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QB Kyle Orton says he is sore but not injured. Page 4

Matt Duchene, right, and the Avs win at Chicago after flurry of goals in final period. Page 2

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budgets are good, but not great

finally, time off AFA men look to come back from finals refreshed. Page 5

THURSDAY ❘ December 16, 2010 719-636-0250 or SPortS@gazette.com

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Revenue plan through 2013 will be discussed by brian gomez brian.gomez@gazette.com —

SAN FRANCISCO • The U.S. Olympic Committee is prepared to talk money. Finances should be a hot topic, as the USOC will discuss its straonline > tegic plan, budget and Video list of grants Beat for next writer year, as well Brian Gomez as Olympic previews the Tr a i n i n g USOC board Center capimeeting in tal projects California. gazette.com/ and a revenue plan for sports 2013 through 2016 in a 7-hour board meeting today in Redwood City, Calif. The last time the 11-person board convened, at the U.S. Olympic Assembly in September in Colorado Springs, USOC chief financial officer Walt Glover reported the USOC was doing “favorable on both cash flow and headcount,” with yearend revenues “expected to be favorable to budget as well, though not quite as much as had been forecast in June.”

I don’t feel I have to be a Barry. I don’t want to be like my dad or my brothers. I want to be my own player.” CANYON BARRY — Cheyenne Mountain junior and son of Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry

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KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE

Cheyenne Mountain’s Canyon Barry, who is also a state champion in tennis, is continuing to improve on the basketball court.

Barry doesn’t feel pressure from having Hall of Fame father

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Air Force defensive lineman Rick Ricketts, left, is confident the Falcons can contain Georgia Tech.

injured or not — afa has a united frontline by frank schwab frank.schwab@gazette.com —

There’s never a good time to be ravaged by injuries on the defensive line. Air Force, however, might have picked the worst time. Air Force will go into the Indepennext dence Bowl Independence against GeorBowl: Air Force gia Tech, the vs. Georgia best rushing Tech, Shreveoffense in port, La., 3 p.m. college footDec. 27, ESPN2, ball, short740 AM handed. In the regularseason finale, the Falcons lost starting end Zach Payne and nose guard Bradley Connor to injuries. Both are likely to miss the bowl game. The Falcons already had lost end Wylie Wikstrom to a season-ending injury earlier in the season, and Caleb Konemann also missed time.

anyon Barry has always been surrounded by his basketball family. And it’s quite a family. Rick, his father, is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and led the Golden State Warriors to the 1975 NBA title. Lynn, his mother, earned academic All-American honors as a forward at William & Mary. Three of Canyon’s half-brothers, Jon, Brent and Drew, played in the NBA. But at this moment, Canyon is alone as he considers the blessings and burdens of the Barry legacy. He’s just walked off the court following a Cheyenne

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Mountain High School victory. “I don’t feel I have to be a Barry,” Canyon says in a steady voice. “I don’t want to be like my dad or my brothers. I want to be my own player.” And he’s moving toward this goal. Canyon is a 6-foot-41/2, 155-pound junior forward who averages 8.5 points. He remains an unfinished product, a player

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Hall of Famer and to have that kind of pressure on you is tremendous, but he doesn’t act like he feels pressure. “And he never walks around acting like, ‘I’m the son of an NBA legend so it should be all about me.’ He’s the ultimate team player. He’s a team guy. He really is.” At times, the team guy struggles. His shooting touch wavers and he struggles against muscular opponents. But there are glimpses of what could be ahead. Today against Denver’s Thomas Jefferson, a perennial state power, —

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Coronado tops Pine Creek in battle of heavyweights

Coronado’s Jared Rieck celebrated with fans after the Cougars defeated Pine Creek 37-31 Wednesday at Coronado High School. Rieck defeated Jess Roberson in their 215-pound match.

by justin pederson preps@gazette.com —

After squaring off in the 5A Metro League championship dual the past three years the timing of the annual battle between Pine Creek and Coronado changed, but the intensity did not. The early season clash of the Colorado Springs titans drew enough hype that USA Wrestling webcast the event on TheMat.com and the two teams didn’t disappoint. The host Cougars entered ranked No.1 in the state in Class 5A in Tim Yount’s On The Mat Rankings, with Pine Creek at No. 4. Both teams won seven matches, but in the end the Cougars prevailed 37-31, with senior

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still growing into his body. But there’s no hiding his potential. He wears size 15 sneakers and has enormous hands and a longer reach than his father, who stands 6-foot-7. He wears his heritage lightly. He’s hyper supportive of his teammates, applauding after baskets and steals and rebounds. He’s from a family of basketball celebrities, but seeks to blend with the crowd. Cheyenne Mountain coach Chad Belveal talks with admiration for Canyon’s team-first approach. “He has the perfect demeanor for what he’s living in,” Belveal says. “He’s the son of an NBA

KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE

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The Gazette honors the area’s best fall high school athletes in a special section that can be found in today’s paper. Think we left someone off All-Area teams? Want to check out all-league lists? Then visit gazettepreps.com.


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