2013.

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Knicks have formally introduced new team president Phil Jackson, who says he is looking forward to leading the franchise that drafted him in 1967. Jackson also says he sees a future for Carmelo Anthony with the Knicks, who haven’t won a championship since Jackson was a reserve on the 1973 squad. Jackson won 11 titles as head coach of the Bulls and Lakers and says he’s ready for the challenge of rebuilding the Knicks.

AUBURN, Alabama (AP) – Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has taken the same position at Auburn as he tries to revive a program that hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2003. Pearl took the Vols to the NCAA tournament in each of his six seasons before getting fired three years ago in the wake of an NCAA investigation. Pearl was cited for unethical conduct for lying to investigators in June 2010 about improperly hosting recruits at his home.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Tiger Woods has pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of persistent back pain and says he’s not sure he will play in the Masters next month. Woods said on his website Tuesday he called Palmer to say he won’t be able to play. Woods is the defending champion at Bay Hill and an eight-time winner at one of his favorite courses.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots have announced the re-signing of wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught a career-high 105 passes with six touchdowns after Wes Welker left for the Denver Broncos before last season. The announcement came three days after a post on Edelman’s Twitter account said, “Foxboro is home. Excited to be back.” The Patriots did not disclose details of the contract, reportedly worth $17 million over four years.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The family of Colts owner Jim Irsay says that he has placed himself in a treatment facility after police found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The 54-year-old Irsay faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel, Ind., late Sunday and released the next day.