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Lunch Special: Who’s leading the Broncos’ QB battle after minicamp?
The Denver Post’s Cameron Wolfe on Tuesday answered questions from readers about the Denver Broncos, following their spring minicamp. Here are some of the highlights: Which quarterback is leading in the fight for the Broncos’ starting job? Cameron: Depends on who you ask. The media’s perspective on Paxton Lynch vs. Trevor Siemian seems to be just as divided as the fanbase’s take. Broncos coach Vance Joseph says it’s close to even right now so I’d take him at his word. By my eyes, Trevor Siemian is the frontrunner. But both have a chance to win the job in camp. What does Lynch need to do to overtake Simian and become the starter? Cameron: It’s all about consistency and decision-making with Paxton. He can’t just have one better day than Siemian and be the guy. Coaches need to trust that he won’t lose them the game more than they believe he’ll win them one. He can’t match a touchdown with an interception or a “wow” play with a “what are you doing” play. He has too many of those sequences. Particularly, I think the Broncos did not trade in the first round last year for Lynch to stay two years in the bench. But of course he has to show potential. You think some? Cameron: When I watched Lynch on film two years ago out of college, I said it was very possible he would need two years to be NFL ready. It’s still very possible. I think the modern era wants to rush first round QBs and the Broncos are going to give Lynch every chance to win the job, but it’s not a complete disappointment if he doesn’t. He still has some potential and may eventually be the Broncos’ franchise QB. I think he should earn his way on the field, though, instead of have it given to him. Which rookie do you think will make the biggest impact this year? Cameron: If he’s a starter, it certainly will be Garett Bolles. He would be playing the offense’s second most important position. He looked good over the last couple of weeks. Other than Bolles, I’d say Isaiah McKenzie who looks to have a solid role as a punt returner, receiver and even a gadget player out of the backfield. Can the Broncos bring back Ryan Clady? I’m not sold on Bolles yet and I really don’t like Ty Sambrailo or Donald Stephenson. Cameron: I think he’s just about done. Injuries catch up to the big guys fast. If he does play this year, I doubt a team gives him much guaranteed money or counts on him to be a starting LT. You better hope Bolles can play quickly. What’s up with GM John Elway‘s contract? Cameron: It’s just wait and see at this point. They’ve been negotiating since last season and there have been hold-ups, but they expect to get something done. We ask about it everytime we talk to John Elway or Joe Ellis and get the same ‘we’re confident it’ll get done’ response. Obviously if it’s not done by August then it becomes a much bigger issue. What do you have to say about the work system in Vance Joseph’s workouts? Changed a lot from the times of Gary Kubiak? Cameron: There have been a lot more situational practices with VJ – red zone day, scrimmage day, run day, etc. Another main difference is the heavy hip-hop music under VJ. Kubes was a mix of everything from oldies to R&B. I like the changes on both accounts. Related ArticlesJune 20, 2017 Broncos Insider: Brandon McManus, Pat Bowlen and the complexity of Aqib Talib June 20, 2017 With new coaching regime, what is Broncos’ approach to advanced analytics? June 19, 2017 Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts June 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 Our tight ends did not show up much in the Rick Dennison/Gary Kubiak scheme last year. With offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in charge, do you think they can be included more in the games? Cameron: Looking at Mike McCoy’s history in San Diego, tight ends have been a big part of his offenses. The problem is if the offensive line is bad again, the tight ends will be needed to help block. And they need better production from the group they have. I’ve been a skeptic of first time head coaches ever since Josh McDaniels was brought in, and the league as a whole is very hard on them as well. What does VJ have that will make him different than most first time head coaches? Cameron: It’s too early to know if VJ will be successful in Denver, but the defining characteristics players have mentioned about him so far is his brutal honesty and ability to relate to them on multiple levels. If he succeed [...]
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Broncos Insider: Brandon McManus, Pat Bowlen and the complexity of Aqib Talib
Filtered and concocted by Mario Sanelli. msanelli@denverpost.com | @mariosanellidp School’s been out for the summer and football is out until mid-July. The NFL, however, is like a shark. It never sleeps. Or something like that. The Broncos finished their mandatory three-day minicamp on June 15 and won’t return to the practice field until training camp. But this roughly month hiatus doesn’t mean there won’t be news involving the Orange & Blue. Without looking too far ahead, let’s catch up on the news of recent past. Since it’s never too early for projections (Super Bowl LII odds were released minutes after the Falcons choked away Super Bowl LI), here’s the Broncos’ projected 53-man roster post-minicamp. Related ArticlesJune 20, 2017 Lunch Special: Who’s leading the Broncos’ QB battle after minicamp? June 20, 2017 With new coaching regime, what is Broncos’ approach to advanced analytics? June 19, 2017 Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts June 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 Did you know: A former gymnast and wrestler could be the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their outside linebacker question. Get this: A kicker signed a restricted free-agent tender worth more money than I’ll make in my lifetime. That kicker, of course, was the Broncos’ Brandon McManus. Here’s the McManimal’s “modest” deal. Does it make sense to hope McManus won’t have a larger role on special teams this fall? Compared to the role Adam Gotsis is expected to play at defensive end. OK, back to McManus. Will he have more kickoff attempts or field-goal attempts? Has it ever been called kickoff attempts? Send your predictions (and thoughts, comments, suggestions) to msanelli@denverpost.com A real and burning question is “why isn’t Pat Bowlen in the Hall of Fame?” A soon-to-be Hall of Famer is confident the NFL will right its wrong regarding Mr. B. When it comes to Broncos coach Vance Joseph, he’s looking to get it right the first time, which is why he said, “When I see a clear separation, I’ll call it off.”  John Elway got it right when he signed cornerback Aqib Talib. Sure, he’s (ahem) imperfect. Respect, loyalty and competition, however, speak to the complex legacy of No. 21. Quick Hits + Broncos defense in “reset” mode + Day 2: Minicamp observations + Day 1: Defense dominates offense + Waive one, sign one in CB swap + The “Baby No-Fly Zone” + Two new voices join Dave Logan on KOA + Ed McCaffrey brings out Super Bowl champs for Dare to Play camp + The Manning-Brady presidential ticket that will “never” happen + How to get kids to read + Photos: Broncos minicamp, June 15. + Photos: Broncos minicamp, June 14. Hat Tips and Corrections If you see something that doesn’t look right or have a comment, thought or suggestion, email me at msanelli@denverpost.com, call me at 303-954-1017 or tweet me @mariosanellidp. [...]
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“My memory ain’t what it used to be”: Warren Sapp says he’ll donate his brain for CTE research
The changes are imperceptible, especially for men accustomed to ignoring the signals their bodies are sending as they struggle to play the game of football. One day, though, something clicks. Maybe it’s forgetfulness or emotions that cannot be controlled. Warren Sapp, a 44-year-old Hall of Famer who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, has had that aha moment and it led him to decide to donate his brain for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that can stem from serious or repeated hits to the head. “I’ve also started to feel the effects of the hits that I took in my career. My memory ain’t what it used to be,” he said on the Players’ Tribune website. “And yeah, it’s scary to think that my brain could be deteriorating, and that maybe things like forgetting a grocery list, or how to get to a friend’s house I’ve been to a thousand times are just the tip of the iceberg. So when it comes to concussions, CTE and how we can make our game safer for future generations, I wanted to put my two cents in – to help leave the game better off than it was when I started playing.” Sapp’s plan involves donating his brain to Boston’s Concussion Legacy Foundation when he dies. Even as he admitted to playing “in a macho league,” he was critical of owners and others who have refused to acknowledge the link between degenerative brain disease and playing football. Even as he sees the game moving in a safer direction and hopes that it continues to evolve, Sapp knows what his 12-year career has done to him. “I decided I wanted to pledge my brain when I got an email from (former running back) Fred Willis that had quotes from NFL owners and down the line you could see: ‘There’s no correlation between football, CTE, suicides’ and all of this foolish stuff,” he said in a Players’ Tribune video. “I mean, where are you getting this information from? And then spewing it out as if it’s fact. I remember those month-long training camps where we just banged and banged and hit and it was ‘who’s tough?’ and ‘misery loves company’ and all the foolish sayings we used to say to each other. I mean, it was just bad. It was Neanderthals. We were dinosaurs. We were doing Oklahoma drill (where players run at one another until one is on the ground), bull in the ring (players circle a player and throw themselves at him), all this crazy stuff that was just about a tough guy. It wasn’t about how much skills you had. It was just the bare bones of bone-on-bone and that’s not what this game should be. It’s about skills.” Related ArticlesJune 19, 2017 It would be something if Brock Osweiler ends up the Browns’ starting quarterback June 19, 2017 Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts June 19, 2017 Supreme Court says government can’t refuse disparaging trademarks. And the Washington Redskins are “thrilled.” June 18, 2017 Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans agrees to terms on a one-year deal June 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question Nick Buoniconti, the Miami Dolphins‘ 76-year-old Hall of Famer, describes a decline that leaves him feeling childlike. Telling Sports Illustrated that he has fallen, experienced memory loss and struggles to do things such as pull on a shirt and tie a necktie, he explains, “I feel lost.” Sapp says he can relate to those feelings even though he’s decades younger. “We play in a macho league. We’re talking about Hall of Famers who are immortalized forever, made busts, legends of the game. There’s no way any of us wanna really admit that we can’t remember how to get home or a grocery list that the wife has given us or how to go pick up our kids (at) the school or whatever it may be,” he said. “You try to ‘All right, I’m gonna get a little more sleep.’ ‘Maybe it’s something I did last night.’ ‘Maybe (it’s) something I drank’ or whatever it is. You try to find a reason that it’s not – that it’s my brain, that I’m not deteriorating right before my own eyes. It’s the most frightening feeling, but it’s also a very weakening feeling because you feel like a child. I need help. I need somebody to help me find something that I could’ve found with my eyes closed, in the dead of night, half asleep.” Sapp is able to rely on technology as a mental crutch. “I find myself at times, you know, now having to use my reminders in my phone because I had one of those silly memories. I used to call myself [...]
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Vegas Golden Knights may get franchise goalie, young roster
George McPhee can’t wait to fill the white board, the one in the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft room. On Wednesday night, the staff will start adding the names of players who will become part of the expansion team for its first NHL season. “We’re going to put our team together and we’ll watch it come to life in front of us,” McPhee said. What will that team look like when it takes the ice in early October? It won’t have all the top-end talent available because side deals will allow Vegas to stockpile draft picks and prospects for the future, but it will probably be the most competitive expansion team in the league’s history. “I’m really pleased with what’s available,” McPhee told reporters in Las Vegas on Sunday. “This has worked out very well for the Vegas Golden Knights, and we expect to put a good, entertaining club on the ice.” Here’s a projection of who the inaugural Golden Knights might snap up by Wednesday night: GOALTENDERS (MINIMUM 3) SURE BET: Three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury seems like the most reliable pick on the board, a recognizable face of the franchise who can easily start 50-60 games and give the Golden Knights chances to win. Fleury waived his no-movement clause so the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t have to force another trade, and the 32-year-old can go back to being a clear No. 1 goalie. WORTH THE GAMBLE: Fleury could be joined by an established 20-something backup, like Philadelphia’s Michal Neuvirth, Detroit’s Petr Mrazek, Colorado’s Calvin Pickard or New York’s Antti Raanta. McPhee and Vegas goaltending coach Dave Prior have connections to Neuvirth and Washington’s Philipp Grubauer from drafting them with the Capitals. McPhee described Neuvirth as “almost technically perfect.” “It was just about him growing up and maturing,” McPhee said at the scouting combine. “We thought that when that happened, he’d be an outstanding goaltender. And he’s at that point now. He can be really good.” ROLLING THE DICE: Maybe Vegas wants to groom its starter of the future, in which case Grubauer, Boston’s Malcolm Subban, Detroit’s Jared Coreau or Toronto’s Antoine Bibeau could fit the bill. Related ArticlesJune 19, 2017 Cal Foote, son of Avalanche legend Adam Foote, a likely first-round NHL draft pick June 19, 2017 Vegas Golden Knights hold cards as NHL expansion draft nears June 19, 2017 Analysis: Avalanche enters NHL’s crucial offseason stretch with significant needs June 18, 2017 NHL salary cap set at $75 million for 2017-18 season June 18, 2017 Avalanche exposes Calvin Pickard to expansion Vegas Golden Knights DON’T SLEEP ON: Vegas controls the trade market and can make some extra picks to flip a goalie or two. Arizona and Philadelphia are in need of starters. DEFENSEMEN (MINIMUM 9) SURE BET: Assuming Anaheim has already worked out a trade to keep Vegas away from Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson — perhaps at the cost of a first-round pick — there are still plenty of young, affordable defensemen to choose from along with some veterans. Dion Phaneuf refusing to waive his no-movement clause forced Ottawa to protect him and expose 31-year-old Marc Methot. Minnesota’s plethora of blue liners made Matt Dumba, 22, and Marco Scandella, 27, available unless the Wild is willing to fork something over, and 25-year-old right-shooting Trevor van Riemsdyk from Chicago seems ticketed for the Golden Knights. WORTH THE GAMBLE: With speed, skating and puck-moving skills a priority, Detroit’s Xavier Oullet (23), Washington’s Nate Schmidt (25) and Montreal’s Nikita Nesterov (24) all could fit well. Want some more size and physicality? Vegas could look at Boston’s Colin Miller (24), Edmonton’s Griffin Reinhart (23) and Buffalo’s Zach Bogosian (26). ROLLING THE DICE: Pending free agent Kevin Shattenkirk of the Capitals wants to be a No. 1 defenseman and could get that role in Vegas. “It’s a very interesting situation,” Shattenkirk said. “Usually, you’re talking to teams or thinking of teams and you have some sort of idea of how they’re built or their history or whatever it may be, and they are completely fresh.” DON’T SLEEP ON: The Golden Knights will be young, but San Jose’s David Schlemko (30) and Paul Martin (36) and New Jersey’s Ben Lovejoy (33) are veteran options. FORWARDS (MINIMUM 14) SURE BET: This is where elite talent already under contract is hard to find, outside of maybe Nashville’s James Neal, a 10-time 20-goal scorer, and 32-year-old Minnesota center Eric Staal. Vegas could use free agency to stock its top forwards, as it already has by signing Vadi [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Vote for Badji and Howard in Week 16
... no players for the made Team of the Week ( did make the bench, though), two Rapids are up for other honors. Goal of the Week Forward Dominique Badji is in the ... [...]
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University of Colorado's Derrick White Headlines Nuggets Final Pre-Draft Workout
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Mason's Mailbag: Areas of progress for Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian
The growth of the two young quarterbacks was on display as they split first-team repetitions the last four weeks. [...]
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Carlos Estevez gets called up, believes he can bolster Rockies’ bullpen
The Rockies’ bullpen has gone from sturdy to shaky, and it needs shoring up. Is Carlos Estevez up to that job? He thinks so. “We have a really good team, so that’s why I’ve been sent down, but I know I can pitch up here and work my way through it and get outs,” the hard-throwing right-hander said Sunday. Related ArticlesJune 19, 2017 Rockies eager to face Diamondbacks as torrid NL West race heats up June 19, 2017 Rockies’ Bud Black optimistic CarGo will find groove in second half. “He’ll be there at crunch time.” June 19, 2017 Rockies’ Nolan Arenado second in All-Star Game fan voting; Charlie Blackmon looking like a starter June 18, 2017 Nolan Arenado, Bud Black say Rockies are getting pumped by growing Coors Field crowds June 18, 2017 Nolan Arenado’s walk-off homer completes cycle in Rockies’ historic win over Giants Estevez, 24, was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill a roster spot when veteran Chad Qualls was placed on the disabled list because of lower-back spasms. In 13 relief appearances at Triple-A, Estevez was 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA, allowing seven walks and striking out 13. He’s struggled during his big-league stints this season, posting a 7.98 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 14 ⅔ innings. Estevez, who had 11 saves as a rookie last season, has simplified his mechanics. He’s quicker to the plate and is learning to slow down, not speed up, when he encounters traffic on the bases. He’s still a work in progress, but manager Bud Black expressed optimism. “I look at the long term as this fellow being a great Rockie,” Black said. “He’s going to make contributions this year, because he’s talented.” History maker. When third baseman Nolan Arenado hit a one-out, three-run walk-off homer Sunday to beat the Giants 7-5, he added a new chapter to baseball’s history book. According to the Elias Sports bureau, Arenado became just the sixth player in major-league history to hit a walk-off home run in a game in which he also hit for the cycle. The others: the Cardinals’ Ken Boyer in 1961, the Twins’ Cesar Tovar in 1972, the Royals’ George Brett in 1979, the Red Sox’ Dwight Evans in 1984, and the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez in 2010. Arenado, however, is the only one of those six whose walk-off home run took his team from a deficit to victory. The five others hit their walk-offs with the game tied. McMahon honored. In just his second week in Triple-A, infielder Ryan McMahon was named the Pacific Coast League player of the week for June 12-18. McMahon, 22, batted .593 (16-for-27) in six games, with five home runs, four doubles and 14 RBIs. Right-hander Jeff Hoffman, now in the Rockies’ rotation, received pitcher-of-the-week honors from the PCL earlier this season. Looking ahead … Nam Y. Huh, The Associated PressColorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 9, 2017, in Chicago. Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.00 ERA) at Rockies RHP German Marquez (5-3, 4.19), 6:40 p.m., ROOT TV, 850-AM Greinke, Arizona’s ace, is a Top-10 pitcher in the majors — one of two the Rockies will face within a week. They will likely see Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles this weekend. Greinke’s approach is simple and effective: throw strikes. He strikes out 10.4 batters per nine innings while walking just 1.9. That ratio is among the best in baseball. Marquez, the 22-year-old rookie, has twice faced the D-backs, in consecutive six-inning outings. He struck out eight without allowing a run in Arizona on April 30, then allowed five runs at Coors Field on May 5. Nick Groke, The Denver Post Wednesday: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (5-3, 3.32) at Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-0, 2.25), 6:40 p.m., ROOT Thursday: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (6-6, 5.19) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (9-2, 4.10), 1:10 p.m., ROOT Friday: Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.08 ERA) Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (5-3, 4.70), 8:10 p.m., ROOT [...]
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Cody Bellinger, Dodgers’ rookie, becomes fastest to 21 home-run-mark
Hey, @Cody_Bellinger. You’re like REALLY good. #AnotherOne. pic.twitter.com/2Pu0at6zZ9 — MLB (@MLB) June 20, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger became the fastest player to 21 home runs in baseball history, connecting in his first two at-bats against New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler on Monday night. Bellinger, who was not called up until three weeks into the season, now has 21 home runs in his first 51 games. That surpasses by one the totals of Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees, 2016) and Wally Berger (Boston Braves, 1930). Both had 20 home runs through 51 games. It took Berger 55 games and Sanchez 59 games to reach the 21-homer mark. Bellinger, 21, now leads the National League in home runs. His first game was April 25. He has five multihomer games, tying Mike Piazza for the Dodgers’ rookie record. [...]
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Beckie siblings Drew and Janine continue to flourish as professional soccer players
Drew Beckie was just 11 years old and his younger sister Janine was only 7 when their father, Gary Beckie, passed away following a three-year battle with skin cancer. It was a loss that molded both future professional soccer players in a major way. “It shaped me and my siblings into who we are — it brought us a lot closer even though I think something like that can often tear a family apart,” Janine Beckie said. “We also surrounded ourselves with sports, and friends, and soccer coaches and teammates to help us get through it. Real Colorado was amazing to us during that time, and we owe a lot to the club for that.” In the 16 years since his death, both players have done much to make their late father proud. Drew, 26, starred at Arapahoe High School and the University of Denver before building a career for himself as a defender in the North American Soccer League, where he plays for Jacksonville Armada FC. Meanwhile, former Valor Christian and Texas Tech standout Janine, 22, is one of the top strikers on the Canadian Women’s National Team, in addition to her burgeoning pro career with the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League. Their success is largely a credit to the strength of their mother — Sheila Beckie raised all four Beckie kids by herself following her husband’s passing — as well as their participation in Kids Alive Colorado while their father was sick. The program that provides support for children whose parents have cancer. Drew’s experience in the program caused him to found Walking In Grief’s Shadow (WINGS) in 2014, a program that helps kids and their families deal with the death of a parent. He earned the 2015 NASL Humanitarian of the Year Award for his efforts, which included grants from the city of Ottawa for the club to put on parties and other events for affected families. “Kids Alive had a profound effect on me as a child on dealing with those emotions in the correct way, and I really wanted to bring that therapy I got from that program to soccer,” Beckie said. “It was about bettering someone’s life by bringing them around a professional sports environment and getting their mind off of whatever they’re going through. I’m certainly not a therapist by any means, but I know that support and that talking about things can make the process easier.” At 15, Drew moved to Canada to sign with the Vancouver Whitecaps of United Soccer League, only to change his mind after two months and return to Arapahoe, retaining his amateur status for college. “Everyone in that program wanted to be the next players to go over to Germany and play for clubs like Borussia Dortmund or Mönchengladbach,” Drew said. “At the time, I didn’t think I was ready for that, even though a lot of players did stay and get those opportunities to play in Germany. But a lot of those players, maybe 75 percent of them, aren’t playing soccer anymore. They got burnt out, and I didn’t want that to happen to me and not have an education to fall back on.” Related ArticlesJune 19, 2017 ThunderRidge striker Shae Holmes named 2016-17 Colorado Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year May 24, 2017 PHOTOS: Girls 4A and 5A soccer championships May 24, 2017 Mountain Vista earns fourth girls soccer crown with 3-1 win over Arapahoe May 24, 2017 D’Evelyn captures first state title with 1-0 win over Evergreen in Class 4A girls soccer Meanwhile, Janine, the 2012 Colorado Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, continues to focus on honing her goal-scoring skills. She netted the fastest goal in Olympic women’s soccer history last year in Rio de Janeiro when she scored 20 seconds into Canada’s match against Australia, and has racked up 18 goals in 34 appearances for Canada to date. “My national team success has a lot to do with the belief the team has in me, and coach John Herdman has put a big emphasis on me doing big things in the game,” Janine said. “Playing next to a legend like Christine Sinclair doesn’t hurt, so this environment really allows me to be my best and I’ve found another level of my game. And I think there’s another level that hasn’t yet been unleashed, and that’s only going to come with time and experience against more international opponents.” As for the future? Both Beckies are ready to jump on any opportunity that comes their way, whether that means Janine’s emergence into an international star or another shot at playing in the MLS for Drew. “I’m a very spiritual guy, so I’m on God’s plan, and I know that if I get an opportunity, I’ll take it,” Drew said. “Right now, I’m excited I get to play soccer for a living a [...]
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Brie Oakley runs second-fastest two-mile race for a high school girl
Grandview graduate Brie Oakley added another accomplishment to a long list, running the second-fastest two-mile race for a high school girl Saturday at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle. Oakley, a two-time Colorado high school champion in the 3,200 meters who is headed to the University of California this fall, finished in 9 minutes, 51.35 seconds which is the fastest ever run outdoors. The only girl to run faster was Mary Cain (9:38.68), who set the mark indoors. Oakley won the Colorado 5A cross country title last fall and the Nike national cross country meet in December. Lauren Gregory, a Fort Collins High School grad who will attend the University of Arkansas, placed fourth Saturday in 10:05.26. Related ArticlesJanuary 31, 2017 Grandview senior Brie Oakley wins 2016-17 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year January 23, 2017 Grandview’s Brie Oakley named 2016-17 Gatorade Colorado Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year December 6, 2016 Grandview’s Brie Oakley adds national title to her list of remarkable accomplishments October 29, 2016 Grandview’s Brie Oakley, nation’s top girls high school runner, runs away with Colorado 5A title October 27, 2016 Lauren Gregory, Brie Oakley set for epic duel at Colorado state cross country championships [...]
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Paul George plans to leave Indiana, and where he lands could reshape the NBA
Sunday afternoon, the worst-kept secret in the NBA was broadcast to the masses: Indiana Pacers star Paul George, one of the league’s best two-way players, plans to play out the final year of his contract and enter free agency next summer — with the intent of heading back to his native southern California to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. But while George’s wishes were widely known, the fact that his agent, Aaron Mintz of Creative Artists Agency, was willing to tell the Pacers exactly what his client plans to do sets up the dominoes that will impact everything this summer. And it’s made George the grand prize for every team to pursue over the coming months. It was already expected to be a busy summer, one that began this weekend when the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers agreed to a trade for the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft, an offseason filled with more uncertainty and intrigue than any in years. While Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are all but certain to remain with the Golden State Warriors once they hit free agency on July 1, and Chris Paul is likely to do the same with the Los Angeles Clippers (despite rumors to the contrary), all-stars such as Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry all could potentially change teams — and change the balance of power in both conferences if they choose. Those players are talented, to be sure, but none of them possess the same upside as George, who is not only the youngest of them (a couple months younger than Hayward) but also the best defensive player. In a league where wings who score efficiently and defend are at a premium, George’s value is immense. That’s why there will be a rush of teams angling to secure his services, even if there’s just one year remaining on his contract. For all of George’s bluster about his desire to go only to the Lakers, teams with aspirations of a deep playoff run will hope that, after a year in their system, he’ll want to stay. And the Lakers are all but certain to stink next season (assuming they don’t get George this summer), and the idea of leaving a contending team to play for a struggling one will be harder for George to stomach than his current situation — leaving a middling team with no clear path to the top of the East. So, over the next few weeks, expect George’s name to come up constantly. Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard — who only came into the job earlier this offseason, after Larry Bird decided to step down — will face a difficult set of negotiations, given his lack of leverage due to George’s contract status and stated desire to go to Los Angeles. But that won’t stop Pritchard’s phone from ringing off the hook. Plenty of teams are going to be after the all-star forward, beginning with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Rumors had already been percolating that the Cavaliers were going to make a run at George (a friend of LeBron James) this offseason, and George would be a perfect fit for a team trying to gear up to take another swipe at the Warriors next spring. Cleveland also has the best present-day asset any team is going to give up to get George in Kevin Love, who would be an outstanding fit next to young center Myles Turner in Indiana’s frontcourt. The Celtics should also be in the mix. Boston now has eight first-round picks in the next three drafts after making the deal with Philadelphia, which is expected to be approved Monday, and have no one even close to George’s overall talent level. With so many assets available to them, the Celtics seem like an obvious fit whether or not they can get someone such as Hayward or Griffin as a free agent this summer. Related ArticlesJune 19, 2017 Chauncey Billups may take over Cavaliers with GM David Griffin set to depart June 19, 2017 76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Markelle Fultz June 19, 2017 Former CU star Derrick White will realize dream during Thursday’s NBA draft June 18, 2017 Paul George reportedly tells Pacers he wants to leave next summer, hopes to join Lakers June 18, 2017 76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick, per AP source And, of course, expect the Lakers to get in on the action. It’s hard to see any scenario in which Los Angeles would give up the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, nor should it. But it’s still unclear exactly how the Lakers will operate under the new stewardship of Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka. It must also be noted that owner Jeanie Buss’s stated desire is to have an all-star on the roster for next season’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. It’s been a long time since the Lakers have been abl [...]
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Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts
We’re entering football’s dead zone as all teams have a month-plus break before returning for training camp in late July. The Broncos got better in the trenches, but the quarterback question still lingers. Here’s an educated projection of what the Broncos 53-man roster could look like once all the summer competition is over: John Leyba, The Denver PostQuarterbacks Paxton Lynch, left, and Trevor Siemian during the first day of Broncos minicamp Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Quarterbacks (2) Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch. Why: Going light at quarterback allows the Broncos to go a little heavy on next three skill position groups and let Chad Kelly heal completely. Mike McCoy has gone with just two quarterbacks in the past. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) runs through drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 15, 2017 at Dove Valley. Running backs/fullback (5) C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Jamaal Charles, De’Angelo Henderson, Andy Janovich. Why: This entire group is led with, ‘if healthy…’ Anderson, Booker and Charles (ABC!) have the talent and versatility to be a top-end backfield. Henderson has proven himself too valuable to try to sneak onto the practice squad. McCoy will use a fullback so Janovich is safe, too. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) catches a pass during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 15, 2017 at Dove Valley. Wide receivers (6) Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Carlos Henderson, Isaiah McKenzie, Cody Latimer, Jordan Taylor. Why: The first four are virtual locks, leaving Latimer, the first of three Broncos high-draft picks on the roster bubble, Taylor, Bennie Fowler and Marlon Brown competing for one or two spots. Latimer’s special teams play and Taylor’s size, red zone prowess earn them spots. Joe Amon, The Denver PostTight end Virgil Green #85 goes against A.J. Derby #83 of the Denver Broncos during blocking drills on the first week of OTAs at the UCHealth Training Center on May 23, 2017 in Englewood. Tight ends (3) A.J. Derby, Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman. Why: Heuerman, the second of the draft bubble trio, will need to stay healthy and hold off Henry Krieger-Coble for the final spot. It might be smart for Denver to play it safe with Jake Butt, who may not be 100-percent by September. A veteran signing could make sense here, too. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos linebacker Vontarrius Dora (68) and offensive tackle Garett Bolles (72) watch drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Dove Valley. Offensive line (8) Garett Bolles, Max Garcia, Matt Paradis, Ron Leary, Menelik Watson, Michael Schofield, Ty Sambrailo, Connor McGovern. Why: The Broncos go a little light here because of versatility among the backups. The Stephenson experiment ends abruptly while Sambrailo, the final of the draft bubble trio, gets one last shot to prove he isn’t a draft bust. Denver is giving McGovern every chance to win the backup center job. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos defensive end Jared Crick and defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) head to drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Dove Valley. Defensive line (7) Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis, Zach Kerr, DeMarcus Walker, Jared Crick, Tyrique Jarrett. Why: This unit is a lot deeper than last year with five defensive ends capable of seeing significant playing time. The veteran Peko will have to prove he has something left in the tank while Pot Roast Jr. wins the backup nose tackle job. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) runs through drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Dove Valley. Outside linebackers (5) Von Miller, Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett, Kasim Edebali, Vontarrius Dora. Why: Barrett’s injury will have a big impact on how the back-end of this position looks. He may not be 100-percent ready to attack by the season opener, but if he’s close, the Broncos could have Edebali and Dora to man the extra reps until Barrett is ready. John Leyba, The Denver PostBroncos inside linebackers Brandon Marshall, left, and Todd Davis during a practice last season. Inside linebackers (4) Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis, Corey Nelson, Zaire Anderson. Why: Same four as last season, but they might need to seek outside help if an injury occurs. Marshall has looked fast this spring. Davis should start opposite him, but Nelson could see close to an even split as a coverage specialist. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostDenver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib meets with members of the press after an early season Broncos practice at Dove Valley on April 25, 2017 in Englewood. Cornerbacks (6) Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, Bradley Roby, Lorenzo Doss, Brendan Langley, Chris Lewis-Harris. Why: They go a little heavy [...]
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