<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:25:18 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP]]> http://gazette.com/hamilton-wins-third-straight-f1-race-at-chinese-gp/article/feed/110491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hamilton-wins-third-straight-f1-race-at-chinese-gp/article/feed/110491?custom_click=rss

SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes showed again that it's in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg taking second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.

"This is a team on a roll, that's for sure," Hamilton said. "I'm going to be working hard, we're going to keep working hard because obviously the others are pushing to catch us."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso held off fast-charging Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give his team its first podium finish of the year, with new team pri

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]]> SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes showed again that it's in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg taking second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.

"This is a team on a roll, that's for sure," Hamilton said. "I'm going to be working hard, we're going to keep working hard because obviously the others are pushing to catch us."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso held off fast-charging Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give his team its first podium finish of the year, with new team pri]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Vettel asked to make way for teammate again]]> http://gazette.com/vettel-asked-to-make-way-for-teammate-again/article/feed/110504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vettel-asked-to-make-way-for-teammate-again/article/feed/110504?custom_click=rss

SHANGHAI (AP) — Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel isn't used to being asked to step aside for a teammate. Now it's happened twice in two races.

Vettel, only months removed from wrapping up his most dominant season in F1, was instructed to allow debutant Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo to pass him midway through Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix as the German's speed began to fade due to his rapidly degrading tires.

Vettel initially fought off Ricciardo's attempts to get by and testily asked his team which tires the Australian was using. When told both drivers were on medium tires, Vettel responded over the radio, "Tough luck.

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]]> SHANGHAI (AP) — Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel isn't used to being asked to step aside for a teammate. Now it's happened twice in two races.

Vettel, only months removed from wrapping up his most dominant season in F1, was instructed to allow debutant Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo to pass him midway through Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix as the German's speed began to fade due to his rapidly degrading tires.

Vettel initially fought off Ricciardo's attempts to get by and testily asked his team which tires the Australian was using. When told both drivers were on medium tires, Vettel responded over the radio, "Tough luck.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:19:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Westwood wins Malaysian Open]]> http://gazette.com/westwood-wins-malaysian-open/article/feed/110500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/westwood-wins-malaysian-open/article/feed/110500?custom_click=rss KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

After a four-hour delay due to the threat of lightning in the middle of the final round, Westwood went on to shoot a 4-under par 68 to complete an 18-under 270 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club course for his 36th career victory.

Westwood led from start to finish in the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event that he also won in 1997.

"It's a golf course that suits my game; it's very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good," Westwood said.

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]]> KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

After a four-hour delay due to the threat of lightning in the middle of the final round, Westwood went on to shoot a 4-under par 68 to complete an 18-under 270 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club course for his 36th career victory.

Westwood led from start to finish in the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event that he also won in 1997.

"It's a golf course that suits my game; it's very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good," Westwood said.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:49:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93]]> http://gazette.com/hawks-take-1-0-lead-by-rolling-past-pacers-101-93/article/feed/110447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawks-take-1-0-lead-by-rolling-past-pacers-101-93/article/feed/110447?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan.

As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly.

The Pacers didn't have an answer.

Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points, Paul Millsap added 25 and the eighth-seeded Hawks won their first road playoff game in three years, shocking top-seeded Indiana 101-93 to take a 1-0 lead in the first-round series.

"I just wanted to win," the Indianapolis native said after beating his hometown team.

Perhaps that's why Teague finally cracked a hesitant smile in the locker room before stepping to the podium.

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]]> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan.

As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly.

The Pacers didn't have an answer.

Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points, Paul Millsap added 25 and the eighth-seeded Hawks won their first road playoff game in three years, shocking top-seeded Indiana 101-93 to take a 1-0 lead in the first-round series.

"I just wanted to win," the Indianapolis native said after beating his hometown team.

Perhaps that's why Teague finally cracked a hesitant smile in the locker room before stepping to the podium.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:35:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Hopkins wins split decision over Shumenov]]> http://gazette.com/hopkins-wins-split-decision-over-shumenov/article/feed/110469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hopkins-wins-split-decision-over-shumenov/article/feed/110469?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernard Hopkins made some more boxing history, and did it in rather easy fashion.

Then, the 49-year-old boxer showed his age, referencing a TV character that might have gone over the heads of many young fans.

"I was so in my living room watching Archie Bunker," Hopkins said, playfully comparing himself to the main character from the 1970's series "All in the Family."

"I was so relaxed, so relaxed."

Already the oldest boxer in history to hold a world championship, Hopkins became the oldest to win a unification bout Saturday night as he captured a split 12-round decision over Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan.

Afterward, the Philadelphia native sounded far from finished — or satisfied.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernard Hopkins made some more boxing history, and did it in rather easy fashion.

Then, the 49-year-old boxer showed his age, referencing a TV character that might have gone over the heads of many young fans.

"I was so in my living room watching Archie Bunker," Hopkins said, playfully comparing himself to the main character from the 1970's series "All in the Family."

"I was so relaxed, so relaxed."

Already the oldest boxer in history to hold a world championship, Hopkins became the oldest to win a unification bout Saturday night as he captured a split 12-round decision over Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan.

Afterward, the Philadelphia native sounded far from finished — or satisfied.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:18:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86]]> http://gazette.com/durant-leads-thunder-past-grizzlies-100-86/article/feed/110463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/durant-leads-thunder-past-grizzlies-100-86/article/feed/110463?custom_click=rss

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback.

The Grizzlies erased most of a 25-point deficit before Durant, the league's scoring champion, got hot. He scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Memphis 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

The Thunder already were regaining control in the fourth quarter before Durant took over. He scored 11 points in a 5-minute, 21-second surge that stretched Oklahoma City's lead from seven points to 14 and put the game out of reach.

"We just stayed together," Durant said. "We made plays in the fourth quarter. The third quarter was tough for us, but we stayed

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]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback.

The Grizzlies erased most of a 25-point deficit before Durant, the league's scoring champion, got hot. He scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Memphis 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

The Thunder already were regaining control in the fourth quarter before Durant took over. He scored 11 points in a 5-minute, 21-second surge that stretched Oklahoma City's lead from seven points to 14 and put the game out of reach.

"We just stayed together," Durant said. "We made plays in the fourth quarter. The third quarter was tough for us, but we stayed]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:02:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Mets can't challenge, rally falls short vs. Braves]]> http://gazette.com/mets-cant-challenge-rally-falls-short-vs.-braves/article/feed/110468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mets-cant-challenge-rally-falls-short-vs.-braves/article/feed/110468?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — After further review, there was nothing the New York Mets could do about the costly call that went against them.

Unable to challenge an incorrect ruling that led to two runs for Atlanta, the Mets lost 7-5 Saturday night when their late rally fell short against Craig Kimbrel and the Braves' bullpen.

Jordan Walden retired Travis d'Arnaud with the bases loaded for the final out after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled his star closer. Much earlier, however, the Mets caught a tough break.

Atlanta was trailing 1-0 with two outs in the third inning when Freddie Freeman fisted a soft bouncer between the mound and home plate.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — After further review, there was nothing the New York Mets could do about the costly call that went against them.

Unable to challenge an incorrect ruling that led to two runs for Atlanta, the Mets lost 7-5 Saturday night when their late rally fell short against Craig Kimbrel and the Braves' bullpen.

Jordan Walden retired Travis d'Arnaud with the bases loaded for the final out after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled his star closer. Much earlier, however, the Mets caught a tough break.

Atlanta was trailing 1-0 with two outs in the third inning when Freddie Freeman fisted a soft bouncer between the mound and home plate.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:32:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Wie shoots 67, wins LPGA LOTTE Championship]]> http://gazette.com/wie-shoots-67-wins-lpga-lotte-championship/article/feed/110458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wie-shoots-67-wins-lpga-lotte-championship/article/feed/110458?custom_click=rss

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274 after coming into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by four shots after Friday's play. It was Wie's third career victory on the LPGA Tour, and first since taking the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2010 — snapping a 79-event winless drought.

And, Wie did it at home.

"I'm just having fun out there," said Wie, who grew up in Honolulu. "I was out there and nervous. Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I'd rather be.

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]]> KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274 after coming into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by four shots after Friday's play. It was Wie's third career victory on the LPGA Tour, and first since taking the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2010 — snapping a 79-event winless drought.

And, Wie did it at home.

"I'm just having fun out there," said Wie, who grew up in Honolulu. "I was out there and nervous. Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I'd rather be.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:05:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Bochy calls off Sunday BP after 3-1 loss to Padres]]> http://gazette.com/bochy-calls-off-sunday-bp-after-3-1-loss-to-padres/article/feed/110467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bochy-calls-off-sunday-bp-after-3-1-loss-to-padres/article/feed/110467?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are scuffling to the point that manager Bruce Bochy doesn't want them to swing before Sunday's series finale against San Diego.

Eric Stults and three relievers combined to four-hit the Giants on Saturday night and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the Padres to a 3-1 victory.

"We're all competitive and sometimes when we are not swinging well, we overswing in the cages, we take too many hacks and tire ourselves out," Bochy said.

"They may be overdoing it. I think if anything, we need to back off. They may be swinging it too much."

Bochy also said he plans to sit Pablo Sandoval, who is hitting only .171.

The Giants lost their third straight game and have s

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]]> SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are scuffling to the point that manager Bruce Bochy doesn't want them to swing before Sunday's series finale against San Diego.

Eric Stults and three relievers combined to four-hit the Giants on Saturday night and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the Padres to a 3-1 victory.

"We're all competitive and sometimes when we are not swinging well, we overswing in the cages, we take too many hacks and tire ourselves out," Bochy said.

"They may be overdoing it. I think if anything, we need to back off. They may be swinging it too much."

Bochy also said he plans to sit Pablo Sandoval, who is hitting only .171.

The Giants lost their third straight game and have s]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:01:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Ethier's HR propels Dodgers over Diamondbacks]]> http://gazette.com/ethiers-hr-propels-dodgers-over-diamondbacks/article/feed/110457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ethiers-hr-propels-dodgers-over-diamondbacks/article/feed/110457?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dan Haren didn't let a little thing like a four-run inning discourage him. He had plenty of confidence in his teammates' ability to get him some runs, and they didn't disappoint him against a pitcher they'd never seen before.

Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Saturday.

"That inning was kind of fluky there. It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong did," Haren said. "Even when I got back to the dugout, I was saying: 'If we can keep them there at four, we're going to win this game.' Then the offense really stepped up, and it was one hit after the other. It was really fun."

Haren (3-0) was charged with five runs — two earned

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dan Haren didn't let a little thing like a four-run inning discourage him. He had plenty of confidence in his teammates' ability to get him some runs, and they didn't disappoint him against a pitcher they'd never seen before.

Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Saturday.

"That inning was kind of fluky there. It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong did," Haren said. "Even when I got back to the dugout, I was saying: 'If we can keep them there at four, we're going to win this game.' Then the offense really stepped up, and it was one hit after the other. It was really fun."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Bolsinger got out of the first inning on five pitches and three ground balls in his first big league start. Then he struck out four of his next five batters and was sailing along until the Los Angeles Dodgers figured him out the second time through the lineup.

The 26-year-old right-hander didn't make it through the fifth. By then, the defending NL West champions had turned a four-run deficit into a four-run lead for Dan Haren and went on to beat the Diamondbacks 8-6 — despite Martin Prado's two-run double in the eighth against Brian Wilson.

"The first time through the order was good, but I kind of got away from my game plan a little bit," Bolsinger said. "I left some balls up. And when you do that

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Bolsinger got out of the first inning on five pitches and three ground balls in his first big league start. Then he struck out four of his next five batters and was sailing along until the Los Angeles Dodgers figured him out the second time through the lineup.

The 26-year-old right-hander didn't make it through the fifth. By then, the defending NL West champions had turned a four-run deficit into a four-run lead for Dan Haren and went on to beat the Diamondbacks 8-6 — despite Martin Prado's two-run double in the eighth against Brian Wilson.

"The first time through the order was good, but I kind of got away from my game plan a little bit," Bolsinger said. "I left some balls up. And when you do that ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:01:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Braun homers twice, rallies Brewers over Pirates]]> http://gazette.com/braun-homers-twice-rallies-brewers-over-pirates/article/feed/110451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/braun-homers-twice-rallies-brewers-over-pirates/article/feed/110451?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Braun already was being booed loudly and that was before he hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning.

Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.

Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal. The other three homers came in one game on April 8 at Philadelphia as did seven of his 13 RBIs.

Because he has been so prominently associated with performance-enhancing drugs, Braun is jeered wherever.

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]]> PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Braun already was being booed loudly and that was before he hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning.

Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.

Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal. The other three homers came in one game on April 8 at Philadelphia as did seven of his 13 RBIs.

Because he has been so prominently associated with performance-enhancing drugs, Braun is jeered wherever.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:47:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Eaton leaves White Sox' 6-3 loss to Rangers]]> http://gazette.com/eaton-leaves-white-sox-6-3-loss-to-rangers/article/feed/110465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eaton-leaves-white-sox-6-3-loss-to-rangers/article/feed/110465?custom_click=rss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chicago White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton is going to get a few days off to rest a nagging injury.

Eaton came out of Saturday night's 6-3 loss at Texas, but not because of another collision with big Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder.

"It's kind of a mixture. ... The ankle was bothering me after (Friday), and then my hamstring was bothering a little after that also," Eaton said. "I knew today was going to be kind of a struggle, but I want to be like a hockey player, so I battled through it."

One pitch after colliding with Fielder on a slow roller up the first-base line that was foul in the fifth, Eaton came up gimpy while running out an inning-ending grounder.

Manager Robin Ventura sa

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]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chicago White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton is going to get a few days off to rest a nagging injury.

Eaton came out of Saturday night's 6-3 loss at Texas, but not because of another collision with big Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder.

"It's kind of a mixture. ... The ankle was bothering me after (Friday), and then my hamstring was bothering a little after that also," Eaton said. "I knew today was going to be kind of a struggle, but I want to be like a hockey player, so I battled through it."

One pitch after colliding with Fielder on a slow roller up the first-base line that was foul in the fifth, Eaton came up gimpy while running out an inning-ending grounder.

Manager Robin Ventura sa]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:46:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Stults, Padres hand Giants third straight loss]]> http://gazette.com/stults-padres-hand-giants-third-straight-loss/article/feed/110459?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stults-padres-hand-giants-third-straight-loss/article/feed/110459?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres' rotation is living up to expectations.

Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the Padres to a 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

The Padres have the chance to sweep the series on Sunday, a week after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers.

"From the start, us as a starting five, we felt like we could match up with anybody in baseball," Stults said. "We felt pretty good about things."

San Diego has won seven of 10, thanks mostly to the rotation.

"Right now we're in a nice run of starting pitching," manager Bud Black said. "There's been some solid work by our starters.

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]]> SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres' rotation is living up to expectations.

Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the Padres to a 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

The Padres have the chance to sweep the series on Sunday, a week after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers.

"From the start, us as a starting five, we felt like we could match up with anybody in baseball," Stults said. "We felt pretty good about things."

San Diego has won seven of 10, thanks mostly to the rotation.

"Right now we're in a nice run of starting pitching," manager Bud Black said. "There's been some solid work by our starters.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:33:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Braves pull shaky Kimbrel, hold off Mets 7-5]]> http://gazette.com/braves-pull-shaky-kimbrel-hold-off-mets-7-5/article/feed/110462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/braves-pull-shaky-kimbrel-hold-off-mets-7-5/article/feed/110462?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Kimbrel hardly ever needs help with the ninth inning. He got some Saturday night.

Jordan Walden nailed down the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled his star closer following a shaky performance in a 7-5 win over the New York Mets.

Sidelined recently by shoulder discomfort, Kimbrel threw 24 pitches during his first outing in a week. The Braves didn't want him to go any longer, and Gonzalez thought the reliever was rusty.

"The good thing is that we got him on the mound and got him pitching and we'll go from there," Gonzalez said, adding that Kimbrel was pain-free. "He was fine. He was good. That's a good, positive sign.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Kimbrel hardly ever needs help with the ninth inning. He got some Saturday night.

Jordan Walden nailed down the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled his star closer following a shaky performance in a 7-5 win over the New York Mets.

Sidelined recently by shoulder discomfort, Kimbrel threw 24 pitches during his first outing in a week. The Braves didn't want him to go any longer, and Gonzalez thought the reliever was rusty.

"The good thing is that we got him on the mound and got him pitching and we'll go from there," Gonzalez said, adding that Kimbrel was pain-free. "He was fine. He was good. That's a good, positive sign.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:18:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Prep schedule for week of April 21-25]]> The Gazette preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/prep-schedule-for-week-of-april-21-25/article/1518566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prep-schedule-for-week-of-april-21-25/article/1518566?custom_click=rss The Pikes Peak region high school sports schedule for the upcoming week.



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<![CDATA[Saturday's prep roundup: Gouner comes through again for Palmer Ridge]]> BY BRENT W. NEW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/saturdays-prep-roundup-gouner-comes-through-again-for-palmer-ridge/article/1518565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saturdays-prep-roundup-gouner-comes-through-again-for-palmer-ridge/article/1518565?custom_click=rss Highlights from Saturday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.



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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:45:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs blanked on just two hits]]> News services - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-blanked-on-just-two-hits/article/1518563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-blanked-on-just-two-hits/article/1518563?custom_click=rss

A day after scoring 10 runs amid a number of big offensive outings, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox were blanked 3-0 on two hits by the host New Orleans Zephyrs on Saturday.

Jason Pridie and Angelys Nina had the Sky Sox hits.

Yohan Flande took the loss, allowing three runs including a two-run homer by Josh Rodriguez in the third.

Bryan Evans picked up the win going 61/3 innings, allowing one hit and three walks. Two relievers only allowed one more in the remaining 22/3 innings.

McBride breaks his foot

Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride walked through the big-league clubhouse on crutches, a day after breaking his foot during a home run trot, the Denver Post updated.



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A day after scoring 10 runs amid a number of big offensive outings, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox were blanked 3-0 on two hits by the host New Orleans Zephyrs on Saturday.

Jason Pridie and Angelys Nina had the Sky Sox hits.

Yohan Flande took the loss, allowing three runs including a two-run homer by Josh Rodriguez in the third.

Bryan Evans picked up the win going 61/3 innings, allowing one hit and three walks. Two relievers only allowed one more in the remaining 22/3 innings.

McBride breaks his foot

Sky Sox utility player Matt McBride walked through the big-league clubhouse on crutches, a day after breaking his foot during a home run trot, the Denver Post updated.

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DENVER — Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 2-0 series lead.

The Wild were unable to contain the quickness of teenager Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three assists. Stastny, the star of Game 1, also had a goal and three assists. His empty-netter sealed the win after Marco Scandella made it a one-goal game with 1:19 remaining.

Charlie Coyle also scored early for the Wild.

Game 3 is Monday in Minnesota.



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DENVER — Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 2-0 series lead.

The Wild were unable to contain the quickness of teenager Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three assists. Stastny, the star of Game 1, also had a goal and three assists. His empty-netter sealed the win after Marco Scandella made it a one-goal game with 1:19 remaining.

Charlie Coyle also scored early for the Wild.

Game 3 is Monday in Minnesota.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:57:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Lyles' pitching, reversed call key Rockies' win]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/lyles-pitching-reversed-call-key-rockies-win/article/1518560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lyles-pitching-reversed-call-key-rockies-win/article/1518560?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Initially inserted into the Colorado Rockies' rotation as a stop-gap injury replacement, Jordan Lyles has rapidly become a fixture.

Lyles pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his third straight win, Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer, and the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Saturday night.

"He's really given us a lift in that rotation," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Lyles.

He originally was slated to begin the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs but wound up filling in for Tyler Chatwood after he strained a hamstring late in spring training.

"The biggest factor is his two-seamer," Weiss added.



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DENVER — Initially inserted into the Colorado Rockies' rotation as a stop-gap injury replacement, Jordan Lyles has rapidly become a fixture.

Lyles pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his third straight win, Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer, and the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Saturday night.

"He's really given us a lift in that rotation," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Lyles.

He originally was slated to begin the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs but wound up filling in for Tyler Chatwood after he strained a hamstring late in spring training.

"The biggest factor is his two-seamer," Weiss added.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:34:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Rapids, Earthquakes play to scoreless tie]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/rapids-earthquakes-play-to-scoreless-tie/article/1518561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapids-earthquakes-play-to-scoreless-tie/article/1518561?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY — Alan Gordon hit the crossbar in the opening minute for San Jose and that was as close as the Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids got to scoring in their 0-0 draw Saturday.

"It was a good ball, a good ball," Gordon said. "I was able to get free and try to put the ball on target. It was a bit high and hopefully the next time it goes in."

Chris Wondolowski's header cleared the crossbar late in the first half for San Jose (0-2-3), which is off to its worst start in 14 seasons. The Earthquakes opened 0-3 as the San Jose Clash in 1998.

"You look at how the 90 minutes unfolded, the way we had to dig deep at the end," San Jose coach Mark Watson said. "They had a lot of pressure on us and I think we'll



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COMMERCE CITY — Alan Gordon hit the crossbar in the opening minute for San Jose and that was as close as the Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids got to scoring in their 0-0 draw Saturday.

"It was a good ball, a good ball," Gordon said. "I was able to get free and try to put the ball on target. It was a bit high and hopefully the next time it goes in."

Chris Wondolowski's header cleared the crossbar late in the first half for San Jose (0-2-3), which is off to its worst start in 14 seasons. The Earthquakes opened 0-3 as the San Jose Clash in 1998.

"You look at how the 90 minutes unfolded, the way we had to dig deep at the end," San Jose coach Mark Watson said. "They had a lot of pressure on us and I think we'll

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:18:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Track and field: Fountain-Fort Carson's O'Quinn flashes speed by qualifying for 100, 200 in 1st try]]> by BRENT W. NEW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/track-and-field-fountain-fort-carsons-oquinn-flashes-speed-by-qualifying-for-100-200-in-1st-try/article/1518559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/track-and-field-fountain-fort-carsons-oquinn-flashes-speed-by-qualifying-for-100-200-in-1st-try/article/1518559?custom_click=rss

Sitting on the infield in her orange-rimmed sunglasses, with her head nestled against her propped-up knees, Rajon O'Quinn certainly wasn't giving off the impression that she had just pulled off one of the best performances in the recent memory of the Fountain-Fort Carson track program.

"It's good, but I have bigger goals for me and the team," the Trojans senior said.

Still, Saturday was something to be remembered.

Not only had she grabbed the state lead in the high jump and helped the 800-meter relay breeze to another victory at the Ray Campbell Invitational at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, but she'd also qualified for state in her fourth and fifth events of the year after she tried the 100 and 200 for the first



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Sitting on the infield in her orange-rimmed sunglasses, with her head nestled against her propped-up knees, Rajon O'Quinn certainly wasn't giving off the impression that she had just pulled off one of the best performances in the recent memory of the Fountain-Fort Carson track program.

"It's good, but I have bigger goals for me and the team," the Trojans senior said.

Still, Saturday was something to be remembered.

Not only had she grabbed the state lead in the high jump and helped the 800-meter relay breeze to another victory at the Ray Campbell Invitational at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, but she'd also qualified for state in her fourth and fifth events of the year after she tried the 100 and 200 for the first

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:05:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Spectator from Colorado Springs recalls frantic, frightening experience in Boston Marathon]]> by Brent Briggeman brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/spectator-from-colorado-springs-recalls-frantic-frightening-experience-in-boston-marathon/article/1518558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spectator-from-colorado-springs-recalls-frantic-frightening-experience-in-boston-marathon/article/1518558?custom_click=rss

Those are bombs, an authoritative voice shouted. And for perhaps the first time in human history, those words actually brought comfort.

Until that announcement from a veteran well-versed in that area, Elaine Derbenwick, along with her daughter and granddaughters, was among the horde scurrying for cover. About 25 feet from the first explosion at last year's Boston Marathon, those in the Lenox Hotel feared they had heard gunfire and that a shooter might soon enter the crowded lobby.

"He said, 'Don't worry about a shooter coming in,'" Derbenwick said. "And that did lessen the panic of everyone trying to hide and find a place to be."

Even when the horror subsided, the chaos and fear did not for Derbenwick.



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Those are bombs, an authoritative voice shouted. And for perhaps the first time in human history, those words actually brought comfort.

Until that announcement from a veteran well-versed in that area, Elaine Derbenwick, along with her daughter and granddaughters, was among the horde scurrying for cover. About 25 feet from the first explosion at last year's Boston Marathon, those in the Lenox Hotel feared they had heard gunfire and that a shooter might soon enter the crowded lobby.

"He said, 'Don't worry about a shooter coming in,'" Derbenwick said. "And that did lessen the panic of everyone trying to hide and find a place to be."

Even when the horror subsided, the chaos and fear did not for Derbenwick.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:03:22 -0600
<![CDATA[NCHC weighing playoff changes]]> by Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/nchc-weighing-playoff-changes/article/1518556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nchc-weighing-playoff-changes/article/1518556?custom_click=rss

A strong debut season does not mean the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will not consider some changes, including to its postseason.

Commissioner Josh Fenton said the eight member school representatives asked the Colorado Springs-based league office staff to develop new playoff formats and present them for a possible vote at the league meetings in about two weeks.

"Will it be discussed? Absolutely," Fenton said.

The league office is sketching plans that include a six-team elimination tournament with two first-round campus-site series involving the bottom four seeds.

Those series winners become seeds Nos. 5-6 at the Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis with the top four teams getting a bye weekend and advancing



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A strong debut season does not mean the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will not consider some changes, including to its postseason.

Commissioner Josh Fenton said the eight member school representatives asked the Colorado Springs-based league office staff to develop new playoff formats and present them for a possible vote at the league meetings in about two weeks.

"Will it be discussed? Absolutely," Fenton said.

The league office is sketching plans that include a six-team elimination tournament with two first-round campus-site series involving the bottom four seeds.

Those series winners become seeds Nos. 5-6 at the Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis with the top four teams getting a bye weekend and advancing

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:40:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Oral history: Area runners recall moments after Boston Marathon tragedy]]> by brent briggeman brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/oral-history-area-runners-recall-moments-after-boston-marathon-tragedy/article/1518555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oral-history-area-runners-recall-moments-after-boston-marathon-tragedy/article/1518555?custom_click=rss

It was at 2:49 p.m. EDT when two homemade bombs - separated by 14 seconds - killed three people and injured more than 250 others near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Several dozen area runners participated in that event, and they recall the confusing, chaotic moments immediately after the bombs.

Connie Shaner: I was walking to my hotel near the Boston Commons and heard the explosions and just assumed it was cannons going off for celebration of Patriots' Day.

Mike Marty: A volunteer near us said he'd heard a transformer blew. That's the first I heard.

Amy Perez: I heard explosions and screams, but there was nothing malicious in my mind. I thought it was thunder, even though, honestly, there wasn't a



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It was at 2:49 p.m. EDT when two homemade bombs - separated by 14 seconds - killed three people and injured more than 250 others near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Several dozen area runners participated in that event, and they recall the confusing, chaotic moments immediately after the bombs.

Connie Shaner: I was walking to my hotel near the Boston Commons and heard the explosions and just assumed it was cannons going off for celebration of Patriots' Day.

Mike Marty: A volunteer near us said he'd heard a transformer blew. That's the first I heard.

Amy Perez: I heard explosions and screams, but there was nothing malicious in my mind. I thought it was thunder, even though, honestly, there wasn't a

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:00:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Not yet at the finish line: Memories of the Boston Marathon live on for Colorado Springs-area runners]]> by Brent Briggeman brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/not-yet-at-the-finish-line-memories-of-the-boston-marathon-live-on-for-colorado-springs-area-runners/article/1518546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/not-yet-at-the-finish-line-memories-of-the-boston-marathon-live-on-for-colorado-springs-area-runners/article/1518546?custom_click=rss

The Boston Marathon memories that replay in Kerri Coady's mind never actually took place. - Stopping to stretch when her muscles cramped, popping into a porta potty along the course, perhaps slowing to walk for a bit. - She did none of those things, but if she had, Coady could have crossed the finish line just as bombs exploded, killing three and wounding 264 others. Even worse, Coady's friend, Julie Self, would have been in that area watching. - "Without a doubt, you think of those things," said Coady, a stay-at-home mom of two young girls who finished the race just seven minutes before the explosions. "I was slower than I'd hoped to be anyway, but you start going through all the things that could have happened.



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The Boston Marathon memories that replay in Kerri Coady's mind never actually took place. - Stopping to stretch when her muscles cramped, popping into a porta potty along the course, perhaps slowing to walk for a bit. - She did none of those things, but if she had, Coady could have crossed the finish line just as bombs exploded, killing three and wounding 264 others. Even worse, Coady's friend, Julie Self, would have been in that area watching. - "Without a doubt, you think of those things," said Coady, a stay-at-home mom of two young girls who finished the race just seven minutes before the explosions. "I was slower than I'd hoped to be anyway, but you start going through all the things that could have happened.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:01:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Capsules of 10 runners from the Colorado Springs area who finished the 2013 Boston Marathon]]> Brent Briggeman, The Gazette http://gazette.com/capsules-of-10-runners-from-the-colorado-springs-area-who-finished-the-2013-boston-marathon/article/1518551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/capsules-of-10-runners-from-the-colorado-springs-area-who-finished-the-2013-boston-marathon/article/1518551?custom_click=rss The Gazette spoke with 10 runners from Colorado Springs who finished the 2013 Boston Marathon before the bombs turned the festive day tragic.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:52:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Colorado College player Nate Prosser living a Minnesotan's dream playing for Wild]]> by DAVID RAMSEY david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/former-colorado-college-player-nate-prosser-living-a-minnesotans-dream-playing-for-wild/article/1518548?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-college-player-nate-prosser-living-a-minnesotans-dream-playing-for-wild/article/1518548?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Nate Prosser, a former Colorado College defensive star, spent many nights driving 45 minutes from his family home in Elk River, Minn., to downtown St. Paul to watch the Wild play hockey.

He was a typical Minnesota teen. When anyone asked what he wanted to do with his life, he delivered a simple response:

"Play professional hockey," he answered.

He hoped but did not truly expect to make this vision come true.

Prosser sat in a quiet Wild locker room Thursday and talked about his unlikely journey right back to the destination where he once drove in high school. He now plays for the Wild, the same team he once watched. The Wild are engaged in a fierce playoff battle with the Colorado Avalanche.



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DENVER - Nate Prosser, a former Colorado College defensive star, spent many nights driving 45 minutes from his family home in Elk River, Minn., to downtown St. Paul to watch the Wild play hockey.

He was a typical Minnesota teen. When anyone asked what he wanted to do with his life, he delivered a simple response:

"Play professional hockey," he answered.

He hoped but did not truly expect to make this vision come true.

Prosser sat in a quiet Wild locker room Thursday and talked about his unlikely journey right back to the destination where he once drove in high school. He now plays for the Wild, the same team he once watched. The Wild are engaged in a fierce playoff battle with the Colorado Avalanche.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:08:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Baseball: Lewis-Palmer in command of PPAC behind Tillotson's mound effort]]> By Justin Shaw preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/baseball-lewis-palmer-in-command-of-ppac-behind-tillotsons-mound-effort/article/1518549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baseball-lewis-palmer-in-command-of-ppac-behind-tillotsons-mound-effort/article/1518549?custom_click=rss

In the fight for the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference baseball title, round 1 went to Lewis-Palmer.

The Rangers edged rival Palmer Ridge 2-1 at home Saturday afternoon to take a two-game lead over the Bears in the conference.

The two best 4A teams in the city, and two of the best in the state, went toe-to-toe for seven innings, with a handful of plays determining the huge win for Lewis-Palmer (11-3 overall, 9-0 4A PPAC).

Lewis-Palmer's Paul Tillotson and Palmer Ridge's Kurt Larson each struck out 10 batters. The pitchers dueled all afternoon, getting out of jams and keeping their teams in the game. Tillotson came out on top, with an assist from Colin Cicere, who recorded the last two outs in the seventh inning.



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In the fight for the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference baseball title, round 1 went to Lewis-Palmer.

The Rangers edged rival Palmer Ridge 2-1 at home Saturday afternoon to take a two-game lead over the Bears in the conference.

The two best 4A teams in the city, and two of the best in the state, went toe-to-toe for seven innings, with a handful of plays determining the huge win for Lewis-Palmer (11-3 overall, 9-0 4A PPAC).

Lewis-Palmer's Paul Tillotson and Palmer Ridge's Kurt Larson each struck out 10 batters. The pitchers dueled all afternoon, getting out of jams and keeping their teams in the game. Tillotson came out on top, with an assist from Colin Cicere, who recorded the last two outs in the seventh inning.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:05:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Charlie Blackmon in the cockpit for Colorado Rockies]]> by PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-charlie-blackmon-in-the-cockpit-for-colorado-rockies/article/1518534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-charlie-blackmon-in-the-cockpit-for-colorado-rockies/article/1518534?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Folding the laundry in his locker, cleaned fresh after a seven-game road trip, the center fielder for the Rockies ranks his career aspirations.

"I told somebody, and I can't remember who it was, that my goal as a baseball player is to be good enough to get in a fighter jet," he says.

This, sports fans, is Charlie Blackmon.

What you see - the mountain-man beard, the commoner's approach to life, the dry humor - is what you get. You get a guy who'd rather chunk Power Bait to the bottom of Elevenmile than wear a suit. You get a potential All-Star who plays with remote-controlled airplanes. You get a 27-year-old whose favorite movie is "Top Gun.



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DENVER — Folding the laundry in his locker, cleaned fresh after a seven-game road trip, the center fielder for the Rockies ranks his career aspirations.

"I told somebody, and I can't remember who it was, that my goal as a baseball player is to be good enough to get in a fighter jet," he says.

This, sports fans, is Charlie Blackmon.

What you see - the mountain-man beard, the commoner's approach to life, the dry humor - is what you get. You get a guy who'd rather chunk Power Bait to the bottom of Elevenmile than wear a suit. You get a potential All-Star who plays with remote-controlled airplanes. You get a 27-year-old whose favorite movie is "Top Gun.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:26:21 -0600