<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:38:12 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[As Tour enters Pyrenees, Rogers wins 16th stage]]> http://gazette.com/as-tour-enters-pyrenees-rogers-wins-16th-stage/article/feed/139438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-tour-enters-pyrenees-rogers-wins-16th-stage/article/feed/139438?custom_click=rss

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, finishing about 8 1/2 minutes back, reined in his top challengers and retained the yellow jersey after Stage 16, the longest stage of this year's race and the first of three days in the mountains on France's border with Spain.

Behind the Italian, the contest for podium places was shaken up: Thibaut Pinot of France rose to third in the standings, while compatriot Romain Bardet dropped to fifth.

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]]> BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, finishing about 8 1/2 minutes back, reined in his top challengers and retained the yellow jersey after Stage 16, the longest stage of this year's race and the first of three days in the mountains on France's border with Spain.

Behind the Italian, the contest for podium places was shaken up: Thibaut Pinot of France rose to third in the standings, while compatriot Romain Bardet dropped to fifth.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:34:13 -0600 <![CDATA[AP source: Steve Ballmer met with Donald Sterling]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-steve-ballmer-met-with-donald-sterling/article/feed/139410?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-steve-ballmer-met-with-donald-sterling/article/feed/139410?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person close to the case says Steve Ballmer has met with Donald Sterling, who is resisting selling the Los Angeles Clippers to the former Microsoft CEO for $2 billion.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The person says the meeting Monday afternoon lasted 90 minutes at Donald Sterling's Beverly Hills home and was held at his request. Sterling's attorneys, an attorney for his estranged wife Shelly Sterling and Ballmer's attorney were also present.

The person says niceties were exchanged but no agreement was reached.

The meeting came as the parties prepared to return to a trial over whether Shelly Sterling has

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person close to the case says Steve Ballmer has met with Donald Sterling, who is resisting selling the Los Angeles Clippers to the former Microsoft CEO for $2 billion.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The person says the meeting Monday afternoon lasted 90 minutes at Donald Sterling's Beverly Hills home and was held at his request. Sterling's attorneys, an attorney for his estranged wife Shelly Sterling and Ballmer's attorney were also present.

The person says niceties were exchanged but no agreement was reached.

The meeting came as the parties prepared to return to a trial over whether Shelly Sterling has]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:34:03 -0600 <![CDATA[AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-cavs-to-sign-andrew-wiggins-to-contract/article/feed/139526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-cavs-to-sign-andrew-wiggins-to-contract/article/feed/139526?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans.

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:33:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Jets eliminating paper season tickets]]> http://gazette.com/jets-eliminating-paper-season-tickets/article/feed/139555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jets-eliminating-paper-season-tickets/article/feed/139555?custom_click=rss EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly.

The high-end rewards include Super Bowl tickets and a trip to a road game on the team plane.

Other NFL clubs, such as the Broncos and Chiefs, already have gone to paperless access control systems. But as Jets vice president of marketing and fan engagement Seth Rabinowitz says, "certainly we are the first to do this much."

This much begins with creating a simplified way to get into MetLife Stadium for the games. The Jets' program also will provide incentives for the season ticket holders to keep coming, with bonus points accu

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]]> EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly.

The high-end rewards include Super Bowl tickets and a trip to a road game on the team plane.

Other NFL clubs, such as the Broncos and Chiefs, already have gone to paperless access control systems. But as Jets vice president of marketing and fan engagement Seth Rabinowitz says, "certainly we are the first to do this much."

This much begins with creating a simplified way to get into MetLife Stadium for the games. The Jets' program also will provide incentives for the season ticket holders to keep coming, with bonus points accu]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:32:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-1st rounder Jeffress gets 2nd shot with Brewers]]> http://gazette.com/ex-1st-rounder-jeffress-gets-2nd-shot-with-brewers/article/feed/139550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-1st-rounder-jeffress-gets-2nd-shot-with-brewers/article/feed/139550?custom_click=rss MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hat turned backward, Jeremy Jeffress grinned, leaned back and enjoyed the view from the Milwaukee Brewers' dugout.

The former first-round pick is relishing a chance to stick in the majors with the team that drafted him in 2006. Milwaukee called up the right-hander from Triple-A Nashville this week to help bolster the bullpen.

Jeffress has been suspended twice for violating the minor league drug policy, which he has said was for marijuana use. He has also suffered from debilitating seizures.

Now, the new father describes himself as being "in a very good place."

"I have a little girl now, 5 1/2-months old. I'm very clean and sober. I've been very well," Jeffress said.

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]]> MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hat turned backward, Jeremy Jeffress grinned, leaned back and enjoyed the view from the Milwaukee Brewers' dugout.

The former first-round pick is relishing a chance to stick in the majors with the team that drafted him in 2006. Milwaukee called up the right-hander from Triple-A Nashville this week to help bolster the bullpen.

Jeffress has been suspended twice for violating the minor league drug policy, which he has said was for marijuana use. He has also suffered from debilitating seizures.

Now, the new father describes himself as being "in a very good place."

"I have a little girl now, 5 1/2-months old. I'm very clean and sober. I've been very well," Jeffress said.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:32:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Former WR David Tyree joins Giants' front office]]> http://gazette.com/former-wr-david-tyree-joins-giants-front-office/article/feed/139509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-wr-david-tyree-joins-giants-front-office/article/feed/139509?custom_click=rss EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have hired former receiver David Tyree as director of player development.

Tyree's spectacular catch against his helmet was a key play in the team's 2008 Super Bowl upset of undefeated New England. He replaces Charles Way, who became the head of the NFL's Player Engagement Department earlier this month.

The 34-year-old Tyree played for the Giants from 2003-08. He spent the last two years working in player engagement and development at the NFL office.

He will handle programs focusing on career transition, player assistance, and training and development.

Tyree calls returning to the Giants "a second homecoming.

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]]> EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have hired former receiver David Tyree as director of player development.

Tyree's spectacular catch against his helmet was a key play in the team's 2008 Super Bowl upset of undefeated New England. He replaces Charles Way, who became the head of the NFL's Player Engagement Department earlier this month.

The 34-year-old Tyree played for the Giants from 2003-08. He spent the last two years working in player engagement and development at the NFL office.

He will handle programs focusing on career transition, player assistance, and training and development.

Tyree calls returning to the Giants "a second homecoming.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:18:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Bronco safety's hearing on Denver assault charge delayed]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/bronco-safetys-hearing-on-denver-assault-charge-delayed/article/1534154?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bronco-safetys-hearing-on-denver-assault-charge-delayed/article/1534154?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A court hearing for Broncos safety T.J. Ward on charges stemming from an incident at a strip club has been delayed until next month.

Ward appeared in a Denver courtroom with his attorney Abraham Hutt Tuesday morning. Hutt asked the judge for more time because of evidence he just received. The hearing was delayed until Aug. 4.

Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT's All Nude Club. He has pleaded not guilty.

The 27-year-old signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is a major component of Denver's defensive makeover this offseason following the AFC champions' loss to the Seattle



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DENVER — A court hearing for Broncos safety T.J. Ward on charges stemming from an incident at a strip club has been delayed until next month.

Ward appeared in a Denver courtroom with his attorney Abraham Hutt Tuesday morning. Hutt asked the judge for more time because of evidence he just received. The hearing was delayed until Aug. 4.

Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT's All Nude Club. He has pleaded not guilty.

The 27-year-old signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is a major component of Denver's defensive makeover this offseason following the AFC champions' loss to the Seattle

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:11:40 -0600
<![CDATA[James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid]]> http://gazette.com/james-rodriguez-signs-6-year-deal-with-real-madrid/article/feed/139471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/james-rodriguez-signs-6-year-deal-with-real-madrid/article/feed/139471?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be introduced to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm very happy," Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. "Everything went well."

Sports newspapers Marca and As said Madrid agreed to pay Monaco $108 million for Rodriguez. He is expected to join the squad Aug. 1.

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]]> MADRID (AP) — After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be introduced to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm very happy," Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. "Everything went well."

Sports newspapers Marca and As said Madrid agreed to pay Monaco $108 million for Rodriguez. He is expected to join the squad Aug. 1.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:18:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Travel delays push back Dareus' return to Bills]]> http://gazette.com/travel-delays-push-back-dareus-return-to-bills/article/feed/139475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/travel-delays-push-back-dareus-return-to-bills/article/feed/139475?custom_click=rss PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus' return to training camp has been postponed because of travel delays.

Dareus was scheduled to return to camp in time for practice Tuesday morning. But the team says his flight was canceled by bad weather in North Carolina. He is scheduled to arrive at camp in suburban Rochester, New York, later in the day.

He missed the first two days of practice to attend a court hearing in Alabama, where he agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program to have two felony drug charges dismissed. Dareus was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in May.

The 2011 first-round draft pick's next challenge is getting in shap

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]]> PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus' return to training camp has been postponed because of travel delays.

Dareus was scheduled to return to camp in time for practice Tuesday morning. But the team says his flight was canceled by bad weather in North Carolina. He is scheduled to arrive at camp in suburban Rochester, New York, later in the day.

He missed the first two days of practice to attend a court hearing in Alabama, where he agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program to have two felony drug charges dismissed. Dareus was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in May.

The 2011 first-round draft pick's next challenge is getting in shap]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:48:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Blog: Early season prep football games to watch]]> By Scott Kaniewski scott.kaniewski@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/blog-early-season-prep-football-games-to-watch/article/1534152?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-early-season-prep-football-games-to-watch/article/1534152?custom_click=rss It’s Monday, July 21. That means we are exactly one month away from the first games of the 2014 high school football season.

Yes, Aug. 21 kicks off Week Zero. While we won’t see many teams in action, why not take a quick glance at five early games over the first two weeks that already have us eager for the season to start.



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It’s Monday, July 21. That means we are exactly one month away from the first games of the 2014 high school football season.

Yes, Aug. 21 kicks off Week Zero. While we won’t see many teams in action, why not take a quick glance at five early games over the first two weeks that already have us eager for the season to start.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:14:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Jones powers Orioles over Shoemaker, Angels 4-2]]> http://gazette.com/jones-powers-orioles-over-shoemaker-angels-4-2/article/feed/139401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jones-powers-orioles-over-shoemaker-angels-4-2/article/feed/139401?custom_click=rss

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two misplaced pitches to Adam Jones cost Los Angeles Angels rookie Matt Shoemaker in an otherwise dominant outing against the Baltimore Orioles.

Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, including a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning, and the AL East leaders beat the Angels 4-2 Monday night.

Shoemaker (7-3) gave up four runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out 10 and walking none. The loss left Los Angeles two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

"It's a tough loss for Matt. I thought he threw the ball extremely well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "For not having pitched in 14 days, to be able to get to that point in the game was great.

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]]> ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two misplaced pitches to Adam Jones cost Los Angeles Angels rookie Matt Shoemaker in an otherwise dominant outing against the Baltimore Orioles.

Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, including a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning, and the AL East leaders beat the Angels 4-2 Monday night.

Shoemaker (7-3) gave up four runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out 10 and walking none. The loss left Los Angeles two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

"It's a tough loss for Matt. I thought he threw the ball extremely well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "For not having pitched in 14 days, to be able to get to that point in the game was great.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:04:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Jones' pair of 2-run HRs leads O's over Angels 4-2]]> http://gazette.com/jones-pair-of-2-run-hrs-leads-os-over-angels-4-2/article/feed/139384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jones-pair-of-2-run-hrs-leads-os-over-angels-4-2/article/feed/139384?custom_click=rss

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adam Jones' swing certainly looked fine a week after the Home Run Derby, an event that's knocked more than a few sluggers off kilter.

Jones hit a pair of two-run homers Monday night, including a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2.

"I just try to bring what I bring to my team," Jones said after his fifth two-homer game in the majors. "I swing. I'm hacking. Sometimes you run into them."

Jones, who didn't make it past the second round in the Derby last week, opened the scoring in the first with a drive into the left-field bullpen after a single by Nick Markakis.

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]]> ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adam Jones' swing certainly looked fine a week after the Home Run Derby, an event that's knocked more than a few sluggers off kilter.

Jones hit a pair of two-run homers Monday night, including a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2.

"I just try to bring what I bring to my team," Jones said after his fifth two-homer game in the majors. "I swing. I'm hacking. Sometimes you run into them."

Jones, who didn't make it past the second round in the Derby last week, opened the scoring in the first with a drive into the left-field bullpen after a single by Nick Markakis.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:48:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies drop 6th straight, 7-2 to Nationals]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-drop-6th-straight-7-2-to-nationals/article/feed/139383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-drop-6th-straight-7-2-to-nationals/article/feed/139383?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Ben Paulsen had quite a major league debut with two hits and an RBI.

Other than that, not much went right for the Colorado Rockies in a 7-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night. It was their sixth straight loss and dropped them into a tie with Texas for the worst record in the majors (40-59).

This just may be rock bottom in a season that's gone sideways.

"The only way that's going to change is start playing better baseball," said Carlos Gonzalez, who scraped his right hand sliding into third base. "If we put everything together and compete every day, things are going to change. But we know we're running out of time.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Ben Paulsen had quite a major league debut with two hits and an RBI.

Other than that, not much went right for the Colorado Rockies in a 7-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night. It was their sixth straight loss and dropped them into a tie with Texas for the worst record in the majors (40-59).

This just may be rock bottom in a season that's gone sideways.

"The only way that's going to change is start playing better baseball," said Carlos Gonzalez, who scraped his right hand sliding into third base. "If we put everything together and compete every day, things are going to change. But we know we're running out of time.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:32:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Shaw, Indians lose 4-3 to Twins on Willingham's HR]]> http://gazette.com/shaw-indians-lose-4-3-to-twins-on-willinghams-hr/article/feed/139381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shaw-indians-lose-4-3-to-twins-on-willinghams-hr/article/feed/139381?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong.

Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night.

Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and the Twins beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.

Suzuki, a first-time All-Star selection who was the catcher for the ninth inning of the American League's victory here at Target Field last week, posted his ninth three-hit game this season. He raised his batting average to .311 and is 25 for 63 in last 17 games.

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong.

Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night.

Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and the Twins beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.

Suzuki, a first-time All-Star selection who was the catcher for the ninth inning of the American League's victory here at Target Field last week, posted his ninth three-hit game this season. He raised his batting average to .311 and is 25 for 63 in last 17 games.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:02:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Heisey tough day in left, Reds fall to Brewers 5-2]]> http://gazette.com/heisey-tough-day-in-left-reds-fall-to-brewers-5-2/article/feed/139379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heisey-tough-day-in-left-reds-fall-to-brewers-5-2/article/feed/139379?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Arms turned upward near his waist, Chris Heisey looked lost as the fly ball bounced a couple of feet away on the warning track.

One play like that in a game can be tough enough for an outfielder. But it was the second misjudged ball in left Monday night for the normally sure-handed Cincinnati Reds outfielder.

Milwaukee scored three runs on the two plays, and Wily Peralta pitched seven strong innings in the Brewers' 5-2 victory to hand sloppy Cincinnati its fourth straight loss.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run double in the third on which Heisey took a couple of steps in before retreating as the high liner went over his head.

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]]> MILWAUKEE (AP) — Arms turned upward near his waist, Chris Heisey looked lost as the fly ball bounced a couple of feet away on the warning track.

One play like that in a game can be tough enough for an outfielder. But it was the second misjudged ball in left Monday night for the normally sure-handed Cincinnati Reds outfielder.

Milwaukee scored three runs on the two plays, and Wily Peralta pitched seven strong innings in the Brewers' 5-2 victory to hand sloppy Cincinnati its fourth straight loss.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run double in the third on which Heisey took a couple of steps in before retreating as the high liner went over his head.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:49:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Royals lose to Sale, White Sox 3-1]]> http://gazette.com/royals-lose-to-sale-white-sox-3-1/article/feed/139378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/royals-lose-to-sale-white-sox-3-1/article/feed/139378?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The struggling Kansas City Royals knew they weren't going to get too many chances against Chris Sale.

So when the Royals had an opportunity to tie the game in the fourth inning against the White Sox they got aggressive. But true to the way things have been going recently for the Royals it backfired in their 3-1 loss Monday night.

Trailing by 2-1, Alcides Escobar, doubled down the left-field line and it appeared the score would be tied. But Danny Valencia was nailed at the plate as left-fielder Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez got the ball to catcher Tyler Flowers for the putout to end the inning.

Despite the result, manager Ned Yost stood by third-base coach Mike Jirschele's decision to send Valencia

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — The struggling Kansas City Royals knew they weren't going to get too many chances against Chris Sale.

So when the Royals had an opportunity to tie the game in the fourth inning against the White Sox they got aggressive. But true to the way things have been going recently for the Royals it backfired in their 3-1 loss Monday night.

Trailing by 2-1, Alcides Escobar, doubled down the left-field line and it appeared the score would be tied. But Danny Valencia was nailed at the plate as left-fielder Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez got the ball to catcher Tyler Flowers for the putout to end the inning.

Despite the result, manager Ned Yost stood by third-base coach Mike Jirschele's decision to send Valencia]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:48:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Willingham's homer powers Twins past Indians 4-3]]> http://gazette.com/willinghams-homer-powers-twins-past-indians-4-3/article/feed/139366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/willinghams-homer-powers-twins-past-indians-4-3/article/feed/139366?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Willingham's time in Minnesota could be waning, with the trade deadline approaching and the veteran outfielder in the final year of his contract.

His swing is back, even if he might be going.

Willingham's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

"I felt better, yeah, so hopefully I can keep going and help us win some games. That's my goal," Willingham said.

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Willingham's time in Minnesota could be waning, with the trade deadline approaching and the veteran outfielder in the final year of his contract.

His swing is back, even if he might be going.

Willingham's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

"I felt better, yeah, so hopefully I can keep going and help us win some games. That's my goal," Willingham said.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:48:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Tommy John surgery can help but recovery for area baseball players is no picnic]]> By KEVIN CARMODY kevin.carmody@gazette.com — http://gazette.com/tommy-john-surgery-can-help-but-recovery-for-area-baseball-players-is-no-picnic/article/1534150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tommy-john-surgery-can-help-but-recovery-for-area-baseball-players-is-no-picnic/article/1534150?custom_click=rss

As he helplessly sat in the dugout and watched his Dixie State baseball team practice earlier this spring, Trevor Goldberg stared at the bulky brace and sling around his right arm and tried to remember his life without baseball.

He couldn’t.

“I’ve been playing ever since I was 4 years old,” Goldberg said. “I took after my dad (Doug), who was a catcher in the Montreal Expos farm system. I wanted to be like him, and he was my first coach. I fell in love with the game.”

As Goldberg and scores of other players have found, the game can be cruel. The 2013 Air Academy graduate joined the growing list of athletes to suffer torn elbow ligaments and undergo Tommy John surgery to resume their careers.



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As he helplessly sat in the dugout and watched his Dixie State baseball team practice earlier this spring, Trevor Goldberg stared at the bulky brace and sling around his right arm and tried to remember his life without baseball.

He couldn’t.

“I’ve been playing ever since I was 4 years old,” Goldberg said. “I took after my dad (Doug), who was a catcher in the Montreal Expos farm system. I wanted to be like him, and he was my first coach. I fell in love with the game.”

As Goldberg and scores of other players have found, the game can be cruel. The 2013 Air Academy graduate joined the growing list of athletes to suffer torn elbow ligaments and undergo Tommy John surgery to resume their careers.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:15:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: In lost Rockies season, Arenado’s future offers hope]]> http://gazette.com/klee-in-lost-rockies-season-arenados-future-offers-hope/article/1534148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-in-lost-rockies-season-arenados-future-offers-hope/article/1534148?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Bobbing his head and smacking his glove, Nolan Arenado flittered around third base like a Little Leaguer after too many Red Vines.

Former Sky Sox manager Tommy Runnells fungo’ed another ground ball in Arenado’s direction. Scoop, throw. More bobbing, more grooving. Wipe off the dirt. Repeat.

“He just loves the game,” said Vinny Castilla, a Rockies special assistant and their gold standard among third basemen. “He has a passion for it. He wants to play all the time.”

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DENVER — Bobbing his head and smacking his glove, Nolan Arenado flittered around third base like a Little Leaguer after too many Red Vines.

Former Sky Sox manager Tommy Runnells fungo’ed another ground ball in Arenado’s direction. Scoop, throw. More bobbing, more grooving. Wipe off the dirt. Repeat.

“He just loves the game,” said Vinny Castilla, a Rockies special assistant and their gold standard among third basemen. “He has a passion for it. He wants to play all the time.”

Tired of the gloom and doom clouding another dismal Rockies July? Bummed over EmailGate and the incompetency that rules the front office?

Watch the kid at third. He plays like one. In times like these, a little youth goes a long

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<![CDATA[Three departed Air Force LBs remain in good standing, another left academy on his own]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com — http://gazette.com/three-departed-air-force-lbs-remain-in-good-standing-another-left-academy-on-his-own/article/1534147?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-departed-air-force-lbs-remain-in-good-standing-another-left-academy-on-his-own/article/1534147?custom_click=rss

Three of the four linebackers who are no longer on the Air Force football team remain at the academy and are cadets in good standing, while the other departed school on his own prior to the beginning of his sophomore year.

The academy responded Monday to The Gazette’s request for the status of the four players, who were each listed on the team’s most recent two-deep depth chart from November but missing from the roster released Thursday.

The only one no longer at the service academy is Justin Alabi, a backup who appeared in six games this past season. Alabi left the school June 14.

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Three of the four linebackers who are no longer on the Air Force football team remain at the academy and are cadets in good standing, while the other departed school on his own prior to the beginning of his sophomore year.

The academy responded Monday to The Gazette’s request for the status of the four players, who were each listed on the team’s most recent two-deep depth chart from November but missing from the roster released Thursday.

The only one no longer at the service academy is Justin Alabi, a backup who appeared in six games this past season. Alabi left the school June 14.

Cadets are allowed to leave Air Force without penalty prior to start of classes in the junior year, and the practice is not altogether

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<![CDATA[Heading into training camp, almost no Broncos were safe after Super Bowl rout]]> By ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press — http://gazette.com/heading-into-training-camp-almost-no-broncos-were-safe-after-super-bowl-rout/article/1534144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heading-into-training-camp-almost-no-broncos-were-safe-after-super-bowl-rout/article/1534144?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD • Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.

Cornerback Champ Bailey, a perennial Pro Bowler and potential Hall of Famer, was sent packing.

So were Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Mike Adams and Shaun Phillips, three other defensive starters who helped keep the Broncos afloat during an injury epidemic that sidelined Von Miller, Rahim Moore, Kevin Vickerson, Derek Wolfe and Chris Harris Jr. at the Super Bowl.

Denver’s record-breaking offense wasn’t spared, either.

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Cornerback Champ Bailey, a perennial Pro Bowler and potential Hall of Famer, was sent packing.

So were Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Mike Adams and Shaun Phillips, three other defensive starters who helped keep the Broncos afloat during an injury epidemic that sidelined Von Miller, Rahim Moore, Kevin Vickerson, Derek Wolfe and Chris Harris Jr. at the Super Bowl.

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DENVER — The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck.

The move is retroactive to July 14.

To take his place on the roster, the team selected the contract of infielder Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs. They also designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment.

The 26-year-old Paulsen will make his major-league debut at first base on Monday against the Washington Nationals.

Morneau is hitting .312 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs. He also took part in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was out of the starting lineup Monday for a second straight game with a tender left thigh.



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DENVER — The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck.

The move is retroactive to July 14.

To take his place on the roster, the team selected the contract of infielder Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs. They also designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment.

The 26-year-old Paulsen will make his major-league debut at first base on Monday against the Washington Nationals.

Morneau is hitting .312 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs. He also took part in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was out of the starting lineup Monday for a second straight game with a tender left thigh.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:14:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Tony Dungy's comments on openly gay NFL player draw ire]]> LA Times http://gazette.com/tony-dungys-comments-on-openly-gay-nfl-player-draw-ire/article/1534141?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tony-dungys-comments-on-openly-gay-nfl-player-draw-ire/article/1534141?custom_click=rss

Esteemed NFL coach turned NBC analyst Tony Dungy is taking fire for saying he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player.

In an interview with the Tampa Tribune published Sunday, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts said he would have passed on Sam.  "Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it,” Dungy said.

Dungy went on to say, “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

Dungy did not say what, exactly, were the things he anticipated happening.

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Esteemed NFL coach turned NBC analyst Tony Dungy is taking fire for saying he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player.

In an interview with the Tampa Tribune published Sunday, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts said he would have passed on Sam.  "Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it,” Dungy said.

Dungy went on to say, “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

Dungy did not say what, exactly, were the things he anticipated happening.

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<![CDATA[USA Pro Challenge announces lineup of teams for August cycling tour]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/usa-pro-challenge-announces-lineup-of-teams-for-august-cycling-tour/article/1534093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-pro-challenge-announces-lineup-of-teams-for-august-cycling-tour/article/1534093?custom_click=rss

Team Garmin-Sharp, BMC, Cannondale, Trek Factory Racing and Tinkoff-Saxo will headline the lineup for the fourth USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 18-24.

Tour officials announced the 16-team lineup on Monday.

"The USA Pro Challenge has featured some of the best teams in the world over the last three years and 2014 will be no different," said chief executive Shawn Hunter. "We're giving cycling fans in the United States the chance to see the teams they love up close and in person. Interest in the race continues to grow and this year's diverse roster of teams is going to create seven intensely competitive days of racing in August.



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Team Garmin-Sharp, BMC, Cannondale, Trek Factory Racing and Tinkoff-Saxo will headline the lineup for the fourth USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 18-24.

Tour officials announced the 16-team lineup on Monday.

"The USA Pro Challenge has featured some of the best teams in the world over the last three years and 2014 will be no different," said chief executive Shawn Hunter. "We're giving cycling fans in the United States the chance to see the teams they love up close and in person. Interest in the race continues to grow and this year's diverse roster of teams is going to create seven intensely competitive days of racing in August.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:51:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Manning is close, but rookie has highest-selling NFL jersey]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/manning-is-close-but-rookie-has-highest-selling-nfl-jersey/article/1534117?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-is-close-but-rookie-has-highest-selling-nfl-jersey/article/1534117?custom_click=rss

You may love Johnny Manziel or cringe every time someone brings up his name, but the Browns rookie quarterback is predictably selling a lot of jerseys.

Manziel's No. 2 Browns jersey is the top seller in the NFL for the first quarter of the league's fiscal year, ESPN.com reported. Manziel beat Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, came in sixth, ESPN.com said.

Here are the top 10 jerseys, according to ESPN.com (and it must be nice to have a jersey store in Seattle): 1. QB Johnny Manziel,



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You may love Johnny Manziel or cringe every time someone brings up his name, but the Browns rookie quarterback is predictably selling a lot of jerseys.

Manziel's No. 2 Browns jersey is the top seller in the NFL for the first quarter of the league's fiscal year, ESPN.com reported. Manziel beat Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, came in sixth, ESPN.com said.

Here are the top 10 jerseys, according to ESPN.com (and it must be nice to have a jersey store in Seattle): 1. QB Johnny Manziel,

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:10:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado man killed in skateboarding accident ID'd]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-man-killed-in-skateboarding-accident-idd/article/1534133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-man-killed-in-skateboarding-accident-idd/article/1534133?custom_click=rss LONGMONT — Authorities have released the name of a 23-year-old man who was killed in a skateboarding accident in Longmont.

The Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the victim Monday as Brandon Losh, of Longmont. Police say Losh fell off his longboard while riding downhill near the Twin Peaks Golf Course on Friday.

The Longmont Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/WsMHe3 ) the man, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head injuries.

Longboards, which can be anywhere from 36 inches to 59 inches long, are common for downhill racing and for general transportation.

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LONGMONT — Authorities have released the name of a 23-year-old man who was killed in a skateboarding accident in Longmont.

The Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the victim Monday as Brandon Losh, of Longmont. Police say Losh fell off his longboard while riding downhill near the Twin Peaks Golf Course on Friday.

The Longmont Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/WsMHe3 ) the man, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head injuries.

Longboards, which can be anywhere from 36 inches to 59 inches long, are common for downhill racing and for general transportation.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:36:48 -0600
<![CDATA[State Games participation approaches historic 10,000 plateau]]> by KEVIN CARMODY kevin.carmody@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/state-games-participation-approaches-historic-10000-plateau/article/1534080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-games-participation-approaches-historic-10000-plateau/article/1534080?custom_click=rss

On Friday, Zach Clark and nine of his friends boarded a plane from Atlanta to play a weekend's worth of flag football at the Rocky Mountain State Games.

"It was fun to come out here," said Clark, a student studying public relations at Kennesaw State whose team, the Peaches, won their first three games at Memorial Park. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to come to Colorado to play flag football."

Little did Clark and his buddies know, but the group may have helped the State Games reach a historic milestone by eclipsing the 10,000-athlete plateau.

"Our goal for a long time, some 10 years, has been for the Rocky Mountain State Games to hit 10,000 athletes," said Tom Osborne, president and CEO of the Colorado



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On Friday, Zach Clark and nine of his friends boarded a plane from Atlanta to play a weekend's worth of flag football at the Rocky Mountain State Games.

"It was fun to come out here," said Clark, a student studying public relations at Kennesaw State whose team, the Peaches, won their first three games at Memorial Park. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to come to Colorado to play flag football."

Little did Clark and his buddies know, but the group may have helped the State Games reach a historic milestone by eclipsing the 10,000-athlete plateau.

"Our goal for a long time, some 10 years, has been for the Rocky Mountain State Games to hit 10,000 athletes," said Tom Osborne, president and CEO of the Colorado

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:43:05 -0600
<![CDATA['Jono' Schwan helps organize skateboarding at State Games among other activities]]> by KALYN KAHLER kalyn.kahler@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/jono-schwan-helps-organize-skateboarding-at-state-games-among-other-activities/article/1534083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jono-schwan-helps-organize-skateboarding-at-state-games-among-other-activities/article/1534083?custom_click=rss

Jonathan "Jono" Schwan is just 17 years old, but he's already turned professional as a skateboarder, founded a nonprofit organization, and lived in four countries.

He did all of this before he walked across the stage at the Cheyenne Mountain Class of 2014 graduation.

When he's not traveling internationally to compete with the top pro skaters (he recently returned from the Kia World Extreme Games in Shanghai), Schwan spends his time working with his organization, Sk8-Strong, to hold amateur skating competitions, like the Rocky Mountain Am Jam, part of the Rocky Mountain State Games.

Schwan first started skating seriously when he was around 9 and living in Australia.



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Jonathan "Jono" Schwan is just 17 years old, but he's already turned professional as a skateboarder, founded a nonprofit organization, and lived in four countries.

He did all of this before he walked across the stage at the Cheyenne Mountain Class of 2014 graduation.

When he's not traveling internationally to compete with the top pro skaters (he recently returned from the Kia World Extreme Games in Shanghai), Schwan spends his time working with his organization, Sk8-Strong, to hold amateur skating competitions, like the Rocky Mountain Am Jam, part of the Rocky Mountain State Games.

Schwan first started skating seriously when he was around 9 and living in Australia.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:42:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Oklahoma City Thunder will not recognize Seattle SuperSonics' title on jerseys]]> Cody Stavenhagen, News OK http://gazette.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-will-not-recognize-seattle-supersonics-title-on-jerseys/article/1534114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-will-not-recognize-seattle-supersonics-title-on-jerseys/article/1534114?custom_click=rss

It’s no surprise, but the Oklahoma City Thunder is making a firm stand in establishing an independent identity.

Christopher Arena — the NBA’s vice president of outfitting, identity and equipment — told The Oklahoman in a phone interview Monday the Thunder will not honor the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 NBA title with the league’s new championship tags.

Beginning in 2014-15, the NBA and Adidas will add small gold mark on the back jersey collar of teams that have won an NBA championship. The mark features a depiction of the Larry O’Brien Trophy along with a notation indicating how many times the franchise has won the NBA Finals.



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It’s no surprise, but the Oklahoma City Thunder is making a firm stand in establishing an independent identity.

Christopher Arena — the NBA’s vice president of outfitting, identity and equipment — told The Oklahoman in a phone interview Monday the Thunder will not honor the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 NBA title with the league’s new championship tags.

Beginning in 2014-15, the NBA and Adidas will add small gold mark on the back jersey collar of teams that have won an NBA championship. The mark features a depiction of the Larry O’Brien Trophy along with a notation indicating how many times the franchise has won the NBA Finals.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:17:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos' Wes Welker takes flight with Thunderbirds]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/broncos-wes-welker-takes-flight-with-thunderbirds/article/1534092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-wes-welker-takes-flight-with-thunderbirds/article/1534092?custom_click=rss

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Denver Bronco Wes Welker says he's glad he took flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in Cheyenne but he's not sure he'll do it again anytime soon.

The wide receiver took off in an F-16 as the backseat passenger of Maj. Tyler Ellison on Sunday after a three-hour training session. Ellison took a rapid 360-degree turn that exerted pressure on them equal to nine times the force of gravity.

Welker told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1o0d0m8 ) there were times when he wanted to pull out his vomit bag but says "I held strong and I was able to get through it."

Before landing, the pair headed west and enjoyed some beautiful scenery of the mountains.



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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Denver Bronco Wes Welker says he's glad he took flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in Cheyenne but he's not sure he'll do it again anytime soon.

The wide receiver took off in an F-16 as the backseat passenger of Maj. Tyler Ellison on Sunday after a three-hour training session. Ellison took a rapid 360-degree turn that exerted pressure on them equal to nine times the force of gravity.

Welker told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1o0d0m8 ) there were times when he wanted to pull out his vomit bag but says "I held strong and I was able to get through it."

Before landing, the pair headed west and enjoyed some beautiful scenery of the mountains.

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