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Denver Nuggets Promote Tim Connelly and Arturas Karnisovas
Denver Nuggets President and Governor Josh Kroenke announced today that Tim Connelly has been promoted to President of Basketball Operati [...]
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Nuggets Keep Front Office Stability with Karnisovas, Connelly Promotions
On Wednesday, a door opened for Arturas Karnisovas that had previously been shut in the last few weeks while he was a candidate for the M [...]
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Mike McCoy and Terrell Davis relive time as teammates at Long Beach State
The two spent a couple years as teammates in California. [...]
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Jon Gray’s return to the Rockies has a tentative plan. “This is the first time it feels realistic,” he said.
Jon Gray was always too far from returning to the Rockies to count the days. It was always four or five more weeks, always beyond the horizon. But the reality of rejoining the Rockies rotation is finally settling in. “This is the first time it feels realistic,” Gray said Thursday at Coors Field. “I feel ready.” Gray, who broke his left foot on the mound in San Francisco in April, pitched four scoreless innings in a minor-league rehab start for the Single-A Lancaster (Calif.) Jethawks on Wednesday night. He struck out five batters, threw a fastball that touched 97 mph, and earned 36 strikes among his 55 pitches. Five batters reached base, on four hits and a walk. “It was good to feel that speed again, the speed of a game,” Gray said. “It still feels a little weak. But I’m gaining the strength back quick.” The 25-year-old on April 12 fielded a high chopper on the mound and threw to first against the Giants, but he landed wrong on on his left foot and suffered what the team called a stress fracture. He was put in a walking boot several weeks while on the DL. And while he kept his arm in shape during his disabled list stint, Gray had to wait to work on moving around the field. On Wednesday, he fielded a comebacker or two, Gray said, but the nervousness of fielding his position on a bum foot was not out of his mind. “I don’t think it was. But when I reacted to the ball hit to the right side, I didn’t try to stop myself,” he said. “I got over there and thought, ‘Wow, I didn’t even notice it.’ That’s a really good sign.” Gray will next start for Triple-A Albuquerque in Sacramento on Monday, with a pitch count limit nearer to 80 tosses. Colorado manager Bud Black said the club will collect evidence from that appearance to decide if Gray will start next week for the Rockies at Los Angeles or pitch again for the Isotopes. Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) will also make a rehab start in Sacramento, on Sunday. Looking ahead David Zalubowski, The Associated PressColorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela reacts after getting St. Louis Cardinals’ Randal Grichuk to hit into a double play to end the top of the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 26, 2017, in Denver. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-8, 4.31) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (8-2, 3.84), 6:40 p.m., ROOT, 850 AM Samardzija is running on hard luck. His southward win-loss record is a perfect example of why wins are misleading. The Giants’ veteran right-hander has 100 strikeouts this season, 31 more than the Rockies’ top K guy, Tyler Chatwood. And Samardzija has walked only two batters since May 3, an extraordinary command and control streak over his past eight starts. Senzatela, on the other hand, has a great win-loss record, despite a disturbing 6.46 ERA in his past three starts, including a season-low four-inning outing last week at Chicago. He earned a no-decision in that game. Saturday: Giants RHP Matt Cain (3-5, 5.22) at Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (7-4, 3.57), 1:10 p.m., ROOT Sunday: Giants LHP Ty Blach (4-4, 4.24) at Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.16), 1:10 p.m., ROOT Monday: Off [...]
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Rockies call-up slugger Tom Murphy and their catching corps is now intact; Carlos Gonzalez sits again
The Rockies on Thursday called up catcher Tom Murphy, the slugger who missed the first 10 weeks of the season with a broken right arm. And now, finally, their core catching corps is intact. “It’s almost like opening day,” Murphy said. “You know you’re going to be a really good team. That’s the feeling I have right now.” Murphy was in line to compete with Tony Wolters for the Rockies’ starting catcher job on opening day. But Murphy fractured his lower arm throwing to second base in a spring training game against the Cubs when his arm hit Anthony Rizzo’s bat on a throw to second base. The Rockies initially thought Murphy might miss 4-6 weeks. In his absence, Wolters played in 42 of the club’s 68 games. Veteran Ryan Hanigan, signed late in March for depth, and Dustin Garneau, filled in for Murphy. Colorado optioned Hanigan to the minor-leagues on Thursday to make room for Murphy. Colorado manager Bud Black immediately placed Murphy in the Rockies lineup. He hit eighth against the Giants at Coors Field. “To me, it’s just making sure I remember what type of player I am and how I go about the game,” Murphy said. He was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 3 for a rehab assignment, then hit 12-for-29 (.414) with a home run, a triple and four doubles in seven games. Murphy, too, used his time away working on his defensive posture. With his arm immobilized, Murphy could not hit while he was injured. But Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond, a former major-league catcher, drilled Murphy on footwork and balance. Related ArticlesJune 15, 2017 Jon Gray’s return to the Rockies has a tentative plan. “This is the first time it feels realistic,” he said. June 15, 2017 Lunch Special: Should the Rockies give up on Carlos Gonzalez? June 14, 2017 German Marquez, Raimel Tapia lead Rockies over Pirates to snap three-game losing streak June 14, 2017 Rockies sit slumping Carlos Gonzalez; catcher Tom Murphy nearing call-up June 13, 2017 Rockies go heavy on college pitchers in 2017 MLB draft, including a standout from Broomfield “Right now, this is the best catching I’ve ever had,” Murphy said. CarGo sits again. Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies veteran right fielder, was not in the starting lineup for a second consecutive game. He is healthy, but mired, going 0-for-20 on the Rockies’ seven-game road trip through Chicago and Pittsburgh. His sitting was the manager’s decision. “Giving him a couple days to clean the slate,” Black said. “He’ll be in there tomorrow. When he gets it, he can go on a tear. And I still think that’s going to happen.” Looking ahead David Zalubowski, The Associated PressColorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela reacts after getting St. Louis Cardinals’ Randal Grichuk to hit into a double play to end the top of the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 26, 2017, in Denver. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-8, 4.31) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (8-2, 3.84), 6:40 p.m., ROOT, 850 AM Samardzija is running on hard luck. His southward win-loss record is a perfect example of why wins are misleading. The Giants’ veteran right-hander has 100 strikeouts this season, 31 more than the Rockies’ top K guy, Tyler Chatwood. And Samardzija has walked only two batters since May 3, an extraordinary command and control streak over his past eight starts. Senzatela, on the other hand, has a great win-loss record, despite a disturbing 6.46 ERA in his past three starts, including a season-low four-inning outing last week at Chicago. He earned a no-decision in that game. Saturday: Giants RHP Matt Cain (3-5, 5.22) at Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (7-4, 3.57), 1:10 p.m., ROOT Sunday: Giants LHP Ty Blach (4-4, 4.24) at Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.16), 1:10 p.m., ROOT Monday: Off [...]
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Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant notches signature win at Colorado Junior PGA Championship
Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant has been making noise in the Colorado prep golf scene for some time now. Bryant finished as the Class 5A state runner-up last fall while establishing himself as one of the top golfers in the Class of 2018 and earning a scholarship to CSU. But it was on Wednesday that Bryant recorded his career’s most signature moment yet, posting a wire-to-wire victory at the Colorado Junior PGA Championship at Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs. Bryant shot one-under to secure the two-shot win and a berth in the National Junior PGA Championship from July 31-Aug. 3. “I’d been looking forward to this tournament since it got put on the schedule, because I feel really comfortable with the course,” Bryant said. “It’s a difficult course, but I played well over 54 holes and I had all parts of my game where they needed to be over each of the three days.” The win gave Bryant his first Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado major as the two-time Colorado Junior America’s Cup selection eyes continued improvement. “My ball-striking has been really good lately,” Bryant said. “Also, my proximity to the hole on the green has been good the last month or so too, so I feel like I’m really close to cutting a few more strokes off my rounds if the putts start to fall in with more consistency.” Bryant is the son of Green Valley Ranch Golf Club GM Matt Bryant, and growing up with a golf pro for a dad laid the base for his rapid development over the past several years. He tied for 30th at the state tournament his freshman year before tying for 12th as a sophomore and then coming up one leaderboard spot short of the title last year. “When I was younger, my dad was hard on me and wanted me to do everything perfectly, but as I got older he took a step back,” Bryant said. “It was good to be on my own in the game like that, because I still use his technique and his advice — especially on the mental side — but I had to figure out the details of golf for myself, too.” Another golf pro’s kid, Holy Family’s Hailey Schalk, won the girls tournament at the Colorado Junior PGA Championship by an outlandish 11 strokes to also punch her ticket to the national tournament. Schalk is the daughter of Colorado National Golf Club GM Matt Schalk, and last month she won the Class 3A state title as a freshman. Both Bryant and Schalk are favorites to win their respective individual state titles in 2017-18. [...]
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For Colorado high school football programs, the summer grind is crucial to autumn success
It’s a mid-June early morning in the Arapahoe weight room, and the Warriors’ football team is putting in sweat equity on the power clean platforms while most of their peers sleep. Behind the players wearing sweat-soaked grey shirts that proclaim EARN IT, head coach Mike Campbell revs up his guys while music blares and reminders of the dedication necessary to succeed — All we ask is all you’ve got, one sign says — are everywhere. It’s a prep football rite of passage that unfolds three to four times per week at just about every high school in the Denver metro area, when teams collectively rise with the sun to converge upon their weights, tracks and practice fields and put in the work that often defines a team’s fate come fall. “The summer, to us, is about getting stronger and faster, but it’s really more about team bonding, toughness and leadership,” Mike Campbell said. “Especially because we don’t have the kind of numbers that a lot of the teams we play do, and we don’t have the Division I players that other schools do — so we have to rely on the culture we create here in the summertime to get us wins during the season.” And while the average big-school contender like Arapahoe uses the summer to stay competitive, power programs such as Cherry Creek, Valor Christian and Pomona are all grinding, too, in order to remain in the championship conversation. “If you’re really serious about competing at the top level of the sport in Colorado every year, you’ve got to put the work in,” Cherry Creek head coach Dave Logan said. “The days of just showing up two weeks before school starts are long over.” Logan said he’s kept his four-days-a-week, eight-week program consistent over the past 25 years of his prep coaching career at Arvada West, Chatfield, Mullen and Cherry Creek — and that the seven state titles earned over that span are a direct result of his teams’ buy-in during the summer. “My deal with my team is, if we get an 80 percent turnout rate in the summer, then we don’t go two-a-days,” Logan said. “And we’ve never gone two-a-days in all my time as a head coach, because my kids come out and commit to the workload, and our entire coaching staff comes out and commits to the summer, too. It’s where we’ve always laid the base.” The Bruins’ program includes a football-specific lifting program, speed work such as interval sprints and agility drills, old-fashioned conditioning as well as the installation of the offense and defensive schemes throughout the summer. Plus, beyond the intangibles that Campbell described, the summer gives schools competitive advantages that can be measured — like how Cherry Creek boasts 27 players who can squat 400 pounds or more — and those measurables, Logan said, translate to the field. “That’s the overall team strength that’s essential if you’re going to compete at the highest level,” Logan said. “You might not have the biggest team in any given year, but you have to have good team strength that enables you to hang in there against bigger teams and more talented teams.” Summer programs are also being tailored to a team’s specific style, as head coach Jaron Cohen has done at Ponderosa. “We’re going to run no-huddle with a really fast tempo,” Cohen said, “and the way we train our players in the summer is modified to play that type of game in the fall because we’re going to be relentless on both sides of the ball.” Related ArticlesJune 6, 2017 Q&A: Former Silver Creek QB Austin Apodaca talks college career, CFL opportunity and more The Mustangs, who made the 4A quarterfinals last season, have also added an innovative competitive wrinkle to their workouts. Cohen appointed six senior captains before the summer started; those captains then drafted other varsity players enrolled in the program to form teams that compete for points and corresponding prizes such as T-shirts and pizza parties. “Instead of coaches getting on kids, we’ve got kids getting on kids in a positive way,” Cohen said. “And if our players have accountability to each other, it gives them more incentive to get out of bed and get their work in, because a team gets points for everyone showing up.” Each Friday is competition day at Ponderosa, with the ultimate prize being what Ponderosa strength coach Patrick Nolan calls “the championship bell,” which is a boxing bell with a chain attached to it. Friday’s team winners get to wear it and write on the back of it in Sharpie, and the team already has plans to take their coveted bell out to games this fall. “We’re all about competing on Fridays and simulating that Friday-night-lights mindset,& [...]
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Colorado Springs native Canyon Barry returns home for draft workout with Nuggets
NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry had arguably the most unorthodox, yet effective, free-throw deliveries in the history of professional basketball. Shooting them underhanded — “granny style” — he drilled 90 percent of his career chances from the stripe, good for the fourth-best mark in NBA history. And Thursday, his son, former Florida and Cheyenne Mountain High School guard Canyon Barry, was putting the same motion on display during a Nuggets pre-draft workout at the Pepsi Center. “I kinda always knew I was gonna switch (to underhand),” Canyon Barry said. “Logic would dictate (it), if you have one of the greatest free-throw shooters of all-time as your personal free-throw coach.” With his feet shoulder-width apart and the ball centered with his abdomen, Barry gives a slight cock of his wrist, squats and when he stands back up, he thrusts the ball forward with a backward rotation — all in one fluid motion. Canyon started shooting with the method his father became famous for as a junior at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs as a junior in 2010-11, where he made 75 percent of his attempts. That trend continued in college, shooting 88 percent from the line in his senior season at Florida last year. He set the school record with 42 consecutive free throws made. “It’s great to be home,” Barry said. “Spent all my life in (Colorado Springs) and just being able to come back and see the family and obviously to workout with the Nuggets, who I watched growing up since I was a kid, is awesome.” It’s not just his father that played basketball at the highest level. His four older brothers all played professional basketball — most notably Jon and Brent, who both played more than a decade in the NBA. Canyon has proved that he can play a little, too. He was the SEC Sixth Man of the Year and the second-leading scorer for a Florida Gators squad that made the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He was a ‘go-to’ guy in his first three collegiate seasons at the College of Charleston.  As a junior, he averaged a team-leading 19.7 points on more than 40 percent from the field. But the most eye-opening aspect of his offensive game are his free throws. Hayden Graham, a forward from Air Force, went through shooting drills with Barry on Thursday. He’d seen granny shooting on TV, but watching it in-person initially threw him off guard. “Standing there at the free-throw line, he actually did it and I was like, ‘Yo!’” said Graham with a laugh. “But he’s a great dude. He can shoot the ball, he’s athletic so he’s got a bright future.” Maybe more of a surprise than his free-throw shooting is his blemish-less academic record. Barry had a 4.0 GPA in college and high school. He’s never had a B. He graduated summa cum laude from the College of Charleston and received a Master’s in Nuclear Engineering from Florida. But for now, Barry hopes to continue the family basketball tradition. He’s seen the blessing and opportunities it’s given to his loved ones. Championship rings, All-Star appearances and an NBA Slam Dunk trophy. Not projected to be drafted next week, he just wants the chance to continue carrying the Barry torch. “I’m fortunate enough to hopefully be able to play at the highest level and just to continue to give to the game to see what it gives back to me,” he said. [...]
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PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 15, 2017
The Denver Broncos held a mandatory minicamp on June 15, 2017 at Dove Valley. [...]
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Jonathan Drouin traded by Lightning to Canadiens for Mikhail Sergachev
The Tampa Bay Lightning got the young defenseman they have been looking for in Mikhail Sergachev, even though it cost them highly skilled forward Jonathan Drouin. Tampa Bay acquired the soon-to-be 19-year-old Sergachev from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in a trade that checks off one box on general manager Steve Yzerman’s offseason checklist and could provide short- and long-term benefits. Dealing Drouin helps the Lightning ahead of the Vegas expansion draft and in their tight salary-cap situation, and adding Sergachev potentially strengthens their blue line for the next decade. “Our biggest need and our biggest goal was to acquire a puck-moving young defenseman, and we were able to do that,” Yzerman said on a conference call. “We wanted this type of game that Sergachev plays: an offensive defenseman, big, strong, good skater, moves the puck well. We were looking for that type of player and we were able to find a fit.” Related ArticlesJune 15, 2017 NHL announces draft order; Avalanche has seven selections June 15, 2017 Buffalo Sabres hire Phil Housley as head coach 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 June 13, 2017 Avalanche not identifying players protected from NHL expansion draft Along with Sergachev, Tampa Bay got a conditional 2018 second-round pick that previously belonged to Washington and Montreal a 2018 conditional sixth-rounder. Yzerman said the condition is that if Sergachev plays 40 NHL games between the regular season and playoffs next season, no picks are exchanged. That’s an insurance policy on the Lightning’s part if Sergachev needs another year of seasoning in junior. If he’s ready now, even better. “We think we’re getting a young defenseman that’s going to have an impact in the NHL for a long time,” Yzerman said. “Whether that’s this year or two years from now, time will tell. I think he’s going to be a good player in the league for a long time.” In parts of three seasons with the Lightning, Drouin already showed he could adapt to the pro game. The 22-year-old set career highs last season with 21 goals, 32 assists and 53 points and has 95 points in 164 career games. Hours after the trade, the Canadiens signed Drouin to a $33 million, six-year contract that means he will count $5.5 million against the salary cap through 2022-23. Agent Allan Walsh said, “It’s his childhood dream to play for the Montreal Canadiens.” “It’s just really surreal,” Drouin said at a news conference in Montreal. “I’m still kind of in shock that it actually happened.” Drouin had a rocky tenure with the Lighting since being the third pick in 2013, asking for a trade in 2015-16 and coming back to play a prominent role this past season in the absence of injured captain Steven Stamkos. Asked about trading Drouin within the Atlantic Division, Yzerman said there’s risk in every trade but was doing what’s best for the Lightning and wishes his former player all the best in Montreal. Yzerman colored this as a need-for-need hockey trade. “We were looking for a defenseman, and we had to give up a forward to do that,” Yzerman said. “Ultimately Jonathan’s an extremely talented young man. I expect he’s going to have a long and successful career.” While it wasn’t the central goal of the deal, trading Drouin means Tampa Bay can protect an extra forward in the expansion draft and has more salary-cap space moving forward with other players in need of new deals. Previously, the Lightning would have potentially had to expose either Vladislav Namestnikov or Alex Killorn and can now keep them away from the expansion Golden Knights. They could lose a defenseman, perhaps Braydon Coburn or Jason Garrison, but Sergachev is exempt. “We were able to acquire a player that we do not have to protect,” Yzerman said. “It gives us a little more clarity there.” Chris O'Meara, The Associated PressTampa Bay Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin celebrates after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 20, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Sergachev was the ninth pick in the 2016 draft and is just beginning his entry-level contract with a cost-controlled cap hit of $1.74 million for the next three years. Considered one of the top defensive prospects in hockey, the Russian had 10 goals and 33 assists for 43 points with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires this past season and was a point-a-game player as they won the Memorial Cup. “He’s got good size, heR [...]
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NHL announces draft order; Avalanche has seven selections
The NHL on Thursday announced the official order of selection for next week’s draft at the United Center in Chicago. The two-day draft will begin with the first round Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m. (NBCSN). Rounds 2-7 are Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. (NHL Network). Barring trades, the Avalanche will make seven selections. Colorado will pick fourth in the first round and first in Rounds 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7. The Avs, who finished with the NHL’s fewest points last season, traded their third-round pick to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Eric Gelinas on Feb. 29, 2016. Gelinas, 26, finished last season in the minors and is not expected to be given a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent. 2017 Avalanche draft positions First round: No. 4 (fourth overall) Second round: No. 1 (32nd) Fourth round: No. 1 (94th) Fourth round: No. 21 (114th) (Obtained from NYR for D Nick Holden) Fifth round: No. 1 (125th) Sixth round: No. 1 (156th) Seventh round: No. 1 (187th) [...]
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Terrell Davis' visit with Broncos brings back memories
Terrell Davis' first visit to Denver Broncos headquarters since being elected to the Hall of Fame brought back memories of his first training camp when he couldn't see much of a future in football and came close to quitting. The Broncos were in Tokyo practicing for a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers in the summer of 1995. [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – Colorado Rapids recognize Pride Month during match against LA Galaxy
... lag armband during the match. Signed replica armbands will be given away via Rapids Prize Zone following the match.    In addition, defender Eric Miller has joi ... [...]
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