<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:39:02 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Randolph, Grizzlies hand Mavs 1st 3-game skid, 109-90]]> http://gazette.com/randolph-grizzlies-hand-mavs-1st-3-game-skid-109-90/article/feed/199593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/randolph-grizzlies-hand-mavs-1st-3-game-skid-109-90/article/feed/199593?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — Who needs timeouts when you have Z-Bo.

Zach Randolph scored 22 points, including several high-arcing jumpers over defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler in the second half to answer Dallas scoring spurts, and Memphis handed the Mavericks their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 109-90 win Tuesday night.

"We only had to call one timeout to stop a run," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "We executed, and you can't say enough about what Zach got going in the second half."

The Mavericks had trailed by as many as 16 points but were within nine late in the third quarter when Randolph had the ball on the right wing late in the shot clock.

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]]> DALLAS (AP) — Who needs timeouts when you have Z-Bo.

Zach Randolph scored 22 points, including several high-arcing jumpers over defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler in the second half to answer Dallas scoring spurts, and Memphis handed the Mavericks their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 109-90 win Tuesday night.

"We only had to call one timeout to stop a run," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "We executed, and you can't say enough about what Zach got going in the second half."

The Mavericks had trailed by as many as 16 points but were within nine late in the third quarter when Randolph had the ball on the right wing late in the shot clock.]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:35:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open]]> http://gazette.com/serena-williams-advances-venus-out-of-australian-open/article/feed/199582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/serena-williams-advances-venus-out-of-australian-open/article/feed/199582?custom_click=rss

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Madison Keys got one Williams sister out of the way on Wednesday at the Australian Open. On Thursday, the 19-year-old American will try to make it two, and this sibling might be a little tougher, even with a cold.

Keys overcame a left thigh injury to beat No. 18-ranked Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and advance to the last four against top-ranked and 18-time major winner Serena, who had little trouble beating last year's finalist, Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-2.

Serena Williams made the win look easy despite suffering from a bad cold the past few days. She spoke with a hoarse voice in her post-match interview on court.

"I have to keep my answers short because I keep coughing," Williams said.

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]]> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Madison Keys got one Williams sister out of the way on Wednesday at the Australian Open. On Thursday, the 19-year-old American will try to make it two, and this sibling might be a little tougher, even with a cold.

Keys overcame a left thigh injury to beat No. 18-ranked Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and advance to the last four against top-ranked and 18-time major winner Serena, who had little trouble beating last year's finalist, Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-2.

Serena Williams made the win look easy despite suffering from a bad cold the past few days. She spoke with a hoarse voice in her post-match interview on court.

"I have to keep my answers short because I keep coughing," Williams said.]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:35:37 -0700 <![CDATA[UNLV beats Nevada 67-62]]> http://gazette.com/unlv-beats-nevada-67-62/article/feed/199604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unlv-beats-nevada-67-62/article/feed/199604?custom_click=rss RENO, Nev. (AP) — Christian Wood scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Tuesday and UNLV beat Nevada 67-62, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Goodluck Okonoboh scored 13 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting and blocked five shots for UNLV (12-9, 3-5 Mountain West Conference) and Rashad Vaughn added 10 points.

Wood's biggest points came late on a 3-pointer giving UNLV a 60-56 lead with 1:39 left. Wood opened the game with four straight points and UNLV led 33-26 at halftime.

Nevada rallied to lead 56-55 with 3:01 left, but Okonoboh hit a layup and a 3 to spark a 10-2 run and the Wolf Pack pulled away.

Forward A.J. West led Nevada (6-13, 2-5) with 15 points and 15 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the s

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]]> RENO, Nev. (AP) — Christian Wood scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Tuesday and UNLV beat Nevada 67-62, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Goodluck Okonoboh scored 13 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting and blocked five shots for UNLV (12-9, 3-5 Mountain West Conference) and Rashad Vaughn added 10 points.

Wood's biggest points came late on a 3-pointer giving UNLV a 60-56 lead with 1:39 left. Wood opened the game with four straight points and UNLV led 33-26 at halftime.

Nevada rallied to lead 56-55 with 3:01 left, but Okonoboh hit a layup and a 3 to spark a 10-2 run and the Wolf Pack pulled away.

Forward A.J. West led Nevada (6-13, 2-5) with 15 points and 15 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the s]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:34:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Quinn leads San Diego State to 58-47 win vs Fresno State]]> http://gazette.com/quinn-leads-san-diego-state-to-58-47-win-vs-fresno-state/article/feed/199595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/quinn-leads-san-diego-state-to-58-47-win-vs-fresno-state/article/feed/199595?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was a good night on both ends of the court for San Diego State.

Aqeel Quinn, playing with a lower back injury, scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures and the Aztecs played tight defense in a 58-47 victory against Fresno State.

JJ O'Brien scored 12 points, Winston Shepard had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Angelo Chol had 10 points.

The Aztecs (16-5, 6-2 Mountain West) avenged a 59-57 loss at Fresno on Jan. 3 that snapped a streak of 47 straight victories against California teams. They also bounced back from a 79-73 loss at Colorado State on Saturday.

"Tonight was fun," coach Steve Fisher said. "It was a good win, an opportunity for us to get back at a team that beat us.

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]]> SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was a good night on both ends of the court for San Diego State.

Aqeel Quinn, playing with a lower back injury, scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures and the Aztecs played tight defense in a 58-47 victory against Fresno State.

JJ O'Brien scored 12 points, Winston Shepard had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Angelo Chol had 10 points.

The Aztecs (16-5, 6-2 Mountain West) avenged a 59-57 loss at Fresno on Jan. 3 that snapped a streak of 47 straight victories against California teams. They also bounced back from a 79-73 loss at Colorado State on Saturday.

"Tonight was fun," coach Steve Fisher said. "It was a good win, an opportunity for us to get back at a team that beat us.]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:18:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Irving, James lead Cavs to 7th straight, 103-95 over Pistons]]> http://gazette.com/irving-james-lead-cavs-to-7th-straight-103-95-over-pistons/article/feed/199585?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/irving-james-lead-cavs-to-7th-straight-103-95-over-pistons/article/feed/199585?custom_click=rss

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — LeBron James came leaping in to try to stop Jodie Meeks as the Detroit guard drove to the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter.

After colliding with Meeks, James put his hands out to break his fall before sliding across the floor on his stomach.

"I was scared, because I broke my wrist on a fall like that in high school," James said. "I was either going to land on my face or break the fall with my hands, but when I hit, both my arms went numb. I'm OK now — it was just something like a stinger — but I wasn't sure at first."

James barely missed any game time after that anxious moment, and he finished with 32 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight vi

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]]> AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — LeBron James came leaping in to try to stop Jodie Meeks as the Detroit guard drove to the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter.

After colliding with Meeks, James put his hands out to break his fall before sliding across the floor on his stomach.

"I was scared, because I broke my wrist on a fall like that in high school," James said. "I was either going to land on my face or break the fall with my hands, but when I hit, both my arms went numb. I'm OK now — it was just something like a stinger — but I wasn't sure at first."

James barely missed any game time after that anxious moment, and he finished with 32 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight vi]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:36:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Utah State powers past Wyoming, 56-44]]> http://gazette.com/utah-state-powers-past-wyoming-56-44/article/feed/199596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-state-powers-past-wyoming-56-44/article/feed/199596?custom_click=rss LOGAN, Utah (AP) — David Collette scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead Utah State past Wyoming 56-44 on Tuesday night.

Chris Smith added 13 points for the Aggies (12-8, 5-3 Mountain West Conference).

The Aggies started the second half on a 9-0 run; extending their lead to 38-26 with 15:15 to play after Darius Perkins nailed a 16-foot jumper. Trailing by 14 with 6:10 to play, Wyoming scored seven consecutive points, highlighted by a 3-point shot by Riley Grabau and a jumper by Larry Nance Jr. But the Cowboys managed just one field goal in the final four minutes.

In the second half, Wyoming shot just 31.8 percent from the field, while Utah State shot 50 percent.

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]]> LOGAN, Utah (AP) — David Collette scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead Utah State past Wyoming 56-44 on Tuesday night.

Chris Smith added 13 points for the Aggies (12-8, 5-3 Mountain West Conference).

The Aggies started the second half on a 9-0 run; extending their lead to 38-26 with 15:15 to play after Darius Perkins nailed a 16-foot jumper. Trailing by 14 with 6:10 to play, Wyoming scored seven consecutive points, highlighted by a 3-point shot by Riley Grabau and a jumper by Larry Nance Jr. But the Cowboys managed just one field goal in the final four minutes.

In the second half, Wyoming shot just 31.8 percent from the field, while Utah State shot 50 percent.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:33:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Mayweather and Pacquiao exchange phone numbers at Heat game]]> http://gazette.com/mayweather-and-pacquiao-exchange-phone-numbers-at-heat-game/article/feed/199574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mayweather-and-pacquiao-exchange-phone-numbers-at-heat-game/article/feed/199574?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally met — in person.

And now talks might get serious about them meeting in the ring.

The fighters were both sitting courtside, directly across from one another, at a Miami Heat game on Tuesday night. Mayweather went over to Pacquiao at halftime, the men shook hands and chatted briefly, then exchanged phone numbers.

"He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other," said Pacquiao, adding that he had never before met Mayweather in person.

Asked to clarify if the exchange meant the two would negotiate directly about meeting in the ring, Pacquiao said that was the case.

Mayweather did not respond to a question asked by an AP

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally met — in person.

And now talks might get serious about them meeting in the ring.

The fighters were both sitting courtside, directly across from one another, at a Miami Heat game on Tuesday night. Mayweather went over to Pacquiao at halftime, the men shook hands and chatted briefly, then exchanged phone numbers.

"He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other," said Pacquiao, adding that he had never before met Mayweather in person.

Asked to clarify if the exchange meant the two would negotiate directly about meeting in the ring, Pacquiao said that was the case.

Mayweather did not respond to a question asked by an AP ]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:50:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Long after Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respect]]> http://gazette.com/long-after-twitter-feud-revis-sherman-pledge-respect/article/feed/199563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/long-after-twitter-feud-revis-sherman-pledge-respect/article/feed/199563?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks.

Then came along this upstart Richard Sherman, who proclaimed himself the best and backed it up.

Now they get to state their case on the NFL's biggest stage — Revis' New England Patriots against Sherman's Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

They have a bit of history, these two — a Twitter feud from a couple of years ago. The gist of it: Revis was the proven pro and Sherman hadn't done enough yet to start crowing.

At Tuesday's media day, any animosity was buried. Each expressed respect for the other, although Revis referred to the fact that in Seattle's defense, Sherman plays only half the field.

"Sherman, he plays left corner and

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks.

Then came along this upstart Richard Sherman, who proclaimed himself the best and backed it up.

Now they get to state their case on the NFL's biggest stage — Revis' New England Patriots against Sherman's Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

They have a bit of history, these two — a Twitter feud from a couple of years ago. The gist of it: Revis was the proven pro and Sherman hadn't done enough yet to start crowing.

At Tuesday's media day, any animosity was buried. Each expressed respect for the other, although Revis referred to the fact that in Seattle's defense, Sherman plays only half the field.

"Sherman, he plays left corner and]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:33:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Marlins announce 1-year deal with OF Ichiro Suzuki]]> http://gazette.com/marlins-announce-1-year-deal-with-of-ichiro-suzuki/article/feed/199587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marlins-announce-1-year-deal-with-of-ichiro-suzuki/article/feed/199587?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have finalized their one-year contract with free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

The Marlins made the announcement Tuesday night. The sides agreed to the $2 million deal last week.

The 41-year-old Suzuki is a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. He hit .284 and stole 15 bases for the New York Yankees last season.

Suzuki is a career .317 hitter in the majors and a two-time AL batting champion. The former AL MVP has 2,844 career hits.

"We are thrilled to have Ichiro Suzuki in a Marlins uniform," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. "He is the ultimate professional on and off the field, and will make an excellent addition to our ballclub.

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have finalized their one-year contract with free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

The Marlins made the announcement Tuesday night. The sides agreed to the $2 million deal last week.

The 41-year-old Suzuki is a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. He hit .284 and stole 15 bases for the New York Yankees last season.

Suzuki is a career .317 hitter in the majors and a two-time AL batting champion. The former AL MVP has 2,844 career hits.

"We are thrilled to have Ichiro Suzuki in a Marlins uniform," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. "He is the ultimate professional on and off the field, and will make an excellent addition to our ballclub.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:32:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Balanced Bucks beat Heat for 3rd time this season, 109-102]]> http://gazette.com/balanced-bucks-beat-heat-for-3rd-time-this-season-109-102/article/feed/199588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/balanced-bucks-beat-heat-for-3rd-time-this-season-109-102/article/feed/199588?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Jason Kidd's wins against Miami keep piling up.

So do the Heat injuries, with Dwyane Wade now hurting again.

Brandon Knight had 17 points and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks put seven players in double figures on the way to beating the Heat 109-102 on Tuesday night.

Khris Middleton also scored 17 for the Bucks, who got 15 from Jerryd Bayless, 14 from O.J. Mayo, 13 from Giannis Antetokounmpo, 12 from John Henson and 11 from Chris Dudley. And Kidd moved to 7-0 in regular-season games as a coach against Miami.

"They believe in one another and they believe they can win," Kidd said. "Even when we were down, guys didn't panic, guys didn't take bad shots, our defense tightened up and we went from there

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — Jason Kidd's wins against Miami keep piling up.

So do the Heat injuries, with Dwyane Wade now hurting again.

Brandon Knight had 17 points and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks put seven players in double figures on the way to beating the Heat 109-102 on Tuesday night.

Khris Middleton also scored 17 for the Bucks, who got 15 from Jerryd Bayless, 14 from O.J. Mayo, 13 from Giannis Antetokounmpo, 12 from John Henson and 11 from Chris Dudley. And Kidd moved to 7-0 in regular-season games as a coach against Miami.

"They believe in one another and they believe they can win," Kidd said. "Even when we were down, guys didn't panic, guys didn't take bad shots, our defense tightened up and we went from there]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:20:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Saints, Pelicans owner asks judge to dismiss heirs' lawsuit]]> http://gazette.com/saints-pelicans-owner-asks-judge-to-dismiss-heirs-lawsuit/article/feed/199584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saints-pelicans-owner-asks-judge-to-dismiss-heirs-lawsuit/article/feed/199584?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his recently estranged heirs who are seeking control of his NFL and NBA teams.

Benson's lawyers filed an answer to the lawsuit in district court in New Orleans on Tuesday. Benson said he made a "deliberate, reasoned and difficult decision" to eventually leave control of the teams with Gayle Benson, his wife of 10 years.

Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, have recently been removed from the 87-year-old owner's succession plan for his clubs.

They sued last week, claiming Benson's physical and mental health are failing, allowing him to be manipulated by his wife and he

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]]> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his recently estranged heirs who are seeking control of his NFL and NBA teams.

Benson's lawyers filed an answer to the lawsuit in district court in New Orleans on Tuesday. Benson said he made a "deliberate, reasoned and difficult decision" to eventually leave control of the teams with Gayle Benson, his wife of 10 years.

Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, have recently been removed from the 87-year-old owner's succession plan for his clubs.

They sued last week, claiming Benson's physical and mental health are failing, allowing him to be manipulated by his wife and he]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:04:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Wilson recalls watching as a kid while Brady won Super Bowls]]> http://gazette.com/wilson-recalls-watching-as-a-kid-while-brady-won-super-bowls/article/feed/199577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wilson-recalls-watching-as-a-kid-while-brady-won-super-bowls/article/feed/199577?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.

"Of course I remember watching Brady," Wilson said Tuesday. "He won some incredible games. Incredible comebacks. Incredible throws. Incredible plays. Hopefully he doesn't make too many incredible ones this year."

When Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

Wilson can become the eighth starting QB to win consecutive Super Bowl championships, and the first since Brady did it 10 years ago.

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.

"Of course I remember watching Brady," Wilson said Tuesday. "He won some incredible games. Incredible comebacks. Incredible throws. Incredible plays. Hopefully he doesn't make too many incredible ones this year."

When Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

Wilson can become the eighth starting QB to win consecutive Super Bowl championships, and the first since Brady did it 10 years ago.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:32:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Lynch at Media Day: 'I'm here so I don't get fined']]> http://gazette.com/lynch-at-media-day-im-here-so-i-dont-get-fined/article/feed/199448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lynch-at-media-day-im-here-so-i-dont-get-fined/article/feed/199448?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same.

"I'm here so I don't get fined," the Seattle Seahawks' star running back constantly repeated for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day on Tuesday. It's not clear if his plan will work.

About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch's podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. But the media-shy Lynch made it clear right from the start he wasn't saying anything except variations of his scripted answer.

Lynch set a timer on his phone and told everyone he showed up just to avoid a fine. Lynch caught a bag of Skittles tossed from Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and stopped to pick up a reporter's

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same.

"I'm here so I don't get fined," the Seattle Seahawks' star running back constantly repeated for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day on Tuesday. It's not clear if his plan will work.

About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch's podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. But the media-shy Lynch made it clear right from the start he wasn't saying anything except variations of his scripted answer.

Lynch set a timer on his phone and told everyone he showed up just to avoid a fine. Lynch caught a bag of Skittles tossed from Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and stopped to pick up a reporter's ]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:18:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Highs and lows of players in the Super Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/highs-and-lows-of-players-in-the-super-bowl/article/feed/199573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highs-and-lows-of-players-in-the-super-bowl/article/feed/199573?custom_click=rss GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The extremes between the players in Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks:

Tallest: 6-foot-8, New England offensive linemen Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer.

Shortest: 5-foot-10, 12 players (six each team).

Heaviest: 335 pounds, New England offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.

Lightest: 185 pounds, Seattle defensive back Marcus Burley.

Oldest: 37 years old, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Youngest: 21, Patriots defensive end Dominique Easley.

Highest-paid, offense (average annual salary): $14.1 million, Brady.

Highest-paid, defense: $14 million, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Lowest-paid: $420,000, undrafted rookies on bo

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]]> GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The extremes between the players in Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks:

Tallest: 6-foot-8, New England offensive linemen Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer.

Shortest: 5-foot-10, 12 players (six each team).

Heaviest: 335 pounds, New England offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.

Lightest: 185 pounds, Seattle defensive back Marcus Burley.

Oldest: 37 years old, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Youngest: 21, Patriots defensive end Dominique Easley.

Highest-paid, offense (average annual salary): $14.1 million, Brady.

Highest-paid, defense: $14 million, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Lowest-paid: $420,000, undrafted rookies on bo]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:18:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Red Sox send Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross]]> http://gazette.com/red-sox-send-anthony-ranaudo-to-rangers-for-robbie-ross/article/feed/199552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-sox-send-anthony-ranaudo-to-rangers-for-robbie-ross/article/feed/199552?custom_click=rss ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Robbie Ross.

With the deal Tuesday night, the Rangers got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn't sign after being picked by them out of a New Jersey high school in the 11th round of the 2007 draft.

"He is a guy we like, we've liked for a long time," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said on a call from the Dominican Republic. "When this trade came down, we liked the value."

Ranaudo went to LSU and was taken by Boston as a supplemental first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts.

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]]> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Robbie Ross.

With the deal Tuesday night, the Rangers got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn't sign after being picked by them out of a New Jersey high school in the 11th round of the 2007 draft.

"He is a guy we like, we've liked for a long time," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said on a call from the Dominican Republic. "When this trade came down, we liked the value."

Ranaudo went to LSU and was taken by Boston as a supplemental first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:17:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos tight end Julius Thomas about to cash in]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/broncos-tight-end-julius-thomas-about-to-cash-in/article/1545337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-tight-end-julius-thomas-about-to-cash-in/article/1545337?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.

One of Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, he'll either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos' franchise tag.

General manager John Elway said on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his top priorities after finding a new coach.

"I didn't hear about that until now from you," Thomas told The Associated Press. "But I think it's good that's something they want to do. Obviously, those conversations and negotiations will take place in the next coming weeks. Hopefully it all works out."

If not, Thomas will still see a big jump in his pay. He made $645,000 in the

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]]> ENGLEWOOD - Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.

One of Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, he'll either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos' franchise tag.

General manager John Elway said on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his top priorities after finding a new coach.

"I didn't hear about that until now from you," Thomas told The Associated Press. "But I think it's good that's something they want to do. Obviously, those conversations and negotiations will take place in the next coming weeks. Hopefully it all works out."

If not, Thomas will still see a big jump in his pay. He made $645,000 in the]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:00:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Dave Schultz wrestling tourney in Colorado Springs this week is big international step]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/dave-schultz-wrestling-tourney-in-colorado-springs-this-week-is-big-international-step/article/1545333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dave-schultz-wrestling-tourney-in-colorado-springs-this-week-is-big-international-step/article/1545333?custom_click=rss

This week's Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational cannot be overlooked by a U.S. women's national wrestling team eager to take that final step.

The freestyle squad, which includes many who live in the area or train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, has placed third at the world championships for three years in a row.

That final move up to world gold and perhaps 2016 Olympic gold will take a little extra - one more win for a couple of wrestlers; maybe placing third instead of fifth. The work renewed in earnest last week with training camp.

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This week's Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational cannot be overlooked by a U.S. women's national wrestling team eager to take that final step.

The freestyle squad, which includes many who live in the area or train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, has placed third at the world championships for three years in a row.

That final move up to world gold and perhaps 2016 Olympic gold will take a little extra - one more win for a couple of wrestlers; maybe placing third instead of fifth. The work renewed in earnest last week with training camp.

"To win a world championship you have to be dedicated and work harder as an individual to help the team," national team coach Terry Steiner said. "They need to pay

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:03:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Peyton and record-setter Goodman climb to 2nd in AP rankings]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/peyton-and-record-setter-goodman-climb-to-2nd-in-ap-rankings/article/1545327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-and-record-setter-goodman-climb-to-2nd-in-ap-rankings/article/1545327?custom_click=rss

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

AP Top 10 Poll

Here is The Associated Press Colorado prep basketball poll for the week of January 27, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week's ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Class 5A

School Record Points Last Week

1. ThunderRidge (9) 13-2 98 1

2. Broomfield 12-2 84 2

3. Monarch (1) 14-1 79 4

4. Grandview 12-1 73 5

5. Highlands Ranch 12-4 62 3

6. Horizon 12-3 37 6

7. Denver East 11-3 33 7

8. Regis Jesuit 8-7 31 8

9. Grand Junction 12-4 25 9

10. Lakewood 10-5 12 10

Others receiving votes-Ralston Valley 11, Rampart 3, Pine Creek 2.

Class



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GIRLS' BASKETBALL

AP Top 10 Poll

Here is The Associated Press Colorado prep basketball poll for the week of January 27, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week's ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Class 5A

School Record Points Last Week

1. ThunderRidge (9) 13-2 98 1

2. Broomfield 12-2 84 2

3. Monarch (1) 14-1 79 4

4. Grandview 12-1 73 5

5. Highlands Ranch 12-4 62 3

6. Horizon 12-3 37 6

7. Denver East 11-3 33 7

8. Regis Jesuit 8-7 31 8

9. Grand Junction 12-4 25 9

10. Lakewood 10-5 12 10

Others receiving votes-Ralston Valley 11, Rampart 3, Pine Creek 2.

Class

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:44:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Sierra cracks AP top 10 boys' hoops rankings; CSCS falls to 3rd]]> THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - http://gazette.com/sierra-cracks-ap-top-10-boys-hoops-rankings-cscs-falls-to-3rd/article/1545328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sierra-cracks-ap-top-10-boys-hoops-rankings-cscs-falls-to-3rd/article/1545328?custom_click=rss BOYS' BASKETBALL

AP Top 10 Poll

Here is The Associated Press Colorado prep basketball poll for the week of January 27, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week's ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Class 5A

School Record Points Last Week

1. Regis Jesuit (9) 15-0 90 1

2. ThunderRidge 14-1 81 2

3. Eaglecrest 11-3 66 4

4. Dakota Ridge 14-0 60 3

5. Overland 10-5 57 5

6. Rock Canyon 13-3 41 10

7. Mountain Vista 13-2 40 7

8. Chaparral 11-4 21 6

T9. Cherry Creek 11-4 8 9

T9. Fossil Ridge 10-5 8 NR

Others receiving votes-Monarch 7, Mountain Range 5, Denver East 3, Rampart 3,



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BOYS' BASKETBALL

AP Top 10 Poll

Here is The Associated Press Colorado prep basketball poll for the week of January 27, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week's ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Class 5A

School Record Points Last Week

1. Regis Jesuit (9) 15-0 90 1

2. ThunderRidge 14-1 81 2

3. Eaglecrest 11-3 66 4

4. Dakota Ridge 14-0 60 3

5. Overland 10-5 57 5

6. Rock Canyon 13-3 41 10

7. Mountain Vista 13-2 40 7

8. Chaparral 11-4 21 6

T9. Cherry Creek 11-4 8 9

T9. Fossil Ridge 10-5 8 NR

Others receiving votes-Monarch 7, Mountain Range 5, Denver East 3, Rampart 3,

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:42:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Fisher DeBerry applauds Troy Calhoun's care of their Air Force football team]]> By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-fisher-deberry-applauds-troy-calhouns-care-of-their-air-force-football-team/article/1545325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-fisher-deberry-applauds-troy-calhouns-care-of-their-air-force-football-team/article/1545325?custom_click=rss

Fisher DeBerry called his former quarterback and forever friend Troy Calhoun in January 2007 to make a final handoff.

The Big Fish of Air Force football was preparing to leave Colorado Springs after 27 seasons of coaching the Falcons. Calhoun had just moved into DeBerry's corner office.

"We're going to the beach, Troy," DeBerry said in his slow drawl.

He told Calhoun of his plan to move with his wife LuAnn to the sands of their native South Carolina, where he planned to relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and think about his grandchildren instead of his option offense.

Then DeBerry made a promise.

"I never will pick up this phone and call you and say, 'You ought to do this or you ought to do that.'



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Fisher DeBerry called his former quarterback and forever friend Troy Calhoun in January 2007 to make a final handoff.

The Big Fish of Air Force football was preparing to leave Colorado Springs after 27 seasons of coaching the Falcons. Calhoun had just moved into DeBerry's corner office.

"We're going to the beach, Troy," DeBerry said in his slow drawl.

He told Calhoun of his plan to move with his wife LuAnn to the sands of their native South Carolina, where he planned to relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and think about his grandchildren instead of his option offense.

Then DeBerry made a promise.

"I never will pick up this phone and call you and say, 'You ought to do this or you ought to do that.'

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:31:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Sophomore Hayden Graham still trying to string solid performances together for Air Force]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sophomore-hayden-graham-still-trying-to-string-solid-performances-together-for-air-force/article/1545326?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sophomore-hayden-graham-still-trying-to-string-solid-performances-together-for-air-force/article/1545326?custom_click=rss

Hayden Graham keeps putting his puzzle pieces on the table for Air Force.

The sophomore has scored at least 14 points three times this year, he's grabbed as many as seven rebounds and he's had complete efforts like the one he had Saturday against Boise State with 50 percent shooting, 3 of 3 free throws, 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and just one turnover.

What he hasn't done is follow a standout game with another one. In short, the puzzle pieces aren't quite fitting together as the Falcons would want just yet.

"We told Hayden we'll keep him that level, at that bar," coach Dave Pilipovich said after the 77-68 loss Saturday to the Broncos. "I thought he was really aggressive and did some things, so we told him



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Hayden Graham keeps putting his puzzle pieces on the table for Air Force.

The sophomore has scored at least 14 points three times this year, he's grabbed as many as seven rebounds and he's had complete efforts like the one he had Saturday against Boise State with 50 percent shooting, 3 of 3 free throws, 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and just one turnover.

What he hasn't done is follow a standout game with another one. In short, the puzzle pieces aren't quite fitting together as the Falcons would want just yet.

"We told Hayden we'll keep him that level, at that bar," coach Dave Pilipovich said after the 77-68 loss Saturday to the Broncos. "I thought he was really aggressive and did some things, so we told him

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:23:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Tiger Woods is all smiles again]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/tiger-woods-is-all-smiles-again/article/1545312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tiger-woods-is-all-smiles-again/article/1545312?custom_click=rss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday — and with a full set of teeth.

Woods gave a play-by-play of getting his front tooth knocked out when he was in Italy to celebrate girlfriend Lindsey Vonn breaking the World Cup ski record. He says he was wearing his skeleton-patterned mask to try to blend in and was standing behind photographers at one of two podium presentations. Woods says a videographer stood up and banged into his mouth.

He says the mask covered the blood and he was in pain.

Woods says one tooth was chipped and the other was knocked out. He says they were permanent teeth — not caps — and he had them replaced.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday — and with a full set of teeth.

Woods gave a play-by-play of getting his front tooth knocked out when he was in Italy to celebrate girlfriend Lindsey Vonn breaking the World Cup ski record. He says he was wearing his skeleton-patterned mask to try to blend in and was standing behind photographers at one of two podium presentations. Woods says a videographer stood up and banged into his mouth.

He says the mask covered the blood and he was in pain.

Woods says one tooth was chipped and the other was knocked out. He says they were permanent teeth — not caps — and he had them replaced.

A race official says he was not aware of the

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:21:30 -0700
<![CDATA[This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings/article/1545311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings/article/1545311?custom_click=rss

This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings (as of 1/25)

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

T1. Doherty 8-7 Tie 1

T1. Fountain-Fort Carson 9-6 Tie 1

T1. Rampart 10-4 Tie 1

4A

1. Sand Creek 10-3 No. 1

2. Sierra 11-3 No. 3

3. Lewis-Palmer 9-5 NR

3A

1. St. Mary's 8-4 No. 3

2. C.S. Christian School 11-1 No. 1

3. Florence 8-7 No. 2

2A

1. Ellicott 9-1 No. 1

2. Peyton 6-5 No. 2

3. ECA 8-4 No. 3

Breakdown: We'll just keep letting the 5A CSML teams sort this thing out for themselves. Pine Creek dropped out of what had been a four-way tie after losing by 21 to Fountain-Fort Carson. The Trojans and Rampart go at it



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This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings (as of 1/25)

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

T1. Doherty 8-7 Tie 1

T1. Fountain-Fort Carson 9-6 Tie 1

T1. Rampart 10-4 Tie 1

4A

1. Sand Creek 10-3 No. 1

2. Sierra 11-3 No. 3

3. Lewis-Palmer 9-5 NR

3A

1. St. Mary's 8-4 No. 3

2. C.S. Christian School 11-1 No. 1

3. Florence 8-7 No. 2

2A

1. Ellicott 9-1 No. 1

2. Peyton 6-5 No. 2

3. ECA 8-4 No. 3

Breakdown: We'll just keep letting the 5A CSML teams sort this thing out for themselves. Pine Creek dropped out of what had been a four-way tie after losing by 21 to Fountain-Fort Carson. The Trojans and Rampart go at it

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:47:39 -0700
<![CDATA[New Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer players are announced]]> BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-switchbacks-soccer-players-are-announced/article/1545273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-switchbacks-soccer-players-are-announced/article/1545273?custom_click=rss

The warm temperatures are just heating up the excitement over professional soccer being played in Colorado Springs. On Monday, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks team announced two of their new players.

Carlos Contreras, 23, is originally from the Honduras. He and his family moved to White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Contreras has been a soccer standout ever since.

"The fact that this is the first season for the Switchbacks is exciting and I'm excited to be a part of that and helping grow the sport of soccer in Colorado Springs," he said.

Conteras says here is what fans can expect from his style of play as a midfielder: "I enjoy the part of soccer where you can run at players, one on ones.



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The warm temperatures are just heating up the excitement over professional soccer being played in Colorado Springs. On Monday, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks team announced two of their new players.

Carlos Contreras, 23, is originally from the Honduras. He and his family moved to White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Contreras has been a soccer standout ever since.

"The fact that this is the first season for the Switchbacks is exciting and I'm excited to be a part of that and helping grow the sport of soccer in Colorado Springs," he said.

Conteras says here is what fans can expect from his style of play as a midfielder: "I enjoy the part of soccer where you can run at players, one on ones.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:46:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Avs' Erik Johnson will sit up to 2 months]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/avs-erik-johnson-will-sit-up-to-2-months/article/1545289?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avs-erik-johnson-will-sit-up-to-2-months/article/1545289?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche will be without top defenseman Erik Johnson for three to eight weeks due to a knee injury.

Coach Patrick Roy says the team received the update on Johnson after he had a scope Monday. Roy said Johnson was "disappointed by the situation." Roy also said he has a "lot of confidence in our group" and that it will mean "different responsibilities for some of our defensemen."

Johnson made the All-Star team, but didn't play over the weekend. The 26-year-old has a career-high 12 goals this season, with 11 assists, averaging 24 minutes.

Johnson was tied for the league lead in goals among defensemen at the time of his injury.

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Coach Patrick Roy says the team received the update on Johnson after he had a scope Monday. Roy said Johnson was "disappointed by the situation." Roy also said he has a "lot of confidence in our group" and that it will mean "different responsibilities for some of our defensemen."

Johnson made the All-Star team, but didn't play over the weekend. The 26-year-old has a career-high 12 goals this season, with 11 assists, averaging 24 minutes.

Johnson was tied for the league lead in goals among defensemen at the time of his injury.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force notebook: Tight ends coach Jake Moreland leaves for Syracuse]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN The Gazette - http://gazette.com/air-force-notebook-tight-ends-coach-jake-moreland-leaves-for-syracuse/article/1545278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-notebook-tight-ends-coach-jake-moreland-leaves-for-syracuse/article/1545278?custom_click=rss Tight ends coach leaves for Syracuse

Air Force tight ends coach Jake Moreland has left the program after three years to accept the same position at Syracuse.

Moreland will also work with offensive tackles under Syracuse coach Scott Shafer. Shafer and Moreland worked together at Western Michigan from 2005-06.

"It is a unique opportunity to come to Syracuse after having been at Air Force because both programs focus on the development of the student-athlete, emphasizing academics and athletics, to build student-athletes of high character and mentor young people who will become leaders," Moreland said in a press release issued by Syracuse. "All of the values Coach Shafer instills in this program parallel what I believe in.

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Air Force tight ends coach Jake Moreland has left the program after three years to accept the same position at Syracuse.

Moreland will also work with offensive tackles under Syracuse coach Scott Shafer. Shafer and Moreland worked together at Western Michigan from 2005-06.

"It is a unique opportunity to come to Syracuse after having been at Air Force because both programs focus on the development of the student-athlete, emphasizing academics and athletics, to build student-athletes of high character and mentor young people who will become leaders," Moreland said in a press release issued by Syracuse. "All of the values Coach Shafer instills in this program parallel what I believe in.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:29 -0700 <![CDATA[This week's Peak Performer: Becca Hetrick, Lewis-Palmer diving]]> By JUSTIN SHAW preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/this-weeks-peak-performer-becca-hetrick-lewis-palmer-diving/article/1545286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-weeks-peak-performer-becca-hetrick-lewis-palmer-diving/article/1545286?custom_click=rss

Becca Hetrick made 22 dives in about a 15-hour period of time, but perhaps the most satisfying dive she made last weekend was into her bed for a well-deserved sleep.

The Palmer Ridge junior - who dives for the Lewis-Palmer school district team - won back-to-back meets Friday and Saturday with an impressive showing of physical and mental strength.

Hetrick won the Eagle Invite at the Air Force Academy Friday night with a score of 473.70 points, and then took first at the Rampart Invite, which started at 7 a.m. the next morning, with a score of 416.40.

"We've never done two meets in two days before," L-P coach Alan Arata said. "Becca won the first meet, and then was back diving again within 10 hours of the Friday meet.

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The Palmer Ridge junior - who dives for the Lewis-Palmer school district team - won back-to-back meets Friday and Saturday with an impressive showing of physical and mental strength.

Hetrick won the Eagle Invite at the Air Force Academy Friday night with a score of 473.70 points, and then took first at the Rampart Invite, which started at 7 a.m. the next morning, with a score of 416.40.

"We've never done two meets in two days before," L-P coach Alan Arata said. "Becca won the first meet, and then was back diving again within 10 hours of the Friday meet.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:15:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Monday's prep roundup: Air Academy rallies to beat Falcon in overtime]]> By SCOTT KANIEWSKI scott.kaniewski@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-air-academy-rallies-to-beat-falcon-in-overtime/article/1545292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mondays-prep-roundup-air-academy-rallies-to-beat-falcon-in-overtime/article/1545292?custom_click=rss Highlights from Monday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Air Academy 75, Falcon 67, OT

At Falcon: Air Academy (11-4 overall, 4-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) rallied to tie the game, then poured in 11 points in the five-minute overtime period to hold off Falcon (8-7, 3-3) Monday in a makeup game that had been postponed by last week's weather.

The Kadets trailed 40-35 at the half. They tied the game at 48 going to the fourth.

Paul Ambuul scored 23 points to lead the Kadets, while Austin Dewing and David Louthan each had 16.



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

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Air Academy 75, Falcon 67, OT

At Falcon: Air Academy (11-4 overall, 4-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) rallied to tie the game, then poured in 11 points in the five-minute overtime period to hold off Falcon (8-7, 3-3) Monday in a makeup game that had been postponed by last week's weather.

The Kadets trailed 40-35 at the half. They tied the game at 48 going to the fourth.

Paul Ambuul scored 23 points to lead the Kadets, while Austin Dewing and David Louthan each had 16.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:45:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Peyton Manning has a lot to consider as he ponders his future]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-has-a-lot-to-consider-as-he-ponders-his-future/article/1545260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-has-a-lot-to-consider-as-he-ponders-his-future/article/1545260?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.

General manager John Elway said "the bottom line is we want him back." So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until next month after he's had time to process everything.

Back in September, Manning said he liked Tom Brady's "When I suck, I'll retire" quote.

"That's a pretty good rule," Manning said on the eve of a season that was filled with fun (planning his own prank after breaking Brett Favre's touchdown record) and frustration (another first-round flop in the playoffs after a nagging thigh injury).



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ENGLEWOOD — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.

General manager John Elway said "the bottom line is we want him back." So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until next month after he's had time to process everything.

Back in September, Manning said he liked Tom Brady's "When I suck, I'll retire" quote.

"That's a pretty good rule," Manning said on the eve of a season that was filled with fun (planning his own prank after breaking Brett Favre's touchdown record) and frustration (another first-round flop in the playoffs after a nagging thigh injury).

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:28:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Report: Lance Armstrong: I'd change the man, not decision to cheat]]> BBC http://gazette.com/report-lance-armstrong-id-change-the-man-not-decision-to-cheat/article/1545254?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-lance-armstrong-id-change-the-man-not-decision-to-cheat/article/1545254?custom_click=rss

Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong believes the time is coming when he should be forgiven for doping and lying - and told the BBC he would probably do it again.

Armstrong, 43, was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from sport for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) in August 2012.

"If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to," he said. "If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again.



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Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong believes the time is coming when he should be forgiven for doping and lying - and told the BBC he would probably do it again.

Armstrong, 43, was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from sport for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) in August 2012.

"If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to," he said. "If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:28:50 -0700