<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Mon, 30 May 2016 23:58:20 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Late handball call sends Switchbacks to depressing 1-1 tie]]> http://gazette.com/late-handball-call-sends-switchbacks-to-depressing-1-1-tie/article/1577061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/late-handball-call-sends-switchbacks-to-depressing-1-1-tie/article/1577061?custom_click=rss

With seconds left, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks were clinging to a one-goal lead over the OC Blues.

The Switchbacks' perfect home record was intact. No team had scored on them at home this season. The Switchbacks were in sight of a fourth straight victory.

Then it all fell apart, leading to a frustrating 1-1 tie.

The Switchbacks tried to clear a ball out of the penalty area. At close range, the ball hit defender Christian Ibeagha in the ribs and bounced in the area of his right hand.

Did the ball hit his hand?

"It did not hit my hand in my opinion," Ibeagha said seconds after the game. "I didn't feel anything on my hand."

Referees disagreed.

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Sat, 28 May 2016 07:07:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Baylor fires Briles, ending an all-too American success story]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-baylor-fires-briles-ending-an-all-too-american-success-story/article/1576956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-baylor-fires-briles-ending-an-all-too-american-success-story/article/1576956?custom_click=rss

Baylor reminded us of a crucial truth when the university fired coach Art Briles.

Football victories are important in our culture, but not as important as the safety and dignity of the young women who walk our college campuses.

Briles is a devout Christian and fabulously successful American who lost his way. He became fixated with victory, no matter the cost.

On Thursday, this fixation came to a conclusion. This finale was far too long in arriving, but we can celebrate anyway. Integrity is more precious than football victory, even in Texas.

In recent years, several Baylor football players were allowed to prey on students with little worry about punishment.

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Fri, 27 May 2016 23:10:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: It's an Olympic-sized task to master the mind]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-its-an-olympic-sized-task-to-master-the-mind/article/1576925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-its-an-olympic-sized-task-to-master-the-mind/article/1576925?custom_click=rss

Part of the secret to winning is to not think too much about winning.

This is true when you're battling your little brother in the family's one-on-one basketball championship, and there's no one watching.

And this is true when you're seeking a gold medal, and much of the world is watching.

Peter Haberl works for the psychology team at the Olympic Training Center. He encourages American athletes to recognize the immense, potentially crippling pressure they will encounter when seeking a medal.

The key, he says, is to recognize the pressure, wrestle with it, push it aside and focus on doing the best you can under the worst of conditions.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 22:31:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Osweiler explains why he abandoned Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-osweiler-explains-why-he-abandoned-broncos/article/1576789?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-osweiler-explains-why-he-abandoned-broncos/article/1576789?custom_click=rss

Questions surrounding Brock Osweiler’s departure from Colorado are not fading. And if Osweiler becomes a star in Houston, his new hometown, the questions never will fade for Bronco fans. The Broncos groomed Osweiler for four seasons. When he left, the Broncos received  nothing in return.

Did Osweiler depart because he was angry about being benched in favor of Peyton Manning? (Manning, to his credit, did direct the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory.) Did Osweiler depart purely because of money? (The Texans will pay him $21 million next season, part of a front-loaded, four-season $72 million deal with $37 million guaranteed. The Broncos offered $30 million, guaranteed over three seasons.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 08:50:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Lewis-Palmer conquers pesky Mullen in 4A girls soccer semis]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-lewis-palmer-conquers-pesky-mullen-in-4a-girls-soccer-semis/article/1576619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-lewis-palmer-conquers-pesky-mullen-in-4a-girls-soccer-semis/article/1576619?custom_click=rss

AURORA - Lewis-Palmer's Brianna Alger finally ended the nightmare that had overwhelmed El Paso County girls' soccer.

On a wind-swept field on the outer edge of metro Denver, Alger expertly directed a left-footed shot past Mullen's goalie to give L-P's Rangers a 1-0 overtime victory in the Class 4A girls' soccer semis. Mullen had previously upset The Classical Academy and Air Academy in the state tournament.

The Rangers will play the winner between No. 7 Valor Christian and No. 3 Windsor on Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Alger has scored 29 goals this season, and she ranks among the state's most dangerous scorers. She was surrounded Saturday, spending much of afternoon on the ground, sent there

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Sun, 22 May 2016 13:06:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Thunder's hypocritical Kevin Durant owes apology to Reggie Jackson]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-thunders-hypocritical-kevin-durant-owes-apology-to-reggie-jackson/article/1576477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-thunders-hypocritical-kevin-durant-owes-apology-to-reggie-jackson/article/1576477?custom_click=rss

Kevin Durant has established himself as a basketball critic. He has not established himself as an NBA champion.

He's comfortable calling Reggie Jackson's on-court behavior "bush league."

Durant, the Thunder's star, is a devoted reader of the Bible, which contains a great line about hypocrisy. "Why," Jesus asks in the book of Matthew, "do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"

It's time for Durant to focus on his own ruthless and ridiculous antics.

Jackson, one of the best high school players in Colorado Springs basketball history, danced and whooped in late March after leading his Detroit Pistons to victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, his

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Fri, 20 May 2016 15:41:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: NBA broadcaster Craig Sager planned to enroll at Air Force]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-nba-broadcaster-craig-sager-planned-to-enroll-at-air-force/article/1576540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-nba-broadcaster-craig-sager-planned-to-enroll-at-air-force/article/1576540?custom_click=rss

Craig Sager was once known for his inventive, outrageous, comical fashion sense. When watching NBA games, a viewer often endured/enjoyed/survived Sager's ultra-bright, ultra-strange attire.

Now, Sager is known for his stubborn battle against leukemia. He's become a national symbol for courage.

He almost enrolled at the Air Force Academy. In a Sports Illustrated story by Lee Jenkins, a former Gazetteer, Sager revealed that he planned to attend Air Force, but his sponsoring congressman changed plans at the last minute and redirected him to West Point. Sager had planned to play basketball at AFA.

Sager instead chose Northwestern.

Gregg Popovich and Sager have engaged in a long string of on-air battles over the

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Fri, 20 May 2016 15:18:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Evangelical Christian loses to Dawson School in 2A soccer semis]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-evangelical-christian-loses-to-dawson-school-in-2a-soccer-semis/article/1576430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-evangelical-christian-loses-to-dawson-school-in-2a-soccer-semis/article/1576430?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Hannah Isenhart has scored 40 goals this season for the Dawson School. Evangelical Christian has scored 34 goals this season, and we're talking about the entire team.

ECA's Eagles arrived at the 2A girls' state soccer semifinals as severe underdogs. No. 1 seed Dawson won, 2-1, to earn a ride to the state final Tuesday.

After the game, the Eagles spent several minutes talking and hugging and praying. Coach Drew Morton told his players, repeatedly, how pleased he was with their effort.

"To have this result, I couldn't be prouder," Morton said.

The fifth-seeded Eagles (9-8-1) concentrated on defense, and the strategy worked for most of Wednesday night at All City Stadium.

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Wed, 18 May 2016 22:11:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Please, let's get real about our fear of Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-please-lets-get-real-about-our-fear-of-rio-olympics/article/1576164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-please-lets-get-real-about-our-fear-of-rio-olympics/article/1576164?custom_click=rss

David Higgins, a senior at the Air Force Academy, stared out his plane window at a sea of red. He was about to land at the Rio de Janeiro airport in late April, and was flying low over Copacabana Beach.

He saw a crowd of 10,000 gathered on the beach. Men and women wore red shirts while waving red flags to show support for embattled president Dilma Rousseff's Workers' Party.

We're scared, as Americans, about the Rio Olympics. There are mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus lurking down there in Brazil, and political unrest, and street crime, and filthy water and .

Each edition of the Olympics produces an overblown, yet valuable, circus of protest and concern. Please, let's stop this emphasis on extremes and the embrace of

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Mon, 16 May 2016 11:33:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Broomfield ends Pine Creek's soccer season ... again]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-broomfield-ends-pine-creeks-soccer-season-...-again/article/1576076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-broomfield-ends-pine-creeks-soccer-season-...-again/article/1576076?custom_click=rss

Pine Creek suffered the misfortune Friday night of facing one of the tougher No. 12 seeds in the history of Colorado high school sports.

Broomfield, that No. 12 seed, is fast, physical and crafty. For the second year in a row, Broomfield ended Pine Creek's season. Broomfield won, 2-0, aided by a no-call on a handball in the second half of the second round of the girls' state 5A playoffs at D-20 Stadium.

Over the past two seasons, Pine Creek roared to a 29-4 record against teams that are not named Broomfield.

The loss ended Jayne Lydiatt's Pine Creek career. She collected 23 goals and 12 assists this season, and she hoped she could lead the fifth-seeded Eagles to a state title. She'll play next season at the University

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]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 22:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force ready to shock the lacrosse nation]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-ready-to-shock-the-lacrosse-nation/article/1576006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-ready-to-shock-the-lacrosse-nation/article/1576006?custom_click=rss

Don't be shocked if the confident, surging, talented, tough Air Force Falcons defeat Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Denver coach Bill Tierney is the emperor of college lacrosse. He defied skeptics, including this one, by bringing the 2015 title home to a campus in the shadow of the Rockies. Previous champions had all been based within 270 miles of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tierney defeated Air Force by one goal this season. He also defeated Notre Dame by one goal. He's not skeptical about Air Force's chances at South Bend, Ind.

"Well, first of all, what those guys have done is nothing short of amazing, so I don't doubt anything," Tierney said this week. "They could very easily have

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Fri, 13 May 2016 16:29:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Lewis-Palmer plots to rule girls 4A soccer after controversial 2015 failure]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-lewis-palmer-plots-to-rule-girls-4a-soccer-after-controversial-2015-failure/article/1575927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-lewis-palmer-plots-to-rule-girls-4a-soccer-after-controversial-2015-failure/article/1575927?custom_click=rss

MONUMENT - Midway through the second overtime of the 2015 4A girls state soccer final, Lewis-Palmer midfielder Sarah Lyons launched an expertly placed shot on goal.

For an instant, it looked as if L-P would rule the state, but the shot clanged off the crossbar and bounced almost straight down.

No goal, right?

Wrong, said L-P goalkeeper Haley Arsenault.

"It crossed the line," Arsenault said. "I'm just going to say that."

She laughed as she thought back, but it was not a happy laugh.

A few minutes after the Lyons goal that wasn't a goal, L-P players watched Cheyenne Mountain holding the state title trophy. C-M players were dancing and shouting while L-P's Rangers were weeping.

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Thu, 12 May 2016 17:09:58 -0600