<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:35:56 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Andre Berto stops Victor Ortiz in 4th round, avenging loss]]> http://gazette.com/andre-berto-stops-victor-ortiz-in-4th-round-avenging-loss/article/feed/343782?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/andre-berto-stops-victor-ortiz-in-4th-round-avenging-loss/article/feed/343782?custom_click=rss

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Andre Berto stopped Victor Ortiz with two knockdowns in the fourth round Saturday night, avenging his loss in the welterweight stars' first bout five years ago.

Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) rebounded ferociously after Ortiz knocked him down in the second round of their rematch. Berto floored Ortiz the first time with a right uppercut, and Ortiz went down again moments later from a series of big punches.

"I told myself, 'I'm not going to let him recover from this one,'" Berto said. "That was my mistake in the first fight, letting him get back up."

Ortiz barely beat the count, but didn't respond when asked if he wanted to continue by referee Jack Reiss, who stopped the bout 1:14 into the fourth.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:02:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Last-place Leafs win NHL draft lottery; Jets jump to 2nd]]> http://gazette.com/last-place-leafs-win-nhl-draft-lottery-jets-jump-to-2nd/article/feed/343772?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/last-place-leafs-win-nhl-draft-lottery-jets-jump-to-2nd/article/feed/343772?custom_click=rss

Brendan Shanahan went online to try the NHL draft lottery simulator just once, and was excited to see the Toronto Maple Leafs win the first pick.

Winning the real thing Saturday night felt a whole lot better, the team president acknowledged.

"Better than the simulator, I'll tell you that," Shanahan said after his last-place Leafs retained their spot in the draft order, putting them in a position to take U.S. center Auston Matthews with the first pick.

"I don't know if it changes the timetable, but it certainly helps," Shanahan said, referring to his plans to overhaul a franchise that has made the playoffs just once in the past 11 years. "We were confident we were going to get a player that would have an impact. And obvi

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:58:44 -0600 <![CDATA[John Elway gets his quarterback without overpaying]]> http://gazette.com/john-elway-gets-his-quarterback-without-overpaying/article/feed/343593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-elway-gets-his-quarterback-without-overpaying/article/feed/343593?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway leaned against a wall outside the team meeting room adorned with images from the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl season and declared, "The plan is to keep picking at the bottom of the round — and there is no Plan B!"

That last part was a playful nod to Peyton Manning's arrival in 2012 when Denver's general manager explained he had no fallback plan at quarterback.

For much of the last four years, he didn't need one.

Then, Brock Osweiler's exit in free agency 48 hours after Manning's retirement two months ago left Elway scrambling like he did when he guided the Broncos' fortunes from the line of scrimmage and not the front office.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:38:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Sukle set to become new athletic director at Discovery Canyon]]> http://gazette.com/sukle-set-to-become-new-athletic-director-at-discovery-canyon/article/1575159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sukle-set-to-become-new-athletic-director-at-discovery-canyon/article/1575159?custom_click=rss

Academy School District 20 recently announced its approval of Eric Hulen as new athletic director at Pine Creek, while another official announcement, also in District 20, awaits board approval later this week.

Ron Sukle, the longtime wrestling coach at Discovery Canyon, recently accepted an offer to become the school's athletic director. He has spent the past nine seasons building a state power on the mat but had long sought a transition into an administrative role.

The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

"There's one more step, and that's for the board to give me the final stamp of approval," Sukle said Saturday. "I've been offered the job and I've accepted it.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Rays beat Blue Jays 4-3 on Casali's walkoff hit]]> http://gazette.com/rays-beat-blue-jays-4-3-on-casalis-walkoff-hit/article/feed/343780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rays-beat-blue-jays-4-3-on-casalis-walkoff-hit/article/feed/343780?custom_click=rss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Curt Casali drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning Saturday night and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.

Brad Miller led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Brett Cecil (0-5). Miller beat first baseman Justin Smoak to the bag after a ground ball. Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double before Casali's hit, the first walkoff hit of his career.

Logan Forsythe had tied it for the Rays with a home run in the seventh after Kevin Millar's first homer of the season gave Toronto a 3-2 lead.

Forsythe went 3 for 3, including his fourth homer, and walked.

Xavier Cadeno (2-0) got the win after retiring two Blue Jays in the ninth.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:17:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Cain's winless streak reaches 12, Giants lose to Mets 6-5]]> http://gazette.com/cains-winless-streak-reaches-12-giants-lose-to-mets-6-5/article/feed/343781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cains-winless-streak-reaches-12-giants-lose-to-mets-6-5/article/feed/343781?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — By the time Matt Cain found his rhythm, it was too late.

Especially against a team that's doing most everything right.

Cain's winless streak hit a career-worst 12 straight starts when the New York Mets built an early lead and held off the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Saturday.

Cain issued a two-out walk in the first inning that loaded the bases and set up Neil Walker's two-run single. The righty plunked two batters in the second and both scored on Michael Conforto's two-out double.

"I definitely would have liked to have finished the first two innings better," Cain said.

The 31-year-old Cain (0-3) hasn't won since last July 22, losing six times.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:11:52 -0600 <![CDATA[49ers take risk in fourth round, bolster both lines in fifth]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-take-risk-in-fourth-round-bolster-both-lines-in-fifth/article/feed/343603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-take-risk-in-fourth-round-bolster-both-lines-in-fifth/article/feed/343603?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers added speed and potential to their defensive backfield and talented size and depth to both sides of their line Saturday in the NFL draft.

The Niners selected talented but troubled LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson with their first pick of the day in the fourth round. He brings outstanding speed and a tall, wiry frame to a secondary looking for help, but he also sat out last season after being suspended by LSU coach Les Miles during his sophomore season of 2014.

Robinson was one of three cornerbacks selected among San Francisco's 11 picks. The 49ers also took Mississippi State's Will Redmond in the third round and Western Kentucky's Prince Charles Iworah was the team's final p

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:11:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Browns usher in new era with high-character draft class]]> http://gazette.com/browns-usher-in-new-era-with-high-character-draft-class/article/feed/343577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/browns-usher-in-new-era-with-high-character-draft-class/article/feed/343577?custom_click=rss

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Sitting at a crowded dais alongside four new teammates, each dressed smartly in suits with Browns lapel pins, linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah already feels a strong vibe about Cleveland's football future.

"You can tell a change is coming," he said.

It's already under way.

An embarrassment because of losing, constant turnover and ties to troublemakers Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon, the Browns on Saturday introduced their first five picks in this year's NFL draft, a group the team's new regime hopes can revive the browbeaten franchise.

"I truly believe that this class will start to put a stamp on what we're truly about and what we're becoming," coach Hue Jackson said following his first draft with Cl

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:07:43 -0600 <![CDATA[D-8 administration demands F-FC coaches build feeder programs]]> http://gazette.com/d-8-administration-demands-f-fc-coaches-build-feeder-programs/article/1575157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/d-8-administration-demands-f-fc-coaches-build-feeder-programs/article/1575157?custom_click=rss

When the new school administration in District 8 recently announced sweeping changes to school policy, including making all coaches at Fountain-Fort Carson reapply for their positions, it marked a significant change and caused an uproar in the community.

The administration also told The Gazette that part of its intent was to build the Trojans' athletics through what amounts to feeder programs - mandating coaches direct district middle school coaches and get younger kids involved in community sports programs.

That might have signaled the administration isn't fully aware what it's up against.

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<![CDATA[Redskins fill a few specific needs during the NFL draft]]> http://gazette.com/redskins-fill-a-few-specific-needs-during-the-nfl-draft/article/feed/343619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/redskins-fill-a-few-specific-needs-during-the-nfl-draft/article/feed/343619?custom_click=rss

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — After stockpiling plenty of young talent and winning the NFC East, the Washington Redskins went into the NFL draft with fewer holes to fill, giving them the flexibility to address more specific short- and long-term needs.

The Redskins used their first-round pick on a receiver in TCU's Josh Doctson who could help replace Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson if one or both leave in free agency after next season, added depth at quarterback by taking Indiana's Nate Sudfeld in the sixth round and acquired three more picks for next year.

"We were 9-8 last year and won the division," coach Jay Gruden said Saturday. "We didn't have a lot of glaring needs like, 'Oh my gosh, we're totally incompetent at this position.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:05:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Bears keep adding to 'D', take WVU's Kwiatkoski in 4th round]]> http://gazette.com/bears-keep-adding-to-d-take-wvus-kwiatkoski-in-4th-round/article/feed/343626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bears-keep-adding-to-d-take-wvus-kwiatkoski-in-4th-round/article/feed/343626?custom_click=rss

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears addressed holes on defense and added to their offensive line during the draft. They brought in a running back and receiver, too.

The Bears began the final day by adding to their defense, drafting West Virginia inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski with their first pick in the fourth round after trading up four spots with the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.

Those moves were just part of the flurry as the Bears continued to retool their roster after going 6-10 in their first season under general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox. Besides adding players through the draft, they agreed with quarterback Brian Hoyer on a one-year deal Saturday, giving them a veteran to back up Jay Cutler.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:01:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Dolphins owner says team's latest shake-up pays off in draft]]> http://gazette.com/dolphins-owner-says-teams-latest-shake-up-pays-off-in-draft/article/feed/343630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dolphins-owner-says-teams-latest-shake-up-pays-off-in-draft/article/feed/343630?custom_click=rss

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says his latest shake-up of the organization paid off in the draft, including unanimity about the risky decision to take Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil.

The Dolphins selected players they had targeted, and benefited from cohesion among their decision-makers lacking in the past, Ross said Saturday.

Tunsil became the biggest story of the draft when he fell to Miami hours after a video was posted on his Twitter account showing him wearing a gas mask connected to a bong. Another post on his Instagram showed an alleged text exchange with an Ole Miss football staff member that included Tunsil's request for money, prompting a university investigation.

Tunsil said his accoun

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:46:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos quarterback in Week 1? Mark Sanchez]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-quarterback-in-week-1-mark-sanchez/article/1575158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-quarterback-in-week-1-mark-sanchez/article/1575158?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Order your Mark Sanchez jersey yet?

"We have a lot of confidence in Mark," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said, again.

Good, because he's the guy - for Week 1 against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, at the least, and for Weeks 1-17 and the postseason, at the most.

Unless something weird happens - and in the quarterback capital that brought you Tebow Time, Peyton vs. Brock, and Josh vs. Jay, weird is the norm - the Super Bowl champions will defend their title with Sanchez as the starting QB.

His jersey runs $99.99 on NFL.com. Get 'em while they're hot.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Raiders trade up to select QB Connor Cook in 4th round]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-trade-up-to-select-qb-connor-cook-in-4th-round/article/feed/343595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-trade-up-to-select-qb-connor-cook-in-4th-round/article/feed/343595?custom_click=rss

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was schooled in the draft by Ron Wolf during his long tenure in the front office in Green Bay.

Even when they had an entrenched starter like Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers, the Packers believed in the importance of drafting quarterbacks anyway to develop as backups or chips to trade in the future.

McKenzie did just that Saturday when he traded up to select Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook with the second pick in the fourth round despite having an established starter in Derek Carr.

Cook said he was surprised to end up on a team with a young starter like Carr, thinking he might end up in Dallas instead as the heir apparent to Tony Romo.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:43:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Mets win 8th straight, Conforto and Flores HR to beat Giants]]> http://gazette.com/mets-win-8th-straight-conforto-and-flores-hr-to-beat-giants/article/feed/343759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mets-win-8th-straight-conforto-and-flores-hr-to-beat-giants/article/feed/343759?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto and the bats are booming. Jacob deGrom and the pitchers are peaking. And the defense is making the key plays.

A year after the New York Mets stamped themselves as serious contenders with a big winning streak in April, they're rolling again.

"There's not much that we're not doing," manager Terry Collins said.

Conforto and Wilmer Flores homered and the Mets won their eighth in a row, building an early lead for deGrom and holding off the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Saturday.

"It just seems relentless," Conforto said.

At 15-7, the defending NL champions have won 11 of 12. They could be poised for an even more impressive run — next week, they play seven games against last-place A

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:41:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Bills select Ohio State QB Cardale Jones 139th overall]]> http://gazette.com/bills-select-ohio-state-qb-cardale-jones-139th-overall/article/feed/343581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bills-select-ohio-state-qb-cardale-jones-139th-overall/article/feed/343581?custom_click=rss ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills filled their most pressing defensive needs early in the NFL draft before adding an intriguing long-term prospect at quarterback on Saturday.

That left general manager Doug Whaley and coach Rex Ryan in a particularly jubilant mood Saturday night.

"I'm going to have a tough time believing somebody had a better draft," Ryan said. "But it will be proved out as the years go on ... it just so happened that these landed really great."

The Bills' immediate focus was to improve a defense that disappointed and underwhelmed in Ryan's first year on the job. Buffalo's first three selections were on defense, and all three players are expected to contribute right away.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:40:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Chargers take J.J. Watt's brother, Derek, in 6th round]]> http://gazette.com/chargers-take-j.j.-watts-brother-derek-in-6th-round/article/feed/343596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chargers-take-j.j.-watts-brother-derek-in-6th-round/article/feed/343596?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — J.J. Watt and Melvin Gordon had the same message to Derek Watt: Welcome to the NFL, bro.

The San Diego Chargers used a sixth-round pick to select Derek Watt, the Wisconsin fullback who is J.J.'s younger brother and Gordon's former blocker with the Badgers.

Derek Watt will be reunited with Gordon, who is eager to forget the disappointment of his rookie season with the Chargers.

"Could not be happier or more proud bro!!! Incredible!!! I'm definitely coming to visit!!!" J.J. Watt tweeted to Derek.

"I think we were all equally excited," Derek Watt said in a conference call with San Diego reporters. "I mean, he called me and was extremely happy. It was amazing. My whole family was proud.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:36:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Astros' aggressive approach backfires in 2-0 loss to A's]]> http://gazette.com/astros-aggressive-approach-backfires-in-2-0-loss-to-as/article/feed/343774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/astros-aggressive-approach-backfires-in-2-0-loss-to-as/article/feed/343774?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Houston Astros took an aggressive approach against Jesse Hahn's sinker and came out swinging early in the count.

Like so many other things for the Astros early this season, it didn't work out as planned.

Hahn pitched into the seventh inning in his return to the majors and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Oakland Athletics held off Houston 2-0 on Saturday.

"He had nasty stuff and pounded the zone," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He likes to get ahead with his fastball, and the risk and reward with that is he got some quick outs and kept the ball on the ground, got a couple of double plays. We never solved his sinking fastball.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:36:28 -0600 <![CDATA[UCCS fires women's basketball coach Shawn Nelson after 'violating terms of contract']]> http://gazette.com/uccs-fires-womens-basketball-coach-shawn-nelson-after-violating-terms-of-contract/article/1575150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-fires-womens-basketball-coach-shawn-nelson-after-violating-terms-of-contract/article/1575150?custom_click=rss

Shawn Nelson, who coached the Colorado-Colorado Springs women's basketball team to its first two NCAA Division II national tournament appearances, was fired earlier this month for violating terms of his contract.

University officials declined further comment.

"All I can say is that he violated parts of his contract," said Jared Verner, assistant athletic director for media relations and marketing. "It wasn't a resignation. We're talking to candidates, and we're taking applications at the moment. We're keeping it open until we fill it."

The job vacancy was posted April 15.

Nelson, who was hired May 13, 2014, went 47-17 in two seasons with the Mountain Lions.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Where have the multi-sport high school athletes gone?]]> http://gazette.com/where-have-the-multi-sport-high-school-athletes-gone/article/1575138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/where-have-the-multi-sport-high-school-athletes-gone/article/1575138?custom_click=rss

Harrison Heffley played nearly every sport that caught his interest during junior high and high school, from his dominant trade of baseball to basketball, football and even golf.

Over the years, the senior from nearby Rogers has seen and felt pressure from coaches for athletes to take part in year-round, single-sport training just to earn playing time at the varsity level. He has watched friends and opponents train outside school and hit the road with their travel teams, chewing up weekends for months at a time. The hard-throwing left-handed pitcher wasn't immune from this kind of effort, either, scheduling baseball workouts each week while playing other sports and often throwing late into the night at his school's indoor

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:51:49 -0600
<![CDATA[The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday]]> http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1575141?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-top-10-things-to-look-for-in-sports-from-colorado-springs-next-week-starting-monday/article/1575141?custom_click=rss No. 10 The Colorado Mammoth has a home indoor lacrosse playoff game Saturday

No. 9 The Take 5 in the Garden running race is Saturday

No. 8 Local college home highlights include Air Force baseball Friday to Sunday and Air Force track and field Friday

No. 7 The Switchbacks visit LA Galaxy II on Wednesday and Orange County on Sunday

No. 6 The Rockies are at the Padres Monday to Wednesday and at the Giants Friday to Sunday

No. 5 Prep highlights include nearing the end of all regular seasons including Liberty at Doherty baseball Wednesday, Manitou Springs at Fountain Valley girls' soccer Thursday and Pine Creek at Doherty baseball Saturday, and girls' tennis regionals


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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies' Story ties rookie mark with 10th HR in April]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-story-ties-rookie-mark-with-10th-hr-in-april/article/1575135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-story-ties-rookie-mark-with-10th-hr-in-april/article/1575135?custom_click=rss

Trevor Story is undoubtedly the story of the Colorado Rockies' first month of the season.

The shortstop tied a major league rookie record with his 10th home run in April, a two-run shot that helped the Rockies cruise to a 9-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. In hitting his 10th home run in 21 games, Story tied George Scott in 1966 as the fastest player in major league history to reach that home run total.

Story tied Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, who hit 10 in April 2014, for the rookie mark. Teammate Nolan Arenado, who also homered, is tied with Story for the major league lead in home runs.

Story took Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray (1-1) deep in the fifth inning.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:34:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Training camp one of final chances to impress men's gymnastics Rio selection committee]]> http://gazette.com/training-camp-one-of-final-chances-to-impress-mens-gymnastics-rio-selection-committee/article/1575136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/training-camp-one-of-final-chances-to-impress-mens-gymnastics-rio-selection-committee/article/1575136?custom_click=rss

One of the final tests for U.S. men's gymnast Sam Mikulak wasn't in front of the large crowds he will perform before at the national championships or the Olympic team trials in June.

The final four-day training camp, which concludes Saturday at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, is where Mikulak and 12 others on the national team have one of their final three chances to impress members of the selection committee, who determine who will represent the United States at the Rio Summer Games in August.

"This is an opportunity for you to compete with each other and put yourself in pressure situations," Mikulak said. "You have to do your routine and execute it with consistency.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:38:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Diamondbacks hammered by Rockies' homers in 9-0 loss]]> http://gazette.com/diamondbacks-hammered-by-rockies-homers-in-9-0-loss/article/1575133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diamondbacks-hammered-by-rockies-homers-in-9-0-loss/article/1575133?custom_click=rss

Home runs fly out of Chase Field with regularity, but the Arizona Diamondbacks still haven't found a way to contain the power of Colorado Rockies rookie sensation Trevor Story nor his teammates.

Story hit his fifth home run of the season at the Diamondbacks' ballpark, which is half of his total this month. He has hit five in four games at Arizona, including Friday night's two-run shot in the Rockies' 9-0 win.

In hitting No. 10, Story tied a rookie record for the month of April and tied George Scott as the fastest player to reach 10 homers, accomplished in 21 games.

Story and teammate Nolan Arenado, who also homered, are tied for the major league lead in home runs. Story took Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray (1-1) deep

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:46:52 -0600
<![CDATA[San Antonio's civic ambition could provide a way for Sky Sox to stay in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/san-antonios-civic-ambition-could-provide-a-way-for-sky-sox-to-stay-in-colorado-springs/article/1575103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/san-antonios-civic-ambition-could-provide-a-way-for-sky-sox-to-stay-in-colorado-springs/article/1575103?custom_click=rss

It seems there is one thing that could keep the Sky Sox in Colorado Springs - San Antonio's desire for bigger things.

As the rapidly growing Texas city begins diving into the logistics of building a stadium to accommodate the Triple-A baseball franchise, a primary source of resistance seems to be not the cost of the stadium, but a feeling the city would be better off waiting for a Major League Baseball team.

"I think what this business community has wanted has been Major League Baseball, NFL, MLS - the big leagues," Richard Perez, president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce told the San Antonio Express-News.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:36:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Tebowmaniacs holding out hope of a Denver reunion]]> http://gazette.com/tebowmaniacs-holding-out-hope-of-a-denver-reunion/article/1575027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tebowmaniacs-holding-out-hope-of-a-denver-reunion/article/1575027?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos entered the NFL draft still searching for a quarterback.

Tim Tebow is out of an NFL job. For his fervent followers, it's a match made in, well, heaven.

An online petition asking the Broncos to reunite with Tebow started on Change.org just before Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler bolted to Houston, had more than 5,500 supporters early Thursday, a boost of more than 2,000 after ESPN ran a short item on the bid.

General manager John Elway acquired Mark Sanchez in a trade with the Eagles and visited with Colin Kaepernick, but was unable to persuade him to take a pay cut in 2017 or the San Francisco 49ers to chip in to pay a portion of his 2016 salary to facilitate a trade.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:25:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Report: Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback for Broncos this season]]> http://gazette.com/report-mark-sanchez-will-start-at-quarterback-for-broncos-this-season/article/1575122?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-mark-sanchez-will-start-at-quarterback-for-broncos-this-season/article/1575122?custom_click=rss

Paxton Lynch may be the Broncos’ quarterback of the future, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be handed the starting job right away.

Veteran Mark Sanchez will be the team’s starter, according to a new report from KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis. Lynch and Trevor Siemian will compete as backups, according to Klis.

The report also said that Denver will carry three quarterbacks. There had been some speculation that the Broncos would add yet another quarterback, but that does not appear to be the case.

Sanchez, an eighth-year veteran, most recently played for the Eagles.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:40:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos select Australian defensive tackle Adam Gotsis]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-select-australian-defensive-tackle-adam-gotsis/article/1575120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-select-australian-defensive-tackle-adam-gotsis/article/1575120?custom_click=rss

The Denver Broncos have selected Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis with the final pick of the second round in the NFL draft.

Gotsis, 23, is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered against Virginia on Oct. 31. He said he hopes to be back on the field by August.

Gotsis played Australian Rules Football for eight years before moving to the United States at age 19.

He'll help plug a hole left by Malik Jackson's departure to Jacksonville in free agency, and he joins a stout defense that returns nine starters, 10 if you count nickel back Bradley Roby.

Gotsis said "to become part of the best defense in the last 30 years or so, it's an awesome feeling.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:12:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Paxton 'Action' Lynch will prove Broncos right]]> http://gazette.com/klee-paxton-action-lynch-will-prove-broncos-right/article/1575069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-paxton-action-lynch-will-prove-broncos-right/article/1575069?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL - In 2018, when the Raiders are in Las Vegas and someone you don't want as president is president, the Broncos will win another Super Bowl.

Paxton "Action" Lynch will be the quarterback.

John Elway did it again. In the first round of the NFL draft, The Quarterback took a quarterback - Lynch, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound, big-armed, swift-footed athlete from Memphis, a program that doesn't win. Lynch won, 19 times in two years.

Paxton will win big in Colorado.

"He fits us perfectly," Elway said late Thursday.

This draft maneuver was pure Elway. This was the GM having so much confidence in the roster he's built that he felt comfortable taking a risk on a QB.

It was bold, brash and worth

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:04:41 -0600
<![CDATA[List: All-time worst Denver Broncos draft picks]]> http://gazette.com/list-all-time-worst-denver-broncos-draft-picks/article/1574959?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-all-time-worst-denver-broncos-draft-picks/article/1574959?custom_click=rss

Each of these players was selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft but never distinguished themselves as Broncos.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:43:54 -0600