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BOULDER, Colo. -- As a 6-year-old, Alex Kelley settled into a linemans stance next to his two brothers and father for a family photo at Folsom Field.An early glimpse of blocks to come.Born in Spain and raised in San Diego, the Colorado senior center grew up humming the school fight song and hanging on every word of the stories from his dad, Karry, an offensive tackle for the Buffaloes in the 1970s.Now, Alex Kelley is front and center for the resurgence of No. 23 Colorado. He started the Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) on the right path by scoring the seasons first TD when he pounced on a fumble in the end zone. Theyre nationally ranked again, bowl eligible for the first time since 2007 and contending for the Pac-12 South title.Just what he always pictured.Ive been here when we lost to Fresno State, 69-14 (in 2012), to when we beat Arizona State, 40-13 (two weeks ago), Kelley said. This, right now, what were doing, I cant even put words to how fun it is. I grew up hearing all my dads stories of playing Nebraska, of running out behind Ralphie (the school mascot). I just wake up every morning extremely happy to be here.Out of high school, Kelley was all ready to commit to Boise State when Colorado entered the picture late.Black and gold it was. He couldnt help himself, even if the Buffaloes were floundering at the time.Lineman lineage ran too deep.His father played on the offensive line for the Buffaloes from 1976-79, with the team earning a conference title in `76 and ranked as high as No. 3 in `77. The Buffs went 3-8 in Karry Kelleys final season.The reverse has been true for his son. His teams struggled early -- 4-8 in 2013, 2-10 in `14, 4-9 in `15 -- and now theyve turned the corner.We knew that Colorado would rise again sooner or later, Karry Kelley said. Its really exciting to see Alex be a part of a program thats having this kind of success. The goal is a Pac-12 championship and I think they have a shot at doing that. Im pulling for that.Of course he is.His dad loves this place. Alex loves this place, coach Mike MacIntyre said. Alex has been here through a lot of rough things. Hes very well respected by his teammates. Hes done an excellent job with us this year.In many ways, Kelley is just your ordinary center: Stout blocker, bushy beard, in sync with his quarterback Sefo Liufau, watches a lot of video.And in some ways, hes not: Born in Madrid to missionary parents, a Teddy bear disposition (Liufaus description) and big into video games. His favorite game is Defense of the Ancients, and his favorite character is Anti-Mage, whos known for his high agility in holding back the enemy.Fitting for this 6-foot-2, 310-pound blocking machine whos springing holes for Phillip Lindsay and keeping Liufau safe in the pocket.Kelley had every linemans dream in the season opener -- a touchdown.Heres how the play unfolded: Against Colorado State, Liufau fumbled going into the end zone, and there was Kelley to jump on the football.Little did he know it was a TD, though -- the first by a Buffaloes offensive lineman since 1995. His mom, Charlyn, and dad in the stands didnt know, either. It wasnt until their son who lives in Turkey -- and was watching the game -- sent a text that Alex scored.Now that was really fun, Karry Kelley said.Alexs regret was not getting the football.Still, the play gained him consideration for the Piesman Trophy , an award given to the lineman who does the most unlineman-like thing over the course of a season.Id vote for him, because he saved my butt in terms of recovering that fumble, Liufau said. Hes someone I admire, how he worries about other people besides himself. Its easy to get caught up in football, and the success of the team. Hes a great person overall -- what he does and the things he does for people around him.Since he was little, Kelley has always extended a helping hand. Thats why he went to Haiti in 2010 to clean up after an earthquake devastated the country. Or with his father to a Peruvian village in the middle of the Amazon jungle to aid a community. His dad loves the story of how the kids in the village didnt wear shoes and so Alex went barefoot, too.Just Alex being Alex.Hes a Teddy bear -- unless somebody is trying to mess with Sefo, his father said. Then, hes more like a grizzly bear.---Online: AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Air Jordan Cheap Wholesale . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. Cheap Air Jordans Shoes Wholesale . -- Jakob Silfverberg is making himself right at home with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals in his first four games. http://www.discountairjordan.com/ . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. Discount Jordans Free Shipping . The defence is doing its part, too. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and the guys on the other side made sure that was enough, sending the Saints to a 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Wholesale Jordan Shoes From China . - Chris Tierney snapped a tie with a power-play goal late in the third period as the London Knights rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Erie Otters 5-3 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy almost never missed a game when he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. Sometimes hed be watching on TV from the teams spring training complex in Arizona. Other times, hed be watching on television between rehab starts at some minor league outpost. He finally made his return on Wednesday night and laboured through 3 2-3 innings against the Minnesota Twins. He left with the Royals trailing by a run, but this time had a front-row seat to watch as his scrappy bunch of teammates clawed their way back for a 5-2 victory. The Royals bullpen held the Twins off the scoreboard the final 5 1-3 innings. "Im not satisfied with this at all. It wasnt where I wanted to be today," Duffy said, "but we gutted it out, we got the win and the bullpen was amazing." Duffy was electric for as long as he was in the game. He struck out seven with an overpowering fastball that at times reached 97 mph, and then used his changeup to keep the Twins off balance. But he struggled through the same command issues that often plagued him prior to his injury, and needed 93 pitches to last as long as he did. "When he got hurt, he was still learning how to harness his adrenaline," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Once he learns how to harness his adrenaline, hes going to be a pretty nice pitcher." Once Duffy left the game, Louis Coleman (2-0) and three more Kansas City relievers managed to navigate the next 4 1-3 innings. All-Star closer Greg Holland worked around a single by pinch-hitter Joe Mauer in the ninth to wrap up his 30th save and the series win. "We feel really comfortable when we give them the lead," first baseman Eric Hosmer said, "and any time we give them insurance runs, we feel really good about them closing it out." Alex Gordon homered off Samuel Deduno (7-5) to tie the game once Duffy left. Alcides Escobar hit a go-ahead single later in the fourth, Lorenzo Cain hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Gordon drove in another run in the seventh with the 200th double of his career. Deduno, who hadnt lost in his last four starts, allowed four runs on 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He didnt walk a batter for the first time this season. "He was battling pretty hard and they were shooting balls the other way on him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He battled through the besst he could.dddddddddddd" Minnesota made sure that Duffy would work hard in his first time on a big league mound since May 2012. Brian Dozier, whose leadoff homer set the tone in a 7-0 win Tuesday night, opened the game with a triple off the young left-hander. Brian Colabello worked a two-out walk before Ryan Doumit delivered an RBI single to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. Doumit would leave the game in the fourth inning after feeling nauseous, and the Twins said afterward that he would likely land on the seven-day concussion list. "I felt like mentally in a fog. I was nauseous. I was dizzy," the catcher said. "If you cant concentrate on the pitches you are calling, you shouldnt be back there." The Royals answered in the third when Brett Hayes, whos filling in at catcher while Salvador Perez is out with his own concussion, lined a double off the third-base bag. Deduno recovered to retire the next two Royals, but Escobar drove in Hayes with a tying single. The Twins pulled back ahead in the fourth on Doziers two-out double, but Gordon answered again in the bottom half when he snapped a 1-for-23 skid with his homer. Escobars run-scoring single later in the inning gave the Royals the lead for good. Cains RBI single and Gordons run-scoring double took some of the pressure off the Royals bullpen, which entered the game with the best ERA in the American League. Coleman retired five batters to run his streak of scoreless innings to 16 1-3, and Tim Collins struck out the only three he faced. Aaron Crow escaped a jam of his own creation in the seventh, and Kelvin Herrera left runners on second and third to end the eighth. Holland ensured there would be little drama in the ninth. "We got into the fourth inning and looking at those guys down there, I felt really good about protecting a one-run lead," Yost said. "It wasnt pretty at times but they got it done." Notes: The Royals optioned LHP Will Smith to Triple-A Omaha. ... RF David Lough (left quad tightness) was back in the KC lineup. ... Perez began light workouts and could return from the seven-day concussion DL on Sunday. ... Minnesota RHP Liam Hendricks will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester and start the second game of doubleheader Friday at the White Sox. The Twins are off Thursday. ... The Royals open a four-game set Thursday against Boston. ' ' '
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