<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:07:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Knicks spoil James' homecoming, 95-90]]> http://gazette.com/knicks-spoil-james-homecoming-95-90/article/feed/173657?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/knicks-spoil-james-homecoming-95-90/article/feed/173657?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn't look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.

His homecoming was horrendous.

"I didn't press," James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. "I didn't do much."

James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional return home with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also committed eight turnovers and never looked comfortable on a night when the entire city — and a star-studde

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn't look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.

His homecoming was horrendous.

"I didn't press," James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. "I didn't do much."

James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional return home with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also committed eight turnovers and never looked comfortable on a night when the entire city — and a star-studde]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:05:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Winston, Florida State rally to beat Louisville]]> http://gazette.com/winston-florida-state-rally-to-beat-louisville/article/feed/173660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winston-florida-state-rally-to-beat-louisville/article/feed/173660?custom_click=rss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship game didn't shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn't going to, either.

Thanks to another remarkable comeback by the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston, their hopes of competing for a second straight national championship remain intact.

Winston threw three touchdown passes to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night.

"That was another heck of a football game. Fun to watch, wasn't it?" Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said.

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]]> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship game didn't shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn't going to, either.

Thanks to another remarkable comeback by the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston, their hopes of competing for a second straight national championship remain intact.

Winston threw three touchdown passes to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night.

"That was another heck of a football game. Fun to watch, wasn't it?" Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said.]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:05:22 -0600 <![CDATA[NCAA denies Georgia's appeal of Gurley suspension]]> http://gazette.com/ncaa-denies-georgias-appeal-of-gurley-suspension/article/feed/173658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ncaa-denies-georgias-appeal-of-gurley-suspension/article/feed/173658?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school's final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday's game against Florida.

In a statement released Thursday night, the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement committee denied Georgia's appeal of Gurley's four-game suspension. The NCAA announced the suspension on Wednesday, when it said Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

Gurley, who already has been held out of two games, will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school's final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday's game against Florida.

In a statement released Thursday night, the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement committee denied Georgia's appeal of Gurley's four-game suspension. The NCAA announced the suspension on Wednesday, when it said Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.

Gurley, who already has been held out of two games, will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.

Georgia said Thursday night it was "very disappointed" its appeal for Gurley's immediate reinstat]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:35:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Sandoval, Shields among 121 free agents]]> http://gazette.com/sandoval-shields-among-121-free-agents/article/feed/173575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sandoval-shields-among-121-free-agents/article/feed/173575?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free.

Approximately 28 more players can become eligible, depending on contract options.

Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Among the top hitters are shortstop Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Nelson Cruz and designated hitter Victor Martinez.

The first big deadline is Monday, when teams must decide whether to make $15.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free.

Approximately 28 more players can become eligible, depending on contract options.

Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Among the top hitters are shortstop Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Nelson Cruz and designated hitter Victor Martinez.

The first big deadline is Monday, when teams must decide whether to make $15.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:06:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Padres decline Josh Johnson's $4 million option]]> http://gazette.com/padres-decline-josh-johnsons-4-million-option/article/feed/173652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/padres-decline-josh-johnsons-4-million-option/article/feed/173652?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have declined right-hander Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

Johnson didn't throw a pitch for the Padres in 2014 while making $8 million. He suffered an elbow injury during spring training and underwent reconstructive surgery.

Johnson could return to the Padres for a lesser deal.

Johnson is eligible to become a free agent on Friday, while right-hander Tim Stauffer became a free agent on Thursday.

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]]> SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have declined right-hander Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

Johnson didn't throw a pitch for the Padres in 2014 while making $8 million. He suffered an elbow injury during spring training and underwent reconstructive surgery.

Johnson could return to the Padres for a lesser deal.

Johnson is eligible to become a free agent on Friday, while right-hander Tim Stauffer became a free agent on Thursday.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:47:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Cubs decline option on Fujikawa]]> http://gazette.com/cubs-decline-option-on-fujikawa/article/feed/173581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cubs-decline-option-on-fujikawa/article/feed/173581?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have declined their option for next season on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, making him eligible for free agency.

The option was for $5.5 million with a $500,000 buyout.

A longtime closer in Japan, the right-hander signed with the Cubs before the 2013 season but never delivered the way the organization hoped. He tore a ligament in his pitching elbow in his first year with the Cubs and underwent Tommy John surgery.

Fujikawa returned in August. He was 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA and two saves in 27 appearances over two seasons with the Cubs.

The team announced the move on Thursday.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have declined their option for next season on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, making him eligible for free agency.

The option was for $5.5 million with a $500,000 buyout.

A longtime closer in Japan, the right-hander signed with the Cubs before the 2013 season but never delivered the way the organization hoped. He tore a ligament in his pitching elbow in his first year with the Cubs and underwent Tommy John surgery.

Fujikawa returned in August. He was 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA and two saves in 27 appearances over two seasons with the Cubs.

The team announced the move on Thursday.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:32:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Orioles exercise options on Chen and O'Day]]> http://gazette.com/orioles-exercise-options-on-chen-and-oday/article/feed/173653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orioles-exercise-options-on-chen-and-oday/article/feed/173653?custom_click=rss BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles have exercised a $4.75 million option on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and a $4.25 million option on right-hander Darren O'Day.

Chen, 29, was 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts, setting a career best for wins. He had 54 starts in the past two seasons, two shy of the amount needed for his 2015 salary to become guaranteed at $6 million.

O'Day, 32, was 5-2 with four saves and a career-low 1.70 ERA in 68 games.

If the options had been declined, O'Day would have received a $400,000 buyout and Chen $372,000.

The moves were announced Thursday.

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]]> BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles have exercised a $4.75 million option on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and a $4.25 million option on right-hander Darren O'Day.

Chen, 29, was 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts, setting a career best for wins. He had 54 starts in the past two seasons, two shy of the amount needed for his 2015 salary to become guaranteed at $6 million.

O'Day, 32, was 5-2 with four saves and a career-low 1.70 ERA in 68 games.

If the options had been declined, O'Day would have received a $400,000 buyout and Chen $372,000.

The moves were announced Thursday.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:32:35 -0600 <![CDATA[AP source: Hardy's appeal trial postponed]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-hardys-appeal-trial-postponed/article/feed/173644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-hardys-appeal-trial-postponed/article/feed/173644?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night.

The person said the new trial date has not been set.

The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced.

The change could signal the end of Hardy's season — and perhaps his career — with the Panthers.

The NFL and the Panthers have said Hardy would not play until after his trial was resolved, although he is still collecting more than $770,000 per week as Carolina's franchise player. He will make $13.1 million this year.

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]]> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night.

The person said the new trial date has not been set.

The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced.

The change could signal the end of Hardy's season — and perhaps his career — with the Panthers.

The NFL and the Panthers have said Hardy would not play until after his trial was resolved, although he is still collecting more than $770,000 per week as Carolina's franchise player. He will make $13.1 million this year.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:19:43 -0600 <![CDATA[MacKinnon scores twice, Avs shut out Islanders]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/mackinnon-scores-twice-avs-shut-out-islanders/article/1540521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mackinnon-scores-twice-avs-shut-out-islanders/article/1540521?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the season and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots for his 14th NHL shutout, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

MacKinnon, the 19-year-old reigning rookie of the year, has struggled to get on track this season. He scored both of his goals in the second period, one on a power play — hopping up and down on his skates to celebrate — and the other when he tipped a shot past goalie Chad Johnson.

Cody McLeod and Marc-Andre Cliche also netted their first goals of the season. Erik Johnson added another in the third period.

Varlamov was sharp against the Islanders, one of the NHL's highest scoring



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DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the season and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots for his 14th NHL shutout, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

MacKinnon, the 19-year-old reigning rookie of the year, has struggled to get on track this season. He scored both of his goals in the second period, one on a power play — hopping up and down on his skates to celebrate — and the other when he tipped a shot past goalie Chad Johnson.

Cody McLeod and Marc-Andre Cliche also netted their first goals of the season. Erik Johnson added another in the third period.

Varlamov was sharp against the Islanders, one of the NHL's highest scoring

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<![CDATA[Von Miller bounces back from ACL surgery]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/von-miller-bounces-back-from-acl-surgery/article/1540520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/von-miller-bounces-back-from-acl-surgery/article/1540520?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has officially returned to his old form. He's been named the NFL's AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the second time in his career.

The other time was in November 2012 when Miller was in the midst of a franchise record 18 1-2-sack season.

Then came the 2013 season, when Miller missed the first six games while on suspension and the last one after tearing his right ACL, an injury that sidelined him for the Super Bowl.

After playing sparingly in training camp and getting his legs under him in September, Miller helped the Broncos go 4-0 in October while collecting 14 tackles and a league-best seven sacks and helping Denver limit its opponents to a league-low



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ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has officially returned to his old form. He's been named the NFL's AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the second time in his career.

The other time was in November 2012 when Miller was in the midst of a franchise record 18 1-2-sack season.

Then came the 2013 season, when Miller missed the first six games while on suspension and the last one after tearing his right ACL, an injury that sidelined him for the Super Bowl.

After playing sparingly in training camp and getting his legs under him in September, Miller helped the Broncos go 4-0 in October while collecting 14 tackles and a league-best seven sacks and helping Denver limit its opponents to a league-low

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:34:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Nats keep Span, decline LaRoche, Soriano options]]> http://gazette.com/nats-keep-span-decline-laroche-soriano-options/article/feed/173606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nats-keep-span-decline-laroche-soriano-options/article/feed/173606?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Center fielder Denard Span is staying with the Washington Nationals, who exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on his contract Thursday, while declining options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano.

Span, Washington's leadoff hitter, batted .302 with 31 steals and tied for first in the NL with a Nationals' record 184 hits. He is a Gold Glove Award finalist.

"Excited to be coming back to #dc for another year! #extraordinary," he tweeted.

LaRoche's deal included a $15 million mutual optional for next season, but Washington instead chose to pay him a $2 million buyout. Soriano's contract included a $14 million club option for 2015. They now become free agents.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Center fielder Denard Span is staying with the Washington Nationals, who exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on his contract Thursday, while declining options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano.

Span, Washington's leadoff hitter, batted .302 with 31 steals and tied for first in the NL with a Nationals' record 184 hits. He is a Gold Glove Award finalist.

"Excited to be coming back to #dc for another year! #extraordinary," he tweeted.

LaRoche's deal included a $15 million mutual optional for next season, but Washington instead chose to pay him a $2 million buyout. Soriano's contract included a $14 million club option for 2015. They now become free agents.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:33:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Vick as starting QB familiar for Jets' Mornhinweg]]> http://gazette.com/vick-as-starting-qb-familiar-for-jets-mornhinweg/article/feed/173641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vick-as-starting-qb-familiar-for-jets-mornhinweg/article/feed/173641?custom_click=rss

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Marty Mornhinweg has seen it all before from Michael Vick.

The flicks of the wrist that rocket footballs downfield 50-plus yards with ease.

The pretty spirals.

The video game-like elusiveness.

The New York Jets offensive coordinator hopes to see it all again. At least for one more game: Sunday at Kansas City.

With Geno Smith benched after struggling through a dismal first half of the season, Vick is getting his first start as the Jets' quarterback against the Chiefs.

It will be the 34-year-old Vick's first regular-season start in just over a year, when he was still with Philadelphia.

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]]> FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Marty Mornhinweg has seen it all before from Michael Vick.

The flicks of the wrist that rocket footballs downfield 50-plus yards with ease.

The pretty spirals.

The video game-like elusiveness.

The New York Jets offensive coordinator hopes to see it all again. At least for one more game: Sunday at Kansas City.

With Geno Smith benched after struggling through a dismal first half of the season, Vick is getting his first start as the Jets' quarterback against the Chiefs.

It will be the 34-year-old Vick's first regular-season start in just over a year, when he was still with Philadelphia.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:19:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Lot at stake as Air Force, Colorado College start up league women's soccer rivalry]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/lot-at-stake-as-air-force-colorado-college-start-up-league-womens-soccer-rivalry/article/1540516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lot-at-stake-as-air-force-colorado-college-start-up-league-womens-soccer-rivalry/article/1540516?custom_click=rss

A budding Mountain West Conference rivalry between Air Force and Colorado College gets off to a strong start Friday with both women's soccer teams battling for their playoff futures.

"It's going to be a very interesting game with 22 players giving their all with a lot on the line," Tigers coach Geoff Bennett said a few days before the 3 p.m. regular-season finale at Stewart Field. "It is going to be great for the town, the conference and the players."

"We want this to be like the CC-Denver rivalry in hockey or the Colorado State-Air Force football rivalry," Falcons coach Larry Friend said.



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A budding Mountain West Conference rivalry between Air Force and Colorado College gets off to a strong start Friday with both women's soccer teams battling for their playoff futures.

"It's going to be a very interesting game with 22 players giving their all with a lot on the line," Tigers coach Geoff Bennett said a few days before the 3 p.m. regular-season finale at Stewart Field. "It is going to be great for the town, the conference and the players."

"We want this to be like the CC-Denver rivalry in hockey or the Colorado State-Air Force football rivalry," Falcons coach Larry Friend said.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:12:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Rex picks Jets' QB: 'that Bumgarner guy']]> http://gazette.com/rex-picks-jets-qb-that-bumgarner-guy/article/feed/173642?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rex-picks-jets-qb-that-bumgarner-guy/article/feed/173642?custom_click=rss

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Despite his Jets' 1-7 start, Rex Ryan has at least been able to maintain his sense of humor.

He joked after practice Thursday that he might go with "that Bumgarner guy" as his quarterback this week.

Ryan was referring to San Francisco Giants star left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who pitched a record 52 2-3 innings during the postseason in leading the Giants to the World Series title over the Kansas City Royals.

In all seriousness, Ryan will be sticking with his own lefty, Michael Vick, to start Sunday at Kansas City against the Chiefs.

Geno Smith, who started the first 24 games of his NFL career, appears likely to be available after practicing fully Thursday.

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]]> FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Despite his Jets' 1-7 start, Rex Ryan has at least been able to maintain his sense of humor.

He joked after practice Thursday that he might go with "that Bumgarner guy" as his quarterback this week.

Ryan was referring to San Francisco Giants star left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who pitched a record 52 2-3 innings during the postseason in leading the Giants to the World Series title over the Kansas City Royals.

In all seriousness, Ryan will be sticking with his own lefty, Michael Vick, to start Sunday at Kansas City against the Chiefs.

Geno Smith, who started the first 24 games of his NFL career, appears likely to be available after practicing fully Thursday.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:49:08 -0600 <![CDATA[LeBron welcomed back on special night in Cleveland]]> http://gazette.com/lebron-welcomed-back-on-special-night-in-cleveland/article/feed/173305?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lebron-welcomed-back-on-special-night-in-cleveland/article/feed/173305?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation building for years, LeBron James is back where he began.

He's home.

Introduced to a deafening roar from Cleveland fans, James was welcomed back Thursday night by a city desperate to end a championship drought that's about to turn 50 years old. James came back to try and end it, and his journey is underway.

At 8:08 p.m. all was right in Cleveland again.

That when James, the last starter announced, walked onto the floor in a Cavs uniform for a regular season game for the first time in four years.

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation building for years, LeBron James is back where he began.

He's home.

Introduced to a deafening roar from Cleveland fans, James was welcomed back Thursday night by a city desperate to end a championship drought that's about to turn 50 years old. James came back to try and end it, and his journey is underway.

At 8:08 p.m. all was right in Cleveland again.

That when James, the last starter announced, walked onto the floor in a Cavs uniform for a regular season game for the first time in four years.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:34:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Weeden waits as Cowboys monitor Romo's balky back]]> http://gazette.com/weeden-waits-as-cowboys-monitor-romos-balky-back/article/feed/173639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weeden-waits-as-cowboys-monitor-romos-balky-back/article/feed/173639?custom_click=rss

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Brandon Weeden was putting on his ball cap after leading scoring drives on the only two possessions Tony Romo missed against Washington when he felt a tap and turned to see the Dallas starter.

"Hey man, hell of a job. I'm going back in," Weeden said Romo told him.

With that, Weeden's day was done in a 20-17 overtime loss. The Redskins sent Romo to the locker room for a quarter on a sack that injured his surgically repaired back.

When Romo returned for the last possession of regulation, Washington stopped Dallas, then did it again for the win in overtime after taking the lead.

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]]> IRVING, Texas (AP) — Brandon Weeden was putting on his ball cap after leading scoring drives on the only two possessions Tony Romo missed against Washington when he felt a tap and turned to see the Dallas starter.

"Hey man, hell of a job. I'm going back in," Weeden said Romo told him.

With that, Weeden's day was done in a 20-17 overtime loss. The Redskins sent Romo to the locker room for a quarter on a sack that injured his surgically repaired back.

When Romo returned for the last possession of regulation, Washington stopped Dallas, then did it again for the win in overtime after taking the lead.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:34:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Red Sox sign closer Koji Uehara for 2 years]]> http://gazette.com/red-sox-sign-closer-koji-uehara-for-2-years/article/feed/173573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-sox-sign-closer-koji-uehara-for-2-years/article/feed/173573?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season.

One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston's third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay him $9 million in each of the next two years, when he will be 40 and 41 years old. General manager Ben Cherington said he thought Uehara had less wear and tear on his arm than other pitchers his age.

"You're really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball," Cherington said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday night. "We feel really good about the ninth

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season.

One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston's third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay him $9 million in each of the next two years, when he will be 40 and 41 years old. General manager Ben Cherington said he thought Uehara had less wear and tear on his arm than other pitchers his age.

"You're really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball," Cherington said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday night. "We feel really good about the ninth]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:33:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Cards rookie 'Cat Man' Catanzaro off to big year]]> http://gazette.com/cards-rookie-cat-man-catanzaro-off-to-big-year/article/feed/173636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cards-rookie-cat-man-catanzaro-off-to-big-year/article/feed/173636?custom_click=rss TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Chandler Catanzaro and his powerful, accurate leg are a big part of the Arizona Cardinals' 6-1 start to the season.

Nicknamed 'Cat Man' by his coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney, Catanzaro signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent, receiving a whopping $1,500 signing bonus, then beat out veteran Jay Feely for the kicking job.

He hasn't missed since. With his 28-yarder in Arizona's 24-20 win over Philadelphia last Sunday, Catanzaro is 16-for-16, a record for a rookie to start his season. He is one behind Kai Forbath's NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin his career. Forbath did it over two seasons.

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]]> TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Chandler Catanzaro and his powerful, accurate leg are a big part of the Arizona Cardinals' 6-1 start to the season.

Nicknamed 'Cat Man' by his coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney, Catanzaro signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent, receiving a whopping $1,500 signing bonus, then beat out veteran Jay Feely for the kicking job.

He hasn't missed since. With his 28-yarder in Arizona's 24-20 win over Philadelphia last Sunday, Catanzaro is 16-for-16, a record for a rookie to start his season. He is one behind Kai Forbath's NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin his career. Forbath did it over two seasons.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:18:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force senior returns to site of high school glory]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-senior-returns-to-site-of-high-school-glory/article/1540514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-senior-returns-to-site-of-high-school-glory/article/1540514?custom_click=rss

This Saturday's game gives Air Force senior Chad Demers one more chance to create another lasting memory at one of his favorite places to be; Ralph Engelstad Arena

It was there about six years ago that he scored the game-winner in triple overtime to lift Grafton-Park River past Red River High School (Grand Forks) in the North Dakota state championship.

"It's a pretty special moment from my junior year," said Demers, who left high school to play in the junior U.S. Hockey League his senior season. "We (Air Force) played a game there my freshman year but this is my final chance to play in the 'Ralph.' I grew up a Sioux fan and went to a lot of the games as a kid. It's going to be a pretty exciting experience.



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This Saturday's game gives Air Force senior Chad Demers one more chance to create another lasting memory at one of his favorite places to be; Ralph Engelstad Arena

It was there about six years ago that he scored the game-winner in triple overtime to lift Grafton-Park River past Red River High School (Grand Forks) in the North Dakota state championship.

"It's a pretty special moment from my junior year," said Demers, who left high school to play in the junior U.S. Hockey League his senior season. "We (Air Force) played a game there my freshman year but this is my final chance to play in the 'Ralph.' I grew up a Sioux fan and went to a lot of the games as a kid. It's going to be a pretty exciting experience.

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<![CDATA[Air Force football talks up Army's ground game]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-football-talks-up-armys-ground-game/article/1540513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-football-talks-up-armys-ground-game/article/1540513?custom_click=rss

Air Force faces a ground-based attack for the third time in four weeks Saturday, but in finding a running game as good as Army's Troy Calhoun had to look beyond the past month and into college football history.

"Best running team we've played so far this season, and I think we've played some of the best running teams in the country so far," Calhoun said.

"It's probably the best running team they've had, and they've had some good ones," Calhoun said. "I could be way off, but there have been some years when they've won a Heisman Trophy or two or three, and this is the best running team they've had in both the interior and on the perimeter, too."

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Air Force faces a ground-based attack for the third time in four weeks Saturday, but in finding a running game as good as Army's Troy Calhoun had to look beyond the past month and into college football history.

"Best running team we've played so far this season, and I think we've played some of the best running teams in the country so far," Calhoun said.

"It's probably the best running team they've had, and they've had some good ones," Calhoun said. "I could be way off, but there have been some years when they've won a Heisman Trophy or two or three, and this is the best running team they've had in both the interior and on the perimeter, too."

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<![CDATA[Air Force athletes, including Broam Hart, look back at Halloween]]> Brent Briggeman, The Gazette http://gazette.com/air-force-athletes-including-broam-hart-look-back-at-halloween/article/1540510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-athletes-including-broam-hart-look-back-at-halloween/article/1540510?custom_click=rss

Broam Hart somehow knew the picture of himself at Batman on Halloween was taken in 1999. - It would have been easy for him to confuse it with any other year, since the Air Force senior fullback dressed as the Caped Crusader every year. - I've been watching the cartoons every year since I was little," Hart said. "Why not be Batman?" - Hart recycled his costume for as many years as possible, but had to replace it on a few occasions as he grew into his 6-foot, 220-pound frame. - He holds fond memories of Halloween, collecting as much candy as possible and somehow never developing a cavity from it. - Hart shared a photo of one of those years, and so did many other intercollegiate athletes at Air Force. - Enjoy this glimpse back at time of



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Broam Hart somehow knew the picture of himself at Batman on Halloween was taken in 1999. - It would have been easy for him to confuse it with any other year, since the Air Force senior fullback dressed as the Caped Crusader every year. - I've been watching the cartoons every year since I was little," Hart said. "Why not be Batman?" - Hart recycled his costume for as many years as possible, but had to replace it on a few occasions as he grew into his 6-foot, 220-pound frame. - He holds fond memories of Halloween, collecting as much candy as possible and somehow never developing a cavity from it. - Hart shared a photo of one of those years, and so did many other intercollegiate athletes at Air Force. - Enjoy this glimpse back at time of

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:20:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Halloween memories aplenty for Tigers this bye week]]> Joe Paisley, The Gazette http://gazette.com/halloween-memories-aplenty-for-tigers-this-bye-week/article/1540509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/halloween-memories-aplenty-for-tigers-this-bye-week/article/1540509?custom_click=rss

It only takes a few moments thinking of Halloween as a child to bring a smile to a Colorado College hockey player's face.

"One year, I was the field-goal posts and my (younger) brother (Jake) was (Minnesota Vikings) kicker Gary Anderson," said sophomore forward Luc Gerdes, who was age 6 at the time. "I guess we were pretty cute."

His mother Peggy mounted yellow PVC pipe onto his shoulders and made up his face to resemble a football, including the white stitching, going over the crossbar.

"The pipes were a little awkward," he said. "If there was some wind I probably would have been blown over. That was a pretty impressive costume for my Mom to take on."

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It only takes a few moments thinking of Halloween as a child to bring a smile to a Colorado College hockey player's face.

"One year, I was the field-goal posts and my (younger) brother (Jake) was (Minnesota Vikings) kicker Gary Anderson," said sophomore forward Luc Gerdes, who was age 6 at the time. "I guess we were pretty cute."

His mother Peggy mounted yellow PVC pipe onto his shoulders and made up his face to resemble a football, including the white stitching, going over the crossbar.

"The pipes were a little awkward," he said. "If there was some wind I probably would have been blown over. That was a pretty impressive costume for my Mom to take on."

Not everyone had Peggy's imagination. The go-to costume was

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:03:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Manning-Brady rivalry began in obscurity]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/manning-brady-rivalry-began-in-obscurity/article/1540500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-brady-rivalry-began-in-obscurity/article/1540500?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history began quietly with plenty of empty seats on a cloudy, cool and windy afternoon at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001.

Baby-faced backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan the year before, made his first career NFL start in place of Drew Bledsoe, who had suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest one week earlier.

On the other side was QB blue blood Peyton Manning, the top overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Tennessee, and the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts.

As expected, it was a mismatch, but not the way anyone anticipated.

Patriots 44, Colts 13.

Brady 1, Manning 0.

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DENVER — The greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history began quietly with plenty of empty seats on a cloudy, cool and windy afternoon at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001.

Baby-faced backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan the year before, made his first career NFL start in place of Drew Bledsoe, who had suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest one week earlier.

On the other side was QB blue blood Peyton Manning, the top overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Tennessee, and the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts.

As expected, it was a mismatch, but not the way anyone anticipated.

Patriots 44, Colts 13.

Brady 1, Manning 0.

"Never did I think it would be the runaway

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:59:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Valor Christian lineman Sione Maumau dies]]> By Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/former-valor-christian-lineman-sione-maumau-dies/article/1540496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-valor-christian-lineman-sione-maumau-dies/article/1540496?custom_click=rss

Sad news Thursday. Former Valor Christian football player Sione Maumau has died.

Maumau, a sophomore at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., was discovered dead Wednesday in Irvin Hall where he was a resident assistant, according to The Baker Orange.

“It is with deep sadness that I inform the campus community of the untimely passing,” Baker president Lynn Murray wrote in an e-mail to the school’s faculty and staff.

The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Maumau was a defensive lineman for the Baker Wildcats.



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Sad news Thursday. Former Valor Christian football player Sione Maumau has died.

Maumau, a sophomore at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., was discovered dead Wednesday in Irvin Hall where he was a resident assistant, according to The Baker Orange.

“It is with deep sadness that I inform the campus community of the untimely passing,” Baker president Lynn Murray wrote in an e-mail to the school’s faculty and staff.

The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Maumau was a defensive lineman for the Baker Wildcats.

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<![CDATA[Vista Ridge-Falcon football rivalry carrying extra weight with playoffs looming]]> By SCOTT KANIEWSKI scott.kaniewski@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/vista-ridge-falcon-football-rivalry-carrying-extra-weight-with-playoffs-looming/article/1540452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vista-ridge-falcon-football-rivalry-carrying-extra-weight-with-playoffs-looming/article/1540452?custom_click=rss

Vista Ridge football coach Jerimi Calip doesn't play video football games much any more.

And he likes to remind his 13-year-old son that it's because he has his own real-life football team to run.

That football team is running pretty well right now. The Wolves are fifth in the latest Class 4A wild-card rankings, which will determine the top 16 seeds to qualify for the postseason when the playoff brackets are released Sunday.

With a record of 7-2 the Wolves seem assured of a berth. But they won't sit on those seven wins, especially not when they'll travel to District 49 rival Falcon on Halloween Friday for the regular-season finale.

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Vista Ridge football coach Jerimi Calip doesn't play video football games much any more.

And he likes to remind his 13-year-old son that it's because he has his own real-life football team to run.

That football team is running pretty well right now. The Wolves are fifth in the latest Class 4A wild-card rankings, which will determine the top 16 seeds to qualify for the postseason when the playoff brackets are released Sunday.

With a record of 7-2 the Wolves seem assured of a berth. But they won't sit on those seven wins, especially not when they'll travel to District 49 rival Falcon on Halloween Friday for the regular-season finale.

"That's what makes rivalry games, rivalry games," Calip said. "You come into this

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:48:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette NFL picks: Week 9]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/gazette-nfl-picks-week-9/article/1540492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-nfl-picks-week-9/article/1540492?custom_click=rss

See who The Gazette's panel of prognosticators is picking in NFL games this week.



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See who The Gazette's panel of prognosticators is picking in NFL games this week.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:19:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Nuggets open season with win over Pistons]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/nuggets-open-season-with-win-over-pistons/article/1540458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nuggets-open-season-with-win-over-pistons/article/1540458?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Kenneth Faried scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets opened the season Wednesday night with an 89-79 win over Detroit, spoiling the debut of Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

Arron Afflalo, in his second tour with Denver after being acquired in an offseason trade with Orlando, had 15 points. Timofey Mozgov added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, coming off a 36-46 campaign marked by losses of key players to injuries, including Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, J.J. Hickson and Nate Robinson, though all four are healthy now.

Josh Smith, Detroit's leading scorer last season, had 25 points to lead the Pistons. D.J. Augustin added 15 points.

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DENVER — Kenneth Faried scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets opened the season Wednesday night with an 89-79 win over Detroit, spoiling the debut of Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

Arron Afflalo, in his second tour with Denver after being acquired in an offseason trade with Orlando, had 15 points. Timofey Mozgov added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, coming off a 36-46 campaign marked by losses of key players to injuries, including Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, J.J. Hickson and Nate Robinson, though all four are healthy now.

Josh Smith, Detroit's leading scorer last season, had 25 points to lead the Pistons. D.J. Augustin added 15 points.

The Pistons managed only one basket in

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:09:22 -0600
<![CDATA[A look at the top prep football games this week]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/a-look-at-the-top-prep-football-games-this-week/article/1540457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-the-top-prep-football-games-this-week/article/1540457?custom_click=rss

Regular-season games

Vista Ridge (7-2, 3-1)

vs. Falcon (5-4, 3-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Falcon High School

What to know: Rivalry game? Check. Playoff implications? Check. Bragging rights? You bet. Plenty on the line in this one. As if that wasn't enough, Falcon needs a win to secure a playoff berth. A loss and the Falcons will be left to the Fates. Vista Ridge wants to win to have a shot at cracking the top four. Vista Ridge likes to remind people it is a running team. But quarterback Elway Tubbs has thrown for 1,776 yards and 24 touchdowns. Eric Stowers has rushed for 944 yards and 13 TDs. Falcon continues to spread the ball around.

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Vista Ridge (7-2, 3-1)

vs. Falcon (5-4, 3-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Falcon High School

What to know: Rivalry game? Check. Playoff implications? Check. Bragging rights? You bet. Plenty on the line in this one. As if that wasn't enough, Falcon needs a win to secure a playoff berth. A loss and the Falcons will be left to the Fates. Vista Ridge wants to win to have a shot at cracking the top four. Vista Ridge likes to remind people it is a running team. But quarterback Elway Tubbs has thrown for 1,776 yards and 24 touchdowns. Eric Stowers has rushed for 944 yards and 13 TDs. Falcon continues to spread the ball around.]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:30:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Five questions for area college hockey fans to consider this week]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/five-questions-for-area-college-hockey-fans-to-consider-this-week/article/1540450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/five-questions-for-area-college-hockey-fans-to-consider-this-week/article/1540450?custom_click=rss

Can Air Force avoid turnovers against a potent North Dakota offense?

1 It's a question that should be asked of the Falcons against every foe until they improve their defensive zone coverage. Mistakes could prove very costly against No. 3 North Dakota, which is in a four-way tie for 12th nationally in scoring (3.50).

"It's a huge concern," Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. "I don't think I have coached a team that has struggled so much with our defensive zone coverage. It's been abysmal. That's on me. I need to do a better job coaching."

The teams play in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game at 6:37 p.m. Mountain Saturday.

Is goalie Chris Truehl a reason why Air Force is 2-2 in the Atlantic Hockey

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1 It's a question that should be asked of the Falcons against every foe until they improve their defensive zone coverage. Mistakes could prove very costly against No. 3 North Dakota, which is in a four-way tie for 12th nationally in scoring (3.50).

"It's a huge concern," Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. "I don't think I have coached a team that has struggled so much with our defensive zone coverage. It's been abysmal. That's on me. I need to do a better job coaching."

The teams play in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game at 6:37 p.m. Mountain Saturday.

Is goalie Chris Truehl a reason why Air Force is 2-2 in the Atlantic Hockey]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:39:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force's productive Class of 2017 avoiding a sophomore slump]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-forces-productive-class-of-2017-avoiding-a-sophomore-slump/article/1540451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-productive-class-of-2017-avoiding-a-sophomore-slump/article/1540451?custom_click=rss

Sophomores on the Air Force football team typically toil on scout teams, help in the kicking game and occupy reserve roles.

The challenges facing this year's Falcons sophomore are a bit different.

"I would say that the sophomores, we really just talk about staying together, staying humble and just keep working," defensive end Ryan Watson said. "It's easy, especially at this school, to get a big head when people start to notice you and start to give you credit for things you do, but we try to keep each other humble, keep each other hungry and keep each other moving forward so we don't just plateau off at what we are now."

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The challenges facing this year's Falcons sophomore are a bit different.

"I would say that the sophomores, we really just talk about staying together, staying humble and just keep working," defensive end Ryan Watson said. "It's easy, especially at this school, to get a big head when people start to notice you and start to give you credit for things you do, but we try to keep each other humble, keep each other hungry and keep each other moving forward so we don't just plateau off at what we are now."

Air Force's sophomores, many of whom played as freshmen during the 2013 campaign, have taken over]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:15:10 -0600