<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:14:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US women's medal drought continues at figure skating worlds]]> http://gazette.com/us-womens-medal-drought-continues-at-figure-skating-worlds/article/feed/218209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-womens-medal-drought-continues-at-figure-skating-worlds/article/feed/218209?custom_click=rss

SHANGHAI (AP) — For the ninth straight year, there wasn't an American woman on the podium at the figure skating world championships.

Though they fell just short of taking home a medal, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner were pleased with the way they recovered after their spotty performances in the short program to end the season on a positive note.

Gold was second in the free skate Saturday to improve from eighth place to fourth overall — less than three points behind bronze medalist Elena Radionova of Russia — while Wagner jumped from 11th to fifth place overall.

"It's what I kind of hoped to do is skate strong and be tough," she said. "Ten out of 10 times you'll land a jump and to miss it when it matters is frustrat

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]]> SHANGHAI (AP) — For the ninth straight year, there wasn't an American woman on the podium at the figure skating world championships.

Though they fell just short of taking home a medal, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner were pleased with the way they recovered after their spotty performances in the short program to end the season on a positive note.

Gold was second in the free skate Saturday to improve from eighth place to fourth overall — less than three points behind bronze medalist Elena Radionova of Russia — while Wagner jumped from 11th to fifth place overall.

"It's what I kind of hoped to do is skate strong and be tough," she said. "Ten out of 10 times you'll land a jump and to miss it when it matters is frustrat]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:02:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Big-time programs battling for Final Four berths]]> http://gazette.com/big-time-programs-battling-for-final-four-berths/article/feed/218186?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-time-programs-battling-for-final-four-berths/article/feed/218186?custom_click=rss

Saturday night's games will decide half the Final Four, and the big boys have pushed the Cinderellas off the dance floor.

Arizona and Wisconsin are back in Southern California fighting for a Final Four berth again. In Cleveland, Notre Dame takes on the biggest heavyweight college basketball has seen in decades, and Kentucky is favored to keep its undefeated season going and deny the Fighting Irish their first Final Four trip since 1978.

The first game features Pac-12 champs (regular season and tournament) against the Big Ten champs (regular season and tournament) in a rematch of last year's West Regional final. In that game, second-seeded Wisconsin beat top-seeded Arizona 64-63 in overtime. This year the seedings are reversed

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]]> Saturday night's games will decide half the Final Four, and the big boys have pushed the Cinderellas off the dance floor.

Arizona and Wisconsin are back in Southern California fighting for a Final Four berth again. In Cleveland, Notre Dame takes on the biggest heavyweight college basketball has seen in decades, and Kentucky is favored to keep its undefeated season going and deny the Fighting Irish their first Final Four trip since 1978.

The first game features Pac-12 champs (regular season and tournament) against the Big Ten champs (regular season and tournament) in a rematch of last year's West Regional final. In that game, second-seeded Wisconsin beat top-seeded Arizona 64-63 in overtime. This year the seedings are reversed]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:04:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Back door: Duke bettors win on last free throw after review]]> http://gazette.com/back-door-duke-bettors-win-on-last-free-throw-after-review/article/feed/218187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/back-door-duke-bettors-win-on-last-free-throw-after-review/article/feed/218187?custom_click=rss

Think that last free throw was meaningless for Duke as it beat Utah in the Sweet 16? Thousands of gamblers in Las Vegas disagree.

The free throw allowed the top-seeded Blue Devils to cover a 5-point spread on Friday night, topping the Utes by 6 at 63-57 and flipping wagers on a game many thought was already over.

Luckily for gamblers, it appears most were backing Duke, laying 5 points at Las Vegas sports books operated by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International and the Wynn Las Vegas.

That bet was looking OK for wagers on the No. 5 seed Utah as the game was wrapping up. The buzzer had sounded, and the players had already even finished their customary postgame handshake. Some Utah players were already heading of

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]]> Think that last free throw was meaningless for Duke as it beat Utah in the Sweet 16? Thousands of gamblers in Las Vegas disagree.

The free throw allowed the top-seeded Blue Devils to cover a 5-point spread on Friday night, topping the Utes by 6 at 63-57 and flipping wagers on a game many thought was already over.

Luckily for gamblers, it appears most were backing Duke, laying 5 points at Las Vegas sports books operated by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International and the Wynn Las Vegas.

That bet was looking OK for wagers on the No. 5 seed Utah as the game was wrapping up. The buzzer had sounded, and the players had already even finished their customary postgame handshake. Some Utah players were already heading of]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:04:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Area products Jenn Urbaniak and Kassady Huffman still plan on playing basketball for Air Force]]> By SCOTT KANIEWSKI scott.kaniewski@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/area-products-jenn-urbaniak-and-kassady-huffman-still-plan-on-playing-basketball-for-air-force/article/1548671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/area-products-jenn-urbaniak-and-kassady-huffman-still-plan-on-playing-basketball-for-air-force/article/1548671?custom_click=rss While Air Force continues its search for a new women's basketball coach, whoever steps in will still have two area players committed to playing for the Falcons.

On March 10, Air Force announced it would not renew Andrea Williams' contract. Williams went 22-128 over five seasons. Nine of those 22 wins came in her first season.

Williams landed a pair of Pikes Peak region club teammates who have remained committed to the Falcons despite the change.

Palmer senior Jenn Urbaniak and Air Academy senior Kassady Huffman are both still committed to Air Force.

"I'm still planning on going there," Urbaniak said Wednesday. "But it is kind of disappointing because I got to know the coaches so well. Now I don't get to play with

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]]> While Air Force continues its search for a new women's basketball coach, whoever steps in will still have two area players committed to playing for the Falcons.

On March 10, Air Force announced it would not renew Andrea Williams' contract. Williams went 22-128 over five seasons. Nine of those 22 wins came in her first season.

Williams landed a pair of Pikes Peak region club teammates who have remained committed to the Falcons despite the change.

Palmer senior Jenn Urbaniak and Air Academy senior Kassady Huffman are both still committed to Air Force.

"I'm still planning on going there," Urbaniak said Wednesday. "But it is kind of disappointing because I got to know the coaches so well. Now I don't get to play with]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:10:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Switchbacks excited about inaugural season's possibilities]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/switchbacks-excited-about-inaugural-seasons-possibilities/article/1548681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/switchbacks-excited-about-inaugural-seasons-possibilities/article/1548681?custom_click=rss

Although only together for six weeks, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks appear confident headed into their inaugural USL season.

In a recent 1-0 preseason loss to the expansion Real Monarchs of Salt Lake City, the Switchbacks gave coach Steve Trittschuh a glimpse of their character and teamwork.

"I liked how we battled and competed," Trittschuh said of the final scrimmage. "We gave up one bad goal but we generated four or five more scoring chances than them. We showed that we can compete in this league."

The Monarchs and Switchbacks are two of the 28-team USL's 13 expansion teams this season. Colorado Springs opens on the road against the Austin (Texas) Aztex, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The teamwork displayed has the

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]]> Although only together for six weeks, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks appear confident headed into their inaugural USL season.

In a recent 1-0 preseason loss to the expansion Real Monarchs of Salt Lake City, the Switchbacks gave coach Steve Trittschuh a glimpse of their character and teamwork.

"I liked how we battled and competed," Trittschuh said of the final scrimmage. "We gave up one bad goal but we generated four or five more scoring chances than them. We showed that we can compete in this league."

The Monarchs and Switchbacks are two of the 28-team USL's 13 expansion teams this season. Colorado Springs opens on the road against the Austin (Texas) Aztex, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The teamwork displayed has the]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:10:11 -0600 <![CDATA[LEADING OFF: Russell Wilson back in the pocket with Rangers]]> http://gazette.com/leading-off-russell-wilson-back-in-the-pocket-with-rangers/article/feed/218185?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-off-russell-wilson-back-in-the-pocket-with-rangers/article/feed/218185?custom_click=rss

A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

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IN THE POCKET

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be at camp with the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Arizona. Wilson played infield for two seasons in the minors with Colorado before the Rangers acquired him. Wilson spent a day in camp with Texas last spring, but didn't get into a game.

ALL SET

Stephen Strasburg starts for Washington vs. the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He missed his last start because of a twisted left ankle. Strasburg will likely go four innings.

ANOTHER TRY

Garrett Richards will pitch five innings for the Los Angeles Angels in a minor league game.

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]]> A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

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IN THE POCKET

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be at camp with the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Arizona. Wilson played infield for two seasons in the minors with Colorado before the Rangers acquired him. Wilson spent a day in camp with Texas last spring, but didn't get into a game.

ALL SET

Stephen Strasburg starts for Washington vs. the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He missed his last start because of a twisted left ankle. Strasburg will likely go four innings.

ANOTHER TRY

Garrett Richards will pitch five innings for the Los Angeles Angels in a minor league game.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:32:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies slugger Gonzalez leaves with knee pain]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-slugger-gonzalez-leaves-with-knee-pain/article/feed/218178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-slugger-gonzalez-leaves-with-knee-pain/article/feed/218178?custom_click=rss PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez insisted he left Friday night's spring training game against San Diego only as a precaution after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired left knee.

Gonzalez exited after striking out in the top of the fourth. The two-time All-Star said he felt "fatigue" in the knee during the day, and it got worse when he had to stop quickly and throw home an inning earlier after catching Will Middlebrooks' fly ball.

"When I hit the brakes on that fly ball and threw the ball to the plate, that's when you put a lot of pressure on your knees," Gonzalez said. "But nothing major."

But the tweak presents concerns as Gonzalez has played in only 180 of a possible 324 g

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]]> PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez insisted he left Friday night's spring training game against San Diego only as a precaution after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired left knee.

Gonzalez exited after striking out in the top of the fourth. The two-time All-Star said he felt "fatigue" in the knee during the day, and it got worse when he had to stop quickly and throw home an inning earlier after catching Will Middlebrooks' fly ball.

"When I hit the brakes on that fly ball and threw the ball to the plate, that's when you put a lot of pressure on your knees," Gonzalez said. "But nothing major."

But the tweak presents concerns as Gonzalez has played in only 180 of a possible 324 g]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:16:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Guards key to advancement in women's NCAA Tournament]]> http://gazette.com/guards-key-to-advancement-in-womens-ncaa-tournament/article/feed/218183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guards-key-to-advancement-in-womens-ncaa-tournament/article/feed/218183?custom_click=rss

It was a sweet night for guards in the regional semifinals of the women's basketball NCAA Tournament.

Niya Johnson of Baylor, Lindsay Allen of Notre Dame, Leticia Romero of Florida State and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina all helped their teams advance Friday night into the final eight. The victories set up matchups between the top two seeds in both Oklahoma City and Greensboro.

Baylor and Notre Dame will have a rematch of last season's regional final game that was played in South Bend, Indiana, which the Irish won on their home court. The other game will feature South Carolina and Florida State, both of whom have advanced farther then they have in a while.

Johnson had 16 assists and no turnovers in the Lady Bears'

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]]> It was a sweet night for guards in the regional semifinals of the women's basketball NCAA Tournament.

Niya Johnson of Baylor, Lindsay Allen of Notre Dame, Leticia Romero of Florida State and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina all helped their teams advance Friday night into the final eight. The victories set up matchups between the top two seeds in both Oklahoma City and Greensboro.

Baylor and Notre Dame will have a rematch of last season's regional final game that was played in South Bend, Indiana, which the Irish won on their home court. The other game will feature South Carolina and Florida State, both of whom have advanced farther then they have in a while.

Johnson had 16 assists and no turnovers in the Lady Bears' ]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:02:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Spartans knock off Sooners 62-58 in East semifinal]]> http://gazette.com/spartans-knock-off-sooners-62-58-in-east-semifinal/article/feed/218179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spartans-knock-off-sooners-62-58-in-east-semifinal/article/feed/218179?custom_click=rss

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — All but counted out a little over a month ago, coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans are still playing.

Next up, another Elite Eight.

Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Travis Trice scored six of his 21 points in the final two minutes of a 62-58 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal on Friday night.

"I get to work another day. I can't tell you how excited that makes me," Izzo said. "I'm just tickled to death to still be playing."

The Spartans (26-11) have won 11 of 14 and are headed to their second consecutive regional final and fourth since 2009.

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]]> SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — All but counted out a little over a month ago, coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans are still playing.

Next up, another Elite Eight.

Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Travis Trice scored six of his 21 points in the final two minutes of a 62-58 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal on Friday night.

"I get to work another day. I can't tell you how excited that makes me," Izzo said. "I'm just tickled to death to still be playing."

The Spartans (26-11) have won 11 of 14 and are headed to their second consecutive regional final and fourth since 2009.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:47:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Freshman-led Duke in another regional final, beat Utah 63-57]]> http://gazette.com/freshman-led-duke-in-another-regional-final-beat-utah-63-57/article/feed/218177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/freshman-led-duke-in-another-regional-final-beat-utah-63-57/article/feed/218177?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Justise Winslow says coach Mike Krzyzewski never treated him and the other Duke freshmen like, well, freshmen.

These young Blue Devils certainly aren't playing like it either — and have Coach K one win away from another NCAA Final Four.

"He gave us his trust and just believed in us," said Winslow, one of the three freshman starters. "When you have that, you play like yourself."

Winslow, playing home in Houston the day after his 19th birthday, had 21 points and 10 rebounds for South Regional top seed Duke in a 63-57 Sweet 16 victory over revived Utah on Friday night.

Freshman guard Tyus Jones had 15 points while standout big man Jahlil Okafor had six points and eight rebounds.

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]]> HOUSTON (AP) — Justise Winslow says coach Mike Krzyzewski never treated him and the other Duke freshmen like, well, freshmen.

These young Blue Devils certainly aren't playing like it either — and have Coach K one win away from another NCAA Final Four.

"He gave us his trust and just believed in us," said Winslow, one of the three freshman starters. "When you have that, you play like yourself."

Winslow, playing home in Houston the day after his 19th birthday, had 21 points and 10 rebounds for South Regional top seed Duke in a 63-57 Sweet 16 victory over revived Utah on Friday night.

Freshman guard Tyus Jones had 15 points while standout big man Jahlil Okafor had six points and eight rebounds.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:33:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999]]> http://gazette.com/gonzaga-headed-to-elite-eight-for-1st-time-since-1999/article/feed/218167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gonzaga-headed-to-elite-eight-for-1st-time-since-1999/article/feed/218167?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Growing up in Poland, Przemek Karnowski had to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. to watch the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga's big man got to star in the show in prime time on Friday night, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 74-62 win over No. 11 seed UCLA in the Houston Regional semifinals.

The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2) in the Elite Eight for the second time, its first regional final since 1999. The Bulldogs will play top-seeded Duke on Sunday.

UCLA (22-14) opened the second half with a 6-0 run to get within 35-34. Gonzaga got going after that, scoring the next 12 points, thanks to the powerful inside game of the 7-foot-1, 288-pound Karnowski to make it 47-34.

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]]> HOUSTON (AP) — Growing up in Poland, Przemek Karnowski had to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. to watch the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga's big man got to star in the show in prime time on Friday night, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 74-62 win over No. 11 seed UCLA in the Houston Regional semifinals.

The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2) in the Elite Eight for the second time, its first regional final since 1999. The Bulldogs will play top-seeded Duke on Sunday.

UCLA (22-14) opened the second half with a 6-0 run to get within 35-34. Gonzaga got going after that, scoring the next 12 points, thanks to the powerful inside game of the 7-foot-1, 288-pound Karnowski to make it 47-34.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:50:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Louisville beats NC State 75-65; on to Elite 8]]> http://gazette.com/louisville-beats-nc-state-75-65-on-to-elite-8/article/feed/218169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/louisville-beats-nc-state-75-65-on-to-elite-8/article/feed/218169?custom_click=rss

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell is not ready for the end of his college career at Louisville just yet. Anton Gill helped make sure it continues at least one more game.

Harrell scored 24 points, Gill keyed a late-game surge with seven points off the bench, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

"We don't want to go home," said Harrell, a junior who plans to enter the NBA Draft. "We took our bumps and bruises throughout the season, but we came together at the right time. Everything just gelled at the right time."

Louisville (27-8), the fourth seed in the East and seeking to make its third Final Four in four years, will play seventh-se

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]]> SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell is not ready for the end of his college career at Louisville just yet. Anton Gill helped make sure it continues at least one more game.

Harrell scored 24 points, Gill keyed a late-game surge with seven points off the bench, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

"We don't want to go home," said Harrell, a junior who plans to enter the NBA Draft. "We took our bumps and bruises throughout the season, but we came together at the right time. Everything just gelled at the right time."

Louisville (27-8), the fourth seed in the East and seeking to make its third Final Four in four years, will play seventh-se]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:50:21 -0600 <![CDATA[South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in NCAAs]]> http://gazette.com/south-carolina-holds-off-north-carolina-67-65-in-ncaas/article/feed/218168?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-carolina-holds-off-north-carolina-67-65-in-ncaas/article/feed/218168?custom_click=rss

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — For the second straight year, South Carolina found itself trailing late against North Carolina and staring at an early NCAA Tournament exit despite its No. 1 seed.

This time, Tiffany Mitchell and the Gamecocks found a way to regroup, rally and advance.

Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left to help South Carolina edge North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the Sweet 16, earning the program's second trip to a regional final.

Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to survive a tense finish to push past the Tar Heels in a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 game.

"It is nerve-wracking (late) because you don't want your season to en

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]]> GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — For the second straight year, South Carolina found itself trailing late against North Carolina and staring at an early NCAA Tournament exit despite its No. 1 seed.

This time, Tiffany Mitchell and the Gamecocks found a way to regroup, rally and advance.

Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left to help South Carolina edge North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the Sweet 16, earning the program's second trip to a regional final.

Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to survive a tense finish to push past the Tar Heels in a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 game.

"It is nerve-wracking (late) because you don't want your season to en]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:05:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Durant to have another surgery, miss rest of season]]> http://gazette.com/durant-to-have-another-surgery-miss-rest-of-season/article/feed/218092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/durant-to-have-another-surgery-miss-rest-of-season/article/feed/218092?custom_click=rss

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had said last week he likely would be shut down for the season. The team was trying to figure out why his pain remained long after he was supposed to be able to play.

General manager Sam Presti said Friday the team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the four to six months.

He said this decision was aimed at Durant's "long-term health and stability" and represented a consensus of Durant and his representatives, specialists and the team. The procedure was termed the "most proactive and recommended approach.

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]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had said last week he likely would be shut down for the season. The team was trying to figure out why his pain remained long after he was supposed to be able to play.

General manager Sam Presti said Friday the team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the four to six months.

He said this decision was aimed at Durant's "long-term health and stability" and represented a consensus of Durant and his representatives, specialists and the team. The procedure was termed the "most proactive and recommended approach.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:34:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Hawks beat Heat 99-86, clinch top seed in Eastern Conference]]> http://gazette.com/hawks-beat-heat-99-86-clinch-top-seed-in-eastern-conference/article/feed/218171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawks-beat-heat-99-86-clinch-top-seed-in-eastern-conference/article/feed/218171?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — After clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for only the second time in their Atlanta franchise history, the Hawks were left to contemplate the remainder of the regular season.

It's is a new dilemma for a Hawks team that barely made the playoffs as the No. 8 seed last year.

DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and the Hawks never trailed in beating the Miami Heat 99-86 on Friday night.

Minutes later, the race for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference ended when Brooklyn beat Cleveland 106-98, leaving home-court advantage in the conference playoffs with Atlanta.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — After clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for only the second time in their Atlanta franchise history, the Hawks were left to contemplate the remainder of the regular season.

It's is a new dilemma for a Hawks team that barely made the playoffs as the No. 8 seed last year.

DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and the Hawks never trailed in beating the Miami Heat 99-86 on Friday night.

Minutes later, the race for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference ended when Brooklyn beat Cleveland 106-98, leaving home-court advantage in the conference playoffs with Atlanta.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:20:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Notre Dame eyes history, shot at upsetting No. 1 Kentucky]]> http://gazette.com/notre-dame-eyes-history-shot-at-upsetting-no.-1-kentucky/article/feed/218121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/notre-dame-eyes-history-shot-at-upsetting-no.-1-kentucky/article/feed/218121?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Beware, Kentucky. That little leprechaun looms.

The pristine season, the presumed NCAA championship, the aura of invincibility and every other plaudit being thrown at the so-good-they're-scary Wildcats are all at great risk. There's a proven giant-killer waiting.

Notre Dame's got next.

The Fighting Irish, with a long history of slaying basketball behemoths, stand in Kentucky's path to the Final Four and perhaps the first undefeated season in the college game since Bobby Knight's Indiana squad ran the table 39 years ago. On Saturday night, Notre Dame gets another chance at bringing down this team of teams, one some feel is invincible — you know, like the 1974 UCLA Bruins, who had their 88-game winnin

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — Beware, Kentucky. That little leprechaun looms.

The pristine season, the presumed NCAA championship, the aura of invincibility and every other plaudit being thrown at the so-good-they're-scary Wildcats are all at great risk. There's a proven giant-killer waiting.

Notre Dame's got next.

The Fighting Irish, with a long history of slaying basketball behemoths, stand in Kentucky's path to the Final Four and perhaps the first undefeated season in the college game since Bobby Knight's Indiana squad ran the table 39 years ago. On Saturday night, Notre Dame gets another chance at bringing down this team of teams, one some feel is invincible — you know, like the 1974 UCLA Bruins, who had their 88-game winnin]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:36:25 -0600 <![CDATA[INSIDE THE MADNESS: Irish vs blue again, Zags '99 rewind]]> http://gazette.com/inside-the-madness-irish-vs-blue-again-zags-99-rewind/article/feed/218173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/inside-the-madness-irish-vs-blue-again-zags-99-rewind/article/feed/218173?custom_click=rss

Notes and tidbits from around the NCAA Tournament on Friday:

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NOTRE DAME UP AGAINST 50 SHADES OF BLUE

Don't expect Notre Dame to be shaken by Kentucky's Big Blue.

Actually, the color seems to suit the Fighting Irish rather well.

Notre Dame fans will be badly outnumbered on Saturday night inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland when the Irish face the top-seeded Wildcats, who are followed around the country each March by their devoted fans — college basketball's version of Deadheads. It's nothing new to Notre Dame, which had to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and faced Duke and North Carolina on consecutive nights.

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]]> Notes and tidbits from around the NCAA Tournament on Friday:

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NOTRE DAME UP AGAINST 50 SHADES OF BLUE

Don't expect Notre Dame to be shaken by Kentucky's Big Blue.

Actually, the color seems to suit the Fighting Irish rather well.

Notre Dame fans will be badly outnumbered on Saturday night inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland when the Irish face the top-seeded Wildcats, who are followed around the country each March by their devoted fans — college basketball's version of Deadheads. It's nothing new to Notre Dame, which had to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and faced Duke and North Carolina on consecutive nights.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:36:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Pro rodeo cowboy Gill, passenger hurt in Texas plane crash]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/pro-rodeo-cowboy-gill-passenger-hurt-in-texas-plane-crash/article/1548655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pro-rodeo-cowboy-gill-passenger-hurt-in-texas-plane-crash/article/1548655?custom_click=rss

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A professional rodeo cowboy and his fiancee have been seriously hurt when their single-engine plane crashed after takeoff from North Texas on a flight to the Houston area.

The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened Friday after the Piper Saratoga II left Stephenville Clark Regional Airport, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Sr. Cpl. Dub (duhb) Gillum identified the pair as 32-year-old York Gill and 30-year-old Christy Stransky, both of Stephenville. Gill is a team roper and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

DPS says the plane was bound for Wharton when Gill reported engine trouble. The plane crashed into a ditch and fence, then flipped.



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STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A professional rodeo cowboy and his fiancee have been seriously hurt when their single-engine plane crashed after takeoff from North Texas on a flight to the Houston area.

The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened Friday after the Piper Saratoga II left Stephenville Clark Regional Airport, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Sr. Cpl. Dub (duhb) Gillum identified the pair as 32-year-old York Gill and 30-year-old Christy Stransky, both of Stephenville. Gill is a team roper and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

DPS says the plane was bound for Wharton when Gill reported engine trouble. The plane crashed into a ditch and fence, then flipped.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:42:12 -0600
<![CDATA[All-conference teams for winter sports]]> THE GAZETTE preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/all-conference-teams-for-winter-sports/article/1548176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/all-conference-teams-for-winter-sports/article/1548176?custom_click=rss BOYS' BASKETBALL

All-conference teams

4A COLORADO SPRINGS METRO LEAGUE

All-League & Academic All-League

Coach of the Year-Terry Dunn, Sierra

Player of the Year-De'Andre Twilley, Mitchell

First team

De'Andre Twilley Mitchell

Tevion Thompson Sierra

Will Ball TCA

Ke'andre Lewis Sierra

Price Adams Mesa Ridge

Second team

Adriernne Hampton Widefield

C.J.



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BOYS' BASKETBALL

All-conference teams

4A COLORADO SPRINGS METRO LEAGUE

All-League & Academic All-League

Coach of the Year-Terry Dunn, Sierra

Player of the Year-De'Andre Twilley, Mitchell

First team

De'Andre Twilley Mitchell

Tevion Thompson Sierra

Will Ball TCA

Ke'andre Lewis Sierra

Price Adams Mesa Ridge

Second team

Adriernne Hampton Widefield

C.J.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:54:44 -0600
<![CDATA[NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ncaa-says-it-will-monitor-impacts-of-indiana-religious-law/article/1548648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ncaa-says-it-will-monitor-impacts-of-indiana-religious-law/article/1548648?custom_click=rss

 

With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.

The law would prohibit state and local laws that "substantially burden" the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs.

The NCAA offices are located in Indianapolis, and Emmert said the organization was concerned about how it might impact student athletes and employees. His terse statement also suggested the NCAA might consider moving future events out of Indianapolis.



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With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.

The law would prohibit state and local laws that "substantially burden" the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs.

The NCAA offices are located in Indianapolis, and Emmert said the organization was concerned about how it might impact student athletes and employees. His terse statement also suggested the NCAA might consider moving future events out of Indianapolis.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:20:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Thursday's prep roundup: McConnell strikes out six, drives in run to lead Air Academy]]> By SCOTT KANIEWSKI preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-mcconnell-strikes-out-six-drives-in-run-to-lead-air-academy/article/1548616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thursdays-prep-roundup-mcconnell-strikes-out-six-drives-in-run-to-lead-air-academy/article/1548616?custom_click=rss Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

BASEBALL

Air Academy 5, Valley Vista 3

At Arizona: Noah McConnell threw a complete game, striking out six and giving up three runs on six hits to notch the win for Air Academy (3-2) over Valley Vista (Ariz.) (13-6) on Thursday at the Coach Bob Tournament.

Cole McKissock, Nick Mrotek, McConnell and Mark Singleton each drove in a run for the Kadets.

McConnell gave up two runs in the fourth that saw the Monsoon cut the Kadets' lead to 3-2. He gave up another run in the sixth, but re-entered in the seventh and shut the door on Valley Vista.



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

BASEBALL

Air Academy 5, Valley Vista 3

At Arizona: Noah McConnell threw a complete game, striking out six and giving up three runs on six hits to notch the win for Air Academy (3-2) over Valley Vista (Ariz.) (13-6) on Thursday at the Coach Bob Tournament.

Cole McKissock, Nick Mrotek, McConnell and Mark Singleton each drove in a run for the Kadets.

McConnell gave up two runs in the fourth that saw the Monsoon cut the Kadets' lead to 3-2. He gave up another run in the sixth, but re-entered in the seventh and shut the door on Valley Vista.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:48:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday Faceoff: Which is better: fantasy football or baseball?]]> Matt Wiley and Brent Briggeman, The Gazette http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-which-is-better-fantasy-football-or-baseball/article/1548622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-which-is-better-fantasy-football-or-baseball/article/1548622?custom_click=rss

Football is simpler and more popular

By Matt Wiley

 

It’s OK to admit that you don’t really know who Danny Santana is.

You don’t know what he looks like, you don’t know how he runs and you don’t know his batting stance.

But if you play fantasy baseball, you will probably learn before the draft that he is generally ranked as a top-10 shortstop who is eligible to use in the outfield a day or two. By the way, he plays for the Twins.

Baseball long ago lost its place as America’s favorite sport and fantasy sports helped contribute to the pastime being past its prime.

Fantasy football is so much more fan friendly.

At its core, fantasy football is



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Football is simpler and more popular

By Matt Wiley

 

It’s OK to admit that you don’t really know who Danny Santana is.

You don’t know what he looks like, you don’t know how he runs and you don’t know his batting stance.

But if you play fantasy baseball, you will probably learn before the draft that he is generally ranked as a top-10 shortstop who is eligible to use in the outfield a day or two. By the way, he plays for the Twins.

Baseball long ago lost its place as America’s favorite sport and fantasy sports helped contribute to the pastime being past its prime.

Fantasy football is so much more fan friendly.

At its core, fantasy football is

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:42:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Nuggets should hire John Calipari, basketball's ultimate desperado]]> By David ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-nuggets-should-hire-john-calipari-basketballs-ultimate-desperado/article/1548611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-nuggets-should-hire-john-calipari-basketballs-ultimate-desperado/article/1548611?custom_click=rss

The Nuggets should hire John Calipari. The franchise must, finally, dream big and pursue basketball's ultimate desperado.

A Calipari move from Kentucky to The Front Range is the fastest way to catapult the Nuggets from boring to thrilling.

I realize you're reading along and asking an obvious question:

How could Calipari, the emperor of college basketball, possibly be persuaded to direct a franchise that never has competed in the NBA Finals?

Answer:

With a mountain of cash that would rival Mount Elbert along with an appeal to Cal's ego, which is approximately the size of Jupiter.

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A Calipari move from Kentucky to The Front Range is the fastest way to catapult the Nuggets from boring to thrilling.

I realize you're reading along and asking an obvious question:

How could Calipari, the emperor of college basketball, possibly be persuaded to direct a franchise that never has competed in the NBA Finals?

Answer:

With a mountain of cash that would rival Mount Elbert along with an appeal to Cal's ego, which is approximately the size of Jupiter.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:26 -0600 <![CDATA[The Gazette Hockey Coach of the Year: Ty Hennes, Air Academy]]> By KATE SHEFTE kate.shefte@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-gazette-hockey-coach-of-the-year-ty-hennes-air-academy/article/1548609?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazette-hockey-coach-of-the-year-ty-hennes-air-academy/article/1548609?custom_click=rss

Ty Hennes already had a time-consuming job. He's a regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model and travels all over the country, coaching young players.

But this season, he took on the additional role of head coach at Air Academy.

"What I missed the most was being with the team through the ups and downs throughout the year," Hennes said. "This year, we were fortunate to have more ups than downs. It was exciting to be with the group and see kids develop."

He helped the Kadets improve from 6-11-2 in 2013-14 to 15-5 (11-2 Peak Conference) this season, and with the help and example of his superstar seniors, set about setting up the program for the long run.

Everyone that tried out made the team.

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But this season, he took on the additional role of head coach at Air Academy.

"What I missed the most was being with the team through the ups and downs throughout the year," Hennes said. "This year, we were fortunate to have more ups than downs. It was exciting to be with the group and see kids develop."

He helped the Kadets improve from 6-11-2 in 2013-14 to 15-5 (11-2 Peak Conference) this season, and with the help and example of his superstar seniors, set about setting up the program for the long run.

Everyone that tried out made the team.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:18 -0600 <![CDATA[The Gazette All-Area Hockey teams]]> THE GAZETTE preps@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-gazette-all-area-hockey-teams/article/1548617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazette-all-area-hockey-teams/article/1548617?custom_click=rss

First team

Forward: Travis Work, Air Academy, sr. - His 46 points were tops in the state, five more than the next player. Finished with 22 goals (second in state) and 24 assists (tied for fifth).

Forward: Jonathan Valtin, Air Academy, sr. - His 23 goals led the state, while 39 points ranked tied for fourth.

Forward: Jake Komrofske, Doherty, sr. - Netted 20 goals, fourth most in Colorado, and posted 35 points, 11th in the state.

Defenseman: Sam Thrutchley, Air Academy, sr. - His 40 points ranked third in the state - forwards included - and was tops in Colorado with 29 assists. His size also lent to being a punishing defender.

Defenseman: Dmitri Smith, Lewis-Palmer, sr. - Senior captain produced 29 points,

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Forward: Travis Work, Air Academy, sr. - His 46 points were tops in the state, five more than the next player. Finished with 22 goals (second in state) and 24 assists (tied for fifth).

Forward: Jonathan Valtin, Air Academy, sr. - His 23 goals led the state, while 39 points ranked tied for fourth.

Forward: Jake Komrofske, Doherty, sr. - Netted 20 goals, fourth most in Colorado, and posted 35 points, 11th in the state.

Defenseman: Sam Thrutchley, Air Academy, sr. - His 40 points ranked third in the state - forwards included - and was tops in Colorado with 29 assists. His size also lent to being a punishing defender.

Defenseman: Dmitri Smith, Lewis-Palmer, sr. - Senior captain produced 29 points,]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:17 -0600 <![CDATA[The Gazette Hockey Peak Performer of the Year: Travis Work, Air Academy]]> By KATE SHEFTE kate.shefte@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-gazette-hockey-peak-performer-of-the-year-travis-work-air-academy/article/1548614?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazette-hockey-peak-performer-of-the-year-travis-work-air-academy/article/1548614?custom_click=rss

Travis Work's hockey career, like many others', had been a dizzying dance. But with college looming, it was time to make a choice. He could continue with Triple-A hockey or play for high school.

The benefits of going the traditional route with Air Academy weren't just athletic. Travis' father, Jeff, said his son wanted a senior year to remember.

"He's been playing travel his whole hockey life. They miss a lot of the social stuff," Jeff Work said. "They miss dances and activities, stuff they're going to remember forever."

Work and fellow seniors Sam Thrutchley and Jonathan Valtin had a bigger goal in mind.

"We've all played hockey together forever and we're best friends," Work said. "We decided to take a run at the

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The benefits of going the traditional route with Air Academy weren't just athletic. Travis' father, Jeff, said his son wanted a senior year to remember.

"He's been playing travel his whole hockey life. They miss a lot of the social stuff," Jeff Work said. "They miss dances and activities, stuff they're going to remember forever."

Work and fellow seniors Sam Thrutchley and Jonathan Valtin had a bigger goal in mind.

"We've all played hockey together forever and we're best friends," Work said. "We decided to take a run at the]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:11 -0600 <![CDATA[NCAA Tournament roundup: Top-seeded Wisconsin, Notre Dame advance to Elite Eight]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ncaa-tournament-roundup-top-seeded-wisconsin-notre-dame-advance-to-elite-eight/article/1548621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ncaa-tournament-roundup-top-seeded-wisconsin-notre-dame-advance-to-elite-eight/article/1548621?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 on Thursday night and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Reserve Zak Showalter scored six points in the Badgers' 19-7 run that sent them into the West Regional final Saturday against either No. 2 seed Arizona or sixth-seeded Xavier.

Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson scored 15 points each for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-12), who got within one point with 4:21 remaining but couldn't retake the lead they owned for much of the second half.



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LOS ANGELES — Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 on Thursday night and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Reserve Zak Showalter scored six points in the Badgers' 19-7 run that sent them into the West Regional final Saturday against either No. 2 seed Arizona or sixth-seeded Xavier.

Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson scored 15 points each for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-12), who got within one point with 4:21 remaining but couldn't retake the lead they owned for much of the second half.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:28:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Avalanche end 3-game skid, top Canucks]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/avalanche-end-3-game-skid-top-canucks/article/1548626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avalanche-end-3-game-skid-top-canucks/article/1548626?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist, and Reto Berra made 33 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche past the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Jarome Iginla also scored and Ryan O'Reilly added two assists as Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak. John Mitchell added a late empty-net goal.

Yannick Weber scored his third goal in as many games for Vancouver, which had won three in a row, but came out flat before rebounding in the third period with 18 shots.

Eddie Lack stopped 34 shots in taking the loss.

Berra, who hadn't won in the NHL since Nov. 6 and hadn't started since Nov.



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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist, and Reto Berra made 33 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche past the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Jarome Iginla also scored and Ryan O'Reilly added two assists as Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak. John Mitchell added a late empty-net goal.

Yannick Weber scored his third goal in as many games for Vancouver, which had won three in a row, but came out flat before rebounding in the third period with 18 shots.

Eddie Lack stopped 34 shots in taking the loss.

Berra, who hadn't won in the NHL since Nov. 6 and hadn't started since Nov.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:25:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Martinez throws 6 shutout innings, Rangers beat Rockies]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/martinez-throws-6-shutout-innings-rangers-beat-rockies/article/1548620?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/martinez-throws-6-shutout-innings-rangers-beat-rockies/article/1548620?custom_click=rss

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings, Leonys Martin homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Thursday night.

Martinez, competing for the final vacancy in the Rangers' rotation, allowed five hits and walked one. He struck out four, throwing 54 strikes in 74 pitches, and lowered his ERA to 0.84 in three spring appearances. He has allowed one run over 9 2-3 innings.

Martinez went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA as a rookie last year, making 24 starts and five relief appearances.

Martin homered in the third with Robinson Chirinos aboard. Chirinos was hit by a pitch from Chad Bettis.

Ed Lucas, Nate Schierholtz and Adam Rosales delivered run-producing hits in a four-run



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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings, Leonys Martin homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Thursday night.

Martinez, competing for the final vacancy in the Rangers' rotation, allowed five hits and walked one. He struck out four, throwing 54 strikes in 74 pitches, and lowered his ERA to 0.84 in three spring appearances. He has allowed one run over 9 2-3 innings.

Martinez went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA as a rookie last year, making 24 starts and five relief appearances.

Martin homered in the third with Robinson Chirinos aboard. Chirinos was hit by a pitch from Chad Bettis.

Ed Lucas, Nate Schierholtz and Adam Rosales delivered run-producing hits in a four-run

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:22:11 -0600
<![CDATA[NCAA Men's Tournament Glance]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ncaa-mens-tournament-glance/article/1548228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ncaa-mens-tournament-glance/article/1548228?custom_click=rss Results and upcoming schedule for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

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