<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:40:15 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[RESULTS: Top 5 plays of the fall 2017 sports season]]> http://gazette.com/results-top-5-plays-of-the-fall-2017-sports-season/article/1615939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/results-top-5-plays-of-the-fall-2017-sports-season/article/1615939?custom_click=rss

The votes have been counted and the readers have spoken.

Congratulations to the athletes voted to have the top plays of the 2017 fall sports season!

5. Widefield's Nathan Daniel - 21 votes

4. Air Academy's Ryan Self - 40 votes

3. Pine Creek's Xavier Hill - 46 votes

2. Palmer Ridge's Cory Mclellan - 68 votes

1. Pine Creek's Max Lofy - 101 votes

Stay with Gazette Preps throughout the winter sports season for more top plays from around the Pikes Peak region.

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<![CDATA[VOTE: Gazette Preps top play of fall 2017 in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/vote-gazette-preps-top-play-of-fall-2017-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1615644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vote-gazette-preps-top-play-of-fall-2017-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1615644?custom_click=rss

For the last nine weeks the Gazette Preps staff has selected the top plays from around the Pikes Peak region. But now it's YOUR turn to decide the top plays of Fall 2017.

Refresh your memory and check out the top plays from the last nine weeks, and vote in our Gazette Preps poll at the bottom of the story.

Editor's note: If the poll is not displayed on this page, refresh your browser and it should appear.

Voting concludes at midnight on Nov. 30, so make sure your voice is heard. See the official results when we release the Gazette Preps Top 5 Plays of Fall 2017 on Friday, Dec. 1.

Week 1: Sept. 11-16, Widefield football, Nathan Daniel

Week 2: Sept. 18-23, Pine Creek football, Max

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<![CDATA[Streaking Jets roll past Ducks 4-1 on Ehlers' 2 goals]]> http://gazette.com/streaking-jets-roll-past-ducks-4-1-on-ehlers-2-goals/article/feed/515075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/streaking-jets-roll-past-ducks-4-1-on-ehlers-2-goals/article/feed/515075?custom_click=rss

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The season didn't offer the most promising of starts after the Winnipeg Jets opened with consecutive losses.

But things clicked in their next game, and the Jets haven't slowed since.

Winnipeg was at it again Friday, jumping out to a 2-0 lead just 5 minutes into the game on goals by Nikolaj Ehlers and skating to a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

"We played the way we wanted to and succeeded," Ehlers said.

The Jets have won six of their last seven and 10 of 13.

"We're just getting better and better at closing games out like this," said Bryan Little, who had a goal and two assists.

It was a discouraging loss for the Ducks, who were coming off a dismal performance against the e

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:24:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Central Connecticut St. holds on to beat Cleveland St. 74-73]]> http://gazette.com/central-connecticut-st.-holds-on-to-beat-cleveland-st.-74-73/article/feed/515105?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/central-connecticut-st.-holds-on-to-beat-cleveland-st.-74-73/article/feed/515105?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND (AP) — Austin Nehls scored seven of his 19 points in the final two minutes to help Central Connecticut State hold off Cleveland State for a 74-73 victory on Friday night.

Joe Hugley added 14 points for Central Connecticut State (3-3). Mustafa Jones had 13 points and Tyler Kohl chipped in 10.

Dontel Highsmith scored 17 points to lead Cleveland State (1-4). Bobby Word added 15 points and Stefan Kenic finished with 11.

CCSU had a 14-point halftime lead, and Cleveland State used a 13-0 surge and made seven 3-pointers to pull to 59-57 with nine minutes left.

Kenic's 3-pointer gave the Vikings a 69-67 lead with 2:36 to play, but Nehls answered with a 3-pointer and made four free throws and CCSU led 74-71 wit

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:23:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Nick Leddy lifts Islanders past Flyers, 5-4 on OT]]> http://gazette.com/nick-leddy-lifts-islanders-past-flyers-5-4-on-ot/article/feed/515080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nick-leddy-lifts-islanders-past-flyers-5-4-on-ot/article/feed/515080?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It might only be late November, but New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy knows that winning divisional series can go a long way toward making the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"It's huge, it's a couple extra points that they don't get," Leddy said after scoring 2:44 into overtime to give the Islanders a 5-4 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, their second straight overtime win over their Metropolitan Divisional rivals.

"Every game is so tight with the Metro Division and we look at all the teams and they're all so close, so every point is huge."

Rookie Mathew Barzal, Cal Clutterbuck, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd scored in regulation and Thomas Greiss made 26 saves to help the Islan

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:16:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Jacksonville dumps Fairfield 92-84 behind Harris' 24 PTs]]> http://gazette.com/jacksonville-dumps-fairfield-92-84-behind-harris-24-pts/article/feed/515101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jacksonville-dumps-fairfield-92-84-behind-harris-24-pts/article/feed/515101?custom_click=rss DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — For the second time in as many games, Devin Harris set a career-high with 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Jacksonville held off Fairfield 92-84 in a Wright State Tournament game on Friday.

On Nov. 20, Harris scored 23 points — then a career high — and grabbed 11 boards in an 88-70 win over NAIA-member Webber. Half his points Friday were from the free throw line and he shot 12 for 17 from the stripe. The 6-foot-4 guard grabbed all 10 boards on the defensive end.

Jacksonville (2-3) built a 58-37 halftime on the strength of 22-for-34 shooting (64.7 percent) before cooling off after the break. The Dolphins were 10 for 16 from 3-point range in the first half and 1 for 4 the rest of the way.

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:15:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Arkansas fires Bielema moments following Missouri loss]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-fires-bielema-moments-following-missouri-loss/article/feed/515081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-fires-bielema-moments-following-missouri-loss/article/feed/515081?custom_click=rss

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has fired coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing season, moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday.

The loss left Arkansas with a 4-8 record, capping only the second losing season of Bielema's 12-year career. It also left him with a 29-34 record in his five seasons with the Razorbacks, including 11-29 in the SEC.

It was a shockingly poor performance from a coach who led Wisconsin to three Rose Bowl appearances before being hired at Arkansas from Wisconsin after the 2012 season.

Interim athletic director Julie Cromer Peoples informed Bielema of his firing before the coach held his postgame news conference.

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:14:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Raiders CB Amerson to miss 4th straight with foot injury]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-cb-amerson-to-miss-4th-straight-with-foot-injury/article/feed/515100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-cb-amerson-to-miss-4th-straight-with-foot-injury/article/feed/515100?custom_click=rss ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson will miss his fourth straight game with a foot injury.

The Raiders on Friday ruled Amerson out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

Right tackle Marshall Newhouse is expected to start this week after missing last week's game with hip and quadriceps injuries.

Receivers Johnny Holton (concussion) and Cordarrelle Patterson (hip), guard Gabe Jackson (ankle), and linebacker Cory James (knee) are all listed as questionable.


More AP NFL: pro32.ap.org and twitter.

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:12:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Young pops for 33 points as Oklahoma beats Portland 93-71]]> http://gazette.com/young-pops-for-33-points-as-oklahoma-beats-portland-93-71/article/feed/515102?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/young-pops-for-33-points-as-oklahoma-beats-portland-93-71/article/feed/515102?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trae Young scored 18 of his 33 points during Oklahoma's big first half, Khadeem Lattin added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Sooners pulled away in the final five minutes to beat Portland 93-71 on Friday in the consolation bracket of the PK80 Invitational.

Young continued the outstanding start to his career with a first-half flurry that gave the Sooners a 46-31 lead at halftime. He then came up with big baskets late in the second half after Portland had rallied, trimming a 23-point deficit to five. It was part of a 15-2 run that finally put away the pesky Pilots.

Young has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games and has been the Sooners (3-1) leading scorer in every game this seaso

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:07:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Teague a late scratch for Timberwolves against Heat]]> http://gazette.com/teague-a-late-scratch-for-timberwolves-against-heat/article/feed/515103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teague-a-late-scratch-for-timberwolves-against-heat/article/feed/515103?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota point guard Jeff Teague sat out the Timberwolves' game Friday night against the Miami Heat because of a right Achilles injury.

The team announced the injury just minutes before the game. Aaron Brooks started for Minnesota, which also was without reserve forward Nemanja Bjelica. Bjelica is dealing with a left mid-foot sprain.

In his first season with the Timberwolves, Teague has averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 assists. He's coming off a 22-point, 11-assist performance Wednesday night in a home victory over Orlando.

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:07:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Wild sink Avalanche in shootout, 3-2]]> http://gazette.com/wild-sink-avalanche-in-shootout-3-2/article/feed/515104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wild-sink-avalanche-in-shootout-3-2/article/feed/515104?custom_click=rss ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild stuck with the same formula.

Winger Nino Niederreiter scored.

So did the power play.

And the team received the saves from its goaltender — this time, backup Alex Stalock — when it needed them most, a combination that yielded a 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche during a matinee meeting Friday at Xcel Energy Center that improved the Wild to 6-1-1 in their last eight games.

Forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart scored in the shootout, while Stalock turned aside both shots he faced.

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:06:35 -0700 <![CDATA[SDSU's Penny gains 203 yards, cracks 2,000-yard mark in win]]> http://gazette.com/sdsus-penny-gains-203-yards-cracks-2000-yard-mark-in-win/article/feed/515073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sdsus-penny-gains-203-yards-cracks-2000-yard-mark-in-win/article/feed/515073?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rashaad Penny didn't take it personally that he was snubbed by the Doak Walker Award selection committee.

He just went out and ran 22 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns in his final regular-season game to crack the 2,000-yard mark and lead San Diego State to a 35-10 victory against New Mexico on Saturday.

Penny, the NCAA's leading rusher, reached the milestone when he broke a 51-yard scoring run up the middle early in the third quarter for a 21-0 lead. The senior also scored on a 20-yard run just before halftime. It was his fourth straight 200-yard game and fifth of the season. He has 2,027 yards.

On Monday, Penny was left off the list of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to th

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:05:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Lock, Witter help Missouri earn late win over Arkansas]]> http://gazette.com/lock-witter-help-missouri-earn-late-win-over-arkansas/article/feed/515068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lock-witter-help-missouri-earn-late-win-over-arkansas/article/feed/515068?custom_click=rss

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — For all his eye-popping passing statistics, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock hasn't had all that many opportunities to showcase his abilities in close games this season.

Lock showed he can perform at his best and lead the Tigers to a narrow win in the Southeastern Conference on Friday, throwing for 448 yards and five touchdowns in a wild 48-45 victory over Arkansas.

Missouri (7-5, 4-4) trailed by 14 points twice in the first half in a game that featured five lead changes, and it didn't secure the win against an emotional Razorbacks team until Tucker McCann's 19-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.

"Really, I'm just more excited than I've been after a college football game," Lock said. "

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:05:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Arizona State beats No. 15 Xavier 102-86]]> http://gazette.com/arizona-state-beats-no.-15-xavier-102-86/article/feed/515095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arizona-state-beats-no.-15-xavier-102-86/article/feed/515095?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tra Holder scored a career-high 40 points to lead Arizona State to a 102-86 upset of No. 15 Xavier in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.

Holder scored 23 of his 40 points in the second half for Arizona State (6-0), which shot 55.9 percent from the field. The 6-foot-1 senior guard finished 14-of-22 shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and added four rebounds and four assists. He was named the tournament's MVP.

The Sun Devils trailed by 15 points in the first half but closed the half on a 15-2 run — capped by a leaning 3-pointer at the buzzer by Holder — and headed into the locker room trailing 46-44.

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:59:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Coyle, Stewart score in shootout; Wild beats Avalanche 3-2]]> http://gazette.com/coyle-stewart-score-in-shootout-wild-beats-avalanche-3-2/article/feed/515072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coyle-stewart-score-in-shootout-wild-beats-avalanche-3-2/article/feed/515072?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three forwards have been doing the bulk of the recent scoring for the Minnesota Wild.

Two of them scored in regulation Friday, but two other players scored in the shootout to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart scored against Jonathan Bernier in the one-on-one competition and Alex Stalock stopped Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen as Minnesota improved to 6-1-1 in its past eight games.

"Honestly, I don't know the last time I've won a shootout," said Stalock, who had 28 saves.

Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter scored in regulation.

Zucker has nine of the team's 26 goals over the past 10 games. Niederreiter has eight and Mikael Gra

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:59:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Vanderbilt seeks to beat Tennessee for 2nd straight time]]> http://gazette.com/vanderbilt-seeks-to-beat-tennessee-for-2nd-straight-time/article/feed/514930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vanderbilt-seeks-to-beat-tennessee-for-2nd-straight-time/article/feed/514930?custom_click=rss KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There was a time not too long ago when Tennessee could always count on beating Vanderbilt no matter how the rest of its season had gone.

Not anymore.

After going 1-28 against Tennessee from 1983-2011, Vanderbilt has won three of its last five meetings with the Volunteers. Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-7 SEC) will try to get the best of its in-state rival again Saturday at Tennessee (4-7, 0-7) in a matchup between two teams trying to put the best possible finish on disappointing seasons.

"We didn't have the season that we wanted, but this game is a huge rivalry," Vanderbilt linebacker Oren Burks said. "You know, bottom line, we need to get this win by any means. I think the guys are committed to making it

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:57:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle "personal matter"]]> http://gazette.com/derrick-rose-leaves-cavaliers-to-handle-personal-matter/article/feed/514993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/derrick-rose-leaves-cavaliers-to-handle-personal-matter/article/feed/514993?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Derrick Rose's injuries may have pushed him to a breaking point.

The former league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday that Rose has been excused since Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return.

The team did not offer any other details about Rose's absence.

ESPN reported that Rose is taking personal time "to evaluate his future in the NBA." A team source told ESPN that Rose's numerous injuries are "taking a toll on him mentally."

Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, did not immediately return messages from the AP seeking comment.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue expects Rose to re

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:56:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Fall all-conference selections around the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/fall-all-conference-selections-around-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1615438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fall-all-conference-selections-around-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1615438?custom_click=rss

Below are the All-Conference teams as selected by area conference for fall sports.
The teams are submitted by area administrators. We will add to the lists as all sports conclude and as lists are distributed to us.


Boys’ First team
Thomas Chaston    Sr.    Cheyenne Mountain
Ryan Matson    Sr.     Palmer Ridge
Cal Banta    Jr.     Air Academy
Max Bolke     Jr.     Vista Ridge
Jacob Morton    Sr.     Vista Ridge
Andrew Bluemel        Palmer Ridge
Luke Thurman    Sr.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:53:38 -0700
<![CDATA[End comes quickly for Air Force senior class that had waited for its time in the spotlight]]> http://gazette.com/end-comes-quickly-for-air-force-senior-class-that-had-waited-for-its-time-in-the-spotlight/article/1615894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/end-comes-quickly-for-air-force-senior-class-that-had-waited-for-its-time-in-the-spotlight/article/1615894?custom_click=rss

Senior Nights produce feelings as diverse as the players they honor.

For Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun this one leaves an incomplete feeling.

“Some of these guys, you would love to have them one more season as they start to head toward some of the areas of what would be their college football prime,” he said.

“I wish we had some of these guys a little more.”

The Falcons will enter Saturday’s 8:15 pm. regular-season finale against Utah State with 33 seniors officially on the roster.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:55:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Subplots for the Utah State at Air Force football game]]> http://gazette.com/subplots-for-the-utah-state-at-air-force-football-game/article/1615925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/subplots-for-the-utah-state-at-air-force-football-game/article/1615925?custom_click=rss

Numbers worth tracking

Air Force kicker Luke Strebel left last week's game with a leg injury. If he plays Saturday, he needs just six points to tie Dee Dowis and Beau Morgan for the most in program history (252). Tailback Tim McVey enters the game averaging 7.2 yards per carry, second-most in team history. He trails Mike Brown (7.5). McVey has averaged 11 carries per game this year. If he did that again Saturday, he would need about 147 rushing yards to get his average up to 7.5. McVey also needs 137 rushing yards to become the 11th player in program history to reach 2,000.

Utah State's QB situation

Redshirt freshman Jordan Love has moved past veteran Kent Myers as Utah State's starting quarterback, but the Aggies have

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:46:39 -0700
<![CDATA[In the know: Air Force players would gladly accept the opportunity to go bowling at 5-7]]> http://gazette.com/in-the-know-air-force-players-would-gladly-accept-the-opportunity-to-go-bowling-at-5-7/article/1615923?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-the-know-air-force-players-would-gladly-accept-the-opportunity-to-go-bowling-at-5-7/article/1615923?custom_click=rss

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun is "not thinking about" the team's slim chances of making a bowl game.

"Not one bit," he added.

"No thought," he offered a bit later. "Zero."

Yet Calhoun did offer up that another team seemed to benefit from playing in a bowl game with a 5-7 record.

"Gollee, I don't know if it hurt Mississippi State this year, what they did last year," Calhoun said of the Bulldogs, who slid into the St. Petersburg Bowl last year at 5-7 and beat Miami (Ohio). Mississippi State is 8-4 this season.

Calhoun's players are thinking about their bowl chances, in part because this is among the rare times that such a goal does not require looking beyond this week.

"The only way we can do that is to

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]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[As 4 more Russians banned, Olympic leader Bach warns critics]]> http://gazette.com/as-4-more-russians-banned-olympic-leader-bach-warns-critics/article/1615905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-4-more-russians-banned-olympic-leader-bach-warns-critics/article/1615905?custom_click=rss

GENEVA — As four more Russians were disqualified Friday for doping at the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach signaled a possible shift toward barring the country's athletes from the Pyeongchang Games.

Two-time bobsled gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony in Sochi, was removed from the 2014 records in the latest round of verdicts from an International Olympic Committee panel prosecuting individuals caught in a program to cover up doping and tamper with tainted samples.

Now the president of the Russian bobsled federation, Zubkov was disqualified and banned for life from the Olympics along with speedskater Olga Fatkulina, who won silver in the 500 meters.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:45:37 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Late-night games chasing away Air Force football fans]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-late-night-games-chasing-away-air-force-football-fans/article/1615699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-late-night-games-chasing-away-air-force-football-fans/article/1615699?custom_click=rss

Ray Wild was cold. Really cold. Cold enough he was almost sure he would drop his Air Force football season tickets, the ones he’s enjoyed for 31 seasons.

Ultra-late night games have discouraged and bewildered Air Force’s most devoted fans, and Wild is one of the discouraged and bewildered.

Going to Saturday night’s game vs. Utah State? Be sure to pack the parka. Kickoff is, in repeat defiance of sanity, set for 8:15 at Falcon Stadium.

Wild lettered four seasons (1972-1975) as a safety for the Falcons, starting his last three. He battled, under Ben Martin’s direction, against Notre Dame’s Joe Montana and CU’s Buffs.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:28:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Utah, Colorado face off with bowl eligibility on the line ]]> http://gazette.com/utah-colorado-face-off-with-bowl-eligibility-on-the-line/article/1615888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-colorado-face-off-with-bowl-eligibility-on-the-line/article/1615888?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Six wins isn't exactly what Colorado or Utah were shooting for at the beginning of the season but that's what the two programs are desperate for in the season finale.

The two meet Saturday in a do-or-die game of sorts with bowl eligibility on the line. The loser goes home without a postseason and the valuable extra practices that come with it.

"It really is like a playoff game," Colorado offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin said.

The season went off the rails for Utah after a 4-0 start. The Utes have since lost six of seven as youth, injuries and an inconsistent offense in a new system repeatedly caused issues.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:36:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump replies ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’ to tweet about his attacks on African Americans]]> http://gazette.com/trump-replies-make-america-great-again-to-tweet-about-his-attacks-on-african-americans/article/1615862?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-replies-make-america-great-again-to-tweet-about-his-attacks-on-african-americans/article/1615862?custom_click=rss

President Trump kicked off Thanksgiving Day by replying to a tweet that said his latest Twitter rage is part of a racist pattern of attacking prominent African Americans.

Trump’s response, tweeted at about 6:30 a.m.: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”


The tweet that prompted the response from the president came from Greg Sargent, who writes about politics for The Washington Post. Sargent had shared his opinion article about Trump’s latest tweetstorm related to LaVar Ball, whom the president has repeatedly called out for not thanking him properly for his role in resolving a shoplifting charge in China against Ball’s son.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:13:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Minnesota Vikings win seventh straight, grab 3-game North lead by downing Detroit Lions]]> http://gazette.com/minnesota-vikings-win-seventh-straight-grab-3-game-north-lead-by-downing-detroit-lions/article/1615876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minnesota-vikings-win-seventh-straight-grab-3-game-north-lead-by-downing-detroit-lions/article/1615876?custom_click=rss

DETROIT - Case Keenum stood in the pocket to take a hit, dipped his right shoulder to slip out of a sack and shuffled his feet to give his receivers more time to get open.

Looking like a savvy winner, instead of a journeyman, he picked apart Detroit's defense with his arm and made plays with his legs to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Lions 30-23 Thursday.

Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score in the first half to give the Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to win a seventh straight game.

They took a huge step toward winning the NFC North by taking a three-game lead over the second-place Lions.

Keenum, undrafted out of Houston in 2012, is suddenly 7-2 this season after going 9-15 with

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:57:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers beat fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thanksgiving]]> http://gazette.com/philip-rivers-los-angeles-chargers-beat-fading-dallas-cowboys-28-6-on-thanksgiving/article/1615873?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philip-rivers-los-angeles-chargers-beat-fading-dallas-cowboys-28-6-on-thanksgiving/article/1615873?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas - Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers are on the move. Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are fading fast.

Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the Chargers beat the fading Cowboys 28-6 on Thursday.

Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for the punctuating touchdown as the Chargers (5-6) moved within 1½ games of AFC West-leading Kansas City after starting 0-4 while the Chiefs won their first five.

The defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-6) lost their third straight by at least 20 points, all without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, in a damaging defeat for their fading playoff hopes.

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]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[John Elway in middle of Denver Broncos' debacle]]> http://gazette.com/john-elway-in-middle-of-denver-broncos-debacle/article/1615871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-elway-in-middle-of-denver-broncos-debacle/article/1615871?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as he put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he's captured for the Denver Broncos and dedicated it to team owner Pat Bowlen, who's battling Alzheimer's.

Not much has gone right for Elway and the Broncos since that night in Northern California.

Gary Kubiak resigned.

Peyton Manning retired.

Brock Osweiler bolted.

Mark Sanchez bombed.

Paxton Lynch flopped.

C.J. Anderson crumbled.

Brandon McManus missed.

Russell Okung exited.

DeMarcus Ware departed.

Wade Phillips left.

Calais Campbell snubbed.

Trevor Siemian struggled.

Vance Joseph dawdled.

Brock Olivo

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<![CDATA[Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman embraces role as 'Fierce' advocate for abuse victims]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnast-aly-raisman-embraces-role-as-fierce-advocate-for-abuse-victims/article/1615872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnast-aly-raisman-embraces-role-as-fierce-advocate-for-abuse-victims/article/1615872?custom_click=rss

The people come forward to Aly Raisman almost daily now. Random strangers. Men and women of various ages, races and backgrounds. They see the six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast out in public and approach with a hug to give and a story to tell.

It was jarring at first, if Raisman is being honest. When she pitched her autobiography "Fierce" to publishers last summer shortly after the 2016 Olympics, she intended to focus on her journey from tenacious prodigy to champion. And while all of that is in there, the part of her experience that's resonated the most since the book's release earlier this month is the one she wasn't sure she'd be able to share.

It's Chapter 22, titled "The Survivors.

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]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:05:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Scouting state football playoffs: Pine Creek and Palmer Ridge's explosive sophomores are best friends off the field]]> http://gazette.com/scouting-state-football-playoffs-pine-creek-and-palmer-ridges-explosive-sophomores-are-best-friends-off-the-field/article/1615853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scouting-state-football-playoffs-pine-creek-and-palmer-ridges-explosive-sophomores-are-best-friends-off-the-field/article/1615853?custom_click=rss

What do the Palmer Ridge and Pine Creek football teams have in common?

Well, let’s go down the list:

They were the two highest-ranked Pikes Peak region teams heading into the 2017 state playoffs, with the Bears coming in at No. 2 in 3A, and the Eagles in the top position in 4A.

They both have stormed past opponents this postseason, averaging more than 34 points.

They’re the last two area teams standing as they into the state semifinals this weekend.

And they boast two of the state’s best sophomore starters - who just happen to be best friends.

Pine Creek’s David Moore III and Palmer Ridge’s Anthony Roberson II have been friends since sixth grade in

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