<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Fri, 22 May 2015 17:53:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rays' minor league team cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box' promotion]]> By BEN WALKER http://gazette.com/rays-minor-league-team-cancels-a-rod-juice-box-promotion/article/feed/236427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rays-minor-league-team-cancels-a-rod-juice-box-promotion/article/feed/236427?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — What began as "A-Rod Juice Box" promo night for a Tampa Bay Rays minor league team quickly became Apology Night.

The Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League on Friday night abruptly canceled the promotion that barbed slugger Alex Rodriguez after a complaint by the New York Yankees.

The Class A team had planned the giveaway for the first 500 fans at its game in Port Charlotte against Tampa, a Yankees' affiliate. The writing on the boxes said "100% percent juiced" with side effects that included "tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!"

Rodriguez, fourth on the career home run list, missed the 2014 season while serving a drug suspension and returned to the Yanke

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — What began as "A-Rod Juice Box" promo night for a Tampa Bay Rays minor league team quickly became Apology Night.

The Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League on Friday night abruptly canceled the promotion that barbed slugger Alex Rodriguez after a complaint by the New York Yankees.

The Class A team had planned the giveaway for the first 500 fans at its game in Port Charlotte against Tampa, a Yankees' affiliate. The writing on the boxes said "100% percent juiced" with side effects that included "tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!"

Rodriguez, fourth on the career home run list, missed the 2014 season while serving a drug suspension and returned to the Yanke]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:37:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Kevin Na closes with 'good bogey,' leads wet Colonial]]> By STEPHEN HAWKINS http://gazette.com/kevin-na-closes-with-good-bogey-leads-wet-colonial/article/feed/236429?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kevin-na-closes-with-good-bogey-leads-wet-colonial/article/feed/236429?custom_click=rss

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert.

Not even that could dampen Na's second round that gave him the lead halfway through the soggy tournament.

Na took the penalty drop near the 17th fairway, and hit a blind approach shot over bleachers to the back side of the 18th green. His two-putt from 20 feet wrapped up a 4-under 66.

"A good bogey," Na said.

At 10-under 130, he was two strokes ahead of Ian Poulter (67) and three up on 2013 Colonial winner Boo Weekley (69).

Na also made some long birdie putts. His 30-footer off the fringe at No.

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]]> FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert.

Not even that could dampen Na's second round that gave him the lead halfway through the soggy tournament.

Na took the penalty drop near the 17th fairway, and hit a blind approach shot over bleachers to the back side of the 18th green. His two-putt from 20 feet wrapped up a 4-under 66.

"A good bogey," Na said.

At 10-under 130, he was two strokes ahead of Ian Poulter (67) and three up on 2013 Colonial winner Boo Weekley (69).

Na also made some long birdie putts. His 30-footer off the fringe at No.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:37:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89]]> http://gazette.com/harlem-globetrotters-great-marques-haynes-dies-at-89/article/feed/236350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harlem-globetrotters-great-marques-haynes-dies-at-89/article/feed/236350?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.

Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was 89.

"Basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures," Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said.

In two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53 and 1972-79 — Haynes played in more than 1,200 games for a team that combined dazzling skills, theatrical flair and circus antics.

The Globetrotters will dedicate their 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Haynes and

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.

Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was 89.

"Basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures," Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said.

In two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53 and 1972-79 — Haynes played in more than 1,200 games for a team that combined dazzling skills, theatrical flair and circus antics.

The Globetrotters will dedicate their 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Haynes and ]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:36:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Warriors head to Houston up 2-0]]> By KRISTIE RIEKEN http://gazette.com/warriors-head-to-houston-up-2-0/article/feed/236428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warriors-head-to-houston-up-2-0/article/feed/236428?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry has been playing like the MVP he is to help the Golden State Warriors to 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Now things get tougher as the Warriors head to Houston for two games beginning Saturday night.

Curry scored 34 points in Game 1, 33 in Game 2 and has made 11 3-pointers in the series.

"You put a lot of hard work into your craft, and when you rely on that work, you kind of just are in the moment, and those shots, when you rise up to take them, it feels natural, it feels normal," Curry said. "I feel confident, and you just live with the results.

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]]> HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry has been playing like the MVP he is to help the Golden State Warriors to 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Now things get tougher as the Warriors head to Houston for two games beginning Saturday night.

Curry scored 34 points in Game 1, 33 in Game 2 and has made 11 3-pointers in the series.

"You put a lot of hard work into your craft, and when you rely on that work, you kind of just are in the moment, and those shots, when you rise up to take them, it feels natural, it feels normal," Curry said. "I feel confident, and you just live with the results.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:36:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Brewers' Smith suspended 8 games for rosin, sunscreen on arm]]> By GEORGE HENRY http://gazette.com/brewers-smith-suspended-8-games-for-rosin-sunscreen-on-arm/article/feed/236338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brewers-smith-suspended-8-games-for-rosin-sunscreen-on-arm/article/feed/236338?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn't see a shiny substance on reliever Will Smith's right arm until it was too late.

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had already emerged from the dugout to ask umpires to check to see if Smith was cheating.

"Fredi did what he had to do, I understand," Counsell said. "He's competing, he's trying to win a game. That's what he thought he had to do."

Smith was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Friday for having a foreign substance on his arm in Thursday's 10-1 loss to the Braves.

Because Smith plans to appeal, the penalty is on hold. Smith will be available for Friday night's game.

"He wants to question the severity of it," Cou

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn't see a shiny substance on reliever Will Smith's right arm until it was too late.

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had already emerged from the dugout to ask umpires to check to see if Smith was cheating.

"Fredi did what he had to do, I understand," Counsell said. "He's competing, he's trying to win a game. That's what he thought he had to do."

Smith was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Friday for having a foreign substance on his arm in Thursday's 10-1 loss to the Braves.

Because Smith plans to appeal, the penalty is on hold. Smith will be available for Friday night's game.

"He wants to question the severity of it," Cou]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:36:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Cavs' Irving held out of Game 2 with sore left knee]]> By CHARLES ODUM http://gazette.com/cavs-irving-held-out-of-game-2-with-sore-left-knee/article/feed/236282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cavs-irving-held-out-of-game-2-with-sore-left-knee/article/feed/236282?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving missed Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night after he had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Irving had been listed as questionable after scoring only 10 points and sitting out the final 8 minutes of the Cavaliers' victory in Game 1.

The team announced about 90 minutes before the game that Cavaliers physician Dr. Richard Parker accompanied Irving on the visit to Andrews. The location of the examination was not disclosed.

"The medical evaluation and decision on their part was it was best to hold him out," coach David Blatt said.

The team said Irving returned to Atlanta for the game.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving missed Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night after he had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Irving had been listed as questionable after scoring only 10 points and sitting out the final 8 minutes of the Cavaliers' victory in Game 1.

The team announced about 90 minutes before the game that Cavaliers physician Dr. Richard Parker accompanied Irving on the visit to Andrews. The location of the examination was not disclosed.

"The medical evaluation and decision on their part was it was best to hold him out," coach David Blatt said.

The team said Irving returned to Atlanta for the game.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:36:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Marlins players fail to show for charity event]]> By STEVEN WINE http://gazette.com/marlins-players-fail-to-show-for-charity-event/article/feed/236404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marlins-players-fail-to-show-for-charity-event/article/feed/236404?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Miami Marlins players further disappointed their fans by failing to show as advertised for a charity event.

The organization had said players would attend the event to benefit the inner cities baseball program. When no players showed, fans complained on social media, and team president David Samson wasn't happy either.

"I'm disappointed no players were there," Samson said before Friday's game. "Win or lose, what we do in the community matters most. When you have a commitment with the community, you've got to do it. The job doesn't end at the 27th out."

The event was Thursday evening at Marlins Park and began 3 1/2 hours after the team lost to Arizona, completing a four

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Miami Marlins players further disappointed their fans by failing to show as advertised for a charity event.

The organization had said players would attend the event to benefit the inner cities baseball program. When no players showed, fans complained on social media, and team president David Samson wasn't happy either.

"I'm disappointed no players were there," Samson said before Friday's game. "Win or lose, what we do in the community matters most. When you have a commitment with the community, you've got to do it. The job doesn't end at the 27th out."

The event was Thursday evening at Marlins Park and began 3 1/2 hours after the team lost to Arizona, completing a four]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:34:52 -0600 <![CDATA[No immediate surgery for A's Coco Crisp]]> http://gazette.com/no-immediate-surgery-for-as-coco-crisp/article/feed/236421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-immediate-surgery-for-as-coco-crisp/article/feed/236421?custom_click=rss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have ruled out immediate neck surgery for outfielder Coco Crisp.

The A's said Friday they expect to make a decision this weekend on Crisp's playing status. He had a similar injury last season, and hasn't played since leaving a game Tuesday in Houston with a stiff neck.

The 35-year-old Crisp had an MRI taken on the neck Wednesday, but manager Bob Melvin said it did not reveal anything the A's didn't know last season. Crisp, who had surgery on his elbow in early April, is batting .044 in 13 games this season.

Oakland placed relief pitcher Edward Mujica on the 15-day disabled list Friday and called up shortstop Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville.

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]]> ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have ruled out immediate neck surgery for outfielder Coco Crisp.

The A's said Friday they expect to make a decision this weekend on Crisp's playing status. He had a similar injury last season, and hasn't played since leaving a game Tuesday in Houston with a stiff neck.

The 35-year-old Crisp had an MRI taken on the neck Wednesday, but manager Bob Melvin said it did not reveal anything the A's didn't know last season. Crisp, who had surgery on his elbow in early April, is batting .044 in 13 games this season.

Oakland placed relief pitcher Edward Mujica on the 15-day disabled list Friday and called up shortstop Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:34:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Garcia scratched from White Sox's lineup with inflamed knee]]> http://gazette.com/garcia-scratched-from-white-soxs-lineup-with-inflamed-knee/article/feed/236437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/garcia-scratched-from-white-soxs-lineup-with-inflamed-knee/article/feed/236437?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins because of inflammation in his right knee.

Garcia, batting .319 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was lifted for a pinch runner in the 10th inning of Monday's win over Cleveland but played in the next three games.

With Garcia out, J.B. Shuck is starting in right and batting seventh.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins because of inflammation in his right knee.

Garcia, batting .319 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was lifted for a pinch runner in the 10th inning of Monday's win over Cleveland but played in the next three games.

With Garcia out, J.B. Shuck is starting in right and batting seventh.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:34:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Red Sox call up Cuban OF Rusney Castillo]]> http://gazette.com/red-sox-call-up-cuban-of-rusney-castillo/article/feed/236436?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-sox-call-up-cuban-of-rusney-castillo/article/feed/236436?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A.

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Castillo on the roster. The Cuban native started in right field in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

It's Castillo's first major league stint of the season. He played 10 games for the Red Sox last year, batting .333 with two homers and six RBIs. He was batting .327 in Triple-A this year.

Bradley is 0 for 11 with the Red Sox this year.

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A.

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Castillo on the roster. The Cuban native started in right field in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

It's Castillo's first major league stint of the season. He played 10 games for the Red Sox last year, batting .333 with two homers and six RBIs. He was batting .327 in Triple-A this year.

Bradley is 0 for 11 with the Red Sox this year.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:34:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Babcock bids emotional farewell in Detroit]]> By NOAH TRISTER http://gazette.com/babcock-bids-emotional-farewell-in-detroit/article/feed/236422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/babcock-bids-emotional-farewell-in-detroit/article/feed/236422?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address.

He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago.

"I dug it out here today — I'm going through and cleaning out my office," Babcock said. "There it is. That's my first day on the job."

After 10 seasons, Babcock is no longer the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, having been hired to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He moves from one storied franchise to another, and the cracking in his voice Friday indicated just how much he still appreciates the team he's departing.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address.

He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago.

"I dug it out here today — I'm going through and cleaning out my office," Babcock said. "There it is. That's my first day on the job."

After 10 seasons, Babcock is no longer the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, having been hired to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He moves from one storied franchise to another, and the cracking in his voice Friday indicated just how much he still appreciates the team he's departing.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:21:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Column: Olympic champion Schmitt struggles away from pool]]> By PAUL NEWBERRY http://gazette.com/column-olympic-champion-schmitt-struggles-away-from-pool/article/feed/236419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-olympic-champion-schmitt-struggles-away-from-pool/article/feed/236419?custom_click=rss

Allison Schmitt seemed like the happiest person at the pool.

Always laughing. Always telling a corny joke.

Ask anyone about the five-time Olympic medalist, they'll quickly rattle off some offbeat thing she said or did, something that got everyone smiling. They'll usually finish the story with two words: "That's Schmitty."

But after her starring role at the 2012 London Games, the swimmer realized something wasn't right. She felt depressed. She really didn't like herself but wasn't sure why.

For the longest time, she didn't talk about it.

But the 24-year-old Pennsylvania native opened up about her struggles during an interview with The Associated Press at last weekend's pro swim meet in Charlotte, North Caroli

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]]> Allison Schmitt seemed like the happiest person at the pool.

Always laughing. Always telling a corny joke.

Ask anyone about the five-time Olympic medalist, they'll quickly rattle off some offbeat thing she said or did, something that got everyone smiling. They'll usually finish the story with two words: "That's Schmitty."

But after her starring role at the 2012 London Games, the swimmer realized something wasn't right. She felt depressed. She really didn't like herself but wasn't sure why.

For the longest time, she didn't talk about it.

But the 24-year-old Pennsylvania native opened up about her struggles during an interview with The Associated Press at last weekend's pro swim meet in Charlotte, North Caroli]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:21:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Houston star Harden's unique game hard to stop _ and to like]]> By KRISTIE RIEKEN http://gazette.com/houston-star-hardens-unique-game-hard-to-stop-and-to-like/article/feed/236416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/houston-star-hardens-unique-game-hard-to-stop-and-to-like/article/feed/236416?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Whether he's stirring the pot after a big shot or flailing his arms to draw contact en route to the basket James Harden evokes strong reactions from fans and players alike.

The internet abounds with people complaining that his game isn't aesthetically pleasing, but he's even tougher to stop than his game is to like.

The Warriors did shut him down on the final play to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. There is a lot of ongoing chatter about his decision to pass the ball to teammate Dwight Howard at the 3-point line in the final seconds. The talk will likely continue until Game 3 tips off on Saturday.

But the discussions won't deter the Rockets' bearded star as Houston looks to hold serve

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]]> HOUSTON (AP) — Whether he's stirring the pot after a big shot or flailing his arms to draw contact en route to the basket James Harden evokes strong reactions from fans and players alike.

The internet abounds with people complaining that his game isn't aesthetically pleasing, but he's even tougher to stop than his game is to like.

The Warriors did shut him down on the final play to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. There is a lot of ongoing chatter about his decision to pass the ball to teammate Dwight Howard at the 3-point line in the final seconds. The talk will likely continue until Game 3 tips off on Saturday.

But the discussions won't deter the Rockets' bearded star as Houston looks to hold serve ]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:21:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Battle in front of nets key to reaching Stanley Cup final]]> By JAY COHEN http://gazette.com/battle-in-front-of-nets-key-to-reaching-stanley-cup-final/article/feed/236415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/battle-in-front-of-nets-key-to-reaching-stanley-cup-final/article/feed/236415?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL's hottest real estate in May is about 30 square feet in front of each goal. You have to fight to get there, and it is quite difficult to stay in place after you arrive.

Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

Making the most of that small area right in front of the net could go a long way to determining which teams get to compete for the Stanley Cup.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL's hottest real estate in May is about 30 square feet in front of each goal. You have to fight to get there, and it is quite difficult to stay in place after you arrive.

Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

Making the most of that small area right in front of the net could go a long way to determining which teams get to compete for the Stanley Cup.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:07:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub]]> By WILL GRAVES http://gazette.com/pirates-star-mccutchen-laughs-off-leaked-pay-stub/article/feed/236395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pirates-star-mccutchen-laughs-off-leaked-pay-stub/article/feed/236395?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit.

The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid.

McCutchen's two-week stub was left behind in the visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field last weekend following a series with the Cubs.

"It was given to me and I was in the middle of doing something else," McCutchen said. "I put it down real quick and then we left, and I left it there."

A Reddit user posted a picture of the statement, saying a friend came across it while taking a tour of Wrigley Field.

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]]> PITTSBURGH (AP) — Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit.

The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid.

McCutchen's two-week stub was left behind in the visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field last weekend following a series with the Cubs.

"It was given to me and I was in the middle of doing something else," McCutchen said. "I put it down real quick and then we left, and I left it there."

A Reddit user posted a picture of the statement, saying a friend came across it while taking a tour of Wrigley Field.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:04:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Dominant pitching, timely hitting has Lewis-Palmer among last four of state baseball tourney]]> http://gazette.com/dominant-pitching-timely-hitting-has-lewis-palmer-among-last-four-of-state-baseball-tourney/article/1552338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dominant-pitching-timely-hitting-has-lewis-palmer-among-last-four-of-state-baseball-tourney/article/1552338?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Lewis-Palmer wanted to show off its 1-2 pitching punch to the rest of the state during the Class 4A state baseball tournament.

The Rangers also wanted to see Evergreen.

They got both wishes and showed why they wanted both as the Rangers won back-to-back playoff games Thursday at Metro State to advance to the final four of the tournament.

The Rangers (21-3) will play Ponderosa (15-9) on Tuesday in the double-elimination tournament.

Starting pitchers Paul Tillotson and Colin Cicere combined to throw 14 innings of scoreless baseball for the Rangers and four-hole hitter Billy Cook came up with the game-winning RBI in both games after Tillotson was intentionally walked.

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]]> DENVER - Lewis-Palmer wanted to show off its 1-2 pitching punch to the rest of the state during the Class 4A state baseball tournament.

The Rangers also wanted to see Evergreen.

They got both wishes and showed why they wanted both as the Rangers won back-to-back playoff games Thursday at Metro State to advance to the final four of the tournament.

The Rangers (21-3) will play Ponderosa (15-9) on Tuesday in the double-elimination tournament.

Starting pitchers Paul Tillotson and Colin Cicere combined to throw 14 innings of scoreless baseball for the Rangers and four-hole hitter Billy Cook came up with the game-winning RBI in both games after Tillotson was intentionally walked.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:15:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Will Nuggets draft a superstar? History screams no]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-will-nuggets-draft-a-superstar-history-screams-no/article/1552339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-will-nuggets-draft-a-superstar-history-screams-no/article/1552339?custom_click=rss

Josh Kroenke looked stunned and confused and disappointed. In short, he looked like a Denver Nuggets fan.

On Tuesday night, Kroenke hoped to climb to the top of the NBA draft lottery. Instead, the basketball powers from above handed Kroenke, the Nuggets struggling mastermind, the No. 7 pick in the upcoming draft.

For reasons that are obvious to anyone who has followed the Nuggets for more than 10 or 15 minutes, I don't expect this pick to develop into a superstar.

Why do I say this?

Easy. Because virtually nothing turns out too well when it comes to the Nuggets.

The Nuggets have never traveled to the NBA Finals. The Nuggets have spent most of their depressing history stuck near the bottom.

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]]> Josh Kroenke looked stunned and confused and disappointed. In short, he looked like a Denver Nuggets fan.

On Tuesday night, Kroenke hoped to climb to the top of the NBA draft lottery. Instead, the basketball powers from above handed Kroenke, the Nuggets struggling mastermind, the No. 7 pick in the upcoming draft.

For reasons that are obvious to anyone who has followed the Nuggets for more than 10 or 15 minutes, I don't expect this pick to develop into a superstar.

Why do I say this?

Easy. Because virtually nothing turns out too well when it comes to the Nuggets.

The Nuggets have never traveled to the NBA Finals. The Nuggets have spent most of their depressing history stuck near the bottom.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:10:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-de-antonio-smith-under-investigation-in-texas/article/1552294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-de-antonio-smith-under-investigation-in-texas/article/1552294?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."

Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a complaint was made against Smith in November and it was "sexual in nature." After its investigation, the sheriff's office forwarded its findings to the county District Attorney's Office in February.

The district attorney's office didn't return phone calls from The Associated Press on Thursday. When contacted by the Denver Post, District Attorney John Healey declined to discuss the nature of his



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ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."

Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a complaint was made against Smith in November and it was "sexual in nature." After its investigation, the sheriff's office forwarded its findings to the county District Attorney's Office in February.

The district attorney's office didn't return phone calls from The Associated Press on Thursday. When contacted by the Denver Post, District Attorney John Healey declined to discuss the nature of his

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Thu, 21 May 2015 21:34:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Pride open women's soccer season with rout over Colorado Storm]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-pride-open-womens-soccer-season-with-rout-over-colorado-storm/article/1552278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-pride-open-womens-soccer-season-with-rout-over-colorado-storm/article/1552278?custom_click=rss

Greeley: The W-League Colorado Pride opened the 2015 campaign with a decisive 6-0 victory over their northern rival, Colorado Storm, at Northern Colorado’s Jackson Field. Britt Eckerstrom and Kaitlyn Smith combined for the clean sheet.

The Pride opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Colorado College standout Sarah Schweiss fed the ball to Kaitlyn Johnson. The Western Conference hopefuls connected two more times before half with tallies by Tara Andrews (34th minute) and Katy Oehring (42).

Andrews earned a PK in the 52nd and Elizabet Madjarac put it in the cage. Katy Couperous and Andrews finished the evening with goals in the 68th and 89th minutes.



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Greeley: The W-League Colorado Pride opened the 2015 campaign with a decisive 6-0 victory over their northern rival, Colorado Storm, at Northern Colorado’s Jackson Field. Britt Eckerstrom and Kaitlyn Smith combined for the clean sheet.

The Pride opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Colorado College standout Sarah Schweiss fed the ball to Kaitlyn Johnson. The Western Conference hopefuls connected two more times before half with tallies by Tara Andrews (34th minute) and Katy Oehring (42).

Andrews earned a PK in the 52nd and Elizabet Madjarac put it in the cage. Katy Couperous and Andrews finished the evening with goals in the 68th and 89th minutes.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 20:50:46 -0600
<![CDATA[McKenry's homer lifts Rockies to win over Phillies]]> http://gazette.com/mckenrys-homer-lifts-rockies-to-win-over-phillies/article/1552333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mckenrys-homer-lifts-rockies-to-win-over-phillies/article/1552333?custom_click=rss

DENVER — On a day Jorge De La Rosa struggled to get anything over the plate, he became the team's career strikeouts leader.

Wild, just like his control.

Michael McKenry hit a two-run homer and De La Rosa etched his name into the Colorado record books as the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 on Thursday.

De La Rosa fanned Freddy Galvis in the fourth for his 774th strikeout in a Rockies uniform, moving past good friend Ubaldo Jimenez, who now is with Baltimore.

That made De La Rosa's erratic outing a little more palatable. De La Rosa struck out five in 4 1-3 innings before being pulled for Christian Bergman (2-0), who got a pair of flyouts in the fifth.

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DENVER — On a day Jorge De La Rosa struggled to get anything over the plate, he became the team's career strikeouts leader.

Wild, just like his control.

Michael McKenry hit a two-run homer and De La Rosa etched his name into the Colorado record books as the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 on Thursday.

De La Rosa fanned Freddy Galvis in the fourth for his 774th strikeout in a Rockies uniform, moving past good friend Ubaldo Jimenez, who now is with Baltimore.

That made De La Rosa's erratic outing a little more palatable. De La Rosa struck out five in 4 1-3 innings before being pulled for Christian Bergman (2-0), who got a pair of flyouts in the fifth.

"It was a bad outing for me," said

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Thu, 21 May 2015 19:25:17 -0600
<![CDATA[SI's off-season NFL Power Rankings: Broncos too high or low?]]> http://gazette.com/sis-off-season-nfl-power-rankings-broncos-too-high-or-low/article/1552307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sis-off-season-nfl-power-rankings-broncos-too-high-or-low/article/1552307?custom_click=rss

The NFL? We're still weeks away from the MLB All-Star Game (July 14), yet the NFL never stops.

Sports Illustrated published NFL power rankings and the Denver Broncos are left out of the top five. The Broncos are ranked sixth, behind Dallas, Indianapolis, New England, Green Bay and No. 1 Seattle. 

Click here to see the full list of rankings.



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The NFL? We're still weeks away from the MLB All-Star Game (July 14), yet the NFL never stops.

Sports Illustrated published NFL power rankings and the Denver Broncos are left out of the top five. The Broncos are ranked sixth, behind Dallas, Indianapolis, New England, Green Bay and No. 1 Seattle. 

Click here to see the full list of rankings.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 12:40:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Switchbacks survive scare from Boulder amateurs]]> http://gazette.com/switchbacks-survive-scare-from-boulder-amateurs/article/1552282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/switchbacks-survive-scare-from-boulder-amateurs/article/1552282?custom_click=rss

Someone forgot to tell the Harpo's they were supposed to lose.

They did, but not before putting a scare into the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The hosts held on for a 2-1 win Wednesday over the Boulder-based pub team in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament at Sand Creek Stadium.

"2-0 is the toughest lead to defend," said Switchbacks forward Martin Maybin, who scored both Colorado Springs goals. "We knew we would get their best."

Harpo's best was plenty good enough. The rally began when Kevin Haber scored on a header in the 49th minute to cut the Switchbacks' lead to 2-1.

Suddenly, the only amateurs left in the tournament knew they could pull off the upset over the United Soccer League pros.



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Someone forgot to tell the Harpo's they were supposed to lose.

They did, but not before putting a scare into the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The hosts held on for a 2-1 win Wednesday over the Boulder-based pub team in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament at Sand Creek Stadium.

"2-0 is the toughest lead to defend," said Switchbacks forward Martin Maybin, who scored both Colorado Springs goals. "We knew we would get their best."

Harpo's best was plenty good enough. The rally began when Kevin Haber scored on a header in the 49th minute to cut the Switchbacks' lead to 2-1.

Suddenly, the only amateurs left in the tournament knew they could pull off the upset over the United Soccer League pros.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 11:31:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Cheyenne Mountain's Hannah Gerdin appreciates winning her third soccer title]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-cheyenne-mountains-hannah-gerdin-appreciates-winning-her-third-soccer-title/article/1552280?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-cheyenne-mountains-hannah-gerdin-appreciates-winning-her-third-soccer-title/article/1552280?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY - Hannah Gerdin is an expert when it comes to state soccer titles. She's won three during her spectacular career at Cheyenne Mountain, which gives her the luxury of comparing the times she ruled Colorado.

"This is different," she said after leading her teammates to an epic 2-1 victory over Lewis-Palmer that required two overtimes and penalty kicks before winding to a conclusion.

Her teammates were off celebrating, but Gerdin stood alone considering the victory that came with tremendous struggle, the victory that almost didn't happen.

"This is different than all the others we've been through," she said.

She's right.

Gerdin and CM dominated Colorado 4A in 2013 and 2014, stampeding to victories.



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COMMERCE CITY - Hannah Gerdin is an expert when it comes to state soccer titles. She's won three during her spectacular career at Cheyenne Mountain, which gives her the luxury of comparing the times she ruled Colorado.

"This is different," she said after leading her teammates to an epic 2-1 victory over Lewis-Palmer that required two overtimes and penalty kicks before winding to a conclusion.

Her teammates were off celebrating, but Gerdin stood alone considering the victory that came with tremendous struggle, the victory that almost didn't happen.

"This is different than all the others we've been through," she said.

She's right.

Gerdin and CM dominated Colorado 4A in 2013 and 2014, stampeding to victories.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 11:30:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Cheyenne Mountain makes Colorado soccer history with third straight 4A girls' title]]> http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-makes-colorado-soccer-history-with-third-straight-4a-girls-title/article/1552274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-makes-colorado-soccer-history-with-third-straight-4a-girls-title/article/1552274?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY - Cheyenne Mountain’s third consecutive girls’ soccer state championship will come with an asterisk.

And a good one at that.

The third-seeded Indians became the first girls’ soccer team in Colorado at any classification to win three consecutive titles after beating No. 8 Lewis-Palmer via penalty kicks 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Stadium on Wednesday.

Cheyenne Mountain (14-5-1) made six consecutive penalty kicks before goalie Stephanie Deines dived to her right to stop Jenny Allenspach’s shot, setting off the Indians’ third celebration.

Deines was in goal because would-be starter Hunter Peifer missed the season with an injury.



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COMMERCE CITY - Cheyenne Mountain’s third consecutive girls’ soccer state championship will come with an asterisk.

And a good one at that.

The third-seeded Indians became the first girls’ soccer team in Colorado at any classification to win three consecutive titles after beating No. 8 Lewis-Palmer via penalty kicks 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Stadium on Wednesday.

Cheyenne Mountain (14-5-1) made six consecutive penalty kicks before goalie Stephanie Deines dived to her right to stop Jenny Allenspach’s shot, setting off the Indians’ third celebration.

Deines was in goal because would-be starter Hunter Peifer missed the season with an injury.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 11:27:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Butler struggles as Rockies fall to Phillies]]> http://gazette.com/butler-struggles-as-rockies-fall-to-phillies/article/1552284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/butler-struggles-as-rockies-fall-to-phillies/article/1552284?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Eddie Butler struggled on the mound for the second straight start. His problems off the mound hurt him, too.

Butler followed up the shortest outing of his career with another shaky start, and his two fielding errors helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night.

"He just hasn't been able to reel it in once it starts getting away from him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The command is the biggest thing. That's what's been the difference the last couple of times out."

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead at the outset against Butler (2-5), who labored to get through a 43-pitch first inning.



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DENVER — Eddie Butler struggled on the mound for the second straight start. His problems off the mound hurt him, too.

Butler followed up the shortest outing of his career with another shaky start, and his two fielding errors helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night.

"He just hasn't been able to reel it in once it starts getting away from him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The command is the biggest thing. That's what's been the difference the last couple of times out."

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead at the outset against Butler (2-5), who labored to get through a 43-pitch first inning.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 23:26:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Air Force d-lineman gets chance to start at guard for Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/former-air-force-d-lineman-gets-chance-to-start-at-guard-for-broncos/article/1552279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-air-force-d-lineman-gets-chance-to-start-at-guard-for-broncos/article/1552279?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors.

Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force defensive lineman is finally getting his shot at starting on Denver's offensive line.

He's competing with veteran journeyman Shelley Smith, among others, for the left guard spot vacated when Orlando Franklin bolted to San Diego in free agency.

Garland played in eight games last season after spending two years on the Broncos' practice squad, a stint that followed his two-year



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ENGLEWOOD — Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors.

Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force defensive lineman is finally getting his shot at starting on Denver's offensive line.

He's competing with veteran journeyman Shelley Smith, among others, for the left guard spot vacated when Orlando Franklin bolted to San Diego in free agency.

Garland played in eight games last season after spending two years on the Broncos' practice squad, a stint that followed his two-year

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Wed, 20 May 2015 21:23:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Nuggets center Nurkic undergoes surgery to fix torn tendon]]> http://gazette.com/nuggets-center-nurkic-undergoes-surgery-to-fix-torn-tendon/article/1552277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nuggets-center-nurkic-undergoes-surgery-to-fix-torn-tendon/article/1552277?custom_click=rss DENVER — The Denver Nuggets say rookie center Jusuf Nurkic underwent surgery to fix a torn left patellar tendon.

Nurkic had the procedure Wednesday at a clinic in Los Angeles. The team did not give a timeline for his return.

Nurkic averaged 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 2014-15. He was recently selected to the NBA all-rookie second team.



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DENVER — The Denver Nuggets say rookie center Jusuf Nurkic underwent surgery to fix a torn left patellar tendon.

Nurkic had the procedure Wednesday at a clinic in Los Angeles. The team did not give a timeline for his return.

Nurkic averaged 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 2014-15. He was recently selected to the NBA all-rookie second team.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 21:07:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Struggling Drew Stubbs sent to minors by Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/struggling-drew-stubbs-sent-to-minors-by-rockies/article/1552269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/struggling-drew-stubbs-sent-to-minors-by-rockies/article/1552269?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Colorado Rockies, who recalled outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Isotopes.

Stubbs was hitting .118 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 24 games and had struck out 31 times in 51 at bats.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he believes Stubbs, who is making $5,825,000, needs to work on his rhythm and timing at the plate. Because Stubbs has five years of major league service, his consent was needed for the minor league assignment.

"It's a situation where we felt like Drew just needed to get away from the heat of the major leagues so he could go down and work on some things. He was in full agreement," Weiss said. "He was very



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DENVER — Struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Colorado Rockies, who recalled outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Isotopes.

Stubbs was hitting .118 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 24 games and had struck out 31 times in 51 at bats.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he believes Stubbs, who is making $5,825,000, needs to work on his rhythm and timing at the plate. Because Stubbs has five years of major league service, his consent was needed for the minor league assignment.

"It's a situation where we felt like Drew just needed to get away from the heat of the major leagues so he could go down and work on some things. He was in full agreement," Weiss said. "He was very

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Wed, 20 May 2015 18:20:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Transferring Air Force freshman Mooney lands at South Dakota]]> http://gazette.com/transferring-air-force-freshman-mooney-lands-at-south-dakota/article/1552256?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/transferring-air-force-freshman-mooney-lands-at-south-dakota/article/1552256?custom_click=rss

Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday.

Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy.

"We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig Smith said in a press release Wednesday. "He is a great young man who understands what it means to be a student-athlete at the highest level. Matt's versatility and playmaking ability on the perimeter, along with being a highly competitive player, make him a great fit for our program."

Mooney averaged 6.9 points this past season as Air Force went 14-17.



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Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday.

Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy.

"We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig Smith said in a press release Wednesday. "He is a great young man who understands what it means to be a student-athlete at the highest level. Matt's versatility and playmaking ability on the perimeter, along with being a highly competitive player, make him a great fit for our program."

Mooney averaged 6.9 points this past season as Air Force went 14-17.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:11:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Girls' soccer 4A capsule: Colorado Springs-area rivals battle for state championship Wednesday]]> http://gazette.com/girls-soccer-4a-capsule-colorado-springs-area-rivals-battle-for-state-championship-wednesday/article/1552157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/girls-soccer-4a-capsule-colorado-springs-area-rivals-battle-for-state-championship-wednesday/article/1552157?custom_click=rss

Colorado 4A state soccer championship details

No. 8 Lewis-Palmer (17-1-1) vs. No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (13-5-1)

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City

What to know: Yet again the Class 4A girls' soccer championship will return to Colorado Springs. The last three titles and four of the last eight belong to Pikes Peak region schools.

What's impressive with the 2015 finalists is the way the two teams from the same conference have reached the title game. Between the two, they've outscored the opposition 18-2.

L-P has yet to give up a goal in the playoffs and surrendered only seven over the course of the season. Two of those came in the team's only loss, a 2-1 defeat



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Colorado 4A state soccer championship details

No. 8 Lewis-Palmer (17-1-1) vs. No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (13-5-1)

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City

What to know: Yet again the Class 4A girls' soccer championship will return to Colorado Springs. The last three titles and four of the last eight belong to Pikes Peak region schools.

What's impressive with the 2015 finalists is the way the two teams from the same conference have reached the title game. Between the two, they've outscored the opposition 18-2.

L-P has yet to give up a goal in the playoffs and surrendered only seven over the course of the season. Two of those came in the team's only loss, a 2-1 defeat

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Wed, 20 May 2015 15:04:54 -0600