Sports, March 7th


The Rifle Lady Bears kick off the spring sports season with a home game this afternoon against Delta. The Glenwood Lady Demons take on Palisade tonight under the lights at 7 at Colorado Mesa University.


Denver–Tonight, the red hot Denver Nuggets host Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the LA Clippers tonight at the Pepsi Center.


Chicago–The Colorado Avalanche lost to the Blackhawks last night in the Windy City, 3 to 2. The Avs will try to repay the favor when they play in Denver tomorrow night.

Elsewhere in sports…

MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat blew a 20-point third-quarter lead and had to rally from five down to nip the Orlando Magic 97-96. The NBA’s Eastern Conference leaders stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.

CHICAGO (AP) – The NHL’s Blackhawks have completed half of their lockout-shortened season and have yet to lose a game in regulation. Chicago improved to 21-0-3 with a 3-2 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

NEW YORK (AP) – Doctors are optimistic that New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will recover fully after being struck in the eye by a deflected puck during Tuesday night’s game. The 26-year-old defenseman will be sidelined indefinitely, but the team says he’s already showing improvement.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – After Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR’-uh) injured his wrist on Tuesday while hitting off a tee, the Yankees initially thought he might be sidelined eight to 10 days. They found out yesterday that it’ll be more like eight to 10 weeks.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers have released David Akers (AY’-kurz). The six-time Pro Bowl kicker appeared in all 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests in his two seasons with the team, making 73 of 94 field goal attempts and all 78 extra points.