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January 3, 2019

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MISSING WOMAN-COLORADO

CRIPPLE CREEK _ A court hearing is scheduled Thursday regarding the custody of the daughter of a missing Colorado woman. The girl’s father, 31-year-old Patrick Michael Frazee, was arrested Dec. 21 on suspicion of killing her mother, 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. (On merits)

TOP STORIES TODAY:

NEW CONGRESS

WASHINGTON _ House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown. “The partisanship, rancor and dysfunction of the Trump shutdown is exactly what voters rebuked in November,” said Rep.-elect Joe Neguse of Colorado, a new leader of the freshmen class, in the Democrats’ weekly address. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 970 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. By Wayne Parry and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRY SOUTHWEST-SNOW _ Southwestern Colorado is starting the new year with lots of snow after one of its worst drought years.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. was off 4.75 cents at 5.0675 a bushel; Mar. corn was up .25 cent at 3.7575 a bushel; Mar. oats rose 4.75 cents at $2.7825 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans advanced 12 cents at $8.9475 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS COACHING SEARCH

ENGLEWOOD — John Elway’s search for his fourth coach in six seasons began with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, a native of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday. Elway fired Vance Joseph after he went 11-21 in two seasons. Joseph is interviewing for the Cincinnati Bengals’ opening Thursday and Friday. Joseph was a former assistant to longtime Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who was also among the eight head coaching casualties of the 2018 season. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 710 words, photo.

YANKEES-TULOWITZKI

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have obtained a low-cost infield replacement, agreeing to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The former Colorado Rocky idolized retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter and has worn No. 2 in his honorBy Ronald Blum. SENT: 390 words, photo.

SHARKS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche try to break out of a five-game skid when they host San Jose on Wednesday night. The Sharks have won two of three. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT)

AROUND THE NHL

DENVER — Don’t be fooled: That third-period lead isn’t so safe. Not this season, anyway. There’s been quite a comeback for the comeback. The NHL has seen 110 third-period comeback wins spanning 611 games through New Year’s Eve. That’s third-most in league history and not far off the 114 rallies in 2014-15 and 113 in ’13-14, according to research by the NHL stats and information department. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NUGGETS-THE JOKER

DENVER _ Nikola Jokic considers himself a point guard who just so happens to be trapped in a center’s 250-pound frame. “I’m telling that to everybody,” the Denver Nuggets standout said. “But nobody believes in that except me.” It’s as good a description as any for the hard-to-label and even harder-to-stop play of the 7-footer nicknamed Joker. By Pat Graham. SENT: 930 words, photos.

ON BASKETBALL-INTERNATIONAL FLAIR

Go back to the 1999-2000 NBA season, and there were only two foreign-born players in the NBA who averaged 15 points per game: Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan. This season, there are 24 names on that list — by far the most in league history. The NBA international imprint just keeps getting bigger, providing the sort of transformative impact the likes of which the league probably hasn’t seen since the ABA merger. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 770 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ BKC-NEW MEXICO-AIR FORCE _ New Mexico plays Air Force at Clune Arena. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

_ USOC-NEW BOARD MEMBERS _ The U.S. Olympic Committee has appointed Paralympic gold-medal swimmer Brad Snyder, Ernst & Young executive Beth Brooke-Marciniak and USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender to its board of directors.

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