<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:37:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fast start sparks Palmer Ridge football team]]> http://gazette.com/fast-start-sparks-palmer-ridge-football-team/article/1588366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fast-start-sparks-palmer-ridge-football-team/article/1588366?custom_click=rss

MONUMENT - Palmer Ridge is starting to roll. That was evident from the first play of the game.

Quarterback Ty Evans connected with Bryan Boatman on a 64-yard play-action pass for a touchdown and the Bears were off and running.

Palmer Ridge dominated the 3A East Metro League battle, scoring a 50-7 victory over Thomas Jefferson on Friday night at Don Breese Stadium.

"Just to start the game off on that note and really set the game up and start the momentum like that was great," said Evans, who finished with 281 yards passing and three touchdowns.

The Bears (6-2, 3-0) scored on all five of their first-half drives. Ben Busath, Brad Wallerstein and Greyson Matalus each rushed for scores and Boatman caught a second TD

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:22:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon blocks FG to beat Cañon City]]> http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-discovery-canyon-blocks-fg-to-beat-caon-city/article/1588367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fridays-prep-roundup-discovery-canyon-blocks-fg-to-beat-caon-city/article/1588367?custom_click=rss Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.


Discovery Canyon 35, Cañon City 34

At Cañon City: The Pikes Peak region 3A No. 1 Thunder kept their perfect season alive with a close victory on the road.

Discovery Canyon (8-0, 3-0 3A Southern) has two games left to finish the regular season unbeaten - home against Mitchell, and at Falcon.

The Thunder blocked a field-goal attempt by the Tigers (2-6, 0-3) with less than a minute to play to hold on for the win.

Rampart 49, Palmer 21

At Rampart: The 4A No. 2 Rams picked up their third win in a row, and the offense continues to run at a high level.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:18:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force hockey team goes back to basics in home win]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-team-goes-back-to-basics-in-home-win/article/1588365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-team-goes-back-to-basics-in-home-win/article/1588365?custom_click=rss

It was back to basics for Air Force and the host Falcons played the hard-nosed hockey they must do to succeed in a 5-2 win over Bentley.

"We reset our foundation," said Air Force sophomore center Kyle Haak, who recorded two assists and a an empty-net goal with 90 seconds left to clinch the win in the Atlantic Hockey Conference opener for both teams. "We got pucks and bodies on net and made (Bentley goalie Jayson Argue) make that third and fourth save."

It showed in the second period when Air Force (3-1-1, 10 AHC) made Argue's life pretty miserable. The junior netminder made some big-time saves (31 game, 13 second period) but the hosts were there to pounce on rebounds.

"That's hard hockey," Air Force coach Frank

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:36:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Clutch HR keys Air Academy in state softball tourney]]> http://gazette.com/clutch-hr-keys-air-academy-in-state-softball-tourney/article/1588363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clutch-hr-keys-air-academy-in-state-softball-tourney/article/1588363?custom_click=rss

AURORA - Trailing by one with two outs in the seventh inning, Air Academy senior Payton Romines realized this could be the final at-bat of her high school career.

Thanks to her, she and the Kadets have a tomorrow.

Romines belted a three-run home run in the 4A quarterfinals, and No. 5 Air Academy won twice on Friday to remain one of the four teams still standing after its 7-5 win over No. 4 Wheat Ridge.

"I'm not going to say I knew Payton was going to hit a home run but I knew she was going to put the ball in play," Kadets coach Chris Hernez said. "I knew she was going to battle and if it was her last at-bat she wasn't going to go down without a fight.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:07:39 -0600
<![CDATA[LEADING OFF: Cubs face Kershaw, try to end Series drought]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-cubs-face-kershaw-try-to-end-series-drought/article/feed/412943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-cubs-face-kershaw-try-to-end-series-drought/article/feed/412943?custom_click=rss

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



It's been 71 years since the Chicago Cubs reached the World Series. They can finally halt the drought with a victory at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series at 8 p.m. EDT. Anticipating a long-awaited pennant, excited fans at jam-packed Wrigley Field will certainly be on the edge of their seats.


Standing in the way of a huge Cubs party is rested Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, perhaps the best pitcher in baseball. Shaking off his previous playoff struggles, the three-time Cy Young Award winner is 2-0 with a 3.72 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance this postseason.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:07:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance]]> http://gazette.com/anthem-singer-at-heat-76ers-game-kneels-during-performance/article/feed/412941?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anthem-singer-at-heat-76ers-game-kneels-during-performance/article/feed/412941?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Sprinter explores ways to mentor youth after daughter' death]]> http://gazette.com/sprinter-explores-ways-to-mentor-youth-after-daughter-death/article/feed/412934?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sprinter-explores-ways-to-mentor-youth-after-daughter-death/article/feed/412934?custom_click=rss

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay says he will help explore ways to mentor youth in Lexington after the shooting death of his 15-year-old daughter over the weekend.

Gay said in a statement released Friday that he's determined his daughter's death won't be "senseless. We must come together as a community to protect each other, giving our young people the tools they need to resolve their conflicts and lead successful lives — the kind that Trinity was well on her way to living."

Witnesses told police that gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles early Sunday. Trinity Gay was hit by a round.

Tyson Gay offers support so that the "spirit of Trinity will sprint on long after we say goodbye to her this week

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:02:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Indians fans pitch in with wedding gifts for rookie Merritt]]> http://gazette.com/indians-fans-pitch-in-with-wedding-gifts-for-rookie-merritt/article/feed/412847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indians-fans-pitch-in-with-wedding-gifts-for-rookie-merritt/article/feed/412847?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — The guest list for Ryan Merritt's upcoming wedding could be growing.

Cleveland's rookie pitcher has made a lot of new friends.

A most improbable October hero for the Indians, Merritt has been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring from some Cleveland fans for sending wedding gifts to him and his fiancee, Sarah, after the 24-year-old pitched so well in the AL pennant-clinching victory over Toronto on Wednesday.

Not long after Merritt worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings and the Indians earned their first World Series trip since 1997, fans found the couple's wedding registry online and flooded them with gifts.

Now Merritt is up to his neck in blenders, wine glasses, oven mitts and muffin tins.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:51:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado College hockey team falls to No. 10 Boston College]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-college-hockey-team-falls-to-no.-10-boston-college/article/1588362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-college-hockey-team-falls-to-no.-10-boston-college/article/1588362?custom_click=rss

No. 10 Boston College took advantage of some undisciplined penalties by Colorado College to rally and then pull away for a 4-1 nonconference win in the Eagles' home opener Friday night at the Conte Forum.

CC freshman Nick Halloran scored his second goal of the season when he fired a wrister high past BC goalie Ran Edquist but that 1-0 lead off the power-play goal lasted only 66 seconds.

Boston College's Colin White banged in a rebound with 13:34 left in the first period to tie the game with BC's first power-play goal this season (started 0-for-22). Casey Fitzgerald scored a power-play tally with 1:40 left in the first for a 2-1 margin and the eventual game-winner.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:43:38 -0600
<![CDATA[It's not always who you play, but when you play them in NFL]]> http://gazette.com/its-not-always-who-you-play-but-when-you-play-them-in-nfl/article/feed/412836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-not-always-who-you-play-but-when-you-play-them-in-nfl/article/feed/412836?custom_click=rss

That Patriots-Steelers matchup Sunday sure looked like a Game of the Year candidate. Then all of the air went out of it when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger damaged his knee.

Don't get us wrong, it still could be a terrific meeting of the AFC's two best teams. It also could be a major dud: Tom Brady vs. Landry Jones doesn't have much spice.

The Steelers can talk bravely as much as they want, and they should. As linebacker Arthur Moats says, "Responding to adversity, that's what we do. Yeah, we know Ben isn't playing, but we have confidence in Landry. You know he's going to go out there and let it fly."

But the reality in the NFL is that often it's when you play a team that matters as much as who the opponent is.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:30:13 -0600 <![CDATA[State softball: Falcon, Discovery Canyon fall in 4A]]> http://gazette.com/state-softball-falcon-discovery-canyon-fall-in-4a/article/1588358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-softball-falcon-discovery-canyon-fall-in-4a/article/1588358?custom_click=rss

AURORA - Discovery Canyon (14-8) and Falcon (11-11) were eliminated in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs at Aurora Sports Park on Friday.

Here's how their seasons ended:

A near win turns into heartbreak for Falcon

The Falcon bats awoke and rallied. Center fielder Maddie Mast made two extraordinary catches and Taylor Vanderwege appeared, at first glance, to come up with the big hit.

Everything looked set for the Falcons to advance to the second round. An unfavorable call and an untimely error served fatal, however, and No. 8 Falcon's season ended with a 10-inning, 17-10 loss to ninth-seed Pueblo West.

"We battled," Falcon coach Kerri Millikan said. "We knew we had to leave everything out on the

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:07:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force expecting a greater challenge from Hawaii this time around]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-expecting-a-greater-challenge-from-hawaii-this-time-around/article/1588359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-expecting-a-greater-challenge-from-hawaii-this-time-around/article/1588359?custom_click=rss

Air Force's 58-7 smackdown of Hawaii last year was a lot of things, but a competitive football game it was not.

The loss was the last straw for former Rainbow Warriors coach Norm Chow, who was fired two days later.

For Air Force it was a chance to empty the bench and display the talents of reserve tailback Tim McVey, who ran for 113 second-half yards and two touchdowns and has barely broken from that pace.

This game also came in the middle of a stretch in which Air Force outscored opponents 127-10 and set a course that took it to within four points of a Mountain West championship.

The Falcons, fresh off two frustrating losses, may seem like a team in need of a go-through-the-motions week.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:57:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Palmer Ridge field hockey team earns state playoff shutout]]> http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-field-hockey-team-earns-state-playoff-shutout/article/1588360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-field-hockey-team-earns-state-playoff-shutout/article/1588360?custom_click=rss

MONUMENT - It took a while for Palmer Ridge to break through.

But when the Bears did, they made sure it would be enough.

No. 2 Palmer Ridge beat No. 7 Regis Jesuit 3-0 in the first round of the state field hockey playoffs at Don Breese Stadium on Friday afternoon, thanks to a pair of short-corner goals.

The Bears were in control from the start, but it wasn't until late in the first half that they grabbed the lead.

"Obviously, it's hard going into playoffs because it's do or die at that point," said Liz Phillips, who opened the scoring. "But I think we did pretty well today. We knew that if we did what we'd been practicing all season long, we could come out with the win."

Phillips got Palmer Ridge (12-2-2) on

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:49:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Dick LeBeau keeping Titans' safeties fresh with rotation]]> http://gazette.com/dick-lebeau-keeping-titans-safeties-fresh-with-rotation/article/feed/412913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dick-lebeau-keeping-titans-safeties-fresh-with-rotation/article/feed/412913?custom_click=rss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rotating defensive linemen or even outside linebackers to keep players fresh to rush the quarterback is nothing new in the NFL.

The Tennessee Titans have extended the practice and are alternating four players at the two safety positions.

The rotation includes listed starters Da'Norris Searcy and Rashad Johnson, plus special teams captain Daimion Stafford and rookie third-round pick Kevin Byard.

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, a Hall of Fame player and longtime coach, approached Titans coach Mike Mularkey with the idea before the season after all four players performed well through the offseason and training camp.

"We just thought we had a group of safeties that had complementary skill

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:00:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Jets defense looking to come up with more turnovers]]> http://gazette.com/jets-defense-looking-to-come-up-with-more-turnovers/article/feed/412912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jets-defense-looking-to-come-up-with-more-turnovers/article/feed/412912?custom_click=rss FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sheldon Richardson thinks it's pretty easy to point out what's wrong with the New York Jets.

And the solutions, the big defensive lineman says, are just as simple.

"Yeah, turnovers, score, things of that nature," Richardson said Friday.

A quarterback switch from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Geno Smith was the focus this week for an offense that has struggled mightily with a league-low 15.8 points per game.

But the Jets also are ranked 23rd in overall defense, an alarmingly low spot for a team coached by the defensive-minded Todd Bowles, whose squad finished fourth overall last season.

New York has allowed 27.3 points per game, which ranks 25th in the NFL, and the passing defense is 28th.
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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:55:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Kershaw stands in the way of Cubs' chance to make history]]> http://gazette.com/kershaw-stands-in-the-way-of-cubs-chance-to-make-history/article/feed/412909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kershaw-stands-in-the-way-of-cubs-chance-to-make-history/article/feed/412909?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — All that's left for the Chicago Cubs to do is make history.

The Cubs came home to Wrigley Field with a 3-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series and a chance Saturday night to end a more than seven-decade wait to return to the World Series.

"We're not going to run away from anything," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's within our reach right now. But I do want us to go after it as though it's, again, hate to say it, but Saturday. Let's just go play our Saturday game and see how it falls."

For a franchise defined more by heartbreak and losing, this will be no ordinary Saturday. Then again, this has been no ordinary season.

The Cubs led the majors with 103 wins and ran away wit

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:54:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon, Leon Durham as hitting coaches]]> http://gazette.com/tigers-hire-lloyd-mcclendon-leon-durham-as-hitting-coaches/article/feed/412911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tigers-hire-lloyd-mcclendon-leon-durham-as-hitting-coaches/article/feed/412911?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach Friday.

McClendon is returning for his second stint with the Tigers after serving as bullpen coach in 2006 and hitting coach in 2007-13 before managing the Seattle Mariners for two seasons. He managed the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate in Toledo this season, guiding the team to a 68-76 record. He also managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05.

Durham has been a minor league coach for the Tigers for 16 years.

McClendon, a Gary, Indiana, native, played 16 seasons with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Pirates.

Durham played 10 with St. Louis, the Cubs and the Reds.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:52:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Indians could have starter Salazar back for World Series]]> http://gazette.com/indians-could-have-starter-salazar-back-for-world-series/article/feed/412910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indians-could-have-starter-salazar-back-for-world-series/article/feed/412910?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — After weeks of being broken and bloodied, the Indians' pitching staff may have reinforcements in the World Series.

Starter Danny Salazar, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm, has thrown well in recent bullpen sessions and might be able to pitch for the first time in this postseason.

Manager Terry Francona said Friday that Salazar has "let it go" during some recent workouts and has not been restricted to throwing only fastballs and changeups.

"I think he's ready to pitch," Francona said as the AL champions awaited their Series opponent.

Salazar will throw a three-inning simulated game Saturday and the Indians will assess his status before deciding whether to

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:40:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Carlos Hyde out this week for 49ers with shoulder injury]]> http://gazette.com/carlos-hyde-out-this-week-for-49ers-with-shoulder-injury/article/feed/412905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carlos-hyde-out-this-week-for-49ers-with-shoulder-injury/article/feed/412905?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde will miss Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with a shoulder injury.

Hyde hurt his shoulder last week in Buffalo and was listed Friday as out for the game. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn will pick up most of the rushing load for the Niners (1-5). Hyde leads the team with 429 yards rushing and six TDs.

San Francisco also listed receiver Torrey Smith (back), defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey (knee) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (concussion) as questionable.



AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:23:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Dolphins' DE Dion Jordan still hopes to play this season]]> http://gazette.com/dolphins-de-dion-jordan-still-hopes-to-play-this-season/article/feed/412899?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dolphins-de-dion-jordan-still-hopes-to-play-this-season/article/feed/412899?custom_click=rss DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has yet to practice this year and hasn't played in a game since 2014, but he still hopes to return this season from knee surgery.

Jordan, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, received conditional reinstatement from the NFL in July following a 15-month suspension for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He has since been rehabilitating from surgery with the goal of getting into some games in 2016.

"I'm taking it a day at a time, listening to our head trainers and the coaches," Jordan said Friday. "Once I feel like I'm healthy, then I'm going to get out there and I'm going to play. Of course, I'm dying to. ...

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:22:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-player says concussions are still widely underestimated]]> http://gazette.com/ex-player-says-concussions-are-still-widely-underestimated/article/feed/412886?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-player-says-concussions-are-still-widely-underestimated/article/feed/412886?custom_click=rss HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL Alumni Association President George Martin told a concussion conference Friday the injury is a scourge in contact sports with long-term consequences still widely underestimated.

"We need to take off the veil," Martin said. "I've attended far too many funerals lately for teammates and colleagues who have unfortunately succumbed to CTE."

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions.

Martin was the keynote speaker at the Ultimate Concussion Conference, a gathering of experts and policymakers in sports administration, law, education and health, including neu

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:00:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Giants' Beckham fined $24K for taking helmet off after TD]]> http://gazette.com/giants-beckham-fined-24k-for-taking-helmet-off-after-td/article/feed/412876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giants-beckham-fined-24k-for-taking-helmet-off-after-td/article/feed/412876?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday for taking off his helmet during a touchdown celebration last Sunday against Baltimore.

After scoring the go-ahead 66-yard TD with 1:24 left in the Giants' 27-23 win, Beckham drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he removed his helmet while in the back of the end zone. He then ran toward the sideline, tossed his helmet and kept celebrating.

Detroit safety Glover Quin was also fined $24,309 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Los Angeles wide receiver Tavon Austin.

Washington tight end Vernon Davis drew a $12,154 fine for taking a jumpshot with the football at the crossbar after a touchdown as if it were a basketba

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:22:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Raiders embracing extended 10-day road trip to Florida]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-embracing-extended-10-day-road-trip-to-florida/article/feed/412887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-embracing-extended-10-day-road-trip-to-florida/article/feed/412887?custom_click=rss

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — For a team that hasn't had much success playing at home this season, the Oakland Raiders are embracing a 10-day road trip to Florida.

Rather than disrupt his team's normal schedule with a pair of 5,600-mile round-trip flights on consecutive weekends for games in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, coach Jack Del Rio decided to have the Raiders take an extended stay on the East Coast.

They left for the first leg of their journey Friday following practice and won't return to the Bay Area until Oct. 30.

"I think it's going to be great, I really do," quarterback Derek Carr said. "Just to be out somewhere different with everybody.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:21:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Brock Osweiler, Gary Kubiak face former teams Monday night]]> http://gazette.com/brock-osweiler-gary-kubiak-face-former-teams-monday-night/article/1588306?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brock-osweiler-gary-kubiak-face-former-teams-monday-night/article/1588306?custom_click=rss

DENVER — This is Brock Osweiler's chance to stick it to the team that benched him for their Super Bowl run and Gary Kubiak's shot at sticking it to the organization that canned him in 2013.

The Houston Texans (4-2) and Denver Broncos (4-2) are two division leaders with plenty of defensive chops and playoff plans who have some troublesome early selves Monday night.

Intriguing subplots include Osweiler facing the team he spurned after spending four seasons as Peyton Manning's longtime backup and presumed successor and Kubiak facing the team that fired him in 2013 shortly after he suffered a mini-stroke.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:38:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Cross country regional roundup]]> http://gazette.com/cross-country-regional-roundup/article/1588297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cross-country-regional-roundup/article/1588297?custom_click=rss


Class 5A Region 5

At Monument Valley Park: On the boys' side, Rampart and Palmer advanced to the 5A state cross country meet with third and fourth-place team finishes, respectively.

The Rams were paced by junior Connor McCabe, who finished third overall (15 minutes, 56 seconds), and junior Jacob Dewey, who finished fifth (16:07).

Palmer was led by junior Awet Beraki, who finished eighth (16:16).

Doherty junior Hayden Martinez (16:15) qualified with a seventh-place finish.

On the girls' side, Coronado and Rampart both advanced to the state race with second and fourth-place team finishes.

For Rampart, junior Kyla Ramsey finished seventh (18:55) and teammate Mathilde Bernard, a

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:23:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Thursday's prep roundup: TCA holds off Mitchell to win 4A CSML boys' soccer title]]> http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-tca-holds-off-mitchell-to-win-4a-csml-boys-soccer-title/article/1588296?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-tca-holds-off-mitchell-to-win-4a-csml-boys-soccer-title/article/1588296?custom_click=rss Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.


Class 5A Region 5

At Monument Valley Park: On the boys' side, Rampart and Palmer advanced to the 5A state cross country meet with third and fourth place team finishes, respectively.

The Rams were paced by junior Connor McCabe, who finished third overall (15 minutes, 56 seconds), and junior Jacob Dewey, who finished fifth (16:07).

Palmer was led by junior Awet Beraki, who finished eighth (16:16).

Doherty' junior Hayden Martinez qualified, as he finished seventh (16:15).

On the girls' side, Coronado and Rampart both advanced to the state race with second and fourth-place team finishes.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:57:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Lewis-Palmer volleyball cruises to PPAC crown with sweep of Cheyenne Mountain]]> http://gazette.com/lewis-palmer-volleyball-cruises-to-ppac-crown-with-sweep-of-cheyenne-mountain/article/1588295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lewis-palmer-volleyball-cruises-to-ppac-crown-with-sweep-of-cheyenne-mountain/article/1588295?custom_click=rss

The bar is set high for Lewis-Palmer volleyball. So much so, that winning conference and state titles are almost expected.

The Rangers took care of the first item on the checklist Thursday, with a dominating 3-0 victory at Pikes Peak Athletic Conference rival Cheyenne Mountain.

"When we start the season, our goal is to play for a state championship," L-P coach Susan Odenbaugh said. "But if that's all we focus on, somebody will beat us. So we divide the season into three parts - the pre-conference, the conference, and the playoffs. Now, it's time to focus on the third part."

The Rangers (19-0, 7-0 4A PPAC) have been nearly untouchable all season, losing just two sets in 19 matches.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:19:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Jamal Murray allows Nuggets to dream big]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-jamal-murray-allows-nuggets-to-dream-big/article/1588278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-jamal-murray-allows-nuggets-to-dream-big/article/1588278?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Down a ramp and onto the asphalt roadway, Jamal Murray rolled a shopping cart, filled over the brim with sneakers, socks, muscle rollers and other baby-blue gear.

"So much stuff, man," the Nuggets prized rookie said.

Murray has all the stuff to be That Guy for the Nuggets - That Guy who can go for 35 points, more than half coming in the fourth quarter; That Guy the franchise has been missing since Carmelo Anthony decided New York is cooler than Colorado; That Guy who nudges them from playoff contender (which they should be in 2016-17) to Western Conference contender (which they will be quicker than anyone expects).

How am I so certain about a 19-year-old whose first NBA game is Wednesday?

Jamal Murray is

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:11:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Palmer Ridge pack runs rampant at boys' cross country regional]]> http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-pack-runs-rampant-at-boys-cross-country-regional/article/1588288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-pack-runs-rampant-at-boys-cross-country-regional/article/1588288?custom_click=rss

It's big. It's ruthless. And it swallows high school runners whole.

"It's a scary thought," Air Academy senior Ethan Powell said. "If you're not careful it'll eat you up, chew and spit you out."

The pack-running monstrosity known as the Palmer Ridge boys' team yet again devoured its competition, easily winning 4A Region 2 with 21 points on Thursday. Only Ethan and his brother Dillon finished ahead of any of the Bears' top seven runners on a course that spiraled around the Widefield Community Center.

"Their pack is ridiculous," the Kadets senior said. "My little brother was in that pack and it kind of got him."

Ethan won in 16 minutes, 39 seconds after he held off Palmer Ridge's Jeremy Meadows (16:44) in a spar

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<![CDATA[Widefield's Maximilliano Martinez slips near finish, but team wins 1st regional title]]> http://gazette.com/widefields-maximilliano-martinez-slips-near-finish-but-team-wins-1st-regional-title/article/1588294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widefields-maximilliano-martinez-slips-near-finish-but-team-wins-1st-regional-title/article/1588294?custom_click=rss

His legs slipped out from underneath him and his body rolled off the gravel path with 400 meters to go. By the time Widefield senior Maximilliano Martinez recovered, Montrose's Ian Meek had pushed out to a sizable lead on his way to a 4A Region 5 title.

"I have so much energy left," Martinez said, pacing back and forth after his run. "I could have had him."

His team had better luck.

Led by the usually fleet-footed Martinez, Widefield placed six runners in the top 20 and won its first regional title in school history with 46 points.

Durango was second with 62 points. Cheyenne Mountain (75) and Montrose (77) also qualified for state as teams.

"It took a long time.

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