<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:01:14 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Latest: Serena gets Azarenka in Wimbledon quarterfinals]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-serena-gets-azarenka-in-wimbledon-quarterfinals/article/feed/249695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-serena-gets-azarenka-in-wimbledon-quarterfinals/article/feed/249695?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

___

4:35 p.m.

The women's quarterfinals are set, and Serena Williams will face two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in Tuesday's marquee matchup.

Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion and is heading toward a true Grand Slam after winning the first two majors of the year. She is 16-3 against Azarenka overall, and 9-0 in Grand Slam matches.

Here's the full women's quarterfinal schedule for Tuesday:

No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 23 Victoria Azarenka

No. 4 Maria Sharapova vs. CoCo Vandeweghe

No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Madison Keys

No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky vs. No. 20 Garbine Muguruza

___

4:30 p.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

___

4:35 p.m.

The women's quarterfinals are set, and Serena Williams will face two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in Tuesday's marquee matchup.

Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion and is heading toward a true Grand Slam after winning the first two majors of the year. She is 16-3 against Azarenka overall, and 9-0 in Grand Slam matches.

Here's the full women's quarterfinal schedule for Tuesday:

No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 23 Victoria Azarenka

No. 4 Maria Sharapova vs. CoCo Vandeweghe

No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Madison Keys

No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky vs. No. 20 Garbine Muguruza

___

4:30 p.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:51:19 -0600 <![CDATA[McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer]]> http://gazette.com/mcilroy-ruptures-ligament-in-ankle-while-playing-soccer/article/feed/249697?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcilroy-ruptures-ligament-in-ankle-while-playing-soccer/article/feed/249697?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf's No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

Just as excitement was building toward a potential clash at the Old Course between McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, McIlroy posted a jarring photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on this left ankle. The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland said it was a "total rupture" of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule that happened while he was playing soccer with friends.

Sean O'Flaherty, his chief spokesman, said McIlroy has withdrawn from the Scottish Open this week at Gullane.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> LONDON (AP) — Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf's No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

Just as excitement was building toward a potential clash at the Old Course between McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, McIlroy posted a jarring photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on this left ankle. The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland said it was a "total rupture" of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule that happened while he was playing soccer with friends.

Sean O'Flaherty, his chief spokesman, said McIlroy has withdrawn from the Scottish Open this week at Gullane.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:51:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo joins New York from Juventus]]> http://gazette.com/italy-playmaker-andrea-pirlo-joins-new-york-from-juventus/article/feed/249765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/italy-playmaker-andrea-pirlo-joins-new-york-from-juventus/article/feed/249765?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Star midfielder Andrea Pirlo joined Major League Soccer's New York City FC from Juventus on Monday, a little more than a month after winning a fifth consecutive Italian league title.

The 36-year-old playmaker arrives as a free transfer. He is the team's third designated player, following David Villa and Frank Lampard. On July 21, Pirlo will join New York City, which is 5-8-5 and 15 points behind leader D.C. United.

"I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialized I wanted to take it," he said on the New York club's website. "This is a club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the league.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Star midfielder Andrea Pirlo joined Major League Soccer's New York City FC from Juventus on Monday, a little more than a month after winning a fifth consecutive Italian league title.

The 36-year-old playmaker arrives as a free transfer. He is the team's third designated player, following David Villa and Frank Lampard. On July 21, Pirlo will join New York City, which is 5-8-5 and 15 points behind leader D.C. United.

"I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialized I wanted to take it," he said on the New York club's website. "This is a club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the league.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:50:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Rory McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle playing soccer, likely to miss major tournament]]> http://gazette.com/rory-mcilroy-ruptures-ligament-in-ankle-playing-soccer-likely-to-miss-major-tournament/article/1555059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rory-mcilroy-ruptures-ligament-in-ankle-playing-soccer-likely-to-miss-major-tournament/article/1555059?custom_click=rss

LONDON — Rory McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer, leaving the world's No. 1 player in doubt of defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

In a shocking start to the week, McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on his left ankle. He said it was a "total rupture" of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule from kicking around a soccer ball with friends in Northern Ireland.

"Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day," McIlroy said on the post. "Rehab already started.... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."

His spokeman, Sean O'Flaherty, said he was definitely out of the Scottish Open, which starts Thursday at



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
LONDON — Rory McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer, leaving the world's No. 1 player in doubt of defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

In a shocking start to the week, McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on his left ankle. He said it was a "total rupture" of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule from kicking around a soccer ball with friends in Northern Ireland.

"Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day," McIlroy said on the post. "Rehab already started.... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."

His spokeman, Sean O'Flaherty, said he was definitely out of the Scottish Open, which starts Thursday at

]]>
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:25:33 -0600
<![CDATA[A-Rod deserves All-Star consideration]]> http://gazette.com/a-rod-deserves-all-star-consideration/article/feed/249672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-rod-deserves-all-star-consideration/article/feed/249672?custom_click=rss

A-Rod the All-Star?

Alex Rodriguez finished fifth in fan voting at designated hitter for the All-Star Game, but he's worthy of serious consideration.

Starting lineups for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park were revealed Sunday and pitchers, reserves and the finalists for the Final Vote will be announced Monday. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy have tough tasks filling out the rosters.

It's remarkable that Rodriguez even warrants discussion considering he missed the entire 2014 season while serving the longest penalty in baseball history related to performance-enhancing drugs. But the three-time AL MVP is having quite a comeback season.

Rodriguez is batting

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> A-Rod the All-Star?

Alex Rodriguez finished fifth in fan voting at designated hitter for the All-Star Game, but he's worthy of serious consideration.

Starting lineups for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park were revealed Sunday and pitchers, reserves and the finalists for the Final Vote will be announced Monday. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy have tough tasks filling out the rosters.

It's remarkable that Rodriguez even warrants discussion considering he missed the entire 2014 season while serving the longest penalty in baseball history related to performance-enhancing drugs. But the three-time AL MVP is having quite a comeback season.

Rodriguez is batting ]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:04:37 -0600 <![CDATA[LEADING OFF: Sale chases record K streak, All-Stars on deck]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-sale-chases-record-k-streak-all-stars-on-deck/article/feed/249673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-sale-chases-record-k-streak-all-stars-on-deck/article/feed/249673?custom_click=rss

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

___

SALE OF THE CENTURIES

Chris Sale tries to set a major league record by striking out at least 10 batters in his ninth straight start. The White Sox ace pitches at home against Toronto, the top-scoring team in the majors. Sale has fanned 97 in his last eight starts — in 1999, Pedro Martinez also reached double digits in strikeouts eight times in a row.

WHO ELSE?

The All-Star pitching staffs and reserves will be revealed.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

___

SALE OF THE CENTURIES

Chris Sale tries to set a major league record by striking out at least 10 batters in his ninth straight start. The White Sox ace pitches at home against Toronto, the top-scoring team in the majors. Sale has fanned 97 in his last eight starts — in 1999, Pedro Martinez also reached double digits in strikeouts eight times in a row.

WHO ELSE?

The All-Star pitching staffs and reserves will be revealed.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:04:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Soccer frenzy comes to downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/soccer-frenzy-comes-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1555033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soccer-frenzy-comes-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1555033?custom_click=rss

Pounding, thudding, screaming, sighing - so went the wave of emotions in Jack Quinn's bar on Sunday night as a red, white and blue bedecked crowd hung on every kick, header and goal of Team USA's victory against Japan.

Heart rates and voices rose with every inch that brought the American women's team closer to their goals and to a record-setting victory in soccer for the U.S. But for several Colorado Springs fans in the crowd, the close-packed and hot upper room at the downtown Jack Quinn's represented more than just a milestone for the country: Sunday night's watch-party was the culmination of years of work to bring the frenzy of soccer fandom to southern Colorado.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> Pounding, thudding, screaming, sighing - so went the wave of emotions in Jack Quinn's bar on Sunday night as a red, white and blue bedecked crowd hung on every kick, header and goal of Team USA's victory against Japan.

Heart rates and voices rose with every inch that brought the American women's team closer to their goals and to a record-setting victory in soccer for the U.S. But for several Colorado Springs fans in the crowd, the close-packed and hot upper room at the downtown Jack Quinn's represented more than just a milestone for the country: Sunday night's watch-party was the culmination of years of work to bring the frenzy of soccer fandom to southern Colorado.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:05:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox pitchers, manager discover true effects of altitude]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-pitchers-manager-discover-true-effects-of-altitude/article/1555035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-pitchers-manager-discover-true-effects-of-altitude/article/1555035?custom_click=rss

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:05:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox lose third in a row]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-lose-third-in-a-row/article/1555034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-lose-third-in-a-row/article/1555034?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs fell 7-3 to the Memphis Redbirds (43-41) on Sunday at Security Service Field, giving the Sky Sox their third straight loss.

The loss puts the Sky Sox's record at a 32-48. They have the least wins in the Pacific Coast League.

Matt Dominguez put Colorado Springs on the board first when he singled in the bottom of the first to score Luis Sardinas from second base. But Memphis struck back with six runs in the next three innings. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Dan Johnson each homered for the Redbirds, in the second and third innings, respectively.

Heath Wyatt, who came on in relief in the fourth inning, earned the win for Memphis. He went three innings, striking out two while surrendering no hits, runs or

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> Colorado Springs fell 7-3 to the Memphis Redbirds (43-41) on Sunday at Security Service Field, giving the Sky Sox their third straight loss.

The loss puts the Sky Sox's record at a 32-48. They have the least wins in the Pacific Coast League.

Matt Dominguez put Colorado Springs on the board first when he singled in the bottom of the first to score Luis Sardinas from second base. But Memphis struck back with six runs in the next three innings. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Dan Johnson each homered for the Redbirds, in the second and third innings, respectively.

Heath Wyatt, who came on in relief in the fourth inning, earned the win for Memphis. He went three innings, striking out two while surrendering no hits, runs or]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:05:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title]]> http://gazette.com/lloyd-hat-trick-leads-us-over-japan-5-2-for-world-cup-title/article/feed/249630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lloyd-hat-trick-leads-us-over-japan-5-2-for-world-cup-title/article/feed/249630?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night — and gave the United States its record third Women's World Cup title.

Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. jumped to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 for the team's first World Cup championship since 1999.

A sellout crowd of 53,341 that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd's hat trick, the first in a Women's World Cup final.

"It's been a long journey, my career. I've had a lot of people believe in me, in my corner, from day one," said the midfielder, who turns 33 on July 16. "I've dedicated my whole life to thi

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night — and gave the United States its record third Women's World Cup title.

Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. jumped to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 for the team's first World Cup championship since 1999.

A sellout crowd of 53,341 that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd's hat trick, the first in a Women's World Cup final.

"It's been a long journey, my career. I've had a lot of people believe in me, in my corner, from day one," said the midfielder, who turns 33 on July 16. "I've dedicated my whole life to thi]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 01:18:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramos homers, drives in 2 as Nationals defeat Giants 3-1]]> http://gazette.com/ramos-homers-drives-in-2-as-nationals-defeat-giants-3-1/article/feed/249638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramos-homers-drives-in-2-as-nationals-defeat-giants-3-1/article/feed/249638?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is in a groove, and he wouldn't let the San Francisco Giants get back on track.

Zimmermann pitched seven solid innings, Wilson Ramos snapped a tie with a sixth-inning homer, and the Nationals beat the struggling Giants 3-1 on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep.

Ramos added an RBI single in the eighth and Bryce Harper, voted a starter on the National League All-Star team, had a double and single.

Zimmermann (7-5) has allowed one run over 22 2-3 innings in his last three starts.

"I just think he's got a feel for his breaking pitches that (he) didn't have necessarily early in the season," manager Matt Williams said.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is in a groove, and he wouldn't let the San Francisco Giants get back on track.

Zimmermann pitched seven solid innings, Wilson Ramos snapped a tie with a sixth-inning homer, and the Nationals beat the struggling Giants 3-1 on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep.

Ramos added an RBI single in the eighth and Bryce Harper, voted a starter on the National League All-Star team, had a double and single.

Zimmermann (7-5) has allowed one run over 22 2-3 innings in his last three starts.

"I just think he's got a feel for his breaking pitches that (he) didn't have necessarily early in the season," manager Matt Williams said.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 01:16:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Lewis, Rangers pummeled again as Angels finish sweep, 12-6]]> http://gazette.com/lewis-rangers-pummeled-again-as-angels-finish-sweep-12-6/article/feed/249648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lewis-rangers-pummeled-again-as-angels-finish-sweep-12-6/article/feed/249648?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis doesn't plan to dwell on a bad start that capped a miserable weekend for the Texas rotation.

Lewis allowed 12 hits and 10 earned runs in four innings — including Albert Pujols' AL-leading 25th home run — and the Los Angeles Angels finished a dominant three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 12-6 victory Sunday night.

"I guess you just chalk it up to there's good days and there are bad days," said Lewis, who lost his sixth straight start against the Angels. "You just have to have more better ones than you have bad ones."

Texas starters allowed 26 hits and 21 runs — all earned — in 10 2/3 innings of the Los Angeles sweep.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis doesn't plan to dwell on a bad start that capped a miserable weekend for the Texas rotation.

Lewis allowed 12 hits and 10 earned runs in four innings — including Albert Pujols' AL-leading 25th home run — and the Los Angeles Angels finished a dominant three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 12-6 victory Sunday night.

"I guess you just chalk it up to there's good days and there are bad days," said Lewis, who lost his sixth straight start against the Angels. "You just have to have more better ones than you have bad ones."

Texas starters allowed 26 hits and 21 runs — all earned — in 10 2/3 innings of the Los Angeles sweep.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:46:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Pujols hits 25th HR, Angels finish sweep of Rangers 12-6]]> http://gazette.com/pujols-hits-25th-hr-angels-finish-sweep-of-rangers-12-6/article/feed/249633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pujols-hits-25th-hr-angels-finish-sweep-of-rangers-12-6/article/feed/249633?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Albert Pujols probably didn't need to pad his AL home run lead to have a chance to join teammate Mike Trout in the starting lineup for the All-Star game.

The slugger did it anyway.

Pujols went deep for the 25th time, Kole Calhoun homered and drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Angels finished a dominant three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 12-6 victory Sunday night.

"I don't control that," said Pujols, who is a strong candidate to replace the injured Miguel Cabrera of Detroit at first base in what would be his 10th trip to the All-Star game. "We'll see what happens in the next week or so. My job is to try to help this ballclub win.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Albert Pujols probably didn't need to pad his AL home run lead to have a chance to join teammate Mike Trout in the starting lineup for the All-Star game.

The slugger did it anyway.

Pujols went deep for the 25th time, Kole Calhoun homered and drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Angels finished a dominant three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 12-6 victory Sunday night.

"I don't control that," said Pujols, who is a strong candidate to replace the injured Miguel Cabrera of Detroit at first base in what would be his 10th trip to the All-Star game. "We'll see what happens in the next week or so. My job is to try to help this ballclub win.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:20:40 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: VP Biden dotes on grandson as he watches final]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-vp-biden-dotes-on-grandson-as-he-watches-final/article/feed/249588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-vp-biden-dotes-on-grandson-as-he-watches-final/article/feed/249588?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local):

8:32 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final.

Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson, Hunter.

"Ten minutes, Hunt. Ten minutes," he said as the team inched closer to victory.

Biden was asked by a pool reporter if he played soccer as a kid, and he marveled at the growth of the sport.

"I played football," he said. "My boys were 5 and 6 and started in a county league. And it went from 50 kids to 600 i

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local):

8:32 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final.

Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson, Hunter.

"Ten minutes, Hunt. Ten minutes," he said as the team inched closer to victory.

Biden was asked by a pool reporter if he played soccer as a kid, and he marveled at the growth of the sport.

"I played football," he said. "My boys were 5 and 6 and started in a county league. And it went from 50 kids to 600 i]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:06:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Abby Wambach's World Cup finale comes with coveted trophy]]> http://gazette.com/abby-wambachs-world-cup-finale-comes-with-coveted-trophy/article/feed/249637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/abby-wambachs-world-cup-finale-comes-with-coveted-trophy/article/feed/249637?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach lifted American coach Jill Ellis after the final whistle. She ran to the stands for a hug from her wife. And then along with Christie Rampone, she became the first American to lift the Women's World Cup championship trophy in 16 years.

It all equated to a World Cup farewell for Wambach that was confusing and surreal, joyous and ultimately satisfying for arguably the greatest American female player.

"I literally don't know how I feel," Wambach said. "It's a bizarre thing that is going on right now because of the way it kind of happened."

Wambach played what's expected to be her final World Cup match on Sunday night when the United States beat Japan 5-2 to claim its first

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach lifted American coach Jill Ellis after the final whistle. She ran to the stands for a hug from her wife. And then along with Christie Rampone, she became the first American to lift the Women's World Cup championship trophy in 16 years.

It all equated to a World Cup farewell for Wambach that was confusing and surreal, joyous and ultimately satisfying for arguably the greatest American female player.

"I literally don't know how I feel," Wambach said. "It's a bizarre thing that is going on right now because of the way it kind of happened."

Wambach played what's expected to be her final World Cup match on Sunday night when the United States beat Japan 5-2 to claim its first ]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:35:55 -0600 <![CDATA[4 Royals elected to start All-Star Game; Reds' Frazier, too]]> http://gazette.com/4-royals-elected-to-start-all-star-game-reds-frazier-too/article/feed/249619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-royals-elected-to-start-all-star-game-reds-frazier-too/article/feed/249619?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month.

And the hometown Reds can celebrate a starter, too, despite Cincinnati's sorry season.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Cincinnati's Todd Frazier leapfrogged St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park, according to final results announced Sunday.

AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Esco

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> NEW YORK (AP) — The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month.

And the hometown Reds can celebrate a starter, too, despite Cincinnati's sorry season.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Cincinnati's Todd Frazier leapfrogged St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park, according to final results announced Sunday.

AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Esco]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:50:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Bochy, Vogelsong ejected in fifth inning against Nationals]]> http://gazette.com/bochy-vogelsong-ejected-in-fifth-inning-against-nationals/article/feed/249634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bochy-vogelsong-ejected-in-fifth-inning-against-nationals/article/feed/249634?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong were ejected by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in the fifth inning Sunday night after complaining about the strike zone.

The Giants had shown displeasure with Cuzzi's strike zone several times before Vogelsong's first pitch of the fifth inning to Washington's Denard Span was called a ball. Bochy appeared to say something from the dugout. Cuzzi turned toward Bochy, and Vogelsong soon began walking toward the plate.

Cuzzi ejected Vogelsong. Bochy came out to the plate and was soon ejected as well.

Five Giants were called out on strikes in the first five innings.

It was Bochy's third ejection of the season.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong were ejected by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in the fifth inning Sunday night after complaining about the strike zone.

The Giants had shown displeasure with Cuzzi's strike zone several times before Vogelsong's first pitch of the fifth inning to Washington's Denard Span was called a ball. Bochy appeared to say something from the dugout. Cuzzi turned toward Bochy, and Vogelsong soon began walking toward the plate.

Cuzzi ejected Vogelsong. Bochy came out to the plate and was soon ejected as well.

Five Giants were called out on strikes in the first five innings.

It was Bochy's third ejection of the season.]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:17:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: Colorado Springs product Reggie Jackson agrees to $80 million extension with Detroit Pistons]]> http://gazette.com/report-colorado-springs-product-reggie-jackson-agrees-to-80-million-extension-with-detroit-pistons/article/1555039?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-colorado-springs-product-reggie-jackson-agrees-to-80-million-extension-with-detroit-pistons/article/1555039?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Detroit Pistons and point guard Reggie Jackson have agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension, the Detroit Free Press has learned.

Two persons with firsthand knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the Yahoo! Sports report Sunday evening.

They requested anonymity because the agreement comes during the league’s free agency moratorium, which ends Thursday. That’s when agreements are officially signed.

The agreement means the Pistons have locked up their point guard of the future, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jackson, a Palmer High School graduate who played at Boston College, turned down four years and $48 million from the



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Detroit Pistons and point guard Reggie Jackson have agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension, the Detroit Free Press has learned.

Two persons with firsthand knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the Yahoo! Sports report Sunday evening.

They requested anonymity because the agreement comes during the league’s free agency moratorium, which ends Thursday. That’s when agreements are officially signed.

The agreement means the Pistons have locked up their point guard of the future, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jackson, a Palmer High School graduate who played at Boston College, turned down four years and $48 million from the

]]>
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:15:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Dodgers stumble to 8-0 loss against Mets, drop series]]> http://gazette.com/dodgers-stumble-to-8-0-loss-against-mets-drop-series/article/feed/249626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dodgers-stumble-to-8-0-loss-against-mets-drop-series/article/feed/249626?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — So much for Mike Bolsinger being dominant at home for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After winning his first four home starts with a 1.01 ERA, Bolsinger dropped his second straight in front of the home crowd in an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday.

The right-hander (4-3) gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits in five innings, his fifth straight outing of less than six innings. Bolsinger struck out four and walked two while throwing a career-high 101 pitches. He has a combined 7.84 ERA in his past two losses.

"I didn't think it was that bad," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "A little unlucky. He hung in there. He wasn't getting squared up all over the yard. He kind of limited the damage.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — So much for Mike Bolsinger being dominant at home for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After winning his first four home starts with a 1.01 ERA, Bolsinger dropped his second straight in front of the home crowd in an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday.

The right-hander (4-3) gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits in five innings, his fifth straight outing of less than six innings. Bolsinger struck out four and walked two while throwing a career-high 101 pitches. He has a combined 7.84 ERA in his past two losses.

"I didn't think it was that bad," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "A little unlucky. He hung in there. He wasn't getting squared up all over the yard. He kind of limited the damage.]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:47:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in 4-man playoff]]> http://gazette.com/danny-lee-wins-greenbrier-classic-in-4-man-playoff/article/feed/249607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/danny-lee-wins-greenbrier-classic-in-4-man-playoff/article/feed/249607?custom_click=rss

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Danny Lee was overcome with nerves after qualifying for a four-man playoff at The Greenbrier Classic.

By the time he walked to the first playoff tee, he was ready.

Lee earned his first PGA Tour victory when he parred the second hole of Sunday's sudden-death playoff, eliminating David Hearn after Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb faltered on the first playoff hole.

"All I can say is wow," Lee said. "I finally did it."

Lee, Hearn, Kisner and Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course. And Lee wasn't in a good place mentally heading into the playoff.

"I was so nervous," he said. "My head was blank, and I was just trying to breathe.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Danny Lee was overcome with nerves after qualifying for a four-man playoff at The Greenbrier Classic.

By the time he walked to the first playoff tee, he was ready.

Lee earned his first PGA Tour victory when he parred the second hole of Sunday's sudden-death playoff, eliminating David Hearn after Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb faltered on the first playoff hole.

"All I can say is wow," Lee said. "I finally did it."

Lee, Hearn, Kisner and Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course. And Lee wasn't in a good place mentally heading into the playoff.

"I was so nervous," he said. "My head was blank, and I was just trying to breathe.]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:34:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Carli Lloyd scores 3 and US defeats Japan 5-2 for World Cup title]]> http://gazette.com/carli-lloyd-scores-3-and-us-defeats-japan-5-2-for-world-cup-title/article/1555031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carli-lloyd-scores-3-and-us-defeats-japan-5-2-for-world-cup-title/article/1555031?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The United States has won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd.

The Americans became the first country with three women's titles and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan. Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the only player remaining from the 1999 title team, both came on as subs late in what's expected to be their final World Cup appearances.

Lloyd scored in the third, sixth and 16th minutes, the last a speculative shot from midfield that beat Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Lloyd scored the fastest hat trick in World Cup history, men's or women's, in



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The United States has won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd.

The Americans became the first country with three women's titles and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan. Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the only player remaining from the 1999 title team, both came on as subs late in what's expected to be their final World Cup appearances.

Lloyd scored in the third, sixth and 16th minutes, the last a speculative shot from midfield that beat Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Lloyd scored the fastest hat trick in World Cup history, men's or women's, in

]]>
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:24:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Tulowitzki's homer leads Rockies over D-backs]]> http://gazette.com/tulowitzkis-homer-leads-rockies-over-d-backs/article/1555032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tulowitzkis-homer-leads-rockies-over-d-backs/article/1555032?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — Troy Tulowitzki had a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

Tulowitzki homered in Colorado's four-run first inning against Rubby De La Rosa (6-4) and Carlos Gonzalez added a two-run homer off the right-hander in the sixth.

Gonzalez had three of Colorado's 11 hits and made a diving catch in right field with the tying run on in the ninth to help the Rockies end a four-game losing streak.

Jorge De La Rosa (6-3) had six strikeouts to surpass 1,000 (1,005) for his career and John Axford struck out Paul Goldschmidt with two on in the ninth for



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
PHOENIX — Troy Tulowitzki had a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

Tulowitzki homered in Colorado's four-run first inning against Rubby De La Rosa (6-4) and Carlos Gonzalez added a two-run homer off the right-hander in the sixth.

Gonzalez had three of Colorado's 11 hits and made a diving catch in right field with the tying run on in the ninth to help the Rockies end a four-game losing streak.

Jorge De La Rosa (6-3) had six strikeouts to surpass 1,000 (1,005) for his career and John Axford struck out Paul Goldschmidt with two on in the ninth for

]]>
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:24:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox are out of fireworks game early in 15-1 loss to Memphis]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-are-out-of-fireworks-game-early-in-15-1-loss-to-memphis/article/1555005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-are-out-of-fireworks-game-early-in-15-1-loss-to-memphis/article/1555005?custom_click=rss

All it took was two innings.

Two innings, one hour and 12 runs later, the Memphis Redbirds were coasting to a 15-1 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Independence Day.

The Redbirds pounded 22 hits and held Colorado Springs to 10 as the Sky Sox bats faltered once again.

Colorado Springs catcher Juan Centeno led the Sky Sox's lackluster offensive effort with three hits and third baseman Matt Dominguez and second baseman Luis Sardinas added two.

The Sky Sox's only run came in the bottom of the ninth on a Yadiel Rivera sacrifice fly.

Meanwhile, Sky Sox starter Tim Dillard tossed just an inning and one-third before he was pulled. He allowed 12 runs (11 earned) on 12 hits. Three other Sky Sox pitchers

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> All it took was two innings.

Two innings, one hour and 12 runs later, the Memphis Redbirds were coasting to a 15-1 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Independence Day.

The Redbirds pounded 22 hits and held Colorado Springs to 10 as the Sky Sox bats faltered once again.

Colorado Springs catcher Juan Centeno led the Sky Sox's lackluster offensive effort with three hits and third baseman Matt Dominguez and second baseman Luis Sardinas added two.

The Sky Sox's only run came in the bottom of the ninth on a Yadiel Rivera sacrifice fly.

Meanwhile, Sky Sox starter Tim Dillard tossed just an inning and one-third before he was pulled. He allowed 12 runs (11 earned) on 12 hits. Three other Sky Sox pitchers]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:16:10 -0600 <![CDATA[American women track cyclists show their readiness for Pan American Games]]> http://gazette.com/american-women-track-cyclists-show-their-readiness-for-pan-american-games/article/1555000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-women-track-cyclists-show-their-readiness-for-pan-american-games/article/1555000?custom_click=rss

Consider the American women's team well prepared for this month's Pan American Games.

The U.S. exceeded national short-track cycling program director Andy Sparks' expectations with three wins by his wife Sarah Hammer and another four medals Saturday night to conclude the Independence Day Grand Prix at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.

Hammer, 31, won the women's scratch, pursuit and 20-kilometer points race Saturday for five golds on the weekend at Memorial Park.

That is not surprising for the two-time Olympic silver medalist but seeing the Americans filling the podium and often placing in the top five was heartening for Sparks. The U.S. displayed considerable depth entering the Olympic-style



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
Consider the American women's team well prepared for this month's Pan American Games.

The U.S. exceeded national short-track cycling program director Andy Sparks' expectations with three wins by his wife Sarah Hammer and another four medals Saturday night to conclude the Independence Day Grand Prix at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.

Hammer, 31, won the women's scratch, pursuit and 20-kilometer points race Saturday for five golds on the weekend at Memorial Park.

That is not surprising for the two-time Olympic silver medalist but seeing the Americans filling the podium and often placing in the top five was heartening for Sparks. The U.S. displayed considerable depth entering the Olympic-style

]]>
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:16:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Arizona's Corbin gets win against Rockies in return from Tommy John surgery]]> http://gazette.com/arizonas-corbin-gets-win-against-rockies-in-return-from-tommy-john-surgery/article/1555006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arizonas-corbin-gets-win-against-rockies-in-return-from-tommy-john-surgery/article/1555006?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — With a big holiday crowd to cheer him on, Patrick Corbin was back on the mound.

And the only butterflies came before the game started.

Corbin threw five solid innings to get the win in his return from Tommy John surgery 15 months ago and the Arizona Diamondbacks made it three straight over the Colorado Rockies with a 7-3 victory Saturday night.

"It's great to be back," he said. "You have a lot of emotions going. When they announced my name pre-game the fans gave a pretty nice applause, that gave me some chills and some butterflies. After that I calmed down. I just wanted to go out there and don't overthrow, throw a lot of strikes and I felt like I was able to do that.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
PHOENIX — With a big holiday crowd to cheer him on, Patrick Corbin was back on the mound.

And the only butterflies came before the game started.

Corbin threw five solid innings to get the win in his return from Tommy John surgery 15 months ago and the Arizona Diamondbacks made it three straight over the Colorado Rockies with a 7-3 victory Saturday night.

"It's great to be back," he said. "You have a lot of emotions going. When they announced my name pre-game the fans gave a pretty nice applause, that gave me some chills and some butterflies. After that I calmed down. I just wanted to go out there and don't overthrow, throw a lot of strikes and I felt like I was able to do that.

]]>
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:43:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Demaryius Thomas standoff offers no easy solution for Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/klee-demaryius-thomas-standoff-offers-no-easy-solution-for-denver-broncos/article/1554993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-demaryius-thomas-standoff-offers-no-easy-solution-for-denver-broncos/article/1554993?custom_click=rss

DENVER — This is a dicey situation, a made-for-the-NFL drama starring the greatest quarterback (turned executive) and one of its greatest wide receivers (turned holdout).

John Elway and the Broncos must Choose Their Own Adventure with Demaryius Thomas.

Is it a future with DT? Not only would he fuel their offense with extra horsepower in 2015.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
DENVER — This is a dicey situation, a made-for-the-NFL drama starring the greatest quarterback (turned executive) and one of its greatest wide receivers (turned holdout).

John Elway and the Broncos must Choose Their Own Adventure with Demaryius Thomas.

Is it a future with DT? Not only would he fuel their offense with extra horsepower in 2015.

]]>
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:45:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Will World Cup history repeat itself? The US women hope not]]> http://gazette.com/will-world-cup-history-repeat-itself-the-us-women-hope-not/article/1554998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/will-world-cup-history-repeat-itself-the-us-women-hope-not/article/1554998?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011.

That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup title match in Germany.

The Americans get a rematch Sunday when the teams meet in the final, this time in Canada. The U.S. women are favored, and there figures to be a mostly pro-American crowd making the short trip across the border to Vancouver's BC Place.

Wambach and the rest of her teammates say they aren't taking anything for granted. The United States, ranked No. 2, is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.

"We still have to win. We haven't won anything yet, and we know what that feels like from four years ago," Wambach said.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011.

That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup title match in Germany.

The Americans get a rematch Sunday when the teams meet in the final, this time in Canada. The U.S. women are favored, and there figures to be a mostly pro-American crowd making the short trip across the border to Vancouver's BC Place.

Wambach and the rest of her teammates say they aren't taking anything for granted. The United States, ranked No. 2, is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.

"We still have to win. We haven't won anything yet, and we know what that feels like from four years ago," Wambach said.

]]>
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:42:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Memphis Redbirds assistant Vance Albitz proud of Gloves 4 Troops on July Fourth]]> http://gazette.com/memphis-redbirds-assistant-vance-albitz-proud-of-gloves-4-troops-on-july-fourth/article/1554996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memphis-redbirds-assistant-vance-albitz-proud-of-gloves-4-troops-on-july-fourth/article/1554996?custom_click=rss The Fourth of July fireworks that were to illuminate Security Service Field after the Sky Sox game Saturday night meant something different to each fan in the capacity crowd.

For Memphis Redbirds' assistant coach Vance Albitz, however, the fireworks - and Independence Day in general - mean something extra special.

Growing up, Albitz had always recognized the connection between the military and baseball. Both of his grandfathers served, and he had friends in high school who enlisted after graduation.

And though Albitz never joined himself, he always felt deep pride for his country. It especially pulled at him when he was on the baseball field.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> The Fourth of July fireworks that were to illuminate Security Service Field after the Sky Sox game Saturday night meant something different to each fan in the capacity crowd.

For Memphis Redbirds' assistant coach Vance Albitz, however, the fireworks - and Independence Day in general - mean something extra special.

Growing up, Albitz had always recognized the connection between the military and baseball. Both of his grandfathers served, and he had friends in high school who enlisted after graduation.

And though Albitz never joined himself, he always felt deep pride for his country. It especially pulled at him when he was on the baseball field.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Loaded French team overwhelms Colorado College women's soccer at World University Games]]> http://gazette.com/loaded-french-team-overwhelms-colorado-college-womens-soccer-at-world-university-games/article/1554992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/loaded-french-team-overwhelms-colorado-college-womens-soccer-at-world-university-games/article/1554992?custom_click=rss Colorado College women's soccer, playing as Team USA, was overwhelmed by a French squad loaded with professional players, and fell 5-0 early Saturday.

Valerie Gauvin, one of 17 French players with pro experience, scored four goals, including one in the opening minute for the eventual game-winner. Team USA generated only four shots on goal, all in the second half, during its second pool-play game at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

"Today was a great day in terms of getting real international experience," coach Geoff Bennett said in a press release. "I've been around Division 1 soccer for a very long time and I have not seen a team as fluid and as talented as the France team we just faced.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> Colorado College women's soccer, playing as Team USA, was overwhelmed by a French squad loaded with professional players, and fell 5-0 early Saturday.

Valerie Gauvin, one of 17 French players with pro experience, scored four goals, including one in the opening minute for the eventual game-winner. Team USA generated only four shots on goal, all in the second half, during its second pool-play game at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

"Today was a great day in terms of getting real international experience," coach Geoff Bennett said in a press release. "I've been around Division 1 soccer for a very long time and I have not seen a team as fluid and as talented as the France team we just faced.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Green Bay Packers player arrested after allegedly firing gun in Miami Beach]]> http://gazette.com/green-bay-packers-player-arrested-after-allegedly-firing-gun-in-miami-beach/article/1554991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/green-bay-packers-player-arrested-after-allegedly-firing-gun-in-miami-beach/article/1554991?custom_click=rss

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after police said he allegedly fired two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage, authorities said.

Miami Beach Police say a witness reported that Quarless was riding in a black Porsche with three other people around 5 a.m. Saturday when they pulled up to a car full of women. An arrest affidavit says the football player and another man approached the car. It said the conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.

That's when authorities say Quarless, who is entering his sixth season with the Packers,



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after police said he allegedly fired two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage, authorities said.

Miami Beach Police say a witness reported that Quarless was riding in a black Porsche with three other people around 5 a.m. Saturday when they pulled up to a car full of women. An arrest affidavit says the football player and another man approached the car. It said the conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.

That's when authorities say Quarless, who is entering his sixth season with the Packers,

]]>
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:14:15 -0600