<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:59:16 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Raiders make Tony Sparano interim coach]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-make-tony-sparano-interim-coach/article/feed/162623?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-make-tony-sparano-interim-coach/article/feed/162623?custom_click=rss

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders promoted offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim coach on Tuesday, a day after firing head coach Dennis Allen.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move to Sparano after cutting ties to Allen four games into his third season as coach.

Sparano had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11. He took over a one-win team in 2008 and led the Dolphins to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title. That was his only winning season and he was fired with three games remaining in 2011.

Sparano has been offensive line coach the past two seasons in Oakland.

"Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization," McKenzie said.

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]]> ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders promoted offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim coach on Tuesday, a day after firing head coach Dennis Allen.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move to Sparano after cutting ties to Allen four games into his third season as coach.

Sparano had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11. He took over a one-win team in 2008 and led the Dolphins to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title. That was his only winning season and he was fired with three games remaining in 2011.

Sparano has been offensive line coach the past two seasons in Oakland.

"Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization," McKenzie said.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:53:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Soto to catch Lester for Athletics vs Royals]]> http://gazette.com/soto-to-catch-lester-for-athletics-vs-royals/article/feed/162845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soto-to-catch-lester-for-athletics-vs-royals/article/feed/162845?custom_click=rss KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals.

A's manager Bob Melvin opted for Soto at catcher over Derek Norris, who has worked well with Lester down the stretch. The reason was simple: Soto is better at managing runners, and the Royals led the majors with 153 stolen bases.

Brandon Moss was the Athletics' designated hitter, which means Adam Dunn would probably have to pinch hit to appear in his first postseason game.

The Royals went with the lineup they've been using the past few weeks, with speedsters Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki and Lorenzo Cain at the top of the o

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals.

A's manager Bob Melvin opted for Soto at catcher over Derek Norris, who has worked well with Lester down the stretch. The reason was simple: Soto is better at managing runners, and the Royals led the majors with 153 stolen bases.

Brandon Moss was the Athletics' designated hitter, which means Adam Dunn would probably have to pinch hit to appear in his first postseason game.

The Royals went with the lineup they've been using the past few weeks, with speedsters Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki and Lorenzo Cain at the top of the o]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:51:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Falcons' OL loses Hawley, Holmes for season]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-ol-loses-hawley-holmes-for-season/article/feed/162819?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-ol-loses-hawley-holmes-for-season/article/feed/162819?custom_click=rss

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have lost center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes to season-ending injuries and also will be without starting safety William Moore for eight games.

The three starters were hurt in Sunday's 41-28 loss at Minnesota. Tuesday's moves leave Atlanta with serious holes to fill before this week's game at the Giants.

Hawley (knee) and Holmes (foot) were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Moore (shoulder) was placed on injured return-designated to return. He can begin practicing in six weeks.

Falcons guard Justin Blalock (back) also left Sunday's game with an injury.

Atlanta signed safety Sean Baker, tackle Cameron Bradfield and guard Harland Gunn to the active ros

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]]> FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have lost center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes to season-ending injuries and also will be without starting safety William Moore for eight games.

The three starters were hurt in Sunday's 41-28 loss at Minnesota. Tuesday's moves leave Atlanta with serious holes to fill before this week's game at the Giants.

Hawley (knee) and Holmes (foot) were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Moore (shoulder) was placed on injured return-designated to return. He can begin practicing in six weeks.

Falcons guard Justin Blalock (back) also left Sunday's game with an injury.

Atlanta signed safety Sean Baker, tackle Cameron Bradfield and guard Harland Gunn to the active ros]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:51:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Browns running back Ben Tate practices, could play]]> http://gazette.com/browns-running-back-ben-tate-practices-could-play/article/feed/162722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/browns-running-back-ben-tate-practices-could-play/article/feed/162722?custom_click=rss

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Ben Tate's injured right knee has healed. His confidence was never even bruised.

Cleveland's running back returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since spraining his knee in the first half of the season opener at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. Wearing a brace for the first time in his career, Tate made several sharp cuts and looked quick during the portion of individual and team drills.

Following the workout, which was moved into the indoor field house because of rain, Tate made it clear he's eager to reclaim his starting job.

"Of course," he said. "If I'm going to be out there, then I want to be that guy.

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]]> BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Ben Tate's injured right knee has healed. His confidence was never even bruised.

Cleveland's running back returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since spraining his knee in the first half of the season opener at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. Wearing a brace for the first time in his career, Tate made several sharp cuts and looked quick during the portion of individual and team drills.

Following the workout, which was moved into the indoor field house because of rain, Tate made it clear he's eager to reclaim his starting job.

"Of course," he said. "If I'm going to be out there, then I want to be that guy.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:50:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Redskins still smarting as they return from break]]> http://gazette.com/redskins-still-smarting-as-they-return-from-break/article/feed/162840?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/redskins-still-smarting-as-they-return-from-break/article/feed/162840?custom_click=rss ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A four-day weekend is long time to stew over a 31-point, prime-time loss.

The Washington Redskins returned to work Tuesday, a bit refreshed after a mini-bye yet still somewhat chastened by the 45-14 loss to the New York Giants last Thursday.

Coach Jay Gruden put the players through a 75-minute practice, calling it a "bonus day." Because the next game isn't until Monday night, the Redskins will have another off day Wednesday before returning Thursday to begin game-planning practices for another prime-time affair at home, this time against the Seattle Seahawks.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo says Monday's game is a chance for the Redskins redeem themselves in front of a national audience.

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]]> ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A four-day weekend is long time to stew over a 31-point, prime-time loss.

The Washington Redskins returned to work Tuesday, a bit refreshed after a mini-bye yet still somewhat chastened by the 45-14 loss to the New York Giants last Thursday.

Coach Jay Gruden put the players through a 75-minute practice, calling it a "bonus day." Because the next game isn't until Monday night, the Redskins will have another off day Wednesday before returning Thursday to begin game-planning practices for another prime-time affair at home, this time against the Seattle Seahawks.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo says Monday's game is a chance for the Redskins redeem themselves in front of a national audience.

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AP]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:50:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Epstein sees Cubs competing for division next year]]> http://gazette.com/epstein-sees-cubs-competing-for-division-next-year/article/feed/162839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epstein-sees-cubs-competing-for-division-next-year/article/feed/162839?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made one thing clear. He sees no reason why his team can't compete for a division title next season.

With the arrival of top prospects such as Jorge Soler and bounce-back seasons from shortstop Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are ready to kick their rebuilding project into the next gear after finishing fifth in the NL Central for the fifth straight year.

Epstein says the goal is to win the division in 2015. The Cubs are not abandoning their youth movement, but they do plan to be active in free agency.

He spoke Tuesday, two days after the Cubs wrapped up a 73-89 season, seven wins better than last year.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made one thing clear. He sees no reason why his team can't compete for a division title next season.

With the arrival of top prospects such as Jorge Soler and bounce-back seasons from shortstop Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are ready to kick their rebuilding project into the next gear after finishing fifth in the NL Central for the fifth straight year.

Epstein says the goal is to win the division in 2015. The Cubs are not abandoning their youth movement, but they do plan to be active in free agency.

He spoke Tuesday, two days after the Cubs wrapped up a 73-89 season, seven wins better than last year.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:50:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Dodgers owners take equity stake in radio station]]> http://gazette.com/dodgers-owners-take-equity-stake-in-radio-station/article/feed/162833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dodgers-owners-take-equity-stake-in-radio-station/article/feed/162833?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers ownership will take an equity stake in the AM radio station that broadcasts the team's games as part of a multi-year agreement renewing the station's broadcast rights.

The team said Tuesday it will also expand the programming content on KLAC-AM in partnership with iHeartMedia, which owns the station. The deal is subject to approval by Major League Baseball.

KLAC broadcasts regular-season games, select spring training games and postseason games.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully's call of the first three innings is simulcast on radio. Charley Steiner handles play-by-play and works with former Dodgers outfielder Rick Monday.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers ownership will take an equity stake in the AM radio station that broadcasts the team's games as part of a multi-year agreement renewing the station's broadcast rights.

The team said Tuesday it will also expand the programming content on KLAC-AM in partnership with iHeartMedia, which owns the station. The deal is subject to approval by Major League Baseball.

KLAC broadcasts regular-season games, select spring training games and postseason games.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully's call of the first three innings is simulcast on radio. Charley Steiner handles play-by-play and works with former Dodgers outfielder Rick Monday.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:50:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Yanks outfielder Carlos Beltran has elbow surgery]]> http://gazette.com/yanks-outfielder-carlos-beltran-has-elbow-surgery/article/feed/162818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yanks-outfielder-carlos-beltran-has-elbow-surgery/article/feed/162818?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has undergone elbow surgery to remove a bone spur and loose pieces that limited his throwing ability for most of the 2014 season.

The Yankees said team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad operated on Beltran's right elbow on Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The team said Beltran can start throwing and hitting in about six weeks and can play baseball in approximately 12 weeks.

The 37-yearold Beltran was limited to 32 outfield appearances this year because of the elbow. An eight-time All-Star, he signed a $45 million, three-year contract with New York during the offseason and hit a career-low .233 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs in 449 plate appearances.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has undergone elbow surgery to remove a bone spur and loose pieces that limited his throwing ability for most of the 2014 season.

The Yankees said team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad operated on Beltran's right elbow on Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The team said Beltran can start throwing and hitting in about six weeks and can play baseball in approximately 12 weeks.

The 37-yearold Beltran was limited to 32 outfield appearances this year because of the elbow. An eight-time All-Star, he signed a $45 million, three-year contract with New York during the offseason and hit a career-low .233 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs in 449 plate appearances.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:50:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Scherzer to start Game 1 for Tigers vs Baltimore]]> http://gazette.com/scherzer-to-start-game-1-for-tigers-vs-baltimore/article/feed/162808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scherzer-to-start-game-1-for-tigers-vs-baltimore/article/feed/162808?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of the AL division series for Detroit on Thursday, headlining the Tigers' star-studded rotation for a second consecutive postseason.

Justin Verlander is slated for Game 2 at Baltimore, followed by David Price and Rick Porcello. Scherzer, Price and Verlander are the American League's last three Cy Young Award winners.

Scherzer also started the playoff opener for the Tigers last year, after Verlander had been the team's unquestioned ace in previous seasons. Scherzer went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 2014.

Verlander (15-12) struggled for much of this season, but he pitched better in his final two starts. Price (15-12) was acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of the AL division series for Detroit on Thursday, headlining the Tigers' star-studded rotation for a second consecutive postseason.

Justin Verlander is slated for Game 2 at Baltimore, followed by David Price and Rick Porcello. Scherzer, Price and Verlander are the American League's last three Cy Young Award winners.

Scherzer also started the playoff opener for the Tigers last year, after Verlander had been the team's unquestioned ace in previous seasons. Scherzer went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 2014.

Verlander (15-12) struggled for much of this season, but he pitched better in his final two starts. Price (15-12) was acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:40:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Terminator 2: Jets sign Conner, put Bohanon on IR]]> http://gazette.com/terminator-2-jets-sign-conner-put-bohanon-on-ir/article/feed/162809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/terminator-2-jets-sign-conner-put-bohanon-on-ir/article/feed/162809?custom_click=rss FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Terminator is back with the New York Jets.

Fullback John Conner has been re-signed by the team Tuesday after fullback Tommy Bohanon was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a broken collarbone.

Bohanon needs surgery to repair the injury that occurred during the Jets' 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He was a seventh-round draft pick out of Wake Forest last year and had played in every game since joining the Jets.

Conner rejoins the team that drafted him in the fifth round out of Kentucky in 2010. He was released by New York in 2012 after dealing with injuries, but finished that season with Cincinnati. Conner played last season for the Giants, but was among the t

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]]> FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Terminator is back with the New York Jets.

Fullback John Conner has been re-signed by the team Tuesday after fullback Tommy Bohanon was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a broken collarbone.

Bohanon needs surgery to repair the injury that occurred during the Jets' 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He was a seventh-round draft pick out of Wake Forest last year and had played in every game since joining the Jets.

Conner rejoins the team that drafted him in the fifth round out of Kentucky in 2010. He was released by New York in 2012 after dealing with injuries, but finished that season with Cincinnati. Conner played last season for the Giants, but was among the t]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:37:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Vikings hopeful, noncommittal with Bridgewater]]> http://gazette.com/vikings-hopeful-noncommittal-with-bridgewater/article/feed/162801?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vikings-hopeful-noncommittal-with-bridgewater/article/feed/162801?custom_click=rss

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have not committed to Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle. Two days after his injury, however, the quarterback is "doing much better," according to coach Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer said Bridgewater's participation in practice Tuesday would be more mental than physical. The team planned to have Bridgewater try running on the ankle he hurt against Atlanta in his first career start. Bridgewater said he had yet throw the football.

The Packers have said they're preparing for Bridgewater to play Thursday.

Zimmer said he doesn't have doubt about Bridgewater's availability, but he also said he's taking the rookie's status "one day at a time."

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]]> EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have not committed to Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle. Two days after his injury, however, the quarterback is "doing much better," according to coach Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer said Bridgewater's participation in practice Tuesday would be more mental than physical. The team planned to have Bridgewater try running on the ankle he hurt against Atlanta in his first career start. Bridgewater said he had yet throw the football.

The Packers have said they're preparing for Bridgewater to play Thursday.

Zimmer said he doesn't have doubt about Bridgewater's availability, but he also said he's taking the rookie's status "one day at a time."

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.

The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the "officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.

The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the "officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:07:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Athletics, Royals set rosters for AL wild-card]]> http://gazette.com/athletics-royals-set-rosters-for-al-wild-card/article/feed/162771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/athletics-royals-set-rosters-for-al-wild-card/article/feed/162771?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals manager Ned Yost went with a nine-man pitching staff and Oakland counterpart Bob Melvin opted to keep eight pitchers for their AL wild-card game Tuesday night.

The winner advances to face the Los Angeles Angels in the division series Thursday.

The Royals are sending James Shields to the mound to start their first postseason game in 29 years. He'll be backed by one of the strongest bullpens in baseball, which includes left-hander Brandon Finnegan, the club's first-round pick out of TCU just this year.

The Athletics will start Jon Lester. He'll be backed by an equally stout bullpen and an offense that includes slugger Adam Dunn, making his first postseason appearance after playing 2,001 re

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals manager Ned Yost went with a nine-man pitching staff and Oakland counterpart Bob Melvin opted to keep eight pitchers for their AL wild-card game Tuesday night.

The winner advances to face the Los Angeles Angels in the division series Thursday.

The Royals are sending James Shields to the mound to start their first postseason game in 29 years. He'll be backed by one of the strongest bullpens in baseball, which includes left-hander Brandon Finnegan, the club's first-round pick out of TCU just this year.

The Athletics will start Jon Lester. He'll be backed by an equally stout bullpen and an offense that includes slugger Adam Dunn, making his first postseason appearance after playing 2,001 re]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:50:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Orioles confident of success, even without stars]]> http://gazette.com/orioles-confident-of-success-even-without-stars/article/feed/162778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orioles-confident-of-success-even-without-stars/article/feed/162778?custom_click=rss

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles enter the postseason brimming with confidence.

The Orioles went 96-66 and cruised to their first AL East title since 1997 with a standard formula for success: a power-laden lineup, strong pitching and solid defense.

They have no reason to believe anything will change in the playoffs, even though they will begin the AL division series against Detroit on Thursday without three former All-Stars — catcher Matt Wieters, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis.

Wieters underwent season-ending elbow surgery in May, Machado was lost in August with a torn knee ligament and Davis is serving a 25-game suspension for using amphetamines.

Center fielder Adam Jones say

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]]> BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles enter the postseason brimming with confidence.

The Orioles went 96-66 and cruised to their first AL East title since 1997 with a standard formula for success: a power-laden lineup, strong pitching and solid defense.

They have no reason to believe anything will change in the playoffs, even though they will begin the AL division series against Detroit on Thursday without three former All-Stars — catcher Matt Wieters, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis.

Wieters underwent season-ending elbow surgery in May, Machado was lost in August with a torn knee ligament and Davis is serving a 25-game suspension for using amphetamines.

Center fielder Adam Jones say]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:35:29 -0600 <![CDATA[NFL says Kansas City's Abdullah should not have been penalized for prayer]]> DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer http://gazette.com/nfl-says-kansas-citys-abdullah-should-not-have-been-penalized-for-prayer/article/1538536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-says-kansas-citys-abdullah-should-not-have-been-penalized-for-prayer/article/1538536?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.

The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the "officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.



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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.

The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the "officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:26:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Training camp essential for NBA's new head coaches]]> http://gazette.com/training-camp-essential-for-nbas-new-head-coaches/article/feed/162772?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/training-camp-essential-for-nbas-new-head-coaches/article/feed/162772?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.

The new coach and his staff had diagramed plays and philosophical points on every crevice of every whiteboard. Myers was amazed at the amount of advanced planning.

"Hopefully it works, right?" Kerr quipped.

For Kerr and the rest of the NBA's new coaches, finding out the answer begins now.

Training camps have opened and it's a time for teams to bond and build chemistry and consistency on and off the court. It's even more critical for rookie coaches and their players to find a rhythm.

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]]> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.

The new coach and his staff had diagramed plays and philosophical points on every crevice of every whiteboard. Myers was amazed at the amount of advanced planning.

"Hopefully it works, right?" Kerr quipped.

For Kerr and the rest of the NBA's new coaches, finding out the answer begins now.

Training camps have opened and it's a time for teams to bond and build chemistry and consistency on and off the court. It's even more critical for rookie coaches and their players to find a rhythm.]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:23:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympian Michael Phelps arrested again on DUI charge]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/olympian-michael-phelps-arrested-again-on-dui-charge/article/1538542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympian-michael-phelps-arrested-again-on-dui-charge/article/1538542?custom_click=rss

Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland early this morning ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports. 

We do not know the details of the arrest -- but we're told cops are preparing a statement and are expected to address the media very soon. 

Our sources tell us ... Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white Range Rover. We're told he bombed his field sobriety test ... and his B.A.C. was almost twice the legal limit. 

Our sources say Phelps was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI -- and was eventually released.



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Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland early this morning ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports. 

We do not know the details of the arrest -- but we're told cops are preparing a statement and are expected to address the media very soon. 

Our sources tell us ... Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white Range Rover. We're told he bombed his field sobriety test ... and his B.A.C. was almost twice the legal limit. 

Our sources say Phelps was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI -- and was eventually released.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:34:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Warrior Games a place to heal]]> BY DAVID RAMSEY The Gazette http://gazette.com/ramsey-warrior-games-a-place-to-heal/article/1538518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-warrior-games-a-place-to-heal/article/1538518?custom_click=rss

So many stories. So much sadness. So much determination. So much joy.

The Warrior Games are overwhelming. Walk into any game or any event, and you'll see dozens of soldiers/athletes who have sacrificed and endured and triumphed. You see competition, but this is about more than mere games. This is about victory over immense odds.

Kyle Burnett, a retired Air Force master sergeant, relaxed Monday night outside a gym at the Olympic Training Center. She had just finished a friendly yet intense wheelchair basketball game.

It was dusk, which reminded her of July 16, 2009.

On that night, Burnett was standing outside her housing quarters in Basra, Iraq. She was taking a cigarette break with five friends in the fading



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So many stories. So much sadness. So much determination. So much joy.

The Warrior Games are overwhelming. Walk into any game or any event, and you'll see dozens of soldiers/athletes who have sacrificed and endured and triumphed. You see competition, but this is about more than mere games. This is about victory over immense odds.

Kyle Burnett, a retired Air Force master sergeant, relaxed Monday night outside a gym at the Olympic Training Center. She had just finished a friendly yet intense wheelchair basketball game.

It was dusk, which reminded her of July 16, 2009.

On that night, Burnett was standing outside her housing quarters in Basra, Iraq. She was taking a cigarette break with five friends in the fading

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:29:28 -0600
<![CDATA[5 things to know about the Stanley Cup before Tuesday's visit to Colorado Springs]]> By monica mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-about-the-stanley-cup-before-tuesdays-visit-to-colorado-springs/article/1538477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-about-the-stanley-cup-before-tuesdays-visit-to-colorado-springs/article/1538477?custom_click=rss

The Stanley Cup is coming to town and is available for photos ops.

"Sir Stanley in the Springs 2014" is a free event from 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Broadmoor World Arena. The visit is in preparation of the faceoff between the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings, the 2014 Stanley Cup winners, Oct. 2 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Here are five things to know about the Cup, which was established in 1893.

1. Colorado College is forever linked to the National Hockey League championship trophy. Former CC Tigers player Doug Lidster's name was etched into the cup in 1994 when he played with the New York Rangers. There now are 2,372 names engraved into the Cup.

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The Stanley Cup is coming to town and is available for photos ops.

"Sir Stanley in the Springs 2014" is a free event from 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Broadmoor World Arena. The visit is in preparation of the faceoff between the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings, the 2014 Stanley Cup winners, Oct. 2 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Here are five things to know about the Cup, which was established in 1893.

1. Colorado College is forever linked to the National Hockey League championship trophy. Former CC Tigers player Doug Lidster's name was etched into the cup in 1994 when he played with the New York Rangers. There now are 2,372 names engraved into the Cup.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:04:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Wolves' leader soaringgazette prepsgazette preps]]> by JUSTIN SHAW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wolves-leader-soaringgazette-prepsgazette-preps/article/1538523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wolves-leader-soaringgazette-prepsgazette-preps/article/1538523?custom_click=rss

Vista Ridge pitcher Kellie Mrofcza has accomplished many impressive feats in her four years of high school, but a few boxes remain unchecked.

The senior was able to check off leading her team to a win over rival Discovery Canyon for the first time last week when she outdueled close friend McKenzie Surface in a 3-2 victory.

"It's always been a big deal when we play Discovery Canyon, but Vista Ridge hasn't been as competitive or as much of threat in the past as we are now," Mrofcza said. "The past two years we've been winning big games, and that one was the biggest win we've ever had."

Mrofcza pitched a complete game against Discovery Canyon, giving up only one earned run and striking out five.

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The senior was able to check off leading her team to a win over rival Discovery Canyon for the first time last week when she outdueled close friend McKenzie Surface in a 3-2 victory.

"It's always been a big deal when we play Discovery Canyon, but Vista Ridge hasn't been as competitive or as much of threat in the past as we are now," Mrofcza said. "The past two years we've been winning big games, and that one was the biggest win we've ever had."

Mrofcza pitched a complete game against Discovery Canyon, giving up only one earned run and striking out five.]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:40:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Manitou Springs' Drew Mendoza in fifth place at boys' golf 3A state tournament]]> The Gazette preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-drew-mendoza-in-fifth-place-at-boys-golf-3a-state-tournament/article/1538513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-drew-mendoza-in-fifth-place-at-boys-golf-3a-state-tournament/article/1538513?custom_click=rss Manitou Springs senior Drew Mendoza carded a 1-over 73 in the first round of the 3A state tournament on Monday and sits in a three-way tie for fifth place at the Northeastern 18 Golf Course in Sterling.

Manitou Springs did not win its regional tournament, yet qualified all four players. On Monday, Lucas Culver shot 80, Ty Shaw 88 and Adin Berns 91.

Manitou Springs coach Ken Vecchio said he thought his team played well overall, praising Mendoza and Culver.

"(Mendoza) was pretty consistent out there," Vecchio said. "And Lucas shot an 80. That's good when you do that at the state tournament."

As a team the Mustangs shot a 241 and are tied for sixth in the team standings with Vail Mountain heading into Tuesday's

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]]> Manitou Springs senior Drew Mendoza carded a 1-over 73 in the first round of the 3A state tournament on Monday and sits in a three-way tie for fifth place at the Northeastern 18 Golf Course in Sterling.

Manitou Springs did not win its regional tournament, yet qualified all four players. On Monday, Lucas Culver shot 80, Ty Shaw 88 and Adin Berns 91.

Manitou Springs coach Ken Vecchio said he thought his team played well overall, praising Mendoza and Culver.

"(Mendoza) was pretty consistent out there," Vecchio said. "And Lucas shot an 80. That's good when you do that at the state tournament."

As a team the Mustangs shot a 241 and are tied for sixth in the team standings with Vail Mountain heading into Tuesday's]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:27:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Monday's high school roundup: TCA holds off Mitchell in boys' soccer]]> By Katie O'Keefe preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/mondays-high-school-roundup-tca-holds-off-mitchell-in-boys-soccer/article/1538520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mondays-high-school-roundup-tca-holds-off-mitchell-in-boys-soccer/article/1538520?custom_click=rss BOYS' SOCCER

The Classical Academy 3, Mitchell 1

At Garry Berry Stadium: TCA continued its perfect season after defeating conference foe Mitchell (6-4 overall, 4-1 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) on Monday, moving to an overall record of 9-0, 5-0 in conference play.

TCA forward Jaden Borja netted the first goal for the Titans in the first period. Anders Carlson and Titus Grant added two more for the Titans in the second period.

Defender Reese Tonsits notched his second assist on the season for the Titans.

Mitchell's lone goal came in the first against TCA goalie Michael Slattery, who finished with three saves.

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The Classical Academy 3, Mitchell 1

At Garry Berry Stadium: TCA continued its perfect season after defeating conference foe Mitchell (6-4 overall, 4-1 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) on Monday, moving to an overall record of 9-0, 5-0 in conference play.

TCA forward Jaden Borja netted the first goal for the Titans in the first period. Anders Carlson and Titus Grant added two more for the Titans in the second period.

Defender Reese Tonsits notched his second assist on the season for the Titans.

Mitchell's lone goal came in the first against TCA goalie Michael Slattery, who finished with three saves.]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:15:20 -0600 <![CDATA[For excited Kansas City, postseason growing pains]]> AP http://gazette.com/for-excited-kansas-city-postseason-growing-pains/article/1538521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-excited-kansas-city-postseason-growing-pains/article/1538521?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals fans, their team and the city itself are getting a crash course on what playoff baseball is all about.

The wild card game Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics marks the return of postseason baseball to Kansas City for the first time since 1985, when the Royals won the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals. Many young Kansas Citians have no memories of that magical year, or the I-70 series, relying on YouTube searches or their parents' nostalgic retellings of umpire Don Denkinger's blown call in Game 6 that sent the Royals toward their title.

For a city that typically turns Chiefs' red with the start of the NFL season, football — for now — can wait.



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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals fans, their team and the city itself are getting a crash course on what playoff baseball is all about.

The wild card game Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics marks the return of postseason baseball to Kansas City for the first time since 1985, when the Royals won the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals. Many young Kansas Citians have no memories of that magical year, or the I-70 series, relying on YouTube searches or their parents' nostalgic retellings of umpire Don Denkinger's blown call in Game 6 that sent the Royals toward their title.

For a city that typically turns Chiefs' red with the start of the NFL season, football — for now — can wait.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:09:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Indians sit in third; Bentley in fourth]]> The Gazette preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/indians-sit-in-third-bentley-in-fourth/article/1538517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indians-sit-in-third-bentley-in-fourth/article/1538517?custom_click=rss After two weather interruptions that delayed play more than an hour and a half, Cheyenne Mountain finished the day in third place in the team standings of the Class 4A boys' golf state championship after shooting a first-round score of 229.

The Indians were led by senior Wilson Belk who carded a par 72 at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo. The tournament concludes Tuesday.

The Indians, and every other team at the tournament, are chasing Valor Christian, which shot a 10-under-par 206. Valor Christian leads by 14 strokes with Jake Staiano and Coby Welch leading individual standings after both shot 5-under 67s.

Discovery Canyon (243) sits in eighth place while Lewis-Palmer (255) is tied for 11th.

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]]> After two weather interruptions that delayed play more than an hour and a half, Cheyenne Mountain finished the day in third place in the team standings of the Class 4A boys' golf state championship after shooting a first-round score of 229.

The Indians were led by senior Wilson Belk who carded a par 72 at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo. The tournament concludes Tuesday.

The Indians, and every other team at the tournament, are chasing Valor Christian, which shot a 10-under-par 206. Valor Christian leads by 14 strokes with Jake Staiano and Coby Welch leading individual standings after both shot 5-under 67s.

Discovery Canyon (243) sits in eighth place while Lewis-Palmer (255) is tied for 11th.]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:27:00 -0600 <![CDATA[This week's Gazette preps rankings]]> The Gazette preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-rankings/article/1538516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-rankings/article/1538516?custom_click=rss This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

Football

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Doherty 5-0 No. 1

2. Fountain-Fort Carson 4-1 No. 2

3. Palmer 1-4 No. 3

4A

1. Pine Creek 5-0 No. 1

2. Coronado 5-1 No. 3

3. Vista Ridge 4-1 No. 2

3A

1. Discovery Canyon 5-0 No. 1

2. Canon City 3-2 NR

3. Harrison 3-2 NR

2A & Below

1. Florence 4-1 No. 2

2. St. Mary's 4-1 No. 1

3. Ellicott 3-2 No. 3

Breakdown: Really hoping both Doherty and F-FC win this week. That would keep them unbeaten in conference when they meet Oct. 10. ... Normally we probably wouldn't drop a team for losing to the No. 1 team in the state.

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Football

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Doherty 5-0 No. 1

2. Fountain-Fort Carson 4-1 No. 2

3. Palmer 1-4 No. 3

4A

1. Pine Creek 5-0 No. 1

2. Coronado 5-1 No. 3

3. Vista Ridge 4-1 No. 2

3A

1. Discovery Canyon 5-0 No. 1

2. Canon City 3-2 NR

3. Harrison 3-2 NR

2A & Below

1. Florence 4-1 No. 2

2. St. Mary's 4-1 No. 1

3. Ellicott 3-2 No. 3

Breakdown: Really hoping both Doherty and F-FC win this week. That would keep them unbeaten in conference when they meet Oct. 10. ... Normally we probably wouldn't drop a team for losing to the No. 1 team in the state.]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Denver Broncos get leading tackler back]]> ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-get-leading-tackler-back/article/1538482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-get-leading-tackler-back/article/1538482?custom_click=rss

A Broncos defense yet to reach its potential will receive a boost this week with the return of Danny Trevathan.

Trevathan practiced Monday and is expected to start at weakside linebacker against the Arizona Cardinals. Brandon Marshall played well in Trevathan's three-game absence. However, the Broncos' pieces fit better when Trevathan serves as a three-down anchor, freeing Marshall to work in nickel packages.

Trevathan led the Broncos in tackles last season and intercepted three passes. He embraces a leadership role, and his vocal nature on the field should help accelerate the defense's improvement.

"Danny has tremendous speed and explosion. I have seen him progress every season, every game," coach John Fox said



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A Broncos defense yet to reach its potential will receive a boost this week with the return of Danny Trevathan.

Trevathan practiced Monday and is expected to start at weakside linebacker against the Arizona Cardinals. Brandon Marshall played well in Trevathan's three-game absence. However, the Broncos' pieces fit better when Trevathan serves as a three-down anchor, freeing Marshall to work in nickel packages.

Trevathan led the Broncos in tackles last season and intercepted three passes. He embraces a leadership role, and his vocal nature on the field should help accelerate the defense's improvement.

"Danny has tremendous speed and explosion. I have seen him progress every season, every game," coach John Fox said

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:37:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Wes Moran, Isaac Petersilie spur Coronado to lead at 5A state golf tournament]]> by SCOTT KANIEWSKI scott.kaniewski@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wes-moran-isaac-petersilie-spur-coronado-to-lead-at-5a-state-golf-tournament/article/1538511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wes-moran-isaac-petersilie-spur-coronado-to-lead-at-5a-state-golf-tournament/article/1538511?custom_click=rss

First-time jitters hampered some golfers' games, while weather distracted others.

Still, when the lightning and rain dissipated on the first day of the Class 5A boys' golf state tournament, favorite Coronado was right where it was expected to be - on top at the Colorado Springs Country Club.

The Cougars shot a first-round score of 226 - 13-over par - as Wes Moran and Isaac Petersilie each shot 3-over-par 74s, tying them for fourth place with five other golfers.

Fort Collins' Hunter Paugh shot 2-under 69 for the lead.

Moran shot 4-over on the front nine before finishing up with a 1-under on the back nine, birdieing 11, 12 and 15.

"It was up and down; hard to play with two rain delays," Moran said.

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Still, when the lightning and rain dissipated on the first day of the Class 5A boys' golf state tournament, favorite Coronado was right where it was expected to be - on top at the Colorado Springs Country Club.

The Cougars shot a first-round score of 226 - 13-over par - as Wes Moran and Isaac Petersilie each shot 3-over-par 74s, tying them for fourth place with five other golfers.

Fort Collins' Hunter Paugh shot 2-under 69 for the lead.

Moran shot 4-over on the front nine before finishing up with a 1-under on the back nine, birdieing 11, 12 and 15.

"It was up and down; hard to play with two rain delays," Moran said.]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:33:18 -0600 <![CDATA[KLEE: Year 2 of Brian Shaw era must be smoother for Nuggets]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-year-2-of-brian-shaw-era-must-be-smoother-for-nuggets/article/1538510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-year-2-of-brian-shaw-era-must-be-smoother-for-nuggets/article/1538510?custom_click=rss

DENVER — With each slam dunk Kenneth Faried threw down as the unofficial MVP of Team USA's star-studded roster, I didn't hear the Manimal roar. I heard another sound, one that already has the attention of the Denver Nuggets.

Cha-ching.

"He's in line for a substantial raise," general manager Tim Connelly acknowledged.

Monday at Pepsi Center, Faried flashed the gold medal he won last week in the FIBA World Cup. "It's beautiful, huh?" he said, and yes, it certainly is, but not as valuable as the pot of gold that awaits Faried if he tests free agency next summer.

First things first, though. Before the Nuggets must decide to commit big money to the face, and hair, of the franchise, they have to figure out if Faried and



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DENVER — With each slam dunk Kenneth Faried threw down as the unofficial MVP of Team USA's star-studded roster, I didn't hear the Manimal roar. I heard another sound, one that already has the attention of the Denver Nuggets.

Cha-ching.

"He's in line for a substantial raise," general manager Tim Connelly acknowledged.

Monday at Pepsi Center, Faried flashed the gold medal he won last week in the FIBA World Cup. "It's beautiful, huh?" he said, and yes, it certainly is, but not as valuable as the pot of gold that awaits Faried if he tests free agency next summer.

First things first, though. Before the Nuggets must decide to commit big money to the face, and hair, of the franchise, they have to figure out if Faried and

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:04:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Baseball playoffs schedule]]> AP http://gazette.com/baseball-playoffs-schedule/article/1538440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baseball-playoffs-schedule/article/1538440?custom_click=rss x-if necessary

WILD CARD

Tuesday: Seattle or Oakland at Kansas City, 6:07 p.m. (TBS)

Wednesday: San Francisco (Bumgarner 18-10) at Pittsburgh, 6:07 p.m. (ESPN)

DIVISION SERIES

(Best-of-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

All AL games televised by TBS

Los Angeles vs. Wild Card

Thursday: Wild Ward at Los Angeles

Friday: Wild Card at Los Angeles

Oct. 5: Los Angeles at Wild Card

x-Oct. 6: Los Angeles at Wild Card

x-Oct. 8: Wild Card at Los Angeles

Baltimore vs. Detroit or Kansas City

Thursday: Detroit or Kansas City at Baltimore

Friday: Detroit or Kansas City at Baltimore

Oct. 5: Baltimore at Detroit or Kansas City

x-Oct. 6: Baltimore



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x-if necessary

WILD CARD

Tuesday: Seattle or Oakland at Kansas City, 6:07 p.m. (TBS)

Wednesday: San Francisco (Bumgarner 18-10) at Pittsburgh, 6:07 p.m. (ESPN)

DIVISION SERIES

(Best-of-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

All AL games televised by TBS

Los Angeles vs. Wild Card

Thursday: Wild Ward at Los Angeles

Friday: Wild Card at Los Angeles

Oct. 5: Los Angeles at Wild Card

x-Oct. 6: Los Angeles at Wild Card

x-Oct. 8: Wild Card at Los Angeles

Baltimore vs. Detroit or Kansas City

Thursday: Detroit or Kansas City at Baltimore

Friday: Detroit or Kansas City at Baltimore

Oct. 5: Baltimore at Detroit or Kansas City

x-Oct. 6: Baltimore

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:25:06 -0600
<![CDATA[List: Things you might not know about the Stanley Cup]]> Mental Floss blog http://gazette.com/list-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-stanley-cup/article/1538499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-stanley-cup/article/1538499?custom_click=rss

1. Who is Stanley and what's his cup?

The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the 1892 Governor General of Canada. He purchased the decorative cup in London for 10 guineas (around $50 at the time). Stanley donated the Cup to award Canada’s top amateur hockey club after he and his family became infatuated with the sport at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival; it was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (or MAAA) in 1893.

2. How many Stanley Cups exist?

Stanley’s original Cup from 1892, known as the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup" (above), was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.



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1. Who is Stanley and what's his cup?

The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the 1892 Governor General of Canada. He purchased the decorative cup in London for 10 guineas (around $50 at the time). Stanley donated the Cup to award Canada’s top amateur hockey club after he and his family became infatuated with the sport at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival; it was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (or MAAA) in 1893.

2. How many Stanley Cups exist?

Stanley’s original Cup from 1892, known as the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup" (above), was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:25:21 -0600