Upslope Brewing Company is one step closer towards its goal of becoming a zero-waste brewery. The Boulder beer-maker has partnered with the ever-resourceful Boom Algae, a Boulder startup that repurposes the CO2 byproduct released in the brewing process as food for algae. [...]
C.J. Anderson might be going from breakout to heartbreak. The Denver Broncos were bracing for bad news on their starting running back, who they sent for a second opinion on his ailing right knee Wednesday. Anderson hurt it on an 11-yard run on the final play of the first quarter Monday night against Houston but returned to the game and ran 14 more times for 84 yards to spark Denver's 27-9 win. [...]
Perceptions are fickle, so much so that they can allow for a quarterback to be compared to a maligned underachiever one week only for opinions to drastically change if that quarterback spearheads a string of victories. Following the Lions' 1-3 start, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was in some circles being aligned with Bears signal caller Jay Cutler, whose abundant talent has for years failed to deliver on notable team success. Stafford has the statistical profile of an elite quarterback, but the Lions have sputtered along for years, and their sluggish start to this season provided room for those critical of Stafford to sound off. [...]
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Booker is ready for additional work if needed after rampaging through defenses the last two games ... Derby could be in line to play right away ... and DeMarcus Ware updates his progress. [...]
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio — This was no ordinary bump from a flight.
A longtime Cleveland Indians fan is being given quite a reward after giving up his seat on a plane to make sure former outfielder Kenny Lofton arrived in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 1 of the World Series.
The Indians are giving Ken Kostal, of Marblehead, tickets to Game 6, and a team spokesman said United is giving Kostal 62,200 airline miles for future use. Lofton had 622 career stolen bases.
Kostal said he was waiting to board a delayed flight from Los Angeles to Cleveland early Tuesday when he recognized Lofton. When he overheard Lofton saying he wasn’t sure he’d get a seat on the plane, Kostal offered his. [...]
By Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND — Jake Arrieta made a teasing run at history, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Classic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, briefly invoking Don Larsen’s name, before the Indians touched him for two hits and a run. However, the right-hander helped give Chicago just what it needed — a split at Progressive Field — before the Cubbies return to their Wrigley Field den for the next three games starting Friday night.
The Cubs hadn’t won in the Series since beating Detroit 8-7 in 1945 to force Game 7.
The free-swinging Schwarber, who made it back for Chicago’s long-awaited Series return after missing most of the season with an injured left knee, hit an RBI single in the third off Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer and had another in the Cubs’ three-run fifth — highlighted by Ben Zobrist’s run-scoring triple.
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Even the presence of star LeBron James and the NBA champion Cavaliers, sporting their new rings, couldn’t stop the Indians from losing for the first time in six home games this postseason.
And Cleveland manager Terry Francona’s magical touch in October finally fizzled as he dropped to 9-1 in Series games.
With rain in the forecast, Major League Baseball moved the first pitch up an hour in hopes of avoiding delays or a postponement.
It turned out to be a good call as the game went on without a hitch and ended after more than four hours as light rain was beginning to fall.
Arrieta and the Cubs provided the only storm.
The bearded 30-year-old coasted through five innings without allowing a hit, the first pitcher to get that deep in a Series game with a no-hitter since David Cone of the New York Yankees in 1998.
For a brief period, Arrieta looked as if he might challenge Larsen’s gem — a perfect game — in 1956 before Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, a die-hard Cubs fan as a kid, doubled with one out in the sixth.
Before that, Cleveland hitters had a couple good swings, and drew three walks, but couldn’t mount a real threat. Arrieta has two career no-hitters, in fact, including the only one in the majors this year.
Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery replaced Arrieta and worked two scoreless innings before Aroldis Chapman came in and unleashed his 103 mph heat while getting the last four outs.
The teams will have an off day before the series resumes with Game 3 at Wrigley, which will host its first Series game since Oct. 6, 1945, when tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave with his pet goat, Murphy, and a curse was born.
Josh Tomlin will start for the Indians, who will lose the designated hitter in the NL ballpark, against Kyle Hendricks.
Schwarber might also wind up on the bench after two days as the DH.
With a gametime temperature of 43, the weather was more fitting for the Browns and Bears to bang heads than the boys of summer.
The Cubs were the ones who came up thumping after being blanked 6-0 in Game 1 by Corey Kluber and Cleveland’s shut-down bullpen.
Zobrist’s one-out triple triggered the fifth as the Cubs opened a 5-0 lead, not that Arrieta needed it.
After Anthony Rizzo walked following a 10-pitch at-bat, Zobrist laced a ball off Zach McAllister that was going to be a double until right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall slipped and fell. Rizzo was waved around and Zobrist hustled into third.
Schwarber followed with his second RBI and reliever Bryan Shawn later walked No. 9 hitter Addison Russell with the bases loaded.
Unlike his start in Toronto on Oct. 17, when his stitched cut opened up and Bauer was forced to make a bloody departure in the first inning, his finger held up fine.
The Cubs, though, put a few nicks in him in 3 2/3 innings.
The drone accident has brought attention to the quirky Bauer, and one Chicago fan tried to rattle the right-hander by sending a smaller version of the remote-controlled, flying object that cut him.
Bauer posted a photo of it on Twitter, saying “I see the @Cubs fans love me! How nice of them to send me a gift!”
The Cubs, who were off balance from the start against Kluber, scored their first run in a Series game since ’45 in the first on Rizzo’s RBI double.
Bauer needed 51 pitches to get through two innings, and he was one strike from getting out of the third unscathed when Chicago turned a walk and to singles into a 2-0 lead.
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In the fourth week of conference play around the state, here are the top area Class 5A and 4A football games to watch Thursday and Friday:
No. 4 Eaglecrest (8-0) at No. 9 Ralston Valley (5-3), 7 p.m. Thursday, North Area Athletic Complex: Both teams are undefeated in the Mount Wilson Conference, so this game likely will determine the league champion. The Mustangs’ defense will have to contain Eaglecrest playmaker Victor Garnes, while the Raptors’ big men need to control the line of scrimmage and make sure Ralston Valley doesn’t cause havoc with its option attack.
No. 6 Windsor (5-3) at Skyline (7-1), 7 p.m. Thursday, Skyline High School: The defending 4A state champion Wizards look to take control of their playoff destiny against the Falcons, who have a tall task ahead when it comes to containing the damage done by Windsor all-state senior linebacker Corte Tapia, who has 58 tackles this season.
No. 6 Grandview (7-1) at Arapahoe (4-4), 7 p.m. Friday, Littleton Public Schools Stadium: The Wolves head into this Mount Massive Conference clash having scored 60-plus points in each of the last two games, while senior Connor Desch and Arapahoe needs a victory in order to keep its league title and playoff hopes alive.
No. 1 Pomona (7-1) at No. 10 Chaparral (6-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Echo Park Stadium: The top-ranked Panthers face their first bonafide Mount Evans Conference test in quarterback Taden Blaise and Chaparral, but the Wolverines also will have their hands full containing a Pomona rushing attack catalyzed by senior Cam Gonzales and junior Max Borghi.
No. 4 Ponderosa (7-1) at Cheyenne Mountain (5-3), 7 p.m. Friday, Cheyenne Mountain High School: The Mustangs put their seven-game win streak on the line in a road showdown against the Indians, who are led by senior quarterback Matt Betterson and senior linebacker Zach Gerrard.
No. 2 Chatfield (7-1) at No. 8 Dakota Ridge (5-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jeffco Stadium: In a pivotal Plains League clash, senior Dalton Keene (710 yards, 13 TDs) and the Chargers look to contain quarterback Drew Dominic (1,627 yards and 13 TDs) and suddenly surging Dakota Ridge. [...]
NEW ORLEANS – Gary Harris and Darrell Arthur will not play on Wednesday night in the Nuggets season opener against the Pelicans. Both are dealing with injuries that will impact their availability in the coming days to varying degrees.
Harris is so close to returning from a strained right groin that he could have played in tonight’s game if it was a critical contest. He did participate in shootaround.
“It’s not because I don’t feel good, just being on the safe side,” Harris said. “Another few days won’t hurt to keep getting better.”
Harris missed nearly all of training camp after being injured in the first preseason game. He said he did practice fully on Tuesday and had no setbacks.
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“I wanted to play today, I wanted to,” he said. “So we’ll just see. I want to get back out there as soon as possible, especially after practicing Tuesday. I felt pretty good. We’ll see how it goes. I trust (the training staff), they’re going to make sure I’m right. I want to come back, be 100 percent and be good to go.”
Meanwhile, Arthur has experienced a couple of small setbacks in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. He experienced some swelling in the knee after Monday’s practice and had a treatment day on Tuesday.
“I think I’m day-by-day right now,” Arthur said. “I thought I was going to practice (Tuesday), but the knee swelled up and they didn’t want to do that. I’m just listening to the training staff and going day-by-day.”
Asked if the situation seems serious, Arthur said “No, it doesn’t seem too serious. I have an arthritic knee, so they are just being cautious, making sure when I do come back I don’t have any setbacks.”
Ronald Martinez, Getty ImagesGary Harris of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball against Devin Harris of the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at American Airlines Center on Feb. 26, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. [...]
When: The Jets’ former starting quarterback lost his job for all of about 20 minutes before Geno Smith tore his ACL against the Ravens. Fitzpatrick returned with a vengeance, leading the Jets to three scoring drives and the victory.
What’s up: Fitzpatrick was remarkably candid after the win, telling reporters afterward that his owner and general manager stopped believing in him. Coach Todd Bowles later responded with the biting comment: “If (angry) is going to stop the turnovers, I’m more than happy to have him play (angry).”
Background: After holding out for most of the offseason because of a contract dispute, Fitzpatrick and the Jets settled on one year and $12 million. Fitzpatrick has since thrown an NFL-high 11 interceptions and only six touchdown passes, and now the tensions are rising.
Jhabvala’s take: Can’t we just all get along? First off, Smith’s abrupt end to his latest run as a starter is turning his career into Hollywood movie. But Fitzpatrick’s rift with management is disturbing. It may be fitting for the Jets, but it’s hardly a script that can last. [...]
By Brian Dulik, The Associated Press
BEREA, Ohio — Joe Thomas has taken his share of lumps with the Cleveland Browns. He is willing to absorb many more.
The six-time All-Pro left tackle expressed his strong desire to remain with the team Wednesday rather than be traded to a contender.
“I do want to win a championship and I want to have it in Cleveland,” Thomas said. “I understand when you’re a good older player on a team that’s not winning, it’s natural to have your name out there.
“But when I first got here, my goal was to be part of turning the Browns into a consistent winner. We haven’t done that yet, so that means my mission is not complete.”
Thomas’ name has been floated around the NFL in advance of the Nov. 1 trade deadline. Browns coach Hue Jackson emphatically stated Thomas would not be dealt earlier in the week.
That decision, however, is in the hands of football operations director Sashi Brown and team owner Jimmy Haslam III. They have not spoken on the subject, but the team did negotiate with Denver to trade Thomas last October.
“It feels good to be loved, so I’m hoping they stick to (Hue’s) word on that,” said Thomas, who will turn 32 on Dec. 4. “I’ve had the experience of going through this before — my sense is that a trade was close last year — but I try not to worry about something I have no control over.
“Obviously, I really want to be here. It’s important for me to be part of the turnaround.”
The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder is one of eight players in NFL history to be selected for the Pro Bowl in his first nine seasons. The other seven are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Cleveland drafted Thomas with the third overall pick in 2007, which also was the last time it finished with a winning record. The Wisconsin product has played in all 151 games and for 9,388 offensive snaps, but has never qualified for the playoffs.
The Browns are 0-7 heading into their Sunday home game against the New York Jets, making them 47-104 since Thomas came aboard.
“I still want to be part of it and I really respect the coaching staff,” he said. “I think Jimmy got it right by hiring Hue and his staff, and I think Sashi and the guys upstairs are doing a great job. I think all the pieces are here, it’s just going to take a little bit of time.”
Thomas has personal and professional reasons for wanting to stay in Cleveland, where he and cornerback Joe Haden are the faces of the franchise. He is an investor in a suburban barbeque restaurant that will open soon, and is beloved by local fans.
Case in point: Thomas was shown on the scoreboard at Game 1 of the World Series between the Indians and Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. He also filmed a congratulatory message for the Cavaliers’ concurrent NBA championship ceremony, receiving loud cheers at both Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena.
“My wife (Annie) and I certainly feel like we’re Clevelanders,” Thomas said. “Just because you weren’t born somewhere doesn’t mean you don’t feel like part of the city. We feel like we’ve got some pretty deep roots here. There’s no reason we want to leave.”
NOTES: QB Josh McCown (fractured left collarbone) has been medically cleared to play against the Jets, while QB Cody Kessler (concussion) is in the NFL’s head-injury protocol after being hurt Sunday in Tennessee. Jackson declined to say who will start, citing the latter’s uncertain status. “Today is Wednesday, so tomorrow Cody could be out of the concussion protocol,” the coach said. “I’m not ruling him out. We’ll see as we go through the week.” The Browns have used six quarterbacks through seven games. Robert Griffin III started Week 1 and fractured his left shoulder, McCown started Week 2 and was hurt, and Kessler has been under center for the last five games. Charlie Whitehurst, Kevin Hogan and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor also have played QB. [...]