<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:58:12 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Postseason field almost set, but HR chases providing drama]]> http://gazette.com/postseason-field-almost-set-but-hr-chases-providing-drama/article/feed/496004?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/postseason-field-almost-set-but-hr-chases-providing-drama/article/feed/496004?custom_click=rss

It was a rough weekend for any fans hoping for some final-week excitement in the postseason races.

The Nationals, Indians, Dodgers and Astros ran away with their divisions a while ago, but one division that was still in play — the NL Central — is now just about settled as well. The Chicago Cubs took three of four in a series with Milwaukee to open a 5 ½-game lead over the Brewers.

The race for the second wild card in the American League looked interesting for a while, but Minnesota's four-game sweep in Detroit has the Twins 4 1/2 games up on the Los Angeles Angels. The National League's second wild card is a bit less clear, but Colorado leads Milwaukee by two games and St. Louis by 2 ½ after gaining a game on both Sunda

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:59:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ICYMI in NFL Week 3: Owners, players lock arms for anthems]]> http://gazette.com/icymi-in-nfl-week-3-owners-players-lock-arms-for-anthems/article/feed/496003?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/icymi-in-nfl-week-3-owners-players-lock-arms-for-anthems/article/feed/496003?custom_click=rss

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — They were memorable images bookending a day around the NFL that will remain memorable — for absolutely nothing at all to do with football itself.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan locked arms with players as "The Star-Spangled Banner" was performed before the first game of the morning Sunday in London. Eleven hours later, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder did the same before the last game of the night not too far from the White House. It was a symbolic gesture by two of the very men called upon by President Donald Trump to punish NFLers for making any sort of Colin Kaepernick-esque statement during the national anthem.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:43:17 -0600 <![CDATA[LEADING OFF: Harper back for Nats? Red Sox, Cubs close in]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-harper-back-for-nats-red-sox-cubs-close-in/article/feed/495996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-harper-back-for-nats-red-sox-cubs-close-in/article/feed/495996?custom_click=rss

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



Nationals slugger Bryce Harper could come off the disabled list and return to the lineup in Philadelphia. "We're still trying to make up our minds," manager Dusty Baker said Sunday. Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, has been out with a bone bruise in his left knee since slipping on a wet base while running out a grounder Aug. 12. Washington has already clinched the NL East title and home-field advantage in a best-of-five Division Series that will begin Oct. 6. But there's only a week left in the regular season for Harper to test his knee and get comfortable at the plate before the playoffs start. "I think he is itching at getting back out on the field," tea

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:31:47 -0600 <![CDATA[STAT WATCH: Kansas, Stanford backs post top 2 rushing totals]]> http://gazette.com/stat-watch-kansas-stanford-backs-post-top-2-rushing-totals/article/feed/495997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stat-watch-kansas-stanford-backs-post-top-2-rushing-totals/article/feed/495997?custom_click=rss

The nation's top two rushing games had big a big weekend, with Kansas' Khalil Herbert going for 291 yards on 36 carries against West Virginia and Stanford's Bryce Love running for 263 yards on 30 carries against UCLA.

Herbert had the best rushing day by a Jayhawk since Tony Sands ran for 396 yards against Missouri in 1991. Love's 263 yards were second-most in a game in Stanford history behind Christian McCaffrey's 284 against California last November.

Penn State's Saquon Barkley had 211 yards rushing and 94 yards receiving against Iowa . His 358 all-purpose yards were a national season high and broke the school record of 341 set by Curt Warner against Syracuse in 1981. Barkley also went over 3,000 career rushing yards.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:31:27 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Top 25 Heat Check: TCU, UGA move up _ but no far enough]]> http://gazette.com/ap-top-25-heat-check-tcu-uga-move-up-but-no-far-enough/article/feed/495998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-top-25-heat-check-tcu-uga-move-up-but-no-far-enough/article/feed/495998?custom_click=rss

The effects of preseason rankings are still lingering in the AP college football poll, and probably holding back the two newest members of the top 10.

No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 TCU were the big movers in the rankings this week after impressive victories last Saturday. The Bulldogs, who started the season ranked No. 15, have been the only Southeastern Conference team outside Alabama to give off the scent of a College Football Playoff contender. The Horned Frogs were unranked at the start of the season. Now they look like they might be the biggest threat to Oklahoma in the Big 12.

An argument can be made that both the Bulldogs and Horned Frogs are still lacking the support they deserve from AP voters. Heat check is here to do it.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:28:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Memorable displays of unity followed by fantastic finishes]]> http://gazette.com/memorable-displays-of-unity-followed-by-fantastic-finishes/article/feed/495995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memorable-displays-of-unity-followed-by-fantastic-finishes/article/feed/495995?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — For one of those rare times, the focus at NFL stadiums was on what happened before the games. What occurred on the sidelines, or in the tunnels leading to the locker rooms.

After those extraordinary demonstrations of unity by players, coaches, staff and owners, the action Sunday could have been anticlimactic. Instead, the league delivered some scintillating stuff punctuated by fantastic finishes in Detroit, Foxborough, Green Bay, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Following two weeks of, well, blah, the NFL gave us WOW.

"Awesome, awesome, awesome," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said after Jake Elliott boomed a 61-yard field goal to beat the Giants as time expired, 27-24.


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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:21:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Role play: Opportunities available after busy NBA offseason]]> http://gazette.com/role-play-opportunities-available-after-busy-nba-offseason/article/feed/495992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/role-play-opportunities-available-after-busy-nba-offseason/article/feed/495992?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several NBA stars changed addresses during the offseason, creating opportunities for players to step into bigger roles on several rosters

On the move were All-Stars and Olympians Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul. And let's not forget Gordon Hayward. With their exits, enter players like Myles Turner, Kristaps Porzingis, Zach LaVine and even a former league MVP in Derrick Rose.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey may have summed it up for the league when he was asked who will fill the void left by Hayward.

"The honest answer is we don't know," Lindsey said candidly. "We've got to find out.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:13:59 -0600 <![CDATA[NBA media days certain to have plenty of Trump talk]]> http://gazette.com/nba-media-days-certain-to-have-plenty-of-trump-talk/article/feed/495993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nba-media-days-certain-to-have-plenty-of-trump-talk/article/feed/495993?custom_click=rss

The most retweeted post ever sent by LeBron James before this weekend was one in 2013 in response to the incessant who's-better debate about him and Michael Jordan.

"I'm not MJ, I'm LJ," he wrote . It was retweeted nearly 112,000 times.

And then LJ took on POTUS , calling President Donald Trump a "bum." James' Twitter account exploded from there, the 640,000 and counting retweets making it one of the top 15 shared posts ever.

If James' tweet is any indicator, politics will be center stage across the NBA on Monday when 28 teams gather for their media days — the annual precursor to the start of training camps.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:12:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Don't talk about mom: NFL players angry over Trump's insult]]> http://gazette.com/dont-talk-about-mom-nfl-players-angry-over-trumps-insult/article/feed/495990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-talk-about-mom-nfl-players-angry-over-trumps-insult/article/feed/495990?custom_click=rss

Many NFL players took exception on behalf of their mothers when President Donald Trump implored team owners to "get that son of a bitch off the field" for protesting.

At least 200 NFL players either knelt, sat, stretched or prayed during the national anthem Sunday after Trump's weekend attack on athletes. The campaign that started last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was down to just six players last week.

Players, owners and commissioners past and present chastised the president for his divisive remarks. But the angriest responses came from players upset that he'd insulted their mothers.

Atlanta defensive lineman Grady Jarrett says "I'm a son of a queen.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:08:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Redskins' Chris Thompson continues to be matchup nightmare]]> http://gazette.com/redskins-chris-thompson-continues-to-be-matchup-nightmare/article/feed/495991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/redskins-chris-thompson-continues-to-be-matchup-nightmare/article/feed/495991?custom_click=rss

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Chris Thompson is quickly becoming a matchup nightmare.

The versatile third-down back has four of the Washington Redskins' seven offensive touchdowns this season and will be a handful for the Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) next Monday night. Thompson had 150 yards receiving and a touchdown plus 38 yards rushing in Washington's 27-10 thumping of the Oakland Raiders (2-1) on Sunday night, a testament to coach Jay Gruden's play-calling and his value to the Redskins' offense.

"He can line up in the backfield, he can spread them out wide, he can catch the football," receiver Jamison Crowder said. "He definitely gives you mismatches against the defense. He's just a great player. He has the speed.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:05:09 -0600 <![CDATA[President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games]]> http://gazette.com/presidents-criticisms-spark-more-protests-at-nfl-games/article/feed/495859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/presidents-criticisms-spark-more-protests-at-nfl-games/article/feed/495859?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump's criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem sparked angry protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

A week ago, just six players protested.

Most NFL players on Sunday locked arms with their teammates — some standing, others kneeling — in a show of solidarity. A handful of teams stayed off the field until after "The Star-Spangled Banner" to avoid the issue altogether.

As he prepared to board Air Force One to return to Washington from New Jersey, Trump said the players protesting the anthem were "very disrespectful to our country" and called again on owners to stop what he considers unpatriotic displays

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:58:46 -0600 <![CDATA[MLS Capsules]]> http://gazette.com/mls-capsules/article/feed/458027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mls-capsules/article/feed/458027?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Hector Villalba and Jeff Larentowicz each scored, Brad Guzan had his second straight shutout, and Atlanta beat the Montreal Impact 2-0 on Sunday to extend United's home unbeaten streak to 12 games.

Atlanta (14-8-7) moved into third in the Eastern Conference, three points back of playoff-clinching New York City FC. Montreal (11-13-6) trails the New York Red Bulls by three points for the final playoff spot.

Villalba opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a long-distance shot for his 12th goal of the season. Larentowicz scored his first goal for Atlanta in the 73rd by knocking in Julian Gressel's cross.

Gressel's eighth assist of the season is the second most for a rookie in MLS history.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:46:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Redskins come up big in prime time, rout Raiders 27-10]]> http://gazette.com/redskins-come-up-big-in-prime-time-rout-raiders-27-10/article/feed/495975?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/redskins-come-up-big-in-prime-time-rout-raiders-27-10/article/feed/495975?custom_click=rss

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Convinced no one outside their locker room gave them a chance to beat the Oakland Raiders, the Washington Redskins put together the kind of complete performance that made them worthy of the prime-time spotlight.

Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns, Chris Thompson had 188 all-purpose yards and a score and the Redskins sacked Derek Carr four times, forced three turnovers and held the Raiders to 128 yards in a dominating 27-10 victory on Sunday night.

"We wanted to show everybody what the Washington Redskins really could do because everybody didn't give us a heck of a chance," cornerback Josh Norman said. "Our boys showed up and they played some heck of a ball tonight and I can't be more

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:29:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Raiders' offense sputters to a stop in loss to Redskins]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-offense-sputters-to-a-stop-in-loss-to-redskins/article/feed/495986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-offense-sputters-to-a-stop-in-loss-to-redskins/article/feed/495986?custom_click=rss

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Derek Carr's interception streak came to a crashing halt, and so did the invincibility of the Oakland Raiders' offense.

Carr threw two interceptions as Oakland put up just 128 offensive yards in a 27-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday night. The Raiders' only two scoring drives came off Washington turnovers deep in its territory as the running game that propelled them to a 2-0 start was stopped in its tracks.

"We got our butts handed to us," left tackle Donald Penn said. "We came out flat and very slow. That's not us. Good thing is it happened early in the year. We got time to get it fixed. But that's not the Raiders offense out there."

Behind Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders (2-1) entered wi

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:28:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Valbuena helps Angels end skid with 7-5 win over Astros]]> http://gazette.com/valbuena-helps-angels-end-skid-with-7-5-win-over-astros/article/feed/495981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/valbuena-helps-angels-end-skid-with-7-5-win-over-astros/article/feed/495981?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels left Houston upbeat after snapping a six-game skid with a much-needed win over the Astros to help their chase for the second AL wild card.

Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and Justin Upton tacked on an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth to lead the Angels to the 7-5 victory Sunday night.

The Angels are 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second wild card with seven games remaining.

"Anytime you win a game it feels good. We really needed that," second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "We needed wins way before that. But for us to win and play the way we did today, anything can happen. It's not over."

The Astros used a four-run thi

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:23:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: A brief history of President Trump's convoluted NFL involvement]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-a-brief-history-of-president-trumps-convoluted-nfl-involvement/article/1611872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-a-brief-history-of-president-trumps-convoluted-nfl-involvement/article/1611872?custom_click=rss

The Broncos, the NFL, the president, the people and the country were trapped in a travesty Sunday.

It would have been a good day to stay in the bedroom, turn off the TV and the cell phone, read a book and pay no attention to the world outside.

A man tweeted at me that he was "never watching the NFL ever again."

A Broncos player said if you don't like the United States, "go somewhere else."

The president said that locking arms is OK, but kneeling is not.

A friend texted me that the country is "going to hell in a hurry in a handbasket."

And nobody seemed to care about health care, the Rockies' outcome, Puerto Rico and Mexico, or what's happening with North Korea.

My head is spinning like Linda

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:39:32 -0600
<![CDATA[President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games]]> http://gazette.com/presidents-criticisms-spark-more-protests-at-nfl-games/article/1611878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/presidents-criticisms-spark-more-protests-at-nfl-games/article/1611878?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump's criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem sparked angry protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

A week ago, just six players protested.

Most NFL players on Sunday locked arms with their teammates — some standing, others kneeling — in a show of solidarity. A handful of teams stayed off the field until after "The Star-Spangled Banner" to avoid the issue altogether.

As he prepared to board Air Force One to return to Washington from New Jersey, Trump said the players protesting the anthem were "very disrespectful to our country" and called again on owners to stop what he considers

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:46:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Steelers don't participate in national anthem, with exception of ex-Ranger Alejandro Villanueva]]> http://gazette.com/steelers-dont-participate-in-national-anthem-with-exception-of-ex-ranger-alejandro-villanueva/article/1611880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/steelers-dont-participate-in-national-anthem-with-exception-of-ex-ranger-alejandro-villanueva/article/1611880?custom_click=rss

The Pittsburgh Steelers — mostly — opted not to participate in the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger and graduate of West Point, visibly stood outside the tunnel at Soldier Field with his hand over his heart during The Star-Spangled Banner while his teammates remained under cover inside the stadium.

Several Steelers coaches, including head coach Mike Tomlin, stood on the Pittsburgh sideline at attention during the anthem while the Bears stood arm in arm on their side of the field.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:43:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Super Bowl contenders? Until they prove it on the road, Denver Broncos are pretenders]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-super-bowl-contenders-until-they-prove-it-on-the-road-denver-broncos-are-pretenders/article/1611870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-super-bowl-contenders-until-they-prove-it-on-the-road-denver-broncos-are-pretenders/article/1611870?custom_click=rss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — This is an older, veteran team by now, one that’s had the key pieces in place for almost 40 games, give or take a Sunday afternoon or Monday night. 

The Broncos have skins on the wall, as John Fox used to say.

That’s what made Denver's 26-16 defeat to the Buffalo Bills so frustrating, perplexing and potentially damning to their playoff hopes. Youth can be no excuse for how the Broncos lost on Sunday. None of their game-altering mistakes was the result of overzealous effort, the kind you can live with. No, theirs were dumb mistakes, the kind that Super Bowl teams don’t make.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:49:30 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: More than 200 NFL players don't stand for anthem]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-more-than-200-nfl-players-dont-stand-for-anthem/article/1611843?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-more-than-200-nfl-players-dont-stand-for-anthem/article/1611843?custom_click=rss

The Latest on the sports world reacting to President Donald Trump's remarks about pro football.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:37:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: NFL players succeed where Trump and Kaepernick failed]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nfl-players-succeed-where-trump-and-kaepernick-failed/article/1611866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nfl-players-succeed-where-trump-and-kaepernick-failed/article/1611866?custom_click=rss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The most impactful kneeling on Sunday occurred after the Buffalo Bills beat the Denver Broncos 26-16 at New Era Field. 

It happened at the 50, right in the middle. Funny place to meet, huh?

Justin Simmons was at the center of the kneeling. He’s a second-year safety, a baby in NFL terms. Around him were 20 or 30 Broncos and Bills and players, huddled up like they want the same thing or something, even after 3 hours of smashing one another into the fake plastic turf. This kneeling, however, was productive, especially at this moment.

“We were praying for our country,” Simmons told me afterward.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:56:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: Bumbling Trevor Siemian and goofy call by confused ref doom the Broncos to defeat]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-bumbling-trevor-siemian-and-goofy-call-by-confused-ref-doom-the-broncos-to-defeat/article/1611858?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-bumbling-trevor-siemian-and-goofy-call-by-confused-ref-doom-the-broncos-to-defeat/article/1611858?custom_click=rss

What happened to the team we knew?

The Broncos looked magnificent last week while utterly dominating the (allegedly) mighty Cowboys.

The same team bumbled to defeat in Buffalo. The Broncos will be stumbling into next week’s game against the invading Raiders, always the mangiest team in the NFL. The AFC West is mighty this season, and the Broncos never looked mighty on Sunday.

What happened?

Here are two reasons why the Broncos lost to the Bills:

One – Trevor Siemian’s errant arm

Let’s get this straight: Siemian has often been sensational this season. He was dominating against the Cowboys.

He returned to mediocrity against the Bills.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:51:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Roughly half of Denver Broncos roster joins protests prior to game at Buffalo Bills]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-roughly-half-of-denver-broncos-roster-joins-protests-prior-to-game-at-buffalo-bills/article/1611845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-roughly-half-of-denver-broncos-roster-joins-protests-prior-to-game-at-buffalo-bills/article/1611845?custom_click=rss

BUFFALO — Perhaps no NFL team embodies the expanding political divide in America more than the Denver Broncos.

Balanced by a highly paid linebacker who was one of the first players to kneel during the national anthem and a front office with strong conservative leanings, some of the Broncos joined protests across the league in Week 3 on Sunday.

Roughly half of the Broncos roster and half of the Bills roster kneeled during the national anthem at New Era Field. At least one of the Broncos players, offensive lineman Max Garcia, raised a fist into the air as the anthem concluded and a pair of fighter jets roared over the stadium during a flyover.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:30:50 -0600
<![CDATA[President's criticisms incite more protests at NFL games ]]> http://gazette.com/presidents-criticisms-incite-more-protests-at-nfl-games/article/1611837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/presidents-criticisms-incite-more-protests-at-nfl-games/article/1611837?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump's criticism of players who protest during the national anthem incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday, with more than 100 NFL players sitting or kneeling, others raising their fists and whole teams standing with locked arms to display unity.

One team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, stayed in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Last week across the entire NFL, only four players knelt or sat, and two stood with their fists raised. In the nine early games Sunday, AP reporters counted 102 players kneeling or sitting, and at least three raising their fists.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:10:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Jaguars owner joins players during anthem protest in first game since Trump’s NFL remarks]]> http://gazette.com/jaguars-owner-joins-players-during-anthem-protest-in-first-game-since-trumps-nfl-remarks/article/1611838?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jaguars-owner-joins-players-during-anthem-protest-in-first-game-since-trumps-nfl-remarks/article/1611838?custom_click=rss

Less than three hours after President Trump called on NFL owners to suspend or fire players who protest during the national anthem, the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — the first teams to play on Sunday — linked arms or took a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the teams 9:30 a.m. EDT kickoff in London’s Wembley Stadium.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh joined his players, linking arms, and Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis took a knee. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who had contributed $1 million to the Trump inauguration, locked arms with his players in what is believed to be the first visible participation in relation to anthem protests by a league owner.

One Ravens player stood alone, but

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:45:24 -0600
<![CDATA[The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday]]> http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1611809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1611809?custom_click=rss

No. 10 Local college home highlights include Air Force men's soccer Friday and Saturday, with men's water polo and women's volleyball also on Saturday

No. 9 Prep highlights include a big week for Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge, they face each other in softball and volleyball, plus L-P plays Sand Creek in boys' tennis and Palmer Ridge plays Canon City in a big football game

No. 8 The Presidents Cup men's golf tourney pitting U.S. vs. the World (outside Europe) takes place

No. 7 A world-qualifying NORCECA men's volleyball tourney takes place at the Olympic Training Center with the U.S. and other teams

No. 6 The Colorado Springs Switchbacks host Orange County as the regular season winds down


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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:19:31 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Trump wrong on Brandon Marshall, others who protest during anthem]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-trump-wrong-on-brandon-marshall-others-who-protest-during-anthem/article/1611820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-trump-wrong-on-brandon-marshall-others-who-protest-during-anthem/article/1611820?custom_click=rss

Brandon Marshall is not the son of a bitch.

He’s the son of Barbara, a proud, diligent American who worked two jobs to support Brandon and his brother, Marcus. When looking back on those days as a single mother, she emphasizes those who helped ease her burden. Her father served as strong support. And so did her God. She prayed, she said, without ceasing.

Marshall, a Broncos linebacker, kneeled last season during the national anthem. He kneeled for the same reason Alexander Hamilton savagely battled against the oppressive English and Martin Luther King Jr. peacefully marched against a racist regime in the South. Marshall saw injustice and chose to act. He believed unarmed, defenseless young men were being shot dead by

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:45:12 -0600
<![CDATA[A glance at the Air Force-San Diego State football game]]> http://gazette.com/a-glance-at-the-air-force-san-diego-state-football-game/article/1611834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-glance-at-the-air-force-san-diego-state-football-game/article/1611834?custom_click=rss


Rashaad Penny, San Diego State RB

Penny, who entered the game as the NCAA's leading rusher, had 20 carries for 128 yards, three touchdowns and caught three passes for 18 yards.

All but 5 yards of that offensive output came in the second half, as Penny became the driving force for the Aztecs' offensive comeback.


Rarely does a game have such a clearly defined moment that changed the action.

When the lightning struck and forced a 1-hour, 28-minute delay, Air Force led 9-0 and had dominated the action with runs between the tackles. Neither team had completed a pass at that point.

But over the final 37 minutes, San Diego State gained more than 300 yards,

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Tim McVey kept using the word “weird” to describe Air Force’s loss to San Diego State.

And he’s right. It was weird. A monsoon descended on Falcon Stadium, chasing virtually everyone from the stadium. During the game’s final 21/2 quarters, the teams battled in front of 150 hardy fans, and that might be a generous count.

Those fans watched what Air Force can almost do. For the second week in a row, the Falcons tangled nobly with a national power, but fell short. No one should shout at Air Force for failing to topple Michigan and San Diego State.

But it’s time for Air Force to start showing what it actually can do.

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This bizarre night for Air Force included a hot start in monsoon-like conditions, a long weather delay and then a back-and-forth finish in an empty stadium against a ranked opponent.

But in the end, it was a loss. And all those other factors melted away in the frustration of a 28-24 loss to No. 22 San Diego State at Falcon Stadium on Saturday night.

“It sucks,” quarterback Arion Worthman said. “Losing’s tough, especially one like that. We felt we had it.”

Before a 1-hour, 28-minute pause in action, Air Force very much had it. The Falcons outgained the Aztecs 113-46 and led 9-0 after a 29-yard touchdown run from Ronald Cleveland and a 45-yard field goal from Luke Strebel into a sheet of rain.

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