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Rockies 2017 review: Catching hinges on re-signing Jonathan Lucroy
Rockies manager Bud Black demands a lot from his pitchers. By extension, that means he demands a lot from his catchers, which is why Black relied so heavily on veteran Jonathan Lucroy as the Rockies made a run to the playoffs. “He has credibility — two-time all-star, good blocker of the ball, good receiver, and he knows the National League being in Milwaukee all those years,” Black said. Now the Rockies are face-to-face with one of their biggest decisions of the offseason. Lucroy will be a free agent, and there is going to be relatively strong demand for his services. How big a contract Lucroy can command, and how much the Rockies are willing to pay will make for a captivating story line. One thing is clear: Lucroy is open to returning to Colorado. “I’d absolutely (be interested) in coming back,” he said in September.  “As a free agent, you look at a lot of things. I look at things even more than money. I want to know what teams are going to be in there. I do not want to go to a team that’s just going to be average. I want to go to a team that is going to be good.  I want to contribute to a playoff team. “Look, I’m a 31-year-old catcher, so I have to get going. I want a ring, or two, or three. And I think the opportunity is definitely here for that to happen.” Lucroy entered the season with a chance of earning a huge contract; something akin to the five-year, $82 million deal Russell Martin landed. But after a disappointing first half of the season with Texas — and even counting his resurgent second half with the Rockies — his payday is likely to come down considerably. It’s reasonable to think Lucroy could get a three-year deal, a bit more lucrative than the $24.5 million contract Minnesota awarded Jason Castro. Following is a look back, and a glimpse ahead, at the Rockies’ catchers: — Dustin Garneau, the hard-working backup, made his first career opening-day roster, but was optioned to Triple-A on May 16 and claimed off waivers by Oakland on Aug. 4. He batted .206, with seven doubles, one home run and six RBIs in 22 games with the Rockies. — Ryan Hanigan was signed toward the end of spring training when it was clear that the Rockies needed a veteran to share duties with second-year catcher Tony Wolters. Hanigan appeared in 33 games with the Rockies. In his 29 starts, the Rockies went 16-13 with a catcher’s ERA of 4.00. He was placed on the disabled list Aug. 22 with a left groin strain and was reinstated Sept. 7. At age 37, Hanigan will likely have to sign a minor-league deal if he wants a shot at another season in the majors. — Lucroy was widely regarded as one of baseball’s best catchers from 2012 through 2016 with the Brewers. Over that span, Lucroy posted an excellent .291 (batting average) / .353 (on-base percentage) / .465 (slugging percentage) batting line that ranked about 20 percent above the league average for catchers. He was also regarded as an elite defensive catcher. But Lucroy slumped offensively with Texas during the first half of the season, slashing just .242/.297/.338 in his 306 plate appearances. After being shipped to the Rockies in a July 30 trade, he was reborn, hitting .310/.429/.437, with 11 extra-base hits in 46 games after hitting only 19 in 77 games with Texas. The pitch-framing stats that he earned in Milwaukee were not repeated in 2017, but Black loved how Lucroy caught games and mentored young pitchers, especially during September. Lucroy also impressed general manager Jeff Bridich. “It took him a little while, just like anybody in that position, such an important position for the pitching and for the defense,” Bridich said. “It’s not just an immediate thing when you bring a catcher in. So it takes a little while for pitchers to get to know him and vice versa, and that was the case. “I think every single time, especially with the starters, that he’s caught guys and they get to know each other better and he gets more and more comfortable. It’s been great.” — Tom Murphy had high hopes of being in the majors full-time in 2016, but he suffered a broken right forearm and wrist in spring training. In his third season with the Rockies, he appeared in just 12 big-league games, getting just one hit. In 38 games with Triple-A Albuquerque, Murphy batted .255 with 10 doubles, one triple, four home runs and nine RBIs. Given his run of injuries, it’s difficult to determine where Murphy’s career stands at this point. He’ll turn 27 in April, so spring training will be huge for him. Related Articles Rockies 2017 review: Bullpen improved, but critical rebuild is on the horizon Rockies Mailbag: Offseason moves, CarGo talk, Todd Helton statue and more Rockies 2017 Review: Young starters & [...]
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2017 CHSAA softball state pairings: Classes 3A, 4A, 5A
The following are pairings and game times for the first round of the 2017 CHSAA softball state tournament, to be played Friday and Saturday at Aurora Sports Park. Quarterfinal games follow at 2:30 p.m. on Friday; semifinals are 10 a.m. Saturday, with championship games at 1:15 p.m. Class 5A (Complex C) No. 1 Eaglecrest vs. No. 16 Rocky Mountain, 10 a.m. No. 8 Pomona vs. No. 9 Brighton, 10 a.m. No. 4 Fossil Ridge vs. No. 13 Grand Junction Central, 10 a.m. No. 5 Columbine vs. No. 12 Douglas County, 10 a.m. No. 3 Legacy vs. No. 14 ThunderRidge, 12:15 p.m. No. 6 Loveland vs. No. 11 Prairie View, 12:15 p.m. No. 2 Arvada West vs. No. 15 Mountain Vista, 12:15 p.m. No. 7 Cherry Creek vs. No. 10 Legend, 12:15 p.m. Class 4A (Complex B) No. 1 Valor Christian vs. No. 16 Ponderosa, 10 a.m. No. 8 Silver Creek vs. No. 9 Conifer, 10 a.m. No. 4 Erie vs. No. 12 Pueblo County, 10 a.m. No. 5 Pueblo Central vs. No. 13 Air Academy, 10 a.m. No. 3 Discovery Canyon vs. No. 14 Wheat Ridge, 12:15 p.m. No. 6 Thomas Jefferson vs. No. 11 Mountain View, 12:15 p.m. No. 2 Golden vs. No. 15 Elizabeth, 12:15 p.m. No. 7 Frederick vs. No. 10 Mullen, 12:15 p.m. Class 3A (Complex A) No. 1 Brush vs. No. 16 Fort Lupton, 10 a.m. No. 8 Weld Central vs. No. 9 University, 10 a.m. No. 4 Lamar vs. No. 13 Sterling, 10 a.m. No. 5 Faith Christian vs. No. 12 Limon, 10 a.m. No. 3 Strasburg vs. No. 14 Delta, 12:15 p.m. No. 6 La Junta vs. No. 11 St. Mary’s, 12:15 p.m. No. 2 Eaton vs. No. 15 Valley, 12:15 p.m. No. 7 Meeker vs. No. 10 Rocky Ford, 12:15 p.m. [...]
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Richard Jefferson signs with Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets signed veteran forward Richard Jefferson on Thursday. Denver waived point guard Jameer Nelson to make room on the 15-man roster. It’s a one-year contract that will pay Jefferson $2.3 million, league sources confirmed to The Denver Post on Monday night. Excited to be here. Ready to work. Welcome to the squad, RJ!#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/DHopU1sOqI — Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) October 19, 2017 Jefferson, 37, became an unrestricted free agent Monday after he was waived by the Atlanta Hawks following a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers last season while shooting 44.6 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point range. He won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016 and also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and New Jersey Nets during his 16-year NBA career. The Nuggets opened their season Wednesday night, losing 106-97 to the Jazz in Utah. Denver will host the Sacramento Kings in its home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pepsi Center. [...]
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Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Lin out for year, and many others in NBA are ailing
MIAMI — Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics’ season-opener. A night later, Lin met a similar fate. Here’s some of what should be celebrated from the opening nights of the NBA season: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had a 37-point game, Cleveland’s LeBron James was one assist away from a triple-double, Houston beat Golden State on the Warriors’ ring night and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside went for 26 points and 22 rebounds. It all seems overshadowed by injuries. No, this is not the start the NBA wanted. “It’s tough watching that happen to anybody in the NBA,” said Golden State guard Shaun Livingston, whose horrific knee injury from 2007 — so bad that doctors originally thought he could lose his leg — was compared to the grotesque nature of Hayward’s injury Tuesday night. “It’s all a brotherhood. You want to see guys succeed.” Many members of the brotherhood are ailing, none causing bigger shock waves than Hayward. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard hasn’t played yet this season because of a quadriceps injury. The Warriors sent Draymond Green to get an MRI on an aching knee, which had knocked him out early in their season opener. Houston’s Chris Paul missed a game at Sacramento on Wednesday with knee pain. Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas won’t be back until January, at least, while recovering from a hip injury. And those guys, along with Hayward, are just the hurting All-Stars from last season. “There’s no doubt we’ll get him back to be better than he was before,” said Mark Bartelstein, Hayward’s agent. Lin’s injury was nowhere near as visibly horrifying as Hayward’s, but the end result was the same — a bad landing at Indiana on Wednesday left him in tears and saying, “I’m done, I’m done.” His personal diagnosis was officially confirmed Thursday morning: Lin ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee, the Nets said. “We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said. Plenty of other teams are missing key players and would-be starters. Among them: Utah’s Dante Exum may miss the whole season with a dislocated left shoulder, Miami’s Rodney McGruder had surgery on a stress fracture in his leg, Phoenix’s Brandon Knight blew his knee out in the summer, San Antonio’s Tony Parker (leg) is still several weeks from returning, Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (ankle) may miss half the season and Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker (knee) has months of rehab work left. “You worry about guys getting nicked up,” Memphis forward Brandan Wright said. “Lot of big injuries … You want to just take care of your guys.” Related Articles Gordon Hayward’s agent says his surgery “went really well” Nets’ Jeremy Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury Nike’s new NBA jerseys haven’t exactly been a ripping success Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logo Denver Nuggets “implode” in fourth quarter, fall to Utah Jazz in season opener Hayward had surgery Wednesday night and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle in Boston’s opener at Cleveland. Livingston had no interest in seeing the replay of Hayward’s injury. He knows the road that awaits the Boston star. “I’m not watching the video, but I’ve seen the pictures,” Livingston said. “Prayers go out to him. It’s going to be a long road back for him but if he puts his mind to it, is a man of faith, keeps good people around him … it’s going to be a long rehab for him but he’s very capable of coming back and being the same player.” AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston and Associated Press Writer Clay Bailey in Memphis, Tennessee contributed to this story [...]
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Panthers QB Cam Newton opts not to speak with reporters
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has declined to speak to reporters for the second consecutive day. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Thursday the former league MVP gave no explanation as to why he wouldn’t participate in his weekly news conference prior to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Drummond was seen speaking to Newton at his locker for several minutes during the team’s open locker room session. Related Articles Eric Reid was first to follow Colin Kaepernick. He’s still trying to change the world. NFL to give away 500 tickets to February’s Super Bowl Roger Goodell’s contract extension with NFL remains on track, says Falcons owner Suspension on hold again, Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott returns to team NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races NFL players are subject to fines for not talking to the media. Newton’s decision comes two weeks after he apologized for comments he said were “extremely degrading and disrespectful to women.” Jourdan Rodrigue, the female reporter from the Charlotte Observer that Newton’s sexist comments were directed at, returned to work this week after taking time off. When reporters entered the Panthers locker room on Thursday, Newton had the volume so high on a sound system playing music it made it difficult for other players to conduct interviews. He turned the music off after about 15 minutes. When asked about Newton’s decision to not speak to reporters on Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, “I thought he had a press conference today, but apparently not.” [...]
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Eric Reid was first to follow Colin Kaepernick. He’s still trying to change the world.
There was a second player in that hotel lobby 13 months ago; another San Francisco 49ers player who, later that night, risked his career by kneeling. It was more than a year ago that Colin Kaepernick, a 49ers quarterback at the time, began drawing attention and intense criticism for protesting police brutality against African Americans by first sitting and then kneeling while the national anthem was performed. Kaepernick is now a household name, for better or worse – one of the nation’s most polarizing figures and either pro football’s Curt Flood or the man who spoiled Sundays by dragging politics onto the football field. From the beginning, Kaepernick’s knee wasn’t the only one on the turf. “I’m not doing this to be recognized,” Eric Reid, the 49ers’ 25-year-old safety, said in an interview at FedEx Field this past Sunday – a few hours after, along with other San Francisco players, Reid again took a knee before his team’s game against the Washington Redskins. And, indeed, for his part in what has become an important and perhaps historic moment in sports dialogue – NFL players have, if nothing else, realized the power of their voices and their caucus – Reid remains a highly influential, if mostly anonymous, participant in NFL politics. After San Francisco’s game Sunday, Reid dressed in the locker room while a small group of reporters waited. He answered a few questions as his teammates left for the West Coast. Reid, though, was staying in Washington before traveling to New York to join a small group of players for a meeting with NFL franchise owners. On Tuesday following that meeting, Reid told The Washington Post in a telephone interview that owners were “open-minded” while listening to what players see as the league’s role in social activism. But Reid said he will continue kneeling before games. “We all knew that this is a long-term process, and it’s going to take many years moving forward,” he said. “It’s not something that’s going to be fixed over the next couple months left in this season. … We’re going to continue to do what we’ve been doing.” He has been doing it since September 2016, a week after media members noticed Kaepernick sitting on the 49ers’ bench during the national anthem before a preseason game. Shortly after Kaepernick’s protest was noticed, a former Green Beret named Nate Boyer published an open letter to Kaepernick. It described how veterans might interpret Kaepernick’s protest, and the quarterback invited Boyer to San Diego to talk about their options. At a table near a window, Kaepernick and Boyer talked, and Reid sat with them and mostly listened. Reid and Kaepernick had discussed various social issues, including what they saw as unfair treatment of African Americans, and had pondered various ways of bringing awareness to an intensifying problem. Related Articles Roger Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy Trump blasts NFL for not making players stand during anthem NFL players, owners hold “constructive” talks on issues Owners seek NFLPA’s help as players standing for anthem is “not happening quickly enough” Colin Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him Kaepernick, in the meeting with Boyer and in previous discussions, took the lead. Reid, an intelligent and overachieving young athlete from Louisiana, understood a quarterback’s protest would resonate more than that of a defensive back. So, as much as anything, he was there as backup. Later that night, when the 49ers gathered on the Qualcomm Stadium sideline, Reid stood to Kaepernick’s right before kneeling with him. “I was taught growing up that you always do what you believe,” Reid said. “For me, it’s learning how to follow before learning how to lead. “A lot of it was taking Colin’s direction,” he said. “I told him how I felt and told him I wanted to support him, and from there we just kept talking and talking and talking, and here we are.” But before they arrived here, before representing NFL players in New York or taking a knee in San Diego, Reid was a talented kid near Baton Rouge. He was dependable, his high school coach said, always on time; Reid was – and this is a mighty compliment for a football coach to give – somebody you didn’t have to worry about. “One of the finest young men that I’ve ever been around,” said Benny Saia, who coached Reid and a great many more players in 15 years at Dutchtown High. Reid didn’t say much about equality back then or violence involving police or anything more than reaching his goals. He wanted to play c [...]
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Broncos’ defense emphasizes takeaways, two injured players return to practice, more notes
As the Broncos look to bounce back from a disappointing loss, their preparation for the Chargers and 10 games thereafter includes an emphasis on creating takeaways. Last season, the Broncos tied for seventh in the NFL with 27 total takeaways — 14 interceptions and 13 fumbles. Of their 333 total points, 117 of them were scored off takeaways. Through five games this season, the Broncos have only four interceptions and zero forced fumbles. “We actually had a turnover circuit in practice,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “I made a cut-up tape of guys creating takeaways, just different teams throughout the NFL. But in terms of turnovers, the thing for us is we’re doing a lot of different things to try to create matchups for Von Miller and others guys on defense, a lot of different pressure packages, things we’re doing with our stunts, how we’re moving guys around. And the way the teams are playing us, they’re getting rid of the ball. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Broncos’ defense has been their greatest weapon and often their safety net. Though they lead the league in total yards (261.8 per game) this season and had the NFL’s top run defense before Sunday’s loss, they’ve made takeaways a priority. “It’s got to be a conscious effort to really go out there and try to strip the ball,” Von Miller said. “There were a couple plays there I feel like, on the sack in Oakland game, I felt like I should have had a chance to get the ball out and it didn’t happen. I felt like this last past week when Eli (Manning) came down on it and it just didn’t happen. Even the sack on Dak (Prescott), my second sack of the season on Dak, I tried to get the ball out and it just didn’t go. We just haven’t had our break yet, but we’re definitely working on it. It’s definitely a priority of ours. Hey, if we can play the same defense we’ve been playing and add on some turnovers, we’ll be more than good.” Injury updates. Receiver Demaryius Thomas (calf bruise) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday’s workout. Right tackle Menelik Watson did not practice again, but remains day-to-day for a calf strain. The Broncos have been working Allen Barbre and Donald Stephenson at right tackle, should Watson be unable to go Sunday, but the team is not ready to rule out their starting tackle. Related Articles Kiszla: Here’s the first real test of Vance Joseph’s mettle as head coach of the Broncos Hunter Sharp eager for chance to help Broncos team with injuries piling up at wide receiver Shane Ray, Jake Butt return to Broncos practice; LB Brandon Marshall added to injury list NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races Can’t decide which player to rep? Broncos fans can now rotate jerseys week to week Cornerback Aqib Talib, running back Jamaal Charles and nose tackle Domata Peko returned after taking their usual veteran day off. And tight end A.J. Derby was back, a day after his wife gave birth to their first child, a girl. Six hours at a time. As the Broncos ready for a three-game road stretch at Los Angeles, Kansas City and then Philadelphia, Miller says he can look only a day ahead — or less. “We have three road games in a row?” he asked. “I hadn’t really thought about it like that. “I knew it was at some point in the season, I just didn’t think we were there. For me, it’s day-to-day. To be consistent in the National Football League, you can’t really think about it like this month of football coming up. It’s too competitive, there are too many moving parts. Things happen so fast. Actually you got to really go about it six hours at a time. If you’re able to do that, you’ll be good.” [...]
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Avalanche may juggle a top line to key Nathan MacKinnon. “I don’t think they’ve been dangerous enough,” Bednar says.
Jared Bednar put his lines into a blender and whipped up some squiggles. His Avalanche offense grew stale Tuesday at Nashville and Colorado’s coach wanted a spark, especially with his No. 1 pairings. A top line was flying up and down the ice with little to show for it. “I don’t think they’ve been dangerous enough for us,” Bednar said. So he topped a teenager, sending 19-year-old Tyson Jost to the first line alongside star center Nathan MacKinnon. In an early-season shakeup, seven games in but on a two-game losing skid, Bednar is hoping to mix together a new look, tying together a skilled goal-scorer in MacKinnon and a nettlesome rookie in Jost. Seth McConnell, The Denver PostNathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche keeps his eye on the puck as he juggles it with his stick during pregame warmups at the Pepsi Center on Jan. 4, 2016 in Denver. “We need a little bit of a change on Mac’s line. And (Jost) is a guy who can provide a spark there,” Bednar said Wednesday after a swift off-day practice in Centennial. “They’ve enjoyed playing together.” The change was spurred in part by what Bednar noticed across the ice. In a 4-1 blowout loss Tuesday, the Predators’ top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson hassled Colorado from the jump, collectively sending 12 shots on goal. The Avs’ top line of MacKinnon, Sven Andrighetto and Mikko Rantanen managed just four. Sure enough, Arvidsson’s second-period tally, on an assist from Forsberg, keyed a three-goal barrage in the second period that buried the Avalanche. “I hold them to a higher standard,” Bednar said of his top line. “Look at the Johansen-Forsberg-Arvidsson line. They’re dangerous every shift. Our line needs more consistency. No excuses, but if we can make a change on that line and provide a spark, we’ll do that. I want more consistency, more chemistry out of that line.” The shuffle, which Bednar experimented with late in Tuesday’s loss, coincides with MacKinnon finally finding the net. The fifth-year center, just 22, scored his first goal of the season Tuesday, a seeing-eye wrister that wriggled through traffic in the second period. But it was power-play goal and MacKinnon said Wednesday he is seeking more opportunities to attack the net at even strength. MacKinnon, Colorado’s runaway points leader last season with 16 goals and 37 assists, said he has noticed a lack of even-strength production, owed in part to a team full of new faces still finding their footing early in a new season. “The lines haven’t been creating a ton of chances. There’s not really any flow 5-on-5,” MacKinnon said. “I want to shoot more. I just haven’t been getting it as much in the neutral zone and it’s affecting my shots per game. I need to be more aggressive. It will come.” Related Articles Avalanche takes lead, then takes a break and loses at Nashville Why Andrei Mironov is a healthy scratch for the Avalanche rather than playing in the AHL NHL Live 18 season simulation: How the Colorado Avalanche fared Avalanche’s Erik Johnson logging big minutes with considerable NHL success Avalanche centers Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost able to avoid serious injuries Jost adds an element of aggression. He dives into “dirty areas,” MacKinnon said, to win back pucks and grind out second chances. But he is speedy enough and skilled enough, even at 19, to keep pace. “I like to play a fast game, an up-tempo game. And Josty is obviously a very fast player,” MacKinnon said. “We want to push the tempo. That’s the kind of team we are. It’s better than playing slow, that’s for sure.” The Avs’ 20 goals this season rank ninth in the NHL, but they are 25th in shots, averaging 30 per game. Bednar’s line juggling is an attempt at harmony, looking for a combination that can maximize its time on ice for a team still in second gear. “There’s an element we need: more of a shot mentality,” Bednar said. “Speed is one of their best weapons. That’s what makes them dangerous. Getting some more extended zone time, offensively, is a goal I’m trying to get after here. Instead of just the rushing attack, what comes next? Creating secondary offensive chances. Sometimes, that’s hounding pucks, protecting pucks, moving to the right spot early enough on the ice.” Mike Ehrmann, Getty ImagesPaul Stastny (26) of the St. Louis Blues and Vincent Trocheck (21) of the Florida Panthers fight for the puck during a game at BB&T Center on Oct. 12, 2017 in Sunrise, Fla. Spotlight on Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues center There is some growing consternation in St. Louis about a faltering f [...]
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MHR Live: Back like cooked Braque
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); MHR Live: Back like BraqueWeek 7 has started with quite a few roster moves, the Denver Broncos have cut defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, placed offensive lineman Billy Turner on injured reserve, activated wide receiver Hunter Sharp to the 53-man roster, signed wide receiver River Cracraft to the practice squad and announced wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie as OUT for this weekend's contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Perhaps most important, outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt both The Chargers will host the Broncos at the home of the (United Soccer League team) LA Galaxy. Early reports on tickets sales project the chargers to have somewhere around 39 fans in attendance. Join us live as we break down what happened to Denver at home against the New York Giants last Sunday and give a short introduction to the Chargers in Week 7. Tomorrow we will have the deep dive Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now.Posted by Mile High Report: A Denver Broncos Blog on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Wake up tomorrow with exclusive Denver Broncos news and stories in your inbox for your morning commute! Join The Strongside Blitz by Denver vs. newsletter right now and get freemium, high key storytelling in your inbox every morning. Week 7 has started with quite a few roster moves, the Denver Broncos have cut defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, placed offensive lineman Billy Turner on injured reserve, activated wide receiver Hunter Sharp to the 53-man roster, signed wide receiver River Cracraft to the practice squad and announced wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie as OUT for this weekend's contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Perhaps most important, outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt both return to practice this week. The Chargers will host the Broncos at the home of the (United Soccer League team) LA Galaxy. Early reports on tickets sales project the chargers to have somewhere around 39 fans in attendance. Join us live as we break down what happened to Denver at home against the New York Giants last Sunday and give a short introduction to the Chargers in Week 7. Tomorrow we will have the deep dive Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now. An excerpt from the latest edition of The Strongside Blitz, sign-up right here: DEFENSE New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa did not necessarily come out of nowhere necessarily. No offense to the fantasy football experts, but it was not much of a secret that Darkwa was New York's best running back to anyone that has seen the Giants play football this season or last. In Week 6—on Sunday Night Football—Darkwa ran for 117 yards. A running back running for 117 yards on the Broncos is a running back that has run for 63 more yards against Denver this season than Melvin Gordon, 92 more yards than LeSean McCoy, and 105 more yards than Ezekiel Elliot were able to do this season. How Darkwa ran for all of those yards is the part that is important to focus on as you attempt to simmer your bowling blood. Darkwa had 117 yards, but only four first downs... For reference Gordon had two first downs rushing against the Broncos, McCoy had two, Elliot even had one. So, what gives? Chunk yardage, Darkwa's 47-yard run in the first quarter accounts for 40.2% of Darkwa's total rushing yards. Other than that 47-yard run, Denver's defense also allowed tiny Darkwa breakaways of 14, 15 and 19-yards. The Broncos allowed Darkwa 95 yards on four rushing plays. The rest of the time, Darkwa had 16 attempts for 22 yards (1.38 average yards-per-carry). Ground Control Someone has to be Major Tom and that very well may be Justin Simmons. Simmons led the Broncos in tackles. Which isn't completely peculiar, except that he played center field most of the game. On top of leading the team in tackles (11), Simmons had one-third of Denver's team total in tackle for losses (two) and half of Denver's team total in passes defensed (two). His tackles saved touchdowns nearly every time. On Darkwa's big run: With Ahtyba Rubin subbing for Derek Wolfe, the Giants called for a play run opposite Rubin and Von Miller's side. Prior to the snap, the Broncos defense audibled, giving Miller a clear path to Eli Manning—daring the Giants to run at the well prepared defensive side of Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis and Shaquil Barrett with Darian Stewart idling near. On the snap, New York's left guard John Jerry and left ta [...]
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Broncos and Chargers injury report: DT, Sanders, Marshall, and Watson sit out practice
Here is your Wednesday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. A week ago, the Broncos were coming off their bye at 3-1 and were looking healthy. Just one week later they are now 3-2 after being upset by the then winless New York football Giants and are a bit banged up. They have a total of six starters(Not counting the NIR’s) listed on the injury report and five of them are listed as DNP’s. So things change quickly in the NFL, and unfortunately for the Broncos, it did not change for the better. Broncos had 11 players not practice today: Thomas, Sanders, McKenzie, Watson, Marshall, Talib, Peko, Charles, Derby, Latimer, Lynch #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 18, 2017 Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and rookie returner/receiver Isaiah McKenzie have already been ruled out for this weekend’s game. Bennie Fowler will get the start next to Demaryius Thomas while Hunter Sharp has been activated off the Broncos practice squad to provide depth at receiver and returner for this weekend’s game. The two notable injuries to keep an eye on this week are to Brandon Marshall and Menelik Watson. If Marshall is not able to go, Corey Nelson will get the start against Melvin Gordon and the Chargers offense. If Watson is unable to go, it will be either Alan Barbre or Donald Stephenson to replace him in the starting lineup against pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. There figures to be a roster move there at some point this week, but seems doubtful it is anything substantial. As for the Chargers, they enter without any major injury questions. Star running back Melvin Gordon was limited with a shoulder injury but figures to be good for Sunday afternoon’s game. Here is your full Wednesday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play [...]
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What’s been happening with Andrew Luck?
The Indianapolis Colts are still without Andrew Luck after the quarterback underwent surgery in January. Recently acquired passer Jacoby Brissett has played well as the team’s starter in Luck’s place, but the Colts are undeniably worse without the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft on the field. His absence has been somewhat of a mystery. While Luck’s surgery was described by Colts owner Jim Irsay as an outpatient procedure that wouldn’t threaten the 2017 regular season, it has clearly become a more significant issue than that. Luck has yet to play this season. But the problem for Luck began more than two years ago in a game against the Tennessee Titans. Here’s Luck’s injury history since: Sept. [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – 2017 A Burgundy Affair presented by Audi | October 17, 2017 | Seawell Ballroom
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TAKE TWO: After a breakout season, what does Nikola Jokić have in store for an encore?
Among the many interests and hobbies of a young man, 22-year old Nikola Jokić is particularly fond of horse racing. [...]
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