<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:43:55 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Falcons coach admits mistakes in final minute]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-coach-admits-mistakes-in-final-minute/article/feed/181987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-coach-admits-mistakes-in-final-minute/article/feed/181987?custom_click=rss

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — In a rare admission for a coach, Atlanta's Mike Smith conceded Monday that his decisions in the final minute cost the Falcons a chance to beat the Cleveland Browns.

Smith faced intense criticism after calling a timeout with 55 seconds left to set up low-percentage pass along the sideline to fourth receiver Devin Hester on third-and-2.

After the throw was batted down, stopping the clock again, Matt Bryant kicked a 53-yard field goal that put the Falcons ahead. But Cleveland had all three timeouts and enough time to get in position for Billy Cundiff's 37-yard field goal on the final play, giving the Browns a 26-24 victory.

Before taking any questions at his regular news conference, Smith said

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]]> FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — In a rare admission for a coach, Atlanta's Mike Smith conceded Monday that his decisions in the final minute cost the Falcons a chance to beat the Cleveland Browns.

Smith faced intense criticism after calling a timeout with 55 seconds left to set up low-percentage pass along the sideline to fourth receiver Devin Hester on third-and-2.

After the throw was batted down, stopping the clock again, Matt Bryant kicked a 53-yard field goal that put the Falcons ahead. But Cleveland had all three timeouts and enough time to get in position for Billy Cundiff's 37-yard field goal on the final play, giving the Browns a 26-24 victory.

Before taking any questions at his regular news conference, Smith said ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:35:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox]]> http://gazette.com/pablo-sandoval-reaches-multiyear-deal-with-red-sox/article/feed/181963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pablo-sandoval-reaches-multiyear-deal-with-red-sox/article/feed/181963?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston.

Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he's leaving.

"Got the call. He is going to the Red Sox," Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Monday.

Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, a person with knowledge of that proposal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal had been announced by the Red Sox.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston.

Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he's leaving.

"Got the call. He is going to the Red Sox," Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Monday.

Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, a person with knowledge of that proposal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal had been announced by the Red Sox.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:35:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Browns QB Manziel involved in hotel fight]]> http://gazette.com/browns-qb-manziel-involved-in-hotel-fight/article/feed/181975?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/browns-qb-manziel-involved-in-hotel-fight/article/feed/181975?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND (AP) — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.

Police were called to The Metropolitan at The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

According to a police report, Chris Gonos told police he was assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage." The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the popular first-round draft pick: "I'm the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug."

Gonos said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.

Police were called to The Metropolitan at The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

According to a police report, Chris Gonos told police he was assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage." The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the popular first-round draft pick: "I'm the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug."

Gonos said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:35:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Bills president: Stadium should be ready Sunday]]> http://gazette.com/bills-president-stadium-should-be-ready-sunday/article/feed/182046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bills-president-stadium-should-be-ready-sunday/article/feed/182046?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are eager to return home, and the team's president says their stadium should be ready.

The Bills had to move their game against the New York Jets to Detroit because of heavy snow that hit the Buffalo area, but shortly before that matchup Monday night, team president Russ Brandon said the situation back home was improving.

There was some question as to whether the Bills would be able to host the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium next weekend, but the team was set to leave Detroit and head back to the Buffalo area immediately after Monday's game.

"All indications are we are 100 percent ready to roll back at Ralph Wilson Stadium, have a good week of practice and get ready for the B

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are eager to return home, and the team's president says their stadium should be ready.

The Bills had to move their game against the New York Jets to Detroit because of heavy snow that hit the Buffalo area, but shortly before that matchup Monday night, team president Russ Brandon said the situation back home was improving.

There was some question as to whether the Bills would be able to host the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium next weekend, but the team was set to leave Detroit and head back to the Buffalo area immediately after Monday's game.

"All indications are we are 100 percent ready to roll back at Ralph Wilson Stadium, have a good week of practice and get ready for the B]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:34:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Red Sox spend on Sandoval, Ramirez to shake cellar]]> http://gazette.com/red-sox-spend-on-sandoval-ramirez-to-shake-cellar/article/feed/182070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-sox-spend-on-sandoval-ramirez-to-shake-cellar/article/feed/182070?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings.

The first team in baseball history to go from worst to first and back again has agreed to terms with former Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. According to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal, Boston also agreed to a deal with Hanley Ramirez, who came up to the major leagues with the Red Sox.

The official confirmed both deals on the condition of anonymity because the players hadn't passed a physical. The Giants said earlier Monday that they were told Sandoval will be leaving for Boston. The Ramirez deal was expected to be finalized Tuesday.

The moves give the Red Sox plenty of hitting.

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings.

The first team in baseball history to go from worst to first and back again has agreed to terms with former Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. According to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal, Boston also agreed to a deal with Hanley Ramirez, who came up to the major leagues with the Red Sox.

The official confirmed both deals on the condition of anonymity because the players hadn't passed a physical. The Giants said earlier Monday that they were told Sandoval will be leaving for Boston. The Ramirez deal was expected to be finalized Tuesday.

The moves give the Red Sox plenty of hitting.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:34:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Chiefs place Berry on non-football illness list]]> http://gazette.com/chiefs-place-berry-on-non-football-illness-list/article/feed/182037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chiefs-place-berry-on-non-football-illness-list/article/feed/182037?custom_click=rss KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry is gearing up for a fight after a mass was found in his chest following last week's game in Oakland. He was placed on the non-football injury list Monday, and trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry may have lymphoma.

Burkholder said doctors are "75 percent" of the way toward a definitive diagnosis, and that Berry was on his way to Atlanta to be examined by specialists at Emory University.

"They may do further scans. In all likelihood, they'll do a biopsy of one of the lymph nodes or the mass," Burkholder said. "We'll be able to give you more information in the next couple days.

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry is gearing up for a fight after a mass was found in his chest following last week's game in Oakland. He was placed on the non-football injury list Monday, and trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry may have lymphoma.

Burkholder said doctors are "75 percent" of the way toward a definitive diagnosis, and that Berry was on his way to Atlanta to be examined by specialists at Emory University.

"They may do further scans. In all likelihood, they'll do a biopsy of one of the lymph nodes or the mass," Burkholder said. "We'll be able to give you more information in the next couple days.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:34:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Vikings LT Matt Kalil: 'It wasn't my best day']]> http://gazette.com/vikings-lt-matt-kalil-it-wasnt-my-best-day/article/feed/182018?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vikings-lt-matt-kalil-it-wasnt-my-best-day/article/feed/182018?custom_click=rss

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A rough day on the field for Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil against Green Bay was only compounded once he left the stadium that night.

Video surfaced on Monday of Kalil knocking the hat off of a fan that was heckling him as he walked to his vehicle after Sunday's game, a relatively benign interaction that was more embarrassing than worrisome. But it only added fuel to the growing number of critics who say the embattled offensive lineman has been one of the struggling offense's biggest problems.

"I usually shrug that stuff off," Kalil said Monday. "Fans like to talk and say some things. But it's just something I could've been the bigger man and walked away. But it wasn't really that big o

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]]> EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A rough day on the field for Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil against Green Bay was only compounded once he left the stadium that night.

Video surfaced on Monday of Kalil knocking the hat off of a fan that was heckling him as he walked to his vehicle after Sunday's game, a relatively benign interaction that was more embarrassing than worrisome. But it only added fuel to the growing number of critics who say the embattled offensive lineman has been one of the struggling offense's biggest problems.

"I usually shrug that stuff off," Kalil said Monday. "Fans like to talk and say some things. But it's just something I could've been the bigger man and walked away. But it wasn't really that big o]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:34:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Bears turn attention to Lions]]> http://gazette.com/bears-turn-attention-to-lions/article/feed/182062?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bears-turn-attention-to-lions/article/feed/182062?custom_click=rss

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have not been able to get their offense rolling in normal weeks. Now they will try something entirely different.

With only a few days to prepare for Thursday's game at Detroit, the Bears will try to find a way to score in a first quarter and start faster than they have in their last six games.

"It's a challenge, but it's something that's universal throughout the league -- everybody's playing Thursday night games," coach Marc Trestman said Monday at Halas Hall. "We've all had experience in putting game plans together and knowing how much information the guys can handle going into a game without practice time."

Trestman said the thinking behind the game plan will have to be to

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]]> LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have not been able to get their offense rolling in normal weeks. Now they will try something entirely different.

With only a few days to prepare for Thursday's game at Detroit, the Bears will try to find a way to score in a first quarter and start faster than they have in their last six games.

"It's a challenge, but it's something that's universal throughout the league -- everybody's playing Thursday night games," coach Marc Trestman said Monday at Halas Hall. "We've all had experience in putting game plans together and knowing how much information the guys can handle going into a game without practice time."

Trestman said the thinking behind the game plan will have to be to ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:34:05 -0700 <![CDATA[New York Giants all but out of playoff picture]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-giants-all-but-out-of-playoff-picture/article/feed/182064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-giants-all-but-out-of-playoff-picture/article/feed/182064?custom_click=rss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning isn't giving up on the season even though the New York Giants' playoffs chances are just about shot.

Coming off a sixth straight loss that left the Giants with a 3-8 record with five games to play, Manning on Monday said it's time for the team to start doing things right. It's time for the Giants to win a game.

New York, which can no longer win the NFC East after Sunday night's 31-28 loss to the Cowboys, will get a break over the final five weeks with games against Jacksonville (1-10), Tennessee (2-9), Washington (3-8), St. Louis (4-7) and Philadelphia (8-3).

All eight of the Giants' losses have been to teams that currently have at least seven wins.

"I think everybody wan

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]]> EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning isn't giving up on the season even though the New York Giants' playoffs chances are just about shot.

Coming off a sixth straight loss that left the Giants with a 3-8 record with five games to play, Manning on Monday said it's time for the team to start doing things right. It's time for the Giants to win a game.

New York, which can no longer win the NFC East after Sunday night's 31-28 loss to the Cowboys, will get a break over the final five weeks with games against Jacksonville (1-10), Tennessee (2-9), Washington (3-8), St. Louis (4-7) and Philadelphia (8-3).

All eight of the Giants' losses have been to teams that currently have at least seven wins.

"I think everybody wan]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Redskins' Gruden hedges on RG3 starting next week]]> http://gazette.com/redskins-gruden-hedges-on-rg3-starting-next-week/article/feed/181996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/redskins-gruden-hedges-on-rg3-starting-next-week/article/feed/181996?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a repeated, not-so-subtle use of the word "intent," Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden launched another spate of suspense Monday concerning Robert Griffin III, this time over whether the quarterback would keep the starting job for next week's game.

Asked several different ways whether Griffin will start against the Indianapolis Colts, Gruden hedged each time, citing the need to review the struggles of the passing game before making a decision.

"Right now, we have every intent for Robert," Gruden said. "But we'll look at the tape and make our evaluations here shortly."

Gruden wasn't as hard on Griffin as a week earlier, but the facts speak for themselves.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — With a repeated, not-so-subtle use of the word "intent," Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden launched another spate of suspense Monday concerning Robert Griffin III, this time over whether the quarterback would keep the starting job for next week's game.

Asked several different ways whether Griffin will start against the Indianapolis Colts, Gruden hedged each time, citing the need to review the struggles of the passing game before making a decision.

"Right now, we have every intent for Robert," Gruden said. "But we'll look at the tape and make our evaluations here shortly."

Gruden wasn't as hard on Griffin as a week earlier, but the facts speak for themselves.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Jorvorskie Lane out for season]]> http://gazette.com/jorvorskie-lane-out-for-season/article/feed/182065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jorvorskie-lane-out-for-season/article/feed/182065?custom_click=rss

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury.

Lane was placed on injured reserve Monday, a day after he was hurt early in the second quarter of Sunday's 21-13 loss at Chicago.

Lane will need surgery for the injury.

"I'm ready to get it done to get into the healing process," he said. "It's very disappointing, but it's part of this game."

Lane is the only fullback on the Bucs' depth chart. Coach Lovie Smith said his injury, along with injuries to their tight ends, limited the Bucs' offensive options against Chicago.

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]]> TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury.

Lane was placed on injured reserve Monday, a day after he was hurt early in the second quarter of Sunday's 21-13 loss at Chicago.

Lane will need surgery for the injury.

"I'm ready to get it done to get into the healing process," he said. "It's very disappointing, but it's part of this game."

Lane is the only fullback on the Bucs' depth chart. Coach Lovie Smith said his injury, along with injuries to their tight ends, limited the Bucs' offensive options against Chicago.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The perceived easy part of the San Diego Charges' schedule is over.

They close with five games against teams with winning records.

The Chargers (7-4) have won just one game against a team with a winning record, a Week 2 upset against defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.

The Chargers beat the Rams 27-24 Sunday after safety Marcus Gilchrist intercepted Shaun Hill at the goal line with 56 seconds left.

It was San Diego's third takeaway. But the Chargers also had three turnovers, including a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins.

Says coach Mike McCoy: "Week in, week out, you turn the ball over and odds of losing go up higher."

San Diego visits Baltimore Sunday

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]]> SAN DIEGO (AP) — The perceived easy part of the San Diego Charges' schedule is over.

They close with five games against teams with winning records.

The Chargers (7-4) have won just one game against a team with a winning record, a Week 2 upset against defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.

The Chargers beat the Rams 27-24 Sunday after safety Marcus Gilchrist intercepted Shaun Hill at the goal line with 56 seconds left.

It was San Diego's third takeaway. But the Chargers also had three turnovers, including a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins.

Says coach Mike McCoy: "Week in, week out, you turn the ball over and odds of losing go up higher."

San Diego visits Baltimore Sunday]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Aldon Smith helps lead in 49ers' 3rd straight win]]> http://gazette.com/aldon-smith-helps-lead-in-49ers-3rd-straight-win/article/feed/182072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aldon-smith-helps-lead-in-49ers-3rd-straight-win/article/feed/182072?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has the utmost respect for a guy who dislocates his finger and pops it back in on his own. Harbaugh once did so himself during his 15-year NFL career as a quarterback.

San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith popped his left middle finger back into place Sunday.

"That was pretty cool. If I did that I'd tell somebody, too," Harbaugh said Monday. "I have done that before. That's a good battle scar to have."

In his second game back from a nine-game NFL suspension, Smith looked a lot like his old dominant self with two sacks against Robert Griffin III in a 17-13 win against the Washington Redskins.

The 49ers (7-4) are counting on more of the same from No.

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]]> SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has the utmost respect for a guy who dislocates his finger and pops it back in on his own. Harbaugh once did so himself during his 15-year NFL career as a quarterback.

San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith popped his left middle finger back into place Sunday.

"That was pretty cool. If I did that I'd tell somebody, too," Harbaugh said Monday. "I have done that before. That's a good battle scar to have."

In his second game back from a nine-game NFL suspension, Smith looked a lot like his old dominant self with two sacks against Robert Griffin III in a 17-13 win against the Washington Redskins.

The 49ers (7-4) are counting on more of the same from No.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Patriots get another blowout win against top team]]> http://gazette.com/patriots-get-another-blowout-win-against-top-team/article/feed/182071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriots-get-another-blowout-win-against-top-team/article/feed/182071?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders.

Now they're preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind.

"Nobody is happier than I am when we win, but right now all that doesn't really mean anything going into Green Bay," coach Bill Belichick said Monday. "They're playing real good football now."

The Patriots will be playing in Lambeau Field, where the Packers are 5-0 this season with their own string of runaways — against Minnesota (42-10), Carolina (38-17), Chicago (55-14) and Philadelphia (53-20) in their past four home games.

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]]> FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders.

Now they're preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind.

"Nobody is happier than I am when we win, but right now all that doesn't really mean anything going into Green Bay," coach Bill Belichick said Monday. "They're playing real good football now."

The Patriots will be playing in Lambeau Field, where the Packers are 5-0 this season with their own string of runaways — against Minnesota (42-10), Carolina (38-17), Chicago (55-14) and Philadelphia (53-20) in their past four home games.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Jaguars won't make excuses for Bortles' struggles]]> http://gazette.com/jaguars-wont-make-excuses-for-bortles-struggles/article/feed/182076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jaguars-wont-make-excuses-for-bortles-struggles/article/feed/182076?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't making excuses for rookie quarterback Blake Bortles.

Coach Gus Bradley said Monday they expect more from Bortles, who played his worst game of the season Sunday in a 23-3 loss at Indianapolis.

Bortles completed 15 of 27 passes for a season-low 146 yards, with 107 of those coming in the fourth quarter. He also threw an interception on his first pass of the game.

He was 4-of-10 passing for 34 yards in the first half, and his third quarter was even worse as the Jaguars (1-10) fell behind by double digits. He completed just two passes for 5 yards in the third, was sacked twice and fumbled.

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]]> JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't making excuses for rookie quarterback Blake Bortles.

Coach Gus Bradley said Monday they expect more from Bortles, who played his worst game of the season Sunday in a 23-3 loss at Indianapolis.

Bortles completed 15 of 27 passes for a season-low 146 yards, with 107 of those coming in the fourth quarter. He also threw an interception on his first pass of the game.

He was 4-of-10 passing for 34 yards in the first half, and his third quarter was even worse as the Jaguars (1-10) fell behind by double digits. He completed just two passes for 5 yards in the third, was sacked twice and fumbled.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Dodgers acquire Juan Nicasio from Rockies]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/dodgers-acquire-juan-nicasio-from-rockies/article/1541980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dodgers-acquire-juan-nicasio-from-rockies/article/1541980?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Nicasio will be added to the 40-man roster and infielder Ryan Jackson was designated for assignment to make room, said Andrew Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations.

The 28-year-old Nicasio was 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA for the Rockies last season, his fourth in the major leagues.

He had 14 starts but came out of the bullpen exclusively during the second half of the season, posting a 3.48 ERA in 19 games.

The native of the Dominican Republic is 21-22 over 88 career games, all with Colorado from 2011-14.



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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Nicasio will be added to the 40-man roster and infielder Ryan Jackson was designated for assignment to make room, said Andrew Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations.

The 28-year-old Nicasio was 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA for the Rockies last season, his fourth in the major leagues.

He had 14 starts but came out of the bullpen exclusively during the second half of the season, posting a 3.48 ERA in 19 games.

The native of the Dominican Republic is 21-22 over 88 career games, all with Colorado from 2011-14.

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<![CDATA[High school wrestling preview team capsules]]> By KEVIN CARMODY preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/high-school-wrestling-preview-team-capsules/article/1541918?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-school-wrestling-preview-team-capsules/article/1541918?custom_click=rss 5A

Coronado

Coach: Matt Brickell (25th season)

Returning state qualifiers: 4

Key wrestlers: Jess Hankin, sr., 126 pounds (state runner-up); Chase McElhany, jr., 145 (state qualifier); Jimmy Weaver, so., 160 (state qualifier); Ryan Strabala, jr., 220 (state qualifier).

Outlook: Brickell sent seven wrestlers t the 5A state tournament last season, and four return to lead a talented class, one hoping to improve on a ninth-place team finish a season ago. Hankin, the 2013 state champion, lost in a 1-0 nail-biter in last year's 126 final and again should be in the mix to win it all in February. This season, alumnus Gabe Burak, a three-time 5A state champion who won 157 of 160 varsity matches, joins Brickell on the



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5A

Coronado

Coach: Matt Brickell (25th season)

Returning state qualifiers: 4

Key wrestlers: Jess Hankin, sr., 126 pounds (state runner-up); Chase McElhany, jr., 145 (state qualifier); Jimmy Weaver, so., 160 (state qualifier); Ryan Strabala, jr., 220 (state qualifier).

Outlook: Brickell sent seven wrestlers t the 5A state tournament last season, and four return to lead a talented class, one hoping to improve on a ninth-place team finish a season ago. Hankin, the 2013 state champion, lost in a 1-0 nail-biter in last year's 126 final and again should be in the mix to win it all in February. This season, alumnus Gabe Burak, a three-time 5A state champion who won 157 of 160 varsity matches, joins Brickell on the

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<![CDATA[Nike extends contract with USOC]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/nike-extends-contract-with-usoc/article/1541946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nike-extends-contract-with-usoc/article/1541946?custom_click=rss The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020.

The U.S. Olympic Committee signed an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now.

Nike is one of the USOC's top-tier sponsors. No dollar figures were given for the latest extension, though these contracts traditionally have been worth between $12 million and $15 million over four years.

USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird said the deal, announced Monday, is even more valuable because of Nike's worldwide reach and its advertising campaigns that use Olympic athletes. Some athletes in Nike's most recent ad launches include Alyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Gracie Gold.



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The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020.

The U.S. Olympic Committee signed an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now.

Nike is one of the USOC's top-tier sponsors. No dollar figures were given for the latest extension, though these contracts traditionally have been worth between $12 million and $15 million over four years.

USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird said the deal, announced Monday, is even more valuable because of Nike's worldwide reach and its advertising campaigns that use Olympic athletes. Some athletes in Nike's most recent ad launches include Alyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Gracie Gold.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:32:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Broncos' C.J. Anderson, recently Mr. Anonymous, bulldozes Dolphins]]> By DAVID Ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-c.j.-anderson-recently-mr.-anonymous-bulldozes-dolphins/article/1541921?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-c.j.-anderson-recently-mr.-anonymous-bulldozes-dolphins/article/1541921?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The end zone beckoned, and C.J. Anderson wanted to answer the call. After dancing into the open field, he could see the destination where every running back yearns to roam.

"Oh, it was very tempting," Anderson said. "In my head I was saying, 'Go, go, go.'"

But in the back of his mind, he heard stern, sensible words spoken in the voice of Broncos running back coach Eric Studesville.

"Fall down, fall down, fall down," the imaginary voice said.

Anderson obeyed the voice of reason and settled for a victory-clinching 26-yard run.

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DENVER - The end zone beckoned, and C.J. Anderson wanted to answer the call. After dancing into the open field, he could see the destination where every running back yearns to roam.

"Oh, it was very tempting," Anderson said. "In my head I was saying, 'Go, go, go.'"

But in the back of his mind, he heard stern, sensible words spoken in the voice of Broncos running back coach Eric Studesville.

"Fall down, fall down, fall down," the imaginary voice said.

Anderson obeyed the voice of reason and settled for a victory-clinching 26-yard run.

A week ago, a massive chunk of Colorado's population tumbled into despair after the Broncos' loss to the Rams. The running game vanished, stumbling to only 28 yards, and even

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:41:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: With nail-biting win, Broncos enter whole new world]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-with-nail-biting-win-broncos-enter-whole-new-world/article/1541923?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-with-nail-biting-win-broncos-enter-whole-new-world/article/1541923?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Hope you enjoyed the show. Hope your mancaves and womancaves are littered in highlight videos from "Broncos 42, 49ers 17" and "Broncos 41, Cardinals 20" and even "Broncos 45, Redskins 21" and "Broncos 34, Saints 14" and "Broncos 37, Texans 13" from years past. Frame those crazy box scores to show your kids.

Because this is how it must be from now on: Broncos 39, Dolphins 36, like it was on Sunday at Sports Authority Field, a white-knuckle stress session until the final horn.

The days of utter domination are over. Oh, Peyton Manning's Broncos might roll out a three-touchdown win, just for old time's sake. The Raiders are still on the schedule.



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DENVER - Hope you enjoyed the show. Hope your mancaves and womancaves are littered in highlight videos from "Broncos 42, 49ers 17" and "Broncos 41, Cardinals 20" and even "Broncos 45, Redskins 21" and "Broncos 34, Saints 14" and "Broncos 37, Texans 13" from years past. Frame those crazy box scores to show your kids.

Because this is how it must be from now on: Broncos 39, Dolphins 36, like it was on Sunday at Sports Authority Field, a white-knuckle stress session until the final horn.

The days of utter domination are over. Oh, Peyton Manning's Broncos might roll out a three-touchdown win, just for old time's sake. The Raiders are still on the schedule.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:40:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Wrestling preview: Colorado gaining out-of-state recognition]]> By KEVIN CARMODY preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wrestling-preview-colorado-gaining-out-of-state-recognition/article/1541917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wrestling-preview-colorado-gaining-out-of-state-recognition/article/1541917?custom_click=rss

Just to make it to the state wrestling tournament, athletes must successfully navigate through a season's worth of triumphs and adversity, to go along with the required bumps and bruises.

And having a challenging - yet not too challenging - schedule goes a long way in making sure wrestlers peak at the right time of the year, hopefully by their regional tournaments.

That's the eternal conundrum faced by coaches responsible for setting up their team for success, especially with the allure of distant tournaments that offer top competition, but perhaps at a price - both physically and financially.

"I don't think you have to travel (out of state) to find tough competition," eighth-year Discovery Canyon coach Ron Sukle said.

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And having a challenging - yet not too challenging - schedule goes a long way in making sure wrestlers peak at the right time of the year, hopefully by their regional tournaments.

That's the eternal conundrum faced by coaches responsible for setting up their team for success, especially with the allure of distant tournaments that offer top competition, but perhaps at a price - both physically and financially.

"I don't think you have to travel (out of state) to find tough competition," eighth-year Discovery Canyon coach Ron Sukle said.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:10:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos defeat Dolphins: Quarter by quarter]]> Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/broncos-defeat-dolphins-quarter-by-quarter/article/1541737?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-defeat-dolphins-quarter-by-quarter/article/1541737?custom_click=rss A quarter-by-quarter analysis of the Denver Broncos' victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:05:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Manning, Anderson lead Broncos past Dolphins]]> By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press http://gazette.com/manning-anderson-lead-broncos-past-dolphins/article/1541916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-anderson-lead-broncos-past-dolphins/article/1541916?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos' much maligned offensive line broke their silence last week. They made an earsplitting statement Sunday.

Behind blockers angry over being scapegoated for the team's myriad problems, the Broncos found the balance, ground game and pocket of protection that had eluded them during their recent slide.

Capitalizing on this newfound nastiness, Peyton Manning threw four TD passes, including three to Demaryius Thomas, and C.J. Anderson ran for 167 yards and the go-ahead score in Denver's 39-36 win over Miami on Sunday.

"We all needed to be accountable to our teammates," guard Orlando Franklin said. "We felt we've been letting our teammates down and not taking care of business.



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DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos' much maligned offensive line broke their silence last week. They made an earsplitting statement Sunday.

Behind blockers angry over being scapegoated for the team's myriad problems, the Broncos found the balance, ground game and pocket of protection that had eluded them during their recent slide.

Capitalizing on this newfound nastiness, Peyton Manning threw four TD passes, including three to Demaryius Thomas, and C.J. Anderson ran for 167 yards and the go-ahead score in Denver's 39-36 win over Miami on Sunday.

"We all needed to be accountable to our teammates," guard Orlando Franklin said. "We felt we've been letting our teammates down and not taking care of business.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:05:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force tops Colorado College for second straight year, wins Pikes Peak Trophy]]> by joe paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-tops-colorado-college-for-second-straight-year-wins-pikes-peak-trophy/article/1541879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-tops-colorado-college-for-second-straight-year-wins-pikes-peak-trophy/article/1541879?custom_click=rss

Colorado College was no match for Air Force once the host Falcons upped their intensity midway through the opening period.

That uptick and a strong performance from the Air Force defenders and sophomore goalie Chris Truehl (35 saves) helped the Falcons repeat as winners of the annual Pikes Peak Trophy by a 3-1 margin Saturday night before 2,458 fans at Cadet Ice Arena.

"We played a team game," AFA hockey coach Frank Serratore said. "I thought in many ways we were two evenly matched teams.

"I thought the difference was Truehl being the biggest impact player on the ice and killing that 5-minute penalty. We turned a negative into a positive.



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Colorado College was no match for Air Force once the host Falcons upped their intensity midway through the opening period.

That uptick and a strong performance from the Air Force defenders and sophomore goalie Chris Truehl (35 saves) helped the Falcons repeat as winners of the annual Pikes Peak Trophy by a 3-1 margin Saturday night before 2,458 fans at Cadet Ice Arena.

"We played a team game," AFA hockey coach Frank Serratore said. "I thought in many ways we were two evenly matched teams.

"I thought the difference was Truehl being the biggest impact player on the ice and killing that 5-minute penalty. We turned a negative into a positive.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:48:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Julius Thomas ruled out for Broncos-Dolphins game; Sanders active]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/julius-thomas-ruled-out-for-broncos-dolphins-game-sanders-active/article/1541906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/julius-thomas-ruled-out-for-broncos-dolphins-game-sanders-active/article/1541906?custom_click=rss

The Denver Broncos will be without tight end Julius Thomas for their Sunday game against the Miami Dolphins because of a sprained left ankle.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, however, is active. He was knocked from last week's game at St. Louis by a vicious hit but cleared the league's concussion protocol over the weekend.

Other inactives for Denver are: Montee Ball (groin), Ronnie Hillman (foot), Tony Carter, Chris Clark, Marvin Austin Jr. and Michael Schofield.

For Miami, James Taylor will start in place of Cortland Finnegan (ankle), who was deactivated along with tight end Charles Clay (knee, hamstring). He'll be replaced by Dion Sims.

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The Denver Broncos will be without tight end Julius Thomas for their Sunday game against the Miami Dolphins because of a sprained left ankle.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, however, is active. He was knocked from last week's game at St. Louis by a vicious hit but cleared the league's concussion protocol over the weekend.

Other inactives for Denver are: Montee Ball (groin), Ronnie Hillman (foot), Tony Carter, Chris Clark, Marvin Austin Jr. and Michael Schofield.

For Miami, James Taylor will start in place of Cortland Finnegan (ankle), who was deactivated along with tight end Charles Clay (knee, hamstring). He'll be replaced by Dion Sims.

Other inactives for the Dolphins are: Jalil Brown, Jonathan Freeny, Nate

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:03:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force's hot shooting leads to rout of Western State]]> By Neal Reid, sports@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-forces-hot-shooting-leads-to-rout-of-western-state/article/1541888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-hot-shooting-leads-to-rout-of-western-state/article/1541888?custom_click=rss Kamryn Williams scored 15 of his season-high 17 points in the first half, and the Falcons shot 71 percent from 3-point range in a 90-60 win over Western State at Clune Arena.

Air Force (3-1) was 15 for 21 from beyond the arc and connected on 67 percent of its shots from the field.

"It was exciting," said Williams, who missed the Falcons' last game with a bone bruise on his left shin. "Everybody stepped their game up today and played exceptionally well."

Max Yon added 11 points for Air Force, which had 14 players make their way onto the score sheet. The Falcons had 30 assists on their 31 baskets and were buoyed by 43 bench points.



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Kamryn Williams scored 15 of his season-high 17 points in the first half, and the Falcons shot 71 percent from 3-point range in a 90-60 win over Western State at Clune Arena.

Air Force (3-1) was 15 for 21 from beyond the arc and connected on 67 percent of its shots from the field.

"It was exciting," said Williams, who missed the Falcons' last game with a bone bruise on his left shin. "Everybody stepped their game up today and played exceptionally well."

Max Yon added 11 points for Air Force, which had 14 players make their way onto the score sheet. The Falcons had 30 assists on their 31 baskets and were buoyed by 43 bench points.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:37:18 -0700
<![CDATA[3 with Klee: Will the Broncos take Champ Bailey's advice?]]> By Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/3-with-klee-will-the-broncos-take-champ-baileys-advice/article/1541861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-with-klee-will-the-broncos-take-champ-baileys-advice/article/1541861?custom_click=rss

Three subplots in Sunday's 2:25 p.m. game between the Broncos and Dolphins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:

1 - One right move

There was much consternation when the Broncos allowed Knowshon Moreno to leave without a contract offer. Moreno was coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season. Why let him go? Here’s why: Moreno had never fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained last season with the Broncos. The Broncos knew that. Fast forward to this season, and Moreno suffered another knee injury and was placed on injured reserve, which means he’s done for the season. It’s a bummer of a break for Moreno and the Dolphins, but it’s apparent the Broncos made the right call in the offseason.



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Three subplots in Sunday's 2:25 p.m. game between the Broncos and Dolphins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:

1 - One right move

There was much consternation when the Broncos allowed Knowshon Moreno to leave without a contract offer. Moreno was coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season. Why let him go? Here’s why: Moreno had never fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained last season with the Broncos. The Broncos knew that. Fast forward to this season, and Moreno suffered another knee injury and was placed on injured reserve, which means he’s done for the season. It’s a bummer of a break for Moreno and the Dolphins, but it’s apparent the Broncos made the right call in the offseason.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:00:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: The sea is rough, and Broncos swimming in dangerous waters]]> By Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-the-sea-is-rough-and-broncos-swimming-in-dangerous-waters/article/1541870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-the-sea-is-rough-and-broncos-swimming-in-dangerous-waters/article/1541870?custom_click=rss

DENVER — During Dolphins Week, the Broncos hosted Shark Week. Sounds like fin.

"We saw sharks coming out of the ocean attacking seals," Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio told a sea of media. "That's how we want to attack the football."

On Thursdays at Dove Valley, players gather 'round for a motivational video.

Old Broncos teams did it. This Broncos team does it.

The film before Broncos-Dolphins on Sunday was a nature flick on sharks munching seals. Nom, nom.

The rest of the NFL is circling to the blood.

The Broncos are thisclose to swimming with the fishes. It's uncertain if most of them know it. Peyton Manning is a lot of things, and one is the best lifeguard in sports. His mere presence



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DENVER — During Dolphins Week, the Broncos hosted Shark Week. Sounds like fin.

"We saw sharks coming out of the ocean attacking seals," Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio told a sea of media. "That's how we want to attack the football."

On Thursdays at Dove Valley, players gather 'round for a motivational video.

Old Broncos teams did it. This Broncos team does it.

The film before Broncos-Dolphins on Sunday was a nature flick on sharks munching seals. Nom, nom.

The rest of the NFL is circling to the blood.

The Broncos are thisclose to swimming with the fishes. It's uncertain if most of them know it. Peyton Manning is a lot of things, and one is the best lifeguard in sports. His mere presence

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:12:42 -0700
<![CDATA[CC hockey notes: Injuries deplete CC defensive corps]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/cc-hockey-notes-injuries-deplete-cc-defensive-corps/article/1541873?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cc-hockey-notes-injuries-deplete-cc-defensive-corps/article/1541873?custom_click=rss Injuries deplete CC defensive corps

Colorado College played Saturday's Pikes Peak Trophy Game against Air Force with only five healthy defensemen after seniors Aaron Harstad and Peter Stoykewych were injured in Friday's 5-2 win over Wisconsin. The severity of the injuries are unknown.

Freshman blue-liner Duggie Lagrone (upper body injury) was a last-minute scratch in favor of senior forward Jordan DiGiando, who filled the sixth spot.

CC coach Mike Haviland is hopeful all three defensemen could be back after the bye week.

"It's nice to have the break coming up and have almost two weeks for them to get healthy before we head to Duluth (Dec. 6-7)," Haviland said. "It's tough to lose two seniors. This is an

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Colorado College played Saturday's Pikes Peak Trophy Game against Air Force with only five healthy defensemen after seniors Aaron Harstad and Peter Stoykewych were injured in Friday's 5-2 win over Wisconsin. The severity of the injuries are unknown.

Freshman blue-liner Duggie Lagrone (upper body injury) was a last-minute scratch in favor of senior forward Jordan DiGiando, who filled the sixth spot.

CC coach Mike Haviland is hopeful all three defensemen could be back after the bye week.

"It's nice to have the break coming up and have almost two weeks for them to get healthy before we head to Duluth (Dec. 6-7)," Haviland said. "It's tough to lose two seniors. This is an]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:15:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Ineffective running game a concern for Air Force]]> By Brent Briggeman brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ineffective-running-game-a-concern-for-air-force/article/1541898?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ineffective-running-game-a-concern-for-air-force/article/1541898?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO - Air Force made a concerted effort to establish the running game in the second half against San Diego State.

But it never happened.

The Falcons ran for a season-low 140 yards on 41 attempts and were shut out in the second half in a 30-14 loss to the Aztecs on Friday night.

The question hanging over Air Force after this game was if San Diego State - winners of five straight in this series - continues to simply be a poor matchup, or if this is indicative of a larger problem with only the regular-season finale against Colorado State and a bowl game remaining.

"They were definitely things that can be overcome," guard Michael Husar said. "We just didn't play up to our standards. We didn't play like we have

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But it never happened.

The Falcons ran for a season-low 140 yards on 41 attempts and were shut out in the second half in a 30-14 loss to the Aztecs on Friday night.

The question hanging over Air Force after this game was if San Diego State - winners of five straight in this series - continues to simply be a poor matchup, or if this is indicative of a larger problem with only the regular-season finale against Colorado State and a bowl game remaining.

"They were definitely things that can be overcome," guard Michael Husar said. "We just didn't play up to our standards. We didn't play like we have]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:15:13 -0700