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Column: Brady's stolen jersey saga proves grime doesn't pay (The Associated Press)
Martin Mauricio Ortega was OK with the first part, but apparently not the second. The one-time Mexican media executive and part-time memorabilia seller is the only suspect named so far in the overheated investigation into who stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey. There's already plenty of damning video out there, much of it helpfully provided by NFL broadcast partner Fox . [...]
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Brady's Super Bowl jerseys returned to New England Patriots (The Associated Press)
Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots. The jerseys worn by Brady during this year's Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced. Brady's 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots' locker room after the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off an investigation stretching from Boston to the Mexican border. [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – Preview: USA v. Panama | World Cup qualifier | 8:00 PM
... KEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 34/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0) DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley ( ... [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – International Round-Up: Howard the hero as the USMNT pick up a point in Panama
... t in a 1-1 tie. The result takes the USA to four points from four games. The Rapids' number one spread himself to deny Luis Tejada from point-blank range, after ... [...]
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Nuggets Fall 122-113 to Blazers in Portland
The Nuggets drop their first of a five-game road trip in Portland. [...]
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Broncos' leaders highlight Women in Sports Industry Symposium
Four women in leadership roles with the Broncos spoke to students at Colorado State University. [...]
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Vance Joseph: Working for GM John Elway 'a perfect setup'
The first-time head coach has found help from the seasoned general manager down the hall. [...]
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Rockies sign veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan to minor-league deal
SCOTTDALE, Ariz. — Looking to add experience to their young catching corps, the Rockies reached a minor-league deal with Ryan Hanigan on Tuesday, a major-league source confirmed. The deal is pending a physical, and the Rockies have not officially announced the contract. If Hanigan makes the big-league team, he will make $1.25 million, the source confirmed. Hanigan, 36, was released by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. Hanigan caught 10 seasons for Cincinnati (2007-13), Tampa Bay (2014) and Boston (2015-16). The Rockies entered spring training with three relatively inexperienced catchers in Tony Wolters, Tom Murphy and Dustin Garneau. Murphy will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list with a hairline fracture of the right forearm. The Rockies hope he will return in late April or early May. Related ArticlesMarch 28, 2017 Rockies’ rebuilt bullpen shows potential, but has a lot to prove March 28, 2017 Injured Chris Rusin will miss opening day, but Rockies want their lefty back quickly March 27, 2017 Rockies not walking into the season as starting pitchers have flipped their free passes March 27, 2017 Tyler Chatwood presses with workload in Rockies’ Cactus League win over Padres March 26, 2017 David Dahl will miss Rockies’ opener due to injury, but he’s making steady progress Hanigan is scheduled to join the Rockies on Friday, a day before the club breaks camp. He is likely to begin the regular season at Triple-A Albuquerque but could be called up quickly if the Rockies need him. He has batted .250 with 28 homers in 647 games over his major-league career. [...]
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All-Colorado girls basketball team 2017
2017 All-Colorado girls basketball team Michaela Onyenwere, Grandview Sr., G, 5-11; 20.8 points per game, 8.9 rebounds, 3.4 steals Onyenwere again was the most talented player in the state, by a large margin. She will take her talents to UCLA,  where she is expected to immediately vie for playing time. Leilah Vigil, Grandview Jr., F, 5-10; 13.8 points, 8.6 rebounds After transferring from Highlands Ranch, Vigil slid seamlessly into the Wolves’ starting rotation and provided a complementary scoring threat alongside Onyenwere. Related ArticlesMarch 26, 2017 Driven by pure love for the game, 2017 Miss Basketball Michaela Onyenwere leaves historic legacy March 24, 2017 Regis Jesuit graduate Justine Hall last Colorado preps women’s player left dancing in March Madness March 22, 2017 Post Preps Podcast: Analysis of The Show and the history behind Saturday’s annual all-star game March 22, 2017 Previewing the 2017 The Show Colorado high school basketball all-star game March 22, 2017 Hoopers to watch at The Show 2017 girls Top 20 all-star game Tatum Rembao, Loveland Sr., G, 5-8; 24.2 points, 6.7 rebounds The Creighton University commit led Class 5A in scoring this season and goes down as the best player to ever don a Loveland uniform. Camilla Emsbo, Lakewood Jr., C, 6-4; 18.9 points, 8.7 rebounds No longer just a tall girl with potential, Embso had a breakout campaign that saw her emerge as a dominant player on both ends of the floor, leading the Tigers to their first title game. Fran Belibi, Regis Jesuit Soph So., F, 6-1; 15.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.2 blocks She made national news in January when she became the first girl to dunk in a Colorado high school basketball game, but the way she carried the Raiders to the Final Four put the state on notice she’s just getting started. John Leyba, The Denver PostColorado High School All State prep basketball player Tatum Rembao Loveland on March 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Civic Center Park. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post) Coach Josh Ulitzky, Grandview Ulitizky had the most loaded lineup in the state, but the 12th-year Wolves coach continually put the right pieces in place as Grandview cruised through the Class 5A tournament and to the program’s first state title. Honorable Mention Claudia Dillon, So., F, Evergreen Abby Garnett, Jr., F, Golden Jasmine Jeffcoat, Sr., F, Monarch Kylie Jimenez, Sr., G, Horizon Ashley Madden, Sr., G, Pomona Halley Miklos, Sr., F, Liberty Common Tommi Olson, Jr., G, Highlands Ranch Jana Van Gytenbeek, Fr., G, Cherry Creek Ashley Van Sickle, Sr., G, Ralston Valley Autumn Watts, So., F, Highlands Ranch [...]
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Former Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic quickly finding his stride in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. — The growing scrum of reporters closed tight around Terry Stotts on Tuesday night as the Trail Blazers coach fielded his first question about the center playing his old team. At that moment, Jusuf Nurkic walked by the huddle mass of cameras and recorders as he made his way to the Moda Center floor to warm up. “Hey, Jusuf, all this is because of you, man,” Stotts said. Jusuf paused and smiled. “Stop it,” he replied. Related ArticlesMarch 28, 2017 Jusuf Nurkic dominant against old team as Blazers cripple Nuggets’ playoff hopes March 28, 2017 Gametracker: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers March 28, 2017 Mason Plumlee on return to Portland: “It’s not about me. … It’s about making these playoffs.” March 27, 2017 Nuggets prepare for high-stakes matchup with Trail Blazers with playoff hopes in balance March 26, 2017 Nuggets fall flat, watch playoff hopes take big hit in lopsided loss to Pelicans The stakes were the story as the Nuggets and Trail Blazers, tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, prepared to match up for the fourth and final time this season, playoff hopes for both teams hanging in the balance. Nurkic meeting his former team made for a strong subplot. Nurkic, unsatisfied with a backup role behind Nikola Jokic, was traded to Portland in February, along with with a first-round pick, for Mason Plumlee. After struggling during a brief adjustment period, the 2014 first-round pick has found his stride in Portland. Nurkic has averaged 14 points and 10.1 rebounds in 18 games since joining the Trail Blazers, a stretch in which Portland has gone 12-6. Stotts credited Nurkic’s ability to pick up Portland’s system quickly as a big reason he has made such a quick adjustment. Nurkic, noticeably slimmer than when he left Denver, insisted his focus wasn’t on finding revenge against Denver on Tuesday. Well, almost. “I want to win every game, not just against them,” Nurkic said. “I want to beat them, especially, but it’s nothing emotional right now. Right now we’re winning, and you try to be positive and learn from mistakes. Right now we’re playing great basketball.” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he is glad to see Nurkic finding success in Portland. “For us, it was a matter of we have our starting center in Nikola Jokic,” Malone said. “(Nurkic) has come in here and given them a boost, and you’re happy for him. He’s a good kid.” Second wave. Bench scoring has been an issue in the Nuggets’ last two victories, particularly in Sunday’s 115-90 loss to New Orleans. Malone said one adjustment that needs to be made with the reserves is playing through Mason Plumlee more and allowing the backup center to be a playmaker. “Less pick-and-roll, less (isolation) and less one-on-one,” Malone said. “Playcalling can help with that, and then maybe mixing up our rotations where we (Jokic) with that second group as well.” [...]
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Jusuf Nurkic dominant against old team as Blazers deal crippling blow to Nuggets’ playoff hopes
PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic dealt a crippling blow to the fading playoff hopes of his old team. Then he twisted the dagger. “I wish those guys a happy summer,” Nurkic said after his career game led the Trail Blazers to a 122-113 win over the Nuggets, a loss that puts Denver’s postseason chances on life support. Nurkic, unsatisfied with a backup role in Denver, in February was traded to Trail Blazers, along with a first-round pick, for Mason Plumlee. All Nurkic did in his first game against his old team was score a career-high 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting and grab 15 rebounds. He collected six of Portland’s 16 offensive rebounds, setting a physical tone the Nuggets were unable to match. “Jusuf Nurkic kicked our (butt),” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He was very physical. To come on the road and give up 28 second-chance points, we couldn’t rebound all night. It’s a tough loss for us.” Related ArticlesMarch 28, 2017 Former Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic quickly finding his stride in Portland March 28, 2017 Gametracker: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers March 28, 2017 Mason Plumlee on return to Portland: “It’s not about me. … It’s about making these playoffs.” March 27, 2017 Nuggets prepare for high-stakes matchup with Trail Blazers with playoff hopes in balance March 26, 2017 Nuggets fall flat, watch playoff hopes take big hit in lopsided loss to Pelicans The Nuggets (35-39), who have lost two straight games and four out of their last six, fell one game behind the Trail Blazers (36-38) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Portland also clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker with the victory. With only eight games remaining in the regular season, the Nuggets must finish two games better than Portland in that final stretch to make the playoffs. The Nuggets play all but two of their last eight games on the road, while Portland has six of its final eight at home. Nurkic backed down Jokic midway through the fourth quarter and finished with a tough left-handed hook shot that put the Trail Blazers up 109-100. It was all the cushion the red-hot Blazers needed. By the end of he game, the crowd was chanting, “Jus-uf Nur-kic,” as the third-year center raised his hand to the crowd and asked for more. C.J. McCollum, who scored a game-high 39 points, knew Nurkic was going to show up Tuesday. “He’s had this game circled since he got here,” McCollum said. Even the Nuggets were readying themselves for a monster game from their old teammate. “I expected that, to be honest,” said Nikola Jokic, who had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. “We all expected it because I know his temper and I knew he was going to do that. I knew that he was going to be aggressive and try to have the best game of his life.” And yet the Nuggets had no answers. Portland did the dirty work in the third quarter, pulling away in a shootout behind Nurkic, McCollum and Damian Lillard, who scored 19 points and hit four timely 3-pointers. The Blazers blew open a one-point game with an 18-9 run to end the third quarter. BOXSCORE: Trail Blazers 122, Nuggets 113 Portland came up with one offensive rebound after another, but none seemed bigger than the one claimed by Lillard in the closing minutes of the third quarter. The extra possession ended with a 3-pointer that put the Blazers up by 10 and ignited the 20,003 who showed up to urge their team toward the postseason. “We’re normally a good rebounding team,” said Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson, who scored a team-high 23 points. “But they kicked our tail on the defensive boards tonight. It’s one of the things that we’ve been good at this year, and we’re normally the ones kicking people’s butts on the boards.” The Trail Blazers had threatened to flip the game in the blink of an eye with a 10-0 run midway through the second quarter. Portland trailed 52-46 when Nurkic brought the home crowd alive with a driving dunk. McCollum followed with a 3-pointer, Nurkic scored again inside and Lillard buried a 3-pointer. In just 90 seconds, Portland had grabbed a four-point lead and ignited the crowd. But separation was a rare commodity early. The Nuggets used an 8-0 run of their own to briefly jump back in front, and they trailed 66-64 at halftime. Back and forth they went, a playground seesaw flipping to turbo mode. Then Denver lost steam in a shootout. The Nuggets shot only 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) and scored 21 points in the third quarter. With all the offense Portland created on the glass, that relative lull was enough to sink the Nuggets. “We’ve got to figure out a way to not have those stretches in the game where we don’t [...]
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Vance’s Vision: Broncos’ head coach details designs for roster revamp, quarterbacks, more
PHOENIX — Vance Joseph is one of the new guys, sitting at a round table in a ballroom at the posh Arizona Biltmore hotel, staring out into a room dotted by his fellow AFC coaches. Some hold more than a decade of head coaching experience. Many have made this trek to the annual league meeting for years. Most already know the odd to-do list that comes with being a new NFL head coach. Joseph is still learning. Three months into his tenure as the Broncos’ head coach, his early days have been consumed with building a staff, reviewing scheduling, even choosing paint colors and carpet patterns. “Those things I had no idea fell on my plate,” he said with a wide smile. “I don’t care. I just want to coach football.” Inside the walls of the Broncos’ headquarters, a new design has joined the new regime. On the field, a new vision is unfolding, one step, one signing, one player visit at a time. At the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday, Joseph unveiled more details of his broad plan for the Broncos, which is founded on the shortcomings of the team last season and bolstered by his expectations of what the new arrivals — players and coaches — can do. “When you build a system offensively or defensively, you kind of build a big room and you put all of your tools inside of it,” Joseph said. He added: “What fits that defense? What fits that player? What fits the scheme? So when I say system, it’s an overview of what it’s going to look like. Inside of that, you can adjust very easily.” Take a tour of his early designs. THE QUARTERBACK ROOM No conversation about the Broncos’ offense can begin without talk of the quarterbacks — their current stable of Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, and their shortlist of “maybes.” On that latter list is Tony Romo, the oft-injured 36-year-old whom Dallas has not yet released. “Romo is a nonissue,” Joseph said, echoing general manager John Elway’s comments from a day prior. “He’s under contract. We haven’t had one meeting about Romo. We’ve got these two young guys that we’re focused on.” And those two couldn’t be more different in both size and skill set. Siemian, the unknown out of Northwestern who was drafted with a seventh-round compensatory pick in 2015,  was, in most respects, a rookie last year. He made mistakes but showed flashes of potential with 242.9 passing yards per game, a near-perfect spiral and smarts. Lynch, the first-round pick the Broncos traded up to get out of Memphis last spring, has a 6-foot-7 frame, a strong arm and the mobility to make him a dual threat. Potentially. A third quarterback will be brought on for depth and competition, but who that will be may surprise. “If it’s going to be a veteran, it’s going to be a young veteran for us,” Joseph said. “I wouldn’t discount drafting a young quarterback next month. That’s possible. Again, I would focus on those first two. The third is going to fall to us. Whether it is the draft or free agency, that won’t be hard to do.” The door has not shut completely on Romo, Joseph said. That never has and never will be the Broncos’ philosophy as they consider every option to get better. Romo just isn’t one now. The emphasis is on their two quarterbacks in-house, and Joseph likes what he sees, especially Siemian. Despite the outside noise and skepticism, the tape shows it all. “He plays with a calm demeanor,” Joseph said. “He plays with the ability to not turn the ball over. We’re going to play good defense in Denver. What’s going to help Trevor and Paxton is running the football better. That’s going to give us a fair box as far as if they play single-high, we’ve got two receivers outside that are Pro Bowl-caliber guys. Now we’ve got one-on-ones with those corners. Running the football better is going to help both quarterbacks.” Denver averaged only 92.8 rushing yards per game, the 27th-fewest in the league. The Broncos couldn’t run consistently and they couldn’t score early, creating deep holes from which they struggled to climb out. Their youth at quarterback drew the eyes of fans and often masked the deeper problems at play that often originated in the trenches. BEEFING UP THE FRONT LINES The Broncos added more than 1,200 pounds of necessary weight to the offensive and defensive lines in recent signings. Four men, each topping 300 pounds, will be the catalysts for jump-starting the Broncos’ run game and defending the ground game. Ronald Leary, a starting guard on the Dallas Cowboys’ top-rated line, might be the most critical addition. Joseph dubbed him the best guard in free agency and the first piece of a team-wide attitude shift. Menelik Watson, an athletic but injury-riddled tackl [...]
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NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating
PHOENIX — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations. One day after approving the Oakland Raiders‘ move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects. That led to a change in handling officiating of video replays; eliminating “leapers” trying to block field goals or extra points; adding protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and further discussions with the players about loosening restrictions for on-field celebrations. The NFL also extended bringing touchbacks out to the 25-yard line for another year; made permanent the rule disqualifying a player who is penalized twice in a game for specific unsportsmanlike conduct fouls; and tabled reducing overtime in the regular season from 15 minutes to 10, a subject likely to be addressed at the May meetings in Chicago. Referees will now watch replays on the field using Surface tablets, eliminating “going under the hood” to watch on television monitors. League officiating chief Dean Blandino and his staff in New York will make the final decisions on those calls, with input from the referee, who in the past was the ultimate arbiter after consulting with league headquarters. “We’ve been doing this for three seasons, since 2014,” Blandino said of the centralized reviews. “It’s worked in the replay process.” Blandino, who has two assistants who also can make the final decisions at the officiating headquarters, said he has no concern about being undermanned during a heavy schedule. The leaper rule was a slam dunk, and passed unanimously. “To a person, the players association was quick to say ‘we don’t like this play,'” competition committee chairman Rich McKay said. “That absolutely always plays a part in our decision. It was an easy play to get out.” Commissioner Roger Goodell asked that adjustments in the strength of rules limiting player celebrations be tabled so he could meet with players to “bring clarity to the rules while allowing players more ability to celebrate” while avoiding over-the-top demonstrations. That proposal likely will be revisited in May. McKay noted that just because ejections and suspensions for egregious hits have been made a permanent rule instead of a one-year deal doesn’t mean the league has a problem. The committee believes suspensions are “the ultimate detriment to players” and will curb any further incidents. Related ArticlesMarch 28, 2017 Jason Witten signs extension with Dallas Cowboys through 2021 March 28, 2017 Broncos lose $4.5 million in 2017 salary cap after repayment March 28, 2017 NFL owners approve Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, so what now? March 27, 2017 Broncos’ Justin Simmons no fan of NFL’s proposed leaper ban March 27, 2017 John Elway on Tony Romo speculation: “The plan is to stay the course” with Broncos’ two QBs Also tabled was eliminating the mandatory summer cutdown to 75 players, which would leave only one cut at the end of preseason. Voted down were suggestions to permit coaches to challenge any officials’ decisions other than scoring plays and turnovers, which automatically are reviewed. Washington’s proposal to move the line of scrimmage to the 20-yard line instead of the 25 if a kickoff is sent through the uprights was defeated. Other actions taken Tuesday included: —Crackback blocks by a backfield player who goes in motion are now banned. —Creating an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for committing multiple fouls during the same down with the purpose of manipulating the game clock. —Allowing teams to interview or hire an employee of another team during the season if the other team consents. —Modifying some bylaws regarding bringing draft-eligible players to clubs’ facilities; changed procedures for returning a player to the active ranks from lists such as physically unable to perform, non-football injury or non-football illness; and tightened the restrictions on what is considered a local workout before the draft. Those local workouts worked against teams with few major colleges in the area or players who are residents, citing Green Bay vs. Miami. Withdrawn were proposals to award a third coaches’ challenge as long as a team was correct on one of its first two challenges instead of on both; eliminating the maximum of three challenges entirely; and permitting a club to negotiate and reach a contract with a head coaching candidate anytime during the postseason. Now, there is a specific window for interviewing such candidates, whose season must be over before they can be hired. [...]
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