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Broncos, Briefly: Saturday, June 17, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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Kyle Freeland is living by the groundball. The Rockies, at homer-heavy Coors Field, will take it.
Kyle Freeland’s loudest out Saturday was a punch. Two on, two out in the sixth in a one-run game. The 23-year-old left-hander, an anchor in the Rockies’ rookie-heavy rotation, threw a sinkerball to strike out a Giants threat, whiffing pinch-hitter Brandon Belt. “Big at-bat, he got him,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “Thing about the strikeout is, the ball doesn’t leave the field.” But neither do groundballs. Freeland forced 15 groundballs among the 22 the Giants put in play Saturday in the Rockies’ 5-1 victory, a rate by which the Denver native is conquering Coors Field. His 58.7 percent groundball rate this season is the best in the National League, followed closely by Colorado veteran Tyler Chatwood (58.4 percent) and San Diego’s Clayton Richard (58.3). Freeland, by extension, is translating all those groundballs into a Coors Field anomaly. He is allowing very few home runs, eight total this season, none from the Giants on Saturday. His 0.89 home run per nine innings ratio ranks 10th best in the NL. “Being a sinker-heavy pitcher, it plays into my game,” Freeland said. “I can go back-to-back-to-back sinkers and have a good chance of getting a groundball.” Sure, groundballs depend on defense and bad luck will squirt a single through gaps in the infield to get runners on. But Freeland does not care much for relying on strikeouts. “Not really, no,” he said. “You go for strikeouts when you can. Bottom of the order, nobody on, you have a 1-2 count, you can bounce one in the dirt and try to get him to chase. But my game throughout the season is to throw sinkers and get groundballs.” Said Black: “You know what you need? You need outs without them scoring runs. However you produce that combination, we’ll take it.” Catcher rhubarb. When former Rockies and current Giants catcher Nick Hundley scored from second base in the fourth inning, he lowered his shoulder and plowed through Colorado catcher Tony Wolters while crossing home plate. It led to a stare down as Hundley walked off the field. When Wolters came to bat in the bottom of the fourth, they bumped fists and all was well again. “We’re good. I texted him to apologize,” Wolters said. “I was trying to deke him as long as I could. And he clipped me a little bit.” Otto’s roll. Right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino struck out two in a quick eighth inning, his second consecutive two-K, 1-2-3 outing. After missing 10 days in early June with a sore shoulder, and despite a two-run outing that led to a loss at Pittsburgh last week, Ottavino seems to have found form. “Let’s hope so. I think he’s in a good spot,” Black said. Related ArticlesJune 17, 2017 Kiszla: Why Nolan Arenado believes Rockies can be “most dangerous team in the major leagues” June 17, 2017 Saunders: Rockies and all MLB teams must do better a job protecting fans from foul balls, flying bats June 17, 2017 Rockies’ parade of singles buries the Giants again at sold-out Coors Field. “Winning is fun,” Trevor Story says June 16, 2017 Rockies continue to steamroll the Giants, batting around for another Coors Field win June 16, 2017 Carlos Gonzalez will not wait for the gift of hits. The Rockies’ slugger loves his swing too much. Ottavino has struck out nine of the 19 batters he faced and walked just one, lowering his ERA to 2.84. “The last two outings are more reflective of what he can do,” Black said. “Crisp fastball, breaking ball. We haven’t seen the real wide pitches.” CarGo going. Carlos Gonzalez dove and slid into the right-field wall in fifth to steal a hit from Buster Posey, eliciting a pointed shoutout from Freeland as they walked off the field. And including a line-drive single in the second, Gonzalez reached base three times and scored twice. He now has hits in consecutive games for the first time since June 2, after snapping an 0-for-27 skid Friday. “As much as people think he might be in a funk, he’s still dangerous,” Black said. Looking ahead Giants LHP Ty Blach (4-4, 4.24 ERA) at Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.16), 1:10 p.m. Sunday, ROOT; 850 AM Blach, a Regis Jesuit High School graduate, will make his first start against the Rockies. He moved from the Giants’ bullpen to the rotation to help replace injured ace Madison Bumgarner. Chatwood, meanwhile, will make his second start this season against San Francisco. He has given up only four runs in 15 innings against the Giants for a 2.40 ERA, including a nine-inning shutout in April. Chatwood has a 1.35 ERA in his past three outings, all on the road. His season road ERA is 2.41. At Coors Field, it is 7.03. Monday: Off Tuesday: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greink [...]
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Report links Nuggets to Chris Paul. It likely won’t be the last big name attached to Denver in free agency.
Point guard Chris Paul plans to speak with the Denver Nuggets when the NBA’s free-agency period begins July 1, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Times, citing an unnamed executive, reported that the Clippers point guard will also talk to the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets, who have have ample money to spend on free agents this summer, are likely to be aggressive in making a play for a marquee free agent that could join a young core that includes Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. Among the big names on the market, in addition to Paul, are forwards Gordon Hayward of Utah, Paul Millsap of Atlanta and Blake Griffin of the Clippers. Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, who was promoted to that position from general manager Wednesday, has said the Nuggets will also prioritize attempting to sign their own free-agent forward, Danilo Gallinari. Gene Sweeney Jr, Getty ImagesChris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives past Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz in the second half of their 98-93 win in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Nuggets pursued Dwayne Wade last season, and they were among the star guard’s final two options before he decided to return to his hometown and join the Chicago Bulls. Denver is likely to make big pushes at players of similar stature again this July. Connelly, during an interview with Altitude Radio this week, said he’s been contacted by several agents who have expressed their clients’ desire to play alongside Jokic, the Nuggets’ 6-foot-10 center who is considered perhaps the league’s top passing big man. It’s unclear what players those agents represent. Paul did provide praise for Jokic following the Nuggets win over the Clippers at the Pepsi Center back in March. Related ArticlesJune 17, 2017 Kickin’ it with Kiz: Will Chris Paul be the NBA free agent to erase Denver’s reputation as a fly-over city? June 16, 2017 Przemek Karnowski, Kennedy Meeks renew NCAA title-game battle in Denver as NBA draft hopefuls June 16, 2017 The father-son bond for Jamal Murray and his dad, Roger, has been built on carefully constructed plan of mental domination June 16, 2017 Looking back on 50 years of Nuggets basketball June 15, 2017 Colorado Springs native Canyon Barry returns home for draft workout with Nuggets “Jokic, he’s solid,” Paul said after that game. “The way they play off with him and stuff like that, I think Mike (Malone) has him playing pretty well.” Paul is expected to opt out of his contract with the Clippers and has until June 29 to officially do so. Paul can earn up to $205 million over five years with the Clippers or $152 million over four years from another team, the Times reported. The first order for Connelly and new general manager Arturas Karnisovas is Thursday’s NBA draft. The Nuggets have the 13th, 49th and 51st overall picks. [...]
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Kickin’ it with Kiz: Will Chris Paul be the NBA free agent to erase Denver’s reputation as a fly-over city?
I think NBA free agents throw the Nuggets a bone because we’re a cool city. But Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul still has a couple years to chase a ring. He ain’t comin’ to Denver. Treshiq, keeping it real Kiz: The Nuggets are desperate for love, which makes them vulnerable to any NBA free agent’s flirtation, only to be dumped after Denver management gets used for leverage. But know what? The Nuggets must keep trying, whether it’s Dwyane Wade or Paul or Gordon Hayward. All it takes is one to say yes. And the stigma against signing with this fly-over city will be gone. I’m not saying Paul will be the one to change Denver’s reputation around the league. But it will happen, because money and winning is way more important to pro athletes than the weather or club scene in this dusty old cow town. Sign Paul, then package Emmanuel Mudiay, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and draft picks for Indiana Pacers star Paul George. The Nuggets’ starting lineup would be: Paul, Gary Harris (backed up by Jamal Murray), George, Mason Plumlee and Nikola Jokic. Brandon, dreaming big Kiz: Well, far be it from me to ruin anyone’s fantasy. But the Nuggets did make a play for George prior to the NBA trade deadline. George not so subtly let it be known that if traded to Denver, he would leave the Pepsi Center and hop the first Elitch’s roller coaster out of town. George wants to play for the Lakers. Maybe if LeBron James gets tired of Cleveland and decides he wants to be the King of Hollywood, he can grant George’s wish. So Colorado makes football coach Mike MacIntyre pay a $100,000 fine because he handled the Joe Tumpkin situation so badly. But then the Buffaloes give him a new $16 million contract? What a joke. It reeks of hypocrisy. John, Loveland Kiz: What has our flagship university taught us? Taking a stand against domestic violence is important. But it is not as vital as winning football games. John Elway’s arrogance is not going to let his prize show pony (Paxton Lynch) sit the bench for another year. If that happens, new coach Vance Joseph will be retiring for “health” reasons. Jeffrey, Parker Related ArticlesJune 17, 2017 Kiszla: Why Nolan Arenado believes Rockies can be “most dangerous team in the major leagues” June 16, 2017 Kiszla: Only one word to describe these Rockies and this baseball-crazy town: Un-funky-believable June 15, 2017 Kiszla: If the Rockies are legit playoff contenders, Nolan Arenado must be legit MVP candidate June 13, 2017 Kiszla: Broncos giving Paxton Lynch ample time, every chance to beat out Trevor Siemian as the starting QB June 12, 2017 Kiszla: Giving CU coach Mike MacIntyre $16.25 million contract now would send the wrong message Kiz: When Denver opens the season against the Chargers, Lynch will be the quarterback, and Garett Bolles will start at left tackle. If this proves to be true, Broncos Country will not remember you read it here first. But if my prediction is incorrect, a stranger will walk up to me while I’m picking out avocados 20 years from now, and remind me of the mistake. And today’s parting shot explores the possibility of relocating Kickin’ It Headquarters to Fargo or Marrakesh. Trevor Siemian doesn’t deserve your constant disrespect. He’s a better quarterback by far than you are a sportswriter. (And he’s a better person, as well). I wish The Denver Post could trade you to another newspaper. Tony, 13 his lucky number [...]
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PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 14, 2017
The Denver Broncos held a mandatory minicamp on June 14, 2017 at Dove Valley in Englewood. Related ArticlesJune 17, 2017 Ed McCaffrey brings out SB champs for Dare to Play camp; Shaq Barrett injury update June 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question June 15, 2017 PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 15, 2017 June 15, 2017 Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped June 14, 2017 Broncos defense in “reset” mode, Brandon Marshall’s sore Achilles, more [...]
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Kirk Cousins plays a round of golf with President Donald Trump
As quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Kirk Cousins has the highest-profile job in the city except for the president of the United States. Or so it’s sometimes said. Now, Cousins is rubbing shoulders with President Donald Trump. The Redskins quarterback joined Trump and two others for a round of golf Saturday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey. Cousins said that Eric Shuster, the director of strategic partnerships at CSN Midatlantic, had something to do with the pairing. Approached on the subject, Cousins said playing golf with the president was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. “Great experience,” Cousins said after the Redskins’ practice in Ashburn, Virginia, on Wednesday. “I didn’t ever think that would happen. Had a good enough time that if there’s any former presidents in the D.C. area that want to give me a call, I’d love to meet them at one of the courses around here. I know lots of them are members at these courses and I’m not, so I’d love to get on and get to meet them. Republican, Democrat, left, right, I’d love an invite.” Earlier this month, former Broncos and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning played a round of golf with President Trump. Related ArticlesJune 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question June 16, 2017 Kaepernick free agency exposes NFL’s racial divide, says Seahawks’ Michael Bennett June 15, 2017 Christian McCaffrey hits ground running in 1st day back with Panthers June 15, 2017 1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million June 14, 2017 Unclear how Raiders’ Vegas stadium will benefit community [...]
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Ed McCaffrey brings out SB champs for Dare to Play camp; Shaq Barrett injury update
Ed McCaffrey brought out the bling. For his eighth annual Dare to Play camp with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation on Saturday, the former receiver and owner three Super Bowl rings, recruited some former and current Broncos to serve as coaches. As he always does. There was Brandon Stokley, a champ with both the Ravens (XXXV) and Colts (XLI). And there were Tyler Polumbus, the offensive tackle turned color commentator; Todd Davis, the Broncos’ current starting inside linebacker; and Shaquil Barrett, their recovering outside linebacker — all owners of outsized Super Bowl 50 rings. Nicki Jhabvala, The Denver PostFrom left: former Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley, Davis, former receiver Ed McCaffrey, outside linebacker Shaq Barrett and former tackle Tyler Polumbus. Five coaches, six Super Bowls, eight total rings, one of which adorned the index finger of Davis. But on this day, none of them were the stars. Forty players and 35 cheerleaders — some children, some adults — with Down syndrome claimed the spotlight as their fans and family members filled the bleachers at Valor Christian High for a scrimmage to raise awareness and funds for Down syndrome research and care. Joining the participants were 40 “pals” from Valor Christian — one per player — as well as some Denver Broncos cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot, who weaved his way on and off the field and occasionally hoisted a player on his shoulders following a score. “It means a lot, because it really gets a broader community involved with us. Even if most of the people in the stands are family members, there are people who are interested in seeing football players,” said Michelle Sie Whitten, the co-founder, president and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “And in today’s world, the world of social media and electronic communication, it may be that millions of people learn about it. If it takes that celebrity name for them to read a paragraph on how medically underfunded our kids and adults are, that’s great.” .@bstokley14 gives a pre-game pep talk to players in @87ed‘s Dare to Play camp with the @GDSFoundation pic.twitter.com/oKmIOV1Axd — Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) June 17, 2017 Each year, the Dare to Play Football Camp and Dare to Cheer Game Day brings out around 500 fans. This year was no different. “It’s a great cause and to be here to make an impact in these people’s’ lives — kids and adults — and to come out here and talk to them and try to coach them through the game, give them a little pep talk, it’s amazing to see the difference we can make in people’s lives and to help them,” Barrett said while hobbling around the field with a pair of crutches. Barrett injured his right hip while training on his own during the offseason, but said he doesn’t have pain and doesn’t anticipate needing the aid of crutches for much longer. “I’m doing good,” he said. “I have a couple more weeks left on crutches and once that’s over, I should be able to start doing some more stuff to get myself ready (to return), probably about halfway through camp. I can’t wait to be back on the field.” Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett eager to get off crutches and back on the field. pic.twitter.com/9GAyTFxrh3 — Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) June 17, 2017 [...]
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Colorado Eagles in discussions to become the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate
The Avalanche might move its primary minor-league interests from San Antonio to less than an hour drive north of Denver, to Loveland, joining forces with the Colorado Eagles, who could become the Avs’ American Hockey League affiliate as early as 2018-19. The Eagles, the Avs’ current ECHL affiliate who recently won the Kelly Cup as ECHL champions, are mulling opportunities for AHL membership, according to president and general manager Chris Stewart, and hoping to increase their partnership with Colorado’s NHL team. The ECHL is considered Double-A, a level below the AHL. “There have been some discussions,” Stewart said of Eagles’ AHL venture with the Avalanche. “Obviously, the proximity and logistics, there’s a lot of sense for an affiliation that could possibly take us to the American Hockey League. I can’t confirm anything at this point, by any means, because there are way too many moving parts.” The Eagles’ AHL opportunity became available because of the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who will share the AHL’s Chicago Wolves with the St. Louis Blues in 2017-18 before the Blues sign elsewhere. There will be 31 NHL teams next season, but just 30 AHL teams. St. Louis could conceivably replace the Avalanche as the San Antonio Rampage’s parent team in 2018-19. The Avs will continue to place their top prospects in San Antonio for the upcoming season, and beyond if the deal with the Eagles doesn’t work out. Because the Avs remain under contract with the Rampage, they declined to comment about the Eagles and the AHL. “We are interested. The Avalanche has some interest,” Stewart said of the possible AHL relationship. “Whether or not that works with their San Antonio agreement or not, I don’t know. Like I said, there are a lot of moving parts. But we would want that affiliate at another level.” He added: “When you’re talking with the NHL, and especially the Avalanche, which has done so much for the good of hockey in the state of Colorado, I don’t want to step out of line. We’re very respectful of the Avalanche and what they’ve done for hockey, and the Eagles, as hockey continues to grow in this state.” The Eagles play at the 5,289-seat Budweiser Events Center, a county-owned facility, and have sold out 431 home games in 14 seasons. The Budweiser Events Center opened in 2003 and seats 7,200 for concerts but just 5,289 for hockey. The Hershey Bears led the AHL in attendance this past season with an average of 9,309, but 18 teams averaged just less than 6,000. Related ArticlesJune 15, 2017 Paul Stastny, Kelly Cup to appear at Dawg Bowl VII hockey fundraising event June 5, 2017 Colorado Eagles sweep South Carolina Stingrays to win first Kelly Cup May 25, 2017 Luke Salazar is back skating in his home state, seeking ECHL title with Colorado Eagles May 24, 2017 Avalanche prospects helped Colorado Eagles reach the upcoming ECHL Finals “I don’t believe that the AHL would accept the building as it sits today,” Stewart said of the Eagles’ arena. “I’m not just talking about seats. The facility in general, the locker rooms, I do think there would have to be some mitigation done to the building to help facilitate an American Hockey League franchise if we went in that direction.” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic and AHL commissioner David Andrews attended Eagles home games last season. “People saw those gentlemen there, watching the game,” Stewart said. “They’re public figures, and there with a sharp, keen eye, wanting to see how we presented the game. They liked it, from what everything they had to say to myself and (Eagles owner) Martin Lind. We love to put on a good show and our fans are electrifying. They really bring energy into that building every night.” [...]
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Avalanche removes Francois Beauchemin from roster with buyout
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin will not return to the Avalanche next season. The team announced Thursday morning it will buy out the final year of the 37-year-old’s $4.5 million annual contract, with no salary-cap benefit for 2017-18. The move opens a roster spot and allows Colorado to protect another player from next week’s expansion draft. Beauchemin had a no-move clause, automatically putting him on the protected list. According to TSN hockey journalist Pierre LeBrun, Beauchemin’s agent Bob Sauve said the Avs never asked the player to waive his NMC for the expansion draft. Beauchemin spent two seasons with the Avs after being acquired from Anaheim as an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2015. He had 34 points (eight goals) in 2015-16 but slipped to 18 points (five goals) last season. He played in 163 of a possible 164 games for Colorado and was named alternate captain by first-year coach Jared Bednar last season. Because Beauchmin is over age 35, the Avs cannot spread out a buyout benefit, thus his $4.5 million salary will count against the team’s cap next season. However, the team only owes Beauchemin on a two-thirds ratio, $3 million, and will pay it in $1.5 million increments next season and in 2018-19, according to CapFriendly.com. The same situation unfolded last season with defenseman Brad Stuart, whose entire $3.6 million salary counted against the cap after the Avs bought out then then-36-year-old. For next Wednesday’s expansion draft in Las Vegas, the Avalanche will protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender or eight combined forwards/defensemen and a goalie. All first- and second-year players are exempt, along with unsigned prospects. Colorado is bound to protect defensemen Erik Johnson (NMC), Tyson Barrie and Nikita Zadorov, and possibly Mark Barbario if it goes the 8/1 route. Related ArticlesJune 15, 2017 NHL announces draft order; Avalanche has seven selections June 15, 2017 Paul Stastny, Kelly Cup to appear at Dawg Bowl VII hockey fundraising event June 14, 2017 Colorado Eagles in discussions to become the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate June 13, 2017 Avalanche not identifying players protected from NHL expansion draft June 13, 2017 Lunch Special: What is Matt Duchene’s future with the Avalanche? [...]
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[Fox Sports] – Rapids hope to stay hot at home vs. Timbers (Jun 17, 2017)
... he Portland Timbers on Saturday night. At least it’s not a road game for the Rapids, who have lost all six of their matches away from home. The slow start at ho ... [...]
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Nuggets Host Pre-Draft Workout on Monday, June 19
Monday’s workout (June 19th) will begin at 9:00 am and feature the following players: Monday, June 19th [...]
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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, June 16, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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The Squeeze: Von Miller's "Cribs" debut to air this weekend
A concentrated look at the recent juice on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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