<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:09:01 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Vin Scully on opening day: 'I'll probably have things to do']]> http://gazette.com/vin-scully-on-opening-day-ill-probably-have-things-to-do/article/feed/452132?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vin-scully-on-opening-day-ill-probably-have-things-to-do/article/feed/452132?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won't be in the stands. He won't make a point of watching on TV, either.

"It's a day game. I'll probably have things to do," the famed 89-year-old announcer told The Associated Press from his home in Hidden Hills, California. "I might catch a piece of it."

Not that Scully has any regrets since retiring after last season. He says he's grateful for every minute he spent with the Dodgers, the franchise he joined 67 years ago in Brooklyn and followed to Los Angeles eight years later. He feels blessed to have worked as long as he did covering the game he fell in love with as a boy.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:02:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Fans can look forward to some major changes in NFL games]]> http://gazette.com/fans-can-look-forward-to-some-major-changes-in-nfl-games/article/feed/452133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fans-can-look-forward-to-some-major-changes-in-nfl-games/article/feed/452133?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Time to celebrate?

NFL fans could see an enhanced flow of play and fewer restrictions on how demonstrative players can be in their jubilation after big plays.

At the busy league meetings Tuesday, owners passed several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and improve player safety. They also put off until their May gathering in Chicago potentially allowing a bit more creativity in player celebrations.

Commissioner Roger Goodell asked that any adjustments in the rules be tabled so he could meet with players to "bring clarity to the rules while allowing players more ability to celebrate" while avoiding over-the-top demonstrations. He can expect lots of feedback from those pl

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:51:46 -0600 <![CDATA[USA Hockey, women reach agreement; seek growth for sport]]> http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-women-reach-agreement-seek-growth-for-sport/article/feed/452130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-women-reach-agreement-seek-growth-for-sport/article/feed/452130?custom_click=rss While the impending start of the world championships created urgency for USA Hockey and the women's national team to hammer out a deal, the agreement had everything to do with tournaments over the next four years and beyond.

The sides finalized an agreement Tuesday night that avoided what would've been a historic boycott for the defending gold medalists at the world championships on home ice. Instead, they settled on terms that could lead to players earning as much as $129,000 in an Olympic year and also set USA Hockey on a path to grow the women's game even further.

"We didn't want to settle for something that wasn't going to push women's hockey as far as we thought it was able to go," U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said by phon

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:39:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Blazers beat Nuggets to take 1-game lead for 8th seed]]> http://gazette.com/blazers-beat-nuggets-to-take-1-game-lead-for-8th-seed/article/1599906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blazers-beat-nuggets-to-take-1-game-lead-for-8th-seed/article/1599906?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic had a career-high 32 points with 16 rebounds against his former team, CJ McCollum had 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113 on Tuesday night to take hold of the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Portland leads Denver by a game for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blazers also clinched the season-series tiebreaker with the Nuggets, giving them an upper hand with eight games to play.

Jameer Nelson led Denver with 23 points.

The Blazers got Nurkic involved early against his former team. On Portland's first possession, Nurkic scored on a designed post-up play against Nikola Jokic, who took Nurkic's starting spot in Denver.



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:04:21 -0600
<![CDATA[North Korean ice hockey team permitted to compete in South]]> http://gazette.com/north-korean-ice-hockey-team-permitted-to-compete-in-south/article/feed/452119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-korean-ice-hockey-team-permitted-to-compete-in-south/article/feed/452119?custom_click=rss SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has approved the North Korean women's ice hockey team to compete in an international event next month at Gangneung, a venue for the 2018 Olympics.

Seoul's Unification Ministry on Wednesday said the North Korean team would be permitted to stay from April 1-9 to participate in the group rounds of the Ice Hockey Women's World Championship.

North Korean athletes haven't competed in South Korea since the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon.

Relations between the rival Koreas have significantly worsened over the past year after a series of rocket launches by North Korea.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:58:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Tuesday's prep roundup: Canon City still perfect after rally over Pueblo Central]]> http://gazette.com/tuesdays-prep-roundup-canon-city-still-perfect-after-rally-over-pueblo-central/article/1599904?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tuesdays-prep-roundup-canon-city-still-perfect-after-rally-over-pueblo-central/article/1599904?custom_click=rss

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

BASEBALL

Canon City 7, Pueblo Central 4

At Canon City: Canon City (4-0) scored five runs in the bottom of the third to rally from a 3-0 deficit, going on to beat Pueblo Central (3-5) to stay perfect on the season.

The Tigers pounded out 12 hits, led by Zac Hanenberg and Jarett Koch who each had three.

Harvey Wall homered, while Kadin Porter and Branson Simms each drove in two runs.

Hanenberg tripled and scored twice.

Brandon Farnsworth went six innings for the Tigers, giving up three earned runs, four total. He allowed eight hits and struck out six.

Air Academy 4, Lake Oswego 3

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:34:04 -0600
<![CDATA[USA Hockey, women's players reach agreement to avoid boycott]]> http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-womens-players-reach-agreement-to-avoid-boycott/article/feed/452116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-womens-players-reach-agreement-to-avoid-boycott/article/feed/452116?custom_click=rss USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice that would've been a black eye for the sport.

Players and USA Hockey finalized the deal Tuesday night and announced it in a joint statement just three days before the tournament begins in Plymouth, Michigan. It's a four-year agreement that pays players beyond just the six-month Olympic period.

"It's going to be a turning point for women's hockey in the U.S. (and) I feel like a turning point for women's hockey in the world," star forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said by phone.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:22:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Jags denied early start date for offseason despite new coach]]> http://gazette.com/jags-denied-early-start-date-for-offseason-despite-new-coach/article/feed/452118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jags-denied-early-start-date-for-offseason-despite-new-coach/article/feed/452118?custom_click=rss JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will begin offseason workouts April 17, along with other teams with returning head coaches.

The Jaguars had requested to start April 3, the date teams with new coaches can start, since they promoted interim Doug Marrone to replace Gus Bradley in January.

The league initially granted the Jaguars an extra week, saying they could start April 10. But the NFL Players Association challenged the ruling and won. After consulting with the league office, the Jaguars announced Tuesday night they will start April 17.

Tom Coughlin, the team's executive vice president of football operation, says "our position is that Doug Marrone is a new head coach after serving as interim head co

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:14:09 -0600 <![CDATA[With her first half-marathon hovering on defeat, two runners carried her to finish ‘together’]]> http://gazette.com/with-her-first-half-marathon-hovering-on-defeat-two-runners-carried-her-to-finish-together/article/1599901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-her-first-half-marathon-hovering-on-defeat-two-runners-carried-her-to-finish-together/article/1599901?custom_click=rss

As 21-year-old Haley Klinger neared the finish line at Love Run Half Marathon in Philadelphia, her legs started to buckle.

Video footage from Sunday’s race shows the young woman stop, grimace and reach down toward her feet. Without missing a step, two fellow runners grab her under her arms and carry her along with them.

That was the moment triathlete Joseph McGinty, 31, turned around to find his training buddy, 45-year-old Bryan Crnkovic. He saw Crnkovic and the other man, who has not been publicly identified, helping an exhausted woman finish the race.

So McGinty ran back and scooped her up in his arms.



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:40:22 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-owners-revamp-video-replay-for-officiating/article/feed/452095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-owners-revamp-video-replay-for-officiating/article/feed/452095?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations.

One day after approving the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects.

That led to a change in handling officiating of video replays; eliminating "leapers" trying to block field goals or extra points; adding protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and further discussions with the players about loosening restrictions for on-field celebrations.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:07:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Zimmerman hopes smaller weights key big, healthy season]]> http://gazette.com/zimmerman-hopes-smaller-weights-key-big-healthy-season/article/feed/452115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zimmerman-hopes-smaller-weights-key-big-healthy-season/article/feed/452115?custom_click=rss WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman slumped at the best possible time, and with that out of the way, he's ready to begin the regular season.

After an 0-for-17 start to the spring, the Washington Nationals first baseman is about to head north with respectable Grapefruit League numbers. Zimmerman's two singles, one of the infield variety, in Tuesday night's game against Miami raised his average back above .300 for the spring.

"He's more aggressive," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "He's swinging at balls in the strike zone He's running good. He's healthy."

Health may be the most important part of the preseason for Zimmerman.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:02:10 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Goodell plans to attend Patriots' opener]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-goodell-plans-to-attend-patriots-opener/article/feed/452047?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-goodell-plans-to-attend-patriots-opener/article/feed/452047?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has plans for Thursday night, Sept. 7.

Goodell said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that he expects to be at the season kickoff in Foxborough when the Patriots play host to an undetermined opponent.

Smiling broadly when asked about it, Goodell said "I plan to be at the kickoff game."

After the "Deflategate" saga, Goodell did not attend New England's playoff games, instead going to Atlanta for the divisional round and then the NFC title game. Of course, he did hand the Lombardi Trophy to Patriots owner Robert Kraft in February after the Super Bowl.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:58:51 -0600 <![CDATA[US Wage Boycott Hockey]]> http://gazette.com/us-wage-boycott-hockey/article/feed/450387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-wage-boycott-hockey/article/feed/450387?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2014, file photo, Meghan Duggan of the United States looks up during a face off during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game against Sweden at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia. USA Hockey has reached a wage agreement with women's national team players to avoid a boycott of the world championships. USA Hockey announced the agreement Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:32:48 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-owners-revamp-video-replay-for-officiating/article/1599863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-owners-revamp-video-replay-for-officiating/article/1599863?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations.

One day after approving the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects.

That led to a change in handling officiating of video replays; eliminating "leapers" trying to block field goals or extra points; adding protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and further discussions with the players about loosening restrictions for on-field celebrations.



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:19:50 -0600
<![CDATA[NBC to show Winter Olympics in all time zones at same time]]> http://gazette.com/nbc-to-show-winter-olympics-in-all-time-zones-at-same-time/article/feed/452114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nbc-to-show-winter-olympics-in-all-time-zones-at-same-time/article/feed/452114?custom_click=rss STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — NBC says it will broadcast all primetime programming from the Pyeongchang Olympics live across all time zones, a first for the Winter Games.

NBC President of Olympics Production and Programming Jim Bell says the move was made to enhance the "communal experience" of Olympic viewing, and says it "means social media won't be ahead of the action."

The network will have primetime broadcasts at 8 p.m. EST on most nights, followed by local news and then "Primetime Plus" programming with more live coverage.

Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be 14 hours ahead of the East Coast during the Olympics.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:44:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: Denver Broncos one of five teams without set starting QB]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-one-of-five-teams-without-set-starting-qb/article/1599896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-one-of-five-teams-without-set-starting-qb/article/1599896?custom_click=rss

Despite all the clutter, prattle and commotion surrounding Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler (three names that have been linked with the Broncos in some fashion in the past or now) and RG3andout and Johnny Footloose, and the four top quarterbacks In the draft, it's remarkable to realize that 27 NFL teams already have established who will be their starters in September.

Nobody will displace Tom Brady (including the commissioner this time), Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger (who isn't retiring), Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers or Cam Newton and Derek Carr (both of whom will be recovered from injuries), or kids Dak Prescott, Jameis Winston, Carson Wentz and Marcus Mariota (coming



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:33:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Las Vegas welcomes Raiders with open arms, big hopes]]> http://gazette.com/las-vegas-welcomes-raiders-with-open-arms-big-hopes/article/feed/452110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/las-vegas-welcomes-raiders-with-open-arms-big-hopes/article/feed/452110?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A city famous for its over-the-top persona is eagerly welcoming an NFL franchise that boasts an equally outsized reputation and the promise of big-league legitimacy for the desert gambling oasis, which up to now has seen major sporting events just passing through.

Las Vegas is no stranger to big time events catering to all tastes. Champion boxers lace up their gloves at glitzy hotel-casinos on the Strip. Thousands turn out for NASCAR races. The National Finals Rodeo rides into town every year.

With the addition of an NHL expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, and as of this week the Raiders, Las Vegas believes it has arrived as something substantially more than a one-off venue.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:27:43 -0600 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Devout Oakland Raiders fans betrayed by greedy owner and heartless NFL]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-devout-oakland-raiders-fans-betrayed-by-greedy-owner-and-heartless-nfl/article/1599866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-devout-oakland-raiders-fans-betrayed-by-greedy-owner-and-heartless-nfl/article/1599866?custom_click=rss

My summer of 1969 was dominated by the Seattle Pilots.

I lived 15 miles south of Sick’s Stadium, the antique dump that served as the Pilots baseball home. I listened to almost every game on my transistor radio. I talked constantly with friends about the team. I watched a half-dozen games in person. As the season ended, I wondered how my heroes could possibly have bumbled to a 64-98 last-place record.

I loved those Pilots.

If you’re a devoted student of baseball history, you know the vicious conclusion to my baseball romance.

The Pilots, buried in financial trouble, departed for Milwaukee in 1970 to become the Brewers. I’ll never fully recover from the anger and bewilderment when news arrived



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:13:57 -0600
<![CDATA[The Classical Academy tabs assistant Justin Rich to take over football program]]> http://gazette.com/the-classical-academy-tabs-assistant-justin-rich-to-take-over-football-program/article/1599883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-classical-academy-tabs-assistant-justin-rich-to-take-over-football-program/article/1599883?custom_click=rss

When David Bervig stepped down in February as football coach at The Classical Academy, he pointed to one assistant as the one he’d like to see as his successor.

He wasn’t the only one.

Other assistants, players and players’ parents went to TCA athletic director Gary Geiger with the same suggestion: Justin Rich.

Last week, Rich was tabbed to take over a Titans program that went 40-17 in Bervig’s five seasons, which included four trips to the postseason.

It wasn’t his football knowledge that first endeared Rich to his fellow coaches and players. That came out later through his coaching. It was something else that first made his mark.



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:20:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week, Bre Hayden, Doherty girls' tennis]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-preps-peak-performer-of-the-week-bre-hayden-doherty-girls-tennis/article/1599827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-preps-peak-performer-of-the-week-bre-hayden-doherty-girls-tennis/article/1599827?custom_click=rss

Bre Hayden was playing a Nintendo Wii several years ago, and had a thought. She was so good at Wii tennis on the video game, that maybe she should give it a shot in real life.

Turns out, she's even better at the real thing. Hayden, the Doherty No. 1 singles player, showed those skills when she won the Far East Invite title at Vista Peak last week.

"Bre played the most amazing tennis at that tournament that I've ever seen her play," Doherty coach Cheri Rogers said. "She was patient and waited for good shots, and I hope that's a confidence booster for her."

Hayden, a senior, didn't enter the real world of tennis until her freshman year of high school. She played doubles the first two years, and then before her junior year



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:00:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Eagles sign DE Chris Long to two-year contract]]> http://gazette.com/eagles-sign-de-chris-long-to-two-year-contract/article/feed/452058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagles-sign-de-chris-long-to-two-year-contract/article/feed/452058?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles agreed Tuesday to terms on a two-year contract with defensive end Chris Long, who won a Super Bowl last season with New England.

A No. 2 overall draft pick by the Rams in 2008, Long spent eight seasons with St. Louis before he joined the Patriots in 2016.

Long has 342 tackles, 58 1/2 sacks, nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 130 games.

He had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.

Later Tuesday, the Eagles agreed to terms on a one-year contract with cornerback Patrick Robinson.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:50:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos lose $4.5 million in 2017 salary cap after repayment]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-4.5-million-in-2017-salary-cap-after-repayment/article/1599882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-4.5-million-in-2017-salary-cap-after-repayment/article/1599882?custom_click=rss

The Broncos don’t have quite as much salary cap space as was thought.

The NFLPA updated its salary cap report and it shows the Broncos have $16.148 million left in cap space, a $4.5 million drop from the $20.6 million that was listed after Denver’s most recent free agent signings.

Denver’s loss in salary cap space is due to a repayment of an NFL loan that teams were allowed to take in 2011 and 2012. The Broncos took the maximum loan, $3 million in 2011 and $1.5 million in 2012. It’s now time for that loan to be repaid in regards to the salary cap. Those loans came during the uncapped year following the 2011 NFL lockout and the adjustment to the new collective bargaining agreement in the year that



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:41:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Gsellman seems to have earned spot on Mets' pitching staff]]> http://gazette.com/gsellman-seems-to-have-earned-spot-on-mets-pitching-staff/article/feed/452104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gsellman-seems-to-have-earned-spot-on-mets-pitching-staff/article/feed/452104?custom_click=rss PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Whatever his role, it looks as if right-hander Robert Gsellman has earned on spot on the New York Mets' pitching staff.

The 23-year-old Gsellman struck out six in six innings Tuesday against St. Louis in a late audition to make the team.

Asked if he expected Gsellman would begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, Mets manager Terry Collins responded, "I would not."

"He's really had a good spring and thrown the ball really well. He's picked up where he left off," Collins said

Collins stated a decision had not been made on Seth Lugo, who was strong — as was Gsellman — late last season as New York chased down a wild-card berth.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:35:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Orioles plan on taking another power trip to AL playoffs]]> http://gazette.com/orioles-plan-on-taking-another-power-trip-to-al-playoffs/article/feed/452046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orioles-plan-on-taking-another-power-trip-to-al-playoffs/article/feed/452046?custom_click=rss

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have found a formula for success, and they're sticking with it.

Hit the long ball, play solid defense, close out the game with your outstanding bullpen. For three of the past five years — including last season — that's gotten the Orioles into the playoffs.

That's the plan for 2017, too.

With defending major league home run champ Mark Trumbo, slugger Chris Davis and hard-hitting Manny Machado leading the way, Baltimore hopes to have enough power to compensate for a starting rotation that lacks depth and experience.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:54:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Canyon Barry, former Cheyenne Mountain star, plans to play pro basketball]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-canyon-barry-former-cheyenne-mountain-star-plans-to-play-pro-basketball/article/1599781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-canyon-barry-former-cheyenne-mountain-star-plans-to-play-pro-basketball/article/1599781?custom_click=rss

Former Cheyenne Mountain High star Canyon Barry completed his college basketball career Sunday when his Florida Gators watched a seven-point halftime lead evaporate in a 77-70 loss to South Carolina.

The defeat kept Barry from a trip to the Final Four.

But he hopes his basketball days are not over. He plans to play professionally.

“I’d just like to play as long as possible,” Barry said in a February interview.  “To play a game you love, and somebody is willing to pay you to do it? That’s the plan.”

 Canyon is the son of Rick Barry, who led the 1975 Golden State Warriors to the NBA Title. Three of Canyon’s half-brothers – Brent, Jon and Drew



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:34:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Monahan has goal, 3 assists in Flames' win over hapless Avalanche ]]> http://gazette.com/monahan-has-goal-3-assists-in-flames-win-over-hapless-avalanche/article/1599849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/monahan-has-goal-3-assists-in-flames-win-over-hapless-avalanche/article/1599849?custom_click=rss

CALGARY, Alberta — Another big night for Sean Monahan's line has the red-hot Calgary Flames one win away from clinching a playoff spot.

Monahan scored his team-leading 26th goal and added three assists and the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Monday.

With six games remaining, Calgary can clinch a playoff spot for just the second time in the past eight seasons with a regulation win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"Confidence is big for our club. When we start going and everyone's playing their role we're a hard team to beat," said Monahan, whose four-point night ties a career-high.

Monahan's linemates Micheal Ferland and Johnny Gaudreau also scored, as did Troy Brouwer. Calgary has won nine of



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:12:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Now or never for Denver Nuggets in playoff hunt]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-now-or-never-for-denver-nuggets-in-playoff-hunt/article/1599813?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-now-or-never-for-denver-nuggets-in-playoff-hunt/article/1599813?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Nuggets have a big one on Tuesday.

Just in case this big one, at Portland, needed some more juice, some more drama, here's a little something-something for the residents of Nuggets Nation and Rip City to chew on.

During a home game earlier this season, when Jusuf Nurkic was still here, Nurkic left the Nuggets bench, got in his car and drove away from Pepsi Center. Just so we're clear: The game was still going on when Nurkic left, and, yes, he returned to The Can before it ended.

Days later, when it was clear the Nurkic-Nuggets marriage faced irreconcilable differences (see: Nurkic sought a starting spot and rising star Nikola Jokic stood in the way), the Nuggets filed for a divorce and Nurkic was traded to



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:59:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Monday's prep roundup: Pine Creek baseball wins opener of Coach Bob tournament]]> http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-pine-creek-baseball-wins-opener-of-coach-bob-tournament/article/1599834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-pine-creek-baseball-wins-opener-of-coach-bob-tournament/article/1599834?custom_click=rss

By SCOTT KANIEWSKI
Scott.kaniewski@gazette.com

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

BASEBALL
Pine Creek 11, Ridgewood 3
At Anthem, Ariz.: Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Pine Creek (1-1) scored nine runs over the first two innings and cruised to its first win of the season, defeating Illinois’ Ridgewood (1-4) at the Coach Bob Invitational tournament in Arizona on Monday.
The Eagles banged out four doubles among their 11 hits.
Zac Heisler drove in three runs and scored twice, Parker Gregory had two hits and three RBIs, and Riley Cornelio went 2 for 2 with three runs scored and one RBI for the Eagles.
Four Eagles pitchers held the Rebels



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<![CDATA[Historic season raises Air Force hockey's expectations sky high]]> http://gazette.com/historic-season-raises-air-force-hockeys-expectations-sky-high/article/1599828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/historic-season-raises-air-force-hockeys-expectations-sky-high/article/1599828?custom_click=rss

Fans have good reason to hope that the days of Air Force hockey making the NCAA Tournament regularly are back.

But that will depend on if the vast majority of the 27-10-5 Falcons, notably sophomore goalie Shane Starrett, return this fall.

Air Force loses three seniors - defenseman Johnny Hrabovsky, and forwards A.J. Reid and Tyler Rostenkowski - to graduation, so coach Frank Serratore was cautiously optimistic about next season's roster.

Cadets may opt out of their military commitment without penalty following their second year but if all stay, 18 of the team's top 20 scorers would return. Serratore has not held his postseason players meetings yet.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings]]> http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings/article/1599819?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings/article/1599819?custom_click=rss

This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

BASEBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Pine Creek 0-1 No. 1

2. Coronado 4-0 No. 2

3. Fountain-Fort Carson 2-3 No. 3

4A

1. Air Academy 3-0 No. 1

2. Cheyenne Mountain 5-0 No. 2

3. Palmer Ridge 4-1 No. 3

3A and below

1. Manitou Springs 3-1 No. 1

2. St. Mary's 2-2 No. 2

3. Peyton 6-0 No. 3

Breakdown: Pine Creek and Palmer are representing Colorado Springs at this week's Coach Bob Invitational in suburban Phoenix. Coronado has the week off until heading out west to meet Grand Junction Central (6-1) on Saturday, while Fountain-Fort Carson is home to a long-distance opponent in Durango on Friday. .

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