Top things to look for in sports starting Monday:


No. 10 The Iditarod dog sled race starts Saturday

No. 9 Air Force football "spring" practice has begun

No. 8 The Sprint Cup series heads to Phoenix on Sunday

No. 7 Local college highlights include Air Force's Wing Open boxing finals Thursday, AFA men's tennis home Wednesday, women's tennis Friday, men's lacrosse, women's hoops and women's gymnastics all home Saturday, UCCS hoop teams with their final regular-season games in Denver vs. Metro State and Regis Friday and Saturday, CC women's tennis home Saturday

No. 6 College men's basketball highlights include Monday's Syracuse at Marquette, Wednesday SDSU at New Mexico, Fresno at CSU and CU at Stanford, Saturday Miami at Duke, Louisville at Syracuse, Butler at VCU, Notre Dame at Marquette, CU at Cal, CSU at Boise, and Sunday's Michigan State at Michigan

No. 5 The Avs host Calgary Thursday between road games at San Jose Tuesday and Columbus Sunday

No. 4 The Nuggets host the Lakers Monday and the Thunder Friday around a trip to Portland on Wednesday in a tough schedule week

No. 3 In preps, state hockey semifinals and finals are Thursday and Friday at the University of Denver, and basketball playoffs are in full swing

No. 2 Air Force's men's basketball team hosts Wyoming Tuesday and visits Fresno State on Saturday

No. 1 Colorado College hosts Minnesota State-Mankato while Air Force hosts league-leading Niagara in hockey Friday and Saturday