<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Sun, 28 May 2017 08:47:02 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Latest: Bourdais returns to Indianapolis 500 on crutches]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-bourdais-returns-to-indianapolis-500-on-crutches/article/feed/464489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-bourdais-returns-to-indianapolis-500-on-crutches/article/feed/464489?custom_click=rss

The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Sebastian Bourdais is at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, as promised, he's using crutches.

The Frenchman was involved in a terrifying wreck on qualifying weekend that left him with a fractured pelvis, hip and ribs. He had surgery hours after the accident, was released from Methodist Hospital on Wednesday and is already going through hours of daily rehabilitation .

"I'm feeling great to be here and out of the hospital atmosphere," said Bourdais, who told The Associated Press on Saturday that he refused to show up in a wheel chair.

Bourdais still can't put any weight on his right leg for five weeks, but he is targeting he season-ending race

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 09:22:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Vettel wins Monaco GP ahead of Ferrari teammate Raikkonen]]> http://gazette.com/vettel-wins-monaco-gp-ahead-of-ferrari-teammate-raikkonen/article/feed/464523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vettel-wins-monaco-gp-ahead-of-ferrari-teammate-raikkonen/article/feed/464523?custom_click=rss

MONACO (AP) — Sebastian Vettel beat his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen to win the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and comfortably extend his lead at the top of the standings to 25 points.

It was the four-time F1 champion's third win of the season and 45th of his career, as well as Ferrari's first in Monaco since Michael Schumacher — Vettel's childhood idol — in 2001. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished third ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

It was a bad weekend for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton finishing seventh after starting from 13th following a poor qualifying session.

Vettel let out a whoop of delight and thanked his team in Italian after crossing the finish line with bright sunshine gleaming off the

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 09:13:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel wins Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix]]> http://gazette.com/ferrari-driver-sebastian-vettel-wins-formula-ones-monaco-grand-prix/article/feed/464518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ferrari-driver-sebastian-vettel-wins-formula-ones-monaco-grand-prix/article/feed/464518?custom_click=rss MONACO (AP) — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel wins Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix.

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Sun, 28 May 2017 08:47:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Jim Bunning, tough pitcher, hard-nosed senator, dies at 85]]> http://gazette.com/jim-bunning-tough-pitcher-hard-nosed-senator-dies-at-85/article/feed/464478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jim-bunning-tough-pitcher-hard-nosed-senator-dies-at-85/article/feed/464478?custom_click=rss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jim Bunning was an intimidating figure as a major league pitcher and was just as hard-nosed and uncompromising as a U.S. senator.

"The main qualities it takes for professional athletes and politicians is to have a very thick hide, a thick skin, and to be able to meet and greet people," he said in July 2000.

Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as a staunch advocate for conservative causes, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's family said the ex-senator and baseball great died late Friday of complications from a stroke suffered last October. His large family included his wife, Mary, and their nine children, 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 08:45:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Upset! Kerber 1st French Open top seed to lose in 1st round]]> http://gazette.com/upset-kerber-1st-french-open-top-seed-to-lose-in-1st-round/article/feed/464490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/upset-kerber-1st-french-open-top-seed-to-lose-in-1st-round/article/feed/464490?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Angelique Kerber has not been playing at all like someone ranked No. 1 this season, and on Sunday she became the first woman seeded No. 1 to lose in the French Open's first round in the professional era.

Kerber, who ended Serena Williams' stay atop the WTA rankings last year, was gone from Roland Garros by lunchtime on Day 1, putting up little resistance while being beaten 6-2, 6-2 by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

"Well," Makarova said when informed of the history made by her victory, "that's unbelievable."

Kerber won the Australian Open and U.S. Open, and was the Wimbledon runner-up, in 2016, surging to the heights of tennis. But this year has been much more of a struggle: The German has a 19

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 07:42:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Angelique Kerber is first women's No. 1 seed to lose in French Open's first round in Open era]]> http://gazette.com/angelique-kerber-is-first-womens-no.-1-seed-to-lose-in-french-opens-first-round-in-open-era/article/feed/464506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/angelique-kerber-is-first-womens-no.-1-seed-to-lose-in-french-opens-first-round-in-open-era/article/feed/464506?custom_click=rss PARIS (AP) — Angelique Kerber is first women's No. 1 seed to lose in French Open's first round in Open era.

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Sun, 28 May 2017 07:07:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Chan Kim wins Mizuno Open to qualify for British Open]]> http://gazette.com/chan-kim-wins-mizuno-open-to-qualify-for-british-open/article/feed/464503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chan-kim-wins-mizuno-open-to-qualify-for-british-open/article/feed/464503?custom_click=rss OKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — Chan Kim of the United States fired a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for the British Open.

Kim offset a lone bogey with five birdies at the Setonakai Golf Club to finish on a 15-under 273, five strokes ahead of Michael Hendry of New Zealand (68) who also qualified for the 146th Open.

The victory capped an eventful week for the Korean-American, who secured a place in the US Open on Monday in another qualifying tournament in Japan.

Adam Bland of Australia finished third after a 70 and also qualified for the July 16-23 Open at Royal Birkdale along with KT Kim of South Korea who shot a 69 to finish tied for fourth.

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 06:47:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Ten-Man United States books place in Round of 16 at U20 WCup]]> http://gazette.com/ten-man-united-states-books-place-in-round-of-16-at-u20-wcup/article/feed/464501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ten-man-united-states-books-place-in-round-of-16-at-u20-wcup/article/feed/464501?custom_click=rss SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A United States team reduced to ten men sealed top spot in Group E of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday with a 1-1 tie with Saudi Arabia in Daejeon, South Korea.

A Brooks Lennon first-half goal secured the vital point for the U.S. to set up a second-round showdown with New Zealand on June 1.

The Americans took the lead five minutes before the break. Luca de la Torre saw his shot saved but Brooks slotted home the rebound from close range.

Central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was sent off on the stroke of half-time for a second bookable offence.

Saudi Arabia struggled to take advantage of its extra man though U.S. goalkeeper Johnathan Klinsmann saved well from a fierce Abdulrahman

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 06:37:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Luis Enrique leaves with feeling of mission accomplished]]> http://gazette.com/luis-enrique-leaves-with-feeling-of-mission-accomplished/article/feed/464488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/luis-enrique-leaves-with-feeling-of-mission-accomplished/article/feed/464488?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique leaves Barcelona with no regrets and the feeling of mission accomplished.

The coach capped his three-year stint with the Catalan club by winning the Copa del Rey title with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.

Now it's time to enjoy some much-needed time off after three "intense" seasons, and let the club move on under fresh leadership.

"There is no sadness at all, just happiness," Luis Enrique said. "I'm the one who decided to stop, and I think that it was a wonderful decision for me, for the players and for the team as well. The intensity of this profession demands maximum dedication every single day and there is a natural wear out.

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 04:32:05 -0600 <![CDATA[LEADING OFF: Suzuki learning Dickey; rookies lead Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-suzuki-learning-dickey-rookies-lead-rockies/article/feed/464444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-suzuki-learning-dickey-rookies-lead-rockies/article/feed/464444?custom_click=rss

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

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KNUCKLE DOWN

Kurt Suzuki had three passed balls in his first game catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for Atlanta this season, but committed just one in Dickey's next eight starts. Dickey (3-3) makes his 10th start for the Braves in the series finale in San Francisco against Johnny Cueto (4-4) and the Giants.

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HOT ROOKIE

Rockies right-hander German Marquez will be the third straight rookie the Colorado Rockies have started against St. Louis in the series that concludes Sunday. The rookie trio of Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland and Marquez seem to feed off of each other's performances. Marquez is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA over his last three start

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DENVER (AP) — Adam Wainwright silenced Colorado's bats yet again — maybe even some critics, too.

"No matter how many times I keep telling people, 'I'm sick and tired of hearing he's not what he once was,' I've got to prove it," the 35-year-old Wainwright said. "I'm working on shutting those people up."

The right-hander kept up his mastery of the Rockies by scattering three hits over seven innings, Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Colorado 3-0 on Saturday night.

Wainwright (5-3) struck out six and retired the last 10 batters he faced as he moved to 10-1 with a 1.56 ERA over his career against Colorado.

He also said something unexpected about Coors Field.

"I love pitching her

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 00:42:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Blach helps Giants snap 4-game skid with 6-3 win over Braves]]> http://gazette.com/blach-helps-giants-snap-4-game-skid-with-6-3-win-over-braves/article/feed/464467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blach-helps-giants-snap-4-game-skid-with-6-3-win-over-braves/article/feed/464467?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ty Blach is making the most of his opportunity in San Francisco's rotation after ace Madison Bumgarner went down with an injury.

Blach pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and gave San Francisco's struggling offense a boost with an RBI single during a three-run fourth that helped the Giants snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

After starting the season in the bullpen, Blach (3-2) moved into the rotation in late April after Bumgarner got hurt in a dirt bike accident in Colorado.

"Because of what happened he's in the rotation," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's taking full advantage of it. He can pitch. ... I'm not surprised by what he's d

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]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 00:36:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Cadinals Rockies Baseball]]> http://gazette.com/cadinals-rockies-baseball/article/feed/464221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cadinals-rockies-baseball/article/feed/464221?custom_click=rss Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, right, throws to first base after forcing out St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina at second base on the front end of a double play hit into by St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko to end the top of the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Denver. The Cardinals won 3-0.

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Sun, 28 May 2017 00:20:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Taurasi ties WNBA 3-pointer mark in Mercury's 107-65 win]]> http://gazette.com/taurasi-ties-wnba-3-pointer-mark-in-mercurys-107-65-win/article/feed/464468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taurasi-ties-wnba-3-pointer-mark-in-mercurys-107-65-win/article/feed/464468?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — Leilani Mitchell scored 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and tied the WNBA record for career 3-pointers, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 107-65 on Saturday night.

Taurasi's three-point play halfway through the first period gave Phoenix the lead for good, and the Mercury broke open the game with 30- and 31-point quarters in the second half.

Taurasi, who sat out Tuesday's game because of a flagrant-2 foul in the previous game, made two 3-pointers, tying Katie Smith's WNBA mark with 906. The game matched the league's two worst 3-point shooting teams but Phoenix made 12 of 25.

Glory Johnson scored 12 points for Dallas (2-2), with Karima Christmas-Kelly adding 11 before leaving with an apparen

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]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 23:54:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Hayes scores 24, Dream edge Sparks 75-73]]> http://gazette.com/hayes-scores-24-dream-edge-sparks-75-73/article/feed/464446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hayes-scores-24-dream-edge-sparks-75-73/article/feed/464446?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 24 points, including a critical free throw with 12 seconds to play, and the Atlanta Dream handed the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks their second straight loss, 75-73 on Saturday night.

After Hayes made one of two from the line, Atlanta (3-1) led 75-71. Chelsea Gray was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 6.8 seconds remaining and after making her first two attempts, missed the third on purpose. However, Hayes grabbed the rebound and released the ball down court as time ran out.

Layshia Clarendon was the only starter not in double figures for Atlanta. She had nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Gray led Los Angeles (2-2) with a career-high 25 points, 16 in the four

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The Switchbacks needed a strong second-half performance to overcome a tentative first and salvage a 3-3 home tie versus Reno.
"I don't know why we came out the way we did but we played the way we needed to in the second half," said defender Jordan Burt, who scored a career-high two goals in the second half, including the final tally in the 88th minute. "When your backs are against the ropes like that, everyone had to have a gutcheck. Our guys' character kicked in."



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Sat, 27 May 2017 21:34:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Trio of area players take part in USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials]]> http://gazette.com/trio-of-area-players-take-part-in-usa-basketball-womens-u16-national-team-trials/article/1604024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trio-of-area-players-take-part-in-usa-basketball-womens-u16-national-team-trials/article/1604024?custom_click=rss

Just being on the floor with the nation's top high school basketball players was a treat in itself for incoming Sand Creek sophomore Tomia Johnson.

Then, getting a chance to rub elbows with a women's basketball icon kicked it up a notch.

"I saw someone walk into a meeting, and I said 'Oh my gosh, that's Tamika Catchings,'" said Johnson, one of 136 players who were competing for 12 roster spots at this weekend's USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center. "She's a legend. I used to come here all the time as a kid and watch her and Skylar (Diggins) and Brittney Griner. I'm hopeful to do one day what she did. It's a far-fetched dream, but hopefully I can get there.



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Sat, 27 May 2017 21:22:42 -0600
<![CDATA[10 things to look for in Colorado Springs sports next week, starting Monday]]> http://gazette.com/10-things-to-look-for-in-colorado-springs-sports-next-week-starting-monday/article/1604020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-things-to-look-for-in-colorado-springs-sports-next-week-starting-monday/article/1604020?custom_click=rss

No. 10 The Denver Broncos have organized team activities workouts Tuesday to Thursday

No. 9 The Colorado Rapids host Columbus on Saturday

No. 8 The Under-16 boys' USA Basketball tryout camp is at the Olympic Training Center starting Thursday

No. 7 NCAA men's lacrosse final is Monday

No. 6 The Colorado Senior Open takes place at Green Valley Ranch Wednesday to Saturday

No. 5 Tennis' French Open has its first week of play

No. 4 The Colorado Rockies host the Mariners Monday and Tuesday and visit them Wednesday and Thursday before playing at the Padres Friday to Sunday

No. 3 NHL playoffs are into the finals this week with Nashville vs. Pittsburgh

No. 2 NBA playoffs are into the finals this week



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Sat, 27 May 2017 21:17:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Slideshow: Placing the Rockies' 50-game start in recent historical context]]> http://gazette.com/slideshow-placing-the-rockies-50-game-start-in-recent-historical-context/article/1604023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/slideshow-placing-the-rockies-50-game-start-in-recent-historical-context/article/1604023?custom_click=rss

The Rockies are the 35th team in the Wild Card era to find themselves at least 14 games over .500 at the 50-game mark in a non-strike year.

If the past results of those teams are any indication, the Rockies are nearly as likely (26.5 percent) to play in the World Series as they are to miss the postseason (32.4 percent). They’ve got an 88 percent shot at finishing first or second in their division and it would be unprecedented for them to fail to have a winning season.

Here’s a look at what happened to the other 34 teams to win at least 32 of their first 50 games since 1995.



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Sat, 27 May 2017 20:48:27 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: On Memorial Day, let's honor a Colorado Springs war hero/football star who died too soon]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-on-memorial-day-lets-honor-a-colorado-springs-war-herofootball-star-who-died-too-soon/article/1603951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-on-memorial-day-lets-honor-a-colorado-springs-war-herofootball-star-who-died-too-soon/article/1603951?custom_click=rss

Lewis Miller was a star for Colorado College’s football team, a tough and talented lineman. He was known by teammates and classmates as “Strong Arm.” He seemed ready to travel all the way to the infant National Football League.

Following his 1941 senior season, Miller was promised as much as $150 per game to play for the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers or Philadelphia Eagles.  Sure, $150 a game doesn’t sound like much, but millions of Americans were earning 30 cents an hour, or less, in the waning months of The Great Depression.

 “The management of the Detroit Lions has been watching your work on the gridiron,” Lions president Fred L. Mandel Jr. wrote to Lewis



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Sat, 27 May 2017 18:40:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Hall of Fame pitcher, congressman Jim Bunning dies]]> http://gazette.com/hall-of-fame-pitcher-congressman-jim-bunning-dies/article/1603995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hall-of-fame-pitcher-congressman-jim-bunning-dies/article/1603995?custom_click=rss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jim Bunning, a former Hall of Fame pitcher who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning was one of only 18 Major League Baseball pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era. In the Senate, his ornery nature forced Republican leaders to push him to retire after two terms.

The Kentucky Republican also served 12 years in the U.S. House. He was a staunchly conservative voice in the Senate and a fierce protector of state interests such as tobacco, coal and military bases. He did not seek re-election in



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Sat, 27 May 2017 12:05:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Jalen Robinette's agency: Air Force receiver didn't graduate because of on-going 'disciplinary proceeding']]> http://gazette.com/jalen-robinettes-agency-air-force-receiver-didnt-graduate-because-of-on-going-disciplinary-proceeding/article/1603964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jalen-robinettes-agency-air-force-receiver-didnt-graduate-because-of-on-going-disciplinary-proceeding/article/1603964?custom_click=rss

Jalen Robinette’s representatives released a statement Friday that sheds light into the reason the Air Force standout didn’t graduate with his classmates on Wednesday.

“Jalen Robinette is currently awaiting a determination on a non-criminal disciplinary proceeding,” his agency said in a statement provided to The Denver Post. “Jalen continues to look forward to serving the country that he loves and remains committed and loyal to the United States Air Force.



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Sat, 27 May 2017 08:32:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame announces class of 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sports-hall-of-fame-announces-class-of-2017/article/1603894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sports-hall-of-fame-announces-class-of-2017/article/1603894?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame class of 2017 was unveiled Friday morning.

The class, which includes four individuals, one family and one team will be inducted Oct. 24 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Hank Egan, Pat Garrity, Janine Szpara, Chuck Wielgus, the Donner family and the 1998 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team will all be inducted.

Other honors will go to former Fountain-Fort Carson football coach Mitch Johnson, who will receive the Col. F. Don Miller award, the El Pomar Foundation will receive the Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award and Bernard Sandoval will receive the Special Recognition Award for spearheading the creation of “Olympic City USA” for Colorado Springs.



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Sat, 27 May 2017 07:03:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Outfielder Ryan Cordell supplies spark for Sky Sox]]> http://gazette.com/outfielder-ryan-cordell-supplies-spark-for-sky-sox/article/1603976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outfielder-ryan-cordell-supplies-spark-for-sky-sox/article/1603976?custom_click=rss

Asked who might most closely compare to Ryan Cordell, the mind of Rick Sweet churned through its 40-plus years of baseball experience to find the most fitting examples.

He settled on Jason Bay and Jay Bruce.

That's not to say the Sky Sox manager believes Cordell, the 25-year-old Colorado Springs outfielder, will post four 30-plus home run seasons in the majors like Bay and Bruce. But what he sees in all three is a wide array of tools that became focused in the same direction, allowing the young players to develop beyond what had previously been projected.



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Fri, 26 May 2017 22:54:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Switchbacks looking to rebound versus red-hot Reno]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-switchbacks-looking-to-rebound-versus-red-hot-reno/article/1603960?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-switchbacks-looking-to-rebound-versus-red-hot-reno/article/1603960?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs is in need of a bounce-back performance after last weekend's lackluster performance during a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the Real Monarchs SLC.
The five goals were the most allowed by the Switchbacks in 2-plus seasons.
"We need every single one of us to bring the energy and the intensity," captain Rony Argueta said. "It's about being mentally ready."



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Fri, 26 May 2017 21:12:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Free passes doom Air Academy as 4A state baseball run ends vs. Valor Christian]]> http://gazette.com/free-passes-doom-air-academy-as-4a-state-baseball-run-ends-vs.-valor-christian/article/1603962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/free-passes-doom-air-academy-as-4a-state-baseball-run-ends-vs.-valor-christian/article/1603962?custom_click=rss

DENVER – When called upon, Air Academy’s defenders displayed the steady and spectacular glovework that allowed it to be one of four teams remaining in the 4A baseball tournament.

Unfortunately for the Kadets, calls of another variety limited those defensive opportunities in a 7-0 loss to defending state champion Valor Christian at Metro State on Friday afternoon.

Air Academy issued eight walks – many coming on borderline pitches – and hit a pair of batters. As a result, and with the help of three sacrifice flies, the Eagles plated those seven runs while collecting just five hits.

“It’s a real momentum killer,” said Air Academy starting pitcher James Verlinde. “When you



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Fri, 26 May 2017 20:36:03 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Pat Garrity ran, really fast, from Lewis-Palmer to NBA]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-pat-garrity-ran-really-fast-from-lewis-palmer-to-nba/article/1603867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-pat-garrity-ran-really-fast-from-lewis-palmer-to-nba/article/1603867?custom_click=rss

Pat Garrity. Lewis-Palmer coach Russ McKinstry kept hearing about Pat Garrity.

It was the summer of 1991, and McKinstry was coaching the Rangers basketball team. Garrity had lived in Monument four years, from 4th grade to 8th grade, before moving with his family to South Carolina. He was returning to play at L-P for his sophomore year.

Garrity’s friends told McKinstry to expect a solid player. About 6-feet tall. A little skinny. Had a chance to start. No exclamation marks were involved in the descriptions.

McKinstry drove with his L-P players to New  Mexico for a team camp, and Garrity flew from the East Coast to join his future teammates. McKinstry picked him up at the airport. He had never before seen



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Fri, 26 May 2017 06:23:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Kunitz's double-OT goal sends Penguins back to Stanley Cup]]> http://gazette.com/kunitzs-double-ot-goal-sends-penguins-back-to-stanley-cup/article/1603915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kunitzs-double-ot-goal-sends-penguins-back-to-stanley-cup/article/1603915?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night.

Kunitz scored twice, his first two of the playoffs. Justin Schultz added the other in his return from an upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 28 shots on his 23rd birthday.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998 to win back-to-back titles. They will host Western Conference champion Nashville in Game 1 on Monday night.

Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa.



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<![CDATA[James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with win]]> http://gazette.com/james-passes-jordan-cavs-back-in-finals-with-win/article/1603916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/james-passes-jordan-cavs-back-in-finals-with-win/article/1603916?custom_click=rss

BOSTON — LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.



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Thu, 25 May 2017 22:28:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Relaxed Air Academy continues state baseball run]]> http://gazette.com/relaxed-air-academy-continues-state-baseball-run/article/1603879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/relaxed-air-academy-continues-state-baseball-run/article/1603879?custom_click=rss

Air Academy baseball players like to say the team is a loose bunch.
The Kadets showed that Tuesday with consecutive wins over Golden and Silver Creek in two games of loser-goes-home.
Air Academy now heads to the final weekend of the 4A state baseball tournament (and the final weekend of the 2016-17 Colorado high school sports season) with a chance to claim a state championship – if they continue to play loose and not lose.
Knowing that either of Tuesday’s games could have been their final one helped motivate the Kadets.



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