<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:19:14 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Isaksen sisters will chase Olympic gold, side by side, in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-isaksen-sisters-will-chase-olympic-gold-side-by-side-in-rio/article/1579311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-isaksen-sisters-will-chase-olympic-gold-side-by-side-in-rio/article/1579311?custom_click=rss

Margaux Isaksen was driving on the outskirts of downtown Colorado Springs when she glanced at her sister, Isabella, who was riding peacefully beside her.

Margaux and Isabella soon will compete in the Rio Olympics in the ultra-demanding and diverse modern pentathlon. They are the closest of friends, even if they aren't much alike.

But they are sisters, and everyone knows how conflict creeps into this complicated sibling realm.

Isabella's blouse is lovely, Margaux thought to herself as she drove along. She kept sneaking peeks at Isabella's red-and-white shirt until the truth crashed into her mind.

"That's my shirt!' Margaux announced to her sister.

"Is it?" Isabella asked.

"Yes!"

Years ago,



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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:24:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Lewis-Palmer's Jonathan Scott signs to play at Otero]]> http://gazette.com/lewis-palmers-jonathan-scott-signs-to-play-at-otero/article/1579308?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lewis-palmers-jonathan-scott-signs-to-play-at-otero/article/1579308?custom_click=rss

Jonathan Scott, a three-year starter at Lewis-Palmer, has signed to play basketball at Otero Junior College in La Junta. Scott will play for coach Brendan O'Connor, a 2003 L-P graduate.

"We're thrilled," O'Connor said. "We know the versatility that he can bring. He can really be impactful on the floor without touching the basketball. I think he could have scored more at Lewis-Palmer but he distributed the ball so his team could be successful. You're always interested in a player who will sacrifice personal stats for the good of the team.

"He can score. He can rebound. He's a phenomenal defender."

Scott, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists for L-P, which finished 24-2.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Hill Climb allows 'Monster' and other visitors an international race to the clouds]]> http://gazette.com/hill-climb-allows-monster-and-other-visitors-an-international-race-to-the-clouds/article/1578689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hill-climb-allows-monster-and-other-visitors-an-international-race-to-the-clouds/article/1578689?custom_click=rss

For race car drivers, even those who live far away, a big mountain that beckons from the middle of America is impossible to resist.

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb offers a chance to race at high speed toward the top of America's Mountain, and drivers from across the world arrive each summer to test themselves and their cars.

In recent decades, the race has been filled - and often dominated - by international flavor.

As a child in Suginami, Japan, Nobuhiro Tajima saw photos in a magazine about the Hill Climb. He lived 5,800 miles away from Colorado Springs. Tajima failed to care about the distance. He hoped to someday ride up that mountain.

And he did take the fast ride, many times.



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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:41:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Is Peyton Manning the greatest football player ever? AFA's Calhoun says yes]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-is-peyton-manning-the-greatest-football-player-ever-afas-calhoun-says-yes/article/1578924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-is-peyton-manning-the-greatest-football-player-ever-afas-calhoun-says-yes/article/1578924?custom_click=rss

If you want to start Air Force’s Troy Calhoun talking, the best plan is not to ask about his football team. He’s secretive about his Falcons and stingy with superlatives.

Bring up Peyton Manning, his favorite player, and watch out. The sentences, all ending in exclamation marks, burst forth.

Calhoun is convinced Manning reigns as the greatest football player ever,  ahead of Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana, John Elway and, yes, Tom Brady.

“He’s the best,” Calhoun says with no hesitation. “Maybe the best who has ever played in any activity.”

Calhoun talks, in extreme detail and expertise, about watching Manning at work.



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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:18:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Update on Carson Bird's condition after amputation surgery]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-update-on-carson-birds-condition-after-amputation-surgery/article/1578834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-update-on-carson-birds-condition-after-amputation-surgery/article/1578834?custom_click=rss

Former Air Force football star Carson Bird is making a rapid and strong recovery from the Monday surgery in Georgia that amputated his left leg, according to his former Falcon teammate, Chad Hall.

Bird is suffering from chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The cancer has spread to both his lungs. Bird, a cornerback, was a first team All Mountain West and honorable mention All America in 2007, the same season Hall rushed for 1,478 yards, scored 16 touchdowns and was named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

 “He’s great,” Hall said Wednesday night. “I go see him once a day, sometimes twice a day. I just left him. He’s already started some physical therapy, and he



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:49:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Nuggets hope to end NBA draft misery, and misery in general]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-nuggets-hope-to-end-nba-draft-misery-and-misery-in-general/article/1578818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-nuggets-hope-to-end-nba-draft-misery-and-misery-in-general/article/1578818?custom_click=rss

Hope.

It's a word that surrounds the Denver Nuggets. Tomorrow will be better for the franchise, shout the team's stubbornly (and obnoxiously) optimistic fans, mainly because today is so depressing. The 2015-16 Nuggets lost 49 games, the 12th time the franchise has surpassed 45 losses since 1991.

I keep hearing about the decades-long misery of Cleveland fans, a misery that finally evaporated Sunday night when the Cavs upset the Warriors. What about the sustained agony of those who love the Nuggets? The franchise has never even traveled to the NBA Finals.

In Thursday night's NBA draft, leaders of the Nuggets can put substance behind hope. General manager Tim Connelly needs to find an athlete who someday will develop into



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:32:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Argentina soccer massacre reveals teetering U.S. mens team]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-argentina-soccer-massacre-reveals-teetering-u.s.-mens-team/article/1578780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-argentina-soccer-massacre-reveals-teetering-u.s.-mens-team/article/1578780?custom_click=rss

Not long ago, the United States mens soccer team inspired fear around the world. Americans tend to dominate the world, and the world doesn't always  appreciate this truth.

When I covered the Olympics in Greece in 2004, soccer fans were frightened of the U.S. team. These fans had good reason for fear. Led by the extremely young Landon Donovan, the Americans had traveled all the way to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals before losing 1-0 to Germany. Only an historically incredible performance by German goaltender Oliver Kahn prevented the Americans from traveling to the semis.

Let's move forward 14 years,  to Tuesday night's 4-0 loss/humiliation to Argentina and Leonel Messi. The Americans had no chance. The Americans



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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:36:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Former Air Force star Carson Bird's leg is amputated in ongoing struggle with cancer]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-former-air-force-star-carson-birds-leg-is-amputated-in-ongoing-struggle-with-cancer/article/1578661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-former-air-force-star-carson-birds-leg-is-amputated-in-ongoing-struggle-with-cancer/article/1578661?custom_click=rss

Former Air Force football star Carson Bird's left leg was amputated Monday during an operation in Georgia. Bird suffers from chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

"Our boy is looking good and making jokes," Air Force teammate Chad Hall wrote on his Facebook page. "Carson is finally pain free and cancer free from his left leg."

Bird was a first team All Mountain West Conference and honorable mention All America selection following the 2007 season.

Here's a story from April about Bird's battle against cancer and his plans to marry in August.

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:23:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Is LeBron the greatest of all time? No, but he's getting close]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-is-lebron-the-greatest-of-all-time-no-but-hes-getting-close/article/1578593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-is-lebron-the-greatest-of-all-time-no-but-hes-getting-close/article/1578593?custom_click=rss

Let the arguments begin.

I never thought the day would arrive when a basketball player would challenge Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever. Not in my lifetime, anyway.

LeBron James is not the greatest player in NBA history, but he’s getting close. Extremely close. He’s climbed to No. 2 on this list of the 30 greatest players in NBA history.

His performance in the last three games of the NBA Finals traveled somewhere beyond magnificent. James has played in seven NBA Finals, including six straight. He took the Cavs from the worst team in the NBA to the best. He was the lead player in Sunday night’s win over the Warriors, a game that was sensational for 44 minutes before collapsing into chaos



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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:05:48 -0600
<![CDATA[World Wars keep Pikes Peak Hill Climb race total shy of 100]]> http://gazette.com/world-wars-keep-pikes-peak-hill-climb-race-total-shy-of-100/article/1578516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-wars-keep-pikes-peak-hill-climb-race-total-shy-of-100/article/1578516?custom_click=rss

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but there have not been 100 races. World Wars saw to that.

The Hill Climb started in 1916, but World War I forced cancellation of the race in 1917, 1918 and 1919. The Hill Climb was again canceled in 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945 because of World War II.

"All the resources of the country had to go to the war effort," said Don Sanborn, a Hill Climb historian and vice president of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Historical Association.

"In that time frame, a big part of that were gas shortages. People were encouraged to not drive. It probably wouldn't have gone over too well for the race to go on. Race cars use a lot more gas than a normal car.



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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:06:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: LeBron and Curry locked in hugely entertaining struggle to rule NBA]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-lebron-and-curry-locked-in-hugely-entertaining-struggle-to-rule-nba/article/1578473?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-lebron-and-curry-locked-in-hugely-entertaining-struggle-to-rule-nba/article/1578473?custom_click=rss

In the ongoing, and hugely entertaining, struggle between LeBron James and Stephen Curry to rule the NBA, we have stumbled across one of the finest and rarest blessings in sport:

A rivalry of elite athletes who are nearly equal in talent and vastly different in style. We are watching the 2016 version of the Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird rivalry.

On Sunday night, James will attempt to wrest the NBA title away from Curry. This is the second straight season the game's two best players have struggled for world supremacy.

Here's the good news:

This rivalry could thrive for another seven or eight seasons. Curry is 27, fully in his prime. James is 31, but he's a young 31.

James, the Cavs power forward/small



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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:00:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Broncos superstar Von Miller seizes contract leverage from Emperor Elway]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-superstar-von-miller-seizes-contract-leverage-from-emperor-elway/article/1578434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-superstar-von-miller-seizes-contract-leverage-from-emperor-elway/article/1578434?custom_click=rss

Von Miller has spoken. He announced there is "no chance" he will play the 2016 season under the Broncos franchise tag.

Now, John Elway must act.

Elway made a comically ridiculous low-ball offer to Miller, the NFL’s most overwhelming pass rusher. Miller lifted the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory, carrying a stumbling offense all the way to a massive parade in downtown Denver.

And he was rewarded with an insulting contract offer from Elway.

Miller deserves, when you consider NFL standards, at least $65 million in guaranteed money. Elway offered $39 million. The Eagles just signed lineman Fletcher Cox to $63 million in guaranteed money. Let’s get this straight: Miller is superior to Cox.

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:18:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Von Miller's threat to sit out 2016 should shake Elway to action]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-von-millers-threat-to-sit-out-2016-should-shake-elway-to-action/article/1578377?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-von-millers-threat-to-sit-out-2016-should-shake-elway-to-action/article/1578377?custom_click=rss

Von Miller has spoken. He announced there is "no chance" he will play the 2016 season under the Broncos franchise tag.

Now, John Elway must act.

Elway made a ridiculous - comically ridiculous - low-ball offer to Miller, who is the most dangerous defensive presence in the NFL. Miller lifted the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory, carrying around a stumbling, often pathetic offense.

And he was rewarded with an insulting contract offer from Elway.

Miller deserves, when you consider NFL standards, at least $65 million in guaranteed money. Elway offered just under $40 million.

I understand contract negotiations are complicated. I understand there is a battle going on right now that could soon end in peace.



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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:09:48 -0600