There were plenty of memorable moments this season -- some good and some, well... you decide. We started the 2016-17 season full of hope, still riding that unshakable high from February’s Super Bowl 50 win. We had visions of a second consecutive victory, of holding onto that shiny Lombardi for another year.
It wasn't to be, but nonetheless, the season was still full of moments we’d like to remember... and some we’d rather not. Let's take a look back at the last few months.
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Week 1, Sep. 8: Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin was pummeled by Denver’s Darian Stewart and Aqib Talib during the fourth quarter of the Broncos' 21-20 win. You may recall the drama following this game - the Broncos defense were accused of being “dirty”. Chris Harris Jr. reminded everyone that a tough defense isn't dirty and “that’s how we won the Super Bowl”. *Mic drop*.
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Week 2, Sep. 18: Cornerback Aqib Talib celebrated with fans after returning an interception off Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for a touchdown at Mile High. This was one of two game-changing touchdowns. Broncos won 34-20.
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Week 3, Sep. 25: Emmanuel Sanders took a bow as a result of a rare Trevor Siemian gem -- a 41-yard touchdown pass. We witnessed what he was capable of and we dared to hope he would be the quarterback we desperately needed. This game against the Bengals was one of his stronger ones. Broncos won 29-17.
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Week 4, Oct. 2: Aqib Talib playfully taunts the Buccaneers’ fans as players from both teams leave the field due to inclement weather during the fourth quarter of the game. This was a meaningful one for Talib - for the first time, he was back on the soil where he began his NFL career. They let him go, but hey, at least he got a Super Bowl ring as a result.
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Week 5, Oct. 9: Nooo! The Broncos’ first loss of the season. The Broncos went in as favorites, despite the Falcons offense presenting themselves as Denver’s first real threat of the year. Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch did not have a fairytale regular season debut -- his face here says it all. It was a difficult home loss, 23-16.
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Sep 12: The Denver Broncos Fall 2016 NFL PLAY 60 Challenge with the Boys & Girls Club in Denver. Miles and some of the Broncos had a great time doing warm-up exercises, and working on football skills and drills. The NFL Play 60 Challenge is the result of the NFL and American Heart Association inspiring kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Probably a good idea for everyone...
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Week 7, Oct. 24: Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders had reason to celebrate after catching a 4-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Siemian in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Mile High. The Broncos stole the lead from the Texans, and it was uphill from there with more great moments from C.J. Anderson, Darian Stewart, and Devontae Booker. Broncos won big -- 27-9.
We Dat!— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) November 14, 2016
Week 10, Nov. 13: It wasn't so much the game everyone was talking about, but Wade Phillips and his ability to troll like no other coach. The Broncos barely scraped by with a 25-23 win but Wade was still proud of the boys. His answer to the Saints’ big question, “Who dat?!” went viral and soon, everyone was talking about his history of subtle smack Tweets.
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Week 15, Dec. 18: The big one. A rematch of last season’s Championship game. Going in, Tom Brady seemed apprehensive. There was no reason to be. This picture here was basically what the game was all about. The Broncos were a shadow of their 2015 selves and had never scored so little against the Patriots. They lost, 16-3. Even the Patriots weren't satisfied with that score.
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Week 17, Jan. 1: The last game of the season. It was a big win for the Broncos. 24-6. Even though this game meant nothing after being eliminated from the playoffs, there was no way they’d let the Raiders walk away with another win.
Broncos Country, there have been changes and more more changes to come. But all this gives us hope. Here’s to the next season -- onward and upward to another Super Bowl victory! [...]
Anthony Lynn stepped to the podium under a brilliant sun Tuesday and immediately made the same verbal slip that everybody in Southern California will be making for at least a little while. ''I am so proud to be the head coach of the San Dieg- uh, LA Chargers,'' Lynn said. In truth, Lynn's mailing address might be the least important detail of his new job. [...]
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Utility player Alexi Amarista officially has a new baseball home.
Amarista, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Rockies Tuesday. The deal, which had been pending since Dec. 26, was made official after Amarista passed his physical. He’ll play for a $1.1 million salary in 2017, and is guaranteed a $150,000 buyout on a 2018 club option.
New Rockies manager Bud Black knows Amarista well, having managed him for more than four seasons in San Diego. The light-hitting Amarista’s best season was 2014, when he played in a career-high 148 games and hit .239 with a .286 on-base percentage. Amarista has played every position in the field except for first base and catcher. Most of his starts (173 of 398) have come at shortstop.
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The free-agent signing is the third by the Rockies this offseason. Previously, Colorado signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract to be their primary first baseman, and also signed left-handed reliever Mike Dunn to a three-year, $19 million deal.
Amarista, a 5-foot-6, 160-pounder from Venezuela, likely will compete with Cristhian Adames for playing time as an infielder off the bench. The Rockies have not re-signed veteran utilityman Daniel Descalso, who remains a free agent.
Amarista played 65 games for the Padres in 2016, hitting .257 with nine runs, two doubles, 11 RBIs, eight walks and nine stolen bases. He began the season with Triple-A El Paso. He was placed on the disabled list twice last season, once with a strained left hamstring and once with a strained right hamstring.
Amarista is the third player the Rockies have signed to a major-league deal.
The Rockies on Friday signed veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league camp. The right-handed Denorfia, 36, played for Black with San Diego from 2010-14.
The Rockies now have a full 40-man roster. [...]
Each week, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman releases his power rankings for 5A and 4A boys and girls basketball. (Records are through Monday.)
5A BOYS BASKETBALL
George Washington (12-2)
Rock Canyon (11-2)
Cherry Creek (12-1)
Smoky Hill (10-3)
Denver East (9-4)
4A BOYS BASKETBALL
Pueblo West (10-1)
Sand Creek (12-1)
Valor Christian (9-4)
Vista PEAK Prep (9-2)
Holy Family (9-4)
Pueblo South (8-4)
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5A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Ralston Valley (11-1)
Highlands Ranch (12-2)
Cherry Creek (8-4)
Regis Jesuit (8-5)
Rocky Mountain (11-1)
4A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Pueblo South (11-1)
Air Academy (10-2)
Pueblo West (9-2)
Holy Family (7-5)
Valor Christian (7-6)
Windsor (7-4) [...]
No. 5 Eaglecrest battles No. 9 Smoky Hill in Centennial League action on Friday night at 7 p.m., yet another test for both teams in a talent-laden conference that offers little reprieve.
The Raptors are paced by Pepperdine commit Colbey Ross, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, while the Buffaloes are led by sophomore Kenny Foster’s 16.0 points per game.
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By Janie McCauley, The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Hard hats on, Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant lifted their golden shovels filled with dirt in a ceremonial moment for the Warriors franchise as it broke ground on snazzy new San Francisco digs at long last. And keeping KD in a Golden State uniform to see it through is a key part of the grand plan.
This project has already been 4— years in the making.
“Honestly, a relief to some extent,” owner and CEO Joe Lacob said.
Kerr is campaigning for the Golden State name to stay put along with his superstar players.
“We are the Golden State Warriors and it’s not up to me, but I don’t want it to change,” Kerr said. “It’s a unique name. It’s the only one like it in the league. I would like to see that remain. I fully believe we are still the Bay Area’s team, no matter whether we’re playing in Oakland or San Jose or San Francisco. The name Golden State Warriors, there’s too much history, there’s too much tradition to change.”
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Even if in a success-oriented business like the NBA, nobody knows who will still be around when 18,000-seat Chase Center is complete. Kerr has no idea if he will even still be on the sidelines then.
“If you’re lucky enough in life, like I’ve been, you reach a point where you get to choose who you work with, you get to choose where you live and you get to choose where you work,” Kerr said. “By those metrics, I want to stay here forever. I’m also an NBA coach and I’m well aware that this building is going to take about three years to build, so the chances of me standing on the sidelines for the Warriors are slim to hopeful. Maybe as, like, the coach of another team.
“So far, so good, so hopefully I’ll still be here.”
Next, Golden State will likely work to keep both two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and Durant for the long haul by negotiating new deals this year. Kerr speaks to Durant daily and knows he is happy with his new Bay Area surroundings.
“We’re going to win for a long time. … We’ll do whatever it takes to be champions again,” Lacob said of spending on players.
He even publicly put KD on the spot: “Kevin Durant came here without a new arena. Thank you, Kevin … and also for agreeing to re-sign this summer. I have no idea how he’s going to respond to that.”
The Warriors did a little bit of everything to showcase how this will be far more than just a sports venue: The over-the-top groundbreaking featured a trio of songs by a gospel choir to kick off festivities, included a performance by the San Francisco Symphony and even acrobatic dancers dressed as construction workers for a grand finale of sorts that included beach balls dropping from an excavator before the equipment rigs moved in synchronization to the music in an extravagant routine featuring trampolines.
Only boosting the mood was the California Supreme Court’s decision earlier in the day to deny a petition by arena opponents seeking to overturn the Warriors’ entitlements, further clearing the way for the project to move ahead — “so we’re totally good to go here,” Lacob noted.
“Wow, what a day!” said Warriors COO Rick Welts, noting the team will boast one of the world’s premier “gathering places” — for concerts and conventions, political events and more.
“Every city needs it. We need it. It will be great for San Francisco,” co-owner Peter Guber said. “We now have proof, not just promises.”
Curry got a break from public duties this time, a day after the Warriors pulled off a stunning 126-91 rout of LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers. Golden State hosts Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee — among dozens of dignitaries in attendance — hollered, “finally welcoming the Golden State Warriors home to San Francisco!”
He rattled off the Warriors’ star-studded roster and the energy around the franchise and its long-term mission.
“What’s not to love?” he said.
Lacob can’t wait — and realizes how many people will miss the great vibe at the team’s current home of Oracle Arena, an atmosphere the Warriors hope to replicate in many ways. Not only will the 11 acres include restaurants, cafes, b [...]
Two years ago, the city of Los Angeles didn’t have a professional football team. Next season, it’ll be home to two. On Jan. 12, the Chargers announced that the team was being moved to Los Angeles. Some aren’t taking the news so well, including 27 local moving companies who stand united in refusing the Chargers aid in their relocation.
The companies’ declaration can be found on wewontmoveyouchargers.com.
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The site includes a brief FAQ section, some quotes from employees of the moving companies and even a small list of movers based in Los Angeles who have joined the protest.
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Can Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch be as good in 2017 as Dak Prescott was as a rookie this past season?
Kiz: Prescott, drafted in the fourth round, led the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC. Heck, even much-maligned and often-intercepted Brock Osweiler won a playoff game in Houston. Meanwhile, back in our dusty old cow town, first-round pick Paxton Lynch couldn’t get off the Broncos bench for a meaningless regular-season finale against Oakland? When can the Broncos start counting on Lynch?
Jhabvala: Can? Sure he can? The Broncos can also return to the Super Bowl, lead the league in defense and show off a brand-new and much-improved offense in 2017. A lot can happen. Will he is the better question. Broncos GM John Elway traded up to get Lynch in the first round a year ago, but Trevor Siemian handily won the open competition during the off-season, beating out Mark Sanchez and Lynch. While it’s convenient to think the Broncos are simply holding back Lynch, that narrative doesn’t meet reality. Oh, and let’s talk again about the offensive line Prescott was awarded in his first pro season. Think he would be as successful behind the Broncos’ line?
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Kiz: Life’s not fair. So why should the NFL be? The Cowboys would have gladly selected Lynch or Connor Cook in the draft, but had to settle for Prescott with the 135th pick. Prescott is going to the Pro Bowl. Dallas owner Jerry Jones looks like a genius. And the uber-competitive Elway can only bristle, knowing his choice of Lynch will be compared to Prescott from here to eternity.
Jhabvala: The Cowboys wanted Lynch, if you’ll recall. They tried to trade for him, too. Nearly every team whiffed on Prescott. Jones lucked out. Prescott’s success, however, is not a knock on Lynch. His athleticism, frame and success at Memphis made him a coveted choice in the draft and he could very well end up being the future quarterback the Broncos envisioned when they selected him. But his first year, as most are for rookie quarterbacks, was an adjustment period. To declare a player a bust after only two starts is ridiculous and foolish. To think that Lynch is ready to start instantly because Prescott was is, too.
Kiz: Siemian is a great story. But will he ever be a great NFL quarterback? Broncos Country can hope. But that’s not the way to bet. The new coaching staff, particularly offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, have to push the envelope on Lynch’s development. If Lynch cannot beat out Siemian in 2017, then it’s an epic fail … by Lynch, the coaches and Denver’s scouting department.
Jhabvala: An epic fail, huh? You’re ready to declare a player’s future and a team’s draft selection based on two starts? Really? Lynch was rated among the top quarterbacks in the 2016 draft and could still live up to the billing. (Handing $72 million to a quarterback with only seven career starts and a propensity for turnovers deserves to be called an epic fail.) We could argue all the what-ifs, but only one thing is guaranteed in Denver: The slate will be cleared this year. The Broncos will host another open quarterback competition this off-season, giving Lynch another chance to fight for the starting job. The new coaching staff could change the system or simply tweak and simplify it, which would behoove Lynch in his second year. And that narrative so many are set on could end up being reality. [...]