The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday

Cory Gardner, winner of the U.S Representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, on stage for his victory speech at the Colorado GOP watch party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Tuesday evening. The Denver Post/ Andy Cross

No. 10 Kobalt 400 is the Sprint Cup race Sunday in Las Vegas

No. 9 College men's basketball highlights include Notre Dame at North Carolina Monday, Wednesday Louisville at SMU and San Diego State at UNLV, Thursday Memphis at Cincy and Iowa at Michigan State, Saturday Kentucky at Florida, North Carolina at Duke, New Mexico at SDSU, CU at Cal and SMU at Memphis, and Michigan State at Ohio State Sunday

No. 8 The Paralympics kick off in Sochi, Russia, on Friday

No. 7 Local college highlights include Air Force's baseball home opening series starting Friday, women's hoops Tuesday, men's tennis and men's lacrosse Saturday, and CC men's lacrosse Sunday

No. 6 Prep highlights include basketball playoffs and the start of spring competition for the remainder of the sports Thursday

No. 5 The Nuggets host Minnesota Monday, Dallas Wednesday and the Lakers Friday before visiting New Orleans Sunday

No. 4 The Avs have a big week hosting former CC star Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues Saturday after visiting Chicago Tuesday and Detroit Thursday

No. 3 Air Force men's basketball closes out the regular season by hosting Boise State Saturday after a game at New Mexico Wednesday

No. 2 UCCS' men will host an RMAC quarterfinal game Tuesday while the women might be on the road with the league tournament finals Friday and Saturday

No. 1 CC hockey hosts highly ranked St. Cloud State in its home season finales Friday and Saturday; Air Force hockey hopes to have a bye in the first round of the AHA playoffs

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The annual Sportswomen of Colorado banquet is Sunday at the Marriott Denver Tech Center

Air Force "spring" football practices continue

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