Sports, March 25th


Grand Junction—Colorado Mesa University senior point guard Sharaya Selsor was one of the best players in women’s college basketball this season.  The Glenwood Springs High School graduate was named to the Daktronics All-America 1st Team.  It’s the first time a CMU woman has earned such an honor.  Selsor, who averaged over 23 points per game this past season, led the Lady Mavericks to a 23 and 1 regular season record, the RMAC championship and was named the Conference Player of the Year.  In addition, Selsor has been named one of three finalists for the WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Division II Player of the Year.  The national award will be announced April 7th in Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.  Selsor, along with her younger sister Katrina had marvelous, all-star careers at Glenwood Springs High School, leading the Lady Demons to the playoffs year after year including a Final Four appearance in 2007.

NBA / Nuggets lose


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Denver Nuggets 117-96 on Monday night.  Caron Butler scored 23 points, his highest total since the Thunder added him right after the trade deadline. Reggie Jackson had 16 points and a career-high 11 assists, and Serge Ibaka added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder, who won their fourth straight.  Durant, who was coming off a 51-point game against Toronto on Friday, is averaging 37 points during the winning streak. The Thunder sat point guard Russell Westbrook so he could rest his surgically repaired right knee.  Ty Lawson scored 25 points for the Nuggets, who had won three of four. The Thunder held Denver to 39 percent shooting.

Tulowitzki, Morales lead Rockies past Royals
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Troy Tulowitzki homered, Franklin Morales struck out seven over five innings in a strong audition for a spot in the Colorado rotation and the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Monday.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers have now lost 25 straight games. The most recent loss came last night as they were beaten by the Spurs in San Antonio 113-91. The loss means the Sixers are one defeat shy of equaling the NBA record for consecutive losses. The win for the Spurs, by the way, was their 14th straight.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL’) of the Lakers has been diagnosed with vertigo and isn’t expected to play against the visiting Knicks tonight. He missed the second half of Sunday’s victory over Orlando after complaining of dizziness and nausea. He spent the night in a hospital and the Lakers say an MRI of his head was normal.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – It’s been announced that Dario Franchitti (DAH’-ree-oh fran-KEE’-tee) will drive the pace lap for the 98th running of the Indy 500 in May. The three-time winner of the race was forced to retire in November from injuries suffered in an October IndyCar race at Houston. He’ll be driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million. Faulk is second on the Hurricanes with an average of about 23 1/2 minutes of ice time a game.