<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:18:47 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Cardinals rally, lose in ninth on Tomlinson winning single]]> http://gazette.com/cardinals-rally-lose-in-ninth-on-tomlinson-winning-single/article/feed/266259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardinals-rally-lose-in-ninth-on-tomlinson-winning-single/article/feed/266259?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Wacha is never surprised that the St. Louis Cardinals find a way to come back even if behind big early.

They nearly did it again against postseason nemesis San Francisco before rookie Kelby Tomlinson lined a game-winning single in the ninth against a five-man infield, lifting the defending champion Giants to a 5-4 victory Friday night that snapped St. Louis' five-game winning streak.

Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam off 15-game winner Wacha in the third inning for the Giants, who kept pace 2 1/2 games behind NL West-leading Los Angeles.

"There's never a doubt in our dugout. After that four-spot came in, the energy was just as high as it always is," Wacha said. "They went up and put up a three-

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:14:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Hammel walks 5 in Cubs' 4-1 loss to Dodgers in series opener]]> http://gazette.com/hammel-walks-5-in-cubs-4-1-loss-to-dodgers-in-series-opener/article/feed/266258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hammel-walks-5-in-cubs-4-1-loss-to-dodgers-in-series-opener/article/feed/266258?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Hammel eagerly anticipated matching up against Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs' right-hander was holding his own through the first five innings while the Dodgers' ace was rolling through Chicago's lineup.

"Kershaw was locked in from the first pitch and I felt good too," Hammel said. "It had the feelings of a good pitchers' duel, but I was kind of the first one to blink."

He sure did in the sixth inning.

That's when the NL West-leading Dodgers scored three runs to take the lead for good and went on to a 4-1 victory Friday night in the series opener.

Hammel (7-6) gave up three runs and four hits in five-plus innings, struck out five and walked three.

"The walks end up killing you," he said

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:07:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Goldschmidt homers in Diamondbacks' 6-4 win over A's]]> http://gazette.com/goldschmidt-homers-in-diamondbacks-6-4-win-over-as/article/feed/266253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/goldschmidt-homers-in-diamondbacks-6-4-win-over-as/article/feed/266253?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — For all the home runs Paul Goldschmidt has hit — he launched No. 109 in his career in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics — Friday night's win came down to a hustle play Goldschmidt made, at least in the eyes of manager Chip Hale.

Goldschmidt struck out swinging in the sixth inning, one inning before his mammoth two-run shot that sealed the Diamondbacks' win. But he reached first base on the second of two passed balls by Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt in the inning when he decided to sprint down the line on the dropped third strike. Goldschmidt eventually scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Welington Castillo.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:06:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Tomlinson lines game-winning single as Giants beat Cardinals]]> http://gazette.com/tomlinson-lines-game-winning-single-as-giants-beat-cardinals/article/feed/266257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tomlinson-lines-game-winning-single-as-giants-beat-cardinals/article/feed/266257?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rookie Kelby Tomlinson has been called upon out of necessity for the injury-plagued Giants, and he keeps delivering. Veteran Marlon Byrd has been called upon for big moments like this down the stretch, and is doing his part since coming to San Francisco this month in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds.

Tomlinson lined a bases-loaded single up the middle with one out in the ninth against previously unbeaten Kevin Siegrist, and the Giants topped the Cardinals 5-4 on Friday night to snap St. Louis' five-game winning streak.

"He just seems comfortable here," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's hit everywhere he's gone, Double-A, Triple-A and he's continuing to do that.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:59:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Kershaw strikes out 14 in Dodgers' 4-1 win over Cubs]]> http://gazette.com/kershaw-strikes-out-14-in-dodgers-4-1-win-over-cubs/article/feed/266252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kershaw-strikes-out-14-in-dodgers-4-1-win-over-cubs/article/feed/266252?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's no personal statistic that impresses Clayton Kershaw much, including leading the major leagues with 236 strikeouts.

The left-hander can even find a way to turn that stat on its head.

"Leading the league in outs is cool," he said after striking out a season high-tying 14 in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

The NL West-leading Dodgers won their fourth in a row returning home for the first time in two weeks.

Kershaw (11-6) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, and walked one.

"He's the best lefty in the game, and the best pitcher in the game as well," said Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, who was 0 for 3 against Kershaw.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:39:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Astros fall short after Kazmir's rocky inning. 3-0 to Twins]]> http://gazette.com/astros-fall-short-after-kazmirs-rocky-inning.-3-0-to-twins/article/feed/266255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/astros-fall-short-after-kazmirs-rocky-inning.-3-0-to-twins/article/feed/266255?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Houston Astros got runners on base, but just couldn't get any any in to bail out Scott Kazmir after his rocky fourth inning.

Jose Altuve flied out with the bases loaded to end the game as the Astros left 10 10 men on in a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

"It was disappointing, because we had opportunities," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We had base runners on quite a few innings, but the big hit eluded us."

The Astros, who scored 21 runs in their previous two games, were shutout for the second time in four games.

Kazmir (2-4) gave up three earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts in seven innings, losing his command in a fourth that saw a double, two hit batters and

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:13:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Scoreboard says TCA lost to Delta in football, but Titans coach says his team prevailed]]> http://gazette.com/scoreboard-says-tca-lost-to-delta-in-football-but-titans-coach-says-his-team-prevailed/article/1558308?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scoreboard-says-tca-lost-to-delta-in-football-but-titans-coach-says-his-team-prevailed/article/1558308?custom_click=rss

Was it a fumble?

That was the pressing question after TCA's 38-35 loss to Delta.

With 8:21 left in the fourth quarter, TCA quarterback Austin Bervig attempted to score from the 1-yard line. TCA coaches and players and fans were sure he arrived in the end zone.

Officials took a different view.

Delta's Jonny Ponce picked up the ball in the end zone and returned it 90 yards to the 10-yard line. Ponce scored two plays later to give Delta a 38-28 lead.

Was it a fumble?

TCA coach David Bervig offered a quick answer:

No.

"I think it was a blown call," Bervig said.

He explained TCA coaches can immediately look at video on the sideline after a play.



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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:01:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday's high school box scores]]> http://gazette.com/fridays-high-school-box-scores/article/1558312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fridays-high-school-box-scores/article/1558312?custom_click=rss Box scores from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

FOOTBALL

high school

CONFERENCE

Palmer 30, coronado 13

Coronado (1-0) 0 0 7 6 - 13

Palmer (0-1) 0 15 8 7 - 30

First quarter

None

Second quarter

PAL-Barela 1 run (Massen Rec) 7:51

PAL-Grimaldo 11 rec from Curti (kick good 1:08

Third quarter

COR-Strabala 5 run (Kick good) 6:46

Fourth quarter

PAL-Barela 1 run (Siffert rec) 10:51

PAL-Grassi 9 run (kick good) 6:10

COR-Arrington 15 run (kick no good) 3:26

NonCONFERENCE

delta 38, the classical academy 35

Delta (1-0) 17 7 7 7 - 38

The Classical Academy (0-1) 7 14 7 7 - 35

First



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:58:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Orioles shut down by Rangers' Hamels in 4-1 loss]]> http://gazette.com/orioles-shut-down-by-rangers-hamels-in-4-1-loss/article/feed/266254?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orioles-shut-down-by-rangers-hamels-in-4-1-loss/article/feed/266254?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles let Cole Hamels off the hook in the third inning and spent the rest of the night regretting it.

Hamels recovered from a shaky start to record his best performance yet for Texas, striking out 10 in eight innings and allowing two hits during the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Orioles.

Baltimore was limited to three hits — one over the last six innings — while losing for the eighth time in nine games to fall 3 1/2 games behind Texas in the race for the American League's second wild-card berth. In each loss, the Orioles have scored three runs or fewer.

"We just not stringing much together offensively," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "It's tough on our pitchers because t

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:53:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Fountain-Fort Carson clobbered by Columbine in home opener]]> http://gazette.com/fountain-fort-carson-clobbered-by-columbine-in-home-opener/article/1558309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fountain-fort-carson-clobbered-by-columbine-in-home-opener/article/1558309?custom_click=rss

There were a lot of question marks surrounding the Fountain-Fort Carson football program entering the 2015 season. After Friday night, there were few answers.

In a sight rarely seen during Coach Mitch Johnson's long tenure, the Trojans - ranked No. 9 in the Colorado 5A Associated Press Preseason Poll - were thoroughly dominated on their home field 34-7 by No. 5 Columbine.

"This is not a normal thing to happen to us at home, but our kids will accept it and take it as a challenge," Johnson said. "The stands were packed tonight and when the lights come on here it's a big deal. Our kids don't want to be embarrassed, so they'll come back and battle hard.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:44:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette prep football game of the week: Palmer's 'new era' starts with win over rival Coronado]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-prep-football-game-of-the-week-palmers-new-era-starts-with-win-over-rival-coronado/article/1558311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-prep-football-game-of-the-week-palmers-new-era-starts-with-win-over-rival-coronado/article/1558311?custom_click=rss

Eric Barela touched the ball three times in just over three quarters. Two of those touches went for touchdowns and Palmer and Barela opened the season with a victory for the first time since 2010.

In a game far from pretty, Palmer came out with half as many wins as the Terrors managed all last season when they managed just two victories.

Barela scored on two 1-yard runs, Jon Curti threw for another touchdown and the Palmer defense sacked Coronado quarterback Toby Smith six times to beat the Cougars 30-13 on Friday night at Garry Berry Stadium.

Barela opened the scoring in the second quarter and secured the win in the fourth, putting the Terrors up 23-7 with 10:51 to play.

"It feels amazing," Barela said. "Coming



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:31:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Reds offense sputters again in loss to Brewers]]> http://gazette.com/reds-offense-sputters-again-in-loss-to-brewers/article/feed/266250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reds-offense-sputters-again-in-loss-to-brewers/article/feed/266250?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds wasted another strong performance from rookie Raisel Iglesias.

Iglesias pitched seven effective innings, but the Reds failed to score for the second straight game in a 5-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

"We have to create more opportunities," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's been a challenge not just for this stretch, but for most of this season and much of last season. It's got nothing to do with effort, preparation or information. It's just not to the level of our expectations."

Cincinnati, loser of 13 of the last 14, hasn't scored a run in 19 innings.

"This is a collective thing, a group thing," Iglesias (3-6) said through an interpreter. "The team is s

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:30:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Seager, Gutierrez homer, Walker goes 6 1-3 in M's 2-0 win]]> http://gazette.com/seager-gutierrez-homer-walker-goes-6-1-3-in-ms-2-0-win/article/feed/266238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seager-gutierrez-homer-walker-goes-6-1-3-in-ms-2-0-win/article/feed/266238?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — A cramp may have shut down Taijuan Walker on Friday night, but not before he did the same to the Chicago White Sox.

The Seattle Mariners' right-hander allowed three hits before leaving with an injury in the seventh inning and Kyle Seager and Franklin Gutierrez both had three hits and a homer as the Mariners beat the White Sox 2-0.

Walker (10-7) suffered a cramp in his right hip flexor after working 6 1-3 innings. Walker, who struck out six, experienced discomfort while facing Chicago's Adam LaRoche. He fell to the ground after delivering a pitch, but walked off the field under his own power after being examined by a team trainer.

"I just cramped up," said Walker, who was initially scared by the injury.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:29:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Hurricane Katrina robbed Air Force football assistant Derek Lewis of childhood mementos but spared his family]]> http://gazette.com/hurricane-katrina-robbed-air-force-football-assistant-derek-lewis-of-childhood-mementos-but-spared-his-family/article/1558306?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hurricane-katrina-robbed-air-force-football-assistant-derek-lewis-of-childhood-mementos-but-spared-his-family/article/1558306?custom_click=rss

Derek Lewis is often told by relatives that his 4-year-old son, Myles, looks exactly like he did at the same age.

Lewis can only take their word for it.

All of Lewis' old pictures and childhood keepsakes were washed away 10 years ago in the floods that were unleashed on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

"I have no baby pictures of me," said Lewis, a New Orleans native who is the wide receivers coach at Air Force. "They're all gone. First communion, sixth-grade graduation. They're all gone. It's just those little mementos that you take for granted, but now you can't get back. You just have to keep them in your head and keep pressing forward.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:25:55 -0600
<![CDATA[White Sox manage 4 hits in 2-0 loss to Mariners]]> http://gazette.com/white-sox-manage-4-hits-in-2-0-loss-to-mariners/article/feed/266249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-sox-manage-4-hits-in-2-0-loss-to-mariners/article/feed/266249?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox received solid pitching. They just couldn't overcome their anemic offense.

The White Sox managed four hits — two each by Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez — but were shut out for the second time in three games and ninth time this season in a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

"We didn't muster any offense," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You have to be able to put something on the board. If they score two, you have to be able to score three."

Kyle Seager and Franklin Gutierrez both had three hits and a homer for the Mariners and Taijuan Walker allowed three hits before leaving with an injury in the seventh inning.

Walker (10-7) suffered a cramp in hi

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:15:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Jungmann, Santana lead Brewers over Reds]]> http://gazette.com/jungmann-santana-lead-brewers-over-reds/article/feed/266240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jungmann-santana-lead-brewers-over-reds/article/feed/266240?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers rookie Domingo Santana wanted to make a strong showing in his first start at Miller Park. He's certainly impressing his manager.

Santana homered and fellow rookie Taylor Jungmann pitched six strong innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

"That power is so — appealing," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

Santana appears to be the needed power-hitter that Milwaukee has lacked when he was acquired along with three other prospects from Houston at the trade deadline.

"It's always good to give a good first impression," said Santana, who was called up last Friday to start a five-game road trip. "But, I just try to keep everything si

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:15:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17]]> http://gazette.com/stafford-bortles-shine-as-lions-beat-jaguars-22-17/article/feed/266241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stafford-bortles-shine-as-lions-beat-jaguars-22-17/article/feed/266241?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford didn't even need Calvin Johnson to carve up the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Lions beat the Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night.

"He's been pretty sharp for us," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.

Detroit (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner.

Johnson sat out his third consecutive game as a precaution, but Stafford found other options. He threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up with Corey Fuller for a 4-yard score.

Zenner had a 41-yard scamper that set

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:14:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Nunez homers, Twins take opener against Astros 3-0]]> http://gazette.com/nunez-homers-twins-take-opener-against-astros-3-0/article/feed/266236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nunez-homers-twins-take-opener-against-astros-3-0/article/feed/266236?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For much of the season, the Minnesota Twins bullpen was falling short in the American League arms race.

Now that All-Star closer Glen Perkins is back healthy and Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen are throwing heat, the Twins hope they too now have the ability to shorten games as they chase their first playoff berth in five years.

Eduardo Nunez homered and Kyle Gibson pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings to help the Twins to a 3-0 victory over the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Friday night.

Gibson (9-9) gave up four hits, struck out four and walked three.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:13:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday's prep roundup: Pine Creek steamrolls Pueblo Centennial in football opener]]> http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-pine-creek-steamrolls-pueblo-centennial-in-football-opener/article/1558310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-pine-creek-steamrolls-pueblo-centennial-in-football-opener/article/1558310?custom_click=rss

Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

FOOTBALL

Pine Creek 45, Pueblo Centennial 0

At Pueblo: No problem for Pine Creek (1-0) in Pueblo.

JoJo Domann had two touchdowns and kicked a 43-yard field goal, and D'Andre Toliver ran for three touchdowns as the Eagles extended their win streak to 26 games.

Taylor Clifton recovered a fumble on Pueblo Centennial's first play from scrimmage and took it back 24 yards to give Pine Creek a 7-0 lead. Domann caught a 33-yard TD a few minutes later and then ran in a 19-yard score to make it 21-0 with six minutes left in the opening quarter.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:12:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Hamels strikes out 10, Rangers beat Orioles]]> http://gazette.com/hamels-strikes-out-10-rangers-beat-orioles/article/feed/266233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hamels-strikes-out-10-rangers-beat-orioles/article/feed/266233?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels delivered the type of performance the Texas Rangers hoped to get when they traded for him.

Hamels pitched his best game since being acquired by Texas, striking out 10 in eight innings Friday night in a 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

"This is what everybody kind of envisioned when we traded for him," catcher Chris Gimenez said.

The Rangers maintained their hold on the AL's second wild-card spot and moved within four games of West-leading Houston.

"This is the part of the season where everything is and everything's focused on. This is where you have to be at your best," said Hamels, a former World Series MVP.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:08:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Barraclough escapes jam, Marlins win 4-3 over Nationals]]> http://gazette.com/barraclough-escapes-jam-marlins-win-4-3-over-nationals/article/feed/266247?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/barraclough-escapes-jam-marlins-win-4-3-over-nationals/article/feed/266247?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Miami Marlins rookie reliever Kyle Barraclough will quickly earn the trust of his manager with escapes like the one he pulled Friday night.

Entering in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, no outs and a two-run lead, the 25-year-old right-hander conceded only a sacrifice fly, helping Miami hold on for a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

"I learned he has no fear," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Barraclough after his ninth major league outing. "To see him challenge with his stuff — trust his stuff — the way he has, has been really remarkable."

Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna homered off Washington starter Max Scherzer, and Adam Conley (2-1) gave up three runs and six hits over fiv

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:57:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Area high school cross country runners give new course early endorsement]]> http://gazette.com/area-high-school-cross-country-runners-give-new-course-early-endorsement/article/1558304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/area-high-school-cross-country-runners-give-new-course-early-endorsement/article/1558304?custom_click=rss

Rampart's Ben Dingman said he ran a comfortable pace for the first half of his race on Friday, and he still nearly knocked out the previous course record at Norris-Penrose Event Center.

The senior led all runners with a time of 15 minutes and 48.60 seconds as the revamped state course proved much faster across the board than its hellish predecessor at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede.

"I think times at state could be 90 seconds or even 2 minutes faster than the times on the old state course," Rampart coach Robert Young said. "It was much faster today."

Of course, everyone knew the state course was quicker after a less daunting variation of it was finalized in July.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:52:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Harrison RBI single lifts Pirates over Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/harrison-rbi-single-lifts-pirates-over-rockies/article/1558300?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harrison-rbi-single-lifts-pirates-over-rockies/article/1558300?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH — Pinch-hitter Josh Harrison singled home Francisco Cervelli with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh bullpen continued its hot streak in the Pirates' 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Gregory Polanco had three hits, drove in an insurance run and preserved a tie by throwing out Jose Reyes of the Rockies at the plate from right field to end the top of the eighth.

Tony Watson (3-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 42nd save. Pittsburgh relievers have won 18 straight decisions since last taking a loss on June 25.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:37:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Rockies' Justin Morneau set to begin rehab assignment]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-justin-morneau-set-to-begin-rehab-assignment/article/1558295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-justin-morneau-set-to-begin-rehab-assignment/article/1558295?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who's missed most of the season with a neck injury and concussion symptoms, begins a minor league rehab assignment with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night.

Morneau hasn't played since suffering whiplash and a concussion while diving for a ball in Anaheim on May 13.

Morneau has a long history of concussions, missing significant time in 2010 and '11 with concussions.

Earlier this month, Morneau took batting practice on the field for the first time since his latest injury and said his goal was to return to the Rockies this season.

Morneau won the NL batting crown with a .319 average last year, his first with the Rockies.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:22:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Kicker ready to fill big shoes for Air Force]]> http://gazette.com/kicker-ready-to-fill-big-shoes-for-air-force/article/1558281?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kicker-ready-to-fill-big-shoes-for-air-force/article/1558281?custom_click=rss

The player likely to have the most influence whether Air Force wins or loses some games this year was once dragged into the sport of football kicking and screaming.

Drew Oehrle has since dropped the screaming and is quite comfortable with the kicking.

"My dad kind of forced me out my eighth grade year," Oehrle said. "I didn't want to do it. I was scared to death."

The nerves have since quelled for the kicker who went on to set the Indiana high school record for field goals in a season (18), field goals in a game (five) and once booted 52- and 51-yard field goals in the same game, one going each direction.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:06:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Full house, full heart for Broncos' Shaquil Barrett]]> http://gazette.com/klee-full-house-full-heart-for-broncos-shaquil-barrett/article/1558282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-full-house-full-heart-for-broncos-shaquil-barrett/article/1558282?custom_click=rss

DENVER — How they got here? Well, that's a long story. Got a minute? It's worth it. It's an exhausting, improbable, memorable story. It's a love story. There were angels.

It started on Facebook and took a pit stop at Taco John's. It's still going, through this Broncos preseason where Shaq Barrett is forcing the NFL to notice him, through his inspiring wife, Jordanna, through the best part, their three kids.

They had one, Shaq Jr., when Jordanna was closing a Fort Collins Taco John's at midnight and opening a Starbucks at 5 a.m., when Shaquil was a football player at Colorado State with weightlifting at 6 a.m. How they did it? How the newlyweds juggled college football, classes, two or three jobs while starting their own



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:20:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos season preview magazine coming Sunday]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-season-preview-magazine-coming-sunday/article/1558236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-season-preview-magazine-coming-sunday/article/1558236?custom_click=rss

Looking forward to Broncos' season as much as we are?

The Gazette's season preview magazine will be delivered to subscribers Aug. 30 and should be available to purchase at King Soopers and Loaf 'N Jug stores.

It's 52 pages of feature stories, schedules and contests.

Don't miss columnist Paul Klee's predictions for the Broncos this season.

Stay with us throughout the year in print and on social media for contests and exclusive content.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:20:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Rapids loan Cameroon forward Charles Eloundou to Colorado Springs Switchbacks]]> http://gazette.com/rapids-loan-cameroon-forward-charles-eloundou-to-colorado-springs-switchbacks/article/1558278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapids-loan-cameroon-forward-charles-eloundou-to-colorado-springs-switchbacks/article/1558278?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Rapids of the MLS have loaned Cameroon forward Charles Eloundou, 20, to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks for the rest of the United Soccer League season. The former Cameroon U20 national team member signed with the Rapids in 2014 and has made 22 game appearances including seven starts (two assists).

The 5-foot-7 forward was loaned after the Rapids recalled forward Dominique Badji from USL Charlotte.

“This is a good opportunity for both players. Dominique performed well for us in the early season and his time at Charlotte has maintained his sharpness. We look forward to him making a contribution in latter stages of the regular season," Paul Bravo, Rapids vice president of soccer operations, said in a



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:58:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday Faceoff: Will the Switchbacks make the playoffs?]]> http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-will-the-switchbacks-make-the-playoffs/article/1558276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-will-the-switchbacks-make-the-playoffs/article/1558276?custom_click=rss The Gazette's Joe Paisley and Matt Wiley debate the question.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:44:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Justin Morneau set to begin rehab assignment]]> http://gazette.com/justin-morneau-set-to-begin-rehab-assignment/article/1558270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justin-morneau-set-to-begin-rehab-assignment/article/1558270?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who's missed most of the season with a neck injury and concussion symptoms, begins a minor league rehab assignment with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night.

Morneau hasn't played since suffering whiplash and a concussion while diving for a ball in Anaheim on May 13.

Morneau has a long history of concussions, missing significant time in 2010 and '11 with concussions.

Earlier this month, Morneau took batting practice on the field for the first time since his latest injury and said his goal was to return to the Rockies this season.

Morneau won the NL batting crown with a .319 average last year, his first with the Rockies.



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