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The Morning After: 8 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ rout of New Orleans Pelicans
The Denver Nuggets walloped the New Orleans Pelicans 146-114 Friday night in the highest scoring output in the NBA this season and Denver’s highest point total since 2008. Here are eight takeaways from the contest: 1. Incidental contact. Even after putting up staggering offensive numbers, Nuggets coach Michael Malone acknowledged his team “caught a break” when Pelicans star Anthony Davis left the game for concussion protocol after knocking heads with Nikola Jokic early in the third quarter. Davis had scored 11 of his 17 points in the second quarter, when New Orleans trimmed a 27-point lead to single digits. The Nuggets outscored the Pelicans 80-56 after Davis left the game. “I didn’t mean to (hurt him),” Jokic said after the game. “I’m sorry. I don’t want anybody to get injured because of me. I hope he’s good.” An under-the-radar development shortly after Davis’ departure? Fellow big man Anthony Davis picked up his fourth foul. 2. Half-court execution. Perhaps the craziest stat from Denver’s offensive onslaught is that only 21 of its 146 points came in transition. The Nuggets’ half-court offense has struggled overall in the early season, but was wildly efficient and potent Friday. And players and coaches consistently highlighted the Nuggets’ pace within their system as a huge key in racking up those open shots and points. 3. Plumlee’s crew. Even with Harris’ return, Malone tinkered again with Denver’s rotation. He started the second quarter with Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried (and no Malik Beasley, who has typically started that period during Juancho Hernangomez’s absence). Additionally, after Mason Plumlee played a season-low six minutes Monday at Portland, he got 19 minutes Friday night, including the entire fourth quarter. For a stretch, Plumlee was surrounded by four playmakers and shooters in Mudiay, Barton, Gary Harris and Will Barton. Malone highlighted Harris’ final 3-pointer of the night, when Plumlee set a pick for Mudiay and rolled hard to the basket to set up Harris long-distance shot. At one point, Plumlee was listed as questionable to play against the Pelicans due to  strained core. “When you have a big like Mason Plumlee who can finish above the rim (and) put pressure on that rim, somebody (from the opposing defense) has to help,” Malone said “… It gives you a lot of versatility on both ends of the floor.” 4. Home cookin’. Malone acknowledges his team is trying to make the Pepsi Center “a special place to play,” after the Nuggets finished last in the NBA in attendance each of the past two seasons. Denver is now 7-2 at home, with a mix of blowouts like Friday and close games like its victories over the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder and loss to the Washington Wizards. The Nuggets are also now 2-0 on national television. “When the arena’s rockin’ like that, you have to make the shot,” Murray said. Related Articles Denver Nuggets erupt for NBA season-high 146 points in blowout of New Orleans Pelicans No hard feelings between Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets briefs: Gary Harris available against Pelicans, Mason Plumlee “should” play Will Barton already flashing versatility for Denver Nuggets New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets: How to watch, preview and more 5. Tell us how you really feel. Here’s Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry on his team’s loss to the Nuggets: “It sucked. It sucked. It sucked. That’s my thoughts on the game. We didn’t do anything right, and everything was terrible. Coaching included. It was an embarrassment. We embarrassed our franchise, and that includes everyone.” 6. Jefferson inactive. With Harris’ return to the lineup, veteran forward Richard Jefferson was inactive. That’s likely to be the case as long as the Nuggets are at full health, a role Jefferson said he will embrace. 7. Von in the house. Denver Broncos star Von Miller made his third appearance at a Nuggets game this season, drawing huge cheers from the crowd. Teammates Brandon Marshall and Bradley Roby were also in attendance. 8. Where things stand. Entering Saturday, the Nuggets sit in fifth place in the Western Conference standings and are one game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Northwest Division. Of course, that positioning still doesn’t mean much just 15 games into the season. But it will be interesting to see how Denver now responds on its first multi-game road trip since a 2-2 Eastern Conference swing in late October. [...]
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Broncos unveil Ring of Fame pillar for late coach Red Miller
Steve Miller emerged from the cover of his umbrella to give a long look at the face staring back at him. Then stood on his toes to give the face a gentle kiss on the cheek. Miller, the son of late Broncos coach Red Miller, got to see his father finally get his due. Even if it was a bit late. Forty years after guiding the Broncos to their first Super Bowl, in 1977, Red Miller was selected as the 32nd member of the team’s Ring of Fame. Friday evening, his family and more than a dozen fellow Ring of Famers gathered in his honor on the steps of Sports Authority Field to unveil his bronze pillar in the Ring of Fame plaza and kick off a weekend-long celebration in his honor. “I’m just really grateful and thankful that this happened, even though it happened a little late,” said Miller’s wife, Nan. “In some ways it’s kind of a final blessing to him and just kind of fitting in a way that it happened the way it has.” Miller was unanimously selected by the Ring of Fame’s selection committee in May, four decades after leading the Broncos to a series of firsts — first AFC West title, first postseason berth, first Super Bowl — in his first year as a head coach. Though the Broncos fell to the Cowboys 27-10 in Super XII, Miller was named NFL coach of the year by the Associated Press and K.C. 101 Club. But before he could see his Ring of Fame pillar unveiled, before he could stand at midfield to be formally inducted, before he could see his name stamped along the inner rim of the stadium, Miller died in September from complications of a stroke. He was about a month shy of his 90th birthday. This weekend nearly 40 Broncos alumni have convened to celebrate his honor. Sunday, during Miller’s induction during halftime of the Broncos’ game against the Bengals, Nan and former all-pro linebacker Tom Jackson will address the crowd of some 77,000. “Red wasn’t real big on a lot of glamour and hoopla. So he might be glad he’s not here,” Nan said with a laugh. “He might be glad he’s up there and just looking down on all of us having fun. He would be so happy to see all of his players because they just love each other like they did 40 years ago. It’s very heartwarming. “The fact that these big ol’ tough football players stick together like they do and they really come together when they need each other. They were there for Red three years ago when he was really sick. They were the ones that showed up and (said), ‘Come on Red, let’s go. Let’s go.’ It’s amazing that they care after so long and it’s amazing that the people of Denver care like they do after 40 years. … He would be very proud tonight — inwardly proud.” [...]
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Cowboys’ Jerry Jones apologizes for racial remark in video
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has apologized after a gossip website posted a 4-year-old video of him making a racially insensitive comment. The Blast website reported the video was shot in 2013 at a Dallas hotel by a white man who asked Jones if he would tape a message for his fiancee. Jones appeared to be joking when he said, “Hey, Jennifer, congratulations on the wedding. Now, you know he’s with a black girl tonight, don’t you?” After the video’s release Friday, Jones apologized in a statement issued by the team, saying, “That comment was inappropriate. It’s not who I am, and I’m sorry.” The website reported the video was shared by someone who thought it was relevant in light of players sitting or kneeling in protest during the national anthem in the NFL. Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests last year to bring awareness to issues of racial inequality. Related Articles Ben Roethlisberger throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans Patriots strengthen team bond while practicing at the Air Force Academy NFL owner on idea that league would strip Cowboys from Jerry Jones: “That’s ridiculous.” After a bad week, the NFL’s concussion protocol comes under scrutiny once again Fantasy football scout: Is new Bills QB Nathan Peterman ready for his close-up? Jones has been outspoken in his view that players should stand during the anthem, at one point saying he would bench any player who disrespected the flag. ___ [...]
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Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators: How to watch, preview and more
When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. TV, Radio: ALT, 950 AM Spotlight on Kyle Turris. Matt Slocum, The Associated PressThis March 28, 2017 photo shows Ottawa Senators’ Kyle Turris in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia. The Colorado Avalanche have traded Matt Duchene, sending him to the Ottawa Senators in a pair of deals that left Turris with the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche and Senators announced the trades after Duchene left Colorado’s game at the New York Islanders midway through the first period on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. The new Predators forward was indirectly a member of the Avalanche Nov. 4 when Colorado, Ottawa and Nashville finalized a mega-trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa and Turris from Ottawa to Nashville, via Colorado. In return for Turris going to Nashville, the Predators sent defenseman Samuel Girard, 19, forward Vladislav Kamenev, 21, and a 2018 second-round draft pick to Colorado. The big deal hinged on Turris, because if he didn’t agree to a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Preds, there was no deal. Turris scored a goal in his Nashville debut Nov. 11 against Pittsburgh and will play his fourth career game with the Preds against the Avalanche. NOTEBOOK: Avalanche: It recalled first-year professional Dominic Toninato on Friday and the former Minnesota-Duluth captain will center a line with Sven Andrighetto and Nail Yakupov — thus replacing Kamenev, who sustained a broken arm in his Avs debut Thursday. … Defenseman Tyson Barrie, who missed his first game of the season Thursday with an upper-body injury, practiced Friday and could return to the lineup against the Preds. … The Avs will have a morning skate at Bridgestone Arena. … Rookie defenseman Girard will play in his ninth career NHL game Saturday against the Preds, his former team, before a decision will be made about where he plays the rest of the season. Girard, 19, can only return to his junior team in Quebec if he plays fewer than 10 NHL games. Once he reaches 10 games, he will remain in the NHL the rest of the season. Related Articles Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon is on fire, offensively, and he expects to stay red-hot The Morning After: 5 observations from the Avalanche’s victory over the Washington Capitals Kiszla: Matt who? Teenager Sam Girard gives Avalanche hope for future; Duchene error is over Gabe Landeskog’s hat trick lifts Avalanche to victory over Capitals Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost unavailable for Avalanche against Capitals Predators: They lost 6-4 to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, allowing four goals in the final 6:56 to blow a 4-2 lead at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Preds took a five-game winning streak into the game. “We stopped playing after 20 minutes,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette told reporters. “We took penalties. We stopped skating. You stop skating, you start hooking, you go to the box. Again, 20 minutes of hockey. We left 40 somewhere else.” … Nashville is beginning a three-game homestand that continues against Winnipeg on Monday and Montreal on Wednesday. The Preds have switched backup goaltenders, sending Juuse Saros to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and recalling Anders Lindback. … Defenseman Mattias Ekholm has back-to-back multiple-point games for the first time in his career. [...]
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Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon is on fire, offensively, and he expects to stay red-hot
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It would be easy to say Nathan MacKinnon is a red-hot NHL scorer right now, that he’s in the midst of the best offensive stretch of his career. That would be true, but this is where the player has long suspected he would be. It’s a sigh of relief for the Avalanche’s No. 1 center, opposed to being giddy about something that won’t last. MacKinnon, the first pick in the 2013 NHL draft who has tailed off offensively since his Calder Trophy-winning rookie season in 2013-14, has averaged more than two points in each of his last seven games. His 15 points during that stretch makes him the league’s second-highest scorer in that span. His five points Thursday in a 6-2 win over Washington was a career-high. But he’s not overly excited about his success because he knows it should be the norm. “Yeah, I feel like this is where I should be,” he said. MacKinnon, 22 and already in his fifth NHL season, feels privileged to play with wingers Gabe Landeskog, who turns 25 this month, and Mikko Rantanen, 21. MacKinnon knows he can’t do great things without great teammates. He can’t use his world-class skating stride, quick hands and outstanding instincts if his teammates aren’t on the same page. The line combined for 12 points in the big win against the Capitals. Landeskog had his first career hat trick and Rantanen had a goal and three assists. MacKinnon refused to take credit, even though he knows he’s the spark plug that runs the engine. “We all gel really well,” MacKinnon said of his line. “We’re good friends off the ice, which is nice, too. Gabe is a really good power forward, I feel. You know what you’re going to get from him every night. He’s going to play hard and physical and obviously he has a ton of skill. Mikko is just a really good playmaker. I just try to bring some speed, try to back defenders off and create as much as I can.” Related Articles Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators: How to watch, preview and more The Morning After: 5 observations from the Avalanche’s victory over the Washington Capitals Kiszla: Matt who? Teenager Sam Girard gives Avalanche hope for future; Duchene error is over Gabe Landeskog’s hat trick lifts Avalanche to victory over Capitals Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost unavailable for Avalanche against Capitals MacKinnon’s line has been exceptional at home but around average on the road. That could stem from the home team having the last change between whistles, with the opponent’s top defenders out against MacKinnon and company. But that’s no excuse. “On the road, we’ve been getting the top (defensive) pairings against us. That’s to be expected,” MacKinnon said. “We’re the top line on the team and they’re going to try to shut us down. But we have great dept as well. We have lots of lines that can score at any time. That makes it easier for us.” Landeskog, who is also resurrecting an offensive career that has gone dormant, said it’s the best feeling having confidence as a line. “We feel good as a line. It all stems from hard work and it stems from wanting to be difference makers,” Landeskog said. “I know what Mikko brings. I know what Nate brings. It’s about bringing it together with hard work. That’s what we’ve been doing. We just have to make sure we keep it going.” [...]
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How many great practices have the Broncos had?
The Afternoon Drive is tired of the same old issues that are popping up with the Denver Broncos Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro started off their first hour trying to determine what is the problem with the Denver Broncos. There are several issues, but they kept coming back to the problem of coaching. While Denver seems to be struggling in all phases, the story out of the coaches mouths is that they are having great practices. Are they? The coach speak gets old when a team loses five in a row. It looks like the players are trying to do too much. Goodman brings up a good point about players trying to make too much happen at the wrong time. Isaiah McKenzie is too worried about making a big return, so he forgets to catch the ball. Trevor Siemian wants to put points on the board, so he throws across the field, which he knows not to do. The little things go a long way to winning games. The coaches are struggling with putting together a successful game plan, but it is still on the players to execute. In a season where everything seems to be going wrong, this is just another log on the fire. The question is, can the Denver Broncos right the ship, or is the ship sinking too fast? [...]
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Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says criticism is deserved
Losing five straight games after a 3-1 start isn’t exactly the best way for a rookie head coach to endear himself to a new fan base. The Broncos have also lost all five games by double digits with a 10-point loss to Kansas City being the closest game during the losing streak. The performances have opened Denver up to significant criticism. [...]
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More than a kneeling: Nascar's TV ratings decline is as worrying as the NFL's. Why?
The Nascar season comes is down to one race on Sunday at Homestead Miami Speedway with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr still in play for the championship. The American couch potato has an insatiable appetite for sound and fury, and Sundays in the fall are a feeding frenzy. On one side of the dial there’s the NFL – the sport that doesn’t so much pit man against man as much as ram them together, over and over. [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – FC Denver eyes a spot in the US Open Cup
... t in the US Open Cup - Burgundy Wave clock menu more-arrow no yes a Colorado Rapids community Library ✕ FC Denver eyes a spot in the US Open Cup Local amateur s ... [...]
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Analysis: How the Nuggets Defense is Evolving for the Better
This is, at the same time, an exercise in patience and impatience. Overhauling things on defense and seeing improvement isn’t easy. [...]
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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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Astros’ Jose Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton earns NL honor
Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve won the American League MVP award on Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin. The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base. The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs. Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began. Altuve was the second Houston player to win an MVP — Jeff Bagwell earned the 1994 NL award. Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Related Articles Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards by wide margins Derek Jeter confirms Marlins listening to offers for Giancarlo Stanton Speeding up games on MLB agenda for next season Joe Girardi says he was “a little shocked” when Yankees let him go Rockies’ Bud Black finishes third for NL manager of the year; D-backs Torey Lovullo wins the award Stanton led the major leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs. His highlight-reel homer total was the most in the majors since 2001, when Barry Bonds hit a record 73 and Sammy Sosa had 64. Stanton got 10 first-place votes and 302 points. Votto, who led the majors with a .454 on-base percentage, also got 10 firsts and had 300 points. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt was third. The last time an MVP race was so close, Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez tied for the NL prize in 1979. Stanton became the first Marlins player to win the award. The Marlins went 77-85 this season, and new team executive Derek Jeter says the club is listening to trade offers for Stanton. The 28-year-old outfielder is owed $295 million over the final decade of his record $325 million, 13-year contract. [...]
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Watch: Post Preps Gameday show from Eaglecrest High School
The Post Preps TV Gameday show was out at Eaglecrest High School on Friday, with a live preview of the Eaglecrest vs. Cherry Creek football game and other Class 5A quarterfinal bouts. This episode was recorded live on Friday at 8 a.m. with host Kyle Newman and special guests Eaglecrest coach Mike Schmitt and senior quarterback/defensive back Jalen Mergerson. Read our preview of the top Colorado 4A and 5A quarterfinal playoff games here. The game will be broadcast live on Post Preps Radio on Saturday at 1 p.m. on our website. Colorado Prep Stats [...]
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