Saturday, November 2, 2013
Chiefs-Broncos on Nov. 17 moves to Sunday night
NEW YORK (AP) — The Chiefs-Broncos game in Week 11 is moving to prime time.
The NFL said Friday that Kansas City's matchup with Denver on Nov. 17 would be on NBC's "Sunday Night Football."
The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants were originally in that slot, but were moved to 4:25 p.m. EST on Fox. Also, the Chargers-Dolphins game was moved to 4:05 p.m. on CBS.
Starting in Week 11, the league's flexible scheduling policy allows it to move a more appealing game to Sunday night.
"We had originally protected the Kansas City-Denver game for Week 11," CBS Sports said in a statement. "After discussions with the NFL we made a one-time accommodation so that the game can be seen by a national audience, which we could not provide during our regionalized singleheader weekend."
The Chiefs, 8-0 and the NFL's last unbeaten team, visit Buffalo this week. The Broncos (7-1) are off.
Aldridge helps Blazers past Nuggets, 113-98
DENVER (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Portland Trail Blazers hold off Denver 113-98 Friday night, spoiling the home debut of Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and snapping their 23-game regular-season home win streak.
Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each added 21 as the Blazers opened up a 26-point lead late in the third quarter, only to see the Nuggets slice the deficit to single digits in the fourth. Matthews hit a 3-pointer late to give the Blazers some breathing room and hand the Nuggets a rare loss at Pepsi Center.
The last regular-season loss for Denver was on Jan. 18 against Washington. The team then reeled off 23 straight wins to finish a league-best 38-3 at home. Denver also fell at home to Golden State in a first-round playoff game.
Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 24 points, while Ty Lawson added 21.
Stastny's 2nd goal gives Avs OT win over Stars
DALLAS (AP) — Paul Stastny's second goal of the game 3:36 into overtime gave the Colorado Avalanche and troubled goalie Semyon Varlamov a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
Stastny fired a shot from the left circle past goalie Kari Lehtonen to beat the Stars, who had rallied from a 2-0 deficit. The goal was his fourth of the season.
Dallas had scored twice in the third period against Varlamov, who two days earlier spent the night in jail because of an alleged assault against his girlfriend.
The Stars, who recorded just 12 shots on goal in the first two periods, began their comeback with Alex Goligoski's goal at 3:57 of the third period. Tyler Seguin tied it at 16:31.
Stastny had made it 1-0 at 8:22 of the first period. Gabriel Landeskog doubled Colorado's lead with 1:19 left in the second period.
Varlamov in goal for Avalanche vs. Stars
DALLAS (AP) — Semyon Varlamov is the starting goalie for the Colorado Avalanche against the Dallas Stars two days after he spent the night in jail while prosecutors considered whether he should be charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
The 25-year-old Varlamov was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault. He turned himself in on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Varlamov was released on a $5,000 bond during a court appearance in Denver.
Varlamov was allowed to travel with the team for Friday night's game but is ordered to stay away from girlfriend Evgenia Vavrinyuk, among other restrictions.
Varlamov is 7-1 with a 1.76 goals against average and .945 save percentage for the Central Division-leading Avalanche.
No. 17 UCLA looks for bounce-back win over Buffs
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After consecutive losses to the West Coast's two best teams, No. 17 UCLA is hurting.
A visit from Colorado is usually a good way for Pac-12 teams to get better.
The Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) won't assume they're in for an easy evening when they begin their home-heavy schedule Saturday with a visit from the Buffaloes (3-4, 0-4), who have lost 12 straight conference games.
UCLA's homecoming game is a chance to regain confidence after flopping in the second half at Stanford and Oregon. The Bruins must make a run in the South Division to earn a third trip to the conference championship game next month.
Colorado is hoping for its breakthrough win under new coach Mike MacIntyre — and its first road win over a ranked team since 2002.
Army braces for struggling Air Force team
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — From high-ranking officers to first-year cadets, Army players have received all sorts of random pep talks over the week.
This isn't your ordinary game. This one is for service academy supremacy and everyone is fired up.
The Black Knights (3-5) kick off their quest for the Commander in Chief's Trophy when they travel to Air Force (1-7) on Saturday. A win by Army sets up quite a showdown with Navy in the final game of the season as the Black Knights try to capture their first trophy since 1996 in the annual round-robin competition.
A loss and the Midshipmen would retain the crown no matter what, courtesy of being the defending champions and having already beaten the Falcons earlier this season. (A three-way tie keeps the trophy with the past winner).
Colorado flooding limits USA Pro Challenge
(Information in the following story is from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Fort Collins will not bid to host a stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge cycling race as portions of Larimer County rebuild following September's devastating floods.
Instead, the race's Local Organizing Committee will focus on 2015.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the local committee had planned a bid to host the cycling race next year, but historic rainfall raised the Big Thompson River, which washed out large chunks of U.S. Highway 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon below Estes Park. Contractors are still working on U.S. 34 from Estes Park to Loveland in hopes of reopening the highway by Dec. 1.