<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Tue, 31 May 2016 14:14:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Indians' Carrasco to start Thursday against Kansas City]]> http://gazette.com/indians-carrasco-to-start-thursday-against-kansas-city/article/feed/355794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indians-carrasco-to-start-thursday-against-kansas-city/article/feed/355794?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who has been on the disabled list since April 25 with a strained left hamstring, will start Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.

Carrasco was injured covering first base against the Detroit Tigers on April 24. The Indians announced at the time he would miss four to six weeks.

Carrasco's return is expected to provide a boost to the Indians, who have also played most of the season without outfielder Michael Brantley as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

Manager Terry Francona says Carrasco, who pitched four innings Saturday during a minor league rehab appearance, will throw approximately 80 pitches against Kansas City.

Carrasco is 2-0 w

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:56:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Blues sign Hitchcock to 1-year deal, will be his last]]> http://gazette.com/blues-sign-hitchcock-to-1-year-deal-will-be-his-last/article/feed/355737?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blues-sign-hitchcock-to-1-year-deal-will-be-his-last/article/feed/355737?custom_click=rss ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ken Hitchcock has another one-year deal to coach the St. Louis Blues. The 64-year-old Hitchcock says this one will be his last.

Hitchcock said plans to retire from coaching after this season because he's not willing to put in the offseason preparation necessary.

"This is it, so I'm done," Hitchcock said Tuesday, then joked, "I might move over to the media, we'll see."

Hitchcock will be entering his sixth season with the Blues and 20th season as a head coach. During that time, he has guided the franchise to four of its top five regular season point totals. The Blues are coming off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals since 2001, ending a string of three consecutive first-round playof

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:50:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Orioles catcher Joseph placed on DL; Pena recalled]]> http://gazette.com/orioles-catcher-joseph-placed-on-dl-pena-recalled/article/feed/355795?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orioles-catcher-joseph-placed-on-dl-pena-recalled/article/feed/355795?custom_click=rss

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have placed backup catcher Caleb Joseph on the 15-day disabled list with a testicular injury.

Joseph was struck by a foul ball in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. He was taken to the hospital after the game and placed on the DL on Monday.

Second on the depth chart behind Matt Wieters, Joseph was batting .182 in 23 games. He broke a 0-for-19 skid Sunday before suffering the injury.

Baltimore recalled catcher Francisco Pena from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Joseph on the 25-man roster. Pena was batting .200 in 24 games with the Tides.

Pena has nine games of major league experience, all with Kansas City. He went 1 for 7 in eight games with the Roya

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:48:24 -0600 <![CDATA[French Open Lookahead: Frenchman Gasquet faces Murray in QF]]> http://gazette.com/french-open-lookahead-frenchman-gasquet-faces-murray-in-qf/article/feed/355780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/french-open-lookahead-frenchman-gasquet-faces-murray-in-qf/article/feed/355780?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — The wait had better be worth it for tennis fans when Richard Gasquet finally takes on Andy Murray in the French Open quarterfinals — weather allowing on Wednesday.

Since they won their third-round matches on Sunday, it has rained almost non-stop at Roland Garros, washing out Monday and most of Tuesday.

The second-seeded Murray munched on an energy bar as he watched No. 1 Novak Djokovic's rain-interupted fourth-round match against No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on Tuesday. The Murray vs. Gasquet match was supposed to follow the conclusion of Djokovic's match and then No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 18 Elina Svitolina.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:21:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Indians recall Armstrong, send Merritt to minors]]> http://gazette.com/indians-recall-armstrong-send-merritt-to-minors/article/feed/355779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indians-recall-armstrong-send-merritt-to-minors/article/feed/355779?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have recalled right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus.

Armstrong was 0-1 with three saves and a 2.50 ERA in 16 appearances at Columbus. He appeared in eight games with the Indians last season, allowing two runs in eight innings.

Also Tuesday, left-hander Ryan Merritt was optioned to Columbus. He pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings Monday in relief against the Texas Rangers in his major league debut.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:05:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Position-by-position matchups for the NBA Finals]]> http://gazette.com/position-by-position-matchups-for-the-nba-finals/article/feed/355766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/position-by-position-matchups-for-the-nba-finals/article/feed/355766?custom_click=rss A position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers:

CENTER: Andrew Bogut vs. Tristan Thompson. The Warriors turned around the finals last year once they benched Bogut and went small, so who knows how much time he gets now after he was needed against Oklahoma City's big men in the Western Conference finals. Thompson averaged 13 points in the 2015 finals and could have those opportunities again against small lineups. Edge: Even.

POWER FORWARD: Draymond Green vs. Kevin Love. Love is making his NBA Finals debut and will have to shoot better than he did against the Warriors in the regular season, when he made 28.6 percent from the floor.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 13:56:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Capsule preview of the NBA Finals: Warriors vs Cavaliers]]> http://gazette.com/capsule-preview-of-the-nba-finals-warriors-vs-cavaliers/article/feed/355765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/capsule-preview-of-the-nba-finals-warriors-vs-cavaliers/article/feed/355765?custom_click=rss

A look at the NBA Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers (with regular-season and playoff records):

No. 1 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (73-9, 12-5) vs. No. 1 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (57-25, 12-2).

Season series: Warriors, 2-0. Golden State won 89-83 at home on Christmas, then blew away the Cavaliers in a 132-98 victory nearly a month later, leading by 43 points in one of the final games before Cleveland fired coach David Blatt and replaced him with Tyronn Lue. Stephen Curry scored 35 points with seven 3-pointers in that rout, while Draymond Green averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James shot only 40.5 percent, though that was far better than Kyrie Irving (27 percent) and Kevin Love (28.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 13:55:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Titans sign LB Dodd, now S Byard only unsigned draft pick]]> http://gazette.com/titans-sign-lb-dodd-now-s-byard-only-unsigned-draft-pick/article/feed/355764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/titans-sign-lb-dodd-now-s-byard-only-unsigned-draft-pick/article/feed/355764?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have signed linebacker Kevin Dodd out of Clemson to a contract, leaving only one of their 10 draft picks unsigned.

The Titans announced the deal Tuesday and shared a photo of Dodd signing his contract on Twitter.

The 6-foot-5, 277-pound Dodd was Tennessee's second pick overall and the first of three selections in the second round of April's draft. Dodd had 12 sacks and 26 ½ tackles for loss last season at Clemson.

Dodd had surgery last week on his right foot in what coach Mike Mularkey called a preventative procedure. Dodd is expected to be ready for training camp.

Safety Kevin Byard, the team's third-round draft pick, now is the Titans' lone draft pick without a con

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 13:40:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Messi's lawyer says player and father 'calm' about trial]]> http://gazette.com/messis-lawyer-says-player-and-father-calm-about-trial/article/feed/355612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/messis-lawyer-says-player-and-father-calm-about-trial/article/feed/355612?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi's lawyer said the Argentina star and his father were both feeling calm and ready to counter the charges against them as their tax fraud trial opened on Tuesday in a Barcelona court.

Messi has had to leave Argentina's preparations for the Copa America in the United States to defend himself from accusations that he failed to properly pay taxes for part of his earnings received from the Spanish club.

Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty of defrauding Spain's tax office of 4.1 million euros ($4.5 million) from 2007-09.

They have denied any wrongdoing, and even if found guil

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 13:20:35 -0600 <![CDATA[2 top women lose in Paris, complain about playing in rain]]> http://gazette.com/2-top-women-lose-in-paris-complain-about-playing-in-rain/article/feed/355551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-top-women-lose-in-paris-complain-about-playing-in-rain/article/feed/355551?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Yes, they actually managed to complete a match on this wettest of weeks at the French Open. Two, even. And both involved surprises: Two of the top half-dozen seeded women lost within minutes of each other, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Simona Halep.

After their fourth-round exits Tuesday, both Radwanska and Halep complained firmly about tournament organizers' decision to make them play through drizzles — or worse — that made courts slippery and clay-caked tennis balls heavy.

"I mean, it's not a (low-tier) tournament. It's a Grand Slam. How can you allow players to play in the rain?" said Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up.

"I don't think they really care what we think.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:36:22 -0600 <![CDATA[NFL's Cam Newton brings Nickelodeon series to White House]]> http://gazette.com/nfls-cam-newton-brings-nickelodeon-series-to-white-house/article/feed/355553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfls-cam-newton-brings-nickelodeon-series-to-white-house/article/feed/355553?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has scored big for his new Nickelodeon series that launches Friday.

Newton brought 10-year-old Rosie Smolowitz to the White House to interview Michelle Obama for the cable TV series "All in with Cam Newton." The NFL star helps kids fulfill some of their dreams.

A White House spokeswoman says the first lady highlighted a program called "Every Kid in a Park." The program grants free access to national parks and forests, and public lands and waters to fourth-graders and their families.

Mrs. Obama, Newton and Rosie also talked about the Charlotte, North Carolina, youngster's dream of becoming become president, and about staying healthy and active.

The interv

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:30:09 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Play done for day at French Open thanks to rain]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-play-done-for-day-at-french-open-thanks-to-rain/article/feed/355552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-play-done-for-day-at-french-open-thanks-to-rain/article/feed/355552?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):


6:55 p.m.

All play at the French Open is done for the day because of rain.

Among the matches suspended in progress: Novak Djokovic's fourth-rounder against Roberto Bautista Agut. They played a total of two hours, spread across the afternoon, and split the first two sets, with Djokovic leading 4-1 in the third.


6:30 p.m.

More matches in the women's draw have been postponed at the French Open because of the bad weather and the Williams sisters won't be stepping onto the court before Wednesday.

Four more fourth-round singles ties have been scrapped from Tuesday's program: defending champion Serena Williams vs. No. 18-see

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[AP sources: NFL moving Pro Bowl to Orlando in 2017]]> http://gazette.com/ap-sources-nfl-moving-pro-bowl-to-orlando-in-2017/article/feed/355691?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sources-nfl-moving-pro-bowl-to-orlando-in-2017/article/feed/355691?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NFL is moving the Pro Bowl from Honolulu to Orlando this season, three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The people spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made.

The NFL and ESPN have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Disney complex, during which the league will announce the move, according to a person with knowledge of the move. The game will be played at Camping World Stadium. Orlando beat out Honolulu, Houston and Sydney for the right to host the NFL's all-star game.

The league had until Tuesday to notify Honolulu that it would not renew the contract.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 11:51:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Heavy rain drenches swaths of France, disrupts French Open]]> http://gazette.com/heavy-rain-drenches-swaths-of-france-disrupts-french-open/article/feed/355542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heavy-rain-drenches-swaths-of-france-disrupts-french-open/article/feed/355542?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Heavy rain drenched parts of France on Tuesday, prompting flood warnings near the English Channel, causing more delays at the French Open and soaking tourists in Paris.

Floods or heavy rain were forecast for about a quarter of the country Tuesday, from Normandy in the west to Burgundy southeast of Paris.

Rescue workers evacuated homes or ordered people to higher floors in the Pas-de-Calais region in the far north as rivers rose more than a meter (3 feet) in some spots, according to local authorities.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged people to exercise the "greatest caution." He said rescue services were deployed 4,500 times overnight and Tuesday morning to help people affected by rising water. No

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 11:43:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Marcus Rashford earns an England spot at Euro 2016]]> http://gazette.com/marcus-rashford-earns-an-england-spot-at-euro-2016/article/feed/355692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marcus-rashford-earns-an-england-spot-at-euro-2016/article/feed/355692?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Three months ago, Marcus Rashford hadn't even played a senior game in professional soccer. Now, the 18-year-old Manchester United forward is going to the European Championship for England.

By including Rashford in his 23-man squad on Tuesday, England coach Roy Hodgson countered critics who accuse him of being a conservative coach. He can't be accused of just going with the safe choices any more.

When England qualified for the European Championship in September, Rashford was still in the United academy facing a long and arduous path to the first team. He was only plucked from the youth ranks in February as a last resort during an injury crisis by now departed manager Louis van Gaal.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 10:56:10 -0600 <![CDATA[92-year-old WW2 vet throws perfect first pitch at Mariners game]]> http://gazette.com/92-year-old-ww2-vet-throws-perfect-first-pitch-at-mariners-game/article/1577214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/92-year-old-ww2-vet-throws-perfect-first-pitch-at-mariners-game/article/1577214?custom_click=rss

The Seattle Mariners topped the Padres 9-3 on Memorial Day, but in no way was that the best part of the game. The best thing happened at the very start, when 92-year-old United States Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer Burke Waldron jogged out to the field and threw a very impressive first pitch. I only hope I’m this athletic when I’m 92.

How about that first pitch from 92-year-old WWII veteran Burke Waldron? High-steppin' out there and then bringing the heat.

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Tue, 31 May 2016 09:55:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: On Memorial Day, Coors Field presents a worthy show]]> http://gazette.com/klee-on-memorial-day-coors-field-presents-a-worthy-show/article/1577194?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-on-memorial-day-coors-field-presents-a-worthy-show/article/1577194?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Rockies organization does so many things well. It really does.

Take Monday, for example. On Memorial Day, they put on an All-American show worthy of the selfless men and women who protected the greatest country around. The Electronic Attack Squadron 129 buzzed Coors Field with a flyover that gave goose bumps to goose bumps. Later, the six pilots earned a standing ovation atop the Rockies' dugout. They honored four men assigned to the USS Colorado, including Colorado's own, Lt. j.g. Mike Nielson of Arvada and Chief Petty Officer Joshua Erickson of Fort Collins, and this seems as good a place as any to say: Thank you.

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Tue, 31 May 2016 06:25:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Curry and record-setting Warriors headed back to NBA Finals]]> http://gazette.com/curry-and-record-setting-warriors-headed-back-to-nba-finals/article/1577197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/curry-and-record-setting-warriors-headed-back-to-nba-finals/article/1577197?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — MVP Stephen Curry knocked down yet another 3-pointer in the waning moments, pulled his jersey up into his mouth and yelled to the rafters in triumph once more.

A special, record-setting season saved for the defending champs, with a memorable comeback added to the long list of accomplishments.

Splash Brothers Curry and Klay Thompson carried the 73-win Warriors right back to the NBA Finals, as Golden State rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 on Monday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

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Tue, 31 May 2016 06:18:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Penguins edge Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final]]> http://gazette.com/penguins-edge-sharks-in-game-1-of-stanley-cup-final/article/1577198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/penguins-edge-sharks-in-game-1-of-stanley-cup-final/article/1577198?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH — Nick Bonino's main job for the Pittsburgh Penguins is to get to the front of the net and create chaos. The well-bearded forward executed perfectly in his debut in the Stanley Cup Final.

Bonino took a pretty feed from the corner by Kris Letang and beat Martin Jones from in close with 2:33 remaining to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 on Monday night.

Rookies Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary staked Pittsburgh to an early two-goal lead before the Sharks tied it in the second period on goals by Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 23:04:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Mexican soccer player beats up kidnapper to free himself]]> http://gazette.com/mexican-soccer-player-beats-up-kidnapper-to-free-himself/article/1577199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexican-soccer-player-beats-up-kidnapper-to-free-himself/article/1577199?custom_click=rss

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Caught in a real-life win-or-lose challenge, soccer forward Alan Pulido overpowered a kidnapper, freed himself and then called police for help — a dramatic tale that shows how tough the professional player is, or how incompetent his abductors were.

One thing the story does show is how dangerous Pulido's home state of Tamaulipas is. Stretching south from Mexico's border with southern Texas, Tamaulipas has long been plagued by warring drug cartels and ineffectual police.

Indeed, Pulido's biggest worry was that police officers sent to his rescue might shoot him.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 22:20:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Class 3A few contribute mightily to team success at Southern Colorado All-Star baseball game]]> http://gazette.com/class-3a-few-contribute-mightily-to-team-success-at-southern-colorado-all-star-baseball-game/article/1577191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/class-3a-few-contribute-mightily-to-team-success-at-southern-colorado-all-star-baseball-game/article/1577191?custom_click=rss

Michael Ajayi was the only player on either squad not to don his school's official jersey Monday at the 55th annual Southern Colorado High School All-Star senior baseball game at Security Service Field.

And as a result, he was the only player to wear a number - 1.-4 - that wasn't actually a number.

The Colorado Springs Christian School senior showed up late and lost his starting assignment in center field.

He didn't complain. Not for the final game of his high school career.

Instead, he took advantage of his spot as a reserve, recording by far the game's hardest-hit ball for a double off the base of the wall in left-center field to break a 2-all tie in the sixth inning as the 5A/3A team downed the 4A all-stars,

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Mon, 30 May 2016 20:46:55 -0600
<![CDATA[NBC Sports switches up TV schedule for Stanley Cup Final]]> http://gazette.com/nbc-sports-switches-up-tv-schedule-for-stanley-cup-final/article/1577188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nbc-sports-switches-up-tv-schedule-for-stanley-cup-final/article/1577188?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — NBC Sports is switching up its broadcast schedule for the Stanley Cup Final.

In recent years, Games 1 and 2 had been on NBC, with Games 3 and 4 on cable partner NBCSN. If necessary, the final three games returned to NBC.

This season, Monday's Game 1 will air on NBC, but Wednesday's Game 2 will be on NBCSN. NBC Sports announced Friday that if the series between Pittsburgh and San Jose is tied 1-1, Game 3 will be on NBC, putting that pivotal matchup on the main network. Game 4 would be on NBCSN.

But if one team leads 2-0, Game 3 will air on NBCSN, with a possible championship-clinching Game 4 on NBC. The potential final three games will remain on NBC.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 18:04:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox opponent preview prospect watch]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-opponent-preview-prospect-watch/article/1577189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-opponent-preview-prospect-watch/article/1577189?custom_click=rss

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Mon, 30 May 2016 17:50:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox have extremely rare tie after reaching curfew at Fresno]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-have-extremely-rare-tie-after-reaching-curfew-at-fresno/article/1577186?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-have-extremely-rare-tie-after-reaching-curfew-at-fresno/article/1577186?custom_click=rss

After battling for almost 31/2 hours in a Memorial Day matinee, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and Fresno Grizzlies had to settle for a 6-6 tie in their series finale Monday afternoon at Chukchanski Park.

Due to a 3:30 p.m. MDT curfew, the game was called after the teams were tied at six after 10 innings. The tie is only the second in Sky Sox history. The only other tie occurred Aug. 29, 1996 in a 9-9 stalemate with the Calgary Cannons at Security Service Field.

Jorge Lopez (1-3, 6.20) started the game for the Sky Sox and got into early trouble, allowing three runs in the second inning.

Fresno starter Cesar Valdez (1-0, 3.60) held the lead for a few innings for the Grizzlies.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 17:18:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Brandon Johnson, Melissa Dock win Bolder Boulder citizens races]]> http://gazette.com/brandon-johnson-melissa-dock-win-bolder-boulder-citizens-races/article/1577172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brandon-johnson-melissa-dock-win-bolder-boulder-citizens-races/article/1577172?custom_click=rss

Former Metro State runner Brandon Johnson overcame Ian Butler's fast start to win the 38th annual Bolder Boulder 10-kilometer men's citizens title Monday.

Johnson won in 30 minutes, 34 seconds.

Butler finished second, while the former Colorado State runner Scott Dahlberg placed third.

Melissa Dock won the women's citizens race, clocking a time of 35 minutes, 44 seconds.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 13:27:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: CU's Andre Roberson on Game 7 stage for Oklahoma City Thunder]]> http://gazette.com/klee-cus-andre-roberson-on-game-7-stage-for-oklahoma-city-thunder/article/1577135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-cus-andre-roberson-on-game-7-stage-for-oklahoma-city-thunder/article/1577135?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - How he got here?

How Andre Roberson emerged in the NBA playoffs to help Oklahoma City into Monday's Game 7 against Golden State?

That's easier to explain.

"He's doing what he does. He just makes winning plays," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "He did it with us, and now he's doing it against the best players in the world."

How Roberson - an unheralded, under-recruited, three-star prospect out of Texas - got to CU? That's more complicated.

Start here: Boyle wasn't even the coach at Colorado when he began recruiting Roberson. It was a Friday, way back in April 2011. Roberson's AAU squad made a pit stop in Greeley for an unofficial visit on the Northern Colorado campus.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 09:09:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Pine Creek star Ryan Warner to give football a try after pro baseball career ended, if shoulder allows]]> http://gazette.com/former-pine-creek-star-ryan-warner-to-give-football-a-try-after-pro-baseball-career-ended-if-shoulder-allows/article/1577137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-pine-creek-star-ryan-warner-to-give-football-a-try-after-pro-baseball-career-ended-if-shoulder-allows/article/1577137?custom_click=rss

A shoulder injury ended Ryan Warner's professional baseball career. Now he must decide if it will do the same to his football career.

Warner, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the supplemental portion of the third round in 2012 and inked a $363,700 signing bonus, put baseball to the side late last year after rotator cuff surgery on his pitching arm. His next move was to enroll at CSU-Pueblo for the spring semester and try to rekindle the football mojo he worked in leading Pine Creek to the state championship game in 2011 as the team's quarterback.

Then, the shoulder injury flared up again, leaving his future in sports in doubt.

"I'm still contemplating if I'll go back in the fall or just stay here in the

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Mon, 30 May 2016 07:20:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Pence has 3 of Giants' 8 doubles in 8-3 win over Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/pence-has-3-of-giants-8-doubles-in-8-3-win-over-rockies/article/1577136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pence-has-3-of-giants-8-doubles-in-8-3-win-over-rockies/article/1577136?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The San Francisco Giants were certainly seeing double. Quite a few of them, too.

Hunter Pence had three of a record-tying eight doubles for San Francisco, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Sunday.

Pence's double in the eighth helped the Giants equal a mark accomplished four times since the team moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season.

"You go through an ebb and flow of a season and you'll run into some games where fancy stuff like that happens," Pence said. "There's no rhyme or reason. The balls we hit seemed to be doubles."

Well, with one notable exception — Denard Span's solo shot into the second deck for his first homer since April 4.

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Sun, 29 May 2016 20:25:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Manitou Springs baseball wins to advance to 3A final before losing]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-baseball-wins-to-advance-to-3a-final-before-losing/article/1577133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-baseball-wins-to-advance-to-3a-final-before-losing/article/1577133?custom_click=rss

GREELEY - Manitou Springs' baseball team wasn't supposed to be playing for the state championship. In fact, based on seeding of the 3A tournament, the No. 11 Mustangs overachieved making it out of districts.

Manitou Springs (16-10) was playing with house money all playoffs, and its bankroll ran out just short of the program's first state title. Fifth-seeded Faith Christian (20-6) was simply too good in a 5-1 Eagles' win Sunday afternoon that decided the state championship.

"This has been an incredible ride, and these guys are like brothers to me," Manitou Springs senior Dominic Archuleta said. "I wouldn't have wanted to be on a team with anyone other than my teammates. We had to will ourselves to be here, and we definitely

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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox rally past host Fresno]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-rally-past-host-fresno/article/1577131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-rally-past-host-fresno/article/1577131?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox led early, fell behind, but ultimately came back to defeat the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5 on Sunday in front of 4,651 at Chukchanski Park.

Down a run with two outs and two runners on base in the top of the eighth, the Sky Sox needed a big hit to retake the lead. Will Middlebrooks delivered with a double to left-center to score Josmil Pinto and Garin Cecchini. Nate Orf increased the lead with a ground-rule double, his third double of the game, to give the Sky Sox a 7-5 lead.

Orf scored the first run by avoiding a pickoff off second and coming home on an error. In the fourth, Pinto blooped a single to right to score Orlando Arcia. In the fifth. Yadiel Rivera drove in Michael Reed with an infield single

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