<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:50:53 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[NFL looking into Joe Haden's late scratch with broken finger]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-looking-into-joe-hadens-late-scratch-with-broken-finger/article/feed/278575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-looking-into-joe-hadens-late-scratch-with-broken-finger/article/feed/278575?custom_click=rss BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The NFL has asked the Browns why Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden was inactive for Sunday's game against San Diego after being listed as probable on the team's injury report.

Haden sat out with a broken right ring finger, an injury he sustained a week earlier against Oakland. Haden also hurt his ribs but was able to practice on a limited basis all week and was down as probable — a 75 percent chance of playing — on the week's final injury report.

However, after testing his hand during a pregame workout, Haden decided not to play. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday that "we left it up to Joe, and he made the decision that he didn't want to go."

A league spokesman says it's customary to check with

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:18:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio Olympics cutting costs with Brazil deep in recession]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-cutting-costs-with-brazil-deep-in-recession/article/feed/278546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-cutting-costs-with-brazil-deep-in-recession/article/feed/278546?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Olympic organizers, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced.

To keep spending in line, officials say they will cut back on printed material, reduce staffing at dozens of test events and trim costs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"This is a very strict budget," said Sidney Levy, the organizing committee's chief executive officer. "There'll be no excess, but we are not going to compromise the essentials."

Levy has said often over the last few months he will trim costs and cut non-essential purchases.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:30:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton attempts to explain late football starts to fans]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-athletic-director-jim-knowlton-attempts-to-explain-late-football-starts-to-fans/article/1560686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-athletic-director-jim-knowlton-attempts-to-explain-late-football-starts-to-fans/article/1560686?custom_click=rss

Jim Knowlton wants Air Force fans to understand that a late night Saturday is not his doing.

The Falcons athletic director even sent a letter to fans Monday to convey that very message - that he doesn't like the 8:15 p.m. kickoff times any more than they do, but his hands are tied.

"Fan frustration with late and variable kickoff times in Falcon Stadium is certainly understandable," Knowlton wrote in advance of Saturday's 8:15 p.m. game against Wyoming. "And while we may not agree with the methodology, it is the way collegiate athletics currently operates."

He provided the example that even Alabama has kicked off at 9 p.m., so this is not a situation unique to Air Force or the Mountain West.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:06:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Mickelson brings experience and emotion to Presidents Cup]]> http://gazette.com/mickelson-brings-experience-and-emotion-to-presidents-cup/article/feed/278542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mickelson-brings-experience-and-emotion-to-presidents-cup/article/feed/278542?custom_click=rss

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Phil Mickelson studied the line of the putt from both sides, and then he stood over an imaginary golf ball about halfway to the hole and gently swung his putter to make sure he had the right read.

And it wasn't even his shot.

"The first part is going to slide to the right," he told Presidents Cup rookie Chris Kirk, "and then it's going to try to move back to the left."

Kirk narrowly missed the putt, and Mickelson winced.

This was more than just one of his money games on a Tuesday at a big event. Mickelson had yet another rookie under his wing, relishing in his role as the guy who has played the Presidents Cup as many times as the U.S. captain (Jay Haas) and two of his assistants (Fred

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:26:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Dustin Johnson back on a team after 2-year absence]]> http://gazette.com/dustin-johnson-back-on-a-team-after-2-year-absence/article/feed/278521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dustin-johnson-back-on-a-team-after-2-year-absence/article/feed/278521?custom_click=rss

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Dustin Johnson hasn't lost a match while playing for the United States in nearly four years.

Part of that is because he's very good.

Any discussion about American talent in golf would have to include the 31-year-old Johnson, who has won in every PGA Tour season since he was a rookie in 2008 fresh out of Coastal Carolina. He has chased majors, falling short either by bad luck (Chambers Bay), a bad shot (Royal St. George's), bad golf (Pebble Beach) or a bad setup (bunkers at Whistling Straits).

But there's another reason that Johnson hasn't lost a match in so long. He hasn't played a team event since the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.

Johnson was left off the Presidents Cup team two years a

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:54:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Collins, Gibbons among 4 managers making playoff debuts]]> http://gazette.com/collins-gibbons-among-4-managers-making-playoff-debuts/article/feed/278486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/collins-gibbons-among-4-managers-making-playoff-debuts/article/feed/278486?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Late in the season, as the New York Mets closed in on their NL East championship, one opponent after another sat in the visitors' dugout at Citi Field and commended manager Terry Collins.

"Real happy for T.C.," was the sentiment echoed by Atlanta skipper Fredi Gonzalez and others.

The popular Collins, at 66 the oldest manager in the majors and the consummate example of a baseball lifer, is about to make his playoff managerial debut. He's one of four bench bosses who reached the postseason for the first time this year — each the fulfillment of a unique journey.

"It means a lot to me," Collins said late last week. "We sat up here and we told our fan base and our media that it's going to get better and

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:30:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Chancellor's big play allows Seattle to beat Detroit 13-10]]> http://gazette.com/chancellors-big-play-allows-seattle-to-beat-detroit-13-10/article/feed/278457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chancellors-big-play-allows-seattle-to-beat-detroit-13-10/article/feed/278457?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — With one big punch, Kam Chancellor showed his importance to the Seattle Seahawks.

With one little touch, K.J. Wright provided another Monday night controversy in the same end zone where the infamous "Fail Mary" took place.

"Now that you look at it, we were fortunate," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Chancellor knocked the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead, and Seattle held on for a 13-10 win.

With Detroit on the verge of capping a 91-yard drive with the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining, Chancellor came from the side and punched the ball from Johnson's arm as he was being tackled by Ear

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:51:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Strange late sequence gives Seattle 13-10 win over Detroit]]> http://gazette.com/strange-late-sequence-gives-seattle-13-10-win-over-detroit/article/feed/278483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/strange-late-sequence-gives-seattle-13-10-win-over-detroit/article/feed/278483?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — Kam Chancellor saw the ball exposed and threw a punch.

By knocking the ball free from Calvin Johnson, Chancellor may have created a wild swing in where the Seattle Seahawks will finish this season and provided another bit of officiating controversy on a Monday night in Seattle.

"It's good to have Kam back. To have him make that play was pretty cool," Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said.

Chancellor punched the ball free as Johnson was about to score, the saving play in Seattle's 13-10 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:33:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Presidents Cup debate still strong on number of matches]]> http://gazette.com/presidents-cup-debate-still-strong-on-number-of-matches/article/feed/278481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/presidents-cup-debate-still-strong-on-number-of-matches/article/feed/278481?custom_click=rss

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The battle at the Presidents Cup began Tuesday even before the first match.

U.S. captain Jay Haas still doesn't understand why the number of matches was reduced from 34 to 30 for this year's event, meaning he has to sit eight players over three days of team matches.

"You look at our lineup, and it's hard to sit guys," Haas said.

He has another powerful squad at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea with his son, Bill, having the worst world ranking at No. 29. That's still higher than seven players on the International team.

International captain Nick Price remains disappointed that PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem only reduced the number of matches to 30.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:24:12 -0600 <![CDATA[LEADING OFF: Astros-Yanks ready to get wild; Cubs, Bucs wait]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-astros-yanks-ready-to-get-wild-cubs-bucs-wait/article/feed/278455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-astros-yanks-ready-to-get-wild-cubs-bucs-wait/article/feed/278455?custom_click=rss

A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:



The Yankees and Astros open the postseason in New York with Masahiro Tanaka pitching against Houston ace Dallas Keuchel in the AL wild-card game. Tanaka has been slowed by a hamstring injury down the stretch, but before that he had emerged as the Yankees' most dependable starter. Keuchel, meanwhile, is a 20-game winner who has been among the AL's best pitchers all season. Of particular note with this game at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium: Keuchel gave up only 0.66 homers per nine innings this season, second-best among qualifying AL starters behind Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:13:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Despite injuries, Cardinals in postseason 5th straight year]]> http://gazette.com/despite-injuries-cardinals-in-postseason-5th-straight-year/article/feed/278480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/despite-injuries-cardinals-in-postseason-5th-straight-year/article/feed/278480?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Since 2011, the bill for clubhouse carpet cleaning and/or replacement has been high for the St. Louis Cardinals. It's a price willingly paid for all those champagne fests, every step of the way.

Like clockwork, October arrives and so do the Cardinals, primed for another deep postseason run. The last four years, they've advanced to the NL Championship Series, winning the World Series in '11.

The script changes from year to year, and so does the supporting cast. The bottom line: consistent excellence.

Despite myriad injuries and without an MVP or Cy Young Award candidate among them, the Cardinals led the majors with 100 victories. By now, everyone knows what they're capable of this time of the year.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:11:39 -0600 <![CDATA[New coach Campbell says Dolphins need a change in culture]]> http://gazette.com/new-coach-campbell-says-dolphins-need-a-change-in-culture/article/feed/278478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-coach-campbell-says-dolphins-need-a-change-in-culture/article/feed/278478?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — The new Miami Dolphins coach says talent is not their problem.

Dan Campbell thinks the Dolphins need a more aggressive, intense, competitive environment, and he plans to provide it.

Campbell was promoted Monday from his job as an assistant when the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin four games into his fourth season. Campbell's only coaching experience is with the Dolphins, who hired him as an intern in 2010, and he has been their tight ends coach since 2011.

"This is my sixth season with the Miami Dolphins, and this is the most talented roster we have had in those six years," Campbell said. "We have plenty of talent. I feel there's a lot more we can get out of these guys.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:08:09 -0600 <![CDATA[FANTASY PLAYS: Devonta Freeman looking strong for owners]]> http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-devonta-freeman-looking-strong-for-owners/article/feed/278476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-devonta-freeman-looking-strong-for-owners/article/feed/278476?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Imagine this: Taking Devonta Freeman with one of your top picks. And then grabbing Larry Fitzgerald with another.

Sure, you've would've been ridiculed at your fantasy league draft. But now, you'd look like a savant.

Happens every year: someone you least expect just goes off while your top pick (See: C.J. Anderson) flounders.

Freeman has been a treasure chest of riches as he's stepped into the Atlanta backfield for Tevin Coleman. With seven touchdowns, Freeman (Average Draft Position, 119.3) is producing better than Marshawn Lynch (ADP, 4.8), Anderson (ADP, 11.3) and DeMarco Murray (ADP, 12).

Fitzgerald, meanwhile, looks downright rejuvenated in Arizona. His ADP was 101 in Yahoo leagues. But he's be

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:05:25 -0600 <![CDATA[It's a new Dalton in Cincy; Bengals ready to go all the way]]> http://gazette.com/its-a-new-dalton-in-cincy-bengals-ready-to-go-all-the-way/article/feed/278477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-a-new-dalton-in-cincy-bengals-ready-to-go-all-the-way/article/feed/278477?custom_click=rss

Andy Dalton is ready to take the Bengals further than Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason.

Dalton is off to a great start, the offense is flying and Cincinnati is 4-0. Nevermind the fact Dalton is 0-4 in the playoffs. Book a February trip to Santa Clara, Bengals fans.

One quarter of the NFL season is in the books, so let's overreact to what we've seen.

Sure, Dalton and the Bengals have been impressive. But they have four wins against teams with a combined record of 6-10. Let's see where they stand after a tough three-game stretch against Seattle, at Buffalo and at Pittsburgh.

Besides, there's a pair of unbeaten AFC teams with pretty accomplished quarterbacks who will make the path to Super Bowl 50 tough. Tom Brady and

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:04:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Bad break, missed call allows Seattle to beat Detroit 13-10]]> http://gazette.com/bad-break-missed-call-allows-seattle-to-beat-detroit-13-10/article/feed/278472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bad-break-missed-call-allows-seattle-to-beat-detroit-13-10/article/feed/278472?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — The Detroit Lions fumbled away their chance at completing a drive that could turnaround the winless start to their season.

Then the officials fumbled another Monday night call in Seattle in the same end zone as the infamous "Fail Mary."

"What can you do? You're not going to cry about it that's for sure," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said.

Seattle safety Kam Chancellor knocked the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead, and Seattle held on for a 13-10 win on Monday night.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:36:34 -0600 <![CDATA[High School Sports Schedule for Oct. 5-10.]]> http://gazette.com/high-school-sports-schedule-for-oct.-5-10./article/1560679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-school-sports-schedule-for-oct.-5-10./article/1560679?custom_click=rss High school sports schedule for Oct. 5-10.

monday, oct 5


Liberty at Fountain-Fort Carson, 4 p.m.


Palmer Ridge at Discovery Canyon, 4:30 p.m.

Palmer at Doherty, 4:30 p.m.

Falcon at Air Academy, 4:30 p.m.


Discovery Canyon at Air Academy, 4 p.m.

tuesday, oct 6


Evangelical Christian Academy at Vanguard, 4 p.m.

Lamar at Fountain Valley, 4 p.m.

James Irwin at St. Mary's, 4 p.m.

Manitou Springs at Colorado Springs Christian School, 4 p.m.

Woodland Park at Harrison, 4 p.m.

Widefield at Canon City, 6:30 p.m.

Air Academy at Palmer Ridge, 7

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:40:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Blog: Rampart's Arielle Keating to drive, chip, putt at Augusta]]> http://gazette.com/blog-ramparts-arielle-keating-to-drive-chip-putt-at-augusta/article/1560687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-ramparts-arielle-keating-to-drive-chip-putt-at-augusta/article/1560687?custom_click=rss

Rampart sophomore to get major experience

It wasn't long ago that Arielle Keating was just golfing as a hobby. In about seven months, Keating will be golfing on one of the game's most hallowed courses.

Late last month, Keating qualified at Torrey Pines - another one of the game's legendary course - winning a drive, chip and putt regional tournament that is sending her to the championship at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Yes, that Augusta, home for the annual Masters Tournament, site of one of the PGA's four majors.

"I don't know what to think of it," Keating said. "Wow! I get to go."

Keating was just happy to compete at Torrey Pines. But she did more than compete. She posted 118 points - 33 in

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Coronado four strokes back of lead at 5A state boys' golf]]> http://gazette.com/coronado-four-strokes-back-of-lead-at-5a-state-boys-golf/article/1560672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coronado-four-strokes-back-of-lead-at-5a-state-boys-golf/article/1560672?custom_click=rss

Fort Collins - Coronado will have to rally Tuesday if it hopes to capture a second consecutive Class 5A state title.

Isaac Petersilie and Wes Moran shot a 3-over 74. Austin Burgess carded a 75, and the Cougars shot 10-over as a team and sit four strokes off the lead after day one of 5A state boys' golf tournament at the Fort Collins Country Club.

"Nobody expects you to win it on the first day," said Coronado coach Marty Cornell, whose team won the 5A title in 2014.

The Cougars led by five strokes after the first round of state last year. They also had the luxury of playing with four players in a tournament that scores the best three.

This year, though, has been notably tougher.

"It's been a grind," Moran

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:09:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Boys' golf roundup: Mesa Ridge's Braden Bentley stays in individual contention in 4A boys' state golf]]> http://gazette.com/boys-golf-roundup-mesa-ridges-braden-bentley-stays-in-individual-contention-in-4a-boys-state-golf/article/1560678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boys-golf-roundup-mesa-ridges-braden-bentley-stays-in-individual-contention-in-4a-boys-state-golf/article/1560678?custom_click=rss

Bentley stays in individual contention in 4A

Mesa Ridge senior Braden Bentley hit birdies on holes 14 and 15, and then hit a long putt to save par on 18 to finish 2-over 72 on day one of the Class 4A state tournament at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.

He is in sixth place heading into the final day Tuesday.

"I have nice momentum," said Bentley, who is five shots back of the leader, Valor Christian's Philip Lee.

"I just need to be aggressive and try to go chase down those guys tomorrow."

As team standings go, no one will likely catch Valor Christian. Three players of its players placed in the top five and the Eagles shot 3 under, 18 strokes better than any other club Monday.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:40:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Monday's prep roundup: Kailee Clark drives in 8 to lead Discovery Canyon]]> http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-kailee-clark-drives-in-8-to-lead-discovery-canyon/article/1560685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-kailee-clark-drives-in-8-to-lead-discovery-canyon/article/1560685?custom_click=rss Highlights from Monday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.


Discovery Canyon 25, Palmer Ridge 0, 2 innings

At Discovery Canyon: How about this stat line for two innings of work? Kailee Clark had four hits, scored four runs and drove in eight with a double and a home run for Discovery Canyon (11-6, 5-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) on Monday.

Ki Givens drove in four runs and also hit a home run as the Thunder banged out 15 hits in the win.

Palmer Ridge (3-15, 1-6) was coming off a 21-11 win over Cheyenne Mountain on Wednesday.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Where do you rank? This week's Gazette Prep rankings]]> http://gazette.com/where-do-you-rank-this-weeks-gazette-prep-rankings/article/1560684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/where-do-you-rank-this-weeks-gazette-prep-rankings/article/1560684?custom_click=rss This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings


Team Record Last Week


1. Doherty 4-1 No. 1

2. Fountain-Fort Carson 3-2 No. 2

3. Palmer 2-3 No. 3


1. Pine Creek 5-0 No. 1

2. Vista Ridge 4-1 No. 2

3. Palmer Ridge 4-1 NR


1. The Classical Academy 4-2 No. 1

2. Lewis-Palmer 4-1 No. 2

3. Mitchell 4-1 No. 3

2A & Below

1. Ellicott 4-1 No. 3

2. Peyton 3-2 No. 1

3. Hanover 4-1 No. 2

Breakdown: Fountain-Fort Carson is trying to add another year to its rich history, as a young squad notched its third consecutive win. ... Palmer Ridge moves into the ranks. Its only loss was a 12-point defeat to Vista Ridge. Rampart

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Gazette Peak Performer of the Week: Katie Rainsberger, Air Academy cross country]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-peak-performer-of-the-week-katie-rainsberger-air-academy-cross-country/article/1560681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-peak-performer-of-the-week-katie-rainsberger-air-academy-cross-country/article/1560681?custom_click=rss

Last season, Katie Rainsberger conquered the state of Colorado. Now, she's taking her dominance to the national level.

The Air Academy senior - who is the defending 4A Colorado cross country state champion - posted the fastest time of any high school girl in the nation for the 2015 cross country season Friday.

Rainsberger's 5K time of 16 minutes, 23 seconds at the Desert Twilight XC Invitational in Casa Grande, Ariz., is tops across the country.

"It's kind of surreal, and really exciting that the hard work the past four years has amounted to something incredible," she said. "The years of my persistent hard workouts have compiled and I'm starting to see it come together. It's exciting, but the season isn't over yet, and

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:07:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force establishes net presence with forwards in hockey win over University of Calgary]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-establishes-net-presence-with-forwards-in-hockey-win-over-university-of-calgary/article/1560680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-establishes-net-presence-with-forwards-in-hockey-win-over-university-of-calgary/article/1560680?custom_click=rss

Some seeds for the Air Force's hoped-for success this season were sown Monday night during a 5-0 exhibition victory over Calgary.

The Falcons established a strong net presence by their forwards, resulting in three goals off redirected shots from within 5-10 feet.

Equally as important, freshman goalie Billy Christopoulos recorded a shutout (14 saves) to establish himself as the starter for Friday's opener against No. 5 Denver.

Freshman Zach Yoder was the beneficiary of the Falcons' renewed effort to populate the crease. He fired three hard shots that made it through traffic and freshmen Evan Geisler and Evan Feno and sophomore Ben Kucera all converted to give Yoder a playmaker (three assists) in his college debut.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:03:32 -0600
<![CDATA[More changes ahead for Brewers after tough season]]> http://gazette.com/more-changes-ahead-for-brewers-after-tough-season/article/feed/278284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-changes-ahead-for-brewers-after-tough-season/article/feed/278284?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers packed up their belongings and said their goodbyes for the 2015 season after getting swept in the final series by the Chicago Cubs.

Really, the franchise started looking forward to next year five months ago.

An offseason of change has arrived as Milwaukee looks to retool following its first 90-loss campaign since 2004. At 68-94, the Brewers were 14 games worse than the previous year.

"There could be no doubt, no hesitation, certainly no second-guessing that it was time to move in another direction," owner Mark Attanasio in recapping a lost season.

The Brewers' fate was decided just a few weeks into 2015 when the team started 2-13 in the ultra-competitive NL Central.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:15:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Academy jumps to lead over Falcon to close in on league softball crown]]> http://gazette.com/air-academy-jumps-to-lead-over-falcon-to-close-in-on-league-softball-crown/article/1560676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-academy-jumps-to-lead-over-falcon-to-close-in-on-league-softball-crown/article/1560676?custom_click=rss Even before the game started, Air Academy softball coach Chris Hernez knew it was going to be a good day.

Turned out he was right.

Air Academy scored four runs over the first two innings and the Kadets defeated Falcon 5-1 on Monday to all but lock up the Class 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference.

Starter Megan Horn held the Falcons to three hits and struck out nine batters. Catcher Julia Elbert reached base in all three at-bats, drove in two runs, scored once and stole a base.

Elbert topped it off by gunning down Falcon base runner Taylor Striebel trying to steal third to end the game.

"I stood up and she was halfway to third," Elbert said. "I was like, OK. It felt so awesome to end it like that.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:20:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Ballage, Arizona State get back on track with win over UCLA, face CU next]]> http://gazette.com/ballage-arizona-state-get-back-on-track-with-win-over-ucla-face-cu-next/article/1560668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ballage-arizona-state-get-back-on-track-with-win-over-ucla-face-cu-next/article/1560668?custom_click=rss


TEMPE, Ariz. — Kalen Ballage took a handoff up the middle and was stood up by a UCLA linebacker. Arizona State's running back spun around from the impact, but kept his legs churning, even as he was headed backward.

As Ballage kept going, his teammates started latching onto the pile, one pulling him from behind, several others pushing from the front. Quarterback Mike Bercovici even joined in, grabbing a UCLA player from the side to help the pile along.

What initially looked like a 5-yard gain turned into a 23-yard, everyone-falls-into-the-end-zone touchdown that sealed Arizona State's road victory over then-No. 7 UCLA Saturday night.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:19:36 -0600
<![CDATA[WATCH: Replay of The Gazette's Game of the Week between Pine Creek, Vista Ridge]]> http://gazette.com/watch-replay-of-the-gazettes-game-of-the-week-between-pine-creek-vista-ridge/article/1560664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-replay-of-the-gazettes-game-of-the-week-between-pine-creek-vista-ridge/article/1560664?custom_click=rss

Here's a replay of Friday night's Gazette Game of the Week between Pine Creek and Vista Ridge.


An injured ankle might have been a partial reason for keeping JoJo Domann out of the halftime festivities when he was named Pine Creek Homecoming King, but it wasn't going to keep him off the field for the second half.

Domann played sparingly in the second half but dived in for Pine Creek's final touchdown - his second of the night - as the Eagles increased their winning streak to 30 games with a nail-biting 28-18 victory over Vista Ridge on Friday night.

Trailing by just three points and less than four minutes to play, Vista Ridge went with a fake punt on fourth-and-16 from its own 9 rather than punt and play

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:15:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Derek Wolfe returns to league's top-ranked Broncos defense]]> http://gazette.com/derek-wolfe-returns-to-leagues-top-ranked-broncos-defense/article/1560660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/derek-wolfe-returns-to-leagues-top-ranked-broncos-defense/article/1560660?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe returned to work Monday after serving his four-game suspension and declared he was "like a caged animal right now," ready to rejoin the NFL's top-ranked defense.

"It was a long month," the fourth-year pro said. "The first two weeks went by real quick and the last two weeks they were just dragging on. I'm just ready to help the team win."

The Broncos (4-0) have done a pretty good job without him, collecting 18 sacks and 11 takeaways with defensive ends Malik Jackson, Vance Walker and Antonio Smith playing superbly in Wolfe's absence.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:53:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: New Broncos change the headline for Patriots, Packers games]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-new-broncos-change-the-headline-for-patriots-packers-games/article/1560646?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-new-broncos-change-the-headline-for-patriots-packers-games/article/1560646?custom_click=rss

What do the Bengals, Packers and Patriots have in common? 

One, they probably will sit atop this week's NFL power rankings.

Two, they are coming to Sports Authority Field in November and December.

This Broncos schedule is a ticket scalper's dream. Considering their upcoming schedules, the Packers and Patriots should be undefeated when they visit Mile High on Nov. 1 and Nov. 28, respectively. And while those matchups are sure to be billed as Peyton Manning vs. Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady, it's clear that will be false advertising.

Broncos-Packers and Broncos-Patriots will be the NFL's best defense against the NFL's top two quarterbacks. Those games are Super Bowl XLVIII

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:41:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Walt Weiss' return with Rockies in limbo after losing season]]> http://gazette.com/walt-weiss-return-with-rockies-in-limbo-after-losing-season/article/1560645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/walt-weiss-return-with-rockies-in-limbo-after-losing-season/article/1560645?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Nolan Arenado has the stats to be an MVP. His team doesn't have the wins to really give him any sort of chance.

The Colorado Rockies' Gold Glove third baseman was one of the few bright spots in a sour 68-94 season that saw All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki traded to Toronto and prized pitching prospects struggle at Coors Field. They struggled elsewhere, too, finishing with a league-worst 5.04 ERA.

Arenado tied for the NL lead in homers with 42 and led the league with 130 RBIs, all while turning in highlight-reel plays at the hot corner virtually every night.

He's not stumping for MVP votes but for his manager, Walt Weiss, to stick around next season.

"We haven't been able to win. That's not a

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:18:47 -0600