<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:17:10 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Plenty of new college football fans for 1st game of season]]> http://gazette.com/plenty-of-new-college-football-fans-for-1st-game-of-season/article/feed/390581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plenty-of-new-college-football-fans-for-1st-game-of-season/article/feed/390581?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — It was more than two hours before the start of Saturday's U.S. college season opener between California and Hawaii, and Anthony Goodluck and his son were already milling outside Sydney's Olympic stadium, soaking up the early atmosphere.

The rental company manager, dressed in a Cal Bears jersey, and son Jaiden, with a long "Cal" scarf wrapped around his neck, came 950 kilometers (590 miles) south from Brisbane for the big game.

The weather was cooperating, with sunny skies and light winds on a late winter day and high temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit).

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:39:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Reed all about winning over Ryder Cup]]> http://gazette.com/reed-all-about-winning-over-ryder-cup/article/feed/390661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reed-all-about-winning-over-ryder-cup/article/feed/390661?custom_click=rss

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — No one with a chance to make the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup wants to talk about it.

Patrick Reed is getting to the point where he doesn't have to.

The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs also was the end of Ryder Cup qualifying, and while five Americans already have clinched a spot on the team — Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka — the other three automatic spots were up for grabs at The Barclays.

Reed was at No. 8, and his chances have improved dramatically with a two-shot lead going into the weekend at Bethpage Black.

He sees a bigger picture.

"I'm going into this week trying to win a golf tournament," Reed said.

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:41:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Webb solid in Cal debut, Bears beat Hawaii 51-31 Down Under]]> http://gazette.com/webb-solid-in-cal-debut-bears-beat-hawaii-51-31-down-under/article/feed/390639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/webb-solid-in-cal-debut-bears-beat-hawaii-51-31-down-under/article/feed/390639?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — After three seasons at Texas Tech, quarterback Davis Webb made quite an impression in his first game as a graduate transfer at California.

Webb threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score in a stellar debut for California, leading the Bears to a 51-31 win over Hawaii on Saturday in college football's season opener at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

Told he had 441 yards passing — 38 for 54, with no interceptions, Webb said dryly: "Yeah, it was OK, I'm just glad we got the victory. Hawaii threw a few blitzes at us and our offensive line played well.

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:47:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Ruiz gets rude welcome in Dodgers' 6-4 loss to Cubs]]> http://gazette.com/ruiz-gets-rude-welcome-in-dodgers-6-4-loss-to-cubs/article/feed/390648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ruiz-gets-rude-welcome-in-dodgers-6-4-loss-to-cubs/article/feed/390648?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Ruiz got a rude welcome to working with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, whose cutter proved too much of a moving target to catch.

Ruiz couldn't handle Jansen's wild pitch that led to the Cubs tying the game in the ninth. He didn't have much time to study Jansen after being acquired Thursday from the Phillies for popular catcher A.J. Ellis.

"I have no excuse," Ruiz said. "His ball was moving real good and it surprised me. Definitely have to go watch some more video and see how everybody likes to work."

Kris Bryant hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning to go with an earlier solo shot, lifting the Cubs to a 6-4 victory Friday night in the series opener between NL division leaders.

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:07:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Bryant's 2-run homer rallies Cubs past Dodgers 6-4 in 10]]> http://gazette.com/bryants-2-run-homer-rallies-cubs-past-dodgers-6-4-in-10/article/feed/390638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bryants-2-run-homer-rallies-cubs-past-dodgers-6-4-in-10/article/feed/390638?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Bryant heard the "MVP" chants from the contingent of Chicago fans at Dodger Stadium. Inside the clubhouse, his teammates showered him with more of the same.

Bryant hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning to go with an earlier solo shot, lifting the Cubs over the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Friday night in the series opener between NL division leaders.

"It's humbling and just keeps me going and keeps me determined to do all I can," Bryant said. "It's pretty cool to hear."

Bryant's NL-leading 35th homer capped a comeback from an earlier two-run deficit and extended the Cubs' winning streak to four games. Bryant heard the crowd's chants as he scored behind Dexter Fowler, who singled lead

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:51:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Diamondbacks beat Reds on 2-out wild pitch in 11th]]> http://gazette.com/diamondbacks-beat-reds-on-2-out-wild-pitch-in-11th/article/feed/390637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diamondbacks-beat-reds-on-2-out-wild-pitch-in-11th/article/feed/390637?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Without getting a hit, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury has delivered his team two 11th-inning wins in three nights.

Two nights after a game-winning sacrifice fly, the youngster scored the winner on a wild pitch with two outs in the 11th Friday night in the Diamondbacks' 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

After the Diamondbacks gave up a 2-1 lead in the ninth and then rallied to tie it in the 10th, Drury doubled with one out in the 11th off Blake Wood (5-3) and took third on a groundout. A walk brought up Jean Segura, and Wood's first pitch bounced in front of home plate and went all the way to the backstop.

Drury slid head-first across home plate for the win.

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:40:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Dwyane Wade's cousin fatally shot pushing baby in stroller]]> http://gazette.com/dwyane-wades-cousin-fatally-shot-pushing-baby-in-stroller/article/feed/390558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dwyane-wades-cousin-fatally-shot-pushing-baby-in-stroller/article/feed/390558?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago while pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she intended to register her children. Wade took to Twitter to lament what he called another "act of senseless gun violence."

Her family said Nykea Aldridge, 32, had recently relocated to the area on the city's South Side. Chicago police said she was killed Friday when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man but hit Aldridge in the head and arm. She wasn't the intended target, police said.

Family members are caring for the baby, who wasn't hurt. Police said Friday evening that they were questioning witnesses in the shooting but had no suspects in custody.

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:28:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Samardzija overcomes shaky start, Giants beat Braves 7-0]]> http://gazette.com/samardzija-overcomes-shaky-start-giants-beat-braves-7-0/article/feed/390631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/samardzija-overcomes-shaky-start-giants-beat-braves-7-0/article/feed/390631?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija had a simple game plan against the Atlanta Braves that helped him earn a much-needed win and moved the slumping-but-still-surviving San Francisco Giants closer to first place in the NL West.

"Just made them hit it to (shortstop Brandon) Crawford mostly," Samardzija said, referring to his Gold Glove teammate.

The plan couldn't have worked out much better for Samardzija or the Giants.

Sparked by a handful of defensive gems by Crawford, Samardzija and two relievers combined on a seven-hitter, and San Francisco beat Atlanta 7-0 on Friday night.

Samardzija (11-9) had an uneven outing and had to pitch out of two early jams to win for only the fourth time since May 30.

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:23:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Horse named for Mets' Syndergaard wins Funny Cide Stakes]]> http://gazette.com/horse-named-for-mets-syndergaard-wins-funny-cide-stakes/article/feed/390575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/horse-named-for-mets-syndergaard-wins-funny-cide-stakes/article/feed/390575?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Turns out, Syndergaard is awfully fast on the racetrack, too.

A horse named after hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard won the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga on Friday, blowing away the competition by eight lengths.

The team made mention of Syndergaard's racing success upstate in its game notes Friday and said the 2-year-old colt is an early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.

In a release provided by the New York Racing Association, winning trainer Todd Pletcher said: "Yeah, he came with the heater today."

The Mets said track announcer Larry Collmus exclaimed that Syndergaard was "throwing the hammer down."

NYRA said Syndergaard the horse is owned by Eric Fein,

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:20:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Rodgers throws TD pass to lead Packers past 49ers 21-10]]> http://gazette.com/rodgers-throws-td-pass-to-lead-packers-past-49ers-21-10/article/feed/390633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rodgers-throws-td-pass-to-lead-packers-past-49ers-21-10/article/feed/390633?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — After just two drives, Aaron Rodgers is ready to begin the season for the Green Bay Packers. San Francisco coach Chip Kelly still needs a bit more time to figure out who his starting quarterback will be once the games count next month.

Rodgers made the most of his only appearance of the preseason, throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the Green Bay Packers' 21-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night.

"I feel good about the work we put in tonight," he said. "We had two good, sustained drives. We ran a bunch of plays in those two drives and it was up-tempo and that's important."

Colin Kaepernick did not fare as well as he looked extremely rusty in his first game action s

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:17:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Australia Cal Hawaii Football]]> http://gazette.com/australia-cal-hawaii-football/article/feed/390601?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/australia-cal-hawaii-football/article/feed/390601?custom_click=rss California Golden Bears' Chad Hansen holds the trophy presented to his team after defeating the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the opening game of the U.S. college football season at Sydney's Olympic stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. The last American football of any kind played in Sydney was an NFL preseason game at the Olympic stadium that attracted 73,000 spectators in 1999.

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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:13:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Phillies flop minus Ruiz as Morgan loses again, 9-4 to Mets]]> http://gazette.com/phillies-flop-minus-ruiz-as-morgan-loses-again-9-4-to-mets/article/feed/390630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phillies-flop-minus-ruiz-as-morgan-loses-again-9-4-to-mets/article/feed/390630?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — In their first game since trading longtime catcher Carlos Ruiz, the Philadelphia Phillies looked like a team without its "quarterback."

Wilmer Flores launched a grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and even Bartolo Colon had two helpful hits while pitching the New York Mets to a 9-4 victory over the Phillies on Friday night.

Hours before the game, there was a message from Ruiz to his ex-teammates written on the white grease board in Philadelphia's clubhouse, signed with his nickname:

"I will miss all of you guys. Good luck the rest of the season. Love you all, Chooch! Gracias."

Ruiz was sent with cash to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, a day off f

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:19:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Jones leaves game in 2nd, Orioles lose 14-4 to Yankees]]> http://gazette.com/jones-leaves-game-in-2nd-orioles-lose-14-4-to-yankees/article/feed/390629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jones-leaves-game-in-2nd-orioles-lose-14-4-to-yankees/article/feed/390629?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — In the thick of the AL playoff races, the Baltimore Orioles lost a key player at an inopportune time.

Star center fielder Adam Jones left Friday's game at Yankee Stadium in the second inning with a left hamstring strain. Although the seriousness of the injury was downplayed by his manager and the five-time All-Star himself, it's unclear if this could be a lingering problem that could haunt his club down the stretch.

"See where we are tomorrow," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "It's not a DL thing. I think we're still in pretty good shape."

Rookie Gary Sanchez homered for the eighth time in nine games and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees beat the Orioles 14-4 in the opener of their week

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:17:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Roethlisberger sharp, Steelers top Saints 27-14]]> http://gazette.com/roethlisberger-sharp-steelers-top-saints-27-14/article/feed/390611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/roethlisberger-sharp-steelers-top-saints-27-14/article/feed/390611?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger has played only two series this preseason, which might be all he needs.

Roethlisberger torched New Orleans for 148 yards and two touchdown passes in his first action this preseason, then got the rest of the game off while the Steelers rolled to a 27-14 victory on Friday night.

"We were looking for some production and he gave us some production," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Roethlisberger, who completed 12 of 17 passes. "Thankfully he did it in a small number of (snaps), so we got him in and got him out."

Roethlisberger, who sat out of the first two preseason games, opened by leading a 14-play, 76-yard drive on which he converted two third downs and found tight end Jesse Jam

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:15:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Rookie Orlando Arcia homers in Brewers' 5-3 loss to Pirates]]> http://gazette.com/rookie-orlando-arcia-homers-in-brewers-5-3-loss-to-pirates/article/feed/390632?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rookie-orlando-arcia-homers-in-brewers-5-3-loss-to-pirates/article/feed/390632?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As he rounded the bases, Orlando Arcia looked up to the sky before pointing into the stands after crossing the plate.

Somewhere in Miller Park, Arcia's sister and two friends watched the Milwaukee Brewers rookie hit his first major league home run.

A 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night dampened his postgame mood.

"Just happy I had a chance to hit one out, but at the same time a little down because we lost the game," Arcia said through a translator.

The Brewers couldn't overcome Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam that capped a five-run sixth inning for Pittsburgh.

The inning started with two errors by Milwaukee third baseman Jonathan Villar, who bobbled a bouncer by Andre

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:05:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday's prep roundup: Peyton blanks Trinidad in football opener]]> http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-peyton-blanks-trinidad-in-football-opener/article/1583810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-peyton-blanks-trinidad-in-football-opener/article/1583810?custom_click=rss Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.


Peyton 28, Trinidad 0

At Trinidad: Trystan Hanks ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns as Peyton (1-0) totaled 308 yards on the ground in its win over Trinidad (0-1).

Wyatt Lee also ran for 129 yards and a score for the Panthers, who scored 20 points in the second half. Josh Gonzales added 43 yards and a TD.

Peyton added nine players from Calhan after the Bulldogs' program was put on hiatus in June. The Panthers have 50 players on their roster.

"We have some things to clean up and a lot of mistakes to fix," Peyton coach Richard Deems said of his team's season opener.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:19:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force grad Griffin catches pass in Saints preseason loss]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-grad-griffin-catches-pass-in-saints-preseason-loss/article/1583811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-grad-griffin-catches-pass-in-saints-preseason-loss/article/1583811?custom_click=rss

Former Air Force tight end Garrett Griffin caught one pass for 14 yards in his preseason debut on Friday night.

Griffin recently returned from a hamstring injury for the Saints, who lost to Pittsburgh 27-14.

Griffin’s catch came on a third-and-5 play from the New Orleans 30-yard line. Quarterback Garrett Grayson, a Colorado State grad, threw to Griffin on the right side. Griffin caught it 9 yards downfield and added 5 yards after the catch to convert the first down.

Griffin is trying to make the Saints’ roster as a tight end and long snapper.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:16:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Liberty's Allison Mann finds breath of fresh air in cross country]]> http://gazette.com/libertys-allison-mann-finds-breath-of-fresh-air-in-cross-country/article/1583809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/libertys-allison-mann-finds-breath-of-fresh-air-in-cross-country/article/1583809?custom_click=rss

Allison Mann, fighting the effects of anemia and hypothyroidism, could barely finish a 5-kilometer race 18 months ago.

On Friday, she ran one better than anyone.

The Liberty senior, who literally found a second wind in her running career, ran away with the fastest girls' time at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede in 18 minutes, 41 seconds.

Yep, the runner once hampered by an underactive thyroid gland and iron deficiency certainly looks like she's in control of her body these days.

Her limits now? She has no idea.

"This is all so new to me," Mann said. "I don't know what my body can do. I haven't been able to really push it until these last two years.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:10:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Movsisyan scores pair as Real Salt Lake beats Rapids]]> http://gazette.com/movsisyan-scores-pair-as-real-salt-lake-beats-rapids/article/1583806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movsisyan-scores-pair-as-real-salt-lake-beats-rapids/article/1583806?custom_click=rss

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Yura Movsisyan scored two goals and Real Salt Lake beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 after missing two second-half penalty kicks Friday night.

Real Salt Lake improved to 8-0-5 at home this season and is unbeaten in 14 straight games against Colorado at Rio Tinto Stadium.

RSL (12-8-7) tied the Rapids (11-4-10) for second in the Western Conference. Both teams have 43 points, two behind Dallas, but Colorado, which has only lost twice in the last 20 games, has two games in hand.

Movsisyan tied it in the 39th minute after a long build up and scored the winner in the 48th with a long strike from outside the arc that found the top-right corner of the net.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:46:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Gio Gonzalez earns 100th win as Nats beat Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/gio-gonzalez-earns-100th-win-as-nats-beat-rockies/article/1583805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gio-gonzalez-earns-100th-win-as-nats-beat-rockies/article/1583805?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy hit solo homers and drove in two runs each, and Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career victory as the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Friday night.

Gonzalez (9-9) threw six innings and allowed two runs and four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Closer Mark Melancon retired Christhian Adames for the final out for his 37th save. Melancon entered the game shortly after Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer off Shawn Kelley to pull the Rockies within three.

While Gonzalez hit the century mark, Rockies rookie Jeff Hoffman (0-2), remains in search of his first major league win.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:44:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos' new way is different from the old way]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-new-way-is-different-from-the-old-way/article/1583803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-new-way-is-different-from-the-old-way/article/1583803?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Broncos tried the other way.

It worked - on lopsided scoreboards, in the standings, in the hearts of fantasy football enthusiasts. Then Super Bowl XLVIII happened, and it didn't work anymore.

So they tried another way. They built around an idea, instead of a quarterback. They created a big, bad defense and muffled their offense. It worked again, this time in the ultimate game, Super Bowl 50. They are sticking with what worked to the very end.

"Someone asked me: 'Since you won the Super Bowl, is everybody going to be after you?'" veteran pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware said. "I said you have to flip it around. We've always been the chaser. That's the type of team we are."

When Broncos host the St. Lou...

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:05:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Cardullo's perseverance pays off, called up by Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/cardullos-perseverance-pays-off-called-up-by-rockies/article/1583800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardullos-perseverance-pays-off-called-up-by-rockies/article/1583800?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Colorado Rockies called up Stephen Cardullo from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, the first time the 28-year-old infielder-outfielder has been on an active major league roster.

Hours after his promotion, Cardullo was batting second and playing first base against the Washington Nationals.

Cardullo hit .308 with 17 home runs and 72 RBIs in 115 games for the Isotopes this season. Prior to that, he spent four years in independent ball and was the MVP of the Canadian-American Association in 2015.

"Anyone playing baseball, whether it's independent ball or still in the minors, you have that dream," Cardullo said.

Cardullo played in 2012 in the Frontier League for the Canadian-based London

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:48:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Grant scores as TCA blanks Lewis-Palmer in season opener]]> http://gazette.com/grant-scores-as-tca-blanks-lewis-palmer-in-season-opener/article/1583728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grant-scores-as-tca-blanks-lewis-palmer-in-season-opener/article/1583728?custom_click=rss

The Classical Academy has lost the past three state championship games.

Don't count on a letdown in its quest to try again.

Titus Grant scored in his fourth straight season opener and the host Titans dominated every aspect of the game in a 4-0 win over Lewis-Palmer on Thursday night.

Jaden Borja, Jake Slater and Aaron Peck also scored for TCA, which won its 11th straight game at home. Ross Vlcek made two saves in net.

TCA coach Blake Galvin said he expects his team to only grow from here.

"I think our potential is much higher than what we showed," Galvin said. "I think we could've done a lot better than what we did. We did OK. It's the first game of the season."

Hayden MacPherson was spectacular in net

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:11:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: CSU football player not defined by Aurora theater shooting]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-csu-football-player-not-defined-by-aurora-theater-shooting/article/1583758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-csu-football-player-not-defined-by-aurora-theater-shooting/article/1583758?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS - My favorite college football player has three scars on his neck.

One is where a bullet from the Aurora theater shooting pierced his skin, just below and almost behind his left ear. The others are exit wounds: One visible at the bottom edge of his blondish-reddish hairline, the other hidden beneath a prickly tuft of shorn hair.

The bullet went in one way and came out another.

People enter Zack Golditch's life one way and come out another.

Take the little girl who attended Colorado State University's scrimmage when "Goldy," as his teammates call him, was a freshman. He saw her on the sideline and handed her a pair of his white gloves. One year later the girl returned to find him. You have a fan for

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:07:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Jerry Jones on Ezekiel Elliott visiting marijuana dispensary: 'It's just not good']]> http://gazette.com/jerry-jones-on-ezekiel-elliott-visiting-marijuana-dispensary-its-just-not-good/article/1583759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jerry-jones-on-ezekiel-elliott-visiting-marijuana-dispensary-its-just-not-good/article/1583759?custom_click=rss

The Dallas Cowboys got a glimpse Thursday night of what rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott can accomplish on the field. But before the game, they were disappointed in his actions off of it.

TMZ reported that Elliott visited a marijuana dispensary, Herban Legends in the Belltown area, just a few minutes away from where the Cowboys later that night would play the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason game. Not only did TMZ shoot video of Elliott inside the store but also posted a picture he took with a fan.

Marijuana is legal in Washington state, and there’s nothing wrong with just visiting the shop; many tourists do so when in town.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:28:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Avalanche hire Bednar to replace Roy as coach]]> http://gazette.com/avalanche-hire-bednar-to-replace-roy-as-coach/article/1583727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avalanche-hire-bednar-to-replace-roy-as-coach/article/1583727?custom_click=rss

Joe Sakic had to rush his coaching search after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy. He doesn't believe the Colorado Avalanche rushed their hire.

After interviewing candidates with varying degrees of NHL coaching experience, Sakic ultimately chose Jared Bednar as the team's new coach. Bednar spent the past 14 seasons as a minor league coach, most recently winning the American Hockey League's Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters, and the previous nine as a minor league player,.

"We knew we were in a rush situation, but I wanted to do what I thought was the best thing for the franchise," Sakic said on a conference call Thursday. "I look at the track record and I place a lot of value in winning championships. I know

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:28:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force's Jacob Onyechi set for huge year]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-jacob-onyechi-set-for-huge-year/article/1583726?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-jacob-onyechi-set-for-huge-year/article/1583726?custom_click=rss

For the first time in his Air Force career, Jacob Onyechi enters a season encumbered by nothing.

When he began his first season, the "spur" linebacker was still several months from his 18th birthday. So youth was a factor.

When he was a sophomore, the Falcons thrust him into a larger role, but he lacked experience.

As a junior, he was still sharing time at his position with senior Dexter Walker, and Onyechi didn't feel entirely comfortable in that situation.

"I've worked my way up to now," Onyechi said. "So it's going to be really cool to see what I can do when I'm 100 percent confident in myself."

In some respects, Onyechi is that quiet coworker who finally breaks out of their shell at a holiday party,

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:06:57 -0600
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ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos rode a dominant defense to the Super Bowl title last season, but this year the offense wants to carry its share of the responsibility.

It seems improbable after Peyton Manning retired and his backup, Brock Osweiler, signed as a free agent with Houston, but the players believe this year's offensive unit is stronger than last year's. Denver netted 5,688 yards, its lowest total since 2011.

"We're better as a group," running back C.J. Anderson said. "We don't want to rely on defense too much. We got too comfortable with that last year. We want to do our part on this team."

Quarterback Trevor Siemian gets a chance to prove the offense is better when Denver faces the Los Angeles Rams'

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil.

The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, the statement said.

Lochte initially said that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15. However, security video suggested the four actually faced security guards after

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Coach: Jeff Krumlauf

Last season: 5-5, lost in first round of playoffs

Key players: Alex Pyzola, sr., DL (first-team all-conference), Zander Offutt, sr., QB; Justin Ragland, sr., WR; Joe Golden, jr., TE/DE; Jon Bodholdt, jr., DL; Alijah Bates, soph., OL/DL

What to know: Doherty's success in a new conference, which features Denver powerhouses Grandview and Arapahoe, will depend on its ability to replace Tequan Baker, who tallied 44 percent of the Spartans' all-purpose yards last season. Zander Offutt will have to take the next step at quarterback, while Alex Pyzola (15 tackles for loss in 2015) will anchor an experienced defense full of seniors.

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