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Keegan-Michael Key explains why he and Jordan Peele paid Von Miller's thrusting fine
Hingle McCringleberry liked Von Miller’s imitation so much, he paid Miller’s NFL fine. Miller, the Denver Broncos outside linebacker, was fined $11,567 back in 2015 for thrusting after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Regular viewers of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” or one of the 17 million people who have viewed the McCringleberry excessive celebration skit on YouTube knew Miller was giving a shout-out to the comedians. [...]
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Von Miller won’t play on Thursday night
John Fox saw a lot of Von Miller sacks while he was the head coach of the Broncos, but he won’t have to worry about the linebacker dropping any Bears quarterbacks on Thursday night. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that Miller will not play in Denver’s preseason opener. There’s no injury that the Broncos are being cautious about, but a couple of other injuries are related to the decision. [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Sam Hamilton loaned to Phoenix Rising FC
... y want during the rest of the regular MLS season. Hamilton was signed by the Rapids after being selected in the first round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft (15th ove ... [...]
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#TheGoldenAge: Dan Issel
There is an NBA story that can still bring a smile to Dan Issel’s face. It generally always has. [...]
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Special Appearance from Gary Harris, Basketball Clinic on the Practice Court; Nuggets Host Denver Children's Home and Saint Vincent Children's Home
Prior to Tuesday’s Nike uniform unveil, children from Mount Saint Vincent and Denver Children’s home took to the practice court for a han [...]
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Even in the preseason, 'winning is winning'
Head Coach Vance Joseph stressed that the Broncos went to Chicago to win. [...]
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From the pocket: Knocking the rust off
Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch each felt their own performance had shining moments, and each thought their counterpart’s did, too. [...]
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From gut-punch to walk-off, Rockies are honing for the postseason with higher stakes
CLEVELAND — In the minutes after a gut-punch loss Tuesday night, after the American League champions celebrated a walk-off victory here and the Rockies filed dejectedly into their clubhouse, Carlos Gonzalez broke the silence. Colorado’s veteran slugger is the only player still on the club’s roster from the last time the Rockies saw the postseason. And he knew how helpful a stinging loss can be. “I told the guys, it’s always nice to play teams like this,” Gonzalez said after Cleveland’s Yan Gomes hit a game-winning three-run home run off Colorado closer Greg Holland. “The energy was amazing. They were down by one in the ninth inning and the fans were really loud. “That’s what you get when you get to the postseason. It felt good. That was fun. Even though we ended up losing a tough game, it was good for us.” The Rockies then pulled off a late rally of their own Wednesday when Charlie Blackmon smacked a solo home run in the 12th inning of a 3-2 victory. Colorado won three of four games in an interleague season series against the Indians. More so, Gonzalez said, they sharpened an ability to win in a sprint. And as the Rockies traveled to Miami late Wednesday night, Arizona lost a difficult game of its own to the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. That left the Dodgers 15 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Rockies in the National League West. Colorado was a half-game ahead of Arizona, which played the Dodgers late Thursday, in the race for the first wild-card spot and seven games ahead of the next-nearest wild-card contenders, the Cardinals and Brewers. Barring a colossal collapse, the Rockies will almost surely face the Diamondbacks in a one-game playoff Oct. 4, three days after the final game of the regular season. The team with the best regular-season record will host that game. And while the Rockies continue to tout a mantra about the need to win series, they are preparing, too, for a single-game sprint. “This is great for is,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “They’re digging this. And our young pitchers, for them this is awesome. I know what that’s like. They can’t wait to get to the park. They’re like kids going to little league games.” Black acknowledged his enjoyment, even in defeat, of a Tuesday game that played out in anxiety. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, one of the best pitchers in the AL, dominated the Rockies for 11 strikeouts over nine innings. But Blackmon tagged him for a lead-off home run on the game’s second pitch. That lead held nearly to the end, through a series of defensive plays from both sides and a six solid innings from Rockies rookie right-hander German Marquez. Related ArticlesAugust 10, 2017 Ken Kaiser, umpire who quit during labor talks, dies at 72 August 9, 2017 Rockies Mailbag: Does Nolan Arenado have a realistic shot at NL MVP this year? August 9, 2017 Greg Holland shaved his head and face after consecutive blown saves, but the Rockies are not worried August 9, 2017 Charlie Blackmon hammers a homer in the 12th inning to rally the Rockies at Cleveland August 9, 2017 From Chuck Nazty to Gray Wolf, here are the Rockies’ nickname jerseys for Players Weekend “These are great experiences. And they should be better for it in the long run, pitching in these games and going through this,” Black said. “Believe me, when you win ‘em, you say, ‘that was a hell of a game. That was great. What a win.’ Then when you lose, you say the same thing, but it’s not as good. But in the game, you know it’s a good game.” If the Rockies and Diamondbacks meet in a one-game wild-card matchup, the winner probably would face Los Angeles in the divisional round. Both teams are 5-7 against the Dodgers this season. “We’re in first place so we don’t really care who we play,” Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig told reporters Wednesday night. “If it’s the Diamondbacks, that’s fine. Or if it’s Colorado, even better. I just know throughout the season, the Diamondbacks seem to play us better. But it doesn’t matter.” Those potential matchups are beyond the horizon. But if the Rockies hold to face Diamondbacks in a one-game, win-or-exit sprint, they will need the next two months to prepare. “It’s cool that we’re going through this,” Black said. “We know we have to keep going.” 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','p [...]
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Ken Kaiser, umpire who quit during labor talks, dies at 72
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Former major league umpire Ken Kaiser, a colorful figure between the lines who briefly moonlighted as a professional wrestler to make ends meet while working in the minor leagues, has died. He was 72. The World Umpires Association said Thursday he died in his hometown of Rochester, New York, on Tuesday. Kaiser had diabetes for years. An American League umpire from 1977-99, Kaiser umpired two World Series, one All-Star Game and several playoff series. The 6-foot-3 Kaiser, who wrote in his book, “Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from behind the Plate,” that when he graduated from high school in 1964 his “long-range plan was lunch.” He weighed just under 300 pounds and often was criticized for that portly physique during the more than 3,000 big-league games he umpired. Former Chicago White Sox announcer Jimmy Piersall once called him “a gutless, lazy whale,” while fellow former umpire and mentor Ron Luciano described him as “like a barrel on which two arms had been stuck on backwards.” In his book, published in 2003, Kaiser wrote of his decade in the minor leagues and off-season jobs that included bar bouncer, bank teller, and that short stint as the wrestler dubbed “Hatchet Man.” In 1986, Kaiser was voted most colorful umpire in the American League in a poll conducted by The Sporting News. Kaiser’s umpiring career ended when he joined a group of umpires who submitted their resignations in 1999 during labor negotiations, a gamble by the Major League Umpires Association that failed. He was not rehired. He is survived by two adult children. Funeral plans are incomplete. [...]
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CHSAA disputes Colorado’s last-place ranking in high school sports safety guidelines study
A study released by the Korey Stringer Institute on Tuesday ranked Colorado last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in its High School Sports Safety Policy Rankings, with scores based on state associations meeting evidence-based best practice guidelines addressing the four major causes of sudden death. CHSAA’s overall score across the study’s five equally weighted sub-sections — sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, traumatic head injury, appropriate health care coverage and emergency preparedness — was 23 percent, far behind leader North Carolina’s 78.75 percent and the mean of 47.1 percent. But the association said it did not participate in the KSI study, nor did it provide any information in the review of its score as indicated in the Data Collection Procedures of the study. “My understanding is that we did not respond to (KSI’s) rubric or request for information, because we weren’t sure what the information was going to be used for or how it was going to be implemented into a report,” said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green, who took over the job in July. “That was never made clear to our association, so we did not respond to a third-party request for information.” Blanford-Green also said the state has never participated in a KSI study of any sort, and that the association is “actively involved every single year in any kind of educational outreach regarding (athlete safety),” including annual trips by the CHSAA staff to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association conference as well as resources provided to schools at CHSAA.org. The National Federation of State High School Associations also responded to the study’s release, saying: “The overall safety of student-athletes competing in high school sports is a key objective of the NFHS and all 51 state associations. … Very simply, a review of state association websites, such as the one employed by KSI, is an incomplete measurement of the efforts employed by states to assist their member schools with heat, heart and head issues.” Douglas J. Casa, KSI’s Chief Executive Officer, said the goal of the rankings is to get “information to parents across America, because almost no parent in America realizes what the health and safety standards are right now in the state in which their kid participates in a high school sport.” “We do all of this for the parents,” Casa said. “Obviously, some people are going to be upset, like administrators and others, but we do it to service the parents to try and make sure they don’t lose one of their children.” Related ArticlesJuly 19, 2017 Q&A: New CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green talks background, administrative philosophies and more KSI, which is a sports safety research and advocacy organization located at the University of Connecticut that was named after the former Minnesota Vikings star who died from exertional heat stroke in 2001, also noted the study’s conclusions were derived from information on “publicly available resources such as state high school associations and legislative websites.” Casa further added that CHSAA did not respond to KSI’s original inquiry for information, nor did it respond to multiple requests made by the institute in May to address the state’s rubric score. Overall, Casa said approximately 20 states responded to KSI’s rubric review, and that the rankings are in “real time” and will be updated as state associations make adjustments to their best practice guidelines. “We’re hoping that administrators will be sitting in a meeting and literally want to go from twentieth to fifth on the list, just because some of the changes they can make online in terms of their available resources,” Casa said. CHSAA maintains that the ranking is “not an accurate reflection of what is happening in the state of Colorado surrounding sports medicine and player safety.” “If we didn’t respond to a survey nor provide any follow-up information, their score (for us) has to be manufactured in some way,” Blanford-Green said. “I think you can tell by the response from the National Federation that they weren’t happy with the rubric and the information gathering that was used to put out the rankings. … And I look at the states near the bottom and I can probably assure you that those were states that also didn’t respond, because their impact nationally on student safety is embraced by many.” View Colorado’s rubric from the KSI study here. [...]
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Q&A: Boulder soccer coach Hardy Kalisher breaks down his defending Class 5A champions
Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman caught up with 15th-year Boulder soccer coach Hardy Kalisher to discuss the defending Class 5A state champion Panthers, his keeper situation, the tradition of the program and more. Q: After defeating Broomfield in 14 rounds of penalty kicks last season to capture the program’s second state championship in five seasons, how do you get your team to refocus and raise the bar again this fall? A: Every year we talk about raising the bar, and about raising our own standards within the program. Those standards all go back to our values and the culture we instill in our young student-athletes and the legacy they’ve passed on each year. Things that we control are focused around being a great teammate, being a great family to each other, work rate without the ball — if we do those things right, a conversation about results can start to happen toward the end of the season. This year, like each year, we’ll try to play better soccer tactically and with a more sophisticated style as well because we know teams are going to be preparing for us. Q: How will the culture of your program contribute to your success this season? A: We work with the players we have, and we have the benefit of having a large program with around 100 kids trying out each year. I know the capabilities of our players from last year, and now we’ll stretch those capabilities a little bit, and challenge them to take their play to another level. At Boulder High, one of the things we’ve prided ourselves on is playing a style of soccer that might be above the expectations of a normal high school program. We have those expectations again this year just like we did last year, and that group responded well to them. Q: With your keeper from last season, Djibril Doumbia, now off at Barça Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz., what’s your plan in net? A: I have three senior goalkeepers who have all been in the program for three years, and all three of them are capable. One of them will emerge as our primary keeper through the preseason, but no matter who does, I expect us to have one of the stronger keepers in the Front Range League. Related ArticlesJuly 13, 2017 Colorado Rapids’ homegrown talent are on doorstep of Development Academy crown Q: Who are key leaders on the team this year? A: Eric Ramirez has been our starting center midfielder for the last two years, and he’ll be a senior. He was just recently named preseason All-American — one of only 140 players in the country to get that — and he’s coming in with confidence. He’ll definitely be a captain, and I’m excited for him because he’s drawing some Division I attention. He reminds me of Quinn Liebmann, who was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year a few season ago. Eric is a player in that mold, and in some ways, I believe he might be stronger. Omar Castruita, who was just a sophomore last year, was all-state and broke our all-time assist record last year. He’s gotten physically stronger and is much more mature, and he’ll be very difficult for teams to stop. Nick McCabe, who will also be a captain, will also be a focal part of our offense and he’ll have a breakout year as a senior. And senior Quinn Frankovsky played in the CHSAA All-State game this summer, and he’s the leader on our defensive line. We have a lot of experience coming back in key positions, and 19 seniors on the squad — that’s the largest senior class we’ve ever had. We’re focused on building the team chemistry and the ‘la familia’ culture, and we have the right players to do that. [...]
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Kelsey Plum blossoming in WNBA with help of purple pen
NEW YORK — With Kelsey Plum struggling at the start of her career, San Antonio Stars assistant coach Latrell Trammell took a hands-on approach to try to break the rookie out a slump. Last month, right before the Stars played at Indiana, Trammell took out a purple pen and drew a plus sign and the word “positive” on Plum’s hand. She went out and scored 12 points that game — her high for the season to that point — and San Antonio won its first road game. Trammell has done it every game since, too and just like that, the 5-foot-8 guard who set the NCAA career scoring record at Washington has blossomed. “I started with purple because it’s her college team color,” Trammell said in a phone interview Monday night. “Ever since we started to do it, she’s been doing very well. She glances down at it and smiles and is playing more relaxed. It’s as simple as one word on the back of her hand.” Plum has played extremely well lately helping the Stars to a three-game winning streak, their longest since 2015. She had a career-best 12 assists on Friday night and then followed it up with a season-high 23 points on Saturday. “It’s still not daisies and roses, but continues to get better,” Plum said. “I think I wasn’t having fun and things in life that come at you, hit you hard.” Plum had a tough start to her career injuring her ankle in the practice before the regular season started. It was slow to heal and the team wasn’t winning. This wasn’t how she envisioned her pro career going. “I love playing and love performing and I think I struggled with not playing to what I was capable of,” Plum said Monday night. “It’s been tough, too. I heard a lot of the noise about why isn’t Plum playing the way we think she can play. People need to understand when I blew out my ankle, I tore everything in it that you couldn’t have surgery for. I’m still not a full go. I’m still working back. It’s not an excuse, but you have to adapt to something that happened. It took a while.” She wasn’t having fun and that’s when Trammell decided to try something she had done with other players. “I went out and bought multiple colors in a packet,” Trammell said, laughing. “I personally thought let’s start with purple, that’s where she had her great success. Let her carry that over and remember how good she is. ” Related ArticlesAugust 3, 2017 WNBA players added to NBA Live 18, to be featured in video game for 1st time July 22, 2017 Maya Moore leads West past East 130-121 in WNBA All-Star Game So now every game before Plum comes on the court for pregame shooting, Trammell is there waiting for her, pen in hand. “It’s just something for me to remember to have fun and be positive no matter what happens,” Plum said. While the Stars (6-21) will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs this season, they are headed in the right direction. “I think for us, we got to take it game by game,” Plum said. “Next up we have Chicago, we’ve got to focus on Chicago. We’re learning that when we play together and play with the passions we’re playing with the last couple games, we’re a good young feisty scrappy team. We can build upon what we’ve built the last couple weeks, really excited for our future.” [...]
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Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night
NEW YORK — The Golden State Warriors will open their title defense by hosting Houston in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut on Oct. 17, the NBA’s earliest opening night in 37 years. Cleveland and Boston will play an Eastern Conference finals rematch earlier that night to begin the 2017-18 season, the league announced Thursday. The Warriors and Cavaliers will play a Finals rematch on Christmas, the marquee game of the five-game holiday schedule. The other Christmas games are: — Philadelphia, playing on Dec. 25 for the first time since 2001, at New York — Washington at Boston in the Celtics’ first Christmas home game ever — Houston at Oklahoma City in a matchup of MVP Russell Westbrook and runner-up James Harden — Minnesota at the Lakers and No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball in the nightcap Related ArticlesAugust 9, 2017 Wife of Clippers’ Willie Reed wants domestic battery charge dropped August 7, 2017 Stephen Curry vows to do more off court with new contract in hand August 6, 2017 Clippers’ Willie Reed arrested on domestic violence charge August 5, 2017 Team World wins NBA Africa Game exhibition August 2, 2017 Having accomplished nothing on his own, LaVar Ball goes a familiar route The NBA moved up the start of its 72nd regular season in hopes of creating more opportunities for players to rest without doing so during games. The Oct. 17 opener is the league’s earliest since the 1980-81 season began on Oct. 10. National TV games during the opening week and the Christmas schedule were unveiled Thursday. The complete schedule is being finalized and will be announced next week. The Oct. 18 schedule features the 76ers potentially debuting the last two No. 1 picks at Washington. Ben Simmons sat out all last season with a foot injury, and Philadelphia then grabbed guard Markelle Fultz in June after trading with Boston to move up to No. 1. Jimmy Butler makes his Timberwolves debut in the nightcap of that ESPN doubleheader in San Antonio, while the Oct. 19 games feature Paul George and Oklahoma City hosting the Knicks. [...]
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