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Avs Fall 4-0 To Flames
Not much went right for the Colorado Avalanche, which fell 4-0 to the visiting Calgary Flames, on Saturday night. An early penalty led to Calgary’s first goal against, and three markers in the middle stanza effectively sealed the deal for the a... [...]
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Nuggets Push Warriors Into Nail-Biting Overtime
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Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Preview
C.J. McCollum has been picking up the scoring slack for the Portland Trail Blazers with Damian Lillard injured. He may not have to do it any longer. Lillard reportedly might be back to ease the load on McCollum on Sunday night when the Trail Blazers try to continue their recent success over the Denver Nuggets, who might be without Kenneth Faried. [...]
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Injury Update: Stewart out, Ware questionable
Safety Darian Stewart is out with a hamstring injury suffered in the first quarter, and OLB DeMarcus is questionable with a knee injury. [...]
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Peyton Manning returns in the second half vs. Chargers
After missing six week with a foot injury, Peyton Manning returned against the Chargers in the second half. [...]
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Regis Jesuit rolls over Grandview, Ken Shaw wins 699th game
There was, coach Ken Shaw said, a lot to like about his team's effort on Saturday night. In Class 5A nonleague, the Regis Jesuit Raiders rolled neighboring Grandview 81-61, a matchup of teams in the southeastern corridor of the metropolitan area separated by just a couple of stoplights on Arapahoe Road. [...]
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Nuggets' rally falls short at Golden State; Kenneth Faried carried off on stretcher
OAKLAND, calif. — With Danilo Gallinari and Jusuf Nurkic returning to the floor Saturday night, the Nuggets finally found a team more ravaged by injury than they are. [...]
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Kenneth Faried "much better" after neck injury against Warriors
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried says he's "doing much better" after being taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck injury following a loss to Golden State the night before. [...]
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Peyton Manning, Broncos beat Chargers, earn top seed in AFC playoffs
Peyton Manning signed autographs as he walked into the stadium Sunday morning. He warmed up before the game with increased vigor, glaring at a cameramen at one point in order to get more [...]
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Tyson Barrie returns from illness
Barrie back after flu-like illnessAvalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie returned to the lineup Saturday night after missing Thursday's game with flu-like symptoms. [...]
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Jarome Iginla, Avalanche shut out by Calgary
The pucks didn't go in for Jarome Iginla and the bounces went against his teammates Saturday night. [...]
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Patriots blow chance to clinch top playoff seed with loss in Miami (Shutdown Corner)
New England Patriots Nation is praying for the healthy return of Julian Edelman. Since Tom Brady's BFF got hurt against the New York Giants in Week 10, the Patriots have split their final six games after a 10-0 start and scored more than 28 points only once in that span. In the first 10, the team scored more than 27 points in every game. Sunday's 20-10 loss in Miami was a clear indication that the Patriots are far from a complete offense heading into the postseason. In losing they missed out on a chance to clinch the top overall seed — and home-field advantage throughout — in the AFC playoff field, pending the result of the Denver Broncos game. The Patriots need a Broncos loss to the Chargers for the No. 1 seed.  Even with Rob Gronkowski (two catches, 18 yards on seven targets) on the field, defenses can just key in on him. And Danny Amendola (two catches, 17 yards, four targets) isn't a big enough difference maker. Tom Brady was 12 for 21 passing for 134 yards in the loss Sunday, with 68 of those coming on a dump-down screen to James White, who did most of the work. The Patriots employed a safe, run-first approach in the loss, and yet Brady was still sacked twice and hit six times. One of those hits — when Ndamukong Suh took down Brady in the second quarter — seemed to affect him the most. So maybe getting Sebastian Vollmer back might also help the Patriots, firming up a really shaky offensive line. The word is that both Vollmer and Edelman will be back to help an offense that has struggled badly to sustain drives, failing to reach the 300-yard mark the past two weeks. The Dolphins came in allowing 388.2 per game, good for sixth-worst in the NFL. Without Edelman and better blocking the Patriots are in trouble. They will get a first-round bye one way or another, allowing time for their important players to rest. But the bad news is that they could face a fearless team such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that lost at New England in the season opener by seven points. Something doesn't feel right about this Patriots team right now. Yes, the rest of the AFC is a mess, too, with quarterback issues or limitations complicating the whole field. But the Patriots are in need of a fuel injection following a disappointing season finale loss. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm [...]
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Frustrated Denver Pioneers can't locate a victory
That's how University of Denver hockey coach Jim Montgomery pegged the Pioneers' four-game losing skid through December, a buzz kill that endangered their season right before the holiday break. "I've never been through something like this," Montgomery ... [...]
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