STATE WIDE HOOP SCORES / REGIONAL HEADLINES

STATE WIDE HOOP SCORES / REGIONAL HEADLINES

BOYS BASKETBALL

Burlington 66, Shoshoni 31

Campbell County 50, Casper Natrona 38

Grand Junction, Colo. 62, Cheyenne South 48

Sheridan 62, Buffalo 46

Thermopolis 67, Worland 39

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Big Horn 52, Moorcroft 32

Campbell County 55, St. Anthony, Calif. 50

Grand Junction, Colo. 47, Cheyenne South 46

Kemmerer 33, Mountain View 29

Saratoga 46, Encampment 33

Sheridan 57, Buffalo 31

Shoshoni 34, Burlington 21

Thermopolis 40, Worland 32

WYOMING COWBOYS BASKETBALL

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt gambled one of his scholarships on an inexperienced basketball player at a small community college.

He and his staff decided to invest in Derek Cooke Jr., a redshirt freshman from Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan.

The 20 year old from Washington D.C., had not played organized basketball until 2011. The 6-foot-9 forward possessed eye-catching athleticism, but he was short on experience.

Cooke didn't play basketball in high school but grew four inches after graduating.

Shyatt tells the Casper Star-Tribune that when Cooke really learns the game, he's going to have a heck of a career at Wyoming.

So far, Cooke is averaging about 11 minutes of action and 3.2 points per game for the Cowboys.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 101-93 on Thursday night.

Nicolas Batum had 22 points to give the Blazers their first four-game winning streak of the season despite missing forward LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sprained left ankle.

The Nuggets were 0 for 22 from 3-point range, breaking the NBA record of 20 misses without a made 3-pointer set by the Trail Blazers in a game against Toronto last week. Seventy-four of Denver's point came in the paint.

The Blazers led by as many as 18 in the first half and while the Nuggets were able to close the gap, they were never able to pull even.

BRONCOS-PEYTON'S CHOICE

Manning's choice added pressure in Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Knowing as well as anyone that time is no longer his friend, Peyton Manning went looking for a team last summer.

He gambled on the Denver Broncos, and when he signed the contract, the players who were already in Denver got the message: Their new quarterback thought the pieces were in place to win the Super Bowl, and win one quickly.

On a nine-game winning streak and positioned for a first-round bye in the playoffs, it's safe to say the Broncos (11-3) are living up to what Manning hoped they would be.

They are not a team headed for the playoffs based on smoke and mirrors, the way many critics felt last year's team was with Tim Tebow at the helm. That team finished the season ranked 23rd on offense and 20th on defense.

This year's team is dominating statistically.

SPIES AMONG US

Sounds of the game include lots of fakery

DENVER (AP) - The best spies in the NFL these days aren't behind enemy lines but on the quarterback's own side of the ball.

Every game, two of his interior offensive linemen are miked up for network TV, bringing the sounds of the game to millions of viewers - and future opponents - who hear the quarterback's cadence, codes and cues, all of which are enshrouded in an increasing amount of gibberish.

While fans are all tuned in to this quarterback gobbledygook, many defenders are tuning it out, focusing on other signs like player movements and alignments to help them decipher calls.

Still, just about every quarterback is doing his best Peyton Manning imitation at the line of scrimmage after the league moved the umpire, who was miked, for safety reasons in 2010.

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Shiffrin earns 1st World Cup win in Sweden

ARE, Sweden (AP) - Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail, Colo., won her first World Cup event on Thursday, putting down a perfect second run to win a night slalom ahead of home favorite Frida Hansdotter.

Under the floodlights on Are's Olympia course, the 17-year-old Shiffrin finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 45.36 seconds.

Hansdotter led after the first run but lost time toward the end of her second and finished 0.29 seconds behind for second place.

Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 0.52 behind.

Lindsey Vonn skipped the race, having taken a break from the World Cup to fully recover from an intestinal illness.

USOC-OLYMPIC BID

AP Sources: USOC keeping potential host bid alive

The U.S. Olympic Committee will move forward with exploring a bid to host a future Olympics without making a commitment to an actual bid, people familiar with Thursday's board meeting tell The Associated Press.

The board approved a proposal from a committee formed to examine bids for either the 2024 Summer or 2026 Winter Olympics. The committee recommended the board move forward with the exploratory process without necessarily committing to a bid.

People familiar with the meetings spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the quarterly board meeting was still in session and the group's actions hadn't been made public.

The United States hasn't hosted the Olympics since 2002. Its last bid came for the 2016 Summer Games and the bid city, Chicago, finished last in the voting.

USOC-PROBST

Larry Probst re-elected as USOC chair

U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst has been elected to a second term.

Probst, also the chairman at Electronic Arts, took over for Peter Ueberroth in 2008 during a period of turmoil for the USOC.

During Probst's first four years, the USOC has solved a long-simmering feud with the International Olympic Committee over their revenue-sharing agreement and the USOC management has returned to stability under the leadership of CEO Scott Blackmun.

Last year, the IOC appointed Probst to its international relations commission - one of several steps the USOC sees as improving its reputation overseas.

Also Thursday, US Ski and Snowboard Association president Bill Marolt and Whitney Ping, a 2004 Olympian in table tennis, were appointed to vacant positions on the board.

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