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Will Butcher to reject Avalanche, visit with Devils, Sabres, Golden Knights
Will Butcher, the Hobey Baker Award-winning defenseman from the University of Denver, will begin speaking with at least three NHL teams Wednesday when he intends to become an unrestricted free agent, according to a source. The New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and expansion Vegas Golden Knights have interest in Butcher, 22, who captained DU to the NCAA championship in April. The Avalanche, which selected Butcher in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL draft, has exclusive negotiation rights with the player through 10 p.m. MDT on Tuesday. A college player has four years to sign with the team that drafts him, or he becomes an unrestricted free agent Aug. 16 of his fourth year. Related ArticlesAugust 15, 2017 Lunch Special: Where did the Avalanche go wrong with Will Butcher? August 2, 2017 Matt Duchene on trade rumors: “Whatever’s going to happen is gonna happen” July 26, 2017 Rocco Grimaldi, Jesse Graham sign 1-year contracts with Avalanche July 25, 2017 Matt Nieto signs one-year, $1 million deal to remain with Avalanche July 18, 2017 Avalanche signs RFAs Gabriel Bourque, Felix Girard, Duncan Siemens According to Butcher in April, the Avalanche offered him his entry-level contract days after the Pioneers returned from Chicago with the national championship, but he declined to sign, saying he wanted to explore his options. Butcher could hold a grudge against the Avalanche. At the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., Butcher confirmed the Avalanche told his agent the team had no interest in signing him. At the time, Butcher was a junior and a first-team All-American, but Colorado coach and vice president Patrick Roy wasn’t keen on undersized defensemen. Butcher is listed at 5-foot-10 and 186 pounds. “I’m just going about my business at DU, being the captain next year,” Butcher told The Denver Post in June 2016, about the Avs dismissing him. “They’re doing their business how they want to do it. And I’m doing mine.” Roy resigned last August, and the Avalanche showed heavy interest in Butcher throughout last season, with general manager Joe Sakic and members of his staff scouting most DU home games. The Avalanche finished with a league-low 48 points, by far the fewest in the club’s 21 seasons in Colorado. On April 8, hours before DU took the ice for the national championship game against Minnesota Duluth in Chicago, Sakic told The Post he coveted Butcher. “As soon as they’re done, he’ll have a contract offer,” Sakic said. “We hope to sign him. He’s had a tremendous year. Since the moment we drafted him, four years in college, he’s gotten better every year and he’s obviously hot, the Hobey Baker winner, and hopefully they can win the championship and we can sign him and have him be part of the organization.” There’s still a chance Butcher eventually circles back to Colorado, but only after the player visits other interested teams. [...]
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Lunch Special: Where did the Avalanche go wrong with Will Butcher?
The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers answered questions Tuesday about the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Pioneers hockey team in this Lunch Special live chat. Here are some highlights: So … where did the Avs go wrong with Will Butcher? Mike: Where did the Avs go wrong? They approached the player’s agent during his junior season at DU and said the team (Patrick Roy) had no interest in signing him. And then the Avs had a 48-point season and it might get worse. Put yourself in his position. You’d check out other teams/offers, too. Did the Avs do anywhere close to enough to keep fans in the seats? Related ArticlesAugust 15, 2017 Will Butcher to reject Avalanche, visit with Devils, Sabres, Golden Knights August 2, 2017 Matt Duchene on trade rumors: “Whatever’s going to happen is gonna happen” July 26, 2017 Rocco Grimaldi, Jesse Graham sign 1-year contracts with Avalanche July 25, 2017 Matt Nieto signs one-year, $1 million deal to remain with Avalanche July 18, 2017 Avalanche signs RFAs Gabriel Bourque, Felix Girard, Duncan Siemens Mike: Keep fans in the seats? If I’m the owner and I want to sell tickets, I’m making trades before the draft, stacking up draft picks, and being active in free agency. They haven’t done anything close to that. I fear there will be a sea of open seats at the Pepsi Center next season. Which of the Avs’ young players is due for a breakout year? Mike: Expect big things — or big moments — from Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost. Maybe A.J. Greer, too, up front. These boys will get every chance to be the foundation of the future. Nathan MacKinnon, who is coming up on 22, surely needs to have a strong, consistent year. Do you have anything encouraging to offer us that might give us reason that they will at least be competitive this year? Competitive being not one of the bottom 7-10 teams in hockey. Mike: Encouraging? You’ll get to see some young talent in a big-league sweater. Many of them are being pushed into the league, but that’s all I have for you. I wish there were more positives but I don’t see them. Do you see a Matt Duchene trade still happening? And if not does he start season with the team? Mike: Duchene could very well begin the season in Colorado. But remember, the Avs only have three signed big-league D right now. I suspect they’re still hoping a trade unfolds where they can add a top-four D. I don’t think the team can rely on its young payers to step up. We’ve been waiting for the top three to do, so who might rise to the top between Duchene, MacKinnon, and Landeskog? Mike: I see Landeskog wasn’t among the top-20 active wingers by NHL Network. That hurts. He should absolutely be there, given his skill set (but I understand why he’s not). Some disagree with me, but as a No. 2 overall pick with power-forward ability, he should score 25-30 goals per season. So Duchene and MacKinnon certainly aren’t the only veteran young forwards who need to get their careers on the right track. As for other guys, as a mentioned earlier, Rantanen, Jost and Greer will be fun to watch. Which team ends up with the better record this year: The Avs or the Golden Knights? Mike: Golden Knights … Ouch. If Matt Duchene does return to the team next season, will he provide much production? He seemed like he was out of it when he was on those long scoreless streaks last year… Mike: Matt Duchene is capable of big things, obviously. He’s also streaky, like most forwards. The thing is, I don’t think he wants to come back. I think he wants a new start. But I know he’ll make every effort to be a good teammate, good pro, if he does return. To me, Jared Bednar wasnt going to win with Patrick Roy’s players. Does he have players fits the way he wants to play? Mike: Jared Bednar? Yeah, he didn’t win with Roy’s players. But he didn’t get the guys to play well enough, bottom line. The head coach has to take part of the blame, rookie or not. The full transcript: (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));That's all, folks. Appreciate your interest in this hour-long chat. Keep your stick on the ice. -- MikeI respect UND's program a ton. Great hockey people. As for James' question: No way Duchene does anything but report to camp with a good attitude. You're right, he's too classy to pout about not being moved.Though I must admit I have vacillated on my support for Dutchy in the past, I must confess he has been an absolute professional throughout this process. No way he deserves to be treated the way Joe has, and frankly [...]
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Roger Goodell on player protests: 'We have to understand the other side'
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Arizona Cardinals season-ticket holders on Monday, and of course was asked about players protesting during the playing of the national anthem. Over the weekend, Seattle Seahawks veteran Michael Bennett and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on the sideline during the anthem, while Los Angeles Rams pass rusher Robert Quinn and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins each raised a fist. [...]
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[MLS: MLS Insider] – Rapids, "desperate for points," look for bright spots down the stretch
... ed -- the East's worst team and the only one with fewer points (19) than the Rapids and Minnesota United (22 each). Colorado could be without defender Axel Sjob ... [...]
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Denver Nuggets Announce 2017-18 Regular Season Schedule
Today the Denver Nuggets announced their 2017-18 schedule that will coincide with their season-long celebration of the team’s 50th Annive [...]
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Injury update: Vance Joseph updates status of Jared Crick, Wolfe, Henderson, Nelson
Head Coach Vance Joseph said Jared Crick's status has yet to be determined, and he gave updates on injuries to Derek Wolfe, Carlos Henderson and Dontrell Nelson. [...]
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Quick hits from the Broncos' Monday practice
Head Coach Vance Joseph talks about what he expects from Paxton Lynch this week -- and what he saw from Lynch during some extensive team-period and "move-the-ball" work Monday. [...]
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Chad Bettis returns to the Rockies with flair in a commanding outing against the Braves at Coors Field
Cancer sneaked up on Chad Bettis twice — first in November, when a tumor appeared he could not explain, then again in February, when blood cells he could not see threatened his life. Baseball never vanished. He just looked in the other direction. By Monday morning, he could no longer ignore the onrush of his first game since last September. The thought of pitching again knocked him in the face. “It crept in when I woke up,” Bettis said, his eyes swelling. “Just thinking about everything that happened, everything my family went through. I was holding back tears until the game started.” BOX SCORE: Rockies 3, Braves 0 His time arrived Monday night at Coors Field as the Rockies started a vital four-game series against the Atlanta Braves with a 3-0 victory. The Rockies’ veteran right-hander, the senior member of a pitching rotation with its sights set on the postseason, returned to pitch for the first time this season, and with flair, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just six hits. Bettis got a no-decision for his efforts, departing a 0-0 game, but Colorado finally got on the board in the eighth, thanks to Charlie Blackmon‘s leadoff triple. A single by Gerardo Parra scored Blackmon, and a two-run single by Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead that held as final. The game, though, belonged to Bettis. After surgery to remove testicular cancer in December and nine weeks of chemotherapy in the spring while Colorado started its season on a tear, as his hair fell out and medicine racked his body and exhausted his strength, Bettis was back on a pitching mound as though he had never left. “What he went through is way more important than baseball. But he loves the game. That’s why he’s back,” Rockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “To go through that and now he’s here to help us with a playoff run, it’s a big deal.” When Bettis walked in from the bullpen toward the Rockies dugout before his first pitch, a wave of applause from fans in the stands followed him down the right-field line. This is the man who led the Rockies in victories (14) and innings pitched (186) last season, the veteran member of a staff that otherwise averages a green age of 24 years, with three rookies. He is the pitcher who guided 24-year-old right-hander Jeff Hoffman through his first professional slump late in spring training, the sage who helped teach Jon Gray to throw a curveball. And after beating cancer, Coors Field and its acres of outfield suddenly felt smaller with Bettis on the mound. His team seemed especially amped. Ender Inciarte’s line drive to lead off the game skipped past Gerardo Parra in left field, but Parra tag-teamed a relay throw with shortstop Trevor Story to throw out the runner trying to stretch an inside-the-park home run. “I went from incredibly high to ‘oh, no,’” Bettis said. “But Parra ended up making a spectacular play. To see guys give their 100 percent effort for me is all I can ask for.” Their defense extended around Coors Field. DJ LeMahieu slid on his knees to snare Danny Santana’s hot shot toward right field in the fourth and threw him out to end the inning and save a run. In the fifth, Bettis kept Dansby Swanson at second base after a one-out double. In the sixth, Bettis caught Nick Markakis looking at an 84 mph changeup to end a three-up, three-down inning with a strikeout. “Man, this day feels like it went by so fast, but so slow,” Bettis said. “I don’t think I was really in tune with what was going on until the fifth. Just so many emotions and I was trying to get them under control, but it was taking longer than I expected.” Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 Ryan Howard debuts for the Rockies in the minors saying: “Get me to the plate” August 14, 2017 Nolan Arenado dodges the disabled list, to Rockies’ relief, but he will miss time August 14, 2017 Rockies vs. Braves Gametracker: Chad Bettis returns to mound after battle with cancer August 13, 2017 Rockies’ Nolan Arenado dodges broken hand, hopes he can avoid DL August 13, 2017 Nolan Arenado injures hand as Rockies lose to Marlins, get swept in Miami Bettis’ comeback was watched by players and fans throughout the majors. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery to remove testicular cancer on May 8, while Bettis was recovering from chemotherapy, and the Rockies pitcher sent Taillon a text message of encouragement. Taillon later heard Bettis was attempting to pitch again this season — considered a longshot when he left spring training — but Taillon never blanched at the idea and he promised to tune in. “A lot of people saw that and thought, ‘Oh, that’s cool. He wants [...]
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2017 Post Preps Radio Game of the Week Schedule
Each week, Post Preps Radio broadcasts a Game of the Week in Colorado high school football, starting with Week 1 on Aug. 31 and running through Week 10 on Nov. 2. The broadcasts will be available live and for free via our website. The links for each game’s stream will be available online the Monday before the game, and the games will also be archived on our site afterwards. 2017 broadcasting schedule* Thursday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m.: Poudre at Mountain Vista, Shea Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.: Denver East at Cherokee Trail, Legacy Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m.: Wheat Ridge at Chatfield, Jeffco Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: Denver South at Heritage, LPSS Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.: Rangeview at Gateway, APSS Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 2017 Post Preps TV Game of the Week Schedule Thursday, Oct. 5: BYE Friday, Oct 13, 7 p.m.: Fountain-Fort Carson at Highlands Ranch, Shea Thursday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.: Rangeview at Ralston Valley, NAAC Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Legacy at Douglas County, Douglas County Stadium Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.: Columbine at ThunderRidge, Shea *Schedule subject to change. [...]
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Pomona football opens the 2017 football season with “fire in the chest”
It’s about an hour before Pomona’s first official football practice of the season, and Tyler “TD” Madden sits on a bench in the weight room, eating something from McDonald’s. The 11-year-old ball boy is the son of Jay Madden, who’s entering his 15th season as the Panthers’ head coach, and has grown up in the program. Between french fries, TD lays out a simple case about why the “Big Black” — who have been to, and lost, two consecutive Class 5A state championship games to Valor Christian — will once again be in contention for the big-school golden ball this fall. “Last year, we didn’t have everyone (in the title game) because of some big injuries, so it was harder to work together completely as a team,” TD said of a 30-14 loss. “This year, I think we can do it. Almost everyone’s here again, and we’re looking really good. I can tell the players want to win state for this football family.” Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 2017 Post Preps Radio Game of the Week Schedule August 14, 2017 2017 Post Preps TV Game of the Week Schedule August 11, 2017 High schooler dies when log falls on him during football drill in New York August 4, 2017 Q&A: Mullen football standout Adrian Jackson talks Mustangs’ prospects this fall, commitment to Oregon and more July 31, 2017 Colorado prep football coaching changes: Five new head honchos to watch this fall True to TD’s projections, despite the graduation of one of the state’s most highly touted 2017 recruits in CU lineman Jake Moretti (who sat out last season with an injury), Pomona brings back the majority of its offensive skill talent. It’s a list that includes senior quarterback Ryan Marquez, junior wideout Billy Pospisil, senior running back Max Borghi and senior wideout Santos Maguina. Plus, those players are bolstered by an offensive line that features three returning starters in Brock Boyd, Brandon Hodge and Drew Johnson. “Our goal is to get back to the title game, and find a way to win the last one,” Jay Madden said. “And with having our core of playmakers back, as well as Colten Muller and David Ross at wide receiver, we have a lot of really good skill players. All our linemen have to do is get in the defense’s way for a second, and hopefully we can be gone.” Speaking of defense, Madden assures the Panthers — who graduated their nine leading tacklers from last year — “have got some dudes,” including a pair of sophomore linebacker standouts in Kyle Moretti (Jake’s younger brother) and Sanjay Strickland. On paper, Pomona indeed looks equipped to again beat the shortlist of 5A’s toughest teams come November and early December — and that list includes Valor Christian, a budding rival the Panthers topped in the regular season each of the past two years and play again Sept. 22. “Obviously, the fact that these seniors have gone 0-2 in the title game builds a lot of fire in the chest,” acknowledged Borghi, a Washington State commitment. “We’ve thought about that this offseason, but once the season starts, it starts — it’s a new year, new opportunity.” And as the Panthers gear up for a run toward a third straight state championship game — a stage on which the Panthers are 1-6, with their lone title coming in a 1988 4A (then the largest class) triumph over Montbello — Madden noted the lure of the “Big Black” tradition manages to keep the program at an elite level. It’s a lure that’s epitomized by the coach’s son, as TD — who plays running back, wideout and cornerback on the Arvada Sun Devils team that Madden is also coaching this fall — dreams of nothing more than starring for the Panthers one day. And judging by the number of top-tier players who continue to float into the red and black hallways of the relatively small 5A school, TD’s sentiments are pervasive throughout youth football in the city of Arvada and the Jeffco School District as a whole. “Because there’s about 700 ‘open enrolls’ in the school out of 1,500 total students, every year it surprises me who shows up in terms of freshmen and kids from all over the place,” Jay Madden said. “Even with that, it’s getting harder and harder to reload, because obviously our neighborhood is getting older and older. That makes our tradition and our expectations that much more important, and this year’s team understands that.” 2017 Pomona football schedule Date Time Opponent Location Aug. 25 7 p.m. Mullen NAAC Sept. 8 7 p.m. at Fountain-Fort Carson Guy Barickman Sept. 15 7 p.m. at Ralston Valley NAAC Sept. 22 [...]
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Mark down the dates: NBA unveils full 2017-18 schedule
NEW YORK — DeMarcus Cousins will make an early season trip back to Sacramento, while Gordon Hayward will wait almost all season to see Utah again. Chris Paul’s return to his old Clippers home is part of a Martin Luther King Jr. day tripleheader that includes another NBA Finals rematch, while Paul George and Jimmy Butler also learned the dates of their return games Monday when the NBA released its full 2017-18 schedule — which for the first time in history features no teams playing four games in five nights. The league had unveiled its opening-week national TV games and its five-game Christmas schedule last week. Opening night is Oct. 17, the earliest the regular season has started in 37 years. Cousins will then return to California’s capital city to play for the first time since the Kings traded him to New Orleans last February when the Pelicans visit on Oct. 26 as part of a TNT doubleheader. From there, it’s another five months until Hayward plays in Salt Lake City for the first time since joining the Boston Celtics as a free agent in July. The Celtics visit the Jazz on March 28 for an ESPN game. Other nights of note: — George travels back to Indiana on Dec. 13 for the first time since the Pacers surprisingly dealt him to Oklahoma City. — Butler, another All-Star who went East to West in the summer, takes the Timberwolves into Chicago on Feb. 9. — The NBA’s top two picks go head-to-head for the first time Nov. 15 when Markelle Fultz and Philadelphia visit Lonzo Ball and the Lakers. Related ArticlesAugust 11, 2017 Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night August 10, 2017 Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night August 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 — The All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. The Christmas schedule, as usual, is headlined by NBA Finals foes Golden State and Cleveland meeting for the first time since the Warriors’ five-game victory in June. They will meet again on Jan. 15 on the Cavaliers’ home floor. Later that night, Paul’s Houston Rockets play the Clippers at Staples Center for the first time since acquiring the point guard to play alongside James Harden in their backcourt. The opener of the TNT tripleheader features Memphis’ return to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule, hosting the Lakers. The regular season ends April 11. [...]
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Nuggets release 2017-18 regular season schedule
The Denver Nuggets’ 2017-18 regular-season schedule was released Monday. On 14 occasions this season, the Nuggets will play games on back-to-back nights and nine national television appearances — five on TNT and four on ESPN. Related ArticlesAugust 8, 2017 Nuggets begin golden anniversary celebration by unveiling new uniforms August 8, 2017 PHOTOS: Denver Nuggets’ jerseys through the years August 4, 2017 Nuggets release 2017-18 preseason schedule August 3, 2017 Home at last: Emmanuel Mudiay returns to the Congo, slated to play in 2017 NBA Africa game August 2, 2017 Nuggets hire former NBA player Calvin Booth as new assistant general manager The season begins on the road at Utah (Oct. 18) before hosting the Sacramento Kings in the home opener at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 21. Five of Denver’s first seven games will be on the road and their longest road trip will be seven games from March 17 to March 30 — the team’s longest since the shortened 2011-12 campaign due to the lockout. The Nuggets’ first match up with the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors comes on Nov. 4 at the Pepsi Center. They’ll take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the reigning Eastern Conference champions, on March 3 at Quicken Loans arena before facing them again four days later at home. Altitude will televise 77 of the 82 games (TNT broadcast-games are exclusive), but all regular-season contests will be broadcast live on Altitude Radio AM-950. 2017-18 Nuggets regular season schedule OCTOBER Opponent Day Date Time TV at Utah Wednesday Oct. 18 7 p.m. ALT SACRAMENTO Saturday Oct. 21 7 p.m. ALT WASHINGTON Monday Oct. 23 7 p.m. ALT at Charlotte Wednesday Oct. 25 5 p.m. ALT at Atlanta Friday Oct. 27 5:30 p.m. ALT at Brooklyn Sunday Oct. 29 4 p.m. ALT at New York Monday Oct. 30 5:30 p.m. ALT NOVEMBER TORONTO Wednesday Nov. 1 7 p.m. ALT MIAMI Friday Nov. 3 7 p.m. ALT GOLDEN STATE Saturday Nov. 4 7 p.m. ALT BROOKLYN Tuesday Nov. 7 7 p.m. ALT OKLAHOMA CITY Thursday Nov. 9 8:30 p.m. TNT ORLANDO Saturday Nov. 11 7 p.m. ALT at Portland Monday Nov. 13 8 p.m. ALT NEW ORLEANS Friday Nov. 17 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ALT at L.A. Lakers Sunday Nov. 19 7:30 p.m. ALT at Sacramento Monday Nov. 20 8 p.m. ALT at Houston Wednesday Nov. 22 6 p.m. ALT MEMPHIS Friday Nov. 24 7 p.m. ALT at Utah Tuesday Nov. 28 8 p.m. ESPN/ALT CHICAGO Thursday Nov. 30 7 p.m. ALT DECEMBER L.A. LAKERS Saturday Dec. 1 7 p.m. ALT at Dallas Monday Dec. 4 6:30 p.m. ALT at New Orleans Wednesday Dec. 6 6 p.m. ALT at Orlando Friday Dec. 8 5 p.m. ALT at Indiana Sunday Dec. 10 3 p.m. ALT at Detroit Tuesday Dec. 12 5 p.m. ALT at Boston Wednesday Dec. 13 5:30 p.m. ALT NEW ORLEANS Friday Dec. 15 7 p.m. ALT at Oklahoma City Monday Dec. 18 6 p.m. ALT MINNESOTA Wednesday Dec. 20 7 p.m. ALT at Portland Friday Dec. 22 8 p.m. ALT at Golden State Saturday Dec. 23 6:30 p.m. ALT UTAH Tuesday Dec. 26 7 p.m. ALT at Minnesota Wednesday Dec. 27 6 p.m. ALT PHILADELPHIA Saturday Dec. 30 7 p.m. ALT JANUARY PHOENIX Wednesday Jan. 3 7 p.m. ALT UTAH Friday Jan. 5 7 p.m. ALT at Sacramento Saturday Jan. 6 8 p.m. ALT at Golden State Monday Jan. 8 8:30 p.m. ALT ATLANTA Wednesday Jan. 10 7 p.m. ALT MEMPHIS Friday Jan. 12 7 p.m. ALT at San Antonio Saturday Jan. 13 6:30 p.m. ALT DALLAS Tuesday Jan. 16 7 p.m. ALT at L.A. Clippers Wednesday Jan. 17 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ALT PHOENIX Friday Jan. 19 7 p.m. ALT PORTLAND Monday Jan. 22 7 p.m. ALT NEW YORK Thursday Jan. 25 7 p.m. ALT DALLAS Saturday Jan. 27 7 p.m. ALT BOSTON Monday Jan. 29 7 p.m. ALT at San Antonio Tuesday Jan. 30 6:30 p.m. ALT FEBRUARY OKLAHOMA CITY Thursday Feb. 1 8:30 p.m. TNT GOLDEN STATE Saturday Feb. 3 7 p.m. ALT CHARLOTTE Monday Feb. 5 7 p.m. ALT at Houston Friday Feb. 9 6 p.m. ALT at Phoenix Saturday Feb. 10 7 p.m. ALT SAN ANTONIO Tuesday Feb. 13 8:30 p.m. TNT at Milwaukee Thursday Feb. 15 6 p.m. ALT SAN ANTONIO Friday Feb. 23 7 p.m. ALT HOUSTON Sunday Feb. 25 6 p.m. ALT L.A. CLIPPERS Tuesday Feb. 27 8:30 p.m. TNT MARCH at Memphis Friday March 2 6 p.m. ALT at Cleveland Saturday March 3 5:30 p.m. ALT at Dallas Tuesday March 6 6:30 p.m. ALT CLEVELAND Wednesday March 7 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ALT L.A. LAKERS Friday March 9 7 p.m. ALT SACRAMENTO Sunday March 11 3 p.m. ALT at L.A. Lakers Tuesday March 13 8:30 p.m. ALT DETROIT Thursday March 15 7 p.m. ALT at Memphis Saturday March 17 6 p.m. ALT at Miami Monday March 19 5:30 p.m. ALT at Chicago Wednesday March 21 6 p.m. ALT at Washington Friday March 23 5 p.m. ALT at Philadelphia Monday March 26 5 p.m. ALT at Toronto Tuesday March 27 5:30 p.m. ALT at Oklahoma City Friday March 30 6 p.m. ALT APRIL MILWAUKEE Sunday Apri [...]
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NFL’s 1st female scout details groundbreaking path in book
Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated PressFormer New York Jets scout Connie Carberg poses with a recently released book, “X’s And O’s Don’t Mean I Love You,” outside the Jets practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. How she helped deliver the sack-dancing Mark Gastineau to the Jets is just one of the many fascinating behind-the-scenes tales told by Carberg and author Elisabeth Meinecke. Gastineau went on to become one of the Jets’ best and most popular players _ and helped cement Carberg’s place in NFL history as the league’s first female scout. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Connie Carberg was incredibly antsy, barely able to contain her excitement a few moments before picking up the phone and making one of the most important calls in New York Jets history. The team was on the clock in the second round of the 1979 NFL draft, and she had just received confirmation of the choice from the front office. An ecstatic Carberg shouted “All right!” and then said the words she had been dreaming about for weeks. “The New York Jets,” Carberg proudly recalled announcing, “select Mark Gastineau, East Central Oklahoma.” Gastineau became one of the Jets’ best and most popular players — and helped cement Carberg’s place in NFL history as the league’s first female scout. “I just wanted to jump out of the chair,” said Carberg, who had discovered the little-known Gastineau while scouting players for the Senior Bowl a few months earlier. “It was so exciting and it was thrilling. Probably the biggest thrill of my life.” Her journey from Jets team secretary to watching game films, traveling and scouting college players is the subject of a recently published book: “X’s and O’s Don’t Mean I Love You.” How she helped deliver the sack-dancing Gastineau to the Jets is just one of the fascinating behind-the-scenes tales told by Carberg and author Elisabeth Meinecke. “You know, it’s a positive book,” Carberg said with a big smile. “I hope it’s an inspiring book for young girls, and for Jets fans in general.” Carberg served in a scouting role for the Jets from 1976-80, breaking a gender barrier in the NFL by opening a door that gradually is becoming less of a novelty. “I want women to see that it’s really possible and they can really do things without saying: ‘Hey, I’m a woman. I want it because I’m a woman,'” Carberg said before a recent Jets practice. “Just do it because you love it and you never know where it’s going to take you.” The sweet and spunky 66-year-old Carberg lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband, John, but makes a weeklong visit to Jets training camp every summer — decked out in green and white shirts, earrings and necklaces. This year, she is particularly proud of her team, which added Collette Smith to Todd Bowles’ staff as a coaching intern with the defensive backs through camp. New York also has three female scouting interns: Callie Brownson, Rachel Huhn and Marirose Roach. Many other teams around the league are helping narrow the NFL’s gender gap by hiring female coaching interns. “It was a whole different world in the ’70s,” said Carberg, who counts Woody Hayes, Weeb Ewbank, Walt Michaels, Lou Holtz and Al Ward as mentors. “Title IX was just started, or hadn’t even started when I started working for the Jets. So, most people didn’t even think about women in that way.” Carberg helped change that perception with her breakthrough more than 40 years ago when she joined her father, Dr. Calvin Nicholas, who had been the team’s chief internist since 1962, and uncle Dr. James Nicholas, the Jets’ orthopedist. Her passion for football — honed after befriending Hayes while attending Ohio State — got her through the door in 1974, first doing clerical work. The Jets were impressed by Carberg’s passion for the game and keen eye for talent, and gave her the opportunity to select the team’s final draft pick in 1975: Ohio State tight end Mark Bartoszek in the 17th round. She recalled Ward, New York’s general manager, and Mike Holovak, the director of player personnel, asking her one day early in 1976 if she wanted to do some scouting on a regular basis in addition to some of her usual duties. Carberg, of course, jumped at the chance. “It was just something that was part of me and something I felt I could do,” she said. “It wasn’t made into this big kind of story at that time.” There was, indeed, no fanfare — other than sports columnist Dick Young dubbing her “The Girl Scout,” a nickname that makes her laugh to this day. Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 Roger Goodell: Have to understand other s [...]
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