LeBron James, Team LeBron tops Team Stephen at NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game. James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night. For the first time in the 67 editions of the All-Star Game, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format

Connor McDavid’s hat trick, Oilers end Avalanche’s home winning streak

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid produced a hat trick Sunday and Ryan Strome broke a tie with 6:42 remaining to power the Oilers to a 4-2 victory at the Pepsi Center. McDavid’s third goal was an empty-netter with 1:26 to play. The triumph snapped Edmonton’s six-game losing streak and put an end to Colorado’s 10-game winning streak at home. The Avs lost two defensemen to injury during the game. Rookie Anton

Why kiss with his boyfriend means more to Gus Kenworthy than medal at Winter Olympics

BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Gus Kenworthy already owns a silver medal. This time, he traveled to the Olympics for the kiss. As kisses go, the smooch with his boyfriend, actor Matt Wilkas, wasn’t very theatrical. It was a quick peck before Kenworthy snapped into his ski bindings to ride the rails and launch from the jumps at the Olympic slopestyle competition. The kiss was as sweet and innocent as “Lady

Colorado high school state wrestling: Notable final team, individual performances in all classifications

The 2018 Colorado high school state wrestling tournament concluded Saturday at the Pepsi Center, where champions were crowned across four classifications. Here were some team and individual performances of note: Serrano stays perfect Ryan Roth paced back and forth on the mat like a tiger in a cage. The junior from Pueblo East weighs about 130 pounds during football season — when he plays defensive tackle. So he was eager

Poudre’s Jacob Greenwood becomes 21st four-time state champ in Colorado high school wrestling history

When going after a prep wrestling championship four-peat, there always seems to be a defining match that either makes or breaks the chance at joining the exclusive club. For Poudre 145-pound senior Jacob Greenwood, who became the 21st wrestler in Colorado history to win four individual titles with his 4-2 overtime win over Grand Junction senior Dylan Martinez on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center, those moments came in a freshman year

It’s time. Pat Bowlen, the rare sports owner, should be in Canton.

Pat Bowlen was the fastest NFL owner to reach 300 wins, is the only NFL owner to reach four Super Bowls with four different head coaches, owns the remarkable feat of having more Super Bowl appearances (seven) than losing seasons (six), also has 21 winning seasons, 18 playoff berths and a record that puts him in elite company. But the Broncos’ owner of 34 years has built a legacy that

With established sweat equity, Denver East basketball primed for another deep Class 5A state playoff push

Post Preps Insider is your daily source for news, story lines, top games and more information on Colorado high school sports — brought to you by Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman. The basic premise behind coach Rudy Carey’s infamous towel drill is this: If you want to own the building, first you’ve got to mop the floors. On Thursday at Denver East hoops practice, as the No. 4 Angels

Montana’s Maggie Voisin just misses podium in the most progressive Olympic slopestyle contest ever

BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Montana’s Maggie Voisin, competing in her second Olympics at age 19, finally landed the run of her life on Saturday, linking three huge 900s in a row on the PyeongChang Olympic slopestyle course. After squeaking into the final as the last qualifier and scratching on her previous two attempts on the jumps, her final of three runs was enough to put her in third. But with

Kiszla: Woe is U.S. One bobble in super-G costs Lindsey Vonn a medal in tough Olympics for Americans

BUKPYEONG, South Korea – Clutching her head in distraught hands at the finish line, Lindsey Vonn knew before anyone else. With one little mistake, one wrong turn in the super-G, she blew her chance at an Olympic medal. Vonn, the most decorated female skier in history, had waited eight long years and fought threw countless injuries to race in the Winter Games, but was foiled again on the sport’s biggest stage.

Arapahoe selects ex-Valor Christian coach Rod Sherman to lead football program

Arapahoe High School announced Rod Sherman as its new head football coach Friday afternoon. Sherman, who resigned from Valor Christian on Dec. 22, was 57-11 in five seasons with the Eagles while winning three Class 5A state championships. He takes over for Mike Campbell, who took the Englewood job in January following a 15-year stint with the Warriors, in a program that’s posted one winning season over the last four.

Rockies’ Gerardo Parra undergoes hand surgery, will likely miss 4-6 weeks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rockies veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra will miss significant time during spring training after undergoing surgery to remove a broken bone in his right hand. Parra, who’s hand was tightly wrapped when he walked into the clubhouse at Salt River Fields Friday morning, had surgery last Friday to remove the broken hamate bone in his hand. The surgery was preformed in Scottsdale by Dr. Donald Sheridan. “I felt

Colorado Buffaloes come up short against Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. — Malachi Flynn scored a career high 30 points and Washington State rallied late to defeat Colorado 73-69 on Thursday night to end a seven-game losing streak. The Cougars (10-16, 2-11 Pac-12) trailed for most of the second half, but Flynn proved to be clutch. Flynn scored 21 points in the second half and made back-to-back buckets with 1:10 remaining to put the Cougs up 68-66. Colorado’s McKinley

Nikola Jokic compiles triple-double in first half as Denver Nuggets roll Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE — Nikola Jokic assured earlier this week that he did not mind being left out of this weekend’s all-star festivities. He welcome the chance to rest up before the season’s stretch run. But he put up quite the closing argument that he deserved inclusion here Thursday night. He scored, rebounded and facilitated at a breakneck pace, recording what is believed to be the fastest triple-double in NBA history (15

Bradley Beal has always been a quiet leader. He had to learn to be the voice the Washington Wizards need.

Bradley Beal does things in a meticulous way. He crushes oyster crackers while still in the plastic bag, then dumps them into a bowl of clam chowder. He eats noiselessly, and stops altogether when it’s his turn to engage in lunch conversation. This is his quiet nature. Ask the 24-year-old Washington Wizards guard about what first attracted him to longtime girlfriend Kamiah Adams, and Beal will admit she approached him

Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer breaks neck in terrifying Winter Olympics crash

PyeongChang current time Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer broke the fifth cervical vertebra in his neck during a frightening fall in the men’s snowboard cross quarterfinals Thursday at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Schairer landed with full force on his back, with his head snapping back and hitting the ground. His goggles fell off and he lay on the ground for a few moments before rising. After Schairer was examined at a hospital,

American snowboard cross athletes Baumgartner, Dierdorff just miss podium in thrilling PyeongChang Olympic final

BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Steamboat Springs’ Mick Dierdorff was feeling good, racing in his first Olympic snowboard cross semifinals when suddenly he was on his back. “That was a really hard one to get up from,” said the 26-year-old part-time carpenter. “From when I was 12 years old starting this sport, I’ve always been told the race is never over. When you go down, you get back up and finish. That

Climber’s death on popular Oregon peak underscores dangers

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Oregon’s tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year. The picture postcard view of Mount Hood makes it one of the most visited snow-capped peaks in the U.S., a destination to check off during any respectable visit to the City of Roses. “It just stands there and calls to you — and during clear weather like

Martin Truex Jr. ponders breaking out lucky charm for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. insists he doesn’t believe in lucky charms or superstitions. But the rabbit’s foot he stuck in his pocket before the 2017 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway has him reconsidering his views. Truex won at Homestead to clinch his first championship. Former NHRA racer Darrell Gwynn gave Truex the lucky charm before the race. Truex brought it with him to Daytona International Speedway, but

Kiszla: Tarnished gold? Shaun White on defensive about sexual misconduct allegations, bad flag etiquette.

PYEONGCHANG — His legend grew. Then the mud flew. Before Shaun White had the third gold medal of his amazing Olympic career placed around his neck, the 31-year-old snowboarder got caught Wednesday in ill-winds of controversy that battered his image as an American hero. Should we celebrate White as the GOAT, whose achievements stack up against New England quarterback Tom Brady and the most dominant athletes of his era? Or

Denver Nuggets use huge fourth quarter to top San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday’s fourth quarter between the Nuggets and Spurs began as a back-and-forth affair, until Will Barton flew in for a follow dunk that gave Denver a one-point lead back with 7:49 to play. Then the Nuggets began stringing together defensive stops, which led to a slew of transition opportunities and open looks all over the floor. Their impressive close swiftly turned a tight contest into a comfortable advantage, yielding a