Demons take third at high school championships
Durango High School had just two representatives Lacey Grillos and Mackenzie Sill at the 2011 Colorado High School Championships, but two skaters equaled a third-place finish.
DHS earned a spot on the podium among the 10 team competitors at state.
Sill earned a trio of first-place finishes in Medium Spins, Medium Maneuvers and Intermediate Freeskate.
Grillos was runner-up in Low Spins and third in Low Maneuvers and the Preliminary Freeskate.
As a team, they placed second in Overall Team Spins and Overall Team Maneuvers.
DHS next will compete at the Denver Invitational in March.
National Football League
League, union meet again in nations capital
WASHINGTON (AP) NFL and players union representatives are meeting in Washington to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.
Its the second session in five days, the previous negotiations taking place in Dallas on Saturday the day before Super Bowl XLV.
Team owners opted out of the CBA in 2008, and the current contract expires March 3. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell heavily emphasized the need to get a deal done soon during his Super Bowl news conference last week.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said he expects the owners to lock out the players after the CBA expires.
Another negotiating session has been scheduled for this week.
Sporting News chooses Dimitroff as top executive
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was selected NFL executive of the year by the Sporting News for the second time in three seasons.
Dimitroff was chosen for his role in building the Falcons since 2008. Atlanta has gone from a team that never had consecutive winning records to one with three consecutive winning seasons. The Falcons went 13-3 in 2010, the best record in the NFC, before losing to Green Bay in the playoffs.
Among the players Dimitroff has drafted are quarterback Matt Ryan, tackle Sam Baker and linebacker Curtis Lofton. He also traded for Pro Bowl RB Michael Turner and TE Tony Gonzalez.
Since 2008, Atlanta has a 33-15 record, tied for third best in the NFL.
USA to play Germany in Fed Cup playoffs
LONDON (AP) The U.S. team will travel to Germany for the Fed Cup playoffs.
The Americans, who lost to Belgium in the first round last weekend without the injured Williams sisters, need to beat the Germans to stay in the eight-team World Group.
The best-of-five series will be played April 16-17. The venue hasnt been selected yet.
In other World Group playoffs, Spain will host France, Slovakia will host Serbia, and Australia will host Ukraine.
In World Group II, its Belarus vs. Estonia, Japan vs. Argentina, Slovenia vs. Canada and Switzerland vs. Sweden.
Haussler wins 3rd stage, leads Tour of Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) Australian rider Heinrich Haussler of Garmin-Cervelo won a windy third stage of the Tour of Qatar and grabbed the yellow jersey from former champion Tom Boonen.
Haussler, who won the second stage Tuesday, paced himself over the 93.5-mile circuit from the seaside town of Al Wakra to Mesaieed, Qatar, to win another sprint finish in 3 hours, 28 minutes, 4 seconds from countryman Mark Renshaw and Daniele Bennati of Italy.
Former three-time winner Boonen was well placed until he punctured a tire 30 miles from the end. He dropped more than 3 minutes overall behind the Tour of Qatar leader.
The fourth stage today is 95 miles from West Bay Lagoon in the northeast to Al Kharaitiyat, Qatar.