<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:41:29 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Report: Over 1,000 Russians involved in organized doping]]> http://gazette.com/report-over-1000-russians-involved-in-organized-doping/article/feed/430362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-over-1000-russians-involved-in-organized-doping/article/feed/430362?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period.

World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released the second part of his report into allegations of state-sponsored doping, particularly involving the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The findings confirmed and expanded on much of the evidence contained in the Canadian law professor's first report issued in July.

Among the new specifics, the report found evidence of tampering of doping samples involving 12 Russian medalists in Sochi. The number includes athletes who won four gold medals. The

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:37:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Doping investigator: Russian Olympic team 'corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale']]> http://gazette.com/doping-investigator-russian-olympic-team-corrupted-the-london-games-on-an-unprecedented-scale/article/feed/430379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doping-investigator-russian-olympic-team-corrupted-the-london-games-on-an-unprecedented-scale/article/feed/430379?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — Doping investigator: Russian Olympic team 'corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale'



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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:34:32 -0700
<![CDATA[The Latest: 1,000 Russians involved, doping report says]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-1000-russians-involved-doping-report-says/article/feed/430363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-1000-russians-involved-doping-report-says/article/feed/430363?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Russian doping report (all times local):

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11:25 a.m.

A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period.

World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released the second part of his report into allegations of state-sponsored doping, particularly involving the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The findings confirmed and expanded on much of the evidence contained in the Canadian law professor's first report issued in July.

Among the new specifics, the report found evidence of tampering of doping samples involvi

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:33:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Doping investigator: Evidence of tampering involving 12 Russian medalists from Sochi Olympics; 4 gold medals involved]]> http://gazette.com/doping-investigator-evidence-of-tampering-involving-12-russian-medalists-from-sochi-olympics-4-gold-medals-involved/article/feed/430380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doping-investigator-evidence-of-tampering-involving-12-russian-medalists-from-sochi-olympics-4-gold-medals-involved/article/feed/430380?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — Doping investigator: Evidence of tampering involving 12 Russian medalists from Sochi Olympics; 4 gold medals involved .

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:17:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Cubs World Series trophy going on multi-state road trip]]> http://gazette.com/cubs-world-series-trophy-going-on-multi-state-road-trip/article/feed/430376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cubs-world-series-trophy-going-on-multi-state-road-trip/article/feed/430376?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' World Series trophy is hitting the road.

In a news release, the team announced that the tour that will begin at Cubs Team Store on Michigan Avenue on Dec. 9 and at City Hall on Dec. 15. After that, the trophy will make stops throughout Illinois. Among the cities the trophy will visit before Opening Day are Bloomington, Champaign, Freeport, Peoria, the Quad Cities, Rockford and Springfield.

The trophy will visit South Bend, Indiana, as well as Des Moines and other Iowa communities. It will also be taken to Mesa, Arizona in time for spring training.

Fans looking to see the trophy and take a picture with it can follow the tour on Twitter and Instagram (@Cubs) by using the #CubsTrophyTour

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:09:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Russian Doping]]> http://gazette.com/russian-doping/article/feed/426467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-doping/article/feed/426467?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, the Russian national flag, right, flies after next to the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic world is bracing for more evidence of systematic Russian doping.World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren is releasing his latest report on Friday Dec. 9, 2016 into allegations of state-sponsored cheating and cover-ups in Russia.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:14:11 -0700
<![CDATA[FANTASY PLAYS: Playoffs add pressure, but stick to decisions]]> http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-playoffs-add-pressure-but-stick-to-decisions/article/feed/430350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-playoffs-add-pressure-but-stick-to-decisions/article/feed/430350?custom_click=rss The fantasy playoffs are here with Week 14 serving as the first round in many leagues.

No matter your format, though, we're at the point where every fantasy matchup can put you closer to a title or end your season.

While these are the most pressure-filled decisions of the season, you should be confident in the processes that have carried you to this point.

Don't overthink lineup decisions and in most cases, you should go with your players who have been primarily responsible for taking you to the playoffs. If you have some very challenging decisions that are causing you fantasy stress, though, we help you work them out here.

JULIO JONES AND TURF TOE

A big decision this week could involve Julio Jones, who has

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:01:22 -0700 <![CDATA[NFC South race heats up for Buccaneers, Saints down stretch]]> http://gazette.com/nfc-south-race-heats-up-for-buccaneers-saints-down-stretch/article/feed/430297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfc-south-race-heats-up-for-buccaneers-saints-down-stretch/article/feed/430297?custom_click=rss

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Welcome to the NFC South, where two games over .500 gives the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a share of first place, and two under has the New Orleans Saints in position to make up ground in a hurry.

Talk about playing meaningful games in December.

The surging Bucs (7-5), and explosive, but inconsistent Saints (5-7) meet in a key divisional matchup Sunday, then play again in New Orleans in two weeks.

In between, the Bucs travel to Dallas for a prime-time date against the NFL-best Cowboys (11-1). The Saints, meanwhile, visit Arizona (5-6-1), which is trying to stay in playoff contention, too.

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:56:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Davis disgusted, Gentry frustrated as Pelicans' losses mount]]> http://gazette.com/davis-disgusted-gentry-frustrated-as-pelicans-losses-mount/article/feed/430341?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/davis-disgusted-gentry-frustrated-as-pelicans-losses-mount/article/feed/430341?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As far as Anthony Davis was concerned, there wasn't much to discuss. He appeared eager to escape the Pelicans' locker room rather than stew over what was arguably the most demoralizing of New Orleans' 16 losses this young season.

Davis, who is having one of the best individual seasons of anyone in the NBA, had just seen his latest impressive stat line go to waste. He scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots on Thursday night. Yet the Philadelphia 76ers not only won their first road game in nearly 11 months, they did it going away, 99-88 .

"We're just not playing right," Davis said, the agitation evident in his eyes as he sat in front of his locker. "Whatever it is we need to do, we need

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:19:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Cards to hold news conference amid reports of Fowler deal]]> http://gazette.com/cards-to-hold-news-conference-amid-reports-of-fowler-deal/article/feed/430333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cards-to-hold-news-conference-amid-reports-of-fowler-deal/article/feed/430333?custom_click=rss ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have scheduled a news conference for Friday morning amid reports they've reached an agreement with free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler on a multiyear deal.

KSDK-TV in St. Louis first reported the deal Thursday night. The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. CST.

Fowler is a free agent for a second consecutive offseason after returning to the Chicago Cubs in February on a one-year contract worth $13 million. He broke out in his second season on Chicago's North Side, making his first All-Star Game while batting .276 with 13 home runs and a career-best .393 on-base percentage. He had a pair of home runs during the World Series, helping the Cubs end a 108-year title drought.

The

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:08:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Raiders' Derek Carr once again struggles against the Chiefs]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-derek-carr-once-again-struggles-against-the-chiefs/article/feed/430334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-derek-carr-once-again-struggles-against-the-chiefs/article/feed/430334?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oakland quarterback Derek Carr has faced the Kansas City Chiefs enough times in his bright young career to know what he was going up against on a cold night at Arrowhead Stadium.

It didn't seem to change anything: He was on the losing end for the fifth straight time.

"They've beaten us twice (this season), yeah. They've had us," said Carr, who beat Kansas City the first time he met them before all the trouble began. "It's frustrating. It's really frustrating for me, because you know what to expect and you go out there and you see it and we just don't get it done."

Carr was 17 of 41 for 117 yards passing, the second-worst mark of his career in both completion percentage and yardage.

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:58:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Chiefs come through to take control of division race]]> http://gazette.com/chiefs-come-through-to-take-control-of-division-race/article/feed/430329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chiefs-come-through-to-take-control-of-division-race/article/feed/430329?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Charcandrick West was playing for Joe McKnight. Tyreek Hill was playing for the fans chanting his name. The Chiefs defense was playing for its injured leader.

Everybody on the Kansas City sideline was playing for control of the AFC West.

"This was a big game," Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson said, stripping off his uniform after a 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. "It means a lot of things down the road."

The ramifications begin with the division race, where the Chiefs (10-3) forged a tie with Oakland (10-3) at the top. But they also hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their two head-to-head wins and are positioned for a first-round playoff bye with three regular season gam

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:45:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Spurs fall to Bulls 95-91 after winning first 13 road games]]> http://gazette.com/spurs-fall-to-bulls-95-91-after-winning-first-13-road-games/article/feed/430305?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spurs-fall-to-bulls-95-91-after-winning-first-13-road-games/article/feed/430305?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — It wasn't that they finally lost a road game and had their shot at a record dashed.

No, what bothered the San Antonio Spurs was the disturbingly slow start.

Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls handed the Spurs their first road loss after a 13-0 start, hanging for a 95-91 victory on Thursday night.

San Antonio fell one win shy of matching the NBA's best road start set by the Golden State Warriors last season. The Spurs cut an 18-point deficit midway through the third quarter to four in the closing minutes, only to come up short.

"Streaks are a good sign when they're positive and they're a bad sign when they're negative, but at the end of the day, it doesn't give you anything else," s

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:40:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Chiefs' Johnson leaves game vs Raiders with Achilles injury]]> http://gazette.com/chiefs-johnson-leaves-game-vs-raiders-with-achilles-injury/article/feed/430275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chiefs-johnson-leaves-game-vs-raiders-with-achilles-injury/article/feed/430275?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derrick Johnson knew his season was over the moment he hit the frozen turf of Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs' veteran linebacker ripping off his helmet in frustration.

It became official when he went to the sideline and found he had torn his Achilles.

The injury only briefly deflated Kansas City on Thursday night, though. The Chiefs' defense seemed to rally around their fallen leader in the second half, shutting down the Oakland Raiders to preserve a 21-13 victory that gave them control of the AFC West.

"He's a guy I respect so much, and just to see the look on his face when it happened, it looked serious," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. "There's not a guy in the locker room that doesn't lo

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:09:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West]]> http://gazette.com/chiefs-hold-off-raiders-21-13-to-take-control-of-afc-west/article/feed/430289?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chiefs-hold-off-raiders-21-13-to-take-control-of-afc-west/article/feed/430289?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyreek Hill didn't know what to do when he started hearing thousands of people in Arrowhead Stadium chanting his name, even as he stood all alone on the frozen turf waiting for the punt.

"Just give them what they want, I guess," Hill thought to himself.

So he did, the rookie speedster taking the punt back 78-yards for a game-changing touchdown. It followed shortly after he had hauled in a 36-yard touchdown grab, spurring Kansas City to a 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on a frosty Thursday night and into control of the AFC West.

"It gave me chills on the sideline," said Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who had 261 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:57:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Thursday's prep roundup: Pine Creek starts season with OT win at Monarch]]> http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-pine-creek-starts-season-with-ot-win-at-monarch/article/1591935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-pine-creek-starts-season-with-ot-win-at-monarch/article/1591935?custom_click=rss

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Pine Creek 80, Monarch 79 (OT)

At Louisville: Quinten Gutierrez scored a team-high 27 points - including a game-winning layup with eight seconds left in overtime - and Pine Creek rallied from nine points down in the final 2:07 of regulation to force overtime and beat Monarch in the Eagles' season opener.

Mitchell Volz added 22 points for Pine Creek, highlighted by six 3-pointers, to go along with seven from Gutierrez. Overall, the Eagle connected on 16 shots from three-point range.

"We're not blessed with a lot of size, but if we can make our perimeter shots, we'll be pesky," Eagles coach Joe Rausch said. "We didn't exactly play our greatest game ever, but the kids kept hanging in



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:48:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Vista Ridge boys' basketball pulls away in fourth quarter to beat Fountain-Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/vista-ridge-boys-basketball-pulls-away-in-fourth-quarter-to-beat-fountain-fort-carson/article/1591937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vista-ridge-boys-basketball-pulls-away-in-fourth-quarter-to-beat-fountain-fort-carson/article/1591937?custom_click=rss

The matchup between Vista Ridge and Fountain-Fort Carson had been fairly even heading into the fourth quarter Thursday night, with Vista Ridge holding a 38-37 lead. Both teams had solid spells of play, with neither able to gain a clear advantage.

But then senior Hunter Maldonado and the Vista Ridge defense said enough was enough, and the Wolves (2-3) ran away to beat Fountain-Fort Carson (0-1) 63-49.

"He was ticked (going into the fourth quarter)," Vista Ridge coach Joe Hites said of Maldonado. "And he takes it on his shoulders."

Sixteen of Maldonado's game-high 27 points came in the fourth quarter. But for Maldonado, it's all about getting that defense to kick in sooner.

"We need to lock down on defense sooner in

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:05:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force’s bowl game to be broadcast on CW]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-bowl-game-to-be-broadcast-on-cw/article/1591932?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-bowl-game-to-be-broadcast-on-cw/article/1591932?custom_click=rss

Arizona Bowl to be broadcast on CW instead of Altitude

Air Force’s bowl game will be broadcast locally on the CW instead of Altitude, a move that the Mountain West says will give it more reach.

The Arizona Bowl was initially slated to be shown in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets on Altitude as part of the American Sports Network. In Denver it will be shown on KWGN, the local Fox affiliate.

But on Thursday The Gazette was alerted that the game was to be blocked out throughout the state on Altitude, which put into question whether the broadcast would be available anywhere in Southern Colorado.

The Mountain West then revealed the switch, which will allow the game to be shown across all television



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:52:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force hockey series a homecoming for CSCS graduate, Niagara assistant Michael Findorff]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-series-a-homecoming-for-cscs-graduate-niagara-assistant-michael-findorff/article/1591928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-series-a-homecoming-for-cscs-graduate-niagara-assistant-michael-findorff/article/1591928?custom_click=rss

Don't be surprised if a loud cheer goes up when Niagara assistant coach Michael Findorff's name is mentioned during introductions this weekend at Cadet Ice Arena.

It is a homecoming after all for the former Pikes Peak Miners defenseman who graduated from Colorado Springs Christian School. His parents, who still live in the area, will be among the family and friends at the rink when the visiting Purple Eagles take on Air Force on Friday and Saturday.

It's been a quick journey back to the Pikes Peak region for Findorff, 32, who saw his chance at a pro playing career fade due to injuries following four seasons at Miami, which included the RedHawks' march to the 2009 NCAA title game his senior year.

He worked a 9-to-5 job,

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force football team names new award in honor of Carson Bird]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-football-team-names-new-award-in-honor-of-carson-bird/article/1591927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-football-team-names-new-award-in-honor-of-carson-bird/article/1591927?custom_click=rss

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun said the team will offer a new award at its annual banquet.

"We'll be giving out the Carson Bird Bolt Brotherhood Award," Calhoun said. "It will go to a former player or family member of a team member who exhibited personal sacrifice and courage."

Bird, a former Air Force cornerback, died in November after a battle with bone cancer. He was 31.

On Friday, Calhoun will join Bird's friends and family at Cadet Chapel to celebrate his life. The service, open to the public, is at 2 p.m.



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:58:33 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun remembers his friend, Carson Bird]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-football-coach-troy-calhoun-remembers-his-friend-carson-bird/article/1591901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-football-coach-troy-calhoun-remembers-his-friend-carson-bird/article/1591901?custom_click=rss

Troy Calhoun was talking, for one of the final times, with his friend Carson Bird.

It was Sept. 12, and Bird had just been honored before the Falcons game against Georgia State. He was suffering from chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He had lost his left leg to amputation at the torso. He was doomed to die in less than three months.

But Bird was smiling - radiant, really - while surrounded by friends and family on the field where he had excelled as a cover cornerback who hit with the force of a linebacker.

As they talked near the 50-yard line, Calhoun thanked Bird for his speech the night before to Air Force players. Bird, standing with the aid of crutches, told the Falcons to be thankful for the blessing of



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:52:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian returns to practice]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-quarterback-trevor-siemian-returns-to-practice/article/1591902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-quarterback-trevor-siemian-returns-to-practice/article/1591902?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian returned to practice Thursday, his first full practice with the team since before he sprained his left foot in an overtime loss to Kansas City on Nov. 27.

Siemian appeared to be moving around well during the 20-minute media access period.

Siemian said he was feeling better Wednesday after participating in the team's walkthrough as coach Gary Kubiak scaled back after sensing fatigue in his team.

Rookie Paxton Lynch threw for just 104 yards in the Broncos' 20-10 win over the Jaguars last week, but he played turnover-free football in keeping the Broncos in the AFC playoff chase.

The Broncos (8-4) travel to Tennessee on Sunday to face the Titans (6-6), who are co-leaders



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:18:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Database reveals interesting salary information on Air Force football assistants]]> http://gazette.com/database-reveals-interesting-salary-information-on-air-force-football-assistants/article/1591845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/database-reveals-interesting-salary-information-on-air-force-football-assistants/article/1591845?custom_click=rss

USA Today released a national database of NCAA assistant football coach salaries on Wednesday. Here are some interesting numbers as they relate to Air Force and area colleges.

- There are 16 assistants with a higher base salary than Air Force coach Troy Calhoun ($885k). The highest-paid assistant is Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis ($1.558 million). He's one of 12 making at least $1 million per season. This highlights the fact that Calhoun's tenure at Air Force - which is now at 10 years - is clearly about more than money.

- Further bolstering the fact that Calhoun is not likely to ever leave solely for more money, consider that his base salary has risen less than 1 percent since 2012.



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:09:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Former UCCS star Derrick White leads Colorado to narrow win over No. 13 Xavier]]> http://gazette.com/former-uccs-star-derrick-white-leads-colorado-to-narrow-win-over-no.-13-xavier/article/1591869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-uccs-star-derrick-white-leads-colorado-to-narrow-win-over-no.-13-xavier/article/1591869?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - Derrick White scored 23 points and had a crucial block with 13 seconds remaining to help Colorado hold off No. 13 Xavier 68-66 on Wednesday night.

Xavier Johnson added for 18 points for the Buffaloes (7-2), who have posted consecutive wins over ranked teams for the first time since 2013. They knocked off a ranked Texas team at the Legends Classic in New York last month.

Colorado was 1-5 against ranked teams last season.

Trevon Bluiett tied a career high with 25 points for Xavier (7-2), which has lost two straight.

Spurred on by the shooting of White and Johnson, the Buffaloes went on a 12-0 run midway through the second half. They kept Xavier scoreless for more than 6 minutes during the pivotal stretch.



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:29:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Romo, Cutler and Kaepernick might be available in the offseason. Then what?]]> http://gazette.com/romo-cutler-and-kaepernick-might-be-available-in-the-offseason.-then-what/article/1591879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/romo-cutler-and-kaepernick-might-be-available-in-the-offseason.-then-what/article/1591879?custom_click=rss

The upcoming NFL offseason could provide plenty of quarterback-related intrigue if it delivers a league-wide reshuffling of prominent veterans that could include Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick.

There almost never are enough proven quarterbacks or top NFL draft prospects at the position to go around. So quarterback-needy teams might have to contemplate taking a chance on Romo, currently the sport's most celebrated backup in Dallas while rookie sensation Dak Prescott vies to take the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, or Cutler, whose injury-shortened season with the Bears has some observers wondering if his time in Chicago is done.

There are younger quarterbacks who would be viewed as safer bets by many teams if they



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:23:21 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: It's time to applaud Air Force's Troy Calhoun]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-to-applaud-air-forces-troy-calhoun/article/1591851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-to-applaud-air-forces-troy-calhoun/article/1591851?custom_click=rss

Air Force's football team had collapsed, turning a season of promise into a season of confusion. Players and fans were devastated after three straight losses.

In the middle of the chaos, coach Troy Calhoun seemed unshaken.

"It didn't shake me," Calhoun said this week in a long, by his standards, conversation about his 2016 team and his approach to coaching. "I don't think wins and losses do that. Not if you're focused like you need to be and disciplined like you need to be."

On Oct. 23, the day after Luke Strebel missed a last-second field goal in a loss to Hawaii, assistant coaches encountered a calm, focused, determined and slightly oblivious Calhoun. He had dropped three straight. That was true.

But he had work



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:23:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Wednesday's prep roundup: Doherty boys' basketball beats 2016 state runner-up Valor Christian]]> http://gazette.com/wednesdays-prep-roundup-doherty-boys-basketball-beats-2016-state-runner-up-valor-christian/article/1591870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wednesdays-prep-roundup-doherty-boys-basketball-beats-2016-state-runner-up-valor-christian/article/1591870?custom_click=rss BOYS' BASKETBALL

Doherty 78,

Valor Christian 54

At Chaparral/ThunderRidge Tipoff: Pikes Peak 5A No. 1 Doherty (2-0) remained unbeaten by taking down last year's state runner-up Valor Christian (0-1). A strong second half was the difference for Doherty, as, after trailing by one at halftime, the Spartans outscored Valor Christian by 25 points in the second half, including 25-9 in the third quarter, on the way to the win.

Manitou Springs 64,

The Classical Academy 49

At The Classical Academy: Outscoring TCA 17-7 in the second quarter and a 32-17 halftime lead propelled Pikes Peak 3A & Below No. 2 Manitou Springs (4-0) to the victory over 4A TCA (2-2).



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:53:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Lopez scores 24, Nets beat Nuggets]]> http://gazette.com/lopez-scores-24-nets-beat-nuggets/article/1591866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lopez-scores-24-nets-beat-nuggets/article/1591866?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored 24 points, Sean Kilpatrick had 22 and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Denver Nuggets for a 116-111 victory on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn led by as many as 29 points midway through the third quarter, but Denver closed to 103-99 on Kenneth Faried's layup with 4:31 left. But Bojan Bogdanovic and Kilpatrick each made two foul shots in the final 13 seconds to help secure the win for the Nets.

Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Will Barton had 15 points, and Jameer Nelson and Nikola Jokic each scored 14.

The Nets had dropped three in a row and 10 of 11. Bogdanovich scored 19 points on 8 for 11 shooting, and Trevor Booker had 15 points and 12 rebounds.



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<![CDATA[The Gazette Softball Peak Performer: Payton Romines, Air Academy]]> http://gazette.com/the-gazette-softball-peak-performer-payton-romines-air-academy/article/1591868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazette-softball-peak-performer-payton-romines-air-academy/article/1591868?custom_click=rss

Air Academy softball coach Chris Hernez did something this season he's never done before: he named team captains.

One of them was senior Payton Romines, a critical part of an Air Academy team that advanced to the state semifinals before bowing out to Erie in a 6-4 loss.

"She's been a cornerstone of the program the last four years," Hernez said. "She had an immediate impact as a freshman and has only gotten better every year."

Romines is The Gazette Softball Peak Performer of the Year.

In 21 games, Romines hit .614, drove in 41 runs, scored 34 more, homered six times and posted an OPS of 1.701.



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<![CDATA[The Gazette 2016 Softball Coach of the Year: Astrid McGill, Liberty]]> http://gazette.com/the-gazette-2016-softball-coach-of-the-year-astrid-mcgill-liberty/article/1591859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazette-2016-softball-coach-of-the-year-astrid-mcgill-liberty/article/1591859?custom_click=rss

Liberty softball coach Astrid McGill is enjoying an extended homecoming.

A 2003 Liberty graduate, McGill just finished her seventh season coaching at her alma mater, where she's also a Physical Education teacher.

"It's kind of a cool feeling to be able to come back home," McGill said, adding that many teachers and coaches she had in school are still at Liberty.

After finishing 9-10 in 2014, her Lancers went 15-6 in 2015 and finished second in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League. This season, Liberty went 13-9, including 11-1 in league play to win the CSML. The Lancers were one of two area 5A schools to advance to regional play.

Those accomplishments helped her earn The Gazette Softball Coach of the Year honors.



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