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Broncos-Bengals score predictions: Even Mile High Magic cannot help this team
Only two MHR writers haven’t given up on the Broncos chances to pull out the W this weekend. The 3-6 Denver Broncos host the 3-6 Cincinnati Bengals at home Sunday, and while the Mile High advantage is barely giving the Broncos an edge over the Bengals in Vegas, it’s doing almost nothing in Broncos Country. Just nine games in, fans are exhausted with this season, and for many it’s hard to see much light at the end of the tunnel. Much of the MHR staff has “embraced the tank” - as reflected in the predictions below - and it’s hard to argue with the sentiment, even though the Bengals haven’t won a game in Denver since 1975, as Brandon Perna points out, to which he adds: “This probably means the Bengals are guaranteed a win since we’re seeing all positive streaks come to an end.” Perna, in fact, believes that since he keeps picking the Broncos to win, and they lose, if he picks them to lose this week, perhaps he’ll “reverse the curse” and they’ll win. Let’s hope. Bengals 24, Broncos 10 Broncos 27, Bengals 17 If the Broncos are going to win another game this season, they need to beat the Bengals this week. If they can't manage that, then wins over teams like the Jets and Colts are far from assured. The Bengals have a terrible offensive line after letting all their talent there walk last offseason, so the Broncos need to bring the heat and put Andy Dalton on his back as often as possible. And the run defense needs to lock down like it was doing earlier in the season. On offense, this might be Brock Osweiler's last audition for 2017. A loss would probably see Paxton Lynch take over next week. A win, though, would make the coaches' decision harder. - Taylor Kothe Bengals 23, Broncos 17 The Broncos are masters at beating themselves. Should they win this game? Absolutely. Will they win this game? Probably not. - Tim Lynch Bengals 24, Broncos 13 Losing to the Bengals gives the Broncos a top 5 pick. #EmbraceTheTank - Scotty Payne “I get it. I feel the same way the fans feel… My only goal is to win football games, so I get the criticism and I don’t mind it.” - Coach Joseph pic.twitter.com/51Ez1VNuxD— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 16, 2017 Bengals 24, Broncos 20 While the Bengals might be the best antidote this team could have with the current streak they are on, it won’t happen. Have the Broncos done anything in the last five weeks to show they can produce enough points to win a game? No. The current incarnation of this team will find a way to lose. McManus will get his though, so it is nice to see he has turned his season around. The defense will also find some success, but the offensive struggles will be the mountain that can’t be climbed. - Adam Malnati Bengals 27, Broncos 13 This has been a season of history for Denver … and not in a good way. The Broncos got shutout for the first time in 25 years, allowed 50 or more points for the first time in seven years and have now lost two-straight games at home to Tom Brady. In the history of the series between the Broncos and Bengals, Cincinnati has won just two games in Denver. The last time it happened was Nov. 9, 1975, when the Bengals won 17-16. If ever there was a season for history to be made, this is it. And after the game, rest assured we’ll hear how great the Broncos practiced. #EmbraceTheTank - Ian St. Clair Broncos win I’m a little superstitious about picking actual scores when it comes to predicting Broncos games, but I’m very superstitious about picking against this team. I will never do it, since I think the bad karma is a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ignorant to the problems on this team, nor am I convinced they can overcome them in one week, but I do always think it is possible for the Broncos to win, no matter how improbable. And no matter the legit reasons to “embrace the tank” and start planning for next year, the competitor in me just can’t do it. I can’t for one second justify wishing for a loss when there are guys out there doing whatever they can to win. Von Miller not messing around. Walked into the locker room today, turned to Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett and ordered them to the weight room. "We got 11 sacks this season. Let's go."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) November 17, 2017 Where do you stand, Broncos Country? [...]
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Broncos GM Elway calls team 'soft'
Denver Broncos general manager and president of football operations John Elway slammed the team at an event on Friday. The Broncos have lost five straight games and have not been competitive, with all the defeats by double-digits and a combined total of 97. The Broncos are also the only team to lose to the New York Giants this season. [...]
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Friday's Sports In Brief
Danica Patrick broke down in tears as she announced she will retire from full-time racing next year after running the Daytona 500 and then the Indianapolis 500, closing her career at the storied track that made her famous. Patrick told The Associated Press it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, the idea of ending her career at Indianapolis Motor Speedway popped into her head. [...]
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[Mile High Sports] – Slow start in Jamaica leads to Rams’ first loss of 2017-18 | Mile High Sports
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Game Preview: Solving the Davis-Cousins Duo is Priority One for the Nuggets Against New Orleans
It was roughly 32 hours before the Nuggets were to face New Orleans and its dynamic big man duo of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. [...]
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Nuggets Blitz Pelicans, Put up 146 in Rout of New Orleans
For starters, the Nuggets needed to get out to a good start. The starters obliged. [...]
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Where Are They Now: Charley Johnson
Jim Saccomano catches up with Renaissance man Charley Johnson, who became a professor at his alma mater after his NFL career ended. [...]
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Joe Girardi says he was “a little shocked” when Yankees let him go
ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Girardi expected to be back for an 11th season as New York Yankees manager. “I was a little shocked,” he said of his dismissal Tuesday after attending a meeting of Major League Baseball’s competition committee. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced his decision Oct. 26, and then explained last week he made the move because of “ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel.” Girardi said he wasn’t disappointed about the statements. “I’m one that (is) pretty aware of what happens and what goes on inside a clubhouse … so I don’t ever worry about that,” he said. “You know, it’s life,” he added. “You understand that you have to move on. I invested a lot of time in there and have a lot of great memories there. But this is part of life. When you take a job as a manager, you know that this is a possibility, and you have to deal with this. You also get to deal with the other side, the excitement of being hired.” His 910-710 regular-season record with the Yankees is sixth in victories managing the team, and he led New York to its 27th World Series title in 2009. Girardi anticipates having discussions after Thanksgiving about working as a broadcaster for a national network. He will not return next year to the Yankees’ YES Network, where he worked in 2007 before he was hired to manage the team. “I think that would be kind of strange,” he said. Related Articles Astros’ Jose Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton earns NL honor Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards by wide margins Derek Jeter confirms Marlins listening to offers for Giancarlo Stanton Speeding up games on MLB agenda for next season Rockies’ Bud Black finishes third for NL manager of the year; D-backs Torey Lovullo wins the award New York has interviewed bench coach Rob Thomson and former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge for the opening, and Cashman expects interviews to resume after the general managers’ meetings this week. Girardi is aware of the search. “It’s hard not to, because if you go on a website or if you’re watching TV, it flashes across the bottom,” he said. “But it’s not something that I’m paying close attention to.” Former Yankees captain Derek Jeter, now in charge of the Miami Marlins‘ baseball and business operations, was part of the competition committee meeting. “I’m going to stay with it as long as they want me. So it’s kind of what I do,” Girardi said, laughing. [...]
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Speeding up games on MLB agenda for next season
ORLANDO, Fla. — Puffing on a cigar, Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said what many fans believe. “It doesn’t matter if the game is 3 1/2 hours if it was an exciting game. But if it’s a 2-1 game, it takes 4 hours, nobody’s too happy with it,” he said Tuesday. “I believe we should speed up the game. That’s one of the things we should do, is limit the number of trips that a catcher can take to the mound in the course of an inning or a game. We could easily cut 20 minutes off the time of a game if we really wanted to.” The average time of a nine-inning contest was a record 3 hours, 5 minutes this season, up from 2:56 in 2015. The postseason average was 3:29. Many owners and general managers want to cut down trips to the mound by catchers. Whether the reason is changing signs, talking about pitch selection or just giving a pitcher a breather during long plate appearances, management wants to cut back. Pitchers and catchers say they are being extra cautious in an era where dozens of high-definition cameras are focused on them, and each team has employees in video rooms seeking any advantage. “There could be an element of paranoia involved,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers president of baseball operations, didn’t hedge. “I don’t think it’s paranoia, I think it’s real,” he said of the sign-stealing threat. MLB proposed three changes to address game length last offseason that the players’ union didn’t accept, and management can start them next year without player approval: restricting catchers to one trip to the mound per pitcher each inning; employing a 20-second pitch clock; and raising the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level — at the top of the kneecap. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred prefers reaching an agreement with the union, and changes could be phased in over several years. The strike zone change has been discussed less in recent months. Dialogue between MLB and the union is ongoing. There also has been discussion about cutting the time between innings by using split screens to broadcast commercials while half-innings get underway. “It’s not just listening to our current fans, it’s thinking about our future fans and the landscape we’re competing on, how they watch other sports, how they digest media in general and where society is kind of taking sports and sports media,” Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said. “It’s important to consider those things. To operate in a vacuum would be a mistake.” While many want to eliminate what they call “dead time,” the debate is what new rules to put in place. “I know catchers are out there to try to help the pitcher, so when our team does it, it doesn’t annoy me,” St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said with a laugh before adding: “I think it needs to be eliminated to a degree.” Related Articles Astros’ Jose Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton earns NL honor Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards by wide margins Derek Jeter confirms Marlins listening to offers for Giancarlo Stanton Joe Girardi says he was “a little shocked” when Yankees let him go Rockies’ Bud Black finishes third for NL manager of the year; D-backs Torey Lovullo wins the award Reinsdorf said the Cardinals’ All-Star catcher is among the worst offenders. “The master of going out to the mound is Yadier Molina, because he’s like a pitching coach. He’s out there helping his pitcher,” Reinsdorf said. “There’s a trillion ways that you could take 20 minutes off the game, and Rob is smart enough to know what they are, and I think he wants to do it, so I think it will get done.” Manfred spoke to the general managers and reinforced there would be severe sanctions for trying to evade baseball’s labor contract by agreeing to a future major league contract with Japanese star pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani, who if posted must agree to only a minor league contract with a limited signing bonus. Manfred also briefed the GMs on what Hahn said were “impending sanctions for team improprieties.” Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella and special assistant Gordon Blakeley resigned Oct. 2 after an MLB investigation revealed serious rules violations in the international player market. As GMs prepared to end their meeting, team chief executives began arriving for committee meetings Wednesday and a quarterly owners’ meeting Thursday. A vote is likely on a new contract with online ticket exchange StubHub. [...]
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Pomona earns decisive quarterfinal victory over Fairview behind Ryan Marquez’s five touchdown passes
It’s fair to say the Pomona crowd at the North Area Athletic Complex on Friday was a bit stunned when Panthers star running back Max Borghi lost his first fumble of the season to end a promising drive in the first quarter, and then Fairview proceeded to score to take an early lead. But Pomona, state runner-up the past two seasons, is well aware of how to win a Class 5A playoff slugfest. Borghi busted free for a 59-yard touchdown run on the Panthers’ next drive as Pomona retook the lead and did not relinquish it the rest of the evening in a decisive 48-31 quarterfinal victory. “We haven’t had adversity or been in a close game in a long time, but after that fumble Max was like, ‘Okay, that’s it,’ and he made a couple great runs and Ryan (Marquez) threw a couple great passes,” Pomona coach Jay Madden said. “That’s what leaders do.” Maquez got the fireworks going under cold and damp conditions with a 76-yard heave to junior Billy Pospisil on the Panthers’ first play from scrimmage to make it 7-0, the senior’s first of five touchdown passes on the night. But senior Tevye Schuett Pelz-Rohl’s 32-yard field goal and sophomore Aidan Atkinson’s 24-yard touchdown pass to junior Matt Greenwald off the Borghi turnover made it 10-7 and shifted the momentum right back to coach Tom McCartney’s squad. After Borghi’s big run put a gust back into the Big Black faithful, another Marquez touchdown pass — this time a 69-yard strike to senior Riley Govan — gave Pomona a 21-10 lead with 3:28 to play in the second. “This feeling–playing in Nov & Dec with teammates you’ve done this with multiple times… It’s unreal.” @quezus_ & Pomona’s 5A playoff march continues into semis #copreps pic.twitter.com/QhB4U215JX — Kyle Newman (@KyleNewmanDP) November 18, 2017 “Our quarterback played great all night,” Madden said. “He missed a couple throws, but for the most part he was on the money. And as long as we kept scoring, our defense finally relaxed a little bit.” Schuett Pelz-Rohl and the Knights answered with an impressive 44-yard field goal just before half, but when the teams came back out of the locker rooms for the third, it was Pomona who controlled the line of scrimmage and the scoreboard. Senior running back Mariano Kemp turned in a notable performance for the Knights, finishing with more than 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Aidan Atkinson kept Fairview in the game in the first half with a number of big passing plays. But Madden’s defense stood tall on several key drives in the second half, while the Panthers’ offensive line was able to create plenty of holes for Borghi and junior Theorius Robison in addition to giving Marquez time to stand in the pocket. Pospisil finished with three receiving scores to pace the Panthers’ aerial attack. Meanwhile, to the southeast, Grandview pulled off a stunner by toppling previously undefeated and two-time defending champion Valor Christian 28-19, thus setting the Wolves up with a semifinal bout against Pomona next week. Listen to the archived broadcast: [...]
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Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A teams fared in quarterfinal playoff action
Here’s how the teams in the Class 5A and Class 4A state playoffs fared in the quarterfinals. The season culminates with the championship games on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Sports Authority Field. CLASS 5A No. 8 Grandview (10-2) beat No. 1 Valor Christian (11-1) 28-16 in one of the most stunning upsets in recent preps history, as the Wolves rattled off 28 unanswered points following an early 10-0 deficit to end the Eagles’ state-best 21-game winning streak. Grandview had clutch performances from the entire defense as well as junior running back Jordan Billingsley and senior wideout Gunner Gentry. No. 4 Pomona (10-2) beat No. 5 Fairview (10-2) 48-31 as senior quarterback Ryan Marquez threw five touchdown passes — three of which found the hands of junior Billy Pospisil — while the Big Black linemen wore Fairview down in the second half and Washington State commit Max Borghi put the game on ice with a 91-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. No. 3 Columbine (11-1) beat No. 6 Regis Jesuit (10-2) 28-18 as the two heavyweights tussled back and forth through a scoreless first quarter, and the Raiders took a 10-7 lead heading into the locker room thanks to a Pierce Thrasher field goal. But sophomore Andrew Gentry and the Rebels’ offensive line controlled the trenches in the second half, as the Raiders didn’t score again until the game was out of reach. No. 2 Eaglecrest (11-0) plays No. 7 Cherry Creek (9-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Semifinal pairings: Grandview vs. Pomona, Columbine vs. Eaglecrest/Cherry Creek CLASS 4A No. 1 Pine Creek (11-1) beat No. 8 Rampart (9-3) 29-7 in the snow at District 20 Stadium, where senior corner Xavier Hill’s scoop-and-score provided the spark to book the Eagles’ fifth consecutive semifinals appearance. Hill also had a rushing touchdown, as did sophomore sensation David Moore III to ice the game and send coach Rob Royer and the Rams packing. No. 4 Pueblo West (10-1) plays No. 5 Chatfield (10-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. No. 6 Pueblo South (10-1) plays No. 14 Vista Ridge (7-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. No. 7 Loveland (11-0) plays No. 15 Broomfield (7-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Semifinal pairings: Pine Creek vs. Pueblo West/Chatfield, Pueblo South/Vista Ridge vs. Loveland/Broomfield [...]
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Denver Nuggets erupt for NBA season-high 146 points in blowout of New Orleans Pelicans
Michael Malone demands that his Denver Nuggets have a “0.5 mentality.” What does that mean? Players should hold the ball in their hands for less than one second before making a decision to shoot if they are open, pass if they are not or drive if there’s a free path to the basket. That approach was at its best Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans, with the ball unselfishly and rapidly whipping from inside to outside and around the perimeter before the most open Nugget fired the best possible shot. And the result was the highest scoring output in the NBA this season and Denver’s highest regulation point total in nearly a decade in a 146-114 blowout at the Pepsi Center. “That’s really beautiful to watch when you play the game the right way, like we did,” Malone said. The Nuggets’ (9-6) offensive eruption came one game after their worst performance on that end of the floor of the season in Monday’s loss at Portland. After scoring 82 points total against the Trail Blazers, Denver dropped 82 in the second half alone against the Pelicans (8-8). The Nuggets shot 62.9 percent from the floor, their highest mark since 2012, including an 18-for-35 finish from 3-point distance. They recorded a season-high 37 assists. Their starters combined to score 101 points, with each member totaling at least 13. Denver was paced by a blistering shooting performance from its starting backcourt. Jamal Murray scored 31 points — one away from his career high set less than a week ago against the Orlando Magic — while making 13 of his 18 attempts from the field. Gary Harris, in his return from a two-game absence with a shoulder injury, scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting (including 4-of-6 from 3-point range), added five assists and had an eye-popping plus/minus of plus-41. “(Our chemistry is) growing each game,” Harris said. “Especially us being in the backcourt, we’ve got to help each other out and just continue to play together. He lets me know what he sees. I let him know what I see. When he pushes the pace like that, it’s over with.” Added Murray: “When everybody touches the ball and we get a lot of open looks, we’re really hard to guard. It’s great team basketball.” But the Nuggets were also anchored by their big men. Paul Millsap finished with 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Nikola Jokic (13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists) and Wilson Chandler (15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists) both notched double-doubles. Millsap and Jokic also tag-teamed to limit New Orleans star DeMarcus Cousins to 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Any Pelicans’ momentum clearly turned, though, when fellow frontcourt standout Anthony Davis (17 points in 21 minutes) left the game for concussion protocol after accidentally knocking heads with Jokic early in the third quarter. Related Articles The Morning After: 8 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ rout of New Orleans Pelicans No hard feelings between Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets briefs: Gary Harris available against Pelicans, Mason Plumlee “should” play Will Barton already flashing versatility for Denver Nuggets New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets: How to watch, preview and more Denver nailed nine of its first 10 shot attempts of the night, helping it build a 27-point lead in the opening frame. But that dwindled to single digits while surrendering 37 points in the second quarter, largely due to stagnant offense and sub-par defense from the Nuggets’ bench lineups. The Nuggets, though, seized control by outscoring New Orleans 42-24 in the third quarter. Murray recorded nine of his points during a 13-5 spurt to start the period, including a 3-pointer that initiated a launch of his “Blue Arrow.” Millsap later sank his own trey from the left corner to increase that advantage to 20 points at 85-65. By the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, the Nuggets’ lead had ballooned to 34 points. “We forgot why we built the lead,” Malone said of the difference between the second quarter and second half. “ … Thank goodness, in that second half, we got back to playing the way we need to play for 48 minutes.” That all yielded another dominant home performance for the Nuggets, who are now 7-2 at the Pepsi Center and winners of eight of their last 11 games overall. Next, the Nuggets will try to recreate that same success on the road, where they are 2-4 ahead of a three-game trip that begins Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers before contests at Sacramento and Houston. Denver’s coaching staff will compile the highlights from Friday’s offensive explosion to remind the players that the “0.5 mentality” is why they’re winning games. Malone could [...]
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