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Denver Broncos final 53-man roster projection
It’s easy up until the last 5-8 spots, then you start seeing guys who are on the bubble. That’s where this projection will likely fall apart. Every year around this time (post-OTA’s) one of us takes a stab at projecting the final 53-man roster for the Denver Broncos. Naturally, I thought this would be a easy exercise. Nope! I ended up with 26 players on offense to just 24 on defense, but that decision came down to which unit needs more help. I think the Broncos keep three quarterbacks and though Jake Butt will start on the PUP list, I think he is on this 53-man active roster at some point this year. And probably sooner rather than later The big decision came down to bubble guys. Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive had a good discussion on players on this roster who will be on that bubble today. The biggest bubble guys for me are Jordan Taylor. He’s a fan favorite, but the Broncos invested heavily in the wide receiver position and he could end up being the odd man out here. Another bubble guy is Ty Sambrailo. The Broncos have tried really hard to make him better, but it doesn’t seem like its going to happen. They should finally move on and give his roster spot to someone who can contribute at another position. Who do you think might be on the bubble? [...]
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Are 2017 Warriors best team in Bay Area history?
OAKLAND — If you needed a victory to save the planet, which all-time Bay Area team would get the call? Those who watched Golden State breeze through the NBA playoffs like it was a Pop-A-Shot game might put their fate in the hands of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors’ force field defense. Others might summon an incarnation of the 49ers dynasty and trust that Joe Montana will pull things out — so long as there are 2 minutes left on the clock. If things get really dire? Hand the ball to 2014 Madison Bumgarner and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. Ranking the best teams from Bay Area’s champions gets trickier with each new trophy, but we gave it a shot — with help from your responses on [...]
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Broncos announce 12 training camp practices free to the public
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Fans seeking a first-hand look at the Broncos’ quarterback competition and the team’s promised reboot are in luck. The Broncos will feature 12 training camp practices open to the public, beginning July 27 from 9:30 a.m. through noon. This will be the standard time for the workouts at the UCHealth Training Center, which will be highlighted by the quarterback derby between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. There are fewer practices available to fans this summer because the Broncos are heading to Santa Clara, Calif., for joint workouts with the San Francisco 49ers in mid August. The Broncos hosted the 49ers last summer. The Broncos are looking to improve the fan experience based [...]
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[Mile High Sports] – Lack of finishing doomed Rapids vs. Galaxy, injuries dampen future
... diving Diop. It was Serna’s first goal of 2017. But it wasn’t enough for the Rapids. A flat, lethargic Colorado team emerged in the second half, and McBean’s se ... [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Player Ratings: Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy
... . He turned the ball over when he was essentially the last defender, and the Rapids were left picking the ball out of their own goal a few seconds later. Other ... [...]
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Nuggets Acquire Trey Lyles and Tyler Lydon from Utah in Draft-Night Trade
The Denver Nuggets have received Trey Lyles and the rights to Tyler Lydon from the Utah Jazz in exchange for the rights to Donovan Mitche [...]
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Broncos announce 2017 training camp schedule
Check out the dates for the Broncos' 2017 training camp schedule. [...]
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CenturyLink hosts 'Dinner with a Draft Pick' with Garett Bolles
The Broncos' rookie offensive tackle had dinner with a few lucky fans. [...]
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Rockies’ Bud Black not alarmed by poor outings by rookies Antonio Senzatela, Jeff Hoffman
Antonio Senzatela broke down his performance to its simplest terms. “I didn’t pitch very good,” the Rockies’ rookie right-hander said late Thursday afternoon after giving up a career-high nine runs in a 10-3 loss to Arizona at Coors Field. The more complex matter is whether or not the Rockies’ rookie starters, who’ve helped build a 47-28 record and put the club on a playoff path, are beginning to break down as opponents see more of them. Wednesday night, for example, the Diamondbacks torched Jeff Hoffman for nine runs in 3 ⅔ innings. Rockies manager Bud Black has said multiple times since spring training that his young pitchers would experience peaks and valleys. But he wasn’t clinging to that theory Thursday. “How many games have we played?” he asked. Told that the number was 75, Black said: “So this is two games. Time will tell. I think that’s the way I’m going to answer that. This will always be a game of adjustments moving forward. “In regards to Jeff and Antonio, time will tell. But we have a lot of confidence in them moving forward. We are hoping these guys will continue to grow as pitchers and will continue to win games.” Maybe so, but there is no getting around the fact that Arizona’s potent lineup pummeled the rookies. In fact, the two games marked just the third time in Rockies history that starters allowed nine or more earned runs in consecutive games. The last time it happened was in 1998 at Seattle when Mike Saipe gave up nine earned runs on July 1 and Darryl Kile gave up 10 the next day. Senzatela, 9-3 with a 4.79 ERA, said his biggest problem Thursday was a lack of fastball command. That led to a batting practice afternoon for Arizona hitters. Three-run homers — by Chris Owings in the third inning and by Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth — all but put the game out of reach early on. “It’s tough to overcome two, three-run homers,” Black said. “The pitch to Owings was intended to be inside and a little bit up. It didn’t get there. It stayed in the middle. Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 Tyler Anderson gets relief work for Rockies; rotation could be in flux June 22, 2017 Rockies fail NL West test vs. D-backs, look to get right vs. Dodgers June 22, 2017 On The Rox podcast: DJ LeMahieu joins the show. And what to do with the Rockies bullpen? June 22, 2017 Tyler Anderson comes off DL as Rockies’ rotation continues to evolve June 22, 2017 Rockies Mailbag: Will Colorado make moves to bolster the bullpen? “And the pitch to Goldschmidt caught a lot of the plate. And he’s swinging well, he really hot right now. Like a lot of their other guys.” Goldschmidt is sizzling. He went 3-for-5 with four RBIs Thursday, extending his hitting streak to nine games, during which he’s hit .463 (19-for-41) with five home runs, four doubles and 17 RBIs. Now it’s time for the Rockies’ young pitchers to adjust. “These last two games, we got beat,” Black said. “They swung the bats and we didn’t make enough pitches. We talked to Jeff and Antonio about some things, that we will keep private. But I guarantee that we are aware of what’s going on with our players.” [...]
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Tyler Anderson gets relief work for Rockies; rotation could be in flux
The Rockies began tweaking their rotation and bullpen Thursday. The club optioned struggling right-hander reliever Carlos Estevez to Triple-A Albuquerque and reinstated left-handed starter Tyler Anderson off the disabled list. Then Anderson pitched the ninth inning in relief in the Rockies’ 10-3 loss to Arizona. He struck out the side after allowing a leadoff walk. “It was weird, getting loose … then there are couple pitching changes and then you end up throwing 45 pitches down there,” said Anderson, who had not pitched out of the bullpen since 2010 when he was at the University of Oregon. Now the question becomes, what does the club do with Anderson for the long-term? He is officially listed as a starter, but he could also see time in the bullpen going forward. “I’m sure we are going to do something, but I don’t know for sure what. But we have a lot of options, which is a good thing,” said Anderson, who said his swollen and sore left knee has fully healed. Anderson said the Rockies have not told him what his role will be, but there could be tweaks in the rotation as the Rockies head to Los Angeles on Friday for a critical three-game series against the Dodgers. “As far as a plan, things will become clear here over the next couple of days,” Black said, without divulging more. Rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland is scheduled to face the Dodgers on Friday night, with veteran right-hander Tyler Chatwood in line to pitch Saturday night. The Rockies are cognizant of overworking their young starting pitchers, Black acknowledged, so the team could be mixing and matching starters for the remainder of the season to preserve the arms of rookies Antonio Senzatela, German Marquez, Jeff Hoffman and Freeland. Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 Rockies’ Bud Black not alarmed by poor outings by rookies Antonio Senzatela, Jeff Hoffman June 22, 2017 Rockies fail NL West test vs. D-backs, look to get right vs. Dodgers June 22, 2017 On The Rox podcast: DJ LeMahieu joins the show. And what to do with the Rockies bullpen? June 22, 2017 Tyler Anderson comes off DL as Rockies’ rotation continues to evolve June 22, 2017 Rockies Mailbag: Will Colorado make moves to bolster the bullpen? “As time goes on, the players will tell us, though their performance, how we will handle this,” Black said. “We are going to do everything we can to ensure that physically they stay sharp, and mentally they stay sharp, as we go through the summer.” Asked if the Rockies would consider completely shutting down one of their rookie starters this season, Black replied: “In theory, yes. But we might not let it get to that number (of innings).” Black said he likes the idea that the Rockies could use as many as eight different starting pitchers, once Jon Gray and Chad Bettis are completely healthy and ready for big-league duty. Gary is scheduled to pitch his third rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. Footnotes. Black said that outfielder David Dahl, on the DL since the second game of spring training, is slowly getting better from his rib injury, but said there is no timetable for Dahl’s return. … Pat Valaika continues to perform well for Colorado as a pinch hitter. He hit an RBI double in the eighth inning and is now 8-for-23 (.348) with five doubles, one homer and five RBIs as a pinch hitter. … Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt batted 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. He has reached base in 61 of his last 63 games vs. the Rockies, with a .380 batting average. Looking ahead Rockies RHP Kyle Freeland (8-4, 3.42 ERA) at Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90), 8:10 p.m., ROOT TV, 850-AM Wood was the best pitcher in the National League in May, including a dominating performance in a victory over the Rockies, in  which he struck out 10 and walked just one over six innings. After Wood dominated the Reds last week over eight innings, allowing just one run on four hits, he became the first Dodgers pitcher since Orel Hershiser in 1985 to win go unbeaten in his first 10 starts to a season. The Rockies are undefeated in the rookie Freeland’s two starts against the Dodgers. He is coming off a bend-but-didn’t-break outing against the Giants, with eight hits against him, but only one run. Nick Groke, The Denver Post Saturday: Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.08) at Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.61), 8:10 p.m., ROOT Sunday: Rockies RHP German Marquez (5-3, 3.92) at Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.87), 2:10 p.m., ROOT Monday: Rockies at Giants, pitchers TBA, 8:08 p.m., ROOT [...]
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Monarch’s Isaac Green, Denver East’s Arria Minor selected as 2016-17 Colorado Gatorade Track & Field Athletes of the Year
Monarch senior distance runner Isaac Green and Denver East sophomore sprinter Arria Minor were each named the 2016-17 Colorado Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday morning. Green, a University of Washington commit, won 2017 Class 5A individual titles in the 800-, 1600-, and 3200-meters in addition to his role on the Coyotes’ state-best 4×800 relay. He is the first Monarch athlete to win Gatorade Player of the Year honors. The performance capped a sensational prep career for Green, who is also a two-time cross-country state champion and a guy who has character that’s “above most 18-year-olds. The way he talks to people, his concern for other people, his concern for his teammates — that’s what makes him a special person,” according to Monarch coach Kent Rieder. Meanwhile, Minor continues to rack up the accolades following her repeat 5A title showings in the 100-, 200- and 400-meters this season. The phenom has a chance to end up being the best girls sprinter the state has ever seen thanks to a deadly combination of natural ability and an indomitable work ethic as she keeps developing into a nationally-renowned talent. [...]
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Newman: Real Colorado’s Lorne Donaldson is a primary architect of Colorado’s current girls soccer power
Lorne Donaldson first burst onto the soccer scene as a 17-year-old on the Jamaican National Team. He’s currently the head coach of the Jamaican U20 Women’s National Team. The 61-year old still clearly has a lot of homeland pride, and tends to wear the yellow, black and green flag all over his clothes whenever he’s not roaming the pitches as the Executive Director of Coaching for Real Colorado. But as Donaldson’s career flourished in the Mile High City — first as a three-time All-American at Metro State following his arrival in the U.S. in 1980, then by earning two American Professional Soccer League championships in his time as head coach of the Colorado Foxes, and a two-year stint as a Colorado Rapids assistant coach after that — even he admits the game shifted his self-identity. “Colorado has become a part of me,” Donaldson said. “Jamaica is still home but it’s now my second home, because I’ve been in Denver for longer than I lived in Jamaica. I’ve seen the city grow from where there was really no soccer, per se, into a big-time soccer state.” And just as Donaldson has become a Coloradan, the state, too, has gained much from him. Donaldson is one of the primary architects of Colorado’s current girls soccer power, Real Colorado, the state’s crowning club jewel thanks to consistent winning and multitudes of professional and national team players such as Mallory Pugh and Janine Beckie. Donaldson started Real Colorado as the Douglas County Blast in 1997. Since then the program has grown to more than 450 teams and become a national soccer force. “I think I’ve become a part of the Real brand, so when I leave here, I see myself as basically done and retired,” Donaldson said. “There’s been a lot of great coaches and great players who have come through this program. Nothing lasts forever, but I’m grateful to have had the chance to build this program and build the sport in this state.” And this week, Real Colorado has five girls teams competing in the ECNL Champions League playoffs as the club continues to chase its first ECNL title. The U14s, U15s, U16s, U17s and U19s are all currently in Rockford, Ill., battling to become just the second Colorado club to win an ECNL title. (The Colorado Rush U15s did so in 2012.) Star striker Sophie Smith and reigning Colorado Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year Shae Holmes leads an explosive U17 side that features a stockpile of the state’s best prep players, while the U19s — a group that was the national runner-up last year at U17 — are paced by recent U18 U.S. Women’s National Team call-up Tess Boade as well as Jaelin Howell, who has been a rising star in the national team system. “We have to play well, but in a championship round, you have to be a little bit lucky at times, too,” Donaldson said. “To win a championship and know that these are the best players in the country — that’s always special. We’ve been close, and we’ve been to a lot of finals. This could be the year one of our teams pulls it out.” The Colorado Youth Soccer Hall of Fame member and co-founder of the Black Soccer Coaches Association of America is driven by two factors: to spread the joy of the beautiful game, and to make soccer a conduit to life success. “We’ve sent over 1,000 players to college on scholarship since I started Real, and if I’m going to be proud of one thing, that’s certainly it,” Donaldson said. “That’s what the players strive for. Yes, we’ve had lots of national team players and professional players, but I’m more proud of how we’ve put players through college and help mold them into great women and men.” [...]
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PHOTOS: 2017 NBA draft fashion
A look at some of the spiffy fashion of the 2017 NBA draft prospects Thursday, June 22, 2017. Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 Trade talks unable to materialize for Nuggets on draft day June 22, 2017 PHOTOS: Derrick White NBA draft watch party June 22, 2017 Inside the exhilarating draft party of Colorado guard Derrick White, who the Spurs selected with pick No. 29 June 22, 2017 Kiszla: Instead of getting Jimmy Butler, the Nuggets got kicked in the teeth during NBA draft June 22, 2017 Nuggets miss out on trade deal during NBA draft, drop back to draft Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon [...]
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