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The Squeeze: Von Miller's "Cribs" debut to air this weekend
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Rockies continue to steamroll the Giants, batting around for another Coors Field win
The boomerang of emotion circled back at Jeff Samardzija in 5.2 seconds. The Giants’ goateed right-handed pitcher hurtled a home run to the bullpen in the fifth inning at Coors Field in a two-ball count. No takes for this guy. Swing away. He flipped his bat into the dirt in celebration. A few minutes later, the deed was returned. Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond hit a home run to right field off Samardzija that just over five seconds to leave the park. Just that quickly, the Rockies were back on top. Samardzija spiked the dirt in outrage. Colorado’s 10-8 victory Friday — a club record seventh in a row against San Francisco — was a relay play through a surging lineup. The Rockies ebbed (they fell behind 4-1 at one point) and they flowed (a five-run fifth) and they continued to surge through June. DJ LeMahieu finished 4-for-4 at the plate for eight hits in two nights, Charlie Blackmon hit his career-high 10th triple, Trevor Story nailed a pinch-hit home run and Desmond hit his first homer at Coors Field this season as the Rockies held off the Giants. “Not to sound greedy,” Desmond said, but I think there’s more in this lineup. There’s a lot there. It’s a really good lineup. When we all get clicking, it’s going to be fun.” The Rockies (44-26) remained atop the National League West. They improved the second-best winning percentage in the majors (.629). They have more wins in 70 games than any Rockies team in 25 years. They have not been in first place this late in a season since 2006. They are cruising through the NL West, with a 22-11 record. And 24 hours after surviving a vicious Giants rally that turned a 9-1 lead into a gasping 10-9 walk-off victory, the Rockies scored 10 more Friday in front of 46,632 fans in much breezier fashion. Rockies 22-year-old rookie Antonio Senzatela fell behind four pitches into the game when Joe Panik homered to right-center field. Denard Span’s homer in the third put Senzatela behind by two. But solo homers, the saying goes, will not beat you. Not at Coors Field anyway. Even after Samardzija hit a two-run shot for a 4-1 lead. After Blackmon and LeMahieu doubled consecutively in the third for a run and catcher Tony Wolters blooped a single to lead off the fifth, the runs streamed out. Blackmon tripled off Samardzija for a run. LeMahieu singled him in and his consecutive four-hit games were the first among Rockies since Carlos Gonzalez did it in 2010. Nolan Arenado singled to go with an earlier double. Then Desmond blasted a three-run home run for a 6-4 lead. “Our pitchers are working hard. They’ve been carrying us all year long,” Desmond said. “I just want to pick them up. It’s what we all want to do.” Senzatela improved his record to 9-2 — his win total is tied for most in the majors, sharing the NL lead with only Clayton Kershaw — after pitching through six innings on six hits and five runs. He struck out six and walked just one. The solo homers did not beat him. “It was not a really good game for me,” Senzatela said. “But they supported me. And we won.” Related ArticlesJune 16, 2017 Carlos Gonzalez will not wait for the gift of hits. The Rockies’ slugger loves his swing too much. June 16, 2017 Raimel Tapia remains in a juggled Rockies lineup — his rookie rise is difficult to stop June 16, 2017 Kiszla: Only one word to describe these Rockies and this baseball-crazy town: Un-funky-believable June 15, 2017 Rockies’ June boom continues — but only after they let a Coors Field blowout turn into a Giants squeaker June 15, 2017 Kiszla: If the Rockies are legit playoff contenders, Nolan Arenado must be legit MVP candidate Samardzija was rattled, on 11 hits and eight runs over six innings. Giants right fielder Hunter Pence fared worse, misplaying two hits his way. He got chewed up once Thursday and once again earlier this season at Coors Field. For evidence of how neatly things are unfolding for the Rockies, witness their opposite. Giants manager Bruce Bochy got ejected in the seventh by home-plate umpire Gary Cederstrom for arguing borderline, but fair, balls and strikes. Samardzija was stumbling. The Rockies were about to score three more. The Giants were about to fall 17 games out of first place in the NL West cellar. San Francisco has not been that far back before the all-star break since 1985. Losing stings. Winning, the Rockies are learning, is fun. [...]
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Last summer, Tommy Gillman and Jake Eissler had just graduated from high school — now, they’re suiting up for the College World Series
Last year around this time, Tommy Gillman had just graduated from Columbine and Jake Eissler had just graduated from ThunderRidge, and both ballplayers spent the summer together on the Slammers Black club team in a final home-state hurrah before departing for college. But this summer, the stakes are much higher for Gillman, a shortstop at Texas A&M, and Eissler, a right-hander at Texas Christian University. Both freshman’s teams advanced to the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha. “It’s crazy how fast things have changed, because just last summer I was playing right behind Jake while he pitched,” Gillman said. “Now, we’ve both got work to do and dreams to chase in Omaha.” Gillman has seen limited time this season, hitting .222 with two RBIs in nine plate appearances. But Aggies head coach Rob Childress clearly has confidence to call upon the freshman when needed, as Gillman saw action in the Super Regional clincher, a 12-6 win over Davidson, by pinch-running and getting an at-bat toward the end of the game. Meanwhile, Eissler has emerged as a reliable reliever in his first season in Fort Worth. He’s 4-0 with a 5.02 ERA in 37.2 innings, and has also racked up 38 strikeouts for the Horned Frogs. “Eissler is a guy who’s mentally sharp, and that’s why he’s had so much success as a freshman,” Gillman said. “He’s also great out of the pen because he can get out of jams and he’s got confidence in his stuff to get the big strikeout when you need one.” And while it’s been a fast learning curve at the Division I level for both players, it’s one that has been made easier by the depth of the programs they find themselves in. “Being around the older guys, I’ve learned how to go about things at the college level because it’s obviously very different from high school,” Gillman said. “And on our team, a lot of the younger guys have stepped up this year, especially as we got deeper into the season and we adjusted to the college game. It’s a big contributing factor to why we’re here now.” The two former teammates could face other other on college baseball’s biggest stage. If both teams win Sunday, they’d meet Tuesday in a winner’s bracket game. “That’d be an awesome moment for us as friends, and for Colorado baseball as a whole, if I happened to step into the box against him,” Gillman said. “But I’m not worried about that, or playing time. I’m concerned with doing whatever I need to do to be a good teammate, and helping Texas A&M win a national championship. I know Jake has the same mind-set.” Kyle Newman, The Denver PostThunderRidge graduate Jake Eissler was 5-1 with a 1.28 ERA as a senior while leading the Grizzlies to a 15-8 record. This weekend’s College World Series schedule Saturday, June 17 Game 1 | Cal State Fullerton vs. Oregon State, 3 p.m. ET  | ESPN Game 2 | Florida State vs. LSU, 8 p.m. ET | ESPN Sunday, June 18 Game 3 | Louisville vs. Texas A&M, 2 p.m. ET | ESPN Game 4 | TCU vs. Florida, 7 p.m. ET | ESPN2 [...]
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Przemek Karnowski, Kennedy Meeks renew NCAA title-game battle in Denver as NBA draft hopefuls
Nearly 600 pounds of basketball force rattled the floors of the practice gym inside the Pepsi Center. Przemek Karnowski (7-foot, 300 pounds) and Kennedy Meeks (6-9, 279) were renewing a battle while working out for the Nuggets on Friday morning that they first waged more than two months ago in front of a far larger audience. Meeks and North Carolina topped Karnowski and Gonzaga 71-65 in the national championship game in Glendale, Ariz., on April 3, and now both men now are attempting to continue their careers in the NBA. They had already faced each other at a workout in Dallas before arriving in Denver. And, yes, a certain topic of conversation took place. “We’ve been bruising each other up a little bit,” said Meeks, who had seven points and 10 rebounds in the title-game victory. “It’s all fun and games and I can joke around about it with him a little more than some of his teammates. He’s a fun guy and a great player.” Karnowski, who lamented his 1-for-8 shooting in the game, finished with nine points and nine rebounds. The loss stung. But he has cherished a run to the title game that no other team in Gonzaga history had ever made. “It was memorable, especially having 37 wins at the end of the season,” Karnowski said. “I thought that was huge for our university and our community in Spokane. We have a great support system.” The bigger-than-most big men are likely to be either second-round selections in Thursday’s NBA draft or go undrafted. Both believe they have what it takes to play in the NBA. Karnowski, a native of Poland, said he’s “a big body” who would be able to match up physically right away. Meeks has worked to improve his shooting and has aimed to show during nearly a dozen workouts that he could help a team in a variety of ways. Related ArticlesJune 16, 2017 Report links Nuggets to Chris Paul. It likely won’t be the last big name attached to Denver in free agency. June 16, 2017 Looking back on 50 years of Nuggets basketball June 15, 2017 Colorado Springs native Canyon Barry returns home for draft workout with Nuggets June 15, 2017 Air Force’s Hayden Graham relishes opportunity to preview a future pro basketball career June 15, 2017 2017 NBA mock draft 2.0: Is Lonzo Ball headed to the Lakers? Do the Nuggets take a gamble? “I think I’ve definitely put myself in position to get picked up and have a good career,” Meeks said. The Nuggets have hosted a total of six draft hopefuls who played in the national championship game, and that doesn’t include North Carolina’s Justin Jackson or Gonzaga’s Zach Collins, both of whom could be selected during the lottery in Thursday’s draft. Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who was a player of the year candidate last season, worked out for the Nuggets on Thursday. Slammin’ Bam. The Nuggets on Friday also welcomed Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo, a 6-10 center who averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as a freshman last season. Adebayo, who many draft analysts expect will be selected among the top-20 picks, made 170 field goals for the Wildcats last season — 101 of them were dunks. A familiarity with hammering the ball through the rim seemed to pay dividends as Adebayo surged off the floor during a drill in which players pick up the ball on one low-post block, take a step, slam the ball and then complete the process on the other side. Bam Adebayo, who had 101 dunks as a freshman at Kentucky, getting a few more today’s Nuggets workout … pic.twitter.com/g5UiUX3ggl — Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) June 16, 2017 “I play with passion,” said Adebayo, explaining what sets him apart in a draft class filled with other talented bigs. “I can guard (positions) one through five, I can shoot, make decent passes, and play with energy.” The Nuggets also worked out Ismael Bako (6-10, Belgium), Ike Iroegbu (6-2, Washington State) and Jaren Sina (6-2, George Washington). White on the way. The Nuggets will work out six more draft hopefuls Monday, including former Colorado and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs guard Derrick White. White played for Legend High School in Parker before beginning his college career at Division II UCCS. In his lone season at Colorado, White was a first-team all-Pac-12 selection. He is considered a borderline first-round prospect. [...]
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Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped
Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis was absent from the team’s final minicamp practice Thursday to have his right knee scoped to alleviate pain he’s experienced over the last week. Head coach Vance Joseph said the “small clean-up job” was successful and that Gotsis is expected to be back on the field the first week of training camp in late July. “It was bothering him for about four days,” Joseph said. “He kept going on it. It was just soreness. He went to the doctor (Wednesday) and there was a little something floating in there. We fixed it immediately. He’ll be back the first week of camp.” Gotsis practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, despite the pain, and participated in all of the team’s offseason program prior to missing Thursday’s workout for the procedure. Gotsis is one of three Broncos defenders to suffer injuries this offseason. Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett injured his hip while working out on his own. Although the injury did not require surgery, he is expected to miss two to three months. Nose tackle Kyle Peko fractured a bone in his foot in minicamp practice Tuesday and underwent surgery the following morning. He is expected to return early in training camp. The team also held out multiple veterens for minicamp practices for minor injuries, including inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (achilles soreness), tight end A.J. Derby (hamstring), and receivers Carlos Henderson and Marlon Brown. “It’s always a concern. You want your guys to leave here healthy,” Joseph said. “That was our major goal, to leave here healthy so guys can train and come back and have a chance to compete at camp. Absolutely, we’ve got probably six or seven guys coming back early for camp that are injured right now. So that’s a concern, absolutely.” Gotsis had only recently fully recovered from a torn left ACL that hindered the start to his rookie season. This injury, however, appears less severe and the timing works in his — and the team’s — favor. Following a light practice Thursday, the Broncos will have about six weeks off before the start of camp, affording Gotsis plenty of time to recover. The second-year lineman is expected to see a larger role on the defensive line this season and, after adding 20 pounds of muscle, has been praised by his teammates and coaches for his year-over-year improvement. “They say it takes you a year to get back to yourself coming off of an ACL injury,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said Wednesday. “Last year when he came in, he was coming off that ACL and I don’t feel like he had the opportunity to train physically in the offseason and get prepared for his rookie season. When you look at him now, he looks like a new person. I watch him through drills. He has great athleticism for his size and he’s built like a superhero. He’s doing great things for us right now.” Summer message Joseph’s final words of wisdom for his players before they all went their separate ways for a pre-camp reprieve were simple. “As they head out, the football message was the things that were learned as far as the scheme on both sides of the ball, let’s not lose that,” he said. “Let’s come back and start from this point, not go backward And off the field? “Just be smart,” he said. “Let’s make good decisions socially and come back here with no issue. Use Uber or Lyft, their choice (laughing). Don’t drink and drive. That’s the message.” Nixon Claimed Cornerback Taurean Nixon, who was waived by the Broncos on Wednesday, was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Nixon was a seventh-round pick of the Broncos in 2015 and played two games on the active roster. [...]
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1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million
The first two claims in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced Thursday, a total of $9 million in benefits. The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overseeing the process was notified Thursday through a joint status report filed by the class and the NFL that the claims were approved. The payouts were for $5 million for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and $4 million for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The names of the former players were not disclosed as part of the filings. Those amounts mean that both individuals played a minimum of five NFL seasons and were diagnosed before their 45th birthdays. Related ArticlesJune 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question June 16, 2017 Kaepernick free agency exposes NFL’s racial divide, says Seahawks’ Michael Bennett June 15, 2017 Christian McCaffrey hits ground running in 1st day back with Panthers June 15, 2017 Kirk Cousins plays a round of golf with President Donald Trump June 14, 2017 Unclear how Raiders’ Vegas stadium will benefit community Because CTE can only be diagnosed once someone has died, the player’s estate would be collecting that payout, approved on June 5. THE ALS claim was approved on May 26. The claims process for monetary awards opened on March 23. There is also a baseline assessment program that launched on June 6. More than 14,500 class members out of a potential well above 20,000 have registered for benefits ahead of the Aug. 7 deadline. That can include former players or their families. “We continue to be encouraged by the response from retired players and their families to the settlement, and are pleased that its vital benefits — including monetary payments — are now available,” said Christopher Seeger, co-lead class counsel for the retired NFL players. “We implore all class members, even those who may feel healthy today, to register before the Aug. 7 deadline so they can be eligible for the benefits they deserve.” In addition to those class members who have filed or still could file, 146 had opted out of the settlement as of June 5, according to the filings. Also as of June 5, the claims administrator had contracted with 67 qualified physicians in or near 49 of the 53 target cities closest to where the majority of living retired players reside. Those physicians will be making qualifying diagnoses for class members. The baseline assessment program administrator has contracted with 141 qualified providers, including in 42 of the 53 target cities, to conduct such tests. [...]
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Christian McCaffrey hits ground running in 1st day back with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers wasted no time throwing rookie running back Christian McCaffrey into the mix on his first day back at minicamp. The team’s versatile first-round draft pick lined up at multiple positions on offense as the Panthers worked feverishly to get him up to speed. McCaffrey missed all of OTAs and the first two days of minicamp because of a rule that prevents incoming rookies from joining an NFL team until their college’s semester is complete. So even though McCaffrey was no longer enrolled as a student at Stanford, he had to wait until the school’s final exams were completed on Wednesday before participating in minicamp. “We are real excited about his abilities and what he can do and the things that he can help open up for his teammates,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. ” … He’s going to take a lot of pressure off people and probably the biggest thing is we’ve given our quarterback (Cam Newton) another weapon, another tool.” Media aren’t allowed to discuss where McCaffrey lined up on offense or what specific plays are run during “closed” minicamp practices, but suffice to say he’ll be a big part of the team’s offense. “As brief as it was, his teammates got a feel for the flare that he can help bring to our offense,” Rivera said. Rivera said the Panthers put in a number of plays Thursday that will feature McCaffrey’s abilities. “It’s great because I feel like the more ways you can be dynamic the better,” McCaffrey said. “Whatever they ask me to do I will.” Under NFL rules, McCaffrey wasn’t allowed to be around the Panthers facility or attend team meetings while Stanford was still in session. But McCaffrey, who stayed busy working out in Denver, remained in regular contact with Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper to discuss plays, formations and protections. Apparently McCaffrey was taking excellent notes. During a red zone drill in practice Wednesday, McCaffrey’s assignment was to read the protection and pick up a blitzing defender as needed. He successfully did so. “He did it well and I knew it was something that he would have studied because otherwise he would not have known who to pick up or who to read,” Rivera said. McCaffrey, the AP College Player of the Year in 2015, said he’d like to see the rule changed so that other incoming rookies don’t have to go through what he had to and wind up playing catch up. “It wasn’t ideal for me but I’m back here ready to play ball,” McCaffrey said. The Panthers won’t practice again until July 26 when they open training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Panthers believe that ultimately McCaffrey will catch up on lost time and still be effective when the regular season begins. Related ArticlesJune 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question June 16, 2017 Kaepernick free agency exposes NFL’s racial divide, says Seahawks’ Michael Bennett June 15, 2017 1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million June 15, 2017 Kirk Cousins plays a round of golf with President Donald Trump June 14, 2017 Unclear how Raiders’ Vegas stadium will benefit community In 2011, Newton faced a similar issue as a rookie while dealing with the NFL lockout. Newton and other players weren’t allowed to practice at team facilities and ultimately missed all of OTAs and minicamp. He still went on to have a record-setting rookie season. McCaffrey said he’s spoken to Newton about lost time. “They all say the same thing — get in your playbooks but once you get out here, you come out here have fun. You miss some time, but that part is over now. I’m just focused on what I can do now. He just told me to show up and ball out.” NOTES: Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher remains a no-show at practice and Rivera said there is no update on his future with the Panthers. … Rivera said Newton will begin throwing “soon,” but wouldn’t give a set date. [...]
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Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question
Everything about Kasim Edebali — from his personality to his back story to his pass rushing stance — is unorthodox. The Broncos outside linebacker can’t stop smiling on a hot June afternoon when just about everyone else would rather be home. Football wasn’t a lifelong dream for Edebali. It just sort of happened. Edebali grew up in Germany as a gymnast and martial arts enthusiast. In the offseason, his workouts consist of both. He believes it’s what got him here. “It was a lot of things where you needed a lot of body control before I got into football,” said Edebali, 27. “That translated a little bit into the way I play football — quick twitch, a little unorthodox.” Now the Broncos will ask Edebali to be their top pass rusher off the bench until Shaquil Barrett returns from his injury and is in playing shape. Edebali knows it’s a huge role for a relatively unknown player, but he just smiles. “That’s how my life’s been. I’ve always been the next guy to step up,” said Edebali, who signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract in March. Earlier this offseason, Edebali got a potential taste of life after football. He went to a WWE tryout as a spectator but soon he made his way into the ring, supported by The Rock’s entrance music. “That was super random,” Edebali said, a little surprised anybody even knew about it. “They asked me if I wanted to work out and I was like, ‘Yeah, I always wanted to do a little of this.’ ” For Edebali, hands and timing are the most important traits of an NFL pass rusher. And that’s where his wrestling background pays off. Barrett was expected to be the third in a trio of active, attacking, rotating pass rushers with Von Miller and Shane Ray. After suffering an off-campus hip injury working out, Barrett will be out at least “a few months.” There is no guarantee he will be ready for Denver’s season opener Sept. 11 against the Chargers. Denver has no plans to sign an immediate replacement — a sign of faith in Edebali and a host of undrafted outside linebackers behind him. “He’s a relentless rusher on the pass down,” Broncos coach Joseph said. “Then he’s a big body when he’s on the edge and in the run game.” Before joining Denver, Edebali notched eight sacks in three seasons (two starts) for New Orleans. He could have his biggest role yet this season. Related Articles PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 15, 2017 Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped Broncos defense in “reset” mode, Brandon Marshall’s sore Achilles, more PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 14, 2017 Terrell Davis: I am confident Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is going in Hall of Fame The Broncos’ top three returning outside linebackers — Miller (81.2), Ray (58) and Barrett (36.6) — all played a higher percentage of snaps in 2016 than Edebali has played in any season (33.9 was his top, in 2015). Vontarrius Dora, a 2016 college free agent who spent most of last year on the Broncos’ practice squad, and undrafted rookies Ken Ekanem and Deon Hollins are the other outside linebackers on the roster. So the pressure falls on Edebali, the only healthy reserve outside linebacker who has played in an NFL regular-season game. The hope is that the Broncos’ attacking scheme will help Edebali have his best season. He was miscast as an undersized 4-3 defensive end his last two years in New Orleans, but he can use that experience to be a pass rushing and run stopping 3-4 outside linebacker. “I remember watching film and saying I would love to be in that defense to get after it,” Edebali said. “They let you loose and be yourself.” Edebali will get every opportunity to be his best this summer. The Broncos need it. [...]
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Buffalo Sabres hire Phil Housley as head coach
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Phil Housley began his Hall of Fame playing career in Buffalo. It is also where he will open his NHL head-coaching career after being hired by the Sabres on Thursday. Housley’s hiring completes an offseason overhaul for the Sabres in replacing coach Dan Bylsma, who was fired along with general manager Tim Murray in April. He represents the first significant move made by first-time general manager Jason Botterill, who took over the job last month. Housley takes over a team that stagnated under Murray in extended its franchise-worst playoff drought to six seasons. With a 33-37-12 record, Buffalo finished last in the Atlantic Division, 26th overall, and with two fewer wins than last season. Related ArticlesJune 16, 2017 Looming expansion draft turns up trade chatter around NHL June 15, 2017 NHL announces draft order; Avalanche has seven selections June 15, 2017 Jonathan Drouin traded by Lightning to Canadiens for Mikhail Sergachev June 14, 2017 650,000 fans at parade cheer Penguins for Stanley Cup win June 14, 2017 Colorado Eagles in discussions to become the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate Housley has spent the past four years as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators. He is credited for overseeing a highly skilled and speedy group of defensemen that helped Nashville make its first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history. Botterill was forced to place his coaching search on hold to wait for the Predators’ season to end, which came with a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday in Game 6. “Based on his experience as a player and coach, we think Phil is uniquely qualified to be our head coach and help us achieve our organizational goals,” Botterill said in a statement released by the team before a late-afternoon news conference. “His approach to the game aligns with the way we envision our hockey team playing, and we’re excited to see where his leadership will take us.” It’s a home coming for Housley, who was selected with the No. 6 pick in the 1982 draft by Buffalo and spent his first eight of his 21 NHL seasons playing for the Sabres. He also had a connection to Botterill from their playing days. Though Botterill was mostly a minor-league journeyman, he and Housley both played for the Calgary Flames from 1999-2001. Housley has head-coaching experience but not at the NHL level. He was head coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2013 World Junior championships. Starting in 2004, Housley spent nine seasons coaching Stillwater Area High School in his native Minnesota. As a player, Housley’s 1,232 career points (338 goals and 894 assists) rank third among American-born players and fourth among all NHL defensemen. [...]
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Paul Stastny, Kelly Cup to appear at Dawg Bowl VII hockey fundraising event
Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation’s Dawg Bowl VII is a week away (June 22-25) at The Edge Ice Arena in Littleton. The 42-team hockey tournament includes the Mainline West Top Dawgs — a top-tiered team exclusively consisting of current and former professional players — and a smorgasbord of off-ice activities to benefit Front Range hockey families in need. The free public event raised a record $140,000 (before expenses) last June and the generous folks at Dawg Nation are looking to exceed that this year. Photo provided by Heather KarasHeather Karas, widow of Jeff Karas, a former Littleton Hawks and Colorado Select hockey coach, hoists Dawg Nation’s women’s division championship trophy with Butch Mousseau’s widow Macaire Mousseau. Jeff Karas died of leukemia in 2013 and Butch Mousseau of head trauma in March. The Avalanche, Colorado Eagles and DU Pioneers are among Dawg Nation’s most affluent supporters, and NHL teams such as the Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers have donated signed sweaters and other auction items. The Colorado Eagles are expected to have the Kelly Cup as ECHL champions on hand, and one of the biggest silent auction items will be a team-signed/framed Denver Pioneers’ NCAA championship sweater. Last year, one of the top-tiered teams featured a quarter of DU’s team, including Highlands Ranch’s Troy Terry. The Top Dawgs include former Avalanche players Paul Stastny (playing Friday only), Brett Clark and Aaron MacKenzie, along with Eagles captain Sean Zimmerman and veteran Eagles forward Darryl Bootland, a 2000 Avalanche draft pick. Their games are Friday, June 24 at 6:50 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at 11:20 a.m. and 7:10 or 8 p.m. There will be a sled hockey game Saturday between members of the U.S. national team and others, plus the Survivor Game featuring the ceremonial puck drop by Flight for Life crash survivor Dave Repsher. If you love the game, you will love this event. For more information, click here.  [...]
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Census of an NFL Roster
These are the results of a survey of one NFL team’s locker room over the course of the 2016 season. Of the 51 Denver Broncos players who responded, only one player asked to know the intent of the survey before answering the questionnaire. There’s a familiar refrain in NFL reporting that seems to crescendo whenever controversy of a non-football variety is introduced into the dialogue. [...]
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Terrell Davis admits he thought Hall of Fame was just 'not meant to be'
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- No reason to bite his tongue anymore. Terrell Davis admitted Wednesday he wondered if the Hall would ever call. All those winters of pushing his nose up to the windows in Canton exacted a toll. "Yeah, there was a point. About the sixth or seventh year when I was just constantly making the semifinalist list, but there was no one talking about me, I thought maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. I’d come out and say that if I didn’t make the Hall, I was fine with it and that it wouldn’t change my career," Davis said. "I meant some of that. I didn’t mean all of it." Davis walked into football immortality in February. His case presented challenges because of his short term -- seven [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – Training Report: Rapids ready to return to MLS play
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