<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - Sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/Sports Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:07:17 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Latest: SKorea's Moon backs joint hockey team with North]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-skoreas-moon-backs-joint-hockey-team-with-north/article/feed/530331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-skoreas-moon-backs-joint-hockey-team-with-north/article/feed/530331?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on talks between North and South Korea (all times local):

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5 p.m.

South Korea's president says fielding a joint ice hockey team with North Korea during next month's Winter Olympics would be a historic event that moves the hearts of people around the world.

Moon Jae-in's office says the president made the remarks during a meeting with South Korean athletes on Wednesday.

South Korea wants the International Olympic Committee to allow several North Korean players to join the South Korean women's hockey team, in what would be the rivals' first unified Olympic team.

Moon said a joint team could boost inter-Korean ties.

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:16:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Talk of joint Olympics hockey team worries South Koreans]]> http://gazette.com/talk-of-joint-olympics-hockey-team-worries-south-koreans/article/feed/530350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/talk-of-joint-olympics-hockey-team-worries-south-koreans/article/feed/530350?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A last-minute proposal to form a joint North Korean-South Korean women's hockey team for next month's Olympics has sparked concern that it could be a bad move for the South Korean players.

A South Korean official tried to respond to the fears Wednesday.

"It is the government's basic stance that we will make sure there is no negative impact on our athletes," said Baik Tae-hyun, a spokesman for the Unification Ministry. He didn't elaborate.

His comment came one day after the team's coach told reporters that she was shocked by the development and said it could be harmful to the players, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:57:19 -0700 <![CDATA[North Korea to send cheering squad in Olympics delegation]]> http://gazette.com/north-korea-to-send-cheering-squad-in-olympics-delegation/article/feed/530323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-korea-to-send-cheering-squad-in-olympics-delegation/article/feed/530323?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad to South Korea as part of its delegation to next month's Winter Olympics, Seoul officials said Wednesday, the latest in a series of conciliatory gestures the North has abruptly taken recently following a year of heightened nuclear tension.

North Korea informed South Korea of the size of its Olympic cheering squad when officials from the rivals met at the border for the third time in less than 10 days to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics.

A flurry of Olympics-related meetings has provided a tentative thaw in long-strained ties between the Koreas. But the North's reluctance to discuss its nuclear weapons program is raising skepticism over h

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:46:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Sykes brothers face off for the first time on opposing teams as Rampart hockey takes down Pine Creek]]> http://gazette.com/sykes-brothers-face-off-for-the-first-time-on-opposing-teams-as-rampart-hockey-takes-down-pine-creek/article/1619178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sykes-brothers-face-off-for-the-first-time-on-opposing-teams-as-rampart-hockey-takes-down-pine-creek/article/1619178?custom_click=rss

The Sykes brothers grew up playing hockey together.

On skates before preschool, and growing a competitive fire and a love for the sport.

But Tuesday the Sykes brothers, Cameron and Spencer, were no longer teammates, they were competitors.

Cameron, a junior, completed his transfer from Pine Creek to cross-town rival Rampart at the beginning of the year, just as Spencer solidified himself as a talented freshman starter for the Eagles.

“Spencer and I are really close, but I had to push him around a little bit,” Cameron said. “It was a lot of fun playing against him.”

The Sykes family was a house divided on Tuesday with rooting interested in both teams.



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<![CDATA[Paul Klee: With Western Conference closing in, Denver Nuggets must relocate playoff mojo in a hurry]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-with-western-conference-closing-in-denver-nuggets-must-relocate-playoff-mojo-in-a-hurry/article/1619173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-with-western-conference-closing-in-denver-nuggets-must-relocate-playoff-mojo-in-a-hurry/article/1619173?custom_click=rss

DENVER – This is going to sound premature, like hysterical media treating 2 inches of snow like the end of humankind as we know it. I get that. It’s only January, and the NBA season rolls all the way into April.

So the point I’m about to make — that the Nuggets are in danger of missing the playoffs, if somebody doesn’t give them a swift kick to the backside — comes with a self-aware disclaimer: we’re just over halfway through the season, with 38 games left to be played. That's a lot of ball still on the calendar.

But there’s no way anyone but Rocky the SuperMascot could stroll outside Pepsi Center and into the cold and have warm and fuzzy feelings about the way the



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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:43:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Tuesday's prep roundup: Doherty beats Rampart in girls' basketball]]> http://gazette.com/tuesdays-prep-roundup-doherty-beats-rampart-in-girls-basketball/article/1619174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tuesdays-prep-roundup-doherty-beats-rampart-in-girls-basketball/article/1619174?custom_click=rss

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Doherty 56, Rampart 48

At Rampart: The Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Spartans were outscored 17-6 in the first quarter and were down 32-24 at the half, but Doherty (12-3, 5-0 5A CSML) fought back to earn a tough win over the No. 3 Rams (4-9, 1-3).

Brionna McBride scored 17, Mykiaa Minniss had 12 and Unique Gainey finished with 11 for the Spartans. Bailee Hart and Madi Wriedt each scored 17 points for Rampart.

Pine Creek 52, Liberty 46

At Liberty: The Lancers took a 12-5 lead after the first quarter, but Pine Creek outscored Liberty 27-9 in the second and third quarters.

Liberty did its best to make a comeback with 25 points in the fourth, but it was too little too late for the Pikes



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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:16:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Doherty boys handle Rampart in key Metro League contest]]> http://gazette.com/doherty-boys-handle-rampart-in-key-metro-league-contest/article/1619175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doherty-boys-handle-rampart-in-key-metro-league-contest/article/1619175?custom_click=rss

Doherty junior Alijah Bates came up short on a nifty reverse dunk late Tuesday night, settling instead for your rarely seen 180-degree, bank-shot layup.

Whatever works.

Bates had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, Kyrele Benford added 14 points, and the Spartans beat Rampart 66-56 to stay perfect in league.

Bates, a first-year starter, was 9 of 16 from the field and swished his first seven free throws before missing his last in his finest game in high school. The only thing he had to explain for afterward was his dunk-turned-layup late in the fourth.

"My legs got tired," he chuckled. "They just gave out on the jump."

Joe Golden added 12 points for Doherty and was the key defender in limiting the



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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:58:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette uninjured in car accident]]> http://gazette.com/jaguars-rookie-leonard-fournette-uninjured-in-car-accident/article/feed/530278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jaguars-rookie-leonard-fournette-uninjured-in-car-accident/article/feed/530278?custom_click=rss JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette escaped injury after he was involved in what authorities say was a minor three-car crash.

The team says the rookie's car was rear-ended about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and that he was not hurt. He was able to drive home after the crash.

The Jaguars also say Fournette signed the rear bumper of his 2017 Mercedes-Benz Maybach — it was knocked off in the wreck — and gave it to one of the first responders on the scene.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Fournette was not at fault in the crash.

Fournette and the Jaguars play at New England on Sunday in the AFC championship game.

Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns in Jacksonvil

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:43:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Doctor says Trump is 6-3, 239 pounds, and the Internet has so many athlete comparisons]]> http://gazette.com/doctor-says-trump-is-6-3-239-pounds-and-the-internet-has-so-many-athlete-comparisons/article/1619172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctor-says-trump-is-6-3-239-pounds-and-the-internet-has-so-many-athlete-comparisons/article/1619172?custom_click=rss

The results of President Trump’s first formal medical exam since taking office were announced Tuesday, and the big news was that the physician involved, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, said the 71-year-old president received a perfect score on a cognitive test. However, other announced results were also of interest, particularly to those who couldn’t help but notice that Trump was listed at 6-3 and 239 pounds.

Of course, sports fans are often very well-versed in athletes’ heights and weights, and they are aware that those listed numbers don’t always precisely correlate with reality.



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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:42:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Legendary Cheyenne Mountain volleyball coach David Barkley steps away]]> http://gazette.com/legendary-cheyenne-mountain-volleyball-coach-david-barkley-steps-away/article/1619171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legendary-cheyenne-mountain-volleyball-coach-david-barkley-steps-away/article/1619171?custom_click=rss

In 14 seasons as volleyball coach at Cheyenne Mountain, David Barkley witnessed some amazing things.

Winning five straight 4A state championships - and six overall - along with 14 regional titles and 350 wins certainly provided plenty of memories. An .858 winning percentage won't be beat by many, either.

But those highlights can't compare to truly his most cherished moments on the court.

"The best thing about my time at Cheyenne Mountain is that I got to coach all three of my daughters," said Barkley, who recently turned in his resignation as Indians coach, a post he had held since 2004. "And all three did win titles while they were there, and that was great to be a part of.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:05:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: Denver Broncos hope to do flips over some players at Senior Bowl, maybe even a quarterback]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-hope-to-do-flips-over-some-players-at-senior-bowl-maybe-even-a-quarterback/article/1619165?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-hope-to-do-flips-over-some-players-at-senior-bowl-maybe-even-a-quarterback/article/1619165?custom_click=rss

When the Broncos were designated to coach the North in next week's Senior Bowl, John Elway and Vance Joseph could be excused for doing somersaults, back flips and tequila shots at Dove Valley.

It was the best occasion for the Bad News Broncos since the September 42-17 blowout against the Cowboys.

"We jumped at the opportunity,'' Elway said. And, literally, they did.

As a result of the "honor,'' which now is given to two of the lousiest franchises in the league that didn't change head coaches immediately after the season, the team's somewhat revised coaching staff and personnel department will have the opportunity "to meet these prospects and get to know them on and off the field,'' the Broncos Boss said.



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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:33:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Jay Bruce, Mets finalize $39 million, 3-year deal]]> http://gazette.com/jay-bruce-mets-finalize-39-million-3-year-deal/article/feed/530324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jay-bruce-mets-finalize-39-million-3-year-deal/article/feed/530324?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce and the New York Mets have finalized a $39 million, three-year deal to bring his big bat back to Queens.

The Mets announced Bruce's signing Tuesday night. They have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday morning.

The 30-year-old Bruce had a career-high 36 home runs along with a .254 average and 101 RBIs last season. He hit 29 of those homers with the Mets before an August trade sent him to Cleveland.

Bruce will get $10 million this season and $14.5 million in each of the following two years. He can designate five teams each year that he cannot be traded to without his consent.

Bruce said in a statement he is "excited to return to the Mets to help finish what we set out to do at the

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:54:28 -0700 <![CDATA[While Rangers want to add rotation depth, Yu still unlikely]]> http://gazette.com/while-rangers-want-to-add-rotation-depth-yu-still-unlikely/article/feed/530302?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/while-rangers-want-to-add-rotation-depth-yu-still-unlikely/article/feed/530302?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers general manager Jon Daniels anticipates adding depth to his rotation. It remains unlikely that pitcher will be a front-line starter.

"We're not going to close the door on the chance to add premium talent. You always explore it," Daniels said Tuesday. "But if I had to handicap it, I don't think it's highly likely at this point."

Yu Darvish, traded by the Rangers to the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers last July, is among several starting pitchers still available as free agents. Jake Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner who went to nearby TCU, is also among that group.

Daniels has consistently said the Rangers, who missed the playoffs last season after consecutive AL West titles, did

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:35:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal]]> http://gazette.com/reliever-addison-reed-twins-finalize-16.75m-2-year-deal/article/feed/530089?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reliever-addison-reed-twins-finalize-16.75m-2-year-deal/article/feed/530089?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins' bullpen.

The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday and calls for salaries of $8.25 million this year and $8.5 million in 2019. The Twins agreed to a deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney in the offseason.

Reed has 125 saves in seven major league seasons. He started last season with the New York Mets, then was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and took over the ninth inning for them two years later.

Reed had a career-best 40 saves in 2013, with 72 strikeouts in 71 1/3

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:27:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Royals hire former big league manager Lamont to help GM]]> http://gazette.com/royals-hire-former-big-league-manager-lamont-to-help-gm/article/feed/530316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/royals-hire-former-big-league-manager-lamont-to-help-gm/article/feed/530316?custom_click=rss KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former big league manager Gene Lamont has been hired as a special assistant to Royals general manager Dayton Moore, reuniting him with the organization where he spent nearly a decade coaching prospects.

The Royals announced his hiring Tuesday.

Lamont, who played parts of five seasons for the Tigers, served as a manager in the Royals' farm system in the 1970s and '80s. He then managed the White Sox and Pirates in the big leagues, leading Chicago to the AL West title in 1993, and compiled an overall record of 553-562.

He spent the past 11 seasons on the staffs of Jim Leyland and Brad Ausmus in Detroit.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:18:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field]]> http://gazette.com/andrew-mccutchen-eager-for-challenge-of-a-tough-right-field/article/feed/530313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/andrew-mccutchen-eager-for-challenge-of-a-tough-right-field/article/feed/530313?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco's AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again.

Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all.

And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few more bases.

The Giants acquired the popular McCutchen from Pittsburgh on Monday, and he will be their new starting right fielder. Manager Bruce Bochy quickly spoke to incumbent Hunter Pence about making the move from right to left.

"I'm looking forward to right field, that's one place people can't pick on me saying my defensive metrics are so bad," McCutchen said during a conference call Tu

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:39:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Seahawks hire Schottenheimer, Norton as coordinators]]> http://gazette.com/seahawks-hire-schottenheimer-norton-as-coordinators/article/feed/530303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seahawks-hire-schottenheimer-norton-as-coordinators/article/feed/530303?custom_click=rss RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have hired Brian Schottenheimer as their offensive coordinator and are bringing back Ken Norton Jr. to oversee the defense.

Schottenheimer takes over for Darrell Bevell, who was fired after seven seasons in charge of Seattle's offense.

Schottenheimer was an offensive coordinator from 2006-2014 with the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams. He spent the 2015 season as the offensive coordinator at Georgia before returning to the NFL the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts.

Norton was the defensive coordinator in Oakland before getting fired after 10 games last season.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:28:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Titans' Delanie Walker replaces Travis Kelce at Pro Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/titans-delanie-walker-replaces-travis-kelce-at-pro-bowl/article/feed/530304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/titans-delanie-walker-replaces-travis-kelce-at-pro-bowl/article/feed/530304?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker has replaced Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce on the AFC roster for the Pro Bowl.

Walker was named as Kelce's replacement Tuesday.

This will be the third straight Pro Bowl appearance for Walker, who was an alternate this season. Walker led the Titans with 74 catches and 807 yards receiving, and he also scored three touchdowns.

The 12-year veteran now has 5,621 yards receiving for his career.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:27:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Saints QB Brees: No plans to field offers from other teams]]> http://gazette.com/saints-qb-brees-no-plans-to-field-offers-from-other-teams/article/feed/530249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saints-qb-brees-no-plans-to-field-offers-from-other-teams/article/feed/530249?custom_click=rss

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees dispensed with technicalities regarding his contract and spoke as if his return to New Orleans next season was virtually assured.

"It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. I'll be here as long as they'll have me," Brees said Tuesday in the locker room at Saints headquarters, where players were packing up for the offseason following their dramatic elimination from the playoffs in Minnesota last weekend.

Brees acknowledged he'd have leverage if he chose to listen to offers from other clubs, but asserted that he has no plans to do so for professional and personal reasons.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:24:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Doug Pederson emerges from Class of 2016 NFL coaches]]> http://gazette.com/doug-pederson-emerges-from-class-of-2016-nfl-coaches/article/feed/530305?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doug-pederson-emerges-from-class-of-2016-nfl-coaches/article/feed/530305?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Pederson was too close to Andy Reid to get fan approval when the Philadelphia Eagles hired him to replace Chip Kelly.

Pederson was Reid's first starting quarterback in Philadelphia back in 1999 when he groomed rookie Donovan McNabb. Then Pederson served as an assistant coach under Reid for seven seasons with the Eagles and Chiefs.

Because Reid never won the Big One — he's the winningest coach in franchise history and led Philadelphia to five NFC title games and a Super Bowl loss in 14 seasons between 1999-2012 — fans didn't want his protege.

Adam Gase and Ben McAdoo were popular choices during the 2016 coaching search, but Gase went to Miami and McAdoo stayed with the Giants.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:08:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Streak-busting Air Force basketball team takes aim at long skid against Colorado State]]> http://gazette.com/streak-busting-air-force-basketball-team-takes-aim-at-long-skid-against-colorado-state/article/1619150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/streak-busting-air-force-basketball-team-takes-aim-at-long-skid-against-colorado-state/article/1619150?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS – Air Force’s two-year road losing streak ended at Denver in December.

Its three-year Mountain West road skid was snapped at San Jose State on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Falcons can go after a 12-game losing streak to in-state rival Colorado State.

“It would be nice to check another box,” said coach Dave Pilipovich, who has beaten everybody in the Mountain West except the Rams.

Air Force’s last victory over Colorado State came on Feb. 26, 2011, and it hasn’t won at Moby Arena since 2008 – a span of nine games that have been decided by a leave-no-doubt average margin of 18 points.

But this year might be different, as Air Force has shown at various



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<![CDATA[Chronicling Air Force's basketball season through 'Star Wars' quotes]]> http://gazette.com/chronicling-air-forces-basketball-season-through-star-wars-quotes/article/1619132?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chronicling-air-forces-basketball-season-through-star-wars-quotes/article/1619132?custom_click=rss

As product of the late 1970s and child of the '80s, I grew up with the Star Wars franchise. Some people quote Shakespeare, I quote Lucas. Here are some sayings from the films that I find pertinent in chronicling the Air Force basketball season to this point.



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<![CDATA[Lefty Wade LeBlanc agrees to a minor league deal with Yanks]]> http://gazette.com/lefty-wade-leblanc-agrees-to-a-minor-league-deal-with-yanks/article/feed/530294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lefty-wade-leblanc-agrees-to-a-minor-league-deal-with-yanks/article/feed/530294?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander Wade LeBlanc has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees and will report to major league spring training.

The 33-year-old LeBlanc was 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 50 relief appearances last year for Pittsburgh, which declined his $1.25 million option for 2018.

LeBlanc is 30-35 in nine seasons with a 4.40 ERA in 79 starts and 97 relief appearances for San Diego (2008-11), Miami (2012-13), Houston (2013), the Yankees (2014), Los Angeles Angels (2014), Seattle (2016) and Pittsburgh.

He was claimed by the Yankees off waivers from Angels and pitched one game, on June 4, 2014, against Oakland. He allowed two singles, a one-out intentional walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly befor

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:29:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Blog: Colorado College hockey's Bergh, Halloran nominated for Hobey Baker Award]]> http://gazette.com/blog-colorado-college-hockeys-bergh-halloran-nominated-for-hobey-baker-award/article/1619142?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-colorado-college-hockeys-bergh-halloran-nominated-for-hobey-baker-award/article/1619142?custom_click=rss

Junior Mason Bergh and sophomore Nick Halloran are among 74 players from 46 Division I schools nominated for the 2018 Hobey Baker Award, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation announced on Tuesday.

Bergh (11 goals, 18 assists) of Eden Prairie, Minn. has set new career highs in assists and points and Halloran (13 goals, 18 assists) of Draper, Utah, has far surpassed his totals in all three categories.

Two CC Tigers have taken the award. Marty Sertich won in 2005 while teammate Brett Sterling was a runner-up. Peter Sejna won in 2003. Tom Preissing (2003), Brian Swanson (1999 and 1997), Peter Geronazzo (1996) and Jay McNeill (1995) were top-10 finalists.

Defending champion Denver has three nominees this year: Henrik



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<![CDATA[Bengals thank Jaguars by donating to Bortles' foundation]]> http://gazette.com/bengals-thank-jaguars-by-donating-to-bortles-foundation/article/feed/530290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bengals-thank-jaguars-by-donating-to-bortles-foundation/article/feed/530290?custom_click=rss JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals fans are thanking Blake Bortles for helping the Jacksonville Jaguars eliminate Pittsburgh from the playoffs.

The Blake Bortles Foundation says more than 100 Bengals fans have combined to contribute nearly $5,000 since Jacksonville beat Cincinnati's biggest rival, the Steelers, 45-42 last Sunday.

Bortles says "fans are at the core of the football experience, and it's truly exciting and rewarding when they band together, regardless of the team they cheer for, to make a positive impact in the lives of others."

Bortles threw for 214 yards and a touchdown in the victory. He says he appreciates the contributions and adds that Bengals fans "should know their support will make a di

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:34:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Sexual abuse victim to ex-doctor Larry Nassar: 'You are a repulsive liar']]> http://gazette.com/sexual-abuse-victim-to-ex-doctor-larry-nassar-you-are-a-repulsive-liar/article/1619135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sexual-abuse-victim-to-ex-doctor-larry-nassar-you-are-a-repulsive-liar/article/1619135?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. — One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children — one with the warning that "little girls don't stay little forever."

Nearly 100 women and girls planned to speak or have their statements read during an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing. Many of them cried as they gave the initial testimonies Tuesday. Some requested that their identities not be made public. The judge consoled the victims and said they should not blame themselves.



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<![CDATA[Coming out changes the game for Olympian Gus Kenworthy]]> http://gazette.com/coming-out-changes-the-game-for-olympian-gus-kenworthy/article/1619131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coming-out-changes-the-game-for-olympian-gus-kenworthy/article/1619131?custom_click=rss

PARK CITY, Utah — Gus Kenworthy's life has changed, and unlike most athletes who make it big at the Olympics, it's only partly because of the medal he won.

When he left Sochi four years ago, Kenworthy was known as the silver medal-winning, dog-saving freestyle skier who was part of a historic U.S. medals sweep in the first Olympic ski slopestyle contest.

His supposedly perfect stay in Russia was something much less, however, mainly because of the secret he kept. He was gay but would not tell the world for almost two more years. Now that he has gotten that out in the open, he feels a great sense of relief, but he also is aware that his newfound comfort comes at a price. Fair or not, his next trip to the Olympics, next



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<![CDATA[David Ramsey: For Palmer Ridge's Ty Evans, a brutal college football reality awaits]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-for-palmer-ridges-ty-evans-a-brutal-college-football-reality-awaits/article/1619095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-for-palmer-ridges-ty-evans-a-brutal-college-football-reality-awaits/article/1619095?custom_click=rss

College football teams place a wide assortment of running backs, tackles, linebackers, defensive backs and receivers on the field. Plenty of playing time beckons for a hungry, talented prospect.

College football teams place one quarterback on the field, and his backups spend Saturdays watching from the sideline. Some of those backups spend their entire careers watching.

This is the reality that awaits Ty Evans, the Palmer Ridge senior-to-be quarterback who announced Monday he plans to play for Mike McIntyre and the Colorado Buffs.

Evans will arrive in Boulder in the fall of 2019 to compete with a collection of other high school quarterback stars. All will boast astronomical prep statistics. All will be hometown



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<![CDATA[Paul Klee: The best show in town? Check out the Colorado Avalanche, winners of seven straight games]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-best-show-in-town-check-out-the-colorado-avalanche-winners-of-seven-straight-games/article/1619083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-best-show-in-town-check-out-the-colorado-avalanche-winners-of-seven-straight-games/article/1619083?custom_click=rss

DENVER — We’re going to break some rules here.

Nothing major; nobody’s going to journalism jail. But this column here — on the rip-roaring, fun-as-rollercoasters Colorado Avalanche — doesn’t fit in with the everything must be serious side of sports.

We’re not calling for anybody’s job.

We’re not tossing out potential trades.

We’re not even forecasting if the Avs are a playoff team, or if they are still too young for that next step and destined to hockey’s pit of misery, dilly, dilly.

What we are doing — what the Avs are doing, to be accurate — is bringing entertaining hockey back to Pepsi Center.



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<![CDATA[Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans talks about picking Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-quarterback-ty-evans-talks-about-picking-colorado/article/1619088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-quarterback-ty-evans-talks-about-picking-colorado/article/1619088?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs’ best college recruit is staying in The Centennial State.

After countless visits to Division I programs around the country, Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans has decided he wants to stay in Colorful Colorado as a Colorado University Buffalo.  

“Colorado football has always meant a lot to me growing up and going to camps and growing up a Buffs fan,” Evans said. “I have a lot or pride being a Colorado kid, and being a quarterback I want to be a part of putting Colorado football on the map, and making them a top 25 program again.



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