<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:23:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP source: Chiefs' Alex Smith agrees to extension]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-chiefs-alex-smith-agrees-to-extension/article/feed/152510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-chiefs-alex-smith-agrees-to-extension/article/feed/152510?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.

Now, he could have that opportunity for at least four more years.

Smith signed a $68 million extension Sunday to remain with the Chiefs through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.

Smith, who is due $7.5 million this season, will receive $45 million in new guarantees.

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.

Now, he could have that opportunity for at least four more years.

Smith signed a $68 million extension Sunday to remain with the Chiefs through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.

Smith, who is due $7.5 million this season, will receive $45 million in new guarantees.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:57 -0600 <![CDATA[McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards]]> http://gazette.com/mcginley-prepares-to-announce-ryder-cup-wild-cards/article/feed/152601?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcginley-prepares-to-announce-ryder-cup-wild-cards/article/feed/152601?custom_click=rss

When three of Europe's biggest names failed to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team, the equation appeared simple for captain Paul McGinley as he prepared to select his three wild cards.

Stephen Gallacher didn't read the script.

A slew of top-10 finishes this year may have helped the 39-year-old Scotsman lock down a wild-card selection for a Ryder Cup debut in his home country, leaving Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter competing for two spots when McGinley announces his picks at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday.

The other player in contention to play the United States at Gleneagles is Francesco Molinari of Italy.

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]]> When three of Europe's biggest names failed to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team, the equation appeared simple for captain Paul McGinley as he prepared to select his three wild cards.

Stephen Gallacher didn't read the script.

A slew of top-10 finishes this year may have helped the 39-year-old Scotsman lock down a wild-card selection for a Ryder Cup debut in his home country, leaving Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter competing for two spots when McGinley announces his picks at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday.

The other player in contention to play the United States at Gleneagles is Francesco Molinari of Italy.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:52 -0600 <![CDATA[U.S. Olympic Training Center will charge for tours starting Monday]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympic-training-center-will-charge-for-tours-starting-monday/article/1536638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympic-training-center-will-charge-for-tours-starting-monday/article/1536638?custom_click=rss In an effort to avoid cutting funding for its athletes, the U.S. Olympic Training Center will charge for tours of its Colorado Springs facility starting Monday.

The price for tours is $5 per adult with children under age 10 free. Senior, group and military discounts are available.

The move is to help cover the rising costs of the tours, including paying the guides, who escorted 15,000 to 20,000 visitors this June, July and August. The center has about 130,000 visitors annually, mostly out-of-town tourists.

The money raised will also go toward maintaining the visitors center.

How much will be raised is unknown and depends on public response.



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In an effort to avoid cutting funding for its athletes, the U.S. Olympic Training Center will charge for tours of its Colorado Springs facility starting Monday.

The price for tours is $5 per adult with children under age 10 free. Senior, group and military discounts are available.

The move is to help cover the rising costs of the tours, including paying the guides, who escorted 15,000 to 20,000 visitors this June, July and August. The center has about 130,000 visitors annually, mostly out-of-town tourists.

The money raised will also go toward maintaining the visitors center.

How much will be raised is unknown and depends on public response.

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<![CDATA[Klee: Write 'em down! It's time for NFL predictions]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-write-em-down-its-time-for-nfl-predictions/article/1536576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-write-em-down-its-time-for-nfl-predictions/article/1536576?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Go ahead. Flag this column for taunting.

When the NFL regular season is over, the Broncos will not own the best record and No. 1 seed in the AFC. That honor will go to Beautiful Brady and the Patriots.

Consider yourself taunted, Broncos County. Peyton would be proud.

The Broncos open the season one week from Sunday. Bring on football, and bring on the Colts. Last year's predictions included some hits (Manning was named MVP, the Chiefs started fast and faded, the Seahawks topped the power rankings) and some misses (the Raiders didn't fire their coach, the Broncos didn't get healthy for the playoffs).



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DENVER — Go ahead. Flag this column for taunting.

When the NFL regular season is over, the Broncos will not own the best record and No. 1 seed in the AFC. That honor will go to Beautiful Brady and the Patriots.

Consider yourself taunted, Broncos County. Peyton would be proud.

The Broncos open the season one week from Sunday. Bring on football, and bring on the Colts. Last year's predictions included some hits (Manning was named MVP, the Chiefs started fast and faded, the Seahawks topped the power rankings) and some misses (the Raiders didn't fire their coach, the Broncos didn't get healthy for the playoffs).

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<![CDATA[AP Source: Falcao heading to Man United on loan]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-falcao-heading-to-man-united-on-loan/article/feed/152600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-falcao-heading-to-man-united-on-loan/article/feed/152600?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.

The Colombia striker's season-long loan deal will cost United about $9 million and is subject to a medical examination and personal terms being agreed to, the person told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed.

Premier League clubs have until 2200 GMT Monday to sign players before the transfer window closes.

It was unclear if the deal would contain the option for Falcao to make his move to the record 20-time English champions permanent at the end of the loan.

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]]> LONDON (AP) — Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.

The Colombia striker's season-long loan deal will cost United about $9 million and is subject to a medical examination and personal terms being agreed to, the person told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed.

Premier League clubs have until 2200 GMT Monday to sign players before the transfer window closes.

It was unclear if the deal would contain the option for Falcao to make his move to the record 20-time English champions permanent at the end of the loan.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:31 -0600 <![CDATA[49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence]]> http://gazette.com/49er-ray-mcdonald-accused-of-domestic-violence/article/feed/152421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49er-ray-mcdonald-accused-of-domestic-violence/article/feed/152421?custom_click=rss

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald's arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody.

McDonald, 29, was later released from Santa Clara County Jail after posting $25,000 bail.

He wouldn't discuss what happened with television news reporters who approached him after he posted bail.

"I can't say too much, not right now, but the truth will come out. Everybody knows the kind of person that I am," McDonal

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]]> SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald's arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody.

McDonald, 29, was later released from Santa Clara County Jail after posting $25,000 bail.

He wouldn't discuss what happened with television news reporters who approached him after he posted bail.

"I can't say too much, not right now, but the truth will come out. Everybody knows the kind of person that I am," McDonal]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:05:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Henley leads a large chasing pack at Deutsche Bank]]> http://gazette.com/henley-leads-a-large-chasing-pack-at-deutsche-bank/article/feed/152577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/henley-leads-a-large-chasing-pack-at-deutsche-bank/article/feed/152577?custom_click=rss

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Russell Henley either was playing down his chances or looking at Rory McIlroy's name high on the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

"Nobody is really expecting me to be sitting here right now," he said Sunday.

He was sitting atop a crowded leaderboard at the TPC Boston, which is becoming standard fare for these FedEx Cup playoffs. Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn and added a late birdie for a 6-under 65.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Billy Horschel, who closed with three straight birdies for a 67.

Henley has won in each of his two seasons on the PGA Tour. He seems to win and then disappear for months at a time, though he is a serious threat

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]]> NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Russell Henley either was playing down his chances or looking at Rory McIlroy's name high on the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

"Nobody is really expecting me to be sitting here right now," he said Sunday.

He was sitting atop a crowded leaderboard at the TPC Boston, which is becoming standard fare for these FedEx Cup playoffs. Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn and added a late birdie for a 6-under 65.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Billy Horschel, who closed with three straight birdies for a 67.

Henley has won in each of his two seasons on the PGA Tour. He seems to win and then disappear for months at a time, though he is a serious threat]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:05:15 -0600 <![CDATA[USF freshman Mack leading rusher in opening week]]> http://gazette.com/usf-freshman-mack-leading-rusher-in-opening-week/article/feed/152573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usf-freshman-mack-leading-rusher-in-opening-week/article/feed/152573?custom_click=rss

Let's get the first edition of Stat Watch off to a running start. Six Football Bowl Subdivision players rushed for more than 200 yards in the opening week of the season.

South Florida freshman Marlon Mack led the pack with 275 yards and four touchdowns. Playing in place of injured starter Darius Tice, Mack had 176 yards and three TDs in the second half as the Bulls held off the Championship Subdivision's Western Carolina to win 36-31 Saturday.

The Bulls hope Mack can perk up a rushing game that ranked 120th nationally last season at just under 90 yards a game. Mack's total in the opener broke the American Athletic Conference record, tied the school record and represented 25 percent of USF's run production last season.

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]]> Let's get the first edition of Stat Watch off to a running start. Six Football Bowl Subdivision players rushed for more than 200 yards in the opening week of the season.

South Florida freshman Marlon Mack led the pack with 275 yards and four touchdowns. Playing in place of injured starter Darius Tice, Mack had 176 yards and three TDs in the second half as the Bulls held off the Championship Subdivision's Western Carolina to win 36-31 Saturday.

The Bulls hope Mack can perk up a rushing game that ranked 120th nationally last season at just under 90 yards a game. Mack's total in the opener broke the American Athletic Conference record, tied the school record and represented 25 percent of USF's run production last season.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:03:36 -0600 <![CDATA[No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU]]> http://gazette.com/no.-10-baylor-opens-stadium-with-45-0-win-over-smu/article/feed/152550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no.-10-baylor-opens-stadium-with-45-0-win-over-smu/article/feed/152550?custom_click=rss

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor's first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium.

The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays the rest of the first half.

Petty still managed to have a big impact in the impressive debut of McLane Stadium, accounting for three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over SMU on Sunday night. He did not play in the second half.

"It's nothing that serious. Everything's good," Petty insisted afterward. "I'm already feeling a lot better."

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns

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]]> WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor's first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium.

The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays the rest of the first half.

Petty still managed to have a big impact in the impressive debut of McLane Stadium, accounting for three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over SMU on Sunday night. He did not play in the second half.

"It's nothing that serious. Everything's good," Petty insisted afterward. "I'm already feeling a lot better."

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:04:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Indians-Royals game suspended in 10th inning]]> http://gazette.com/indians-royals-game-suspended-in-10th-inning/article/feed/152558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indians-royals-game-suspended-in-10th-inning/article/feed/152558?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The race for the AL Central title got another wrinkle Sunday night when Cleveland's game at Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning.

The Indians grabbed a 4-2 lead on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out, two-run double, but rain prevented the teams from playing the bottom half of the inning. It was shelved after a 58-minute delay.

The game will resume on Sept. 22 in Cleveland before the start of the last scheduled series between the teams.

"It's kind of a weird feeling, the game's not over, but I'd rather have the lead," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "As weird as it is, you put this in your rearview mirror and move on quickly, and then we'll figure it out once the time comes ar

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The race for the AL Central title got another wrinkle Sunday night when Cleveland's game at Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning.

The Indians grabbed a 4-2 lead on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out, two-run double, but rain prevented the teams from playing the bottom half of the inning. It was shelved after a 58-minute delay.

The game will resume on Sept. 22 in Cleveland before the start of the last scheduled series between the teams.

"It's kind of a weird feeling, the game's not over, but I'd rather have the lead," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "As weird as it is, you put this in your rearview mirror and move on quickly, and then we'll figure it out once the time comes ar]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:36:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force takes lessons from early problems in opening victory]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-takes-lessons-from-early-problems-in-opening-victory/article/1536637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-takes-lessons-from-early-problems-in-opening-victory/article/1536637?custom_click=rss

Air Force may have run away with its opener against Nicholls State, but there were enough tense moments early to give the Falcons a legitimate look at its revamped defense.

And not all that was shown was positive.

In the first half, before Nicholls State wilted in a 44-16 defeat, the Colonels posted six plays of at least 10 yards, including three that went for more than 20 yards. Nicholls State answered Air Force's first touchdown with a 75-yard, seven-play drive that took just 2 minutes, 54 seconds and its time of possession in the first half was 6 seconds more than that of Air Force. During one stretch, Colonels quarterback Kalen Henderson completed 5 of 8 passes for 85 yards.

"Every team is going to have good plays.

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]]> Air Force may have run away with its opener against Nicholls State, but there were enough tense moments early to give the Falcons a legitimate look at its revamped defense.

And not all that was shown was positive.

In the first half, before Nicholls State wilted in a 44-16 defeat, the Colonels posted six plays of at least 10 yards, including three that went for more than 20 yards. Nicholls State answered Air Force's first touchdown with a 75-yard, seven-play drive that took just 2 minutes, 54 seconds and its time of possession in the first half was 6 seconds more than that of Air Force. During one stretch, Colonels quarterback Kalen Henderson completed 5 of 8 passes for 85 yards.

"Every team is going to have good plays.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:37:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Sky Sox lose 13-8 to playoff-chasing Omaha despite 16 hits]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/sky-sox-lose-13-8-to-playoff-chasing-omaha-despite-16-hits/article/1536643?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sky-sox-lose-13-8-to-playoff-chasing-omaha-despite-16-hits/article/1536643?custom_click=rss The Colorado Springs Sky Sox lost their penultimate game of the season 13-8 to the host Omaha Storm Chasers late Sunday night in a game whose start was delayed.

The Sky Sox wrap up the season in a Monday morning game at Omaha.

Colorado Springs scored in the last five innings but Omaha scored in its last four at-bats and didn't need the bottom of the ninth since it scored four runs in the fifth and three each in the sixth and seventh. Omaha did its damage with 11 hits. Colorado Springs had 16 hits.

For Colorado Springs, Tim Wheeler and Angelys Nina had a home run and three hits each. Wheeler had three RBIs as did Jose Gonzalez, who had the team's other homer. Nina had two RBIs.

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]]> The Colorado Springs Sky Sox lost their penultimate game of the season 13-8 to the host Omaha Storm Chasers late Sunday night in a game whose start was delayed.

The Sky Sox wrap up the season in a Monday morning game at Omaha.

Colorado Springs scored in the last five innings but Omaha scored in its last four at-bats and didn't need the bottom of the ninth since it scored four runs in the fifth and three each in the sixth and seventh. Omaha did its damage with 11 hits. Colorado Springs had 16 hits.

For Colorado Springs, Tim Wheeler and Angelys Nina had a home run and three hits each. Wheeler had three RBIs as did Jose Gonzalez, who had the team's other homer. Nina had two RBIs.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Worley, defense spark Vols past Utah State 38-7]]> http://gazette.com/worley-defense-spark-vols-past-utah-state-38-7/article/feed/152553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worley-defense-spark-vols-past-utah-state-38-7/article/feed/152553?custom_click=rss

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Worley loves playing with Tennessee's talented group of newcomers. They helped Worley to a successful return from thumb surgery on Sunday night.

Worley threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, and the Volunteers beat Utah State 38-7 in a game matching two quarterbacks returning from injuries.

Worley completed his first 13 passes of the second half in his first appearance since missing Tennessee's final four games last season. He was 27 of 38 overall, connecting with 10 different receivers.

He said he benefited from having more playmakers around him, thanks in part to the arrival of a heralded recruiting class.

"I didn't have the nerves I've had in the past," Worley said.

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]]> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Worley loves playing with Tennessee's talented group of newcomers. They helped Worley to a successful return from thumb surgery on Sunday night.

Worley threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, and the Volunteers beat Utah State 38-7 in a game matching two quarterbacks returning from injuries.

Worley completed his first 13 passes of the second half in his first appearance since missing Tennessee's final four games last season. He was 27 of 38 overall, connecting with 10 different receivers.

He said he benefited from having more playmakers around him, thanks in part to the arrival of a heralded recruiting class.

"I didn't have the nerves I've had in the past," Worley said.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:03:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters]]> http://gazette.com/wozniacki-outlasts-sharapova-in-us-open-quarters/article/feed/152432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wozniacki-outlasts-sharapova-in-us-open-quarters/article/feed/152432?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.

Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn't keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life.

"The season for me has been a little bit up and down," she said in quite an understatement, "and it's so nice to kind of start feeling like I'm playing the way I want to.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.

Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn't keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life.

"The season for me has been a little bit up and down," she said in quite an understatement, "and it's so nice to kind of start feeling like I'm playing the way I want to.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:38:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Eovaldi outpitched by Wood as Marlins lose 1-0]]> http://gazette.com/eovaldi-outpitched-by-wood-as-marlins-lose-1-0/article/feed/152544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eovaldi-outpitched-by-wood-as-marlins-lose-1-0/article/feed/152544?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Most of Nathan Eovaldi's pitches were working fine, except for one fastball to Evan Gattis.

"I feel like I misplaced some fastballs," Eovaldi said. "I missed that one to Gattis. Right down the middle. That was the difference in the game."

Eovaldi was outpitched by Alex Wood, and the Miami Marlins couldn't overcome a punchless offense in a 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings, and Gattis homered for Atlanta.

The Marlins, who have lost six of eight, had gone 60 games without getting shut out, the longest active streak in the majors.

Atlanta, which has won four of five and 11 of 15, remained 1 1/2 games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — Most of Nathan Eovaldi's pitches were working fine, except for one fastball to Evan Gattis.

"I feel like I misplaced some fastballs," Eovaldi said. "I missed that one to Gattis. Right down the middle. That was the difference in the game."

Eovaldi was outpitched by Alex Wood, and the Miami Marlins couldn't overcome a punchless offense in a 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings, and Gattis homered for Atlanta.

The Marlins, who have lost six of eight, had gone 60 games without getting shut out, the longest active streak in the majors.

Atlanta, which has won four of five and 11 of 15, remained 1 1/2 games out of the second NL wild-card spot.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:16:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Cardinals overcome 5-run deficit to beat Cubs 9-6]]> http://gazette.com/cardinals-overcome-5-run-deficit-to-beat-cubs-9-6/article/feed/152491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardinals-overcome-5-run-deficit-to-beat-cubs-9-6/article/feed/152491?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday doesn't get too technical about what he tries to do at the plate for the Cardinals.

Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying St. Louis past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday.

"I just try to hit the ball to the middle of the field," said Holliday, who has five homers against the Cubs this season and 20 in his career. "Trying to hit a single up the middle is a good approach."

Holliday finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who moved into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central. The Brewers lost 15-5 in San Francisco.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was pleased with his team's performance.

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]]> ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday doesn't get too technical about what he tries to do at the plate for the Cardinals.

Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying St. Louis past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday.

"I just try to hit the ball to the middle of the field," said Holliday, who has five homers against the Cubs this season and 20 in his career. "Trying to hit a single up the middle is a good approach."

Holliday finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who moved into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central. The Brewers lost 15-5 in San Francisco.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was pleased with his team's performance.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:02:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Recker hits 3-run HR, Mets hold off Phillies 6-5]]> http://gazette.com/recker-hits-3-run-hr-mets-hold-off-phillies-6-5/article/feed/152465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recker-hits-3-run-hr-mets-hold-off-phillies-6-5/article/feed/152465?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets starter Dillon Gee called it the hottest game he's pitched in all year. And on a muggy afternoon at Citi Field, a boost from the bench was just what New York needed to cool off the Phillies.

Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and the Mets held off Philadelphia 6-5 Sunday to avoid dropping into last place.

"Anytime you get a chance to play, you just want to contribute," Recker said. "We've got a few guys on the bench that haven't been seeing a lot of time, so when we get our chance we really want to be able to do our part."

Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Mets starter Dillon Gee called it the hottest game he's pitched in all year. And on a muggy afternoon at Citi Field, a boost from the bench was just what New York needed to cool off the Phillies.

Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and the Mets held off Philadelphia 6-5 Sunday to avoid dropping into last place.

"Anytime you get a chance to play, you just want to contribute," Recker said. "We've got a few guys on the bench that haven't been seeing a lot of time, so when we get our chance we really want to be able to do our part."

Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:02:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Dolphins add 2 players, tweaking 53-man roster]]> http://gazette.com/dolphins-add-2-players-tweaking-53-man-roster/article/feed/152454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dolphins-add-2-players-tweaking-53-man-roster/article/feed/152454?custom_click=rss DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Going with undrafted players is clearly not too risky for the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins have added two more players who never got drafted, making moves Sunday to sign safety Brandian Ross and cornerback Sammy Seamster off waivers.

Ross spent the past two seasons with Oakland, playing in 30 of 32 games. He spent 2011 on Green Bay's practice squad as an undrafted free agent from Youngstown State. Seamster, an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State, was waived Saturday by Baltimore.

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The Dolphins have added two more players who never got drafted, making moves Sunday to sign safety Brandian Ross and cornerback Sammy Seamster off waivers.

Ross spent the past two seasons with Oakland, playing in 30 of 32 games. He spent 2011 on Green Bay's practice squad as an undrafted free agent from Youngstown State. Seamster, an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State, was waived Saturday by Baltimore.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:34:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Stults, Padres lose 7-1 to Dodgers]]> http://gazette.com/stults-padres-lose-7-1-to-dodgers/article/feed/152538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stults-padres-lose-7-1-to-dodgers/article/feed/152538?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are at least competitive heading into September, unlike earlier in the season when they were doomed by an atrocious offense.

San Diego couldn't complete a sweep of the NL West-leading Dodgers on Sunday, losing 7-1. Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list to pitch four-hit ball over seven innings, and Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run for the Dodgers.

The Padres, however, still took two of three from Los Angeles, just as they did against Milwaukee to start the homestand. San Diego started the Brewers on a five-game losing streak that has forced them to share the NL Central lead with St. Louis.

"It was a great series," manager Bud Black said. "Obviously, two walk-off wins agains

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San Diego couldn't complete a sweep of the NL West-leading Dodgers on Sunday, losing 7-1. Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list to pitch four-hit ball over seven innings, and Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run for the Dodgers.

The Padres, however, still took two of three from Los Angeles, just as they did against Milwaukee to start the homestand. San Diego started the Brewers on a five-game losing streak that has forced them to share the NL Central lead with St. Louis.

"It was a great series," manager Bud Black said. "Obviously, two walk-off wins agains]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:33:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/down-at-half-us-beats-turkey-in-basketball-worlds/article/1536627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/down-at-half-us-beats-turkey-in-basketball-worlds/article/1536627?custom_click=rss

BILBAO, Spain-- Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

A night after beating Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn't take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter.

They trailed 40-35 at halftime and Turkey led by six early in the third before the Americans could finally get the game into the quicker tempo they prefer and pull away to win the rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Istanbul.



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BILBAO, Spain-- Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

A night after beating Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn't take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter.

They trailed 40-35 at halftime and Turkey led by six early in the third before the Americans could finally get the game into the quicker tempo they prefer and pull away to win the rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Istanbul.

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:57:53 -0600
<![CDATA[49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/49er-ray-mcdonald-accused-of-domestic-violence/article/1536626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49er-ray-mcdonald-accused-of-domestic-violence/article/1536626?custom_click=rss

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," general manager



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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," general manager

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:50:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova at US Open]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/wozniacki-outlasts-sharapova-at-us-open/article/1536624?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wozniacki-outlasts-sharapova-at-us-open/article/1536624?custom_click=rss NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.

Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn't keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life.

"It's been an up and down year for me," Wozniacki said in quite the understatement.

With the fifth-seeded Sharapova's loss, No. 1 Serena Williams is the only woman left in the top six.



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Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn't keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life.

"It's been an up and down year for me," Wozniacki said in quite the understatement.

With the fifth-seeded Sharapova's loss, No. 1 Serena Williams is the only woman left in the top six.

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:20:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Marvin Austin: latest veteran bargain for Broncos]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/marvin-austin-latest-veteran-bargain-for-broncos/article/1536623?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marvin-austin-latest-veteran-bargain-for-broncos/article/1536623?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD -- John Elway's free agency bonanza included $109.5 million worth of contracts for a trio of defensive stars in Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware.

So it was easy to overlook the one-year, no-bonus $570,000 deal that nose tackle Marvin Austin signed with the Denver Broncos this spring.

Not anymore.

The former second round pick of the New York Giants whose career has been bogged down by injuries made the Broncos' 53-man roster after a strong training camp six months after back surgery.

Austin's re-emergence led Elway to release nine-year veteran Kevin Vickerson, who carried a $2.266 million cap figure.



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ENGLEWOOD -- John Elway's free agency bonanza included $109.5 million worth of contracts for a trio of defensive stars in Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware.

So it was easy to overlook the one-year, no-bonus $570,000 deal that nose tackle Marvin Austin signed with the Denver Broncos this spring.

Not anymore.

The former second round pick of the New York Giants whose career has been bogged down by injuries made the Broncos' 53-man roster after a strong training camp six months after back surgery.

Austin's re-emergence led Elway to release nine-year veteran Kevin Vickerson, who carried a $2.266 million cap figure.

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:10:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer cracks down on opponent from his home state]]> by BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-safety-weston-steelhammer-cracks-down-on-opponent-from-his-home-state/article/1536599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-safety-weston-steelhammer-cracks-down-on-opponent-from-his-home-state/article/1536599?custom_click=rss Weston Steelhammer actually took the brunt of the collision on Saturday's biggest play.

The Air Force sophomore flew around the blind side on a safety blitz and took a running start at Nicholls State's 6-foot, 215-pound quarterback Jalen Henderson.

The hit provided a jolt to Henderson, but it didn't knock him down. It did, however, force him into an intentional grounding call in the end zone as he tried to get rid of the ball before defensive tackle Nick Fitzgerald was able to finish off what Steelhammer had started.

Steelhammer was credited with the sack, the first points of the season either ironically or symbolically coming from a defense that was one of the worst in the nation a year ago.

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]]> Weston Steelhammer actually took the brunt of the collision on Saturday's biggest play.

The Air Force sophomore flew around the blind side on a safety blitz and took a running start at Nicholls State's 6-foot, 215-pound quarterback Jalen Henderson.

The hit provided a jolt to Henderson, but it didn't knock him down. It did, however, force him into an intentional grounding call in the end zone as he tried to get rid of the ball before defensive tackle Nick Fitzgerald was able to finish off what Steelhammer had started.

Steelhammer was credited with the sack, the first points of the season either ironically or symbolically coming from a defense that was one of the worst in the nation a year ago.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:45:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Widefield gets best of Mitchell behind opportunistic defense, running game]]> by JUSTIN SHAW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/widefield-gets-best-of-mitchell-behind-opportunistic-defense-running-game/article/1536583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widefield-gets-best-of-mitchell-behind-opportunistic-defense-running-game/article/1536583?custom_click=rss

Widefield didn't play a Week Zero game, but it didn't take long to knock off any rust or jitters Saturday against a Mitchell team that already had a win under its belt.

In their first taste of action in 2014, the 4A Gladiators controlled most of the 48 minutes of play in a 36-6 win at Garry Berry Stadium over the 3A Marauders.

While Mitchell (1-1) entered the game with high confidence after a win, this one was all Widefield, led by an opportunistic defense and strong running game.

"Our kids have worked their butt off, and I'm very happy that it paid off for them tonight," Widefield coach Brent Cottrell said. "It's only one game, and we have a long season, but hopefully this is the first step of many to get to where we



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Widefield didn't play a Week Zero game, but it didn't take long to knock off any rust or jitters Saturday against a Mitchell team that already had a win under its belt.

In their first taste of action in 2014, the 4A Gladiators controlled most of the 48 minutes of play in a 36-6 win at Garry Berry Stadium over the 3A Marauders.

While Mitchell (1-1) entered the game with high confidence after a win, this one was all Widefield, led by an opportunistic defense and strong running game.

"Our kids have worked their butt off, and I'm very happy that it paid off for them tonight," Widefield coach Brent Cottrell said. "It's only one game, and we have a long season, but hopefully this is the first step of many to get to where we

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:44:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Jacobi Owens shakes gloom from Air Force football program]]> By DAVID RAMSEY david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-jacobi-owens-shakes-gloom-from-air-force-football-program/article/1536577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-jacobi-owens-shakes-gloom-from-air-force-football-program/article/1536577?custom_click=rss

Hope.

That's what Jacobi Owens delivered to Air Force's football program Saturday while annihilating the Nicholls State Colonels.

He rushed for 233 yards on 23 carries, a first down waiting to happen every time he touched the ball. He showed power. He showed elusiveness. He showed, most importantly, the ability to bust outside.

"No matter what team it is, I'm going to run the way I run," Owens said a few minutes after the 44-16 win. "I feel I have the confidence to do whatever I need to do."

The Falcons hope to recover from The Nightmare of 2013, a season that saw Air Force stumble to two wins and 10 losses. A tough, fleet tailback who can dance around tacklers is a virtual requirement for a 2014 recovery.

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That's what Jacobi Owens delivered to Air Force's football program Saturday while annihilating the Nicholls State Colonels.

He rushed for 233 yards on 23 carries, a first down waiting to happen every time he touched the ball. He showed power. He showed elusiveness. He showed, most importantly, the ability to bust outside.

"No matter what team it is, I'm going to run the way I run," Owens said a few minutes after the 44-16 win. "I feel I have the confidence to do whatever I need to do."

The Falcons hope to recover from The Nightmare of 2013, a season that saw Air Force stumble to two wins and 10 losses. A tough, fleet tailback who can dance around tacklers is a virtual requirement for a 2014 recovery.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:42:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Jacobi Owens busts out for 233 yards in his debut as Air Force rolls]]> Brent Briggeman, The Gazette http://gazette.com/jacobi-owens-busts-out-for-233-yards-in-his-debut-as-air-force-rolls/article/1536562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jacobi-owens-busts-out-for-233-yards-in-his-debut-as-air-force-rolls/article/1536562?custom_click=rss

Air Force took about 20 minutes to get the engines running, but it was spectacular after that point.

The Falcons followed 233 yards from sophomore tailback Jacobi Owens in his Air Force debut, had another 55 yards and two touchdowns from Devin Rushing and sprinted past Nicholls State 44-16 in the season opener at Falcon Stadium on Saturday.

Owens set the record for most Air Force rushing yards from a player in his first start and finished 42 yards shy of the single-game record set by Chad Hall against Army in 2007. He went past 200 yards with 11:42 remaining in the third quarter and didn’t see the field in the fourth quarter.

This outcome was anything but a foregone conclusion early. Nicholls State came from



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Air Force took about 20 minutes to get the engines running, but it was spectacular after that point.

The Falcons followed 233 yards from sophomore tailback Jacobi Owens in his Air Force debut, had another 55 yards and two touchdowns from Devin Rushing and sprinted past Nicholls State 44-16 in the season opener at Falcon Stadium on Saturday.

Owens set the record for most Air Force rushing yards from a player in his first start and finished 42 yards shy of the single-game record set by Chad Hall against Army in 2007. He went past 200 yards with 11:42 remaining in the third quarter and didn’t see the field in the fourth quarter.

This outcome was anything but a foregone conclusion early. Nicholls State came from

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:42:05 -0600
<![CDATA[AFA sidebar and notes: Air Force safety Steelhammer cracks down on opponent from his home state]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/afa-sidebar-and-notes-air-force-safety-steelhammer-cracks-down-on-opponent-from-his-home-state/article/1536589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afa-sidebar-and-notes-air-force-safety-steelhammer-cracks-down-on-opponent-from-his-home-state/article/1536589?custom_click=rss Weston Steelhammer actually took the brunt of the collision on Saturday’s biggest play.

The Air Force sophomore flew around the blind side on a safety blitz and took a running start at Nicholls State's 6-foot, 215-pound quarterback Jalen Henderson.

The hit provided a jolt to Henderson, but it didn't knock him down. It did, however, force him into an intentional grounding call in the end zone as he tried to get rid of the ball before defensive tackle Nick Fitzgerald was able to finish off what Steelhammer had started.

Steelhammer was credited with the sack, the first points of the season either ironically or symbolically coming from a defense that was one of the worst in the nation a year ago.



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Weston Steelhammer actually took the brunt of the collision on Saturday’s biggest play.

The Air Force sophomore flew around the blind side on a safety blitz and took a running start at Nicholls State's 6-foot, 215-pound quarterback Jalen Henderson.

The hit provided a jolt to Henderson, but it didn't knock him down. It did, however, force him into an intentional grounding call in the end zone as he tried to get rid of the ball before defensive tackle Nick Fitzgerald was able to finish off what Steelhammer had started.

Steelhammer was credited with the sack, the first points of the season either ironically or symbolically coming from a defense that was one of the worst in the nation a year ago.

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:41:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Vista Ridge's Kellie Mrofcza not satisfied with going 3-2 in tough softball tourney]]> by brent w. new preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/vista-ridges-kellie-mrofcza-not-satisfied-with-going-3-2-in-tough-softball-tourney/article/1536579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vista-ridges-kellie-mrofcza-not-satisfied-with-going-3-2-in-tough-softball-tourney/article/1536579?custom_click=rss

CASTLE ROCK - Sometimes performances that are really, really good aren't good enough.

At least for some people.

Vista Ridge pitcher Kellie Mrofcza, who has an ERA well below 1 after 481/3 innings pitched this season, wasn't completely satisfied with her team's 3-2 record at the Don McCall Softball Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Some high school softball pitchers would take a Mrofcza performance, win or lose, and skip away in joy with an I-did-my-part euphoria. The senior stayed focused on the team goal and said the Wolves would use this 15-team tournament as a learning experience in a quest for their first state-title appearance in program history.

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]]> CASTLE ROCK - Sometimes performances that are really, really good aren't good enough.

At least for some people.

Vista Ridge pitcher Kellie Mrofcza, who has an ERA well below 1 after 481/3 innings pitched this season, wasn't completely satisfied with her team's 3-2 record at the Don McCall Softball Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Some high school softball pitchers would take a Mrofcza performance, win or lose, and skip away in joy with an I-did-my-part euphoria. The senior stayed focused on the team goal and said the Wolves would use this 15-team tournament as a learning experience in a quest for their first state-title appearance in program history.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:52:24 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Broadmoor gala wrapped up a cycling frenzy day at USA Pro Challenge]]> By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/around-town-broadmoor-gala-wrapped-up-a-cycling-frenzy-day-at-usa-pro-challenge/article/1536445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-broadmoor-gala-wrapped-up-a-cycling-frenzy-day-at-usa-pro-challenge/article/1536445?custom_click=rss

He has covered every major cycling event in the world, including the Tour de France, but for expert commentator Phil Liggett, the USA Pro Challenge, which flew through Colorado Springs on Aug. 21, "makes cycling cool."

That was the sentiment of the thousands of screaming, bell-clanging fans lining the roads that day and the more than 200 fans at the fundraising gala banquet that night at Broadmoor Hall.

The evening kicked off with a VIP reception at the El Pomar Carriage Museum and the new Pikes Peak Hill Climb Educational Museum and was followed by the casual gala next door.

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]]> He has covered every major cycling event in the world, including the Tour de France, but for expert commentator Phil Liggett, the USA Pro Challenge, which flew through Colorado Springs on Aug. 21, "makes cycling cool."

That was the sentiment of the thousands of screaming, bell-clanging fans lining the roads that day and the more than 200 fans at the fundraising gala banquet that night at Broadmoor Hall.

The evening kicked off with a VIP reception at the El Pomar Carriage Museum and the new Pikes Peak Hill Climb Educational Museum and was followed by the casual gala next door.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:10:02 -0600