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Union appeals Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension
NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.” The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott’s attorneys blasted Commission Roger Goodell’s ruling, saying the league “cherry-picked” evidence to reach its conclusion. Related Articles Ezekiel Elliott leads the riskiest picks in fantasy football for 2017 drafts Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal will argue ex-girlfriend threatened to ruin his career Broncos Insider: Denver wins preseason opener, but battles injuries Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games in domestic case Ezekiel Elliott suspension appears imminent A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision “as soon as practicable” after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement. The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants. [...]
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Nicki vs. Nick: Does Jamaal Charles make the Broncos’ final roster?
Question: The Broncos have taken it slow with Jamaal Charles and won’t have him play until Week 3 of the preseason, against Green Bay. Is that enough time to prove himself? Does he make this team? Nicki: The Broncos wanted Charles before they brought him in for a visit this year. He fits Vance Joseph‘s vision for the offense, for the team as a whole, in providing explosiveness and speed to a run game that lacked consistency and general production last year. Listen to what Joseph has said over the last three months and it’s clear he has high hopes for Charles and is willing to be patient with his return from multiple knee surgeries. When asked if Charles needs to play in the preseason to solidify his place among the final 53, Joseph just said “Probably.” Asked if Charles is running out of time, Joseph said flatly: “No, he’s not.” Nick: Charles himself is ready to roll. You can tell he is becoming antsy as he awaits his turn on the field. So far, it’s been only nibbles as he gradually increases his repetitions in practice. Charles said this week that he has put extra pressure on his right side, eager to show his surgically repaired knee is ready. He says he has nothing to prove, and as a guy who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards five times, that’s probably fair. But the Broncos will be paying close attention to how he reacts when he hits the field Aug. 26. Nicki: At the start of camp, it was fair to question — and perhaps it still is — Charles’ durability and physical readiness after his injuries. But the fact of the matter is this: If Charles is anywhere close to the player he was from 2012-14, when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three seasons straight, he’s a boost to the Broncos’ running backs room. The issue is less him and more the competition around him. De’Angelo Henderson shook things up immediately. Stevan Ridley did, too, when he arrived for depth and proved to be much more. Nick: The good news for the Broncos, as you suggested, is that they don’t have depend, at this point, on a big contribution from Charles. With the experience of C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker, who should return from a wrist injury in about a month, and the speed of the rookie Henderson, the Broncos have nice options as they aim to restore a solid running game. But a Charles resembling anything near the all-pro version would be a huge boon, and the Broncos owe it to themselves to find out if they have that. Related ArticlesAugust 16, 2017 Broncos Mailbag: On Paxton Lynch, QB battle, Broncos’ run game, more August 15, 2017 Aqib Talib to be inducted into Kansas athletics Hall of Fame, Football Ring of Honor August 15, 2017 Broncos DE Jared Crick day-to-day after “pretty bad” back spasm August 15, 2017 Key for Broncos’ Paxton Lynch in preseason start? “Don’t live in the past,” says Demaryius Thomas. August 14, 2017 Paxton Lynch opens practice with Broncos’ first-team offense in preparation for start at San Francisco Nicki: Charles’ one-year deal is a win-win for the Broncos. If he fails to make the Week 1 roster, they owe him a mere $100,000. If he’s on the final 53 for the Monday night opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, he’s due about $1.33 million. With incentives and game-day bonuses, he could make up to $3.75 million. If the Broncos believe he’s close — if they believe he can make the cuts he needs without worrying about his knee, if they believe he still has some of the burst (he has shown it in practice) — then I believe he makes it. Nick: I agree. I think the Broncos are going to put Charles through a test run against the Packers to be sure he’s on the path he claims to be on as it relates to being fully healthy. If Charles gets through that test without problems, I think the images of his breaking off big runs in an orange jersey come September would be too much for the Broncos to leave behind. 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')); [...]
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Beth Mowins will become first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS
Beth Mowins will become the first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS. Mowins will team with former NFL kicker Jay Feely for her debut on Sept. 24 when Cleveland plays at Indianapolis. The network released its announcer pairings Tuesday. Mowins will start the season calling a Monday night NFL game between the Chargers and Broncos for ESPN. She will be the second woman to call play-by-play for an NFL regular-season game and first since NBC’s Gayle Sierens in 1987. Mowins has called college football for ESPN since 2005 and done play-by-play locally on preseason Raiders games. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will make his CBS debut on the network’s No. 1 team with Jim Nantz by calling the Oakland at Tennessee on the first Sunday of the season. Romo will be the analyst for the Broncos’ Week 4 game against the Raiders on Oct. 1 in Denver. [...]
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Broncos Mailbag: On Paxton Lynch, QB battle, Broncos’ run game, more
Denver Post Broncos writer Nicki Jhabvala posts her Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Nicki for more daily updates on Twitter. Has Paxton Lynch regressed from last preseason? Or is the pressure of the QB competition getting to him? I’ve noticed he’s been dropping his eyes when scrambling, and has happy feet in the pocket. — Ron, Denver Ron: Not necessarily. He’s more comfortable with being a pro in a sense of understanding what it takes to really compete for the starting a job. I think most rookies would tell you that part of it is as hard to learn as anything. His footwork has significantly improved, as well, but he’s adapting to a new system after starting only two games in the old one. While most believe Mike McCoy‘s offense is a better fit for Lynch’s skillset, it’s still a sharp departure from the spread Lynch became accustomed to at Memphis. And it’s a system that requires him to make multiple adjustments on the fly. Reading and reacting to defenses appears to trip him up the most right now. He started the offseason strong and appeared very comfortable with a year under his belt, but as more was added to the offense, the mistakes and turnovers piled up. McCoy’s offense isn’t simpler than Gary Kubiak‘s. And for a young quarterback with little experience, it can take a while to learn and feel fully comfortable in executing. Granted, the system is also new to Trevor Siemian, but those 14 starts last year and the season of learning behind Peyton Manning are invaluable. If Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch don’t knock anyone’s socks off, would they consider starting Kyle Sloter or Chad Kelly, or is too much time invested in the first two for this year? — Rob, Nipomo, Calif. Rob: No. Head coach Vance Joseph made it extremely clear Thursday after the preseason win at Chicago that the first- and second-string jobs will go to Siemian and Lynch. Kyle Sloter will not get a chance to compete for the starting gig or receive more second-team reps. This was the plan all along, and despite Sloter’s impressive showing in the fourth quarter against the Bears, the plan is not changing. Chad Kelly will likely have a redshirt season. He’s on the non-football injury list as he recovers from knee and wrist surgeries suffered before he was drafted, and he will likely stay on injured reserve when the season opens. Although few care to listen or really believe what John Elway and Joseph have said since January — and they’ve said it many, many times — the Broncos like what they have in Siemian and Lynch. The two just need more playing time. If Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch continue to look unimpressive in preseason, could Colin Kaepernick become a viable option at QB? If so, how soon? (Remember, we almost traded for him last year.) — James U., Los Angeles James: Don’t think so. Remember they passed on the chance to get him, too, when they couldn’t make the money work and when they subsequently drafted Lynch. Related ArticlesAugust 15, 2017 Nicki vs. Nick: Does Jamaal Charles make the Broncos’ final roster? August 15, 2017 Aqib Talib to be inducted into Kansas athletics Hall of Fame, Football Ring of Honor August 15, 2017 Broncos DE Jared Crick day-to-day after “pretty bad” back spasm August 15, 2017 Key for Broncos’ Paxton Lynch in preseason start? “Don’t live in the past,” says Demaryius Thomas. August 14, 2017 Paxton Lynch opens practice with Broncos’ first-team offense in preparation for start at San Francisco Since Shane Ray is hurt, what will the Broncos do to fill that hole? Do you think they would try to bring back DeMarcus Ware? — Mike, Cheyenne, Wyo. Mike: The Broncos brought back Danny Mason for depth when Ray went down with an injury. They also moved rookie DeMarcus Walker to outside linebacker. Denver drafted Walker with the intent of using him as a hybrid of sorts, at defensive end and outside linebacker, and so far they like what they’ve seen out of him at OLB. Ray, as well as Shaquil Barrett (hip), are both expected to return early in the regular season. Depth is a concern for the Broncos’ defense. Billy Winn was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury, Derek Wolfe was lost for the remainder of preseason with an ankle sprain and, on Monday, Jared Crick was carted off with an apparent back injury. The team could look to bring in help for depth in camp. But DeMarcus Ware? Eh, he seems to be enjoying life as an NFL retiree and new TV analyst. Hi Nicki! I am honestly really excited about our run game for the first time in years. On paper, we look like we are pretty stacked on pa [...]
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Will Butcher to reject Avalanche, visit with Devils, Sabres, Golden Knights
Will Butcher, the Hobey Baker Award-winning defenseman from the University of Denver, will begin speaking with at least three NHL teams Wednesday when he intends to become an unrestricted free agent, according to a source. The New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and expansion Vegas Golden Knights have interest in Butcher, 22, who captained DU to the NCAA championship in April. The Avalanche, which selected Butcher in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL draft, has exclusive negotiation rights with the player through 10 p.m. MDT on Tuesday. A college player has four years to sign with the team that drafts him, or he becomes an unrestricted free agent Aug. 16 of his fourth year. Related ArticlesAugust 15, 2017 Lunch Special: Where did the Avalanche go wrong with Will Butcher? August 2, 2017 Matt Duchene on trade rumors: “Whatever’s going to happen is gonna happen” July 26, 2017 Rocco Grimaldi, Jesse Graham sign 1-year contracts with Avalanche July 25, 2017 Matt Nieto signs one-year, $1 million deal to remain with Avalanche July 18, 2017 Avalanche signs RFAs Gabriel Bourque, Felix Girard, Duncan Siemens According to Butcher in April, the Avalanche offered him his entry-level contract days after the Pioneers returned from Chicago with the national championship, but he declined to sign, saying he wanted to explore his options. Butcher could hold a grudge against the Avalanche. At the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., Butcher confirmed the Avalanche told his agent the team had no interest in signing him. At the time, Butcher was a junior and a first-team All-American, but Colorado coach and vice president Patrick Roy wasn’t keen on undersized defensemen. Butcher is listed at 5-foot-10 and 186 pounds. “I’m just going about my business at DU, being the captain next year,” Butcher told The Denver Post in June 2016, about the Avs dismissing him. “They’re doing their business how they want to do it. And I’m doing mine.” Roy resigned last August, and the Avalanche showed heavy interest in Butcher throughout last season, with general manager Joe Sakic and members of his staff scouting most DU home games. The Avalanche finished with a league-low 48 points, by far the fewest in the club’s 21 seasons in Colorado. On April 8, hours before DU took the ice for the national championship game against Minnesota Duluth in Chicago, Sakic told The Post he coveted Butcher. “As soon as they’re done, he’ll have a contract offer,” Sakic said. “We hope to sign him. He’s had a tremendous year. Since the moment we drafted him, four years in college, he’s gotten better every year and he’s obviously hot, the Hobey Baker winner, and hopefully they can win the championship and we can sign him and have him be part of the organization.” There’s still a chance Butcher eventually circles back to Colorado, but only after the player visits other interested teams. [...]
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Lunch Special: Where did the Avalanche go wrong with Will Butcher?
The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers answered questions Tuesday about the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Pioneers hockey team in this Lunch Special live chat. Here are some highlights: So … where did the Avs go wrong with Will Butcher? Mike: Where did the Avs go wrong? They approached the player’s agent during his junior season at DU and said the team (Patrick Roy) had no interest in signing him. And then the Avs had a 48-point season and it might get worse. Put yourself in his position. You’d check out other teams/offers, too. Did the Avs do anywhere close to enough to keep fans in the seats? Related ArticlesAugust 15, 2017 Will Butcher to reject Avalanche, visit with Devils, Sabres, Golden Knights August 2, 2017 Matt Duchene on trade rumors: “Whatever’s going to happen is gonna happen” July 26, 2017 Rocco Grimaldi, Jesse Graham sign 1-year contracts with Avalanche July 25, 2017 Matt Nieto signs one-year, $1 million deal to remain with Avalanche July 18, 2017 Avalanche signs RFAs Gabriel Bourque, Felix Girard, Duncan Siemens Mike: Keep fans in the seats? If I’m the owner and I want to sell tickets, I’m making trades before the draft, stacking up draft picks, and being active in free agency. They haven’t done anything close to that. I fear there will be a sea of open seats at the Pepsi Center next season. Which of the Avs’ young players is due for a breakout year? Mike: Expect big things — or big moments — from Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost. Maybe A.J. Greer, too, up front. These boys will get every chance to be the foundation of the future. Nathan MacKinnon, who is coming up on 22, surely needs to have a strong, consistent year. Do you have anything encouraging to offer us that might give us reason that they will at least be competitive this year? Competitive being not one of the bottom 7-10 teams in hockey. Mike: Encouraging? You’ll get to see some young talent in a big-league sweater. Many of them are being pushed into the league, but that’s all I have for you. I wish there were more positives but I don’t see them. Do you see a Matt Duchene trade still happening? And if not does he start season with the team? Mike: Duchene could very well begin the season in Colorado. But remember, the Avs only have three signed big-league D right now. I suspect they’re still hoping a trade unfolds where they can add a top-four D. I don’t think the team can rely on its young payers to step up. We’ve been waiting for the top three to do, so who might rise to the top between Duchene, MacKinnon, and Landeskog? Mike: I see Landeskog wasn’t among the top-20 active wingers by NHL Network. That hurts. He should absolutely be there, given his skill set (but I understand why he’s not). Some disagree with me, but as a No. 2 overall pick with power-forward ability, he should score 25-30 goals per season. So Duchene and MacKinnon certainly aren’t the only veteran young forwards who need to get their careers on the right track. As for other guys, as a mentioned earlier, Rantanen, Jost and Greer will be fun to watch. Which team ends up with the better record this year: The Avs or the Golden Knights? Mike: Golden Knights … Ouch. If Matt Duchene does return to the team next season, will he provide much production? He seemed like he was out of it when he was on those long scoreless streaks last year… Mike: Matt Duchene is capable of big things, obviously. He’s also streaky, like most forwards. The thing is, I don’t think he wants to come back. I think he wants a new start. But I know he’ll make every effort to be a good teammate, good pro, if he does return. To me, Jared Bednar wasnt going to win with Patrick Roy’s players. Does he have players fits the way he wants to play? Mike: Jared Bednar? Yeah, he didn’t win with Roy’s players. But he didn’t get the guys to play well enough, bottom line. The head coach has to take part of the blame, rookie or not. The full transcript: (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));That's all, folks. Appreciate your interest in this hour-long chat. Keep your stick on the ice. -- MikeI respect UND's program a ton. Great hockey people. As for James' question: No way Duchene does anything but report to camp with a good attitude. You're right, he's too classy to pout about not being moved.Though I must admit I have vacillated on my support for Dutchy in the past, I must confess he has been an absolute professional throughout this process. No way he deserves to be treated the way Joe has, and frankly [...]
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Roger Goodell on player protests: 'We have to understand the other side'
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Arizona Cardinals season-ticket holders on Monday, and of course was asked about players protesting during the playing of the national anthem. Over the weekend, Seattle Seahawks veteran Michael Bennett and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on the sideline during the anthem, while Los Angeles Rams pass rusher Robert Quinn and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins each raised a fist. [...]
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[MLS: MLS Insider] – Rapids, "desperate for points," look for bright spots down the stretch
... ed -- the East's worst team and the only one with fewer points (19) than the Rapids and Minnesota United (22 each). Colorado could be without defender Axel Sjob ... [...]
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Denver Nuggets Announce 2017-18 Regular Season Schedule
Today the Denver Nuggets announced their 2017-18 schedule that will coincide with their season-long celebration of the team’s 50th Annive [...]
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Injury update: Vance Joseph updates status of Jared Crick, Wolfe, Henderson, Nelson
Head Coach Vance Joseph said Jared Crick's status has yet to be determined, and he gave updates on injuries to Derek Wolfe, Carlos Henderson and Dontrell Nelson. [...]
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Quick hits from the Broncos' Monday practice
Head Coach Vance Joseph talks about what he expects from Paxton Lynch this week -- and what he saw from Lynch during some extensive team-period and "move-the-ball" work Monday. [...]
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Chad Bettis returns to the Rockies with flair in a commanding outing against the Braves at Coors Field
Cancer sneaked up on Chad Bettis twice — first in November, when a tumor appeared he could not explain, then again in February, when blood cells he could not see threatened his life. Baseball never vanished. He just looked in the other direction. By Monday morning, he could no longer ignore the onrush of his first game since last September. The thought of pitching again knocked him in the face. “It crept in when I woke up,” Bettis said, his eyes swelling. “Just thinking about everything that happened, everything my family went through. I was holding back tears until the game started.” BOX SCORE: Rockies 3, Braves 0 His time arrived Monday night at Coors Field as the Rockies started a vital four-game series against the Atlanta Braves with a 3-0 victory. The Rockies’ veteran right-hander, the senior member of a pitching rotation with its sights set on the postseason, returned to pitch for the first time this season, and with flair, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just six hits. Bettis got a no-decision for his efforts, departing a 0-0 game, but Colorado finally got on the board in the eighth, thanks to Charlie Blackmon‘s leadoff triple. A single by Gerardo Parra scored Blackmon, and a two-run single by Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead that held as final. The game, though, belonged to Bettis. After surgery to remove testicular cancer in December and nine weeks of chemotherapy in the spring while Colorado started its season on a tear, as his hair fell out and medicine racked his body and exhausted his strength, Bettis was back on a pitching mound as though he had never left. “What he went through is way more important than baseball. But he loves the game. That’s why he’s back,” Rockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “To go through that and now he’s here to help us with a playoff run, it’s a big deal.” When Bettis walked in from the bullpen toward the Rockies dugout before his first pitch, a wave of applause from fans in the stands followed him down the right-field line. This is the man who led the Rockies in victories (14) and innings pitched (186) last season, the veteran member of a staff that otherwise averages a green age of 24 years, with three rookies. He is the pitcher who guided 24-year-old right-hander Jeff Hoffman through his first professional slump late in spring training, the sage who helped teach Jon Gray to throw a curveball. And after beating cancer, Coors Field and its acres of outfield suddenly felt smaller with Bettis on the mound. His team seemed especially amped. Ender Inciarte’s line drive to lead off the game skipped past Gerardo Parra in left field, but Parra tag-teamed a relay throw with shortstop Trevor Story to throw out the runner trying to stretch an inside-the-park home run. “I went from incredibly high to ‘oh, no,’” Bettis said. “But Parra ended up making a spectacular play. To see guys give their 100 percent effort for me is all I can ask for.” Their defense extended around Coors Field. DJ LeMahieu slid on his knees to snare Danny Santana’s hot shot toward right field in the fourth and threw him out to end the inning and save a run. In the fifth, Bettis kept Dansby Swanson at second base after a one-out double. In the sixth, Bettis caught Nick Markakis looking at an 84 mph changeup to end a three-up, three-down inning with a strikeout. “Man, this day feels like it went by so fast, but so slow,” Bettis said. “I don’t think I was really in tune with what was going on until the fifth. Just so many emotions and I was trying to get them under control, but it was taking longer than I expected.” Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 Ryan Howard debuts for the Rockies in the minors saying: “Get me to the plate” August 14, 2017 Nolan Arenado dodges the disabled list, to Rockies’ relief, but he will miss time August 14, 2017 Rockies vs. Braves Gametracker: Chad Bettis returns to mound after battle with cancer August 13, 2017 Rockies’ Nolan Arenado dodges broken hand, hopes he can avoid DL August 13, 2017 Nolan Arenado injures hand as Rockies lose to Marlins, get swept in Miami Bettis’ comeback was watched by players and fans throughout the majors. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery to remove testicular cancer on May 8, while Bettis was recovering from chemotherapy, and the Rockies pitcher sent Taillon a text message of encouragement. Taillon later heard Bettis was attempting to pitch again this season — considered a longshot when he left spring training — but Taillon never blanched at the idea and he promised to tune in. “A lot of people saw that and thought, ‘Oh, that’s cool. He wants [...]
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2017 Post Preps Radio Game of the Week Schedule
Each week, Post Preps Radio broadcasts a Game of the Week in Colorado high school football, starting with Week 1 on Aug. 31 and running through Week 10 on Nov. 2. The broadcasts will be available live and for free via our website. The links for each game’s stream will be available online the Monday before the game, and the games will also be archived on our site afterwards. 2017 broadcasting schedule* Thursday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m.: Poudre at Mountain Vista, Shea Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.: Denver East at Cherokee Trail, Legacy Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m.: Wheat Ridge at Chatfield, Jeffco Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: Denver South at Heritage, LPSS Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.: Rangeview at Gateway, APSS Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 2017 Post Preps TV Game of the Week Schedule Thursday, Oct. 5: BYE Friday, Oct 13, 7 p.m.: Fountain-Fort Carson at Highlands Ranch, Shea Thursday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.: Rangeview at Ralston Valley, NAAC Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Legacy at Douglas County, Douglas County Stadium Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.: Columbine at ThunderRidge, Shea *Schedule subject to change. [...]
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