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2017 Broncos opponent preview Week 3: Buffalo Bills
The Denver Broncos are the better team on paper over the Buffalo Bills. In Week 3 of the 2017 regular season, the Denver Broncos will travel to upstate New York to face the Buffalo Bills. Like the Broncos, the Bills also have a new head coach and coaching staff. Unlike the Broncos, the Bills have severe talent problems all over the field. The Bills are likely not a very good football team in 2017 and are a couple of solid offseasons away from changing the culture there, which should give the Broncos a leg up on them in their matchup this season. All-time series: Bills lead 20-16-1 Bills free agency Key additions: Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Steven Hauschka Key losses: Stephon Gilmore, Zach Brown, Marquise Goodwin, Robert Woods, Garrison Sanborn The Bills lost some talent at a few key skill positions, but overall didn’t get reduced too badly. The big hit has been on defense, where they lost several starters who will be replaced by players with very little experience or playing time. Add in that Rick Dennison will be their offensive coordinator, it might be safe to assume the defense is going to be tested with poor field position in a lot of games in 2017. Bills 2017 draft class Given their free agent losses, the Bills drafted exactly to their biggest needs. Going cornerback, wide receiver, offensive line and linebacker. All four positions took significant hits to the depth on the roster in free agency. Way too early predictions Week 3: Broncos 27, Bills 6 The first blowout win for the Broncos in 2017 comes on the road against the pretty bad Bills team. It’s May, so why not predict something that is too early to know how good either team is going to be this season. Although, we at least know the Broncos have a world beating defense. That alone should give them the win in this game. Then again, Tyrod Taylor could take the Rico offense to the hilt and dissect the No Fly Zone for a double-digit win. LOL, I know. [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Why did security at DSGP feel so… different Saturday night?
... . different Saturday night? - Burgundy Wave clock menu more-arrow a Colorado Rapids community Library ✕ Why did security at DSGP feel so... different Saturday n ... [...]
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[MLS: MLS Insider] – ****: The top coaching moves of Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season
... n and outshooting the Rapids 25-6. Vermes’ staff prepared their team well for Colorado's 4-4-2 personnel, ... [...]
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2017 Draft Profile: De'Aaron Fox
Class: Freshman Ht: 6-foot-4 Wt: 171 pounds [...]
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2017 Draft Profile: Dennis Smith Jr.
Take a look at 2017 NBA Draft prospect Dennis Smith Jr. [...]
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Broncos, Briefly: Monday, May 29, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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WATCH: Rockies prospect Josh Fuentes strikes out in incredibly unique manner
Rockies prospect Josh Fuentes made a memorable play he probably wants to forget. Related ArticlesMay 28, 2017 Rockies blast their way to another series victory, topping the Cardinals with a wild eighth inning May 28, 2017 Jon Gray “turning it loose” pitching without a boot and his return to Rockies is nearing May 27, 2017 Adam Wainwright has dominated the Rockies like no other pitcher in 25 years. And he did it again. May 27, 2017 Kiszla: Inside Rockies rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela, there’s a little bit of Michael Jordan May 27, 2017 Mark Reynolds, still on a Rockies tear, hitting far and near; Nolan Arenado’s “matador”; offense rolling The 24-year-old Hartford Yard Goats infielder faced pitcher Cory Burns of Mets Double-A affiliate Binghamton with two outs in the top of the eighth inning on Friday. Burns looked like he lost his footing and threw a dribbler into the dirt in front of him. As the ball rolled harmless toward the catcher, Fuentes took a practice swing. That’s a no-no. The umpire called a strike and ended the inning. The Yard Goats would lose 5-4. “Made it to sports center dream come true,” Fuentes tweeted. @SportsCenter Made it to sports center dream come true — josh fuentes (@jfuent19) May 28, 2017 [...]
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Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw rocked in Dodgers’ 9-4 sweep of Cubs
LOS ANGELES — Two aces with three World Series titles, three Cy Young Awards and 10 All-Star nods between them struggling on the same day? If it hadn’t happened to Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw, Joe Maddon wouldn’t have believed it. “It sounds like fiction to me,” the Cubs manager said. Reality bites, particularly for Maddon’s team. Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez led an offensive outburst with three-run homers that upstaged the anticipated duel between the two aces, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 9-4 on Sunday to sweep the Cubs in three games at home for the first time since August 2012. “I’ve not seen Clayton like that. We were on him,” Maddon said. “It was just one of those days. It’s inexplicable.” Lester and Kershaw were rocked for 10 runs and 18 hits in a combined 7 2/3 innings of their first career matchup. The left-handers failed to retire the side in order in any inning. Lester (3-3) gave up a season-high six runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season for Chicago. He struck out six and walked two. The three homers he surrendered were a season high. “Just wasted the whole day. I didn’t have command of my fastball on either side of the plate,” Lester said. “I couldn’t really go to any particular pitch to try and bail me out of any trouble.” Kershaw allowed a season-high-tying four runs and a career-high-tying 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing so far this year. The Cubs stranded 10 runners against him. “They battled me well,” Kershaw said. “Gave up a lot of hits, but our team was better today. Silver lining that we got the sweep. I’ll think about all that other bad stuff tomorrow.” Related ArticlesMay 27, 2017 Chase Anderson takes no-hit bid into eighth in Brewers win over Diamondbacks May 27, 2017 Jameson Taillon set for first rehab start since cancer surgery May 27, 2017 Stephen Strasburg strikes out career-high 15 as Nationals down Padres May 27, 2017 Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. senator, dies at 85 May 26, 2017 Tom Lasorda recovering after pacemaker replacement surgery Josh Fields (2-0) got the victory, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings. The game’s 13 runs came on seven homers. “You hit those stretches sometimes when you’re just hitting home runs, and that’s the way you’re scoring,” Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said. “Hopefully, next time that happens we take advantage of it.” Bellinger put the Dodgers ahead 3-1 with a drive into the right-field pavilion in the second for the rookie’s team-leading 10th homer. It was Lester’s first homer allowed with runners on this season. “The ball can fly during the day here so you try to take advantage of it,” Bellinger said. Hernandez connected in the third, extending the lead to 6-1. Chicago pulled within two with three runs in the fourth. Javier Baez hit a solo shot and Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run drive for his team-leading 12th homer. The Cubs jumped on Kershaw from the start. Baez and Bryant had broken-bat singles on first pitches from him to open the game. Addison Russell singled off the first pitch leading off the fifth. “It was just getting kind of haywire there,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Chicago led 1-0 when Willson Contreras homered leading off the second, snapping 30 consecutive road innings without a run scored. It came on the 12th pitch of the at-bat after Contreras fouled off five straight pitches from Kershaw. Austin Barnes homered off Chicago’s Mike Montgomery in the fifth. Pinch hitter Yasiel Puig added a two-run shot in the seventh off Pedro Strop. The Dodgers have won nine of 11 overall and 11 of 13 at home. The Cubs were outscored 18-4 in the series, losing the first two games by scores of 4-0 and 5-0. They have lost eight of 10 on the road. TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: INF Ben Zobrist sat out a second straight game with a sore left wrist, but is expected to return to the lineup Monday. Dodgers: LF Franklin Gutierrez left in the first inning with a gastrointestinal illness. … CF Joc Pederson is still in concussion protocol. He will make the trip to St. Louis, but he isn’t expected to be activated. He stayed in the clubhouse Sunday instead of the dugout to avoid sensory overload. … LHP Brandon McCarthy had an MRI that showed patella tendinitis in his right knee, which won’t keep him out of the rotation. SWEET RELIEF The Dodgers’ NL-leading bullpen pitched 4 2/3 hitless innings. The pen hasn’t given up a run in four straight games and has tossed 15 2/3 scoreless innings during that stretch, while allowing just three hits, striking out 12 and walking three. “No on [...]
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Valor Christian wins second straight Class 4A baseball title
Although Valor Christian still is a relatively new high school, with its first senior class graduating in 2010, state championships — especially in football — are old hat for the Eagles. Yes, and now in baseball too. Left fielder Brady Buehler had a two-run double and shortstop Austin Howell added a two-run single during a five-run Valor Christian second inning Sunday, and the Eagles went on to beat Evergreen 7-3 at Metro State and claim their second consecutive Class 4A state title. Catcher Noah Kuzma doubled to drive in Howell with the final run of the decisive inning, and after Evergreen fought back with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to close within 5-3, Kuzma added another RBI double in the top of the seventh. He then scored on Joel Pierce’s double to give the Eagles breathing room. Related ArticlesMay 28, 2017 PHOTOS: Rocky Mountain defeats Broomfield 9-5 to capture 5A preps baseball championship May 28, 2017 Rocky Mountain baseball pads dynasty with win over Broomfield in Class 5A title May 27, 2017 PHOTOS: Colorado state baseball 5A championships May 27, 2017 Rain, lightning postpone Class 5A baseball state championship to Sunday May 27, 2017 Class 4A title game, matching Valor Christian and Evergreen, postponed until Sunday The second consecutive championship came despite considerable roster turnover from the 2016 team. Howell and Buehler both are juniors who played for the junior varsity a year ago, while Kuzma, also a junior, started as a sophomore. “Each title is special,” said Howell. “Each one has a different brotherhood attached to it. Each one has different stories behind it. This is no different.” Said Kuzma: “All of our guys really came together. That’s how it’s been all season. … We beat them earlier in the season, they beat us in this tournament, so it was split, but today we felt good about our chances.” Brian Bonn, a longtime assistant who took over when Keith Wahl departed to take a job in Alabama after last season, also was a first-year head coach. “Our team specifically had a lot of growing pains this year,” said Bonn. “We have a junior-heavy team and a lot of them hadn’t been on varsity last year. We took the guys who had been there, had them put their arms around the new guys and show them the way.” Evergreen had come from behind to beat Valor Christian 7-5 on Tuesday at Metro State, becoming the final undefeated team remaining in the double-elimination tournament. But the Cougars lost 12-9 to Thompson Valley on Friday, lessening their margin for error. Evergreen was awaiting the winner of Saturday morning’s Valor Christian-Thompson Valley game — which turned out to be Valor Christian — but that Saturday afternoon title game was postponed to Sunday because of the inclement weather that struck between games. Terry Frei, The Denver PostValor Christian’s Zach Reid delivers to Evergreen’s Jake Haefeli in the fifth inning. Reid threw five solid innings for the Eagles, leaving with a 5-2 lead. And this time, in the rematch, Valor Christian didn’t let the lead disappear. “It was so cool,” Buehler said. “We didn’t like them coming in. It was fun to beat ’em, fun to play ’em. We try to love each other better, not focus outwards. That was a big thing for us. … We had a new coach and it was really good to get him going fast.” In determining classifications in the 2016-18 “cycle,” the Colorado High School Activities Association considers Valor Christian’s four-year enrollment to be 934, and Evergreen’s to be 1,056. The cutoff enrollment between 4A and 5A is at 1,357, not taking into account the percentage of boys and girls in a student body, so both co-ed schools in the 4A title game were well under that figure. Valor Christian plays “up” a classification in football only, but there is a possibility it will take the same step to 5A in other sports. Valor Christian has won football titles in seven of the past eight seasons — four in 5A (2012, ’13, ’15 and ’16), two in 4A (2010 and ’11) and one in 3A (2009). Compared to that, two baseball championship trophies is a small collection. But it’s growing. [...]
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PHOTOS: Rocky Mountain defeats Broomfield 9-5 to capture 5A preps baseball championship
Rocky Mountain High School, playing in their eighth title game since 2007, defeated Broomfield 9-5 on Sunday behind senior John Sorensen’s complete-game pitching at All-City Field. It’s Rocky Mountain’s sixth state championship and more affirmation of the Lobos’ current status as the best Class 5A baseball program in Colorado. [...]
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LeBron James undaunted by beastly Golden State Warriors
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Warriors are stomach-churning scary. James, though, can’t run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he’s called “a beast.” After all, he has slayed behemoths before. Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday’s practice, James was asked to assess the task at hand: beating Golden State’s All-Star-studded lineup of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Is this the biggest challenge of his career? “It’s probably up there,” he said. “I mean, it’s up there.” And then, almost as if he was trying to remind himself that he’s got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents — San Antonio and Boston. “I’ve played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team,” said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. “And if you add Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) in there, that’s five Hall of Famers. So, it’s going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me, they’re going to challenge our ballclub. “This is a high-powered team.” James also took on a Celtics team loaded with big-name talents. “I’ve played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers). So, it’s going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.” Related ArticlesMay 27, 2017 Underdog Cavaliers insist they have plenty of bite for NBA Finals May 26, 2017 The NBA Finals everyone predicted is here. But is inevitable dominance good for the league? May 26, 2017 The “threematch”: It’s Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again May 25, 2017 Cavaliers back in NBA Finals after pounding Celtics in Game 5 May 25, 2017 LeBron James: Michael Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they’re in for quite a show. Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964. That Warriors team James conquered in 2016 won 73 games during the regular season and was being mentioned as one of the best to ever take the floor. Hard to believe, but this version — with Durant — might be even better. Golden State has been putting on a basketball clinic over the past two months, winning 27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming the first squad to start the postseason 12-0. Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a nearly unstoppable level. The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offense, and James isn’t surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder. Tony Dejak, Associated Press fileIn this Dec. 25, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives against Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. “You adapt to the culture,” he said. “You adapt to the style and that’s the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami. I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation. So, it’s the right thing to do. He’s one of the most dangerous guys we have in the world already. So it makes it even more dangerous when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys.” On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar — and somewhat surprising — situation. The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs. For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he’s accustomed to before June. The only time he won a championship as a Finals favorite was with Miami in 2013, when the Heat upended the Spurs for their second straight title. James isn’t worried about point spreads or any odds. “I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter,” he sa [...]
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With Mike McCoy back at the helm, Broncos’ offense features a bit of old and a lot of new
It hasn’t been pretty the past few days at Dove Valley, and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is fine with that. It shouldn’t be pretty. Not now. Not after only three days of organized team activities. Not in the early phases of installing a new offense built by a new coaching staff. Errors should be made, and they have been and, well, that’s all a good sign. For now. “There are plenty of mistakes we’re making that we’re cleaning up, but the good thing about that is we’re coaching off that,” he said Thursday. “It’s never going to be perfect. Every game, there are plenty of mistakes you look at and say, regardless of the score, here are some plays we should have done better, here is how we could correct some things. Everyone is getting reps right now, so it’s been a productive couple weeks on the field for the players.” With only two holdovers — receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Virgil Green — from his previous stint  as Denver’s coordinator (2009-12), McCoy is teaching a young and mostly unfamiliar crew his system. But not all is foreign to the staff and the players. “We got a couple new things,” Thomas said of McCoy’s offense. “But it’s all the same stuff we had back in the day with different words.” Related ArticlesMay 28, 2017 Mexico’s “Chicharito” greeted by Broncos in Denver May 27, 2017 New Orleans tough: How Carlos Henderson’s past has him prepared to be a future Broncos star May 26, 2017 Carlos Henderson inks four-year deal becoming final Broncos rookie to sign May 25, 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of Denver dedicate new playing field in honor of Pat Bowlen May 25, 2017 Demaryius Thomas, in pain most of last season, now “the best I’ve ever felt in nearly my whole career” McCoy is familiar with the Broncos and that defense he had to face twice a year as head coach of the Chargers. He knows many of the veterans, their strengths, their weaknesses, their tendencies. But he doesn’t know how they all fit in his scheme, one he admits is built on “thievery” from his experiences and that of his fellow coaches in previous coaching tenures. He’s brought principles and lessons from his time at Carolina. Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave has concepts from Oakland and tight ends coach Geep Chryst has teachings from his time at both Carolina and San Francisco. “We got to figure out what is our core going to be and I’m never going to say this is exactly what we’re going to do,” McCoy said. “As players and coaches, we’re trying to figure what we do best right now. We’re moving a lot of guys around to figure that out.” McCoy’s system will have some holdovers from the one Gary Kubiak ran the last two years. Some terminology will remain. Some concepts will, too. “It’s a new team. It’s a new staff,” McCoy said. “So things are going to change. That’s what happens when you make changes. There are some concepts that we’ve carried over that, when I first got here, I sat down with Klint (Kubiak, offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach) and talked to him about what they did the past couple of years, talked to the quarterbacks, too, about some things they really liked, and then we’re implementing all the new stuff. So there’s carryover.” But many other things will be and have already been overhauled. And to those on the receiving end, they don’t mind a bit. “It really didn’t matter to me, but you know I’m a receiver and I want to catch the ball,” Thomas said. “It was more run with Kubiak’s offense, so I’m excited about having the old offense back.” The teachings, for now, however, are geared toward the whole offense. The focus is on the basics. When training camp opens, McCoy’s foundation will undergo further changes as the roster is pared and his quarterback’s strengths in the scheme become more apparent. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch are engaged in another battle for the starting quarterback job and, according to general manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph, there is no leader. The two differ significantly in size and strengths, but so do the other two quarterbacks in the room. “We’re always going to adjust to our personnel,” McCoy said. “As time goes on, we’ll figure out what each player does the best. Same thing with the preseason games — what do the young guys do, the new guys in the system or the new guys who just got here this year in Chad (Kelly) and Kyle (Sloter). What do they like? With whom they’re playing with, what’s the best thing for those 11 guys on [...]
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Jon Gray “turning it loose” pitching without a boot and his return to Rockies is nearing
Not hindered by a once-broken foot or a packed rotation of pitchers excelling in his absence, Rockies right-hander Jon Gray on Sunday pitched a bullpen session at Coors Field to show off his arm. His return, the Rockies hope, is right around the corner. “He was turning it loose,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “His arm is in good shape.” Gray threw about 35 pitches and, for the first time since breaking his left foot in an April 12 game at San Francisco, he did it without a protective boot. His next step, Black said, is to strengthen his legs enough to participate in fielding practice. That will happen within the next week, then, if all goes according to hope, Gray will begin a proper rehab assignment. Related ArticlesMay 28, 2017 WATCH: Rockies prospect Josh Fuentes strikes out in incredibly unique manner May 28, 2017 Rockies blast their way to another series victory, topping the Cardinals with a wild eighth inning May 27, 2017 Adam Wainwright has dominated the Rockies like no other pitcher in 25 years. And he did it again. May 27, 2017 Kiszla: Inside Rockies rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela, there’s a little bit of Michael Jordan May 27, 2017 Mark Reynolds, still on a Rockies tear, hitting far and near; Nolan Arenado’s “matador”; offense rolling “He will throw a couple more bullpens. But most of the work he needs is in the weight room,” Black said. “It’s just a matter of getting Jon in baseball shape. He has to get his legs underneath him.” Gray was Colorado’s opening-day starter and his strikeout rate (nearly 10 per nine innings last year) was meant to carry them at the top of the rotation. Without him, though, the Rockies cobbled together a rookie-heavy rotation of capable pitchers, including Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland and German Marquez. So Gray’s place when he returns may cause the Rockies some heartache. They could move to a six-man rotation, move a young pitcher to the bullpen, or option an arm to the minor-leagues. It is a decision Black will wait to make. “No timetable for when he returns to a game,” the skipper said. Deke assist. Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz said he had never seen it before. With Gerardo Parra to bat in a crucial eighth inning Sunday, Nolan Arenado deked off third base, feigning a sprint toward home. Diaz bit the bait and snapped a late throw to third. Arenado was safe. And Parra reached first to load the bases. “When we’re playing good, meaningful games and really competing,” Rockies left fielder Ian Desmond said, “then athleticism and baseball instincts shine.” Parra vs. Lynn. Parra’s three-run homer off St. Louis starter Lance Lynn gave the Rockies a 4-0 lead. And it continued a lopsided matchup. Parra in his career is 13-for-26 (a .500 average) against Lynn, with seven RBIs and a 1.767 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). As his home run Sunday flew 389 feet to right field, Parra followed it down the line, pointing his bat at the ball in flight. “I feel good. Nobody is going to the plate thinking about homers. But we’re trying to hit good pitches,” Parra said. “We’re a good team. We’re on fire right now.” Footnotes. While the Rockies won a fourth consecutive series, the Cardinals lost a fourth in a row. In a 10-day stretch between Los Angeles, Denver and St. Louis, the Cardinals will face the Dodgers six times and the Rockies three. They are 2-4 so far, with a three-game series in St. Louis against Los Angeles starting Monday. … Arenado has reached base in 15 consecutive games, a season-long streak. [...]
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