<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:42:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Mercury's Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards]]> http://gazette.com/mercurys-brondello-griner-earn-wnba-awards/article/feed/149510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mercurys-brondello-griner-earn-wnba-awards/article/feed/149510?custom_click=rss

Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history and Brittney Griner's defense was a big reason why.

Both were honored by the league Friday, with Brondello winning coach of the year and Griner earning the defensive player of the year award. The Mercury finished the regular season 29-5 before heading into the playoffs.

"Defensive player of the year is MVP in my book," Griner said. "Defense is my favorite part of the game and what I want to be known for."

The second-year star broke the league's single-season shot block record with 129, including 11 in one game against Tulsa on June 29. Griner was most proud that many of her blocks led to points on the other end for her team.

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]]> Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history and Brittney Griner's defense was a big reason why.

Both were honored by the league Friday, with Brondello winning coach of the year and Griner earning the defensive player of the year award. The Mercury finished the regular season 29-5 before heading into the playoffs.

"Defensive player of the year is MVP in my book," Griner said. "Defense is my favorite part of the game and what I want to be known for."

The second-year star broke the league's single-season shot block record with 129, including 11 in one game against Tulsa on June 29. Griner was most proud that many of her blocks led to points on the other end for her team.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:21:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Vikings adding $19M to stadium project]]> http://gazette.com/vikings-adding-19m-to-stadium-project/article/feed/149530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vikings-adding-19m-to-stadium-project/article/feed/149530?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings say they are spending another $19.7 million for their new stadium to make sure it has the features they want.

The team said Friday that the new money will guarantee "crucial" features such as five massive pivoting glass doors. The Vikings say their contribution now stands at $525.6 million, a little more than half of the roughly billion-dollar project. The rest is being borne by taxpayers.

The chairwoman of the authority overseeing the stadium construction, Michelle Kelm-Hagen, said the extra money helps solve a budget gap.

The new stadium is due to open for the 2016 season. The Vikings are playing outdoors at the University of Minnesota until then.

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings say they are spending another $19.7 million for their new stadium to make sure it has the features they want.

The team said Friday that the new money will guarantee "crucial" features such as five massive pivoting glass doors. The Vikings say their contribution now stands at $525.6 million, a little more than half of the roughly billion-dollar project. The rest is being borne by taxpayers.

The chairwoman of the authority overseeing the stadium construction, Michelle Kelm-Hagen, said the extra money helps solve a budget gap.

The new stadium is due to open for the 2016 season. The Vikings are playing outdoors at the University of Minnesota until then.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:21:03 -0600 <![CDATA[No Mo'ne on mound, Philly loses to Chicago in LLWS]]> http://gazette.com/no-mone-on-mound-philly-loses-to-chicago-in-llws/article/feed/149417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-mone-on-mound-philly-loses-to-chicago-in-llws/article/feed/149417?custom_click=rss

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Chicago manager Darold Butler has a message for the Windy City.

"Keep cheering," Butler said Thursday night after the biggest victory of his baseball career. "We hear you. It's working. Make it louder."

Joshua Houston hit a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Jackie Robinson West Little League held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series.

The loss eliminated Philadelphia and prevented star pitcher Mo'ne Davis from getting one last shot to put another stamp on what had become her personal playground.

Don't worry about her, though. Philadelphia manager Alex Rice certainly is

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]]> SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Chicago manager Darold Butler has a message for the Windy City.

"Keep cheering," Butler said Thursday night after the biggest victory of his baseball career. "We hear you. It's working. Make it louder."

Joshua Houston hit a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Jackie Robinson West Little League held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series.

The loss eliminated Philadelphia and prevented star pitcher Mo'ne Davis from getting one last shot to put another stamp on what had become her personal playground.

Don't worry about her, though. Philadelphia manager Alex Rice certainly is]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:53:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Bayern is fast and favored in Travers at Saratoga]]> http://gazette.com/bayern-is-fast-and-favored-in-travers-at-saratoga/article/feed/149513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bayern-is-fast-and-favored-in-travers-at-saratoga/article/feed/149513?custom_click=rss SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — He already knows Bayern is fast, and now Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is going to give the 3-year-old colt a chance to see how far he can stretch his speed.

Impressive in winning the $1 million Haskell Invitational in his most recent start, Bayern will go after his second straight Grade 1 victory in Saturday's 145th running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Favored at 2-1 in the morning line, Bayern and jockey Martin Garcia will break from post two in a 10-horse field for the 1 ¼-mile Mid-Summer Derby that includes fellow Grade 1 winners Tonalist, Wicked Strong and Mr Speaker. All horses carry 126 pounds.

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]]> SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — He already knows Bayern is fast, and now Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is going to give the 3-year-old colt a chance to see how far he can stretch his speed.

Impressive in winning the $1 million Haskell Invitational in his most recent start, Bayern will go after his second straight Grade 1 victory in Saturday's 145th running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Favored at 2-1 in the morning line, Bayern and jockey Martin Garcia will break from post two in a 10-horse field for the 1 ¼-mile Mid-Summer Derby that includes fellow Grade 1 winners Tonalist, Wicked Strong and Mr Speaker. All horses carry 126 pounds.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:53:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Marijuana charges against Steelers Bell, Blount]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-charges-against-steelers-bell-blount/article/feed/149504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-charges-against-steelers-bell-blount/article/feed/149504?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police have filed marijuana possession charges against Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount following a traffic stop.

Police in the Pittsburgh suburb of Ross Township say a motorcycle officer pulled over Bell's Chevrolet Camaro when he smelled marijuana coming from it around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Detective Brian Kohlhepp has said the players and a woman in the car, 21-year-old Mercedes Dollson, of Elk Grove, California, were polite and cooperative.

Kohlhepp says all three acknowledge the three-quarter-ounce of marijuana found in the car belonged to them.

Online court records show all three have been charged with marijuana possession.

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]]> PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police have filed marijuana possession charges against Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount following a traffic stop.

Police in the Pittsburgh suburb of Ross Township say a motorcycle officer pulled over Bell's Chevrolet Camaro when he smelled marijuana coming from it around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Detective Brian Kohlhepp has said the players and a woman in the car, 21-year-old Mercedes Dollson, of Elk Grove, California, were polite and cooperative.

Kohlhepp says all three acknowledge the three-quarter-ounce of marijuana found in the car belonged to them.

Online court records show all three have been charged with marijuana possession.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:33:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade]]> http://gazette.com/source-wolves-get-young-as-part-of-love-trade/article/feed/149432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/source-wolves-get-young-as-part-of-love-trade/article/feed/149432?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

The Wolves agreed weeks ago to send Love to Cleveland, where he will team up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to make the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs agreed to send No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 No.

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

The Wolves agreed weeks ago to send Love to Cleveland, where he will team up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to make the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs agreed to send No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 No.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:21:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Three-down LBs more scarce as pass plays increase]]> http://gazette.com/three-down-lbs-more-scarce-as-pass-plays-increase/article/feed/149454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-down-lbs-more-scarce-as-pass-plays-increase/article/feed/149454?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball.

"Never."

A slight exaggeration? Perhaps.

What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England Patriots, in which he sacked quarterbacks, shadowed receivers, tackled rushers and tried to catch his breath.

In today's NFL, few linebackers are as busy as Tippett. Rules that encourage passing have led teams to replace a big linebacker with a speedier one, or with a defensive back in nickel packages. Some linebackers are used exclusively to rush the passer. Others are us

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]]> FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball.

"Never."

A slight exaggeration? Perhaps.

What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England Patriots, in which he sacked quarterbacks, shadowed receivers, tackled rushers and tried to catch his breath.

In today's NFL, few linebackers are as busy as Tippett. Rules that encourage passing have led teams to replace a big linebacker with a speedier one, or with a defensive back in nickel packages. Some linebackers are used exclusively to rush the passer. Others are us]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:49:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Pro Challenge cycling race turns downtown Colorado Springs into one big party]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pro-challenge-cycling-race-turns-downtown-colorado-springs-into-one-big-party/article/1535981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pro-challenge-cycling-race-turns-downtown-colorado-springs-into-one-big-party/article/1535981?custom_click=rss

ueen said it best: "I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle."

Colorado Springs said it big, with a grand downtown celebration, vendor tent city and - by the time Italian road racer Elia Viviani charged over the finish line about 3:30 p.m. - a crowd of thousands.

Unlike most afternoons on Tejon Street, when Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge tore through Thursday, pretty much the only guys riding their bicycles were the ones who were really, really . really good at it.

Like, best in the world.

"It's our last chance to see Jens (Voigt)," said Colette Roberts of Colorado Springs, a fan of the veteran German pro cyclist, who announced he would end his 20-year career after the race.



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ueen said it best: "I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle."

Colorado Springs said it big, with a grand downtown celebration, vendor tent city and - by the time Italian road racer Elia Viviani charged over the finish line about 3:30 p.m. - a crowd of thousands.

Unlike most afternoons on Tejon Street, when Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge tore through Thursday, pretty much the only guys riding their bicycles were the ones who were really, really . really good at it.

Like, best in the world.

"It's our last chance to see Jens (Voigt)," said Colette Roberts of Colorado Springs, a fan of the veteran German pro cyclist, who announced he would end his 20-year career after the race.

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<![CDATA[Jens Voigt doesn't win Pro Challenge stage, but he wins Colorado Springs crowd]]> By LINDA NAVARRO linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/jens-voigt-doesnt-win-pro-challenge-stage-but-he-wins-colorado-springs-crowd/article/1535994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jens-voigt-doesnt-win-pro-challenge-stage-but-he-wins-colorado-springs-crowd/article/1535994?custom_click=rss

Jens Voigt went out a champion Thursday night - even though he lost Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday afternoon.

The two-time Tour de France stage winner received multiple standing ovations from more than 225 people at the event's gala at Broadmoor Hall.

He ignored handlers' quiet reminders that he needed some rest before Friday's Stage 5 and signed autographs for admirers eager to spend time with him before he calls an end to a pro cycling career that began in 1994.

The NBC Sports team asked the jovial Voigt why retire after he lumbered to the stage dragging his leg in jest.

"This was the best way to finish," he said. "I retire in three days."

Voigt, who turns 43 in September, said his body feels



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Jens Voigt went out a champion Thursday night - even though he lost Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday afternoon.

The two-time Tour de France stage winner received multiple standing ovations from more than 225 people at the event's gala at Broadmoor Hall.

He ignored handlers' quiet reminders that he needed some rest before Friday's Stage 5 and signed autographs for admirers eager to spend time with him before he calls an end to a pro cycling career that began in 1994.

The NBC Sports team asked the jovial Voigt why retire after he lumbered to the stage dragging his leg in jest.

"This was the best way to finish," he said. "I retire in three days."

Voigt, who turns 43 in September, said his body feels

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:39:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Pikes Peak finish would be great for fans, maybe not so much for cyclists]]> By Nathan Van Dyne, nathan.vandyne@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-finish-would-be-great-for-fans-maybe-not-so-much-for-cyclists/article/1535978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-finish-would-be-great-for-fans-maybe-not-so-much-for-cyclists/article/1535978?custom_click=rss

For the third time in four years, the USA Pro Challenge rolled into Colorado Springs. After playing host to a time trial in 2011 and a long stage finish in 2012, the city was home to a four-lap circuit Thursday.

While the world-class group of cyclists raced on the hills of Garden of the Gods, a potential world-class finish loomed in the distance, about 8,000 feet above the riders.

CEO Shawn Hunter hasn't backed down from his goal of turning the Pro Challenge into America's Race. So why not include America's Mountain?

Standing outside The Broadmoor on Thursday morning, Hunter answered the 14,000-foot question.

"We actually have talked about that," he said. "And we're going to do probably more exploration than we



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For the third time in four years, the USA Pro Challenge rolled into Colorado Springs. After playing host to a time trial in 2011 and a long stage finish in 2012, the city was home to a four-lap circuit Thursday.

While the world-class group of cyclists raced on the hills of Garden of the Gods, a potential world-class finish loomed in the distance, about 8,000 feet above the riders.

CEO Shawn Hunter hasn't backed down from his goal of turning the Pro Challenge into America's Race. So why not include America's Mountain?

Standing outside The Broadmoor on Thursday morning, Hunter answered the 14,000-foot question.

"We actually have talked about that," he said. "And we're going to do probably more exploration than we

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:28:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Good start for Van Pelt in playoff opener]]> http://gazette.com/good-start-for-van-pelt-in-playoff-opener/article/feed/149450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/good-start-for-van-pelt-in-playoff-opener/article/feed/149450?custom_click=rss

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Bo Van Pelt began the FedEx Cup playoffs by going fishing for stripers, which is not unusual for a guy living in Oklahoma.

Except that he was casting his line into the East River.

Presumably it was a little farther out from Manhattan. And no, Van Pelt did not eat what he caught.

"It was fun," he said. "A buddy of mine invited me, so I was like, 'I've got to take you up on that.' ... Maybe that was my good luck charm for the week."

The real fishing trip began Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club, and Van Pelt snagged four birdies and an eagle, purely in the golfing sense. That was easy to digest because Van Pelt was in dire need of a good start at The Barclays.

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]]> PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Bo Van Pelt began the FedEx Cup playoffs by going fishing for stripers, which is not unusual for a guy living in Oklahoma.

Except that he was casting his line into the East River.

Presumably it was a little farther out from Manhattan. And no, Van Pelt did not eat what he caught.

"It was fun," he said. "A buddy of mine invited me, so I was like, 'I've got to take you up on that.' ... Maybe that was my good luck charm for the week."

The real fishing trip began Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club, and Van Pelt snagged four birdies and an eagle, purely in the golfing sense. That was easy to digest because Van Pelt was in dire need of a good start at The Barclays.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:05:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Offseason academies keep NFL players in shape]]> http://gazette.com/offseason-academies-keep-nfl-players-in-shape/article/feed/149453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/offseason-academies-keep-nfl-players-in-shape/article/feed/149453?custom_click=rss KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This past offseason, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson could have made like a couple of college kids on spring break, sleeping 'til noon and then hitting the beach.

Instead, they rose with the sun and worked until they dropped.

You see, Allen and Stephenson joined a growing number of players taking part in offseason camps and academies, often organized and run by former NFL players. The lure is simple: The rare opportunity for guys with gumption to get ahead in a business that has become particular about the amount of time players can spend with their regular coaches at their team facilities.

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]]> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This past offseason, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson could have made like a couple of college kids on spring break, sleeping 'til noon and then hitting the beach.

Instead, they rose with the sun and worked until they dropped.

You see, Allen and Stephenson joined a growing number of players taking part in offseason camps and academies, often organized and run by former NFL players. The lure is simple: The rare opportunity for guys with gumption to get ahead in a business that has become particular about the amount of time players can spend with their regular coaches at their team facilities.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:04:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Guilty plea set in Cuban ballplayer smuggling]]> http://gazette.com/guilty-plea-set-in-cuban-ballplayer-smuggling/article/feed/149444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guilty-plea-set-in-cuban-ballplayer-smuggling/article/feed/149444?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — The accused leader of a human trafficking ring is set to plead guilty to U.S. charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin.

A federal judge set a Friday afternoon hearing in the case of Eliezer Lazo, who is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case. Prosecutors say Lazo and others smuggled Cubans into Mexico, where they were held until ransom payments were made.

Authorities are seeking forfeiture of bank accounts controlled by Eliezer Lazo, including one traced to a purported Mexican baseball academy used to showcase players for Major League Baseball scouts. One of those player

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — The accused leader of a human trafficking ring is set to plead guilty to U.S. charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin.

A federal judge set a Friday afternoon hearing in the case of Eliezer Lazo, who is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case. Prosecutors say Lazo and others smuggled Cubans into Mexico, where they were held until ransom payments were made.

Authorities are seeking forfeiture of bank accounts controlled by Eliezer Lazo, including one traced to a purported Mexican baseball academy used to showcase players for Major League Baseball scouts. One of those player]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:04:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Your Top Plays for Today]]> http://gazette.com/your-top-plays-for-today/article/feed/16704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/your-top-plays-for-today/article/feed/16704?custom_click=rss

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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PHELPS THROUGH TO 100 FREESTYLE FINAL AT PAN PACS

Michael Phelps reaches the 100 freestyle final at the Pan Pacific Championships, his first international competition since coming out of retirement.

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GOALKEEPER TIM HOWARD TO TAKE ONE-YEAR BREAK FROM US TEAM

Goalkeeper Tim Howard is standing aside from U.S. national team duties for a year

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/keeper-tim-howard-taking-break-us-team

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FIVE CHALLENGERS TO ORACLE FOR 2017 AMERICA'S CUP

America's Cup organizers announce five challengers to defending champion Oracle Team USA for t

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PHELPS THROUGH TO 100 FREESTYLE FINAL AT PAN PACS

Michael Phelps reaches the 100 freestyle final at the Pan Pacific Championships, his first international competition since coming out of retirement.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=zSkphmoU

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GOALKEEPER TIM HOWARD TO TAKE ONE-YEAR BREAK FROM US TEAM

Goalkeeper Tim Howard is standing aside from U.S. national team duties for a year

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/keeper-tim-howard-taking-break-us-team

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FIVE CHALLENGERS TO ORACLE FOR 2017 AMERICA'S CUP

America's Cup organizers announce five challengers to defending champion Oracle Team USA for t]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:50:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Cubs strike out 15 times in 5-3 loss to Giants]]> http://gazette.com/cubs-strike-out-15-times-in-5-3-loss-to-giants/article/feed/149438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cubs-strike-out-15-times-in-5-3-loss-to-giants/article/feed/149438?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — It didn't matter where Travis Wood located any of his pitches against the San Francisco Giants' lineup.

Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer, leading Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game from the series opener.

Wood (7-11), who started the nightcap for the Cubs, gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. The left-hander is 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA in his last 12 starts.

"I threw some good pitches that they made some contact on to put them right down the line," said Wood.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — It didn't matter where Travis Wood located any of his pitches against the San Francisco Giants' lineup.

Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer, leading Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game from the series opener.

Wood (7-11), who started the nightcap for the Cubs, gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. The left-hander is 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA in his last 12 starts.

"I threw some good pitches that they made some contact on to put them right down the line," said Wood.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:49:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Posey helps Giants beat Cubs 5-3 in nightcap]]> http://gazette.com/posey-helps-giants-beat-cubs-5-3-in-nightcap/article/feed/149420?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/posey-helps-giants-beat-cubs-5-3-in-nightcap/article/feed/149420?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner made sure the San Francisco Giants finished their long and strange series with Chicago Cubs on a winning note.

Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings and Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer as the San Francisco Giants topped the Chicago Cubs for a 5-3 victory on Thursday night.

"He's as mentally tough as you get," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy about his young pitcher. "He's got a knack for making pitches when he has to."

Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game in the series opener.

Bumgarner (14-9) struck out 12 in seven innings. He allowed three runs and seven hi

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner made sure the San Francisco Giants finished their long and strange series with Chicago Cubs on a winning note.

Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings and Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer as the San Francisco Giants topped the Chicago Cubs for a 5-3 victory on Thursday night.

"He's as mentally tough as you get," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy about his young pitcher. "He's got a knack for making pitches when he has to."

Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game in the series opener.

Bumgarner (14-9) struck out 12 in seven innings. He allowed three runs and seven hi]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:19:08 -0600 <![CDATA[No luck for Ross in Padres' 2-1 loss to Dodgers]]> http://gazette.com/no-luck-for-ross-in-padres-2-1-loss-to-dodgers/article/feed/149434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-luck-for-ross-in-padres-2-1-loss-to-dodgers/article/feed/149434?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Ross owns a 2.67 ERA against the Dodgers this season, and has four losses to show for it.

The latest was a 2-1 defeat on Thursday night after the right-hander dueled two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw through eight innings. Ross even spoiled Kershaw's no-hit bid with a two-out single in the sixth.

"You want to be out there battling the other guy and putting up zeroes and pitching deep into games," Ross said. "Kershaw's having an MVP-type year, and he was just a little better."

Ross (11-12) retired 12 straight after giving up his second hit in the third. He allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings, struck out eight and walked two.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Ross owns a 2.67 ERA against the Dodgers this season, and has four losses to show for it.

The latest was a 2-1 defeat on Thursday night after the right-hander dueled two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw through eight innings. Ross even spoiled Kershaw's no-hit bid with a two-out single in the sixth.

"You want to be out there battling the other guy and putting up zeroes and pitching deep into games," Ross said. "Kershaw's having an MVP-type year, and he was just a little better."

Ross (11-12) retired 12 straight after giving up his second hit in the third. He allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings, struck out eight and walked two.]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:18:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Dodgers beat Padres 2-1 behind Kershaw's 10 Ks]]> http://gazette.com/dodgers-beat-padres-2-1-behind-kershaws-10-ks/article/feed/149421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dodgers-beat-padres-2-1-behind-kershaws-10-ks/article/feed/149421?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings.

They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

"We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now."

Kershaw (15-3) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, striking out 10 and walking two. He tied Johnny Cueto, Wily Peralta and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in victories. The left-hander was originally scheduled to start Friday, but he was moved up to give Zack Greinke extra rest for his

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings.

They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

"We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now."

Kershaw (15-3) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, striking out 10 and walking two. He tied Johnny Cueto, Wily Peralta and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in victories. The left-hander was originally scheduled to start Friday, but he was moved up to give Zack Greinke extra rest for his]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:01:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Elia Viviani tracks down Jens Voigt, wins USA Pro Challenge stage in Colorado Springs]]> By NATHAN VAN DYNE nathan.vandyne@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/elia-viviani-tracks-down-jens-voigt-wins-usa-pro-challenge-stage-in-colorado-springs/article/1535963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elia-viviani-tracks-down-jens-voigt-wins-usa-pro-challenge-stage-in-colorado-springs/article/1535963?custom_click=rss

Jens Voigt heard you, Colorado Springs.

From the time he signed in at The Broadmoor to the final grueling lap through Garden of the Gods, the German cyclist felt the outpouring of love.

That's why he pushed when his 42-year-old legs had little more to give. He battled when a swarming nest of young riders began to attack. He put every last ounce of energy into reaching that finish line first.

With this, the USA Pro Challenge, being his final race as a pro, Voigt simply rode like the man who has done it his own way for decades now.

"I could hear the roar," he said, "the yelling of the fans all along the course. And it felt like my home crowd.

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]]> Jens Voigt heard you, Colorado Springs.

From the time he signed in at The Broadmoor to the final grueling lap through Garden of the Gods, the German cyclist felt the outpouring of love.

That's why he pushed when his 42-year-old legs had little more to give. He battled when a swarming nest of young riders began to attack. He put every last ounce of energy into reaching that finish line first.

With this, the USA Pro Challenge, being his final race as a pro, Voigt simply rode like the man who has done it his own way for decades now.

"I could hear the roar," he said, "the yelling of the fans all along the course. And it felt like my home crowd.]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:19:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Thursday's prep roundup: Palmer soccer vets lead Terrors past Hinkley]]> By scott kaniewski scott.kaniewski@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-palmer-soccer-vets-lead-terrors-past-hinkley/article/1536000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-palmer-soccer-vets-lead-terrors-past-hinkley/article/1536000?custom_click=rss Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

BOYS' SOCCER

Palmer 1, Hinkley 0

At Hinkley: Behind Matt Kourajian's first-half goal and Mauro Carreon's full-game defending, Palmer (1-0) shut out Hinkley (0-1) to win its season opener.

Kourajian, a defender last season, blasted a 35-yard shot from his midfield position in the first half of the first half to put the Terrors up for good.

"It was a blast, upper 90," Palmer coach Eric Lichaa said. "It was a great shot."

Palmer is returning just three players off last year's varsity squad. Carreon was one of those. He helped the goal stand up with his central defending.

"He just won every ball out of the air,"



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Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

BOYS' SOCCER

Palmer 1, Hinkley 0

At Hinkley: Behind Matt Kourajian's first-half goal and Mauro Carreon's full-game defending, Palmer (1-0) shut out Hinkley (0-1) to win its season opener.

Kourajian, a defender last season, blasted a 35-yard shot from his midfield position in the first half of the first half to put the Terrors up for good.

"It was a blast, upper 90," Palmer coach Eric Lichaa said. "It was a great shot."

Palmer is returning just three players off last year's varsity squad. Carreon was one of those. He helped the goal stand up with his central defending.

"He just won every ball out of the air,"

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<![CDATA[Sky Sox win in front of former skipper Charlie Manuel]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sky-sox-win-in-front-of-former-skipper-charlie-manuel/article/1535998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sky-sox-win-in-front-of-former-skipper-charlie-manuel/article/1535998?custom_click=rss

A living piece of Sky Sox history was on hand for Thursday's 9-8 walk-off win over Albuquerque at Security Service Field.

Charlie Manuel, 70, recognized the late-inning offense of the Pacific Coast league, if not much of the area.

It was his first time in Colorado Springs since he was inducted into the Sky Sox Hall of Fame in 1994. Manuel, who now serves as a senior advisor for the Philadelphia Phillies organization, is in town to scout for potential trades and offseason free-agent acquisitions.

"I hardly recognized anything from the airport to the ballpark," he said. "I always liked Colorado Springs. It is really something to see how the neighborhood grew around here. I like the PCL. You always see a lot of

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A living piece of Sky Sox history was on hand for Thursday's 9-8 walk-off win over Albuquerque at Security Service Field.

Charlie Manuel, 70, recognized the late-inning offense of the Pacific Coast league, if not much of the area.

It was his first time in Colorado Springs since he was inducted into the Sky Sox Hall of Fame in 1994. Manuel, who now serves as a senior advisor for the Philadelphia Phillies organization, is in town to scout for potential trades and offseason free-agent acquisitions.

"I hardly recognized anything from the airport to the ballpark," he said. "I always liked Colorado Springs. It is really something to see how the neighborhood grew around here. I like the PCL. You always see a lot of]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:54:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado College women's soccer looks to shore up defense in first Mountain West season]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-college-womens-soccer-looks-to-shore-up-defense-in-first-mountain-west-season/article/1535997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-college-womens-soccer-looks-to-shore-up-defense-in-first-mountain-west-season/article/1535997?custom_click=rss

Plenty of offensive talent returns, but whether Colorado College will contend as predicted in its first season in the Mountain West may be determined by its defense.

Women's soccer coach Geoff Bennett has confidence with the players stepping into three open starting spots along the back line.

"They didn't play much because they were behind some very good players last season so there will be some growing pains," he said. "When we had breakdowns (in last week's 5-3 exhibition loss to No. 13 Nebraska) it was our own mistakes, not what they did to us. We can fix those."

A deep group of forwards and midfielders suggest CC (15-4-3 last season) could afford some miscues. They may find out during the season opener at Northern

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]]> Plenty of offensive talent returns, but whether Colorado College will contend as predicted in its first season in the Mountain West may be determined by its defense.

Women's soccer coach Geoff Bennett has confidence with the players stepping into three open starting spots along the back line.

"They didn't play much because they were behind some very good players last season so there will be some growing pains," he said. "When we had breakdowns (in last week's 5-3 exhibition loss to No. 13 Nebraska) it was our own mistakes, not what they did to us. We can fix those."

A deep group of forwards and midfielders suggest CC (15-4-3 last season) could afford some miscues. They may find out during the season opener at Northern]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:44:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Aubrey Till and Madison Lambros shine in wake of injuries]]> By brent w. new preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/aubrey-till-and-madison-lambros-shine-in-wake-of-injuries/article/1535996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aubrey-till-and-madison-lambros-shine-in-wake-of-injuries/article/1535996?custom_click=rss

Cañon City senior Aubrey Till and Cheyenne Mountain junior Madison Lambros have had to overcome career-threatening injuries to sustain success in high school cross country.

And on Thursday, they continued their second-chance stories with a pair of headline performances at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede.

Till, who dealt with back injuries during the first two years of her high school running career, won the Stampede for a second consecutive time after she took first in the Class 4A girls' invitational and grabbed the top 4A girls' time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds. Lambros, meanwhile, finished second in 22:24 in the other 4A girls' race after having her gallbladder removed at the beginning of the summer.

Both girls will

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]]> Cañon City senior Aubrey Till and Cheyenne Mountain junior Madison Lambros have had to overcome career-threatening injuries to sustain success in high school cross country.

And on Thursday, they continued their second-chance stories with a pair of headline performances at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede.

Till, who dealt with back injuries during the first two years of her high school running career, won the Stampede for a second consecutive time after she took first in the Class 4A girls' invitational and grabbed the top 4A girls' time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds. Lambros, meanwhile, finished second in 22:24 in the other 4A girls' race after having her gallbladder removed at the beginning of the summer.

Both girls will]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:29:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Third-place finish for tight-knit Vanguard at Stampede]]> by BRENT W. NEW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/third-place-finish-for-tight-knit-vanguard-at-stampede/article/1535995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/third-place-finish-for-tight-knit-vanguard-at-stampede/article/1535995?custom_click=rss

Thursday had nearly the same feel and size as the state cross country meet, and even some of the same excitement. But even a joyous first punch by animated Vanguard School coach Steve Read was tempered by the knowledge that his team's success at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede wouldn't necessarily translate to the state meet in October.

Still felt pretty darn good though, he said.

In their opening act since jumping from Class 2A to 3A, the Coursers placed three runners in the top nine and finished third with 79 points. They trailed only 3A favorites Alamosa (40) and Lamar (54) at the lesser of the two runs this season at Norris-Penrose Event Center.

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]]> Thursday had nearly the same feel and size as the state cross country meet, and even some of the same excitement. But even a joyous first punch by animated Vanguard School coach Steve Read was tempered by the knowledge that his team's success at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede wouldn't necessarily translate to the state meet in October.

Still felt pretty darn good though, he said.

In their opening act since jumping from Class 2A to 3A, the Coursers placed three runners in the top nine and finished third with 79 points. They trailed only 3A favorites Alamosa (40) and Lamar (54) at the lesser of the two runs this season at Norris-Penrose Event Center.]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Healy brothers Patrick and Connor enjoying time together as Air Force linebackers]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/healy-brothers-patrick-and-connor-enjoying-time-together-as-air-force-linebackers/article/1535992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/healy-brothers-patrick-and-connor-enjoying-time-together-as-air-force-linebackers/article/1535992?custom_click=rss

Patrick Healy still wears a scar on the side of his head, the result of a collision with a glass lamp in his basement while diving to catch a football.

A lot of lamps in the Healy's Castle Rock household didn't survive the childhood years of three linebackers, two of whom are playing for Air Force.

"There were a lot of holes in the walls," Patrick Healy said.

Patrick, an Air Force sophomore, is a second-team middle linebacker. Connor Healy, a junior, is a starter at the same position. An older brother, James, was a linebacker at Connecticut before graduation in 2012.

"It's so fun," Connor said. "It's competition all the time. It's been that way since we were kids out in the front yard playing football, just

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]]> Patrick Healy still wears a scar on the side of his head, the result of a collision with a glass lamp in his basement while diving to catch a football.

A lot of lamps in the Healy's Castle Rock household didn't survive the childhood years of three linebackers, two of whom are playing for Air Force.

"There were a lot of holes in the walls," Patrick Healy said.

Patrick, an Air Force sophomore, is a second-team middle linebacker. Connor Healy, a junior, is a starter at the same position. An older brother, James, was a linebacker at Connecticut before graduation in 2012.

"It's so fun," Connor said. "It's competition all the time. It's been that way since we were kids out in the front yard playing football, just]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:50:15 -0600 <![CDATA[VIDEO: M&M find out what the USA Pro Challenge is all about]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/video-mm-find-out-what-the-usa-pro-challenge-is-all-about/article/1535990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-mm-find-out-what-the-usa-pro-challenge-is-all-about/article/1535990?custom_click=rss

The Gazette's Jennifer Mulson and Nichole Montanez  explore the goings on at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.



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The Gazette's Jennifer Mulson and Nichole Montanez  explore the goings on at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:32:01 -0600
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ENGLEWOOD — The last time Broncos star left tackle Ryan Clady was involved in joint preseason practices, he got into a fight with current teammate DeMarcus Ware, then of the Dallas Cowboys.

What made those fisticuffs back in 2008 so unusual was that it pitted two of the nicest guys in the NFL.

So when some of his teammates asked Clady about practicing against the Houston Texans this week, Clady had an answer and an admonition ready.

"I'm like, 'There's going to be fights,'" Clady recounted Thursday after another scuffle-filled practice. "It's kind of the nature of the game. When it's not your actual teammate, you lash out and fight. It's one of those things that you've got to prepare for, and hopefully it's



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ENGLEWOOD — The last time Broncos star left tackle Ryan Clady was involved in joint preseason practices, he got into a fight with current teammate DeMarcus Ware, then of the Dallas Cowboys.

What made those fisticuffs back in 2008 so unusual was that it pitted two of the nicest guys in the NFL.

So when some of his teammates asked Clady about practicing against the Houston Texans this week, Clady had an answer and an admonition ready.

"I'm like, 'There's going to be fights,'" Clady recounted Thursday after another scuffle-filled practice. "It's kind of the nature of the game. When it's not your actual teammate, you lash out and fight. It's one of those things that you've got to prepare for, and hopefully it's

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:13:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Taking a crash course in Cycling 101]]> http://gazette.com/klee-taking-a-crash-course-in-cycling-101/article/1535982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-taking-a-crash-course-in-cycling-101/article/1535982?custom_click=rss

Welcome to Cycling For Dummies. First things first.

In cycling, the trophy girls are not trophy girls.

"We are the USA Pro Challenge Podium Hostesses," Courtney explained alongside the fancy stage in downtown Colorado Springs.

Podium hostesses? Sounds so official.

"It is official," Heidi chimed in. "I get a little sand in my teeth after every kiss."

And we're off. Here I thought the super-duper road race that whizzed around town Thursday was a test of traffic gridlock. In fact, it included a post-race lip-lock.

Jens Voigt, a German cyclist and kind of a big deal, got a smooch from Courtney and Heidi, and a cool new jersey: Most Aggressive Rider.

That's just one of the beauties of cycling. In

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]]> Welcome to Cycling For Dummies. First things first.

In cycling, the trophy girls are not trophy girls.

"We are the USA Pro Challenge Podium Hostesses," Courtney explained alongside the fancy stage in downtown Colorado Springs.

Podium hostesses? Sounds so official.

"It is official," Heidi chimed in. "I get a little sand in my teeth after every kiss."

And we're off. Here I thought the super-duper road race that whizzed around town Thursday was a test of traffic gridlock. In fact, it included a post-race lip-lock.

Jens Voigt, a German cyclist and kind of a big deal, got a smooch from Courtney and Heidi, and a cool new jersey: Most Aggressive Rider.

That's just one of the beauties of cycling. In]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:15:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Springs cyclist Caleb Fairly does whatever it takes, as long as coffee is involved]]> By naTHAN VAN DYNE nathan.vandyne@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/springs-cyclist-caleb-fairly-does-whatever-it-takes-as-long-as-coffee-is-involved/article/1535983?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/springs-cyclist-caleb-fairly-does-whatever-it-takes-as-long-as-coffee-is-involved/article/1535983?custom_click=rss

Caleb Fairly has a thing for bikes. But his love of racing pales in comparison with his love for coffee.

At least, according to teammate and sometimes roommate Tom Danielson.

"He told me a couple days ago that he actually got kicked out of a coffee shop because he exceeded the limit of coffee that they thought someone could healthily drink," Danielson said. "I guess he had over 14 shots of espresso.

"And the coffee shop, they had to tell him that he had to leave, similar to a bar I guess when someone's had too much to drink."

Cycling is a sport that could drive someone to drink. At the professional level, life often comes down to eating, sleeping and riding. For Fairly, a cup or six of joe might just alleviate

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]]> Caleb Fairly has a thing for bikes. But his love of racing pales in comparison with his love for coffee.

At least, according to teammate and sometimes roommate Tom Danielson.

"He told me a couple days ago that he actually got kicked out of a coffee shop because he exceeded the limit of coffee that they thought someone could healthily drink," Danielson said. "I guess he had over 14 shots of espresso.

"And the coffee shop, they had to tell him that he had to leave, similar to a bar I guess when someone's had too much to drink."

Cycling is a sport that could drive someone to drink. At the professional level, life often comes down to eating, sleeping and riding. For Fairly, a cup or six of joe might just alleviate]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:12:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Fit Colorado Springs marvels at ultra-fit athletes this week]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-fit-colorado-springs-marvels-at-ultra-fit-athletes-this-week/article/1535980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-fit-colorado-springs-marvels-at-ultra-fit-athletes-this-week/article/1535980?custom_click=rss

Tim Richter is a typical resident of Colorado Springs. He rides his bike from his Briargate home to his office, speeding along on a scenic trail. He estimates he rides 100 miles a week, sometimes commuting, sometimes for enjoyment.

He was standing, bike at his side, Thursday afternoon at Mesa Road watching cyclists from the USA Pro Challenge whiz by.

Richter, 45, is fit.

These racers have traveled somewhere far beyond fit.

"I am absolutely staggered by it," Richter said. "I cannot even imagine to how to get to the level where these guys are at. The speeds! I can't understand how these guys are like this. They are a class that normal people could not even come close to."

This is, in a way, a downer week for

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]]> Tim Richter is a typical resident of Colorado Springs. He rides his bike from his Briargate home to his office, speeding along on a scenic trail. He estimates he rides 100 miles a week, sometimes commuting, sometimes for enjoyment.

He was standing, bike at his side, Thursday afternoon at Mesa Road watching cyclists from the USA Pro Challenge whiz by.

Richter, 45, is fit.

These racers have traveled somewhere far beyond fit.

"I am absolutely staggered by it," Richter said. "I cannot even imagine to how to get to the level where these guys are at. The speeds! I can't understand how these guys are like this. They are a class that normal people could not even come close to."

This is, in a way, a downer week for]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:36:29 -0600