<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:39:26 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[With 500 days to go, Pyeongchang organizers are optimistic]]> http://gazette.com/with-500-days-to-go-pyeongchang-organizers-are-optimistic/article/feed/402790?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-500-days-to-go-pyeongchang-organizers-are-optimistic/article/feed/402790?custom_click=rss SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With 500 days until the Olympic cauldron is ignited in Pyeongchang, organizers of the 2018 Winter Games say 90 percent of construction on new venues is complete and the focus of preparations is on test events.

Pyeongchang's 2018 organizing committee on Tuesday said construction is on track for a series of sports competitions scheduled from November to April that will serve as rehearsals for the Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, 2018.

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:49:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Passed over to play, Watson added to US team as vice captain]]> http://gazette.com/passed-over-to-play-watson-added-to-us-team-as-vice-captain/article/feed/402740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/passed-over-to-play-watson-added-to-us-team-as-vice-captain/article/feed/402740?custom_click=rss

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Bubba Watson will be at the Ryder Cup, even if it's not exactly the way he imagined it.

U.S. captain Davis Love III announced Monday that Watson has been added to the team as a fifth vice captain. The two-time Masters champion and 7th-ranked player in the world competed as a player on the last three U.S. squads, and said at the start of the year that his goals were to play in both the Olympics and the Ryder Cup.

Watson finished tied for eighth at the Rio Games, but he wound up just outside of the eighth and last automatic qualifying spot as a Ryder Cup player. He then began lobbying behind the scenes for one of the four captain's picks at Love's discretion.

Watson was described as "heartbroken" af

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:45:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Babcock and Krueger to match wits in World Cup of Hockey]]> http://gazette.com/babcock-and-krueger-to-match-wits-in-world-cup-of-hockey/article/feed/402668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/babcock-and-krueger-to-match-wits-in-world-cup-of-hockey/article/feed/402668?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — Mike Babcock scoffs at the notion that he simply shows up to coach the Canadians and they keep winning best-on-best games, a streak that has run to 14.

"I think that's what you guys think," he bristled at reporters.

Whatever anyone things, Babcock has helped Canada win gold at the last two Olympics and he has the team rolling into the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey finals against Team Europe, with Game 1 on Tuesday night.

His counterpart, meanwhile, is simply happy to have a shot to coach hockey again. Ralph Krueger wasn't sure if he would have another chance to be behind a bench after being fired a few years ago by the Edmonton Oilers via Skype while sitting on his daughter's bed.

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:33:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Tennessee State University holds memorial for famed coach]]> http://gazette.com/tennessee-state-university-holds-memorial-for-famed-coach/article/feed/402669?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tennessee-state-university-holds-memorial-for-famed-coach/article/feed/402669?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University is hosting a public memorial service for famed track and field coach Ed Temple, who led the school's Tigerbelles to 13 Olympic gold medals.

Classes and meetings at the historically black university will be canceled Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to honor the coach who helped break down track and field's racial and gender barriers.

Temple was head coach of the U.S. Olympics women's teams in 1960 and 1964 and assistant coach in 1980. He also worked to ensure that all 40 of his Olympians earned their degrees.

Temple was inducted into nine halls of fame, including the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Temple died Thursday at 89.

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[After playoff education, Raptors stars have high hopes]]> http://gazette.com/after-playoff-education-raptors-stars-have-high-hopes/article/feed/402648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-playoff-education-raptors-stars-have-high-hopes/article/feed/402648?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — With their run to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last spring, Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry received a detailed education in playoff basketball. En route to gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio, Toronto's All-Star teammates got what coach Dwane Casey considers "the best graduate course they could take."

Now, as a new season approaches, DeRozan and Lowry hope they'll get a shot to finish at the top of the NBA heap and earn that coveted class ring.

"Me personally, I think it's time," Lowry said as Toronto opened training camp Monday. "I want a ring, I want to win a championship."

Five years after going 22-60, the Raptors won a franchise-record 56 games last season and captured their t

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:49:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Rome's city council to vote Thursday on 2024 Olympics bid]]> http://gazette.com/romes-city-council-to-vote-thursday-on-2024-olympics-bid/article/feed/402444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/romes-city-council-to-vote-thursday-on-2024-olympics-bid/article/feed/402444?custom_click=rss

ROME (AP) — Rome's city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi's rejection of the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The motion is expected to pass easily since Raggi's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement holds a majority on the city council.

Raggi announced her formal opposition of the candidacy in a news conference last week, citing concerns over high costs given the city is barely able to have its trash picked up.

Raggi's rejection occurred four years after then-Premier Mario Monti stopped Rome's plans to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics because of financial concerns.

If the motion is approved, it would leave only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for 20

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:58:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Lloyd shows human side, including rift with her family.]]> http://gazette.com/lloyd-shows-human-side-including-rift-with-her-family./article/feed/402346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lloyd-shows-human-side-including-rift-with-her-family./article/feed/402346?custom_click=rss

Carli Lloyd's voice catches just briefly when she considers whether revealing the emotional scars of a longtime rift with her parents might someday bring her family back together.

It's an ever-so-slight display off raw emotion from Lloyd, belying her usual no-nonsense exterior.

"Growing up my family meant the world to me. I would listen to every single thing they said. I would look forward to Christmases and Thanksgivings and just being with them," Lloyd said. "And then to have this spiral, with not speaking to them, has really saddened me over the years.

"It's been hard because there have been so many joyous moments in my career and my life and they haven't been a part of that.

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:18:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Asia Olympic leaders back idea to include Oceania athletes]]> http://gazette.com/asia-olympic-leaders-back-idea-to-include-oceania-athletes/article/feed/402332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asia-olympic-leaders-back-idea-to-include-oceania-athletes/article/feed/402332?custom_click=rss DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — The Olympic Council of Asia has backed a proposal to allow athletes from Oceania to compete at the Asian Winter Games in Japan next year.

OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said the executive board approved the idea and was waiting for acceptance from organizers in Sapporo, where the games will be staged in February.

"The athletes from Oceania would be competing as guests, under their flag, and their results would not be counted for medals, only for technical purposes," Sheikh Ahmad said after the OCA's general assembly in Danang, Vietnam on Sunday.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:43:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Streaking Canadians to face Team Europe in World Cup finals]]> http://gazette.com/streaking-canadians-to-face-team-europe-in-world-cup-finals/article/feed/402279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/streaking-canadians-to-face-team-europe-in-world-cup-finals/article/feed/402279?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — Sidney Crosby and the Canadians look as if they can't be stopped.

Canada has won 14 straight games in best-on-best hockey tournaments since losing to the U.S. in the preliminary round of the Vancouver Games in 2010.

Like the Americans in Olympic basketball, the Canadians simply seem as if they're on another level against the rest of the world.

Team Europe, though, hopes to spoil Canada's plans to celebrate a World Cup of Hockey title on home ice.

The eight-nation European team and the one country that everyone else is trying to catch will face off Tuesday night in Game 1 of a best-of-three series.

Europe advanced to the finals by beating Sweden 3-2 in overtime Sunday.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:10:45 -0600 <![CDATA[WVU Olympic medalists to be honored in Morgantown]]> http://gazette.com/wvu-olympic-medalists-to-be-honored-in-morgantown/article/feed/402229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wvu-olympic-medalists-to-be-honored-in-morgantown/article/feed/402229?custom_click=rss MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Three Summer Olympic medalists who attend West Virginia University are being honored at a community event in Morgantown.

The celebration scheduled for Monday evening at the Morgantown Event Center will honor U.S. rifle gold medalist Ginny Thrasher and Canada soccer bronze medalists Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence. They won their medals last month in Rio de Janeiro.

Buchanan and Lawrences are both seniors on the WVU women's soccer team. Thrasher is a sophomore on the WVU rifle team.

They are the first Mountaineer student-athletes to win an Olympic medal while still competing for WVU since James Jett in track at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:16:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Ledecky wins 4th straight USA Swimming athlete of year award]]> http://gazette.com/ledecky-wins-4th-straight-usa-swimming-athlete-of-year-award/article/feed/402094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ledecky-wins-4th-straight-usa-swimming-athlete-of-year-award/article/feed/402094?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimming's athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.

Ledecky earned four golds and a silver medal in Rio. She became the second woman since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to sweep the freestyle events at the same Olympics. She also swam the anchor leg on the winning 4x200 free relay and the second-place 4x100 free relay.

Ledecky collected the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the fifth straight year. She won the 800 free by 11 se

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:00:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Canada beats Russia 5-3, advances to World Cup finals]]> http://gazette.com/canada-beats-russia-5-3-advances-to-world-cup-finals/article/feed/402053?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canada-beats-russia-5-3-advances-to-world-cup-finals/article/feed/402053?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — Sidney Crosby was at his best on one of hockey's biggest stages.


Crosby scored once and assisted on both of Brad Marchand's goals, including the winner early the third period, to help Canada beat Russia 5-3 on Saturday night in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals.

"He always comes up big in the big games," Marchand said.

The Canadians will face the winner of Sunday's Sweden -Team Europe game in the best-of-three finals that will start Tuesday night.

"We're going to be measured on what happens next," said coach Mike Babcock, who has helped Canada win gold at the last two Winter Olympics.

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:47:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Lundqvist, Sweden's elders at World Cup know time is short]]> http://gazette.com/lundqvist-swedens-elders-at-world-cup-know-time-is-short/article/feed/401974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lundqvist-swedens-elders-at-world-cup-know-time-is-short/article/feed/401974?custom_click=rss

When Henrik Lundqvist carried a Swedish flag around the ice at the 2006 Turin Olympics with a gold medal dangling from his neck, he was a fresh-faced kid days shy of his 24th birthday.

A seventh-round pick in 2000, Lundqvist was in his first season in the NHL with the New York Rangers and still relatively unknown outside Sweden. In his first major international event, he led Sweden to victory in the final Olympics for Hall of Famer Mats Sundin.

Ten years later, Lundqvist and twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin are the only players from that team playing for Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey. Lundqvist is 34 and the Sedins are 35. They're three victories away from winning another best-on-best tournament in what might be thei

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:08:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos to join US team in DC]]> http://gazette.com/raised-fist-protesters-smith-carlos-to-join-us-team-in-dc/article/feed/401824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raised-fist-protesters-smith-carlos-to-join-us-team-in-dc/article/feed/401824?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.

Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a "human rights salute."

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun asked them to serve as ambassadors as the federation tries to bring more diversity to its own ranks. They will join the team at the White House next Thursday, and also at an awards celebration Wednesday night in Washington.

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:40:48 -0600 <![CDATA[World Cup Sweden Golden Generation Hockey]]> http://gazette.com/world-cup-sweden-golden-generation-hockey/article/feed/401980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-cup-sweden-golden-generation-hockey/article/feed/401980?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2006 file photo, Sweden's goaltender Henrik Lundqvist celebrates with his nations flag after defeating Finland 3-2 in the gold medal ice hockey match at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Lundqvist and twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin are only players from the 2006 team playing for Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey. Lundqvist is 34 and the Sedins are 35 and are three victories away from winning another best-on-best tournament in what might be their last opportunity to play together.

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:50:35 -0600
<![CDATA[US Olympic sports lag on minority, women hiring]]> http://gazette.com/us-olympic-sports-lag-on-minority-women-hiring/article/1586235?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-olympic-sports-lag-on-minority-women-hiring/article/1586235?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee and the sports it oversees are behind the curve when it comes to placing women and minorities in key coaching and leadership positions, according to a set of "scorecards" the federation has compiled over the past three years.

The USOC itself is 24 percent or more behind benchmarks it set for hiring "people of color" on its roster of professional staff, administrative support and executive and senior-level management positions.

The federations for swimming and gymnastics, two sports that brought home 45 of the country's 121 medals from the Rio de Janeiro Games, have similar shortfalls.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:15:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Widefield mixed-martial artist A.J. Robb looking at win, future options]]> http://gazette.com/widefield-mixed-martial-artist-a.j.-robb-looking-at-win-future-options/article/1585350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widefield-mixed-martial-artist-a.j.-robb-looking-at-win-future-options/article/1585350?custom_click=rss

A.J. Robb is looking to cap off a pretty good 2016 for himself.

The Widefield mixed-martial artist is 2-0 on the year and looking to make it a perfect 3 for 3 next month before weighing some serious options.

Robb (8-1) is slated to fight David O'Brien at Sparta Combat League 53 on Oct. 15 at the Denver Coliseum.

Robb is coming off a first-round stoppage of Jesse Tafoya. Robb dropped Tafoya with a strike, then went to work with the ground and pound that lasted more than 20 seconds, capped by a huge, right hammer first prompting the ref to stop it with 1:43 left in the first July 17 at SCL 50.

After the fight, O'Brien stepped into the cage, giving Robb a chance to scope out his competition.

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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:47:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Lochte banned through June 2017, loses $100,000 in bonuses]]> http://gazette.com/lochte-banned-through-june-2017-loses-100000-in-bonuses/article/1585057?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lochte-banned-through-june-2017-loses-100000-in-bonuses/article/1585057?custom_click=rss

Ryan Lochte is banned from swimming through next June and will forfeit $100,000 in bonus money that went with his gold medal at the Olympics, part of the penalty for his drunken encounter at a gas station in Brazil during last month's games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced the penalties Thursday. Lochte agreed to a ban that includes next year's world championships.

He'll get no monthly funding from either organization, can't access USOC training centers, must perform 20 hours of community service and will miss Team USA's post-Olympics trip to the White House.

Agreeing to four-month suspensions were Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, who were with Lochte at the gas station. Those

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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:17:40 -0600