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Both Broncos QBs have chance to close in upcoming days
Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch both get to show off their closing skills now. Siemian can close out the Denver Broncos' QB competition this week and next. Lynch can close in on Siemian in exhibition games at Chicago and San Francisco sandwiched around a pair of practices with the 49ers. [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – 2017 MLS Homegrown Game | Kortne Ford | MLS All-Star VLog
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Gary Harris Joins Kreckman & Harris to Talk Nike Jersey Reveal
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Isaiah McKenzie doesn't care if you call him small, he'll just run by you
His confidence and extra work led to him being named the starting punt returner for the Broncos. [...]
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Broncos Training Camp Day 11 Takeaways: Trevor Siemian starting to feel offense 'clicking' for him
Also ... why Mike McCoy feels more comfortable calling plays from the sideline, and how DeMarcus Walker is looking to improve in pass coverage. [...]
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Greg Holland blows second consecutive save as Rockies fall in walk-off heartbreaker at Cleveland
CLEVELAND — The Rockies kicked off a 50-game sprint to the finish Tuesday from the shores of Lake Erie — and in a peculiar position. A club built from the beginning with bats continues to carry its way into contention from the mound. German Marquez, one of a pair of 22-year-old Venezuelan rookies in Colorado’s rotation, glided into the seventh inning at Progressive Field with justified aspiration. But during the Indians’ disheartening 4-1 walkoff victory over the Rockies, after Marquez gave up just two hits, Colorado took a haymaker to the chin. Yan Gomes’ three-run homer off Colorado closer Greg Holland with two outs in the ninth inning, on a first-pitch fastball, quickly shifted the Rockies from what would have been perhaps their best victory of the season to one of the most painful. “It’s a tough one,” Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu said. “But I’d take that situation every time with ‘Hollie.’ Even with runners on, I’d take it every day. They just got a couple big swings at the end.” Boxscore: Cleveland 4, Colorado 1 Austin Jackson’s blooper, also with two outs in the ninth, about a foot beyond the reach of center fielder Charlie Blackmon’s diving attempt to end the game in Colorado’s favor, tied the game at 1, one pitch before Gomes’ walk-off. And Holland, the major-league saves leader and an all-star in his first season since Tommy John surgery scuttled a career in Kansas City, blew a second consecutive save opportunity in three days. On Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies rallied in the ninth for a 3-2 victory at Coors Field. Tony Dejak, The Associated PressColorado Rockies relief pitcher Greg Holland walks off the field after giving up a game-winning three-run home run to Cleveland Indians’ Yan Gomes in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Cleveland. “It’s really disappointing, the way we battled,” LeMahieu said. “But we’ve got a good team and a lot of confidence.” Blackmon’s game-starting home run, a rainbow looper to the center-field seats, carried the Rockies for eight innings. Blackmon’s 100th career homer, his 26th this season, came on the second pitch of the game, a 90 mph sinkerball from Cleveland all-star Corey Kluber. The Rockies are 49-17 this season when they score the game’s first run. Cleveland is 17-32 when giving it up. But between the first batter and the last, a pitcher’s duel unfolded pitting the rookie Marquez and the maestro Kluber. “That guy (Blackmon) hits a home run to lead off the game, you don’t think that that’s going to stand up,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “The way their guy was pitching, it about did.” Kluber, the AL Cy Young Award winner in 2014, cruised through eight innings on just three hits. And when Kluber struck out Mark Reynolds on a wicked curveball to end the seventh inning, he became just the third pitcher with at least eight strikeouts in 13 consecutive games, after Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. “That is a throwback game for sure,” Colorado manager Bud Black said while raving about Kluber, who went the distance and struck out 11, while walking none. Related ArticlesAugust 8, 2017 Chad Bettis excels in one more rehab start — and his return to the Rockies is imminent August 8, 2017 Gerardo Parra has settled in as the Rockies untraditional cleanup hitter; Ian Desmond slowed; Tyler Anderson improves August 8, 2017 Rockies honor Don Baylor by hanging manger’s jersey in dugout August 8, 2017 Saunders vs. Groke: Which Rockies pitcher should start in a must-win game? August 7, 2017 Rockies at Indians: Looking ahead at the Aug. 8 game But Colorado, with four rookie starting pitchers still excelling well into August, can retort. Marquez has carried the Rockies as an ace would for over a month, with six consecutive quality starts, including four victories. Since Marquez elbowed his way to the core of a benches-clearing confrontation against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 22 at Coors Field, he has a 2.42 ERA, with seven earned runs in 26 innings. Marquez pitched perfectly his first time through Cleveland’s lineup, forcing five groundouts to Nolan Arenado at third base while also striking out slugger Edwin Encarnacion, Bradley Zimmer and Austin Jackson. Francisco Lindor doubled off Marquez for Cleveland’s first hit in the fourth inning, but two others grounded out weakly to DJ LeMahieu at first to strand him. “It was a chance for me to face one of the best pitchers in the game,” Marquez said. “I had to step up.” In the sixth inning, Marquez tossed six consecutive pitches outside the strike zone and walked Jason Kipnis and Lindor with one [...]
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Chad Bettis excels in one more rehab start — and his return to the Rockies is imminent
Rain fell in the way of Chad Bettis near New Orleans on Tuesday, but it will probably not keep him out of the majors. The Rockies right-hander, in what figures to be his final rehab start in a comeback from cancer, pitched an impressive outing for Triple-A Albuquerque, with five concise innings of work, allowing one run on three hits, with two strikeouts and no walks. Bettis, a 28-year-old who twice fell behind within the past year because of testicular cancer — first after surgery in December, then again for chemotherapy starting in February — pitched his best rehab game among six since returning to the mound for a Double-A game July 13. Related ArticlesAugust 8, 2017 Greg Holland blows second consecutive save as Rockies fall in walk-off heartbreaker at Cleveland August 8, 2017 Gerardo Parra has settled in as the Rockies untraditional cleanup hitter; Ian Desmond slowed; Tyler Anderson improves August 8, 2017 Rockies honor Don Baylor by hanging manger’s jersey in dugout August 8, 2017 Saunders vs. Groke: Which Rockies pitcher should start in a must-win game? August 7, 2017 Rockies at Indians: Looking ahead at the Aug. 8 game Against the New Orleans Baby Cakes, a minor-league affiliate of the Miami Marlins, Bettis used just 37 pitches to retire nine of the first 10 batters he faced, including six groundouts. He left after five innings and 70 pitches when rain delayed the game 26 minutes. Bettis finished his night in the Isotopes’ bullpen and reached a planned limit of 90 pitches throwing on the side. Bettis will probably return to the Rockies’ starting rotation Monday against the Atlanta Braves, when the club returns to Colorado to start a seven-game homestand. It will allow him an extra day of rest and place his comeback in familiar surroundings. With an off day Thursday, Colorado will get through its current five-game road trip with a four-man rotation. German Marquez, who gave up just two hits in six innings Tuesday at Cleveland, will start Sunday at Miami. In six minor-league appearances on his comeback trail, Bettis pitched 26 2/3 innings and gave up 10 earned runs, for a 3.37 ERA. Last season, he pitched 186 innings and won 14 games, both club highs. He finished with a 14-8 record and a 4.79 ERA. And, as the oldest pitcher on the team, Bettis, the Rockies hope, will help ground a rookie-heavy rotation. [...]
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Class 5A softball preview: Eaglecrest headlines a top-heavy field filled with potential sleepers
Yvette Hendrian hasn’t had any shortage of success while at Eaglecrest. The Raptors have made the Class 5A state tournament in each of her five seasons — and her team, ranked No. 1 in the Denver Post preseason Prep Power Rankings, is loaded again heading into the fall. But Hendrian knows full well that with great expectations comes an even greater need for her team to tune out the hype in order to earn a title at the end of October, which would be the program’s second and first since 2005. “We’ve been in this position before and I think the first time we were in this position, our focus was a little different — it was my second year of coaching here where we had all the tools and had all the talent,” Hendrian said. “But once again, it comes down to execution. This year, I’m taking a different approach to focusing my players — on one at-bat and pitch at a time instead of on the end result.” Related ArticlesAugust 3, 2017 Newman: Softball coaching legend Bob Bledsoe returns to prep level to lead Fruita Monument July 21, 2017 Slugger Kailey Wilson, better than before her knee injury, is ready to lead Eaglecrest softball on state title run Headlining Eaglecrest is a pair of Division I power-hitters in senior first baseman Kailey Wilson (Creighton) and junior shortstop Rachel Sabourin (Hawaii). Wilson had a monstrous summer on the club circuit following her rehabilitation from knee surgery that sidelined her for all of last season, while All-Colorado selection Sabourin led the Raptors with a .567 average and nine homers last fall. Plus, Hendrian has the luxury of two veteran pitchers in seniors Mackenzie Hostetler and Braelyn Crenshaw, who shared time last season while carrying the Raptors to the semifinals. “We’re sitting pretty good right now, but our main focus is making sure we don’t get caught up in all the hoopla of being the team with the target on its back,” Hendrian said. “Mackenzie and Braelyn will be our two main arms again, and as a program, we’re fortunate to have two girls that everyone completely trusts in the circle.” But the Raptors won’t be the only 5A power with a stacked deck. Fossil Ridge, another 2016 semifinalist, only graduated two seniors and returns junior Rosie Philop, junior Kristen Reed, senior Rheanna Will and junior Mia Moddelmog to the lineup. Meanwhile, Legacy, again under the guidance of legendary coach Dawn Gaffin, will be another deep team out of the Front Range League thanks to the return of junior pitcher Isabella Kelly, as well as junior Lauren Strathearn, junior Peyton Miyasaki and senior Ciarra Nelson in the field. And in the Continental League, Legend and Douglas County are early favorites after dueling for the conference title last season en route to state tournament showings. The Titans return junior pitcher Zoey LeCompte as well as the bats of senior Alyssa Nunn, junior Payton Lincavage, sophomore Lauren Griggs and junior Olivia Bradley. The Huskies — under the direction of new coach Dane Craig, who had previously built Mountain Range into a perennial playoff contender — also have veteran talent in sophomore pitcher Savanna Reiners and a lineup featuring senior catcher and Coastal Carolina commit Abbey Montoya. “My philosophy of putting in the hard work, letting the winning take care of itself and an emphasis on the mental game seems to fit this group of girls and this program,” Craig said. “I’m excited for what I have coming back, and the surprises I’m sure I’ll find in tryouts is only going to make this more fun moving forward.” But the sleepers of the classification might have the final say at the state tournament, as they did in 2015 (Mountain Range) and 2016 (Cherokee Trail) when those teams flew under the radar for most of the season en route to their respective titles. The sport’s three dominant leagues (Centennial, Continental and Front Range) all have several teams in that category, including Grandview, Cherry Creek, Mountain Vista, Castle View, Fort Collins and Loveland — not to mention Cherokee Trail and Broomfield, both of which lost a lot of talent from last season’s state title game yet figure to be competitive once again. “The kind of team that flies under the radar is the one you’ve got to watch out for,” Hendrian said. “And you can’t forget about the importance of tradition with those top-tier teams either, like Legacy with Gaffin, because they know how to get to the state tournament.” Defending Class 5A champion Cherokee Trail is ranked eighth in the 2017 preseason Denver Post Preps Power Rankings. (Photo by Kyle Newman, The Denver Post) Class 5A Preseason Power Rankings Eaglecrest Fossil Ridge Legend Douglas County Legac [...]
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Nuggets begin golden anniversary celebration by unveiling new uniforms
Darrell Arthur rubbed the seams of his new uniform, fresh out of the box from Nike. The new threads made him feel lighter, the Nuggets’ veteran forward insisted. And, apparently, more confident. “We can be a contender, for sure,” Arthur said of the upcoming season that will coincide with the new, darker-blue uniforms. “Right up there with Golden State.” It would probably take a new uniform with a Superman cape attached for the Nuggets, and most other Western Conference teams, to ascend to the level of the Warriors by next season. But as the Nuggets aim to reach the postseason for the first time since 2013 while celebrating their previous 50 seasons, with the first nine in the ABA, perhaps a new look, which features a dominant navy blue hue with only a trim of the old baby blue schemes, couldn’t hurt. “I saw the jerseys first and called dibs on this one,” Nuggets guard Gary Harris said of the “Icon Edition” navy uniform he modeled during a public reveal outside the Denver Performing Arts Complex. “I just like the navy blue and the way they accent it with the baby blue and the yellow.” Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://www.denverpost.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Arthur modeled the Nuggets’ new white or “Association” uniform, which is similar to previous iterations of the team’s home uniforms, only with darker blue trim and numbers. Every team in the NBA is getting new uniforms this season as Nike takes over as the league’s official uniform and apparel provider. The Nuggets’ jerseys also feature a patch with the logo of Western Union, which last week announced a multiyear deal as the team’s first jersey sponsor. Among the details on the uniforms is a “5280” stitching on the bottom corner of the jersey and a pick-ax logo on the belt of the shorts. The new jerseys will be available for fans to purchase beginning Sept. 29. The Nuggets will release two more jerseys at some point after the start of the season, though the team has been mum on the details of the upcoming editions, which are labeled by Nike as the “Statement” and “City” editions. Related ArticlesAugust 8, 2017 PHOTOS: Denver Nuggets’ jerseys through the years August 4, 2017 Nuggets release 2017-18 preseason schedule “They are going to be pretty good. I like them,” Harris said. “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say.” Both Harris and Arthur repeatedly referred to the uniforms as lighter. Nike claims the uniforms wick sweat 30 percent faster than the previous models. Each uniform is made out of, in part, about 20 recycled plastic water bottles. “I never thought I’d see the day,” Arthur said of the recycled component of the jersey. “But these jerseys are actually really nice. They are a lot lighter than last year’s jerseys. Especially when you start sweating, it’s like you have a weight vest on. That won’t be a problem with these.” [...]
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After circuitous route to NFL, Brendan Langley fighting for spot in Broncos secondary
Being the highest NFL draft pick in the history of Lamar University is a cherished feat for Brendan Langley. When the Broncos selected the cornerback in the third round of the draft in April (No. 101 overall), he immediately thought of those at the Football Championship Subdivision school who dotted the circuitous path to his dream. And not just his teammates and coaches. “Lamar’s done a lot for me, the university as a whole,” said Langley, who played his freshman season at the University of Georgia before transferring to the much smaller school in Beaumont, Texas. “It was down to the lunch ladies, the classroom teachers and everybody else. Lamar will always have a special place in my heart, and it means a lot to me to be the highest draft pick from there.” Now, Langley is trying to put Lamar more prominently on the map as he fights for the fourth cornerback spot in the Broncos’ vaunted No-Fly Zone secondary. He was listed in that spot on the team’s initial depth chart, which was released Monday, though coach Vance Joseph said Langley and third-year player Lorenzo Doss are running virtually even. “He’s growing,” Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods said of Langley. “The biggest thing for him is he has everything you want. He has the size and speed. We know he’s tough. The biggest thing for him is it’s a learning curve. We’re exposing him to different defenses than he ran in college. So for him, each day he gets a little bit better. I know from my experience of coaching guys like (Minnesota Vikings cornerback) Xavier Rhodes, same type of guy, each day he’s going to become a better player.” Part of the learning curve is simply growing more comfortable as a cornerback. The switch to Lamar from the bright lights of the SEC — a fateful decision, Langley said, that centered on prayer — may not have been the most conventional path to the league, but it gave Langley the chance to return to his roots as a defensive back. Langley was a highly rated cornerback coming out of high school in Marietta, Ga., but he struggled at the position during his freshman season with the Bulldogs. He switched to wide receiver and ultimately stayed at the position when he transferred to Lamar, a school that didn’t even have a football program from 1990 to 2009. But Langley couldn’t crack a deep rotation at receiver and requested a move back to corner as a junior. The switch paid off. During his senior season, he intercepted six passes, returned two punts for touchdowns and earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. “It played a big role,” Langley said of switching back to defense at Lamar. “I mean, I’m here. I just need to be able to adapt to any situation, be able to play receiver, corner, returner or whatever they’d have me do. You’ve just got to be able to adapt and be ready for whatever they bring your way.” The secondary remains the staple of a defense that has been the backbone of the team the last two seasons. Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby make up perhaps the league’s top trio at cornerback. T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart are Pro Bowl safeties.Related ArticlesAugust 8, 2017 Broncos rookies competed in a hot dog eating contest and it was vile August 8, 2017 Broncos QB Trevor Siemian says switch recently flipped, “like things were clicking for me” August 8, 2017 Vance Joseph lays out playing time, general plan for Broncos’ preseason opener August 8, 2017 Broncos training camp Day 11 live blog: Updates, analysis from Dove Valley August 7, 2017 DeMarcus Ware to test skills as NFL analyst during Cowboys preseason game Yet the underrated aspect of Denver’s success in the secondary, Woods said, comes from the depth in the group. That extends from Will Parks and Justin Simmons at safety to Doss and others at cornerback. Langley wants to add to that depth. There are still raw elements to his game. Woods said playing FCS football gave a player of Langley’s talent the opportunity to make plays simply on instinct and sheer athleticism. In the NFL, his success is dependent upon learning defensive schemes well enough to play at a high speed. “When you don’t run a lot of scheme in college and you’re exposed to a lot of different schemes in the NFL, it takes you time to learn it, and that’s where he’s at right now,” Woods said. “Right now, they are battling. Doss is making a lot of plays, Langley is coming along. It’s just a matter of evaluating those guys.” [...]
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Broncos rookies competed in a hot dog eating contest and it was vile
Maybe hot dog eating contests are the new rookie haircuts. Because the Broncos’ rookies competed in one Tuesday in front of an auditorium of veterans. Somewhere, Joey Chestnut is beaming with pride. (video via Menelik Watson’s Instagram) Broncos rookies competed in a hot dog-eating contest today and it was pretty gross. Go on, watch! (video via @MenelikWatson) pic.twitter.com/QqzJAoBoLM — Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 9, 2017 No, there’s more!!! (Mona Lisa Vito voice). … I can’t watch anymore. pic.twitter.com/SvVgd5jtyF — Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 9, 2017 [...]
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Siemian gets 1st start but hasn't nailed down Broncos QB job
Trevor Siemian hasn't officially won the Denver Broncos' quarterback job just yet but he has earned the starting nod over Paxton Lynch in Denver's preseason opener at Chicago. Siemian will get first crack against the Bears on Thursday night while Lynch will start Denver's second game, at San Francisco on Aug. 19, coach Vance Joseph announced Monday following his team's indoor practice. "I think Trevor's earned that much, you know, to be the first guy out," Joseph said. [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Player Ratings: Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps
... l into Hairston that let him get in on goal in the first couple minutes. The Rapids don’t have anther player with the passing and shooting ability that Gashi ha ... [...]
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