<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:04:31 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hamilton signs minor league deal with Rangers, will try 1B]]> http://gazette.com/hamilton-signs-minor-league-deal-with-rangers-will-try-1b/article/feed/439489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hamilton-signs-minor-league-deal-with-rangers-will-try-1b/article/feed/439489?custom_click=rss ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton walked into a room at the Texas Rangers' ballpark carrying a new first baseman's mitt and feeling the way he did 10 years ago.

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP who has had surgery three times on his left knee since last playing in 2015, knows he has to earn a spot on the roster this spring. The five-time All-Star outfielder will also be learning a new position.

"The first thing that comes to mind is 2007 spring training with the Reds. I had to make the team, remembering how much work I had to put in to make that happen, and remembering how much fun that was, because every day mattered," said Hamilton, who will turn 36 in May. "That mentality, I feel like, is back.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:46:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Hall of Famer Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama]]> http://gazette.com/hall-of-famer-willie-mccovey-pardoned-by-obama/article/feed/439488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hall-of-famer-willie-mccovey-pardoned-by-obama/article/feed/439488?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995.

It was one of the president's 64 pardons granted Tuesday.

Through the Giants, McCovey said: "I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans. He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future."

The slugger was sentenced in June 1996 to two years of probation for evading taxes on baseball memorabilia.

McCovey admitted at the time he failed to declare $41,800 in income in 1989, when he made $87,000, and $69,800 in baseball memorabilia income recei

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:57:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Wil Myers, Padres finalize $83 million, 6-year contract]]> http://gazette.com/wil-myers-padres-finalize-83-million-6-year-contract/article/feed/439471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wil-myers-padres-finalize-83-million-6-year-contract/article/feed/439471?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — First baseman Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres finalized an $83 million, six-year contract on Tuesday, the largest deal in the team's history.

The 26-year-old Myers hit 28 homers and drove in 94 runs last season and also stole 28 bases.

"He's got all sorts of potential," Padres general manager A.J. Preller said on a conference call. "He can be the nucleus of championship-type team."

Myers, who had been eligible for salary arbitration, receives a $15 million signing bonus, of which $1 million is payable within 15 days of the deal's approval by the commissioner's office, $5.5 million on Nov. 15, 2018, and $8.5 million on Nov. 15, 2019.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:51:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Cowboys delay talk of Romo's future, likely knowing answer]]> http://gazette.com/cowboys-delay-talk-of-romos-future-likely-knowing-answer/article/feed/439375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cowboys-delay-talk-of-romos-future-likely-knowing-answer/article/feed/439375?custom_click=rss

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Those closest to Tony Romo on the Cowboys aren't ready to discuss the future of the Dallas quarterback, probably because they know the likely final answer.

After 156 games and franchise bests of 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns, Romo's career in Dallas appears to be over after he lost the job he held for 10 years to rookie sensation Dak Prescott following a preseason back injury.

The question is, what's next?

"There's several cards to be played," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be relative to our team that there's any credibility to it.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:44:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Packers-Falcons NFC matchup expected to produce big offense]]> http://gazette.com/packers-falcons-nfc-matchup-expected-to-produce-big-offense/article/feed/439480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/packers-falcons-nfc-matchup-expected-to-produce-big-offense/article/feed/439480?custom_click=rss

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The high-scoring offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers appear poised to provide a memorable send-off for the Georgia Dome.

Factor in the teams' leaky defenses, and Sunday's NFC championship game could surge past the unusually high over/under of 60½ points set by the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

The Falcons led the NFL in scoring . Even so, they know it won't be easy to keep up with the scoring pace set by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

"It's obvious they've got a stud at quarterback," Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews said Tuesday. "We've played a lot of great teams with great players at quarterback. ... Whatever it takes, we just have to put up as many points a

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Rockies, Alexi Amarista complete $1.25 million, 1-year deal]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-alexi-amarista-complete-1.25-million-1-year-deal/article/feed/439450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-alexi-amarista-complete-1.25-million-1-year-deal/article/feed/439450?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have completed a $1.25 million, one-year deal with utility player Alexi Amarista.

Amarista gets a $1.1 million salary this year, and the Rockies have a $2.5 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout.

He hit .257 with 11 RBIs and nine stolen bases last season for the San Diego Padres. Amarista played all over the field, too, seeing time at second base, shortstop, outfield, third base and even recording an out as a pitcher.

The 27-year-old is another versatile piece for the Rockies as he reunites with new Rockies manager Bud Black.

Amarista is a career .230 hitter over six seasons with the Padres and the Los Angeles Angels, who signed him as an amateur free agent in 2007.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:22:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Patriots happy to be home for latest trip to AFC title game]]> http://gazette.com/patriots-happy-to-be-home-for-latest-trip-to-afc-title-game/article/feed/439478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriots-happy-to-be-home-for-latest-trip-to-afc-title-game/article/feed/439478?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have had what seems like an annual spot in the AFC championship game over the past decade.

But the fact that this year's game is at home could factor into whether they are able to make a return trip to the Super Bowl.

The Patriots became the first team since the 1970 merger to advance to the AFC title game in six straight seasons with their win over the Houston Texans last week.

The Patriots are 5-1 at home in AFC championship games, with their lone loss coming in 2013 against the Ravens in Ray Lewis' final trip to Foxborough.

While being at home doesn't guarantee victory, playing the game at Gillette Stadium is welcomed by a team that has been on the road in two

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:16:06 -0700 <![CDATA[LA2024 committee proposes venues for 3 more Olympic sports]]> http://gazette.com/la2024-committee-proposes-venues-for-3-more-olympic-sports/article/feed/439477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/la2024-committee-proposes-venues-for-3-more-olympic-sports/article/feed/439477?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The committee seeking to land the 2024 Summer Olympics for Los Angeles would stage archery at a new football stadium, mountain biking in a regional park and modern pentathlon at a stadium, with all three locations away from the downtown core.

LA2024 announced on Tuesday its proposed locations for the three sports in completing a list of existing, planned or temporary venues for the Games. The committee has stressed the city's bid doesn't require any permanent venue construction.

Archery would be held in the new football stadium in Inglewood, 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The stadium is currently under construction and set to open in 2019. It will be the home of the NFL's Chargers and Rams.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:11:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Kyle Shanahan becomes last candidate in 49ers coach search]]> http://gazette.com/kyle-shanahan-becomes-last-candidate-in-49ers-coach-search/article/feed/439465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kyle-shanahan-becomes-last-candidate-in-49ers-coach-search/article/feed/439465?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The search for a new San Francisco 49ers coach has narrowed in on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after the only other candidate remaining pulled out of consideration.

Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable's agent, Doug Hendickson, tweeted Tuesday that Cable is "re-affirming" his commitment to the Seahawks and thanked the 49ers for their interest. That follows New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulling out on Monday and leaves Shanahan as the only remaining candidate.

The Niners can't hire Shanahan until the Falcons' season ends. Atlanta hosts Green Bay in the NFC championship on Sunday. If the Falcons win, the 49ers could request a second interview with Shanahan during

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:05:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Winters chooses to stay with Jets over trying free agency]]> http://gazette.com/winters-chooses-to-stay-with-jets-over-trying-free-agency/article/feed/439474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winters-chooses-to-stay-with-jets-over-trying-free-agency/article/feed/439474?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Winters is sticking with the Jets after they took a chance on him four years ago.

The right guard signed a four-year contract extension Monday night worth $29 million, including $15 million guaranteed.

Rather than test the free agent market, staying put was more appealing to the 25-year-old Winters.

"I was comfortable with the decision I made as I was going through the process," he said during a conference call Tuesday. "I really like what the Jets have going here and I wanted to be a part of that and continue it.

"They're the team that gave me my shot in the beginning and I wanted to continue from that.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:52:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos promote Joe Woods to defensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/1594553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/1594553?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Broncos coach Vance Joseph has promoted secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips, who left for the Los Aneles Rams.

Woods, 46, was in charge of the Broncos' "No Fly Zone" secondary that led the league in pass defense each of the last two years behind All-Pro cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart and nickel back Bradley Roby.

Woods has a quarter-century of experience coaching defensive backs including the last 13 seasons in Denver (2015-16), Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05).

Joseph said Woods "is ready for this opportunity" and "no one will outwork Joe."

Harris said, "If we had to lose

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:50:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Rockies, Alexi Amarista agree to 1-year deal]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-alexi-amarista-agree-to-1-year-deal/article/1594565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-alexi-amarista-agree-to-1-year-deal/article/1594565?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a one-year deal with utility player Alexi Amarista.

Amarista hit .257 with 11 RBIs and nine stolen bases last season for the San Diego Padres. He played all over the field, too, seeing time at second base, shortstop, outfield, third base and even recording an out as a pitcher.

The 27-year-old Amarista is another versatile piece for the Rockies as he reunites with new Rockies manager Bud Black.

Amarista is a career .230 hitter over six seasons with the Padres and the Los Angeles Angels, who signed him as an amateur free agent in 2007.

The Rockies also recently signed 36-year-old veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia to a minor league contract with an invitation to

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:49:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Anthony Lynn expects Chargers to win now, no matter the city]]> http://gazette.com/anthony-lynn-expects-chargers-to-win-now-no-matter-the-city/article/feed/439472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anthony-lynn-expects-chargers-to-win-now-no-matter-the-city/article/feed/439472?custom_click=rss

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Lynn stepped to the podium under a brilliant sun Tuesday and immediately made the same verbal slip that everybody in Southern California will be making for at least a little while.

"I am so proud to be the head coach of the San Dieg- uh, LA Chargers," Lynn said. "Oops."

In truth, Lynn's mailing address might be the least important detail of his new job. The fiery coach says he is all about winning, and he saw a golden opportunity to do it immediately with the Chargers.

"We don't care where we play," Lynn said. "We'll play out here on the asphalt. We don't care. We just want to play football, and that's what we do.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:42:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-mens-basketball-setting-a-historic-offensive-pace/article/1594583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-mens-basketball-setting-a-historic-offensive-pace/article/1594583?custom_click=rss

Air Force basketball setting a historic offensive pace

Like a game of whack-a-mole, Air Force basketball seems to have fixed its longtime struggles of scoring only to see issues immediately pop up on defense.

The offense isn't just better, it's historically good. If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966.

The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.

Four players average in double figures - Hayden Graham (12.5), Jacob Van (11.9), Frank Toohey (11.2) and Zach Kocur (10.5) - and the team's 39.7 3-point percentage would rank fourth in program history.

Problem is, the opponents are keeping pace.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:29:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos promote Joe Woods to defensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/feed/439400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/feed/439400?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The "No Fly Zone" gets to keep its pilot.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph on Tuesday promoted secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips, who left for the Rams.

Woods, 46, was in charge of the Broncos' stellar secondary that led the league in pass defense each of the last two seasons behind All-Pro cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., hard-hitting safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart and nickel back Bradley Roby.

Three of them — Talib, Harris and Stewart — will join linebacker Von Miller in the Pro Bowl next week in Orlando after Stewart was named as Eric Berry's replacement Tuesday.

"If we had to lose Wade, at least we get to keep Joe," Harris tol

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:08:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Don't expect big spending by Seahawks on offensive line]]> http://gazette.com/dont-expect-big-spending-by-seahawks-on-offensive-line/article/feed/439466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-expect-big-spending-by-seahawks-on-offensive-line/article/feed/439466?custom_click=rss

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Being an offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks this season was a tough proposition.

No players drew more ire and more criticism from analysts and fans than the ones responsible for protecting quarterback Russell Wilson. Much of the criticism was justified. The main reason Seattle ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing and allowed Wilson to be sacked 41 times was issues by a young, inexperienced group up front.

But all those hoping the Seahawks would start over and spend big to bring in a completely new offensive line next season were given a dose of reality by Pete Carroll this week.

It's not going to happen.

"We're going to work really hard this offseason to make sure that we make that spot

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:05:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Bills hire ex-Rams coordinator Boras to coach tight ends]]> http://gazette.com/bills-hire-ex-rams-coordinator-boras-to-coach-tight-ends/article/feed/439460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bills-hire-ex-rams-coordinator-boras-to-coach-tight-ends/article/feed/439460?custom_click=rss ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills new coach Sean McDermott continues filling out his staff by hiring Rob Boras to coach tight ends.

Boras spent the past four seasons with the Rams, including the last two as offensive coordinator. Boras was previously an assistant with Jacksonville and Chicago, and spent his first 11 seasons coaching at the college level.

He becomes the second former Rams assistant to join the Bills after Mike Waufle was hired to serve as defensive line coach last weekend.

The 42-year-old McDermott is a first-time head coach. The former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator was hired last week to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired three weeks ago.

Offensive coordinator is the one key positio

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:42:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Tomlin: Brown 'foolish' to livestream postgame locker room]]> http://gazette.com/tomlin-brown-foolish-to-livestream-postgame-locker-room/article/feed/439382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tomlin-brown-foolish-to-livestream-postgame-locker-room/article/feed/439382?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father in Mike Tomlin regrets the language he used to describe the New England Patriots during the postgame speech Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown opted to livestream on social media after a taut playoff victory over Kansas City.

The coach in Tomlin has just as big an issue with one of his team's biggest stars forcing the Steelers to talk about something other than trying to find a way to finally beat Tom Brady when it counts.

A characteristically blunt Tomlin called Brown's decision to broadcast to the world more than 17 minutes of Pittsburgh's giddy locker room celebration — a move that caught Tomlin using a handful of profanities — "foolish," ''selfish" and "inconsiderate.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:35:17 -0700 <![CDATA[NCHC suspends Colorado College hockey coach Mike Haviland for one game]]> http://gazette.com/nchc-suspends-colorado-college-hockey-coach-mike-haviland-for-one-game/article/1594536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nchc-suspends-colorado-college-hockey-coach-mike-haviland-for-one-game/article/1594536?custom_click=rss

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference suspensed Colorado College coach Mike Haviland for one game for violating the conference’s sportsmanship and conduct policies, the Colorado Springs-based league announced Tuesday morning.

The suspension stems from comments and actions toward conference on-ice officials and staff that violated league policies following CC’s 4-2 home loss to Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday at the Broadmoor World Arena.

Haviland, who is in his third season at CC (6-14-2, 2-8-2 NCHC), will serve the suspension on Friday at No. 13 Western Michigan and can return for the series finale Saturday. The league office will have no further comment.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:32:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Lewis-Palmer's Michaela Putnicki is volleyball Gatorade Colorado Player of Year]]> http://gazette.com/lewis-palmers-michaela-putnicki-is-volleyball-gatorade-colorado-player-of-year/article/1594563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lewis-palmers-michaela-putnicki-is-volleyball-gatorade-colorado-player-of-year/article/1594563?custom_click=rss

For the second time in three seasons, Lewis-Palmer has a Gatorade Colorado Volleyball Player of the Year.

Michaela Putnicki was named this season's recipient on Tuesday.

Putnicki, a senior, helped the Rangers run the table, going 29-0 on its way to the program's third title in four seasons. She put down 309 kills, had 27 aces, recorded 29 total blocks (23 solo) and notched 222 digs.

She registered 15 kills in the state championship match.

The award is given to a player for "not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field," the press release reads.

The Rangers dropped just four sets all season.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:21:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Player suicides lead to tough set of questions for coaches]]> http://gazette.com/player-suicides-lead-to-tough-set-of-questions-for-coaches/article/1594546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/player-suicides-lead-to-tough-set-of-questions-for-coaches/article/1594546?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — A suicide at Northwestern brought back painful memories for Penn track coach Steve Dolan.

It was three years ago that one of his athletes, Madison Holleran, killed herself. He could empathize with what Northwestern coach Joe McKeown and his team were going through when Wildcats guard Jordan Hankins took her own life last week.

"My heart goes out to the students of the team on Northwestern and her family and friends," Dolan said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "In our society at large, and on college campuses, it's a real problem and we're concerned. It's hard to fathom and deal with it."

A study released last year found that of 477 deaths of NCAA athletes from 2003-12, 35 had killed

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:20:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Nuggets season is playoffs or bust]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-nuggets-season-is-playoffs-or-bust/article/1594507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-nuggets-season-is-playoffs-or-bust/article/1594507?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to this Nuggets experiment.

By the time the youngins are all grown up, it could blow up into an NBA title contender or blow up in their face. We are midway through the fourth season since the program was overhauled and the roster shows seven players who haven't turned 23 yet. There could be a bracket-busting mid-major team that makes a Final Four run with players older than half than Denver's roster.

But it looks good for now. On offense, in fact, it looks like a really fun video game and Nikola Jokic is the joystick: Monday's 125-112 win against the Orlando Magic at Pepsi Center made you consider the crazy idea the Nuggets are destined to become one of the most

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:15:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Basketball player Matt Mooney regrets 'bullying' comments but not decision to leave Air Force]]> http://gazette.com/basketball-player-matt-mooney-regrets-bullying-comments-but-not-decision-to-leave-air-force/article/1594478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/basketball-player-matt-mooney-regrets-bullying-comments-but-not-decision-to-leave-air-force/article/1594478?custom_click=rss

VERMILLION, S.D. - Posted speed limits on South Dakota interstates invite motorists to zoom by at 80 mph.

On the southeastern edge of the state there are few hills, few trees and even fewer people. A person can move freely and quickly out here, without something or someone to impede their progress.

It is in this setting that Matt Mooney has made his basketball home after leaving Air Force.

"Just the freedom, being able to do what you want when you want," Mooney said. "I definitely like it out here. I like not being yelled at as much."

Mooney's decision to transfer to South Dakota is looking good. Only a sophomore by eligibility, he leads his team in scoring at 16.2 per game. He plays in a $66 million arena that

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:26:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Basketball player Matt Mooney regrets comments he made as he left Air Force Academy]]> http://gazette.com/basketball-player-matt-mooney-regrets-comments-he-made-as-he-left-air-force-academy/article/1594480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/basketball-player-matt-mooney-regrets-comments-he-made-as-he-left-air-force-academy/article/1594480?custom_click=rss

Matt Mooney regrets his word choice when he levied bullying accusations at the Air Force Academy after announcing his intention to transfer two years ago.

Mooney told an Illinois newspaper in April 2015, "there's a lot of bullying and things like that, honestly, because the system is (run) by upperclassmen. And freshmen have no power, whatsoever."

The story quickly spread nationally. The academy defended its practices. Mooney said he was "killed" over the comments.

Now at South Dakota, Mooney said he wished he had chosen a different word.

"I regret that so much," he said. "It's not what I was trying to say. Way back in the day I was frustrated there with some of my upperclassmen who I thought had treated me

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:25:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Monday's prep roundup: F-FC boys' basketball rally falls short at Columbine]]> http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-f-fc-boys-basketball-rally-falls-short-at-columbine/article/1594513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-f-fc-boys-basketball-rally-falls-short-at-columbine/article/1594513?custom_click=rss BOYS' BASKETBALL

Columbine 56, Fountain-Fort Carson 50

At Littleton: One dreadful quarter was all it took to send Fountain-Fort Carson (3-9) to its seventh loss in its past eight games.

But it was the timing that surprised Trojans coach Greg Williams.

"We lose our focus for a few minutes here and there, but it's usually been in the third quarter, coming out of halftime," said Williams, whose Trojans allowed a 25-6 run in the second quarter, trailed by 20 at halftime and never recovered in a nonleague setback. "We found ourselves in a big hole, and we almost worked our way out of it. We're continuing to work at playing four complete quarters.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:41:47 -0700
<![CDATA[This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings]]> http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings/article/1594509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings/article/1594509?custom_click=rss BOYS' BASKETBALL

Team *Record Last week


1. Doherty 9-3 1

2. Rampart 9-4 2

3. Vista Ridge 9-4 3


1. Sand Creek 12-1 1

2. Sierra 9-3 2

3. Mesa Ridge 8-3 NR

3A and below

1. CSCS 8-2 1

2. Manitou Springs 9-0 2

3. Peyton 8-0 3

Breakdown: The week's big city showdown takes place Tuesday when Rampart travels to

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:29:09 -0700
<![CDATA[The Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: KJ Kearns, Coronado wrestling]]> http://gazette.com/the-gazette-preps-peak-performer-of-the-week-kj-kearns-coronado-wrestling/article/1594504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazette-preps-peak-performer-of-the-week-kj-kearns-coronado-wrestling/article/1594504?custom_click=rss

The best wrestlers not only put in more gym time to be the strongest physically, but they also gain a psychological advantage over their opponents.

Coronado's KJ Kearns has shown that he has the skills to be one of the best wrestlers in the state at 138 pounds, and he's doing it with a style that is leaving both opponents and practice partners scratching their heads.

Kearns won his weight class at the Arvada West Invitational, one of the toughest regular-season meets of the season.

"I would describe my style as 'funky,'" Kearns said. "I can pull a move out of nowhere and make it work for me, even if it's something that nobody else would try. I wrestled my style and didn't let my opponents do what they wanted.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:14:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Jokic scores career-high 30, Nuggets beat Magic]]> http://gazette.com/jokic-scores-career-high-30-nuggets-beat-magic/article/1594503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jokic-scores-career-high-30-nuggets-beat-magic/article/1594503?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 30 points, Emmanuel Mudiay dished out a career-best 13 assists and the Denver Nuggets followed up their "home" win in London with another at the Pepsi Center, beating the Orlando Magic 125-112 on Monday.

Jokic also grabbed 11 rebounds and Kenneth Faried scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who certainly packed their surging offense with them when they returned home from London. They routed Indiana 140-112 last Thursday in England and remained on that sort of shooting streak, hitting a season-high 58.4 percent from the floor. They also had 33 assists.

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points and had 12 assists as the Magic fell to 1-4 on their current six-game trip.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:48:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Jordan Himley, Luc Gerdes are Air Force, Colorado College hockey players of week]]> http://gazette.com/jordan-himley-luc-gerdes-are-air-force-colorado-college-hockey-players-of-week/article/1594499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jordan-himley-luc-gerdes-are-air-force-colorado-college-hockey-players-of-week/article/1594499?custom_click=rss

Air Force player of the week

Junior Jordan Himley scored two of the Falcons' three goals last weekend to garner The Gazette's Air Force player of the week accolade.

The Illinois native has three goals in his past four games to move into the team lead with 12 tallies (15 points). In his past 16 games, he has 14 points (11 goals) for the first-place Falcons (13-7-4, 10-4-2 Atlantic Hockey Conference).

"Himmer is a good little skill guy but he's wiry strong and has good jump in his skates," coach Frank Serratore said. "The front side of his game is starting to transfer (from junior hockey).

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:58:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs]]> http://gazette.com/obama-celebrates-world-series-champion-chicago-cubs/article/1594477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-celebrates-world-series-champion-chicago-cubs/article/1594477?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office.

On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama's final ceremony for a championship sports team. Even sweeter for Obama is that the Cubs hail from his hometown.

The president has a home in Chicago and is a White Sox fan. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the playoffs.

Obama invited the Cubs hours after they won the series in November, asking on Twitter if the team wanted to visit before his term ends on Friday.

The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:12:21 -0700