<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:07:36 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Jeter takes top Yankees prospects to dinner]]> http://gazette.com/jeter-takes-top-yankees-prospects-to-dinner/article/feed/446437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jeter-takes-top-yankees-prospects-to-dinner/article/feed/446437?custom_click=rss TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Top New York Yankees prospects met Derek Jeter for dinner.

Since his retirement following the 2014 season, Jeter has gone to dinner every spring training with the group attending "Captain's Camp."

Pitchers Justus Sheffield and James Kaprielian were among 20 prospects who dined Tuesday night and got to ask questions.

"You could hear a pin drop," Sheffield said Wednesday. "As soon as he came in, I know for a fact that I was smiling. It's Jeter, that's crazy. Everybody was locked in. He gave great feedback. He was open. Every question that everybody asked, he had a main point."

And one of the points was to remain positive.

"He doesn't like to think negatively," Sheffield said.

It was

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:55:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Mattingly: Reversing the tolerance for Ks would speed play]]> http://gazette.com/mattingly-reversing-the-tolerance-for-ks-would-speed-play/article/feed/446431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mattingly-reversing-the-tolerance-for-ks-would-speed-play/article/feed/446431?custom_click=rss

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed the pace of play.

"Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it's OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy's still valued in a big way," Mattingly said. "Well, as soon as we start causing that to be a bad value — the strikeouts — guys will put the ball in play more. So once we say strikeouts are bad and it's going to cost you money the more you strike out, then the strikeouts will go away. Guys will start making adjustments and putting the ball in play more."

Strikeouts have set records in recent seasons, with teams averaging 8.03 per game last year. A career .

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:40:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Additions of Maybin, Revere give Angels speed, defense]]> http://gazette.com/additions-of-maybin-revere-give-angels-speed-defense/article/feed/446424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/additions-of-maybin-revere-give-angels-speed-defense/article/feed/446424?custom_click=rss MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cameron Maybin can't figure out why teams keep trading him.

An energetic fan favorite wherever he goes, Maybin has unpacked his well-traveled bags and will play left field this season for the Los Angeles Angels.

"It's a great question," said Maybin, who has played for — in order — Detroit, Florida, San Diego, Atlanta, back to Detroit, and now the Angels. "The fans seem to take to me well wherever I go.

"You never hear a bad thing, but you still end up (going) from team to team," Maybin said.

The acquisitions of Maybin and another fleet-footed veteran outfielder, Ben Revere, will give the Angels defense and speed. That should help them run more aggressively.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:30:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Former NFL players union director dies at age 76]]> http://gazette.com/former-nfl-players-union-director-dies-at-age-76/article/feed/446358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-nfl-players-union-director-dies-at-age-76/article/feed/446358?custom_click=rss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ed Garvey, the lawyer who led the National Football League Players Association through strikes in 1974 and 1982, has died at age 76.

The Capital Times reported that Garvey died Wednesday at a nursing home in Verona after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

Garvey was the players' union counsel and executive director from 1971-83.

"Ed literally built us into a union, thanks to his brilliance and loyalty to the players, and no one will ever forget his biting and effective wit," current NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said.

A 1969 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Garvey joined the Minneapolis firm that later represented the fledgling NFLPA.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:16:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Dolphins sign Dan Marino to 1-day contract]]> http://gazette.com/dolphins-sign-dan-marino-to-1-day-contract/article/feed/446418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dolphins-sign-dan-marino-to-1-day-contract/article/feed/446418?custom_click=rss

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have signed free agent quarterback Dan Marino.

Yes, that one.

More than 17 years removed from his final NFL pass and 12 years after his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Marino "re-signed" with the Dolphins on Wednesday — as were five other prominent former members of the team, all inking ceremonial one-day contracts designed so they could officially retire as members of the franchise.

"This organization, the team, the city, football, it all means so much to me," Marino said. "It's been my first love. Besides family, my first love is football ... and the Miami Dolphins.

"To sign a contract for a day, I'm very proud of it. I've been very proud to only be a Dolp

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:08:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Ice dance champions Davis-White skipping 2018 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/ice-dance-champions-davis-white-skipping-2018-olympics/article/feed/446413?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ice-dance-champions-davis-white-skipping-2018-olympics/article/feed/446413?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Davis and Charlie White won't be defending their Olympic ice dance gold medal in South Korea. They're confident they are leaving U.S. chances in good hands.

The Sochi champions haven't competed for three seasons, so their announcement Wednesday hardly was a surprise. But their decision, even as archrivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have returned to competition, would seem to place an extra burden on their successors.

Not so, they say, noting that ice dance — once the ugly stepchild of U.S. figure skating but now a source of unmatched strength — has tremendous staying power.

Indeed, Maia and Alex Shibutani, the two-time American champions and current world runners-up, and Madison Chock and Ev

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:50:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Eduardo Nunez set for regular role at third for Giants]]> http://gazette.com/eduardo-nunez-set-for-regular-role-at-third-for-giants/article/feed/446410?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eduardo-nunez-set-for-regular-role-at-third-for-giants/article/feed/446410?custom_click=rss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Eduardo Nunez finally got his chance to play regularly in 2016 and made the most of it.

Nunez achieved career highs with 141 games played, 553 at-bats, 159 hits, 16 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 67 RBIs. After five years in predominantly a utility role off the bench, Nunez got regular time in Minnesota at both third base and shortstop and was named an All-Star for the first time.

Then the Twins traded him to the San Francisco, where Nunez took over at third base. It's his job to hold onto it in spring training as Nunez enters his first full season with the Giants.

"No one ever expects to be traded," Nunez said in Spanish, referring to the July 28 trade that sent him to San Francisco and right

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:38:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Nats' Tanner Roark relishes roles as starting pitcher]]> http://gazette.com/nats-tanner-roark-relishes-roles-as-starting-pitcher/article/feed/446403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nats-tanner-roark-relishes-roles-as-starting-pitcher/article/feed/446403?custom_click=rss

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Qfter he took Nationals' job in November 2015, Washington manager Dusty Baker made a call to Tanner Roark and asked the pitcher his preferred role.

"He had won 14 or 15 the first year and was moved to the bullpen," Baker recalled. "He said, 'I want to start." I told him, 'Then you tell the world you want to start.'"

Roark was 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 31 starts in 2014 and dropped to 4-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 2015, when he made 12 starts and 28 relief appearances. When Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmermann left as free agents, Roark and fellow righty Joe Ross got a chance to join the rotation last year.

Roark went 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA in a career-high 210 innings.

'I like to go as hard as I

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:13:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Marlins' Ichiro held out of workouts following collision]]> http://gazette.com/marlins-ichiro-held-out-of-workouts-following-collision/article/feed/446404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marlins-ichiro-held-out-of-workouts-following-collision/article/feed/446404?custom_click=rss JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The Marlins held Ichiro Suzuki out of workouts following an outfield collision during what officials termed a "communications drill."

Ichiro was kneed in the quadriceps on Tuesday by fellow outfielder Brandon Barnes, sending the 43-year-old Ichiro tumbling to the ground.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly says he believes Ichiro will "be OK." Barnes was not injured.

Mattingly says Ichiro came to the Marlins facility Tuesday with a sore quad and back. The manager added that Ichiro "probably feels the quad more today just because of the knee to there."

Ichiro is entering his third year with Miami. Last season he became the 30th major leaguer to surpass the 3,000 hit mark. He currently ranks 25th al

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:03:36 -0700 <![CDATA[AP source: Former Broncos TE Julius Thomas passes physical with Dolphins]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-former-broncos-te-julius-thomas-passes-physical-with-dolphins/article/1597424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-former-broncos-te-julius-thomas-passes-physical-with-dolphins/article/1597424?custom_click=rss

DAVIE, Fla. — Tight end Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins in a precursor to a trade that will be completed next month, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Thomas took the physical as part of a two-day visit to the team's headquarters, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no trade can be completed before the new league year begins on March 9.

Thomas is part of two trades that the Dolphins will make with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the person said. He is being acquired for a seventh-round draft pick this year, and in a separate move, the Dolphins are sending left tackle Branden Albert to Jacksonville for a

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:32:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Red Sox hope to be carried by Sale, Porcello and Price]]> http://gazette.com/red-sox-hope-to-be-carried-by-sale-porcello-and-price/article/feed/446389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-sox-hope-to-be-carried-by-sale-porcello-and-price/article/feed/446389?custom_click=rss

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Red Sox hope adding Chris Sale to a rotation that already included Rick Porcello and David Price will boost the team to its first World Series title since 2013.

"Boston's like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball," New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said during the offseason.

Porcello is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and Price won the 2012 honor.

"I don't pay attention to any of that stuff," Price said when asked about Cashman's comparison. "I was on a team with two other current Cy Young winners and a guy that was going to win one in a couple years, a couple of years ago in Detroit. We didn't win a single playoff game.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:13:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Eyes on prize: Indians nervous about Miller pitching in WBC]]> http://gazette.com/eyes-on-prize-indians-nervous-about-miller-pitching-in-wbc/article/feed/446390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eyes-on-prize-indians-nervous-about-miller-pitching-in-wbc/article/feed/446390?custom_click=rss

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Here's a change or, ahem, a change-up: Andrew Miller has the Indians feeling nervous.

The nastier-than-nasty left-hander, who makes his living fooling hitters and whose ability to pitch extended innings in October carried Cleveland to within one victory of a World Series title last season, will leave spring training next month to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

And while the Indians back Miller's decision to pitch for his country, their blessing has raised the team's collective blood pressure.

"We fully support him and we're proud of him," manager Terry Francona said. "And our heart is in our throat."

For good reason.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:12:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/budapest-to-withdraw-bid-to-host-2024-summer-olympics/article/feed/446384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/budapest-to-withdraw-bid-to-host-2024-summer-olympics/article/feed/446384?custom_click=rss BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:58:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Bears add Azzanni, Staley, Swinton II to coaching staff]]> http://gazette.com/bears-add-azzanni-staley-swinton-ii-to-coaching-staff/article/feed/446382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bears-add-azzanni-staley-swinton-ii-to-coaching-staff/article/feed/446382?custom_click=rss LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears hired three assistants on Wednesday, bringing in Zach Azzanni as receivers coach, Brandon Staley as outside linebackers coach and Derius Swinton II as assistant special teams coach.

Azzanni, who replaces Curtis Johnson, was the University of Tennessee's wide receivers coach for the last four seasons. He previously worked at Bowling Green (2001-06), Central Michigan (2007-09), Florida (2010), Western Kentucky (2011) and Wisconsin (2012).

Staley has 11 years of college coaching experience at John Carroll (2013, 2015-16), James Madison (2014), Tennessee (2012), Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College (2010-11), St. Thomas (2009) and Northern Illinois (2006-08). He replaces Clint Hurtt.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:47:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Herrera among the players in Phillies' new core]]> http://gazette.com/herrera-among-the-players-in-phillies-new-core/article/feed/446381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/herrera-among-the-players-in-phillies-new-core/article/feed/446381?custom_click=rss

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two years after Philadelphia selected him from Texas in the winter-meeting draft, outfielder Odubel Herrera arrived at spring training as an All-Star and the Phillies' top position player.

Among the Gold Glove finalists, the 25-year-old Herrera agreed to a $30.5 million, five-year contract during the offseason and is part of Philadelphia's post-Ryan Howard era rebuilding.

"We all wanted to find out how he'd react with that nice contract. He reacted the right way, boy. He's doing all of the drills with a lot of energy, and it looks like he's enjoying himself," Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's so full of energy. He's been chirping a lot with the guys, and he's setting the tone by example.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:35:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Hamilton leaves Rangers' camp to have his left knee examined]]> http://gazette.com/hamilton-leaves-rangers-camp-to-have-his-left-knee-examined/article/feed/446368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hamilton-leaves-rangers-camp-to-have-his-left-knee-examined/article/feed/446368?custom_click=rss SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Hamilton has left the Texas Rangers' spring training camp to have his reconstructed left knee examined after he experienced pain.

The 2010 AL MVP, at spring training with a minor league contract, felt discomfort in the knee during the Rangers' first full-squad spring training workout Tuesday. The 35-year-old went to Houston to be examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed Hamilton's season-ending surgery last June. Hamilton has had 10 knee operations.

Hamilton has not played in the major leagues since 2015, when he hit .253 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 50 games. He appeared in one game last year for Double-A Frisco, on April 30.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:12:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Clavell, Colorado State beat New Mexico ]]> http://gazette.com/clavell-colorado-state-beat-new-mexico/article/1597398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clavell-colorado-state-beat-new-mexico/article/1597398?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gian Clavell scored 24 points and had an answer when Colorado State needed it as the Rams beat New Mexico 68-56 on Tuesday night.

The Rams (19-9, 11-4 Mountain West) never trailed in the game. Emmanuel Omogbo added a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Clavell had four 3-pointers, three steals and two blocks.

Clavell even took care of the boisterous opposing crowd, shushing it with a finger to his lips following a jumper to halt a 6-0 Lobos' run that had cut the score to 38-35. New Mexico got as close as 40-38 early in the second half, but the Rams went on a 15-5 run to regain control.

"I was having a blast," Clavell said. "I'm just having fun, just having fun with it.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:46:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: No more rookie alibis for Paxton Lynch and Denver Broncos in Year 2]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-no-more-rookie-alibis-for-paxton-lynch-and-denver-broncos-in-year-2/article/1597368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-no-more-rookie-alibis-for-paxton-lynch-and-denver-broncos-in-year-2/article/1597368?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Should the Broncos' cafeteria serve only chili cheese fries as appetizers?

Paxton Lynch loves chili cheese fries. What about switching his jersey from No. 12 to No. 1, the number belonging to Lynch's favorite quarterback, Cam Newton? Should local media talk and write only about the Broncos' second-year quarterback during the NFL's offseason?

OK, we've got the last one covered.

The Broncos have Lynch covered - in every way a 23-year-old quarterback could ever hope, dream or wish. From the way he was drafted to the wide receivers paid handsomely to catch his passes to the staff they brought in to coach him up, it's possible the Broncos never have invested more in a single player than Lynch.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:37:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: 'Stick to sports', or feel public's wrath]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-stick-to-sports-or-feel-publics-wrath/article/1597374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-stick-to-sports-or-feel-publics-wrath/article/1597374?custom_click=rss

Dexter Fowler, Gregg Popovich and I are human beings with thoughts, opinions and feelings.

But we're supposed to shut up, keep our beliefs to ourselves and STICK TO SPORTS.

My friend, who owns a successful Denver delicatessen, told me Sunday morning that he is "distressed" by what's going on in Washington these days. I replied: "STICK TO FOOD."

I'm stupid, of course. I am a journalist, which makes me, apparently, the enemy of the American people.

I've always understood and respected separation of church and state in this country, as promised in the First Amendment. However, I can't find anywhere in the United States Constitution a demand for separation of sports and society.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:13:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Area high school basketball referee association looking to boost numbers]]> http://gazette.com/area-high-school-basketball-referee-association-looking-to-boost-numbers/article/1597284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/area-high-school-basketball-referee-association-looking-to-boost-numbers/article/1597284?custom_click=rss

Jeff Lindsey blew his whistle.

Palmer's Reggie Jackson - yes, he now of the Detroit Pistons - had been fouled. Lindsey immediately let everyone on the court know it was not a shooting foul, saying Jackson was passing.

Jackson sidled up to Lindsey.

"Reggie Jackson told me, 'Man, you don't know me very well,'" Lindsey recounted recently. "I was like, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'I never pass, I was shooting.'"

When Lindsey isn't refereeing high school basketball games (he referees at lower levels too) he's prosecuting cases - including the Planned Parenthood shooting case - as the chief deputy district attorney for the 4th Judicial District.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:11:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Kings top Avs, Sutter ties Murray for most wins as LA coach]]> http://gazette.com/kings-top-avs-sutter-ties-murray-for-most-wins-as-la-coach/article/1597386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kings-top-avs-sutter-ties-murray-for-most-wins-as-la-coach/article/1597386?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Just like his goaltender, Darryl Sutter proved good at deflecting.

Sutter sidestepped questions about moving into a tie for most wins as coach of the Los Angeles Kings following a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

He'd rather the spotlight shine on his players (Trevor Lewis scored the go-ahead goal with a slick move in the second period) and his goaltender (Peter Budaj stopped 24 shots) than any personal accomplishment.

"That's good," Sutter said after capturing his 215th win as L.A.'s coach to draw even with Andy Murray.

Pressed if that sort of milestone says anything, he simply responded: "Good teams. Lots of good teams. Good players.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:42:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Rampart girls' basketball team advances, sets up another game with Doherty]]> http://gazette.com/rampart-girls-basketball-team-advances-sets-up-another-game-with-doherty/article/1597385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rampart-girls-basketball-team-advances-sets-up-another-game-with-doherty/article/1597385?custom_click=rss

Bailey Torres knew as she was warming up that it was going to be a big night for her and her Rampart team.

Torres scored a game-high 20 points, including hitting six 3-pointers, in a 52-38 first-round win over Heritage in the first round of the 5A girls' basketball playoffs.

"I felt it - as a shooter, you can feel when you're going to be on," the sophomore guard said Tuesday. "Then you get into the game and the adrenaline is going, and I was feeling it."

The 26th-seeded Rams (11-13) are more talented than their record indicates. Going 7-5 in the 5A Metro conference has toughened this team up, and even though Rampart only has one senior, it's a gritty team that played like an experienced bunch.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:39:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Sierra girls' basketball team pulls away in playoff win]]> http://gazette.com/sierra-girls-basketball-team-pulls-away-in-playoff-win/article/1597384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sierra-girls-basketball-team-pulls-away-in-playoff-win/article/1597384?custom_click=rss

Sierra's Aubrey Robinson isn't a big fan of free throws.

"I was actually pretty nervous," Robinson said of shooting from the line Tuesday night. "Free throws are where I struggle."

But there was no cause for concern. All seven points that Robinson scored in the second quarter - and nine of her 11 first half points - came from the charity stripe, as she helped Sierra beat Eagle Valley 63-40 in the first round of the 4A girls' basketball state playoffs.

The junior transfer from Harrison - who only played 12 games for Sierra (15-9) in the regular season - finished with a season-high 21 points.

No. 30 seed Sierra, which will play Evergreen on Friday, had lost its previous two games entering the playoffs.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:33:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Tuesday's prep roundup: Vista Ridge, Canon City deliver girls' hoops playoff upsets (Live updates)]]> http://gazette.com/tuesdays-prep-roundup-vista-ridge-canon-city-deliver-girls-hoops-playoff-upsets-live-updates/article/1597378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tuesdays-prep-roundup-vista-ridge-canon-city-deliver-girls-hoops-playoff-upsets-live-updates/article/1597378?custom_click=rss

Highlights from Tuesday’s high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

Class 5A first round
No. 40 Vista Ridge 66, No. 25 Cherokee Trail 58
At Cherokee Trail: Vista Ridge (6-17) pulled off the upset of the Class 5A tournament so far, knocking off a team seeded 15 spots ahead of it.
After defeating Cherokee Trail (12-10), the Wolves will be at No. 8 Denver East on Friday.
Vista Ridge led at the half and after three quarters.

Class 4A first round
No. 42 Canon City 56, No. 23 Fort Morgan 52
At Fort Morgan: Canon City (11-13) made the trek to Fort Morgan (16-8) and came home knowing its season is still alive.
The Tigers will travel to No.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:33:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Cheyenne Mountain hockey team eliminated from playoffs by Pueblo County]]> http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-hockey-team-eliminated-from-playoffs-by-pueblo-county/article/1597381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-hockey-team-eliminated-from-playoffs-by-pueblo-county/article/1597381?custom_click=rss

Cheyenne Mountain can take pride in a strong finish to the game.

But it was the first two periods of their 6-4 playoff loss at No. 15 seed Pueblo County that prevented them from advancing out of the first round of the state hockey playoffs on Tuesday night.

"I have to give (Pueblo County coach) Lee (LaJeunesse) credit," Cheyenne Mountain coach Erik Austin said. "He has his team rolling. He had 3-4 legitimate hockey players and they showed up tonight big time."

Pueblo County scored 91 seconds into the game and used their speed to build a 3-0 lead through the opening period. Two early power plays in the second period gave the Indians (11-8-1) an opportunity to cut into the Hornets' lead.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:57:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Airport experience provides Air Force basketball coach with positive moment in down season]]> http://gazette.com/airport-experience-provides-air-force-basketball-coach-with-positive-moment-in-down-season/article/1597376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airport-experience-provides-air-force-basketball-coach-with-positive-moment-in-down-season/article/1597376?custom_click=rss

When Air Force returned to Denver International Airport from its 20th consecutive road loss, coach Dave Pilipovich said it arrived at the same time as "another team in our league."

Pilipovich didn't specify which team it was, but Colorado State didn't travel this past week. Wyoming did.

The coach watched as the teams walked through the concourse together, boarded the trains and waited for bags, and he couldn't escape one thought.

"As I took a step back and I watched both teams, I was happy I was with the team I was with," Pilipovich said. "Just the way we were dressed, the way we conducted ourselves, just the way they presented themselves.

"That makes you feel good.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:57:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Rockies' Ian Desmond will spend spring trying to master first base]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-ian-desmond-will-spend-spring-trying-to-master-first-base/article/1597357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-ian-desmond-will-spend-spring-trying-to-master-first-base/article/1597357?custom_click=rss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ian Desmond no doubt was a big offseason acquisition for the Colorado Rockies, a proven offensive player who should flourish at Coors Field.

But after six full seasons as a shortstop for the Washington Nationals and one season as a center fielder for the Texas Rangers, how quickly can he learn to play first base?

"Being an athletic first baseman, I will be able to jump for balls a little better than an average first baseman," Desmond said. "My hands are good enough to pick balls."

Desmond hasn't been known as a great defender. He had the most or second-most errors among National League shortstops five times, and his 12 errors in the outfield last year for Texas were the most among AL

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:20:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Avs defenseman Erik Johnson nears return from broken leg]]> http://gazette.com/avs-defenseman-erik-johnson-nears-return-from-broken-leg/article/1597330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avs-defenseman-erik-johnson-nears-return-from-broken-leg/article/1597330?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is nearing a return after being sidelined since early December with a broken leg.

Although Johnson won't play Tuesday against Los Angeles, coach Jared Bednar said the Avalanche's top defenseman has been going through some of the contact drills in practice and "that's a positive sign."

He broke his leg while blocking a shot Dec. 3 against Dallas.

Johnson's return would bolster a banged-up defense that lost Nikita Zadorov for the season after he fractured his ankle Monday during a drill in practice. Zadorov leads the team in hits.

Forward Rene Bourque also is progressing from a head injury. He recently participated in practice while wearing a noncontact

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:08:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Lakers name Magic Johnson president of basketball operations]]> http://gazette.com/lakers-name-magic-johnson-president-of-basketball-operations/article/1597329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lakers-name-magic-johnson-president-of-basketball-operations/article/1597329?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise's front office.

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss also removed her brother, Jim, from his job as the Lakers' executive vice president of basketball operations Tuesday.

Jeanie Buss then promoted Johnson, the Hall of Fame point guard who returned to the franchise earlier this year in an executive role.

Johnson is the Lakers' new president of basketball operations, the team announced on Twitter.

Mitch Kupchak has been the 16-time NBA champion franchise's GM since 2000, when Jerry West left the club.

The Lakers are mired in the

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:48:32 -0700
<![CDATA[2017 field announced for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb]]> http://gazette.com/2017-field-announced-for-the-broadmoor-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/article/1597258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2017-field-announced-for-the-broadmoor-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/article/1597258?custom_click=rss

The 2017 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will spotlight a skilled and accomplished roster of veteran auto drivers and motorcycle racers who have recorded 96 previous PPIHC class victories.  Riders and drivers from 17 states and 10 countries have been invited.

 "We believe our fans will really love the competitive field set for the 95th Running of the Race to the Clouds," PPIHC executive director Megan Leatham said in a news release. "Along with the legends of the race, we have a lineup of new stars who are sure to make their mark on America's Mountain."

 Fans will see many familiar names from past editions of the PPIHC, including Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, Rhys Millen, and last year's King of

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:13:23 -0700