<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:10:27 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Florida State's Taggart completes staff with 5 additions]]> http://gazette.com/florida-states-taggart-completes-staff-with-5-additions/article/feed/531002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/florida-states-taggart-completes-staff-with-5-additions/article/feed/531002?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Willie Taggart has completed his coaching staff with the announcement of five new hires on Friday, including an offensive coordinator.

Walt Bell, who has been at Maryland the past two seasons, will be the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He held the same position with the Terrapins and also at Arkansas State in 2014 and 2015.

The other additions are Greg Frey (offensive line/run game coordinator), David Kelly (wide receivers/recruiting coordinator), Mark Snyder (defensive ends) and Alonzo Hampton (special teams).

Taggart, who was named the 11th head coach in school history on Dec. 6, retained only one coach from Jimbo Fisher's staff — defensive tackles coach

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:57:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Booker scores 30, Warren 25 as Suns beat Nuggets 108-100]]> http://gazette.com/booker-scores-30-warren-25-as-suns-beat-nuggets-108-100/article/feed/531001?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/booker-scores-30-warren-25-as-suns-beat-nuggets-108-100/article/feed/531001?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Devin Booker scored 30 points, T.J. Warren had 25 and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Denver Nuggets 108-100 on Friday night.

Josh Jackson and Isaiah Canaan added 16 points apiece off the bench for Phoenix, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Nuggets.

The Suns benefited from an earlier arrival than their last game in Denver. Mechanical issues delayed their flight for the Jan. 3 game until five hours before the opening tip, and the Nuggets raced to a 134-111 win.

The extra night in Denver helped Phoenix to its first win against the Nuggets since Nov. 20, 2015.

Jamal Murray scored 30 in his return to the lineup and Nikola Jokic had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Denver.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:51:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Top-ranked Halep fends off Davis in marathon Round 3 match]]> http://gazette.com/top-ranked-halep-fends-off-davis-in-marathon-round-3-match/article/feed/530977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-ranked-halep-fends-off-davis-in-marathon-round-3-match/article/feed/530977?custom_click=rss

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep saved three match points and finally fended off Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 in a 3-hour, 45-minute marathon Saturday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The third set took 2 hours and 22 minutes and, after wasting three previous chances to serve out the match, Halep converted on her first match point when Davis hit a forehand wide.

The No. 76-ranked Davis, who had two medical time outs in the third set for treatment on both feet, including a break after blowing three match points from 0-40 on Halep's serve in the 22nd game.

"Definitely was a very tough match, so long," said Halep, who has twice reached the final at the French Open but never won a Grand

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:51:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Wizards score 45 in 3rd, beat Pistons 122-112]]> http://gazette.com/wizards-score-45-in-3rd-beat-pistons-122-112/article/feed/530992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wizards-score-45-in-3rd-beat-pistons-122-112/article/feed/530992?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — John Wall felt the third quarter wasn't much different from the first two.

The Washington Wizards just made more of their open shots.

Wall and the Wizards scored 45 points in the third, and although most of their 20-point lead slipped away in the fourth, they were able to hold on for a 122-112 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 26 points each, and Wall added 16 points and 11 assists.

Washington shot 16 of 20 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range in the third.

"It's the same looks we had in the first half," Wall said. "We missed some easy, wide-open 3s early in the first half. In the second half, guys started to knock them down and the floo

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:42:59 -0700 <![CDATA[South Korea asks North to explain canceled visit]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-asks-north-to-explain-canceled-visit/article/feed/530998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-asks-north-to-explain-canceled-visit/article/feed/530998?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has requested North Korea to explain why it abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation over the weekend to prepare for a visit by an art troupe during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyun on Saturday said that the countries could hopefully reschedule a visit soon.

The ministry says North Korea didn't explain why it was "suspending" the visit by the seven-member advance team. It was supposed to be led by the art troupe's leader Hyon Song Wol. She also heads the hugely popular girl band Moranbong that's hand-picked by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The rival Koreas earlier this week agreed that the 140-member art troupe wil

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:42:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Spence to make first title defense against Peterson]]> http://gazette.com/spence-to-make-first-title-defense-against-peterson/article/feed/530840?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spence-to-make-first-title-defense-against-peterson/article/feed/530840?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Errol Spence Jr.'s last fight would be the career highlight for many boxers.

Winning a title by going overseas to the champion's hometown and stopping him is tough to top, and even Spence's next opponent was impressed.

But one belt is far short of what Spence has planned in boxing.

"I have a lot more great fights and a lot more great opportunities and unification fights and things like that I have to do," Spence said.

Some of those won't come yet, so in the meantime Spence will make the first defense of his IBF welterweight title when he faces Lamont Peterson on Saturday night in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Spence (22-0, 19-0 KOs) won the title last May when he stopped Kell Brook in the 11t

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:39:24 -0700 <![CDATA[No. 13 UCLA women hold off No. 21 Cal 60-52]]> http://gazette.com/no.-13-ucla-women-hold-off-no.-21-cal-60-52/article/feed/530999?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no.-13-ucla-women-hold-off-no.-21-cal-60-52/article/feed/530999?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordin Canada scored 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, Monique Billings had 14 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 13 UCLA held of No. 21 California 60-52 on Friday night.

Canada scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to blunt a comeback by Cal, which played without their leading scorer and the Pac-12's top rebounder, Kristine Anigwe, for nearly six minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters after she picked up her fourth foul.

Cal (13-5, 4-3) put together an 8-0 run with four points from Kianna Smith to get within four, 51-47, with two minutes left, but Kennedy Burke had a tip-in and Canada made a lunging 3-pointer as she was falling that banked in for a 56-47 lead with 37 seconds le

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:36:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Gov't shutdown seems near; Senate fails to approve funding]]> http://gazette.com/govt-shutdown-seems-near-senate-fails-to-approve-funding/article/feed/530738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/govt-shutdown-seems-near-senate-fails-to-approve-funding/article/feed/530738?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as president. An eleventh-hour effort to stave off the shutdown for four weeks appeared to fall well short in the Senate, and lawmakers preemptively traded blame as the midnight deadline neared.

Enough senators voted against a stopgap measure to ensure the closure of all but essential operations nationwide. But the Republican-led Senate was holding the vote open as nearly an hour ticked by and the midnight hour neared, seemingly accommodating the numerous discussions among leaders and other lawmakers away from the chamber's floor.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:35:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83]]> http://gazette.com/lowry-big-in-4th-scores-24-as-raptors-beat-spurs-86-83/article/feed/531000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lowry-big-in-4th-scores-24-as-raptors-beat-spurs-86-83/article/feed/531000?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.

Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home.

It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:33:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Pacioretty's 2 goals lead Canadiens over Capitals, 3-2]]> http://gazette.com/paciorettys-2-goals-lead-canadiens-over-capitals-3-2/article/feed/530991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paciorettys-2-goals-lead-canadiens-over-capitals-3-2/article/feed/530991?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two nights after Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien criticized his team's effort, the Canadiens made sure that didn't happen again.

On Wednesday, Montreal lost 4-1 in Julien's return to Boston, where he had long coached the Bruins. Against the Washington Capitals on Friday night, Julien had no complaints as his team broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, and Paul Byron also scored for the Canadiens. Antii Niemi, playing in place of Carey Price, who had been in goal for eight consecutive games, stopped 24 shots.

"We were all pretty disappointed in ourselves," Byron said of the loss to the Bruins. "We wanted to give Claude a better effort than t

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:32:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Wisconsin ends slump, beats Illinois 75-50]]> http://gazette.com/wisconsin-ends-slump-beats-illinois-75-50/article/feed/530997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wisconsin-ends-slump-beats-illinois-75-50/article/feed/530997?custom_click=rss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists Friday night as Wisconsin broke out of an offensive to beat Illinois 75-50.

Happ was one of four Badgers (10-10, 3-4 Big Ten) who scored in double figures, led by Brad Davison's 18.

The win snapped a streak of three straight conference losses in which the Badgers failed to score more than 60 points. But they cracked that mark with more than 11 minutes in the game, and their 43 points to open the contest was their best mark for a half in Big Ten play this season.

Illinois (10-10) has now lost seven straight Big Ten games to open conference play. For the first six, it was by an average of 3.5 points. But this one got away e

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:29:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Carroll scores 26, leads Nets past Heat, 101-95]]> http://gazette.com/carroll-scores-26-leads-nets-past-heat-101-95/article/feed/530988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carroll-scores-26-leads-nets-past-heat-101-95/article/feed/530988?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Down by 16 points early in the second half against the Heat, the Nets dug in on defense.

DeMarre Carroll tied a career-high with 26 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and the Brooklyn beat Miami 101-95 on Friday night.

Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing skid at Barclays Center and a seven-game home losing streak to the Heat. The Nets also improved to 11-1 when holding opponents under 100 points this season.

The Heat led 64-48 with 8:53 left in the third quarter but scored just five points the rest of the period as Brooklyn closed to within two.

"What were we up by, like 16 or so?" Miami's Hassan Whiteside said.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:28:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Reese leads Canisius over Manhattan to set up MAAC showdown]]> http://gazette.com/reese-leads-canisius-over-manhattan-to-set-up-maac-showdown/article/feed/530996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reese-leads-canisius-over-manhattan-to-set-up-maac-showdown/article/feed/530996?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Isaiah Reese scored all 22 of his points in the second half and Canisius stayed tied atop the conference standings with a 68-59 win over Manhattan on Friday night.

Reese was 6 of 11 from 3-point range in the second half, including a trio of 3s during an 11-0 run early in the period that gave the Golden Griffins (12-8, 6-1) the lead for good. Canisius will visit Iona (6-1) on Sunday with sole possession of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference top spot at stake.

Reese made a 25-footer with 2:35 left that made it 62-50 and the Griffins led by at least 10 until Thomas Capuano capped the scoring for Manhattan with a 3-pointer.

Reese had six assists and six steals, Takal Molson added 14 points and Jermaine

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:15:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83]]> http://gazette.com/lowry-scores-24-points-as-raptors-beat-spurs-86-83/article/feed/530987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lowry-scores-24-points-as-raptors-beat-spurs-86-83/article/feed/530987?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry turned in his best game since returning from injury, turning it on in the fourth quarter to help his Toronto Raptors grind out another home win.

Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the final period, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.

Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2.

Lowry made eight of 16 shots, going 4 of 9 from 3-point range, in his third game after missing three with a bruised tailbone.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry looked stronger than he had in his pr

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:13:43 -0700 <![CDATA[[BC-MCT-INTERNATIONAL-BJT]]]> http://gazette.com/bc-mct-international-bjt/article/feed/456215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bc-mct-international-bjt/article/feed/456215?custom_click=rss (TNS)

Tribune News Service

International Budget for Saturday, January 20, 2018

Updated at 0410 UTC (11:10 p.m. U.S. EST Friday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:10:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Power plays difference in Western Michigan hockey win over Colorado College]]> http://gazette.com/power-plays-difference-in-western-michigan-hockey-win-over-colorado-college/article/1619378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/power-plays-difference-in-western-michigan-hockey-win-over-colorado-college/article/1619378?custom_click=rss

KALAMAZOO, MICH. - Richard Zehnal scored 35 seconds into overtime to give No. 11 Western Michigan a 3-2 victory over Colorado College on Friday night.

Zehnal took a pass from Hugh McGing and placed a backhander past CC goalie Alex Leclerc, who had 40 saves, to make WMU 8-0-1 over the Tigers in Kalamazoo.

The Tigers (9-11-3, 3-8-2-1 NCHC) rallied from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead midway through the third period thanks to goals from Trevor Gooch and Troy Conzo. Gooch evened the score at 1-1 with his eighth goal of the season at the 2:15 mark of the final frame on an assist from Branden Makara.

Conzo then gave CC the lead at the 12:16 mark with the second goal of his career. Christiano Versich found Conzo, who went

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force dominates down the stretch to end seven-year skid against Colorado State]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-dominates-down-the-stretch-to-end-seven-year-skid-against-colorado-state/article/1619246?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-dominates-down-the-stretch-to-end-seven-year-skid-against-colorado-state/article/1619246?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS - Long before coach Dave Pilipovich was soaked by a barrage of water cups in a long-time-coming locker room celebration, he addressed his team in a dire situation.

Air Force had fallen behind by eight points in the second half against a team no current Falcon player or coach had beaten. But what Pilipovich saw during a timeout led him to believe they could win.

And they did, 76-71.

"I went to the huddle and they said, 'Coach, we got this,'" Pilipovich said. "They weren't looking down or scared. No, it was, 'We got this.' That gave me confidence. It was awesome."

From that point on, Air Force outscored the Rams 30-17 to leap over a hump that had long tripped them.



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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:27:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Road no longer daunting for Air Force men's basketball after second straight win]]> http://gazette.com/road-no-longer-daunting-for-air-force-mens-basketball-after-second-straight-win/article/1619248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/road-no-longer-daunting-for-air-force-mens-basketball-after-second-straight-win/article/1619248?custom_click=rss

Road no longer daunting for Air Force

basketball after second straight win

After a second-straight road victory, Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich offered a suggestion for Saturday.

How about the Falcons travel to Fresno State instead of having the Bulldogs come to Clune Arena?

"Let's get the commissioner on the phone," Pilipovich said.

He was joking, of course, but the road used to be no laughing matter for the Falcons. They hadn't won on the road in the conference since Jan. 28, 2015 before grinding out a 78-71 victory at San Jose State on Saturday.

On Wednesday they won at Colorado State for the first time since 2009, winning 76-71.

The Falcons no longer dread the road.



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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:49:40 -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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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:56 -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[Woody Paige: Incredible Journey continues for Olympic skaters Alexa and Chris Knierim, who live permanently and train in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-incredible-journey-continues-for-olympic-skaters-alexa-and-chris-knierim-who-live-permanently-and-train-in-colorado-springs/article/1618988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-incredible-journey-continues-for-olympic-skaters-alexa-and-chris-knierim-who-live-permanently-and-train-in-colorado-springs/article/1618988?custom_click=rss

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place, suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace, suddenly my life doesn't seem such a waste, it all revolves around you ... Sing out this song I'll be there by your side, storm clouds may gather, and stars may collide, but I love you until the end of time. - "Come What May''

They'll always have Pairs.

And Colorado Springs, Greensboro, San Jose and Pyeongchang. And each other.

When Alexa Paige Scimeca and Christopher Knierim met for the first time, at Colorado Springs Airport, six years ago, the young pair of ice skaters felt an instant connection, but they would have no perception of what may come.

"He was cute,'' Alexa says.

"She was outgoing,'' Chris



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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:44:25 -0700
<![CDATA[The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday]]> http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1618986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1618986?custom_click=rss

No. 10 UCCS men's and women's basketball host games Friday and Saturday

No. 9 Colorado College visits Western Michigan in hockey Friday and Saturday

No. 8 The AFC and NFC championship games take place Sunday, almost always a good day, when the Super Bowl matchup will be set

No. 7 The Nuggets host future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks on Tuesday

No. 6 The Avalanche host the Rangers on Saturday for the lone time this season

No. 5 Air Force men's basketball hosts Fresno State on Saturday

No. 4 The Colorado Springs Metro League wrestling tournament is Friday and Saturday at Doherty

No. 3 Air Force hockey hosts Sacred Heart Friday and Saturday

No.



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Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:30:15 -0700
<![CDATA[5 can't-miss prep events coming up this weekend around the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/5-cant-miss-prep-events-coming-up-this-weekend-around-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1618803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-cant-miss-prep-events-coming-up-this-weekend-around-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1618803?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at some of the top high school sports coming up around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

Boys' Basketball 7 p.m. Thursday, Liberty at Rampart

It's a heavyweight bout between two of the best 5A teams in Colorado Springs. The Rams host the Lancers in a conference matchup. Rampart had a strong showing in the holiday classic the school hosted at the World Arena. The Rams dispatched Fruita Monument and Colorado Springs Christian and took Pueblo West down to the wire before losing. The Rams lost Tuesday to Fountain Fort-Carson, suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season. It'll be a tough bounce-back game for them as Liberty is coming off back-to-back wins after ripping off a seven-game win streak earlier. The streak was snapped by Doherty, which stands 10-2 atop the 5A Colorado Springs Metro league.



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Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:13:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Discovery Canyon tops Mesa Ridge in wrestling meet punctuated by pins]]> http://gazette.com/discovery-canyon-tops-mesa-ridge-in-wrestling-meet-punctuated-by-pins/article/1618808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/discovery-canyon-tops-mesa-ridge-in-wrestling-meet-punctuated-by-pins/article/1618808?custom_click=rss

Discovery Canyon's Jaden Porreco has returned with success since a gruesome elbow injury cut his junior season short - flipping and flattening the opposition on his last-chance hope toward state gold.

Porreco stuck Mesa Ridge's Coltin Doyle early in the second period of the 126-pound match Wednesday, and the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 48-36 as part of a highly touted Class 4A dual that featured 12 pins and two forfeits.

Although the senior has been sharp this season, Porreco is not taking anything for granted after a devastating injury on the mat a year ago.

He was third at state as a sophomore before spending the end of last season recovering from an elbow fracture, and tears to his UCL and MCL.



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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:41:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Getting Kirk Cousins must be Denver Broncos' New Year's resolution]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-getting-kirk-cousins-must-be-denver-broncos-new-years-resolution/article/1618710?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-getting-kirk-cousins-must-be-denver-broncos-new-years-resolution/article/1618710?custom_click=rss

John Elway unequivocally must go boldly for Captain Kirk.

The Broncos have a problem at quarterback. Kirk Cousins is The Solution.

If the Broncos desire to become relevant in the NFL and the postseason again quickly, the prerequisite is a quantum quarterback leap.

Drafting a quarterback at No. 5 will not accomplish that feat any season soon. Even in the case of The Great Showman Elway, the Broncos didn't win a playoff game, and reach the Super Bowl, until his fourth season in the league.

Based on my research, of the 50 quarterbacks picked in the top five of the draft since the merger, 14 have started in the Super Bowl, and seven have become world champions, six multiple times.

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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:35:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Prep notebook: Air Academy boys' basketball rebounds for a strong start, Pine Creek hockey finds a groove]]> http://gazette.com/prep-notebook-air-academy-boys-basketball-rebounds-for-a-strong-start-pine-creek-hockey-finds-a-groove/article/1618577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prep-notebook-air-academy-boys-basketball-rebounds-for-a-strong-start-pine-creek-hockey-finds-a-groove/article/1618577?custom_click=rss

Soaring Kadets

Air Academy boys' basketball is off to its best start since it won the state championship three years ago.

The Kadets returned from the holiday layoff and beat Discovery Canyon in overtime Wednesday and Sand Creek by a point Friday to improve to 8-3 on the year. Air Academy was 1-22 a season ago.

"At the start of the season we were cautiously optimistic," longtime coach Barry Clark said of the turnaround. "It's kind of what we were hoping for this summer when we saw some of the changes."

The Kadets (8-3, 2-0) trailed by double digits in both games last week only to storm back and execute down the stretch.

Last season the Kadets were out of it more times than not in the final minutes, only



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<![CDATA[The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday]]> http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1618536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1618536?custom_click=rss

No. 10 Men's college basketball highlights include Tuesday's Texas A&M at Kentucky, Baylor at West Virginia and Texas Tech at Oklahoma; and Saturday's TCU at Oklahoma, Creighton at Xavier, West Virginia at Texas Tech and Texas A&M at Tennessee

No. 9 The Colorado Avalanche have a very light week with just a game at Dallas on Saturday

No. 8 Tennis' first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, starts on Sunday

No. 7 Local college home highlights include Air Force women's hoops Saturday, women's and men's swimming and diving Friday and Saturday, wrestling Sunday and men's gymnastics Saturday, Colorado College's men's and women's hoops Friday and Sunday, and UCCS women's and men's hoops Friday and Saturday

No.



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Sun, 07 Jan 2018 08:07:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force hockey gets freshmen points to split home series vs. Mercyhurst]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-gets-freshmen-points-to-split-home-series-vs.-mercyhurst/article/1618554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-gets-freshmen-points-to-split-home-series-vs.-mercyhurst/article/1618554?custom_click=rss

Freshmen defensemen combined for two goals and two assists as Air Force defeated Mercyhurst 5-1 in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Saturday at the Cadet Ice Arena.

Air Force (9-10-3, 4-8-2 AHC) drew first blood early as Trevor Stone scored his second of the season. Freshman defenseman Jake Levin forced a turnover and Trevor Stone tipped in Levin's pass at 3:47.

Mercyhurst (8-10-2, 5-7-2 AHC) tied the game 42 seconds into the second period. The Falcons then scored twice in 51 seconds for a 3-1 lead. Pierce Pluemer scored his second of the season at 4:15. Levin's shot was saved and Pluemer put back the rebound. After Ben Kucera drew a penalty, the Falcons capitalized for a 3-1 lead. Freshman Alex Mehnert scored his first



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Sat, 06 Jan 2018 20:48:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Prep basketball tourney fills major void in events held in Broadmoor World Arena]]> http://gazette.com/prep-basketball-tourney-fills-major-void-in-events-held-in-broadmoor-world-arena/article/1618288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prep-basketball-tourney-fills-major-void-in-events-held-in-broadmoor-world-arena/article/1618288?custom_click=rss

Just in time for its 20th birthday, The Broadmoor World Arena is celebrating a milestone with perhaps a milestone event.

The historic building has played host to a wide variety of events since opening its doors Jan. 18, 1998, on the city's southwest side, from big-name rock and country concerts to family events and plenty of sports.

Just not high school sports. Not in nearly a decade, anyway.

So when the Rampart Holiday Classic sets up shop on the newly minted Tom Falgien court Thursday, it will do so with a concerted effort to revitalize a missing event from over the years.

"We hope to make this an annual event for us," said Dot Lischick, the venue's general manager.



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Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:07:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Patrick Mahomes leads Kansas City Chiefs past Denver Broncos 27-24 in 1st start]]> http://gazette.com/patrick-mahomes-leads-kansas-city-chiefs-past-denver-broncos-27-24-in-1st-start/article/1618172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patrick-mahomes-leads-kansas-city-chiefs-past-denver-broncos-27-24-in-1st-start/article/1618172?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Patrick Mahomes II made both his first NFL start and his first NFL relief appearance a success Sunday, leading the Kansas City Chiefs past the Denver Broncos 27-24 on Harrison Butker's 30-yard field goal as time expired.

Starting in place of Alex Smith, Mahomes handed off a 24-10 lead to No. 3 QB Tyler Bray midway through the fourth quarter but came back with the score tied at 24 and less than three minutes left.

He drove the Chiefs 67 yards in 11 plays for the game-winning field goal that sent the Chiefs (10-6) to their fifth straight win over the Broncos (5-11).

Mahomes became the first quarterback drafted by the Chiefs to win a game for them since Todd Blackledge in 1987. He threw for 284 yards on 24-of-35



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