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  • Wade Phillips named Broncos' defensive coordinator

    ENGLEWOOD - Wade Phillips is returning to Denver as Gary Kubiak's defensive coordinator. Phillips, 67, interviewed for the position this week after the Broncos were rebuffed in their attempts to speak with Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph about the position. Joseph, who has a year left on his contract in Cincinnati, had interviewed for...

  • Afflalo helps Denver end seven-game losing streak

    NEW ORLEANS - Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and the Denver Nuggets snapped a seven-game losing streak, 93-85 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Afflalo hit four 3-pointers, the last with 2:32 left to increase Denver's then-tenuous lead to 89-85. After that, the Pelicans were unable to score another point and saw their four-game...

  • Wednesday's high school roundup: Discovery Canyon wrestling wins PPAC

    WRESTLING Discovery Canyon 66, Air Academy 12 At Discovery Canyon: Discovery Canyon wrestler Sam Turner is piling up the accomplishments. He won the Class 4A state title at 120 pounds as a sophomore last season. And as a junior, he ranks No. 1 in 4A 132s (On the Mat) and has already beat Coronado's Jess Hankin, the top-ranked wrestler in 5A...

  • Broncos tight end Julius Thomas about to cash in

    ENGLEWOOD - Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another. One of Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, he'll either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos' franchise tag. General manager John Elway said on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his...

  • Sophomore Hayden Graham still trying to string solid performances together for Air Force

    Hayden Graham keeps putting his puzzle pieces on the table for Air Force. The sophomore has scored at least 14 points three times this year, he's grabbed as many as seven rebounds and he's had complete efforts like the one he had Saturday against Boise State with 50 percent shooting, 3 of 3 free throws, 14 points, five rebounds, three assists...

  • Sierra cracks AP top 10 boys' hoops rankings; CSCS falls to 3rd

    BOYS' BASKETBALL AP Top 10 Poll Here is The Associated Press Colorado prep basketball poll for the week of January 27, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week's ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Class 5A School Record Points Last Week 1. Regis Jesuit (9)...

  • Tuesday's prep roundup: Lewis-Palmer outlasts Cheyenne Mountain in swimming by 1 point

    Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. GIRLS' SWIMMING Lewis-Palmer 158, Cheyenne Mountain 157 At Lewis-Palmer: Despite winning just two events, Class 5A Lewis-Palmer edged 4A Cheyenne Mountain by the slimmest of margins in a battle of two of the best teams in the area and state. Kailee Sunada...

  • Peyton and record-setter Goodman climb to 2nd in AP rankings

    GIRLS' BASKETBALL AP Top 10 Poll Here is The Associated Press Colorado prep basketball poll for the week of January 27, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week's ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Class 5A School Record Points Last Week 1. ThunderRidge (9)...

  • Tiger Woods is all smiles again

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday — and with a full set of teeth. Woods gave a play-by-play of getting his front tooth knocked out when he was in Italy to celebrate girlfriend Lindsey Vonn breaking the World Cup ski record. He says he was wearing his skeleton-patterned mask to try to blend in and was standing behind...

  • This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

    This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings (as of 1/25) BOYS' BASKETBALL Team Record Last Week 5A T1. Doherty 8-7 Tie 1 T1. Fountain-Fort Carson 9-6 Tie 1 T1. Rampart 10-4 Tie 1 4A 1. Sand Creek 10-3 No. 1 2. Sierra 11-3 No. 3 3. Lewis-Palmer 9-5 NR 3A 1. St. Mary's 8-4 No. 3 2. C.S. Christian School 11-1...

  • New Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer players are announced

    The warm temperatures are just heating up the excitement over professional soccer being played in Colorado Springs. On Monday, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks team announced two of their new players. Carlos Contreras, 23, is originally from the Honduras. He and his family moved to White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Contreras has been a soccer...

  • Avs' Erik Johnson will sit up to 2 months

    DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche will be without top defenseman Erik Johnson for three to eight weeks due to a knee injury. Coach Patrick Roy says the team received the update on Johnson after he had a scope Monday. Roy said Johnson was "disappointed by the situation." Roy also said he has a "lot of confidence in our group" and that it will...

  • This week's Peak Performer: Becca Hetrick, Lewis-Palmer diving

    Becca Hetrick made 22 dives in about a 15-hour period of time, but perhaps the most satisfying dive she made last weekend was into her bed for a well-deserved sleep. The Palmer Ridge junior - who dives for the Lewis-Palmer school district team - won back-to-back meets Friday and Saturday with an impressive showing of physical and mental...

  • Air Force notebook: Tight ends coach Jake Moreland leaves for Syracuse

    Tight ends coach leaves for Syracuse Air Force tight ends coach Jake Moreland has left the program after three years to accept the same position at Syracuse. Moreland will also work with offensive tackles under Syracuse coach Scott Shafer. Shafer and Moreland worked together at Western Michigan from 2005-06. "It is a unique opportunity to...

  • Monday's prep roundup: Air Academy rallies to beat Falcon in overtime

    Highlights from Monday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. BOYS' BASKETBALL Air Academy 75, Falcon 67, OT At Falcon: Air Academy (11-4 overall, 4-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) rallied to tie the game, then poured in 11 points in the five-minute overtime period to hold off Falcon (8-7, 3-3) Monday in a makeup...

  • Peyton Manning has a lot to consider as he ponders his future

    ENGLEWOOD — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships. General manager John Elway said "the bottom line is we want him back." So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until next month after he's...

  • Report: Lance Armstrong: I'd change the man, not decision to cheat

    Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong believes the time is coming when he should be forgiven for doping and lying - and told the BBC he would probably do it again. Armstrong, 43, was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from sport for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) in August 2012. "If I was...

  • Jason Brown wins first US skating title, holding off Adam Rippon

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Monument's Jason Brown won his first U.S. title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. Joshua Farris, skating last for The Broadmoor Skating Club, had a chance to overtake Brown on Sunday, but one of his triple-jump combinations didn't count because he did a double toe loop three different...

  • Yoga, wrestling can't slow Ben Provisor enough in Colorado Springs as U.S. team dominates at Pinto Cup

    Next time, maybe Ben Provisor won't combine yoga with wrestling. Not in the same day, anyway. The 2012 Olympian had just enough to hold off his competitor from Kazakhstan for a 3-2 decision, one of nine victories by American wrestlers at the Jack Pinto Cup - The Springs at the Antlers Hilton. "I did high yoga and added core power to recover...

  • Video review: Gamers make their way into Winter X Games

    ASPEN - Big Air? Try Fast Thumbs. Safe to say, the newest competition at the Winter X Games will not be at the Olympics anytime soon. Its participants - some might prefer you call them athletes - may not know a ski from a snowboard and don't even have to have a heavy coat to win their gold medals. These are the Gamers. Yes, being good on the...

  • Denver blows late shots in OT home loss to Wizards

    DENVER - John Wall scored six of his 19 points in overtime and had 16 assists as the Washington Wizards beat the Denver Nuggets 117-115 on Sunday. Kris Humphries had a season-high 21 points and 14 rebounds to help Washington stop a two-game skid. Ty Lawson had 31 points and 12 assists in his return to the Nuggets' lineup. Lawson missed a...

  • Arenacross gives soldiers red-carpet treatment on Military Appreciation Night

    Sporting events, as evidenced over time, can serve as the ultimate short-term distraction from life's troubles. For a handful of retired soldiers from the Army, Saturday's races at the Amsoil Arenacross tour stop at The Broadmoor World Arena proved therapeutic as they continue to endure after the combat zone, even years after their...

  • Pine Creek posts second-highest team score in winning Metro Wrestling Championships

    Pine Creek didn't have much to worry about heading into the final round of the 15th annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships. A substantial lead and six wrestlers already locked into one of the gold-medal matches meant the Eagles had all but sealed their second consecutive team title and sixth overall title at the Metro...

  • Air Force captures nation-high sixth straight hockey victory

    Springfield, Mass. - Freshman Erik Baskin and senior Scott Holm each scored two goals as Air Force beat AIC, 6-2, in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Saturday. Air Force swept the two-game series, and extended its winning streak to six games, tying the longest in the nation. The streak is the longest by the Falcons since 2010-11. Air Force is...

  • Colorado College Tigers fall short again at North Dakota

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The time when moral victories were a good thing for Colorado College hockey is past. The Tigers are headed home with another frustrating loss after they fell 5-3 at No. 2 North Dakota on Saturday, although they scored with an extra attacker to put the outcome of the game in doubt until the final seconds. Coming close is...

  • Air Force sees another close game slip away late in loss to Boise State

    The travel log from Day 25 of Air Force's short-handed basketball journey through the Mountain West at least read a bit different than the other entries, even if it closed in familiar fashion. This time it was the Falcons holding an early double-digit lead, only to find itself back in well-traveled territory with a one-possession deficit in...

  • Saturday's prep roundup: Pine Creek rebounds by winning Colby Tournament

    Highlights from Saturday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Pine Creek 41, Palmer Ridge 22 At Colby, Kan.: Pikes Peak region girls' basketball teams really like the Colby Tournament. For the third consecutive season a team from the Pikes Peak region won the Kansas tournament, this time in an...

  • Broadmoor duo and engaged couple Alexa Scimeca, Christopher Knierim win U.S. pairs figure skating title

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Broadmoor Skating Club's Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim won their first pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Scimeca and Knierim, who are engaged to be married, totaled 210.49 points, a record for the event, to beat Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier by 10.57. Scimeca and Knierim were the...

  • Bill Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. "At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the...

  • Ramsey: Air Force Academy coach Dave Pilipovich taking wrong approach with struggling team

    Here's my strong suggestion for Air Force's basketball team. I'd like to shout this message from a mountaintop, but will type it instead: Look at the scoreboard. The Falcons have endured a storm of misfortune. Kamryn Williams, the team's best rebounder and spiritual leader, is done with torn Achilles tendon. Max Yon, the team's leading...

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