<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:29:56 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[No. 9 Washington beats Arizona 35-28 in overtime]]> http://gazette.com/no.-9-washington-beats-arizona-35-28-in-overtime/article/feed/402098?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no.-9-washington-beats-arizona-35-28-in-overtime/article/feed/402098?custom_click=rss

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Washington survived its first real test after rolling through an easy nonconference schedule.

To keep their run going, the Huskies know they'll have to play better than this.

Jake Browning hit Dante Pettis on a 4-yard touchdown in overtime and No. 9 Washington overcame a slew of missed opportunities to hold off Arizona 35-28 Saturday night in both teams' Pac-12 opener.

"We can do better than that," Washington coach Chris Petersen said.

The Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) dominated their first three games behind Browning's prolific passing and a first-team defense that did not allow a touchdown.

Those wins came against Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, so Arizona represented a huge uptick in

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:04:53 -0600 <![CDATA[LEADING OFF: Mets need innings, Lester makes Cy pitch]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-mets-need-innings-lester-makes-cy-pitch/article/feed/402104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-mets-need-innings-lester-makes-cy-pitch/article/feed/402104?custom_click=rss

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

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BELEAGUERED BULLPEN

The Mets hope to get some innings out of rookie Robert Gsellman (2-2, 3.13) as they wrap a four-game series against the Phillies. New York used 16 pitchers during the first two games of the series, then had to pull starter Sean Gilmartin after just two outs and five runs Saturday. Gsellman will be making his sixth career start and has never logged more than six innings, though he has done a commendable job slotting into the depleted New York rotation.

LESTER IN THE LIMELIGHT

NL Cy Young Award candidate Jon Lester (18-4, 2.36) can impress voters with a prime-time start against the rival Cardinals.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:36:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force beats Utah State 27-20 in Mountain West opener]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-beats-utah-state-27-20-in-mountain-west-opener/article/feed/402103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-beats-utah-state-27-20-in-mountain-west-opener/article/feed/402103?custom_click=rss

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the Mountain West Conference season with a 27-20 win over Utah State on Saturday night.

Air Force's Haji Dunn Jr. set up Owens' score when he sacked Kent Myers, forced the fumble and recovered it at the Utah State 14. Owens capped the short drive by breaking a tackle and spinning into the end zone to make it 24-13.

The Falcons (3-0, 1-0) then forced a four-and-out to quickly take the ball back and made it a 14-point lead on Luke Strebel's field goal with 2:57 left.

The Aggies (2-2, 0-1) cut the deficit back to one score with 33 seconds left after a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. But Ryan Reffitt recov

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:34:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Solarte has emotional return to baseball after losing wife]]> http://gazette.com/solarte-has-emotional-return-to-baseball-after-losing-wife/article/feed/402097?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/solarte-has-emotional-return-to-baseball-after-losing-wife/article/feed/402097?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte had an emotional return to baseball a week after losing his wife to cancer.

As he walked to the plate as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the seventh and his San Diego Padres trailing the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Saturday night, he received a nice ovation from the crowd.

Catcher Buster Posey told him, "I'm really sorry for your loss. Just stay strong."

"I said, 'Thank you,'" Solarte said through an interpreter. "I really had to control my emotions there."

Solarte then singled to left and pointed to the sky after rounding first. He advanced on a wild pitch and was replaced by pinch-runner Travis Jankowski, again getting a nice ovation. Jankowski scored the tying run on Manuel Mar

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:10:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Ledecky wins 4th straight USA Swimming athlete of year award]]> http://gazette.com/ledecky-wins-4th-straight-usa-swimming-athlete-of-year-award/article/feed/402094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ledecky-wins-4th-straight-usa-swimming-athlete-of-year-award/article/feed/402094?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimming's athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.

Ledecky earned four golds and a silver medal in Rio. She became the second woman since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to sweep the freestyle events at the same Olympics. She also swam the anchor leg on the winning 4x200 free relay and the second-place 4x100 free relay.

Ledecky collected the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the fifth straight year. She won the 800 free by 11 se

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:00:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Giants blow 6-run lead before beating Padres 9-6 in 10]]> http://gazette.com/giants-blow-6-run-lead-before-beating-padres-9-6-in-10/article/feed/402081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giants-blow-6-run-lead-before-beating-padres-9-6-in-10/article/feed/402081?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As much as the San Francisco Giants have been through since the All-Star break, with all the blown leads and the offensive struggles, it would have been gut-wrenching if they hadn't pulled out a victory the way they did Saturday night against the lowly San Diego Padres.

The Giants blew a six-run lead before scoring three times in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run by Denard Span, to beat the San Diego Padres 9-6 and pull even with the New York Mets atop the NL wild-card standings.

"You're proud of the guys," manager Bruce Bochy said.

"You give up a six- run lead and they come back and tie it, that's tough to take, especially in our situation. They're all must-wins. You've got your guy out t

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:59:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force beats Utah State 27-20 in Mountain West opener]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-beats-utah-state-27-20-in-mountain-west-opener/article/1586318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-beats-utah-state-27-20-in-mountain-west-opener/article/1586318?custom_click=rss

Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the Mountain West Conference season with a 27-20 win over Utah State on Saturday night.

Air Force's Haji Dunn Jr. set up Owens' score when he sacked Kent Myers, forced the fumble and recovered it at the Utah State 14. Owens capped the short drive by breaking a tackle and spinning into the end zone to make it 24-13.

The Falcons (3-0, 1-0) then forced a four-and-out to quickly take the ball back and made it a 14-point lead on Luke Strebel's field goal with 2:57 left.



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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:46:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Syndergaard throws, Matz gets clean MRI as Mets try to mend]]> http://gazette.com/syndergaard-throws-matz-gets-clean-mri-as-mets-try-to-mend/article/feed/402037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/syndergaard-throws-matz-gets-clean-mri-as-mets-try-to-mend/article/feed/402037?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Lengthy medical updates have become a part of Mets manager Terry Collins' daily routine.

Not exactly what New York needs during its final push for a return to the postseason, but that's the reality facing the reigning NL champions.

Collins was at least able to provide a bit of good news after his team's 10-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

Although he was unable to making his scheduled start Saturday because of strep throat, ace Noah Syndergaard threw a bullpen, and Collins said his All-Star pitcher would pitch instead Tuesday against Miami.

"It went great," Collins said. "We're going to go with him on Tuesday.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:42:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies tagged with 82nd loss in 14-1 rout by Dodgers]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-tagged-with-82nd-loss-in-14-1-rout-by-dodgers/article/feed/402091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-tagged-with-82nd-loss-in-14-1-rout-by-dodgers/article/feed/402091?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every time Chad Bettis turned around, the Dodgers had runners on base. And they kept scoring.

The Rockies lost 14-1 on Saturday night, their 82nd defeat of the season and third in a row that assured the team of its sixth straight losing season.

"It was not a pretty night," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.

Bettis (13-8) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked four. The right-hander has been having one of his best seasons, with career highs in wins, starts (31) and innings (179 1/3), but he struggled from the second inning on and fell to 6-6 on the road.

"My command was off and my fastball was off," Bettis said. "I was getting behind on every hitter. It w

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:33:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Phillies nearly blow 10-run lead, but beat Mets 10-8]]> http://gazette.com/phillies-nearly-blow-10-run-lead-but-beat-mets-10-8/article/feed/402093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phillies-nearly-blow-10-run-lead-but-beat-mets-10-8/article/feed/402093?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin once watched his Triple-A Iowa Cubs blow an 8-0 lead with two outs in the ninth inning to lose 9-8.

On Saturday night, Mackanin nearly saw an even bigger rally.

The New York Mets fell behind by 10 runs early and finished just short of what would have been the largest comeback victory in team history, losing 10-8 to the Phillies.

After holding onto what would have been the third blown lead in three days, Mackanin was more relieved than anything else that his team finally got the job done.

"Positive is that we won the game," he said. "That's the best part."

Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf each hit long a home run for the second consecutive night as Phil

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:31:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Reed kicks game-winning field goal as Duke beats Notre Dame]]> http://gazette.com/reed-kicks-game-winning-field-goal-as-duke-beats-notre-dame/article/feed/402046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reed-kicks-game-winning-field-goal-as-duke-beats-notre-dame/article/feed/402046?custom_click=rss

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Duke coach David Cutcliffe need not have worried about AJ Reed's confidence.

After the freshman missed his first three college field goal attempts, Cutcliffe talked this week about being concerned about Reed's body language after his miss against Northwestern last week. He opted against trying for a field goal with the score tied at 28 early in the fourth quarter, explaining afterward he didn't think a field goal would be enough.

But fourth-and-goal with the ball on the 1-yard line, Notre Dame (1-3) with no timeouts and 1:27 on the clock, he said he didn't hesitate to turn to Reed. The result was a 38-35 upset of Notre Dame on Saturday.

"That unit there, they believe in him and he's got a lot o

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:24:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Kershaw dominates, Dodgers win; NL West magic number to 1]]> http://gazette.com/kershaw-dominates-dodgers-win-nl-west-magic-number-to-1/article/feed/402078?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kershaw-dominates-dodgers-win-nl-west-magic-number-to-1/article/feed/402078?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keep the champagne on ice and the ski goggles on the shelf. The Dodgers were left waiting to clinch their fourth consecutive NL West title.

They certainly did their part.

Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings, Josh Reddick slugged a grand slam in the seventh and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 14-1 on Saturday night to reduce its magic number to one with its fourth straight win.

The Dodgers just didn't get any help from the Padres.

San Diego rallied from 6-0 down but then lost at home to San Francisco 9-6 in 10 innings. The final outs were shown on the video board at Dodger Stadium, with fans booing when the Giants won.

"They gave us a lot of hope there,

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:20:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Idaho edges UNLV in overtime 33-30]]> http://gazette.com/idaho-edges-unlv-in-overtime-33-30/article/feed/402092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/idaho-edges-unlv-in-overtime-33-30/article/feed/402092?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Callen Hightower hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass in overtime Saturday night to lift Idaho past UNLV in a 33-30 win Saturday night.

UNLV (1-3) opened the OT period with a 23-yard field goal from Evan Panels after stalling at the 5. Then it was Idaho's turn as Aaron Duckworth and Linehan pushed to the 11 on the ground, setting up the winning throw to Hightower.

Linehan finished 17 of 35 for 249 yards and 19 more on the ground, including a 7-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Duckworth had 90 yards on 20 carries, including a TD, and Kaden Ellis returned an interception 31 yards for the game's first score as Idaho (2-2) picked up its first road win of the season. Austin Rehkow had two field goals for the Va

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:20:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Top 25 Takeaways: Tennessee rises; Miles is on the clock]]> http://gazette.com/top-25-takeaways-tennessee-rises-miles-is-on-the-clock/article/feed/402063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-25-takeaways-tennessee-rises-miles-is-on-the-clock/article/feed/402063?custom_click=rss

Wisconsin made an emphatic statement, Tennessee and Mississippi snapped long losing streaks to Southeastern Conference rivals and Notre Dame's got some serious problems.

Observations, thoughts and takeaways from week four of the college football season:

1. Butch Jones and Tennessee have their turning point victory . The 14th-ranked Volunteers showed some moxie that had been lacking from the program to rally back and snap an 11-game losing streak to Florida.

2. Things could not be better set up for the Vols to get to Atlanta for the conference title game for the first time since 2007. Because the rest of the SEC East is a mess.

3. Now, Vols, about ending that nine-game losing streak to Alabama .

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:11:16 -0600 <![CDATA[No. 7 Stanford rallies past UCLA 22-13]]> http://gazette.com/no.-7-stanford-rallies-past-ucla-22-13/article/feed/402070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no.-7-stanford-rallies-past-ucla-22-13/article/feed/402070?custom_click=rss

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — UCLA contained Christian McCaffrey, kept Stanford's offense out of the end zone and generated just enough points to lead the Pac-12 champions until the Cardinal's final drive.

And then everything reverted to usual form in this one-sided California rivalry.

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Burns with 24 seconds to play, and No. 7 Stanford rallied for its ninth consecutive victory over the Bruins, 22-13 on Saturday night.

McCaffrey rushed for 138 yards for the Cardinal (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12), but they struggled on offense for 3 1/2 quarters. Stanford got the ball back with 2:05 left and coolly put together a 70-yard drive capped by Burns' fade to Arcega-Whiteside, who go

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LOS ANGELES  — Every time Chad Bettis turned around, the Dodgers had runners on base. And they kept scoring.

The Rockies lost 14-1 on Saturday night, their 82nd defeat of the season and third in a row that assured the team of its sixth straight losing season.

"It was not a pretty night," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.

Bettis (13-8) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked four. The right-hander has been having one of his best seasons, with career highs in wins, starts (31) and innings (179 1/3), but he struggled from the second inning on and fell to 6-6 on the road.

"My command was off and my fastball was off," Bettis said. "I was getting behind on every



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:54:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Mets rally from 10 down, come up short in 10-8 loss to Phils]]> http://gazette.com/mets-rally-from-10-down-come-up-short-in-10-8-loss-to-phils/article/feed/402065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mets-rally-from-10-down-come-up-short-in-10-8-loss-to-phils/article/feed/402065?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets manager Terry Collins thought about Jim Leyland when New York was trailing by 10 runs Saturday night.

Collins recalled the veteran manager telling him that, in a blowout, he should remove his starters in favor of bench players. After all, the backups are the ones with something to play for.

Collins heeded the advice, and it almost paid historic dividends.

After taking out Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes in the top of the fifth inning, the Mets finished just short of what would have been the largest comeback victory in team history, losing 10-8 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The failed rally left New York tied with San Francisco for the two NL wild cards. St

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:54:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Switchbacks blanked, place third in West]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-switchbacks-blanked-place-third-in-west/article/1586333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-switchbacks-blanked-place-third-in-west/article/1586333?custom_click=rss

The Switchbacks fell short of winning the Western Conference crown Saturday, losing 4-0 at the Orange County Blues, which clinched a United Soccer League playoff berth with the lopsided victory.

The loss in Irvine, Calif., dropped Colorado Springs (14-9-7) into third place. The Switchbacks host the No. 6 playoff seed, Vancouver (12-9-9), in the West quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Switchbacks Stadium.

Colorado Springs was unable to get much going offensively beyond some set pieces in both halves. The loss ended a three-game losing streak and was the second-year franchise's first shutout loss since Aug. 21.

"The guys just weren't ready to play today," coach Steve Trittschuh said. "Now, we need to get ready for our



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:16:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Buffaloes upset Oregon on late interception]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-buffaloes-upset-oregon-on-late-interception/article/1586317?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-buffaloes-upset-oregon-on-late-interception/article/1586317?custom_click=rss

EUGENE, Ore. — Steven Montez threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start and Colorado held off Oregon 41-38 on Saturday, the Buffaloes' first victory over the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

Ahkello Witherspoon intercepted Dakota Prukop's pass to Darren Carrington in the end zone on Oregon's final drive to preserve the win for Colorado (3-1).

"That's the most fun I've had in football in a while," Montez said.

The Buffaloes had retaken the lead following a controversial 31-yard touchdown from Montez to Bryce Bobo. After review, the officials ruled Bobo had control of the ball in his right hand when his right foot came down in the end zone — but the crowd at Autzen Stadium



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:06:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Saturday's prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain shuts out Lincoln]]> http://gazette.com/saturdays-prep-roundup-cheyenne-mountain-shuts-out-lincoln/article/1586329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saturdays-prep-roundup-cheyenne-mountain-shuts-out-lincoln/article/1586329?custom_click=rss FOOTBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 27, Lincoln 0

At Lincoln: After losing to Widefield by three points a week ago, the Indians (3-1) bounced back in a big way on Saturday and blanked the Lancers (2-1) for their third victory of the season, which is one more win than Cheyenne Mountain had all of last season.

The three wins are the most that the Indians have had in a single season since 2012 when they won seven games. Cheyenne Mountain will face Mitchell (2-2) on Thursday at Garry Berry Stadium.

Liberty 14, Air Academy 7

At Liberty: The Kadets (1-3) opened up the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run from Dylan Ecker in the first quarter, but Air Academy couldn't find a way to score again.

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazilian cowboy Robson Palermo trying to win in Colorado Springs to build up for Las Vegas]]> http://gazette.com/brazilian-cowboy-robson-palermo-trying-to-win-in-colorado-springs-to-build-up-for-las-vegas/article/1586319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazilian-cowboy-robson-palermo-trying-to-win-in-colorado-springs-to-build-up-for-las-vegas/article/1586319?custom_click=rss

Brazilian Robson Palermo has recovered from injuries that punctuated his appearances in the Netflix documentary "Fearless."

The six-episode series about the Professional Bull Riders Tour showed what it is like to be a Brazilian living in the United States and competing against the world's best.

But Palermo, 33, noticed the series often focused on the injuries that marred his 2015 season; the third in a row he could not finish due to health concerns.

That is not how he wants to remembered. He wants to go out as a world champion. Thanks to better luck and a more regimented training program, he is healthy and enjoying his best season since 2012.

That seemed unlikely about 11 months ago.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:51:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Gary Kubiak's game plan: Honesty matters]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-gary-kubiaks-game-plan-honesty-matters/article/1586237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-gary-kubiaks-game-plan-honesty-matters/article/1586237?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The NFL press conference is where honesty goes to die.

It’s where linemen “did a great job” after allowing three sacks, where quarterback announcements are saved for the day after never, where you always have to look at the tape. They could hold these things in Sunday church and lightning would strike the steeple.

Save for Gary Kubiak. What’s his deal, anyway? One day under a sizzling sun at Dove Valley, the Broncos coach revealed a player had undergone a knee scope when no one had known James Ferentz was even injured. On another, when “arm injury” would have been just fine, Kubiak said DeMarcus Ware had sustained a bone fracture.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:33:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force can expect Utah State to come out firing]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-can-expect-utah-state-to-come-out-firing/article/1586173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-can-expect-utah-state-to-come-out-firing/article/1586173?custom_click=rss

Utah State doesn't like to waste time.

Since joining the Mountain West, Matt Wells' Aggies teams have scored 14 first-quarter points all three times they've played Air Force.

When Air Force visited Maverik Stadium two years ago, Utah State led by two touchdowns after just 3 minutes, 15 seconds. The first touchdown came on the first play, 14 seconds into the game.

Last year the Aggies attempted passes on 12 of their first 13 plays and scored two touchdowns. The only difference in that game - the Falcons' lone win in those three games - is that Air Force matched the scoring and finished the first quarter in a 14-14 tie.

And it's not just against the Falcons.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:28:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Discovery Canyon hopes experience, depth can take boys golf to new heights at state]]> http://gazette.com/discovery-canyon-hopes-experience-depth-can-take-boys-golf-to-new-heights-at-state/article/1586314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/discovery-canyon-hopes-experience-depth-can-take-boys-golf-to-new-heights-at-state/article/1586314?custom_click=rss

Up to now, Discovery Canyon has repeated its accomplishments from a historic 2015 season, first by defending its Pikes Peak Athletic Conference boys' golf crown then claiming the regional title.

The Thunder can only hope the similarities stop there heading into the 4A state tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. Monday at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale. At last year's event, a rough start put Discovery Canyon in sixth place after the first round, and the Thunder never threatened Valor Christian, which cruised to a 28-shot victory for the team championship.

"It was weird last year, waking up, not in my bed, and not having that home-cooked breakfast like I'm used to," said Thunder senior Hayden Fry, who was making his

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:10:02 -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/1586294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1586294?custom_click=rss

No. 10 Local college home highlights include Air Force volleyball Thursday and Saturday, women's soccer Friday and Sunday, men's water polo Friday, women's tennis Friday through Sunday and women's and men's swimming and diving Saturday, Colorado College women's soccer Friday and Sunday, men's soccer Friday and Sunday and men's and women's tennis Saturday, and UCCS men's soccer Wednesday, women's soccer Friday and Sunday and volleyball Friday and Saturday

No. 9 The World Cup of hockey final is Saturday in Toronto

No. 8 The Colorado Rockies visit the Giants Tuesday to Thursday then host the Brewers Friday to Sunday to end the season

No. 7 NFL highlights include Sunday's Seahawks at Jets, Raiders at Ravens, Rams at



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:37:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Smith, Brooks help Minnesota run past Colorado State]]> http://gazette.com/smith-brooks-help-minnesota-run-past-colorado-state/article/1586292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smith-brooks-help-minnesota-run-past-colorado-state/article/1586292?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS — Rodney Smith rushed 17 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns to help Minnesota wear down Colorado State on the way to a 31-24 victory on Saturday.

Shannon Brooks, the team's leading rusher last year, returned from a broken foot that kept him out of the first two games and netted 85 yards and a score on 13 carries for the Gophers (3-0).

Freshman Collin Hill, making his second start at quarterback for the Rams (2-2), cut Colorado State's deficit to seven points with a 15-yard toss to Michael Gallup with 6:24 remaining. The Gophers followed with a three-and-out, but Hill's fourth-down pass at the Minnesota 45 around the 2-minute mark was broken up by Adekunle Ayinde to quash the comeback.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:09:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force at Utah State: 3 subplots to watch]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-at-utah-state-3-subplots-to-watch/article/1586213?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-at-utah-state-3-subplots-to-watch/article/1586213?custom_click=rss

Air Force (2-0) visits Utah State at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Mountain West Conference opener for the Falcons. (740 am, ESPNU)

Air Force injuries

Through two weeks, the Falcons have avoided all major injuries. In fact, they’ve added a starter into the mix now what Roland Ladipo is set to return. But recent history has shown this run of health won’t last. The Falcons are loaded with experience in the starting lineup and at some backup spots, but there are others where untested players are an injury away from seeing the field.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:36:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force at Utah State: By the numbers]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-at-utah-state-by-the-numbers/article/1586214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-at-utah-state-by-the-numbers/article/1586214?custom_click=rss

Air Force (2-0) visits Utah State (2-1) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Mountain West Conference opener for the Falcons. (740 am, ESPNU)

BY THE NUMBERS

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Times Air Force coach Troy Calhoun referenced the fact that Utah State scheduled the Falcons as their homecoming opponent, though each was unprovoked by media.  When finally asked about it, he said, “For us, that doesn’t have our attention at all. It doesn’t.”

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Consecutive years that Utah State has entered a year with a new offensive and defensive coordinator. Coach Matt Wells has been a consistent presence in that time, so the changes have only been slight variations on the same theme. Still, that’s a lot of turnover.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:14:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday's prep roundup: Peyton downs Ellicott]]> http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-peyton-downs-ellicott/article/1586269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-peyton-downs-ellicott/article/1586269?custom_click=rss A look at Friday's high school sports results.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:27:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Dodgers beat Rockies on emotional night for Scully]]> http://gazette.com/dodgers-beat-rockies-on-emotional-night-for-scully/article/1586277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dodgers-beat-rockies-on-emotional-night-for-scully/article/1586277?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — Scott Kazmir is running short on time to prove he belongs on the Dodgers' postseason roster. Fresh off the disabled list, the veteran pitcher was dealt another blow when spasms cut short his start.

Ross Stripling picked up the slack with three scoreless innings of relief, Joc Pederson and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and the Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Friday night after an emotional pre-game ceremony honoring Vin Scully.

Their third straight victory trimmed the Dodgers' magic number for clinching a record fourth consecutive NL West title to two. Their division lead increased to seven games after San Francisco lost at San Diego 7-2.



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