Friday, February 5
Klingberg's goal early in OT lifts Stars to 4-3 win over Avs
DENVER (AP) — John Klingberg scored 35 seconds into overtime, Antti Niemi stopped a pivotal penalty shot in the third period and the Dallas Stars snapped an eight-game skid against Colorado, beating the Avalanche 4-3 on Thursday night.
Klingberg beat Calvin Pickard with a slap shot on a breakaway just moments into overtime.
The winner came after Jason Demers scored a power-play goal to tie it with 8:40 remaining in regulation. Before that, Niemi turned aside Nathan MacKinnon's penalty shot.
Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky each had a goal for the Stars, who won in Denver for the first time since Feb. 4, 2013.
Nick Holden, Blake Comeau and Carl Soderberg scored for Colorado.
Cook leads No. 16 Oregon past Colorado 76-56
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Elgin Cook scored 18 points and Chris Boucher had 12 rebounds and blocked six shots to lead No. 16 Oregon to a 76-56 victory over Colorado on Thursday night.
Tyler Dorsey added 13 points and Dwayne Benjamin had 11 for the Ducks (19-4, 8-2 Pac-12), who won their fifth straight and 21st consecutive home game for the second-longest streak in school history.
Josh Scott led the Buffaloes (17-6, 6-4) with 17 points, and George King had 16 and eight rebounds. Colorado had a 42-38 advantage on the boards.
WEBER ST-N COLORADO
Senglin paces Weber State past Northern Colorado 64-54
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Joel Bolomboy had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeremy Senglin led all scorers with 22 points as Weber State beat Northern Colorado 64-54 Thursday night.
It was Bolomboy's 20th double-double in 22 games for Weber State (16-6, 8-1 Big Sky).
The Wildcats raced to a 12-3 lead before Norther Colorado (8-14, 5-5) used a 17-7 run to take a one-point lead on Anthony Johnson's layup. The lead was short lived as McKay Cannon responded with a 3-pointer to make it 22-20 with 3:44 to play until halftime, and Weber State led the rest of the game.
The Wildcats led 26-23 at the half and stretched the lead to 39-29 when Senglin buried a 3 with 14:42 remaining.
Johnson finished with 14 points and Jordan Davis had 12 for the Bears.
Denver rallies from 15-point deficit to beat IUPUI, 53-51
DENVER (AP) — Thomas Neff made a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left and Denver rallied from 15 points down in the second half to beat IUPUI 53-51 on Thursday night.
Joe Rosga scored 16 points to lead Denver (12-11, 4-6 Summit League). Christian Mackey added 11 points and Neff finished with seven.
Marcellus Barksdale had 14 points for IUPUI (11-14, 7-3), which had its four-game win streak snapped.
Barksdale scored eight of the Jaguars' first 10 points of the second half to stretch their halftime lead to 40-25 with 16 minutes left. The Pioneers answered with a 23-8 run, capped by Rosga's layup to tie it at 48 with 2:20 to play. Rosga scored 13 points, Mackey added eight and IUPUI missed 11 field-goal attempts during the stretch.
The Jaguars' Aaron Brennan split a pair of free throws before Neff put Denver up for good. Mackey added a free throw to make it a four-point game with five seconds left.
DENVER MAYOR-SUPER BOWL
Mayor's use of city funds for Super Bowl trip to get review
(Information in the following story is from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com)
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Board of Ethics will review plans for the city to fund Mayor Michael Hancock's family trip to watch the Broncos play in the Super Bowl.
The Denver Post reports that the board will meet Friday to discuss Hancock's use of city funds to pay for his airfare, lodging and meals as well as costs for two staffers and two security officers. A mayor spokeswoman says Hancock's wife and daughter have purchased airfare by themselves and will stay in the mayor's hotel room.
The Broncos have provided tickets for the mayor's group to attend Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, California.
Hancock's communications director, Amber Miller, says the use of city money is appropriate because the trip is in line with the mayor's duties.
Ohio plant workers take pride in making Super Bowl footballs
ADA, Ohio (AP) — The players in the Super Bowl hail from across the United States. But the footballs the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will use in Sunday's big game come from one place: Ada, Ohio.
The village is home to the Wilson Sporting Goods factory that makes footballs used by the NFL, many of the nation's top college teams, high schools, and more.
The Wilson brand is so dominant that plant manager Dan Riegle says every offensive point scored in an NFL game since 1941 was with one of the company's footballs.
According to Riegle, the factory's 100-plus employees make 3,000 to 4,000 footballs daily.
For this year's Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, Wilson sent each team 108 footballs. They feature the Super Bowl 50 logo, team names, date, and location.
SUPER BOWL-VEGAS BLACKOUT
TV deal means Las Vegas fans won't miss Super Bowl after all
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas football fans won't miss the Super Bowl after all.
Cox Communications says it struck a deal with the local CBS affiliate Thursday, ending a bitter rate dispute between the cable provider and KLAS-TV that had threatened Sunday's championship.
Both sides refused to release details on the agreement, which reinstates the channel to Cox's lineup. The station pulled it down Saturday after five months of failed contract negotiations.
The station's parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, wanted the cable giant to pay more to carry its programming, but Cox had balked at the costs.
That led to a public battle, with both sides urging tens of thousands of Cox subscribers to take action against the other.
Meanwhile, football fans were left scrambling to find backup plans for the big game.