<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:48:20 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Seattle could be back in Arizona for Super Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/seattle-could-be-back-in-arizona-for-super-bowl/article/feed/190108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seattle-could-be-back-in-arizona-for-super-bowl/article/feed/190108?custom_click=rss

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The way they are playing, the Seattle Seahawks could well be back in Arizona in a month or so.

The Super Bowl will be played in the same stadium where the Seahawks dominated the Cardinals 35-6 on Sunday night.

"I had a freaking blast tonight," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Seattle won its fifth in a row with a record-breaking offensive performance and a stifling defensive effort.

"Our offensive line did a great job and it gave me time to make the throws and make the plays. Guys caught the ball extremely well tonight. They kept playing football for me," quarterback Russell Wilson said. "The effort was so high and then you think about the defense.

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]]> GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The way they are playing, the Seattle Seahawks could well be back in Arizona in a month or so.

The Super Bowl will be played in the same stadium where the Seahawks dominated the Cardinals 35-6 on Sunday night.

"I had a freaking blast tonight," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Seattle won its fifth in a row with a record-breaking offensive performance and a stifling defensive effort.

"Our offensive line did a great job and it gave me time to make the throws and make the plays. Guys caught the ball extremely well tonight. They kept playing football for me," quarterback Russell Wilson said. "The effort was so high and then you think about the defense.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:33:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Ex-NFL's Benson charged with public intoxication]]> http://gazette.com/ex-nfls-benson-charged-with-public-intoxication/article/feed/190154?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-nfls-benson-charged-with-public-intoxication/article/feed/190154?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson has been charged with public intoxication.

An Austin police spokesman says Benson was booked early Saturday and released several hours later. Police records show Benson was arrested following a verbal disturbance between a male and a female in a taxi.

It wasn't clear whether Benson has an attorney. A lawyer who previously represented Benson didn't immediately return messages.

Benson was a first-round pick who spent eight years in the NFL, with Chicago, Cincinnati and Green Bay. His final pro season was 2012.

Benson in 2011 pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges in Austin and served five days in jail. He was arrested in 2010 for p

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson has been charged with public intoxication.

An Austin police spokesman says Benson was booked early Saturday and released several hours later. Police records show Benson was arrested following a verbal disturbance between a male and a female in a taxi.

It wasn't clear whether Benson has an attorney. A lawyer who previously represented Benson didn't immediately return messages.

Benson was a first-round pick who spent eight years in the NFL, with Chicago, Cincinnati and Green Bay. His final pro season was 2012.

Benson in 2011 pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges in Austin and served five days in jail. He was arrested in 2010 for p]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:32:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Klee: For banged-up Broncos, bit players must be big-time players]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-for-banged-up-broncos-bit-players-must-be-big-time-players/article/1543458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-banged-up-broncos-bit-players-must-be-big-time-players/article/1543458?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI - He is only 22, an NFL rookie playing for the Broncos. Maybe helps explain why Todd Davis so eagerly expressed his childhood love for the Raiders, why the young linebacker gets hyped up with videos of Broncos nemesis Ray Lewis before every game?

"I'm a big Ray Lewis fan, no doubt about it," Davis said after a recent practice at Dove Valley. "I watch him before I play. . I've seen every mic'ed up, every inspirational video."

Forgive the young man. He knows not where he lives.

But Davis can wear Tim Brown pajamas on breezy walks through Garden of the Gods if he helps the Broncos beat the Bengals on Monday night. Who is Todd Davis?

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CINCINNATI - He is only 22, an NFL rookie playing for the Broncos. Maybe helps explain why Todd Davis so eagerly expressed his childhood love for the Raiders, why the young linebacker gets hyped up with videos of Broncos nemesis Ray Lewis before every game?

"I'm a big Ray Lewis fan, no doubt about it," Davis said after a recent practice at Dove Valley. "I watch him before I play. . I've seen every mic'ed up, every inspirational video."

Forgive the young man. He knows not where he lives.

But Davis can wear Tim Brown pajamas on breezy walks through Garden of the Gods if he helps the Broncos beat the Bengals on Monday night. Who is Todd Davis?

Don't worry: This won't be the final time this season you read about

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home.

Dallas clinched the NFC East with a rout of Indianapolis, ending any chance for Philadelphia to make the postseason.

The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 to secure at least a wild-card berth. They will win the AFC North by defeating Cincinnati next Sunday. The Bengals (9-4-1) host Denver (11-3) on Monday night.

Green Bay topped Tampa Bay 20-3 and heads to Lambeau Field for next Sunday's showdown with Detroit for the NFC North crown. Both are 11-4 after the Lions won 20-14 at Chicago.



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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home.

Dallas clinched the NFC East with a rout of Indianapolis, ending any chance for Philadelphia to make the postseason.

The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 to secure at least a wild-card berth. They will win the AFC North by defeating Cincinnati next Sunday. The Bengals (9-4-1) host Denver (11-3) on Monday night.

Green Bay topped Tampa Bay 20-3 and heads to Lambeau Field for next Sunday's showdown with Detroit for the NFC North crown. Both are 11-4 after the Lions won 20-14 at Chicago.

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Now that they've qualified for the postseason, there's no relaxing for the Packers, Lions, and Steelers.

Nor for the Seahawks, Cardinals, Cowboys, Patriots and Broncos.

Week 15 saw defending Super Bowl champion Seattle secure its passage to the playoffs with a 35-6 rout of Arizona on Sunday night. It also had Dallas clinching the NFC East; Pittsburgh setting up a showdown for the AFC North title with Cincinnati; Green Bay and Detroit winning to head into their own battle for the NFC North crown at Lambeau Field; and New England moving a step closer to home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

New Orleans fell out of the race — if you want to call it that — for the NFC South, losing at home to Atlanta.

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]]> Now that they've qualified for the postseason, there's no relaxing for the Packers, Lions, and Steelers.

Nor for the Seahawks, Cardinals, Cowboys, Patriots and Broncos.

Week 15 saw defending Super Bowl champion Seattle secure its passage to the playoffs with a 35-6 rout of Arizona on Sunday night. It also had Dallas clinching the NFC East; Pittsburgh setting up a showdown for the AFC North title with Cincinnati; Green Bay and Detroit winning to head into their own battle for the NFC North crown at Lambeau Field; and New England moving a step closer to home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

New Orleans fell out of the race — if you want to call it that — for the NFC South, losing at home to Atlanta.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:14:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Romo, Cowboys are in after 42-7 rout of Colts]]> http://gazette.com/romo-cowboys-are-in-after-42-7-rout-of-colts/article/feed/190147?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/romo-cowboys-are-in-after-42-7-rout-of-colts/article/feed/190147?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys don't have worry about a win-and-you're-in finale this year.

They're in.

Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.

After three straight season-ending losses that left them at 8-8 and out of the postseason, the Cowboys (11-4) don't have to worry about winning at Washington next weekend. They are NFC East champions for the first time since 2009 a week early.

"I just don't have bad Christmases. I've been too fortunate," owner Jerry Jones said.

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]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys don't have worry about a win-and-you're-in finale this year.

They're in.

Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.

After three straight season-ending losses that left them at 8-8 and out of the postseason, the Cowboys (11-4) don't have to worry about winning at Washington next weekend. They are NFC East champions for the first time since 2009 a week early.

"I just don't have bad Christmases. I've been too fortunate," owner Jerry Jones said.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:14:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Skiers have reservations over airbag safety system]]> http://gazette.com/skiers-have-reservations-over-airbag-safety-system/article/feed/190148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/skiers-have-reservations-over-airbag-safety-system/article/feed/190148?custom_click=rss

VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to.

Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a second due to slightly more wind resistance.

And still more believe that their movements will be restricted.

Whatever the reasons, few — if any — skiers are expected to use a radical new airbag safety system in January when it will be cleared for use in World Cup downhill races.

"January could still be early. But not because we have problems but because the athletes are not confident," said Marco Pastore, the sponsoring manager for Italian manufacturer Dainese, which developed the system with the International Ski Federation

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]]> VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to.

Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a second due to slightly more wind resistance.

And still more believe that their movements will be restricted.

Whatever the reasons, few — if any — skiers are expected to use a radical new airbag safety system in January when it will be cleared for use in World Cup downhill races.

"January could still be early. But not because we have problems but because the athletes are not confident," said Marco Pastore, the sponsoring manager for Italian manufacturer Dainese, which developed the system with the International Ski Federation ]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:09:38 -0700 <![CDATA[ICYMI: Ravens, Saints stumble; 3 titles to decide]]> http://gazette.com/icymi-ravens-saints-stumble-3-titles-to-decide/article/feed/190146?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/icymi-ravens-saints-stumble-3-titles-to-decide/article/feed/190146?custom_click=rss

Count Joe Flacco's Ravens and Drew Brees' Saints among the playoff candidates that came out completely flat.

The Chiefs, Bills and Eagles all were oddly out of it this weekend, too, despite having plenty to play for.

Flacco was 3 of 18 for 27 yards and two interceptions in the first half of a 25-13 loss at Houston on Sunday. The Ravens (9-6) were not eliminated from reaching the postseason, but they certainly didn't help their cause.

"It's really simple," Flacco said. "We did a lot of things not very well."

The Saints began the day still in contention for winning the mediocre NFC South but now are done. Brees — like Flacco, a past Super Bowl MVP — was picked off twice in a 30-14 loss to Atlanta that stretched

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]]> Count Joe Flacco's Ravens and Drew Brees' Saints among the playoff candidates that came out completely flat.

The Chiefs, Bills and Eagles all were oddly out of it this weekend, too, despite having plenty to play for.

Flacco was 3 of 18 for 27 yards and two interceptions in the first half of a 25-13 loss at Houston on Sunday. The Ravens (9-6) were not eliminated from reaching the postseason, but they certainly didn't help their cause.

"It's really simple," Flacco said. "We did a lot of things not very well."

The Saints began the day still in contention for winning the mediocre NFC South but now are done. Brees — like Flacco, a past Super Bowl MVP — was picked off twice in a 30-14 loss to Atlanta that stretched ]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:07:18 -0700 <![CDATA[NFL Capsules]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-capsules/article/feed/40607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-capsules/article/feed/40607?custom_click=rss ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.

The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a three-game home losing streak, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions.

Dallas had an opening for its first NFC East title and postseason berth since 2009, and first under coach Jason Garrett, because of Philadelphia's 27-24 loss at Washington on Saturday. The Eagles were eliminated with the Cowboys' win.

The Colts (10-5) didn't have much to play for with the AFC South title secured, and looked like it while barely avoiding their fir

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]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.

The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a three-game home losing streak, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions.

Dallas had an opening for its first NFC East title and postseason berth since 2009, and first under coach Jason Garrett, because of Philadelphia's 27-24 loss at Washington on Saturday. The Eagles were eliminated with the Cowboys' win.

The Colts (10-5) didn't have much to play for with the AFC South title secured, and looked like it while barely avoiding their fir]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:07:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Jones' return helps Falcons eliminate Saints, 30-14]]> http://gazette.com/jones-return-helps-falcons-eliminate-saints-30-14/article/feed/190145?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jones-return-helps-falcons-eliminate-saints-30-14/article/feed/190145?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Julio Jones needed only two offensive snaps to dispel any notion that he'd be merely a decoy for the Atlanta Falcons, too hampered by his injured hip to be truly effective.

Racing down the right sideline, he made a twisting, falling grab, looking as if he'd coated his hands with glue, for a 23-yard gain while New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis tried in vain to swat the ball loose.

When his day was done, Jones, who had not practiced or played since Dec.8, had seven catches for 107 yards, and the Atlanta Falcons vanquished the Saints, 30-14 on Sunday to stay alive in the NFC South race.

"He's a hard guy to defend," Falcons coach Mike Smith said of Jones. "When we have him, we're a much better offense

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]]> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Julio Jones needed only two offensive snaps to dispel any notion that he'd be merely a decoy for the Atlanta Falcons, too hampered by his injured hip to be truly effective.

Racing down the right sideline, he made a twisting, falling grab, looking as if he'd coated his hands with glue, for a 23-yard gain while New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis tried in vain to swat the ball loose.

When his day was done, Jones, who had not practiced or played since Dec.8, had seven catches for 107 yards, and the Atlanta Falcons vanquished the Saints, 30-14 on Sunday to stay alive in the NFC South race.

"He's a hard guy to defend," Falcons coach Mike Smith said of Jones. "When we have him, we're a much better offense]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:06:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari out at least 3 weeks after tearing meniscus in right knee]]> Associated PressThe Associated Press - http://gazette.com/nuggets-danilo-gallinari-out-at-least-3-weeks-after-tearing-meniscus-in-right-knee/article/1543454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nuggets-danilo-gallinari-out-at-least-3-weeks-after-tearing-meniscus-in-right-knee/article/1543454?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to soon undergo surgery.

The team has yet to announce a timetable for his return. He is expected to undergo surgery in the next couple of days and miss three weeks of action, the Denver Post reported.

Gallinari turned in one of his best games of the season Saturday in a win over Indiana as he scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to spark a critical fourth-quarter run.

Gallinari is averaging 7.8 points in 18.8 minutes this season.

He was back on the court this year after missing nearly 18 months with a torn ACL in his left knee that required three surgeries.

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]]> DENVER - Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to soon undergo surgery.

The team has yet to announce a timetable for his return. He is expected to undergo surgery in the next couple of days and miss three weeks of action, the Denver Post reported.

Gallinari turned in one of his best games of the season Saturday in a win over Indiana as he scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to spark a critical fourth-quarter run.

Gallinari is averaging 7.8 points in 18.8 minutes this season.

He was back on the court this year after missing nearly 18 months with a torn ACL in his left knee that required three surgeries.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:10:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Future promising thanks to young Air Force contributors]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/future-promising-thanks-to-young-air-force-contributors/article/1543462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/future-promising-thanks-to-young-air-force-contributors/article/1543462?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho - David Harris, Jalen Robinette and Nate Romine huddled close together along with their mothers for pictures after the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Air Force sophomores smiling despite the cold runoff in the dimly lit area outside the locker room under the bleachers of Albertsons Stadium.

Watching this bonding moment suggested that perhaps this wasn't any sort of pinnacle for an Air Force football program, but rather a beginning. The program rescued itself from a 2-10 season to go 10-3 with a 38-24 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, but these three players may factor heavily into taking this momentum and turning it into something even better.

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]]> BOISE, Idaho - David Harris, Jalen Robinette and Nate Romine huddled close together along with their mothers for pictures after the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Air Force sophomores smiling despite the cold runoff in the dimly lit area outside the locker room under the bleachers of Albertsons Stadium.

Watching this bonding moment suggested that perhaps this wasn't any sort of pinnacle for an Air Force football program, but rather a beginning. The program rescued itself from a 2-10 season to go 10-3 with a 38-24 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, but these three players may factor heavily into taking this momentum and turning it into something even better.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:10:14 -0700 <![CDATA[A Q and A with Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/a-q-and-a-with-air-force-athletic-director-hans-mueh/article/1543461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-q-and-a-with-air-force-athletic-director-hans-mueh/article/1543461?custom_click=rss

Soon-to-be outgoing Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh caught up with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman for a brief conversation after the Falcons defeated Western Michigan 38-24 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday in Boise.

Question: Aside from a few basketball games, this is your last major event. What's going through your head?

Answer: I haven't wrapped my arms around this yet. After 10½ years and lots of bowl games, but this one was really special. To put a capper like this on the end of a turnaround season like this made this bowl game a little more special than the rest. It's hasn't sunk in yet that this will be the last one. I mean, I'll be at other bowl games, but not in this capacity. I'm so proud of

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]]> Soon-to-be outgoing Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh caught up with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman for a brief conversation after the Falcons defeated Western Michigan 38-24 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday in Boise.

Question: Aside from a few basketball games, this is your last major event. What's going through your head?

Answer: I haven't wrapped my arms around this yet. After 10½ years and lots of bowl games, but this one was really special. To put a capper like this on the end of a turnaround season like this made this bowl game a little more special than the rest. It's hasn't sunk in yet that this will be the last one. I mean, I'll be at other bowl games, but not in this capacity. I'm so proud of]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:10:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos, Bengals stress ground game heading into Monday game]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/broncos-bengals-stress-ground-game-heading-into-monday-game/article/1543460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-bengals-stress-ground-game-heading-into-monday-game/article/1543460?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI - When Andy Dalton is on the sideline Monday night, he'll make sure to steal a few glances at the field to check out his counterpart.

Who doesn't want to watch Peyton Manning do his thing in prime time?

"Yeah, growing up I was watching Peyton play, so it's fun to be able to go up against these guys," Dalton said. "You definitely want to watch what they're doing, see how they play, because he's a guy that has been one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game."

The quarterbacks will get a lot of the attention - Manning for his perfect career mark against Cincinnati, Dalton for his penchant to melt down in big games - when the Broncos play the Bengals on Monday night.

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]]> CINCINNATI - When Andy Dalton is on the sideline Monday night, he'll make sure to steal a few glances at the field to check out his counterpart.

Who doesn't want to watch Peyton Manning do his thing in prime time?

"Yeah, growing up I was watching Peyton play, so it's fun to be able to go up against these guys," Dalton said. "You definitely want to watch what they're doing, see how they play, because he's a guy that has been one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game."

The quarterbacks will get a lot of the attention - Manning for his perfect career mark against Cincinnati, Dalton for his penchant to melt down in big games - when the Broncos play the Bengals on Monday night.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:10:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Klee with three things to watch Monday night in the Broncos game]]> http://gazette.com/klee-with-three-things-to-watch-monday-night-in-the-broncos-game/article/1543465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-with-three-things-to-watch-monday-night-in-the-broncos-game/article/1543465?custom_click=rss

Tables turning?

1 On the long, winding road that is the NFL season, something strange has happened: The Broncos are soaring under the radar. That's what I gather, anyway. Denver has gone from Super Bowl favorite to trailing the Patriots, Packers and Seahawks as the team most likely to raise the Lombardi trophy, according to Bovada. Meanwhile, the Broncos haven't trailed in their past three games - all against teams that were in the playoff hunt. They are winning in a different way - with a strong defense and powerful running game - and that doesn't seem to impress the oddsmakers. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, the Broncos never will be able to play the underdog card.

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1 On the long, winding road that is the NFL season, something strange has happened: The Broncos are soaring under the radar. That's what I gather, anyway. Denver has gone from Super Bowl favorite to trailing the Patriots, Packers and Seahawks as the team most likely to raise the Lombardi trophy, according to Bovada. Meanwhile, the Broncos haven't trailed in their past three games - all against teams that were in the playoff hunt. They are winning in a different way - with a strong defense and powerful running game - and that doesn't seem to impress the oddsmakers. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, the Broncos never will be able to play the underdog card.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:10:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-knock-bills-out-of-playoffs-with-26-24-win/article/feed/190068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-knock-bills-out-of-playoffs-with-26-24-win/article/feed/190068?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One week after shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to move into playoff contention, the Buffalo Bills came up short against rookie Derek Carr and the lowly Oakland Raiders.

Carr threw two touchdown passes, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals, and the Raiders knocked the Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday.

The Bills (8-7) had gone four straight games without allowing a touchdown pass, including the past two weeks against Peyton Manning and Rodgers. But Carr broke that streak with a pair of scoring throws that gave the Raiders (3-12) their third straight home win.

"You see what that defense did to them," Carr said.

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]]> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One week after shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to move into playoff contention, the Buffalo Bills came up short against rookie Derek Carr and the lowly Oakland Raiders.

Carr threw two touchdown passes, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals, and the Raiders knocked the Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday.

The Bills (8-7) had gone four straight games without allowing a touchdown pass, including the past two weeks against Peyton Manning and Rodgers. But Carr broke that streak with a pair of scoring throws that gave the Raiders (3-12) their third straight home win.

"You see what that defense did to them," Carr said.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:48:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Rookie Beckham leads Giants past Rams 37-27]]> http://gazette.com/rookie-beckham-leads-giants-past-rams-37-27/article/feed/190067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rookie-beckham-leads-giants-past-rams-37-27/article/feed/190067?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. refused to be intimidated, giving as well as he received.

Before the first of his two touchdown catches, the prolific rookie spun the ball and was whistled for taunting in the end zone. After outside linebacker Alec Ogletree flung him to the turf well out of bounds, Beckham stuck the ball in Ogletree's face.

"He has a little something, a flair to him, which obviously we like," quarterback Eli Manning said after the New York Giants stayed on a late-season surge with a 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

"Looks like they didn't want to let him get away with anything like showboating.

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]]> ST. LOUIS (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. refused to be intimidated, giving as well as he received.

Before the first of his two touchdown catches, the prolific rookie spun the ball and was whistled for taunting in the end zone. After outside linebacker Alec Ogletree flung him to the turf well out of bounds, Beckham stuck the ball in Ogletree's face.

"He has a little something, a flair to him, which obviously we like," quarterback Eli Manning said after the New York Giants stayed on a late-season surge with a 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

"Looks like they didn't want to let him get away with anything like showboating.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:48:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Steelers grab playoff spot, showdown up next]]> http://gazette.com/steelers-grab-playoff-spot-showdown-up-next/article/feed/190101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/steelers-grab-playoff-spot-showdown-up-next/article/feed/190101?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — There was no joyous celebration. The hooting and hollering was kept to the minimum.

A return to the playoffs following a two-year absence after a 20-12 win over Kansas City on Sunday doesn't have the Pittsburgh Steelers getting ahead of themselves. Yes, they're playing into January. But there's still plenty on the table with a week to go in the regular season.

Next up? A shot at the AFC North title and the home game that comes along with it next Sunday against Cincinnati.

"We're going to treat that like a playoff game like we've had the last three weeks," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "We still have work to do."

It's a job the surging Steelers (10-5) suddenly look capable of handling.

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A return to the playoffs following a two-year absence after a 20-12 win over Kansas City on Sunday doesn't have the Pittsburgh Steelers getting ahead of themselves. Yes, they're playing into January. But there's still plenty on the table with a week to go in the regular season.

Next up? A shot at the AFC North title and the home game that comes along with it next Sunday against Cincinnati.

"We're going to treat that like a playoff game like we've had the last three weeks," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "We still have work to do."

It's a job the surging Steelers (10-5) suddenly look capable of handling.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:35:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Patriots edge Jets, clinch 1st-round playoff bye]]> http://gazette.com/patriots-edge-jets-clinch-1st-round-playoff-bye/article/feed/190107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriots-edge-jets-clinch-1st-round-playoff-bye/article/feed/190107?custom_click=rss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are in a familiar position.

They've got a first-round bye in the postseason for the fifth straight year, and they're closing in on having home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

But first, they had to sweat through a 17-16 victory over the upset-minded New York Jets on Sunday.

"We made plenty of good (plays) in the fourth quarter to come from behind, so that was great," quarterback Tom Brady said. "I'm glad it came out the way it did — makes for a better Christmas. It's always tough to get a win here.

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They've got a first-round bye in the postseason for the fifth straight year, and they're closing in on having home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

But first, they had to sweat through a 17-16 victory over the upset-minded New York Jets on Sunday.

"We made plenty of good (plays) in the fourth quarter to come from behind, so that was great," quarterback Tom Brady said. "I'm glad it came out the way it did — makes for a better Christmas. It's always tough to get a win here.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:34:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Your Top Plays for Today]]> http://gazette.com/your-top-plays-for-today/article/feed/16704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/your-top-plays-for-today/article/feed/16704?custom_click=rss

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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COWBOYS, STEELERS, SEAHAWKS SEAL PLAYOFF SPOTS

Dallas, Pittsburgh and Seattle seal playoff spots on penultimate weekend of NFL regular season.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e29f9ab6075148508c463b26a7ba3df7/steelers-packers-win-move-playoffs

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LIVERPOOL GET LAST-MINUTE EQUALIZER VS. ARSENAL

Liverpool scores deep into stoppage time to salvage 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/12/21/liverpool-scores-late-for-2-2-draw-vs-arsenal/20729369/

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JAMES LEADS CAVS PAST GRIZZLIES

LeBron James steers Cleveland to a 105-91 win over Memphis.

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COWBOYS, STEELERS, SEAHAWKS SEAL PLAYOFF SPOTS

Dallas, Pittsburgh and Seattle seal playoff spots on penultimate weekend of NFL regular season.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e29f9ab6075148508c463b26a7ba3df7/steelers-packers-win-move-playoffs

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LIVERPOOL GET LAST-MINUTE EQUALIZER VS. ARSENAL

Liverpool scores deep into stoppage time to salvage 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/12/21/liverpool-scores-late-for-2-2-draw-vs-arsenal/20729369/

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JAMES LEADS CAVS PAST GRIZZLIES

LeBron James steers Cleveland to a 105-91 win over Memphis.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle's defense was stifling as usual and its offense had a record-breaking eruption against a defense that's supposed to be one of the NFL's best.

That team from the Pacific Northwest sure looked a lot like the Super Bowl champs of last season in its 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

"I think it feels better than last year," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said.

Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and the Seahawks amassed a franchise-record 596 yards to close in on another NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the conference.

"That's about as much fun as you can have playing NFL football in the regular season," Seahawks coach Pete Carr

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That team from the Pacific Northwest sure looked a lot like the Super Bowl champs of last season in its 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

"I think it feels better than last year," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said.

Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and the Seahawks amassed a franchise-record 596 yards to close in on another NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the conference.

"That's about as much fun as you can have playing NFL football in the regular season," Seahawks coach Pete Carr]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:36:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Packers beat Bucs, set up showdown for NFC North title]]> http://gazette.com/packers-beat-bucs-set-up-showdown-for-nfc-north-title/article/feed/190096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/packers-beat-bucs-set-up-showdown-for-nfc-north-title/article/feed/190096?custom_click=rss

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Green Bay still has some unfinished business before heading into the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

The Packers clinched a berth with a 20-3 victory over the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, setting up a showdown with Detroit for the NFL North title next Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Coach Mike McCarthy likes his team's chances, despite not getting as much offensive production as usual in losing to Buffalo and wearing down Tampa Bay the past two weeks.

"We've won six out of seven games, so I'd like to classify that as playing a lot of solid football, that's for sure," McCarthy said. "We'll clean this game up (Monday); we'll be on it. We'll also start on Detroit. I like where we're at, and I really

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The Packers clinched a berth with a 20-3 victory over the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, setting up a showdown with Detroit for the NFL North title next Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Coach Mike McCarthy likes his team's chances, despite not getting as much offensive production as usual in losing to Buffalo and wearing down Tampa Bay the past two weeks.

"We've won six out of seven games, so I'd like to classify that as playing a lot of solid football, that's for sure," McCarthy said. "We'll clean this game up (Monday); we'll be on it. We'll also start on Detroit. I like where we're at, and I really]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:34:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Iginla helps Avalanche beat Red Wings 2-1 in shootout]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/iginla-helps-avalanche-beat-red-wings-2-1-in-shootout/article/1543469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iginla-helps-avalanche-beat-red-wings-2-1-in-shootout/article/1543469?custom_click=rss

DETROIT — The Colorado Avalanche had the luxury of calling on a six-time NHL All-Star for the ninth round of a shootout.

Jarome Iginla scored in the tiebreaker to lift the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

Iginla got a wrist shot past Petr Mrazek, who had turned away six straight Avalanche shooters. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene also scored in the tiebreaker as Colorado ended a three-game road trip with five points.

Iginla said he thought too many prior shooters were trying to fake their way past Mrazek so he took a more direct approach when it was his turn.

"No one had really shot," he said. "I just wanted to come in and pick a spot.



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DETROIT — The Colorado Avalanche had the luxury of calling on a six-time NHL All-Star for the ninth round of a shootout.

Jarome Iginla scored in the tiebreaker to lift the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

Iginla got a wrist shot past Petr Mrazek, who had turned away six straight Avalanche shooters. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene also scored in the tiebreaker as Colorado ended a three-game road trip with five points.

Iginla said he thought too many prior shooters were trying to fake their way past Mrazek so he took a more direct approach when it was his turn.

"No one had really shot," he said. "I just wanted to come in and pick a spot.

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<![CDATA[Air Force men's basketball next box]]> Brent Briggeman http://gazette.com/air-force-mens-basketball-next-box/article/1543457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-mens-basketball-next-box/article/1543457?custom_click=rss

Air Force men's basketball next

Jacksonville State (7-5) at Air Force (6-4)

7 p.m. Monday, 740 AM, MW Network (online only)

Overview: Air Force concludes its nonconference schedule with a quick turnaround after a tough loss Saturday.

The Falcons had rebounded from a double-digit deficit to briefly take the lead, only to see UC Davis surge back ahead in a 81-75 setback.

Leading scorer Max Yon had just two points and Marek Olesinski went scoreless, as the two seniors went quiet in the loss.

Jacksonville State is on a trip through the Centennial State, having fallen 69-60 at Northern Colorado on Saturday. The Gamecocks' highest-profile game this year was an 88-39 loss at Louisville.

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Air Force men's basketball next

Jacksonville State (7-5) at Air Force (6-4)

7 p.m. Monday, 740 AM, MW Network (online only)

Overview: Air Force concludes its nonconference schedule with a quick turnaround after a tough loss Saturday.

The Falcons had rebounded from a double-digit deficit to briefly take the lead, only to see UC Davis surge back ahead in a 81-75 setback.

Leading scorer Max Yon had just two points and Marek Olesinski went scoreless, as the two seniors went quiet in the loss.

Jacksonville State is on a trip through the Centennial State, having fallen 69-60 at Northern Colorado on Saturday. The Gamecocks' highest-profile game this year was an 88-39 loss at Louisville.

Darion Rackley

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<![CDATA[Fans largely stay away from Air Force bowl game victory in the cold Boise rain]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fans-largely-stay-away-from-air-force-bowl-game-victory-in-the-cold-boise-rain/article/1543421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fans-largely-stay-away-from-air-force-bowl-game-victory-in-the-cold-boise-rain/article/1543421?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho - The rain held off long enough for Air Force fans to enjoy tailgating, but that was where the cooperation from Mother Nature ceased as the Falcons won a bowl game for the first time in four years in frigid, wet conditions.

The blue turf and everything else at Albertsons Stadium was soaked by kickoff for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the nonstop moisture leading to a bone-chilling cold in conditions that began at 43 degrees at kickoff as Air Force defeated Western Michigan 38-24.

The Falcons sold or allocated 3,850 tickets for Saturday's game, which reportedly had sales of about 27,000 total tickets. Many of the tickets purchased by Air Force were donated to area military personnel, but many of those clearly went



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BOISE, Idaho - The rain held off long enough for Air Force fans to enjoy tailgating, but that was where the cooperation from Mother Nature ceased as the Falcons won a bowl game for the first time in four years in frigid, wet conditions.

The blue turf and everything else at Albertsons Stadium was soaked by kickoff for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the nonstop moisture leading to a bone-chilling cold in conditions that began at 43 degrees at kickoff as Air Force defeated Western Michigan 38-24.

The Falcons sold or allocated 3,850 tickets for Saturday's game, which reportedly had sales of about 27,000 total tickets. Many of the tickets purchased by Air Force were donated to area military personnel, but many of those clearly went

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<![CDATA[Odds and ends from Air Force's victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl]]> Brent Briggeman, The Gazette http://gazette.com/odds-and-ends-from-air-forces-victory-in-the-famous-idaho-potato-bowl/article/1543431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/odds-and-ends-from-air-forces-victory-in-the-famous-idaho-potato-bowl/article/1543431?custom_click=rss

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Shayne Davern, Air Force fullback

Davern ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns, but his real contribution was the demoralizing fashion in which he did it. All of the sophomore's yards were up the middle, and by halftime he had rumbled for 92 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries to establish a tone that Air Force carried throughout in the 38-24 victory. By leaning on Davern, and later fellow fullback D.J. Johnson, the Falcons didn't have to risk option pitches (which resulted in an early fumble) or throw many passes on a cold, wet night in which the teams combined for a 50-percent completion percentage.



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PLAYER OF THE GAME

Shayne Davern, Air Force fullback

Davern ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns, but his real contribution was the demoralizing fashion in which he did it. All of the sophomore's yards were up the middle, and by halftime he had rumbled for 92 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries to establish a tone that Air Force carried throughout in the 38-24 victory. By leaning on Davern, and later fellow fullback D.J. Johnson, the Falcons didn't have to risk option pitches (which resulted in an early fumble) or throw many passes on a cold, wet night in which the teams combined for a 50-percent completion percentage.

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<![CDATA[Air Force loses tailback Devin Rushing to shoulder injury]]> BY BRENT BRIGGEMAN The Gazette http://gazette.com/air-force-loses-tailback-devin-rushing-to-shoulder-injury/article/1543432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-loses-tailback-devin-rushing-to-shoulder-injury/article/1543432?custom_click=rss

Already playing without 1,000-yard rusher Jacobi Owens, Air Force lost Devin Rushing to a shoulder injury on a highlight play.

Air Force faced a fourth-and-goal situation from the 1 when it gave it to Rushing on the right side. He was hit hard and spun in the air, landing on the goal line. The ball was in his left hand, which was the side of the end zone. The side judge signaled that it was a touchdown, and a review did not overturn the call.

Rushing didn't return after that play, as third string tailback Paco Solano finished the game.

"Sensational play by a young man," Calhoun said of Rushing. "He's not a big guy. When I first saw the contact I didn't think he was going to get in, because he's not a big guy, but



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Already playing without 1,000-yard rusher Jacobi Owens, Air Force lost Devin Rushing to a shoulder injury on a highlight play.

Air Force faced a fourth-and-goal situation from the 1 when it gave it to Rushing on the right side. He was hit hard and spun in the air, landing on the goal line. The ball was in his left hand, which was the side of the end zone. The side judge signaled that it was a touchdown, and a review did not overturn the call.

Rushing didn't return after that play, as third string tailback Paco Solano finished the game.

"Sensational play by a young man," Calhoun said of Rushing. "He's not a big guy. When I first saw the contact I didn't think he was going to get in, because he's not a big guy, but

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:39:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force completes turnaround with bowl victory over Western Michigan]]> By Brent Briggeman brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-completes-turnaround-with-bowl-victory-over-western-michigan/article/1543430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-completes-turnaround-with-bowl-victory-over-western-michigan/article/1543430?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho - From 10 losses to 10 wins.

Air Force completed its program's extreme makeover with a 38-24 victory over Western Michigan that required plenty of pounding from the fullbacks and some escape artistry from the defense.

It was the defense, so porous a year ago when the team went 2-10, that made so many key plays in capping this 10-3 season.

The Falcons fumbled on the first play of Saturday's game, giving Western Michigan the ball at the Air Force 30. But the defense held the Broncos to a field goal.

Then, after Western Michigan had battled back in front of an announced crowd of 18,223 in the cold rain at Albertsons Stadium, it was the defense that gave the team the play it needed to gain separation.



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BOISE, Idaho - From 10 losses to 10 wins.

Air Force completed its program's extreme makeover with a 38-24 victory over Western Michigan that required plenty of pounding from the fullbacks and some escape artistry from the defense.

It was the defense, so porous a year ago when the team went 2-10, that made so many key plays in capping this 10-3 season.

The Falcons fumbled on the first play of Saturday's game, giving Western Michigan the ball at the Air Force 30. But the defense held the Broncos to a field goal.

Then, after Western Michigan had battled back in front of an announced crowd of 18,223 in the cold rain at Albertsons Stadium, it was the defense that gave the team the play it needed to gain separation.

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<![CDATA[Olympic skater spends time with kids at Colorado Springs' downtown ice rink]]> By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/olympic-skater-spends-time-with-kids-at-colorado-springs-downtown-ice-rink/article/1543419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-skater-spends-time-with-kids-at-colorado-springs-downtown-ice-rink/article/1543419?custom_click=rss

Tiandrea Rice isn't likely to forget her first time ice skating. She got pointers from a pro.

Tiandrea, 11, scooted around the outdoor rink in Acacia Park Saturday with three-time Olympic figure skating medalist Rachael Flatt, who grew up in Colorado Springs and is home for the holidays.

"It was exciting and fun," Tiandrea said. "She showed me the twirl and jumps. I didn't even know I was going to meet a famous athlete today."

Neither did a lot of people who came to Downtown Colorado Springs' Skate in the Park rink on the mild winter afternoon - but Flatt's presence sure made the outings a little brighter.



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Tiandrea Rice isn't likely to forget her first time ice skating. She got pointers from a pro.

Tiandrea, 11, scooted around the outdoor rink in Acacia Park Saturday with three-time Olympic figure skating medalist Rachael Flatt, who grew up in Colorado Springs and is home for the holidays.

"It was exciting and fun," Tiandrea said. "She showed me the twirl and jumps. I didn't even know I was going to meet a famous athlete today."

Neither did a lot of people who came to Downtown Colorado Springs' Skate in the Park rink on the mild winter afternoon - but Flatt's presence sure made the outings a little brighter.

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:36:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Ho, ho, ho: Christmas gifts for Colorado sports teams]]> Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-ho-ho-ho-christmas-gifts-for-colorado-sports-teams/article/1543407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-ho-ho-ho-christmas-gifts-for-colorado-sports-teams/article/1543407?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Mike sent the email back in September. It was addressed to Rahim Moore.

Dear Mr. Moore:

Please accept my sincere thanks for your comments concerning God. I am currently suffering from Parkinson's disease.

And it continued from there. Since that first email, Michael Cunningham has undergone two brain surgeries, the first of which required him to be awake while doctors drilled a hole into his skull. Brilliant surgeons successfully implanted a pacemaker, and he's down from 18 pills per day to just four. The tremors on the left side of his body have been greatly reduced, and Mike can get a full night's sleep.

"They (the doctors) describe me as 'challenging.' My wife said, 'No kidding.'"

Mike lives in



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DENVER — Mike sent the email back in September. It was addressed to Rahim Moore.

Dear Mr. Moore:

Please accept my sincere thanks for your comments concerning God. I am currently suffering from Parkinson's disease.

And it continued from there. Since that first email, Michael Cunningham has undergone two brain surgeries, the first of which required him to be awake while doctors drilled a hole into his skull. Brilliant surgeons successfully implanted a pacemaker, and he's down from 18 pills per day to just four. The tremors on the left side of his body have been greatly reduced, and Mike can get a full night's sleep.

"They (the doctors) describe me as 'challenging.' My wife said, 'No kidding.'"

Mike lives in

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