<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:49:16 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rangers waste 4-run lead in 9th, lose to Yanks 9-7]]> http://gazette.com/rangers-waste-4-run-lead-in-9th-lose-to-yanks-9-7/article/feed/367198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rangers-waste-4-run-lead-in-9th-lose-to-yanks-9-7/article/feed/367198?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Ahead by five runs with one out and no one on in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Texas Rangers had a 98.8 percent probability of beating the New York Yankees, extending their winning streak to five and improving to 21-6 in June.

Up by four runs in the middle of the ninth, they still had a 98.2 percent win probability, according to Fangraphs.

The Yankees defied the odds.

Brian McCann hit a tying, three-run homer off Sam Dyson, Starlin Casto walked and Didi Gregorius capped a six-run inning with his two-run shot, lifting the Yankees over the Rangers 9-7 on Wednesday night.

"Threw some quality pitches down in the zone and they got hit," said Dyson, who blew a save for the second time in 18 chan

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:47:12 -0600 <![CDATA[White Sox OF Cabrera sidelined by wrist injury]]> http://gazette.com/white-sox-of-cabrera-sidelined-by-wrist-injury/article/feed/367119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-sox-of-cabrera-sidelined-by-wrist-injury/article/feed/367119?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The soreness finally caught up to White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The veteran switch hitter aggravated a right wrist injury during Chicago's 4-0 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night and will miss a couple of days with a mild sprain.

Cabrera originally hurt his wrist when he tried for a diving catch during a 13-2 loss at Cleveland on June 18. He tweaked it again on a swing in the series opener against the Twins and hit his wrist against the wall while going after Brian Dozier's second homer of the game.

"It's difficult because I want to play, but the doctors said the best for me right now is just to take a rest for a couple of days because I have inflammation there," Cabrera said through a translator.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:46:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Mets' bats quiet as Murphy and Nationals complete sweep, 4-2]]> http://gazette.com/mets-bats-quiet-as-murphy-and-nationals-complete-sweep-4-2/article/feed/367184?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mets-bats-quiet-as-murphy-and-nationals-complete-sweep-4-2/article/feed/367184?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a lineup that was already sputtering, it was no surprise the New York Mets failed to bust out against Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

Daniel Murphy homered twice, tormenting his former team yet again, and Washington completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

New York's offense did little against Scherzer (9-5), who allowed two hits with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 shutout innings.

"We're just not even giving ourselves chances," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who earlier in the day called it a game his team needed to win.

After taking an early lead in Monday's series opener, New York went 23 innings without scoring before James Loney's two-run homer in the ninth o

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:06:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Murphy, Scherzer help Nationals sweep Mets with 4-2 win]]> http://gazette.com/murphy-scherzer-help-nationals-sweep-mets-with-4-2-win/article/feed/367175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/murphy-scherzer-help-nationals-sweep-mets-with-4-2-win/article/feed/367175?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ever since he left them, Daniel Murphy has been making life miserable for the Mets.

Murphy homered twice, tormenting his former team yet again, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of New York with 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

Max Scherzer (9-5) cruised against New York's sputtering offense, allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 shutout innings. He retired 18 in a row before Brandon Nimmo's single in the eighth and finished with at least 10 strikeouts for the fourth straight outing.

The sweep dropped New York six games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.

Murphy homered off Logan Verrett (3-5) in the second for a 1-0 lead and golfed a two-run drive in the

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:47:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: For right price, Nuggets should trade Kenneth Faried]]> http://gazette.com/klee-for-right-price-nuggets-should-trade-kenneth-faried/article/1579312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-right-price-nuggets-should-trade-kenneth-faried/article/1579312?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The curious case of Kenneth Faried has no easy resolution.

Is he the friendly fellow who, on a cold, winter night outside a LoHi restaurant, stopped to sign autographs for anyone willing to ask? Or is he the entitled one who once stubbornly refused when Nuggets coach Michael Malone told him to sub into a game?

Yes. Denver's power forward is all of those things. There is no straddling the fence on Faried: Opinions of his unique game are on one side or firmly on the other.

The Nuggets on Wednesday introduced their four rookies, including top pick Jamal Murray, the Canadian scoring guard who still has the front office astounded he was available with the seventh overall pick.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:38:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Shields gets win as White Sox beat Twins 9-6]]> http://gazette.com/shields-gets-win-as-white-sox-beat-twins-9-6/article/feed/367182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shields-gets-win-as-white-sox-beat-twins-9-6/article/feed/367182?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — James Shields broke out of a slump with 6 2/3 innings against one of baseball's worst lineups, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Wednesday night.

Shields (3-9) allowed one run and eight hits in his first win since he tossed seven scoreless innings for San Diego at Milwaukee on May 12. The right-hander got hit hard after he was acquired by Chicago in a trade June 4, going 0-2 with a 15.80 ERA in his first four starts.

Todd Frazier, Brett Lawrie and Tyler Saladino homered for the White Sox, who improved to 7-1 against the Twins after losing 4-0 in the series opener on Tuesday. Saladino and Tim Anderson each had two hits and two RBIs.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:22:55 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Boomer Phelps celebrates with stuffed animal]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-boomer-phelps-celebrates-with-stuffed-animal/article/feed/366832?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-boomer-phelps-celebrates-with-stuffed-animal/article/feed/366832?custom_click=rss

The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):


12:10 a.m.

Boomer Phelps has his first stuffed animal from a swim meet.

Not just any meet, but his daddy's last U.S. Olympic trials.

Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly to make his record fifth U.S. swim team. After the awards ceremony, he jogged over to the stands where his fiancé Nicole Johnson carried their 7-week-old son down to the deck.

Phelps kissed the infant on his head, handed the toy to Johnson and then kissed her on the cheek.

The 18-time gold medalist says Boomer made some "grumbling noises" and was asleep.

Phelps has said he intends to retire for good after the Rio Games.



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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:16:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Switchbacks turn tables on Real Monarchs]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-switchbacks-turn-tables-on-real-monarchs/article/1579314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-switchbacks-turn-tables-on-real-monarchs/article/1579314?custom_click=rss

None of the wins for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in 2016 have come easy and Wednesday's was no different in a burgeoning rivalry against the Real Monarchs Salt Lake City.

The 1-0 victory was not secure until the final whistle. The Real Monarchs had reason to be upset about the loss.

A shot headed toward the Switchbacks net was deflected by Colorado Springs forward Luke Vercollone's hand but went uncalled. The subsequent rebound led to another SLC shot which caromed off the crossbar in the 90th minute.

"It's something in every game," Colorado Springs coach Steve Trittschuh said. "We had the red card called against us (on Sunday) and the (mistaken) hand ball against us versus Orange County. I guess the soccer gods

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:11:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Salazar rolls, Indians beat Braves 3-0 for 12th straight win]]> http://gazette.com/salazar-rolls-indians-beat-braves-3-0-for-12th-straight-win/article/feed/367171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/salazar-rolls-indians-beat-braves-3-0-for-12th-straight-win/article/feed/367171?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Danny Salazar didn't want to be the pitcher who couldn't keep the Cleveland Indians' winning streak alive.

In the process, the right-hander extended his personal win streak.

Salazar threw seven innings, Lonnie Chisenhall hit his second homer of the series and Cleveland stretched its winning streak to 12 games by beating the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Cleveland swept its fourth straight series to extend the majors' longest winning streak this season. The Indians began the day leading second-place Kansas City by six games in the AL Central.

Salazar (10-3) was dominant, allowing five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He lowered the AL's second-best ERA to 2.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:05:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Missy Franklin rallies with gutsy swim at US trials]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-rallies-with-gutsy-swim-at-us-trials/article/feed/367181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-rallies-with-gutsy-swim-at-us-trials/article/feed/367181?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Missy Franklin stood beside the blocks, staring down the still water in her lane. Never had she faced so much pressure, yet she felt serene.

A night after she failed to make the Olympic team in the 100-meter backstroke — an event she won four years ago in London — Franklin rallied to finish second in the 200 freestyle Wednesday night at the U.S. trials.

It was good enough to earn her a spot in an individual event in Rio.

"That's probably the most proud race I've ever swam in my entire career, coming back from such a loss last night and telling myself that I still have it in me to do whatever I believe I can do," she said, tears glistening in her eyes.

Katie Ledecky cruised to victory in th

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:05:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Seattle catcher Clevenger leaves with hand injury]]> http://gazette.com/seattle-catcher-clevenger-leaves-with-hand-injury/article/feed/367179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seattle-catcher-clevenger-leaves-with-hand-injury/article/feed/367179?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger left a game Wednesday night against Pittsburgh after a foul ball hit his exposed right throwing hand.

Clevenger exited in the top of the third inning after Andrew McCutchen's foul ball came directly back and hit Clevenger's bare hand. Clevenger immediately crumpled over, cradling the hand, and he was attended to quickly by Seattle's athletic training staff. He walked off the field and was replaced by regular starter Chris Iannetta, who was getting the day off.

Clevenger was appearing in his 22nd game this season.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:59:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Steven Stamkos decides to re-sign with Lightning]]> http://gazette.com/steven-stamkos-decides-to-re-sign-with-lightning/article/feed/367053?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/steven-stamkos-decides-to-re-sign-with-lightning/article/feed/367053?custom_click=rss

Steven Stamkos insisted all along that he wanted to stay put in Tampa Bay to win the Stanley Cup.

The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's leading goal scorer gave himself that opportunity Wednesday, re-signing with the Lightning for eight years and foregoing a chance to test free agency.

The team confirmed the agreement, which is worth $68 million, meaning the 26-year-old captain will earn an average of $8.5 million per season.

The deal was reached two days before Stamkos had the opportunity to gauge his worth on the open market, where the four-time All-Star star with 312 goals was expected to command far more lucrative offers from numerous bidders, including his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:54:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Guerra, Brewers beat Stewart, Dodgers 7-0]]> http://gazette.com/guerra-brewers-beat-stewart-dodgers-7-0/article/feed/367180?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guerra-brewers-beat-stewart-dodgers-7-0/article/feed/367180?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Junior Guerra allowed two hits over eight innings, Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and a two-run double and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run shot to carry the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, spoiling the major league debut of Brock Stewart.

Braun's two-run homer off Chris Hatcher in the seventh inning gave Guerra some extra cushion, but the 31-year-old rookie right-hander didn't need it.

Guerra (5-1) allowed Corey Seager's double in the first and Yasiel Puig's single in the fifth. After he walked Adrian Gonzalez in the first, Guerra retired 21 of the next 23 batters, striking out seven.

Guerra received a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on June 16 in his p

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:52:30 -0600 <![CDATA[HRs by McCann, Gregorius in 9th rally Yanks past Rangers 9-7]]> http://gazette.com/hrs-by-mccann-gregorius-in-9th-rally-yanks-past-rangers-9-7/article/feed/367177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hrs-by-mccann-gregorius-in-9th-rally-yanks-past-rangers-9-7/article/feed/367177?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian McCann hit a tying, three-run homer off Sam Dyson, Didi Gregorius capped a six-run ninth inning with his two-run shot and the New York Yankees woke up late to beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 Wednesday night.

Down 7-2 and in danger of falling 10 games behind AL East-leading Baltimore, the Yankees began their comeback when McCann homered off Cesar Ramos in the eighth.

Rob Refsnyder singled off Matt Bush leading off the ninth, Jacoby Ellsbury walked and Dyson (1-2) relieved.

Brett Gardner singled and Refsnyder came home when center fielder Ian Desmond bobbled the ball for an error.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:50:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Title drought over, Cleveland thirsts for more championships]]> http://gazette.com/title-drought-over-cleveland-thirsts-for-more-championships/article/feed/366918?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/title-drought-over-cleveland-thirsts-for-more-championships/article/feed/366918?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — The confetti has been cleaned up. The party hasn't stopped. Always rocking, Cleveland's rolling like never before.

Since superstar LeBron James and the Cavaliers clinched the NBA championship with a historic comeback to quench the city's 52-year major title drought, Cleveland has been celebrating — and winning — at a startling rate.

Picking up where the Cavs left off, the Indians have reeled off 12 straight victories and are threatening to run away with the AL Central. They've also motivated some skeptical fans to buy tickets so they don't miss out on the summer fun.

Suddenly, a city accustomed to losing can't lose.

Between the Cavs, the Indians and the Arena League Gladiators, Cleveland tea

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:39:50 -0600 <![CDATA[For Michael Phelps, the 5th Olympics may mean the most yet]]> http://gazette.com/for-michael-phelps-the-5th-olympics-may-mean-the-most-yet/article/feed/367156?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-michael-phelps-the-5th-olympics-may-mean-the-most-yet/article/feed/367156?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Phelps surged to the wall, and then whipped around to spot his time.

That number wasn't really important.

The only thing that mattered was No. 5.

Phelps became the first male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night, another huge milestone in the water but even more significant given what's happened away from the pool.

A second drunken-driving arrest. A re-evaluation of his life. An impending marriage. And his first child.

With 7-week-old Boomer in the arms of his mother at the CenturyLink Center, Phelps cruised to a victory that meant as much personally as all those triumphs that came before.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:31:37 -0600 <![CDATA[No charges after drug investigation of Minnesota wrestlers]]> http://gazette.com/no-charges-after-drug-investigation-of-minnesota-wrestlers/article/feed/367157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-charges-after-drug-investigation-of-minnesota-wrestlers/article/feed/367157?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed in an investigation of University of Minnesota wrestlers allegedly involved in the sale and use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, prosecutors said Wednesday.

In a report, university police investigators said Hennepin County prosecutors declined to pursue the case due to "lack of evidence."

"We have declined to press charges at this time," Jean Heyer, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, told The Associated Press. She would not elaborate.

Also, Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal told the Star Tribune that there was not enough evidence to support misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges against wrestling coach J Robinson.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:10:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Isaksen sisters will chase Olympic gold, side by side, in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-isaksen-sisters-will-chase-olympic-gold-side-by-side-in-rio/article/1579311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-isaksen-sisters-will-chase-olympic-gold-side-by-side-in-rio/article/1579311?custom_click=rss

Margaux Isaksen was driving on the outskirts of downtown Colorado Springs when she glanced at her sister, Isabella, who was riding peacefully beside her.

Margaux and Isabella soon will compete in the Rio Olympics in the ultra-demanding and diverse modern pentathlon. They are the closest of friends, even if they aren't much alike.

But they are sisters, and everyone knows how conflict creeps into this complicated sibling realm.

Isabella's blouse is lovely, Margaux thought to herself as she drove along. She kept sneaking peeks at Isabella's red-and-white shirt until the truth crashed into her mind.

"That's my shirt!' Margaux announced to her sister.

"Is it?" Isabella asked.


Years ago,

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:42:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Fountain-Fort Carson football draws 5A conference with Valor Christian; Doherty in another conference]]> http://gazette.com/fountain-fort-carson-football-draws-5a-conference-with-valor-christian-doherty-in-another-conference/article/1579309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fountain-fort-carson-football-draws-5a-conference-with-valor-christian-doherty-in-another-conference/article/1579309?custom_click=rss

If it wasn't tough enough to follow a legendary coach, Fountain-Fort Carson's Jake Novotny will also have the daunting privilege of breaking the Trojans into a new conference headlined by Class 5A football defending champion Valor Christian.

So much for a nice, cozy landing spot.

The 5A conference realignment - which separated teams based on a waterfall of their previous two-year RPI - could be construed as a tough draw for Fountain-Fort Carson. But Novotny, who spent four years as an assistant with Colorado State-Pueblo before taking over for longtime Trojans coach Mitch Johnson in May, said he embraces the challenge.

"There's two ways of looking at it," he said. "There's the way of looking at it where you feel sorry

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:18:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Lewis-Palmer's Jonathan Scott signs to play at Otero]]> http://gazette.com/lewis-palmers-jonathan-scott-signs-to-play-at-otero/article/1579308?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lewis-palmers-jonathan-scott-signs-to-play-at-otero/article/1579308?custom_click=rss

Jonathan Scott, a three-year starter at Lewis-Palmer, has signed to play basketball at Otero Junior College in La Junta. Scott will play for coach Brendan O'Connor, a 2003 L-P graduate.

"We're thrilled," O'Connor said. "We know the versatility that he can bring. He can really be impactful on the floor without touching the basketball. I think he could have scored more at Lewis-Palmer but he distributed the ball so his team could be successful. You're always interested in a player who will sacrifice personal stats for the good of the team.

"He can score. He can rebound. He's a phenomenal defender."

Scott, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists for L-P, which finished 24-2.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Phelps locks up trip to 5th Olympics; Franklin going too]]> http://gazette.com/phelps-locks-up-trip-to-5th-olympics-franklin-going-too/article/1579300?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phelps-locks-up-trip-to-5th-olympics-franklin-going-too/article/1579300?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics.

So is Missy Franklin.

Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night. Phelps whipped around to look at his time — a bit slower than he probably would've liked — and held up all five fingers on his right hand.

Yep, it's Olympics No. 5, making him the first male swimmer to compete in that many Summer Games.

Franklin, meanwhile, turned in one of the gutsiest performances of her career to earn a spot for Rio in the 200 freestyle.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:56:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Eric Young Jr. nearing Colorado Springs Sky Sox all-time steals record]]> http://gazette.com/eric-young-jr.-nearing-colorado-springs-sky-sox-all-time-steals-record/article/1579295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eric-young-jr.-nearing-colorado-springs-sky-sox-all-time-steals-record/article/1579295?custom_click=rss

Eric Young Jr. is on pace to surpass longtime family friend Trenidad Hubbard for all-time steals in a Sky Sox uniform this season. In the meantime, the veteran will do his part to help Colorado Springs' postseason bid.

The outfielder enters this weekend's homestand versus New Orleans with 97 all-time steals (85 with the Rockies organization), trailing Hubbard's 104 steals during his career in second-place Colorado Springs (38-38), which is 7-3 in its past 10 games.

"It's special to be closing in any record; except strikeouts, and it means a lot," he said. "Knowing Trenidad makes it even more special."

Hubbard, the Rockies base-running instructor when EY Jr.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:24:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Prospect watch for the next Colorado Springs Sky Sox home series]]> http://gazette.com/prospect-watch-for-the-next-colorado-springs-sky-sox-home-series/article/1579286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prospect-watch-for-the-next-colorado-springs-sky-sox-home-series/article/1579286?custom_click=rss

New Orleans (Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins) opens a four-game series in Colorado Springs on Thursday.

While the Zephyrs have a few young players worth tracking (listed below), this series will mostly be worth taking in because of the promotions.

Friday’s game features fireworks, Saturday includes a Rick Sweet bobblehead giveaway and the Fourth of July fireworks will come a day early on Sunday.

Tomas Telis, C

Rated by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in Miami’s system, Telis, who turned 25 this month, has already logged time in the majors with the Rangers and Marlins. His steady offensive production (.293 career average in the minors; .

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:22:18 -0600
<![CDATA[LeBron a free agent after declining option; will he stay in Cleveland?]]> http://gazette.com/lebron-a-free-agent-after-declining-option-will-he-stay-in-cleveland/article/1579280?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lebron-a-free-agent-after-declining-option-will-he-stay-in-cleveland/article/1579280?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is about to hit the free-agency market and stay right at home.

James declined his player option for next season with the NBA champion Cavaliers, but the finals MVP has made it clear he has no intention of leaving Cleveland anytime soon. He had until midnight Wednesday to pick up the option, which would have paid him $24 million next season.

The 31-year-old superstar has been a free agent the past three summers, electing each time to sign two-year contracts with a player option for the second season. It's not yet clear if he'll sign another short-term deal or a multiyear package.

His agent, Rich Paul, told The Associated Press there is no timetable on when James will re-sign or what

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:42:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Aaron Sanchez leads Blue Jays over Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/aaron-sanchez-leads-blue-jays-over-rockies/article/1579277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aaron-sanchez-leads-blue-jays-over-rockies/article/1579277?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Aaron Sanchez allowed one run in eight innings and Josh Donaldson homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Sanchez (8-1) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two in extending his unbeaten streak to 12 games.

The Blue Jays won their first series ever in Denver and their first overall since June 13-16, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Roberto Osuna gave up RBI doubles to Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso and put the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth. He hit Charlie Blackmon to load the bases before he struck out Cristhian Adames to end the game.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:13:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Jake Plummer bashes ‘billionaire ass----‘ Jerry Jones for denying link between NFL and CTE]]> http://gazette.com/jake-plummer-bashes-billionaire-ass-jerry-jones-for-denying-link-between-nfl-and-cte/article/1579228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jake-plummer-bashes-billionaire-ass-jerry-jones-for-denying-link-between-nfl-and-cte/article/1579228?custom_click=rss

Former Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer isn't mincing his words when it comes to Jerry Jones denying the link between CTE and football.

"Shame on him for saying that, that billionaire ass----. It's the worst thing in the world for a guy like that to say," Plummer recently told BSN Denver.

The quarterback is now 10 years into retirement, but has seen the effects of the brutal game take shape in teammates.

The Cowboys owner, meanwhile, is out there denying football necessarily is a cause for CTE, the brutal brain disease that has affected so many former NFL players.

Read more at nydailynews.com.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:32:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Too much pressure? Missy Franklin struggles against rising stars at US swimming trials]]> http://gazette.com/too-much-pressure-missy-franklin-struggles-against-rising-stars-at-us-swimming-trials/article/1579222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/too-much-pressure-missy-franklin-struggles-against-rising-stars-at-us-swimming-trials/article/1579222?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — One by one, some of America's biggest swimming stars are going down at the Olympic trials.

First, Ryan Lochte. Then, Missy Franklin.

Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist but slowed by a groin injury, missed out on his second chance to make the team in an individual event with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. There was some consolation: Lochte at least clinched a spot in the 4x200 relay, so he'll be in Rio.

Franklin can't say that yet. The bubbly star of the 2012 London Games struggled to a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke, denying her a chance to defend the gold medal she won four years ago.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:27:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies lose to Tulo, Blue Jays after intense weather delay]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-lose-to-tulo-blue-jays-after-intense-weather-delay/article/1579218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-lose-to-tulo-blue-jays-after-intense-weather-delay/article/1579218?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Heavy rain and hail caused flooding in the Colorado Rockies dugout and clubhouse tunnel before the game. The Toronto Blue Jays poured it on from there.

Troy Tulowitzki homered to ignite a go-ahead, six-run fourth inning and the former Rockies star helped the Blue Jays win in Denver for the first time as Toronto beat Colorado 14-9 early Wednesday morning in a game that began with a lengthy delay because of severe weather.

"They're as good as advertised," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's a potent lineup, and once they get rolling you can see what happens."

Rain and hail came down on Coors Field in a fierce, hour-long downpour, leading to heavy runoff into the Rockies' dugout and clubhouse

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:26:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox win in 10th inning over host Round Rock]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-win-in-10th-inning-over-host-round-rock/article/1579212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-win-in-10th-inning-over-host-round-rock/article/1579212?custom_click=rss

In another battle that required extra innings, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox again prevailed late, scoring two runs in the 10th to defeat the Round Rock Express 5-3 on Tuesday at Dell Diamond. The win gives the Sky Sox a winning road trip, as they took three of four in Round Rock to even their record at .500 (38-38) on the season.

Unlike Monday's game, Tuesday's game featured a slew of early runs on both sides.

Kyle Wren doubled off Express starter Kyle Loshe (3-4, 5.23) to start the game for the Sky Sox. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Wren scored on a single to right from Michael Reed with the game's first run. A few batters later, Will Middlebrooks scored Reed from third with a sacrifice fly to center to give

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:00:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Talk of a downtown Colorado Springs stadium resurfaces in minor league baseball shuffle]]> http://gazette.com/talk-of-a-downtown-colorado-springs-stadium-resurfaces-in-minor-league-baseball-shuffle/article/1579197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/talk-of-a-downtown-colorado-springs-stadium-resurfaces-in-minor-league-baseball-shuffle/article/1579197?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs may not be finished with talks of a downtown baseball stadium.

Addressing the City Council on Tuesday, Mayor John Suthers said Sky Sox owner Dave Elmore indicated he would consider moving a Class-A team to the city, but only to a downtown stadium.

Otherwise, the replacement when (and if) the Sky Sox are able to follow through with plans to move to San Antonio remains the Elmore Sports Group's rookie level team currently based in Helena, Mont.

"Elmore Sr. seemed to imply he was only interested in moving an A team here if we had a downtown stadium," Suthers said. "I don't know - that was the message we received before - so that's subject to discussion."

The Elmore group owns two Class-A Advanced

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:54:55 -0600