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Born, Raised to Be an NHL Captain

Adam Kimelman, NHL.com

Peyton But a Mere Mortal on the Road

Jim Hurley, RealClearSports

Hits Pile Up on Undersized Welker

Kevin Van Valkenburg, ESPN Magazine

'Untradable' Anthony Really Isn't

Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times

Broncos Regressing or Just Diversifying?

Joan Niesen, Sports Illustrated

Tony Landeskog still has the story saved on his computer, the one he read over and over with his son, Gabriel: "What it takes to be an NHL captain." "We just printed that out and r...(full article)

Peyton Manning and the AFC West leading Denver Broncos will be facing an important test this Monday Night when they visit the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals. It’s not simpl...(full article)

Wes Welker says he's going to be fine. Sometimes he forgets stuff -- Where did I put my keys? What's the name of that restaurant? -- but who doesn't? "My wife will be like 'How can...(full article)

Let’s say you are an executive in your first full season in charge of an N.B.A. team. You did not expect to be good right away and you have relatively few long-term commitment...(full article)

A year ago, Peyton Manning’s Broncos lost to the Chargers in a Week 15 game in Denver, 27-20. The rest of the NFL watched, collectively nodded and kept on worrying about the off...(full article)

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Rivers a Tough Obstacle to Cross

Philip Rivers turned 33 on Monday, but to his parents, he'll always be a baby. "And to us!" said every Broncos fan reading the previous line. Denver's rivalry with the Chargers qu...

Preparing for Life After Peyton

Hurry, hurry has a whole new meaning now for Peyton Manning. The master of the two-minute drill is facing the toughest race against the clock in football. For the first time since ...

Alzado a Symbol of NFL's Rougher Years

Lyle Alzado was a throwback to the days before television, when the gridiron was patrolled by oversized coal miners and West Texas psychopaths.   Featured on Friday's edition ...

Broncos Beset by Rare Uncertainty

It is the Monday after the Denver Broncos’ 22-7 loss to the moribund St. Louis Rams, and the team’s locker room is empty, save for one player. It is Douglas McNeil, a wide re...

Want CarGo or Tulo? Rockies Will Listen

For the first time, the Colorado Rockies sound willing to trade shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and/or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their ...

Secret's Out: How to Shut Down Manning

Since the Denver Broncos were destroyed in the Super Bowl nine months ago, they’ve been assembling a team to match up with the reigning champs, the Seattle Seahawks. But at...

Manning No Match for Brady (and Friends)

When it was all but over, with the New England Patriots putting the wraps on their big victory in garbage time, the synchronized chant rang through Gillette Stadium as a resoundi...

Can Luck Catch Peyton? He's Ahead of Pace

t’s long been assumed that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was at least going to have a chance to be “the next Peyton Manning” in terms of fame and statistical a...

Brady-Manning Isn't Really So

FOXBORO — Many trees have sacrificed their limbs to have The Legend of Brady vs. Manning forever emblazoned in newsprint. Many cases of laryngitis have developed over the airwave...

Which Teams Will Win Race to 7 Victories?

There are two premier games this weekend featuring four six-win teams. In the AFC, it’s 6-1 Denver at 6-2 New England, with superstars all over the field. In the NFC, ...

It's Brady Over Manning by a Smidgen

Let it first be known what an honor and privilege it is to write about these two quarterbacks and to watch them play against each other for a 16th time this Sunday. Before they'r...

Manning Over Brady? Fantasy Football

The difference between fantasy football and real football is the same as the difference between believing Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady and vice versa. It...

No Debate: Broncos Best NFL Has to Offer

I feel compelled to write this in advance of Denver's trip to New England for the 16th installment of Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. No matter what happens at ...

Strong Case for Manning as Best Ever

On Sunday night, I put out a call on Twitter for burning NFL questions. Among the responses, some guy asked: Is Peyton Manning the best football player of all time? Whoa, boss. Thi...

Are These Broncos Historically Good?

The Denver Broncos, who moved into the top slot in our Elo ratings last week, widened their advantage over the rest of the league in Week 7. Denver looked dominant in beating the S...

Manning No. 1 in TDs, Not in Clutch

After breaking Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes on Sunday, Peyton Manning owns or is on pace to own every important NFL career passing record. Compare him s...

Who Might Beat Peyton's Record? Good Luck

Peyton Manning achieving a now-record 510 career touchdown passes is remarkable, but it's by no means unbreakable. In addition to Manning being a totally awesome passer who may g...

In His Prime at 38, Manning Defies Age

In the Denver locker room Sunday night, after his 246th NFL regular-season game, Peyton Manning asked, “Where’s Demaryius?” Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, someone said, w...

No Question Now That Peyton Is the Best

There is a great debate in sports.   From the coffee shops in Seattle to water coolers in Chicago and sports bars in Boston, everybody has an opinion on who is the greatest NFL qu...

Manning Not 'Athletic,' Just Tremendous

Maybe the most amazing thing about the inevitable 509th touchdown pass of Peyton Manning's career is the NFL record will be broken by the guy who would be selected last on the ...

Manning on His 2nd Hall of Fame Career

Five hundred nine is a pretty special number. One hundred ten is even more impressive. With three more touchdowns, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will have thrown for mo...

Why Kaepernick Is Scarier Than Manning

This week’s Sunday Night game features a fascinating contrast in big-name quarterbacks. In one corner, Peyton Manning, a 38-year-old with no speed and declining arm strength, b...

Another Bronco Who's on a Record Roll

In Denver’s 31-17 victory over the Jets on Sunday, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas got to the end zone with his second touchdown catch of the day and screamed something the s...

Manning Makes It Look Too Easy

On a clear day Peyton Manning can pass forever.   Sunday afternoon in Denver was brilliant and bold, and so was The Maestro.   With less than two minutes remaining in the...

Broncos Playing Safe By Booting Prater

No. 7 stared at the seven. Then the 10. "Hit me." This was John Elway playing blackjack, gambling by telling the owner of the NFL's best leg of 2013 that a 2014 Super Bowl contende...

Nuggets Anything But NBA Contenders

Right now, the Denver Nuggets are rudderless, wearily adrift at sea. Judging from their current roster, cap sheet and most recent offseason, Denver's short and long-term plans are ...

Broncos' Rally Foiled by Toss of a Coin

SEATTLE — The winner of a classic football game should never be determined by pure, dumb luck. Unlike the Super Bowl, the only difference Sunday between the Broncos and Seatt...

Seattle-Denver Thriller Puts Focus Back on Field

The adrenaline was still flowing for Russell Wilson an hour after a game that was supposed to be high drama, and actually was.   “The NFL needed this game,” Wilson said.   Af...

How Broncos Can Win in Seattle

The Broncos’ offense is going to have to change some things at Seattle on Sunday if it wants a different result than last season’s 43-8 loss in the Super Bowl. Looking back on ...

Running a Deep Route With Broncos' Manning

The challenge of interviewing Peyton Manning is coming up with something new to ask. He might be the most interviewed athlete of this generation. Over the past few years, I’ve ...

Thrown at or Not, Sherman Man in Middle

Richard Sherman gave a vivid description on Wednesday of the scorching conditions last Sunday in San Diego, which he felt were largely responsible for the Seahawks’ subpar defe...

Sports Journalists' Infinite Hypocrisy

Denver Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker, suspended prior to the season opener for testing positive for amphetamines, won tentative reinstatement following the NFL Players Associa...

Second-Half Misfire Nearly Costs Broncos

Imagine the kind of game Peyton Manning could have had if he wasn't benched in the second half. Mind you, Manning wasn't pulled by the coach in favor of backup quarterback Brock Os...

Druggie Broncos a Mile High, for Sure

The Denver Broncos have a drug problem. Whether it is alcohol, marijuana or amphetamines, our local football heroes do not discriminate. Denver is known as the Mile High City, an...

Maybe Now Welker Will Get Well

The initial reaction to Tuesday’s news that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was being suspended four games for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing dr...

Welker 'Shocked' by Suspension for PEDs

Wes Welker will miss the first four games of the season, but not because of a concussion. The NFL has issued the Broncos' slot receiver a four-game suspension for violating the le...

What Makes Peyton Manning Tick

The clock in the hotel room shows 9:45 p.m. Peyton Manning is standing in somewhere between the bed and the television set holding a football, as if he is taking a snap from center...

Broncos Gear for Another Run to the Top

The architect of the AFC champions stood on the sideline of a training-camp practice Tuesday and stared out at a different landscape. Finally, the Broncos are building an indoor ...

Tulowitzki, Rockies Should Consider Divorce

When the Colorado Rockies signed Troy Tulowitzki through 2020, it seemed like a marriage built to last. It was a franchise player—and a franchise talent—agreeing to stick it o...

Once Again, Broncos and Pats Atop AFC

The Broncos held a press conference on March 12, announcing the signing of the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader, DeMarcus Ware. “We’re a team this year to be reckoned with,” W...

NFL Becoming a Non-Contact Sport

Who put the playground monitors in charge of the NFL? Maybe the Broncos picked the wrong year to get nastier and more physical on defense. Instead of a grudge match against Seattl...

Why Broncos Should Be Super Bowl Favorites

The Seattle Seahawks will travel to Denver to face the Broncos in a rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII in a preseason game on Thursday. Let’s not forget this was a Super Bowl that...

Air Force Must Restore Honor After Scandal

This is going to be about the Colorado Springs Gazette's disclosure of scandalous athlete misconduct in recent years at the Air Force Academy.   But bear with me for a moment....

After Career at Top, Bowlen Steps Aside

This one's for Pat. After his birth 70 years ago as the son of a Canadian wildcatter and a steadfast Wisconsinite, Patrick Dennis Bowlen never stopped skating, swimming, skiing,...

Broncos Owner Bowlen Battles Alzheimers

Pat Bowlen, one of the most iconic owners in NFL history who helped guide the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances and two world championships in his 30 years as owner, is relinqu...

Nuggets Must Get Tougher vs. Lakers

It wasn't just a hard pick. It wasn't just a vicious collision. It was — dare it be said in this city — a Steve Atwater-esque hit. The Lakers' Pau Gasol leveled th...

McGee Gives Nuggets Big Boost

Friday was the holiday called Star Wars Day ("May the Fourth be with you"), so it was fitting that Denver's own Sky-walker stole the show. In the biggest game of the season, r...

Moyer Wins One for the Ages

Jamie Moyer sat by his locker Tuesday afternoon, looking through wire-rim glasses at his composition book. It includes copious notes, reminders of how he wants to attack hitters...

A Comfortable Feeling in Denver

When it came down to his Decision, Peyton Manning "wanted someone to tell me what to do." But, he told The Denver Post on Tuesday afternoon, "nobody would." I asked Peyton if he h...

Does Anyone Want Tebow?

As soon as word came through that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were ironing out a contract, the Tim Tebow questions began to fly. The likeliest of outcomes seemed to be a ...

Cowboys Should Deal for Tebow

Tim Tebow is available, which means the next time he "Tebows" it needs to be in a Dallas Cowboys uniform. Monday's news that Peyton Manning plans to sign a free agent deal to beco...

Chance to Win Fueled Decision

For Peyton Manning, creature of habit that he is, no doubt the easiest thing would have been becoming a Tennessee Titan. The familiar and the comfortable have always held particu...

Tough Schedule Will Limit Team

Look, I love the NFL Network, but if I had the money, I would leave to start the Peyton Football Network. I'd just broadcast every game the Denver Broncos play this season and my...

What Does This Mean for Tebow?

The clock has likely struck midnight on Tebow Time. With Peyton Manning in discussions to sign a blockbuster deal with the Denver Broncos, the NFL future of incumbent quarterback ...

AFC West Should Fear Broncos

Peyton Manning has been used to dominating the AFC South. Now that he has agreed to join the Denver Broncos, he can take control of the AFC West. With Hall of Famer John Elway gu...

Elway Hoping to Make QB Magic

Will John Elway stick it to the Colts twice in 30 years? Could the Denver offense become the Broncolts with former Pro Bowlers Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Jeff ...

Quinn Sorry for Comments on Tebow

Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn was not pleased with how his comments were portrayed in a GQ article on Tebowmania that was released today. The article on Tim Tebow's 2011 seaso...

4 Teams in Trouble Amid Short Season

The Pacers have lost six of eight to drop to 18-12, ceding that “feel-good threat to Miami and Chicago” status to Philadelphia and falling to a point where New York, ...

Lakers' Trip Starts on Mile-High Note

The Lakers arrived here ahead of the winter storm that blanketed the area with more than a foot of snow, causing near-whiteout conditions amid swirling winds and frigid temperatu...

Pitching Is Rockies' Unknown

The Rockies – meaning GM Dan O’Dowd, manager Jim Tracy, veteran first baseman Todd Helton, otherworldly shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, all of them – left spring train...

Nuggets Thriving with Carmelo Gone

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was enjoying the last bit of his shrimp salad during a recent off night on the road when some news from the evening’s NBA games piqued his...

Ranking Potential Super Matchups

We're down to the final eight teams in the NFL playoffs, and that means there are only 16 potential matchups remaining for Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium next month in Indi...

Broncos Lose Moreno to Torn ACL

Knowshon Moreno's season is over. Coach John Fox said today that Moreno will be placed on injured reserve after the running back tore his anterior cruciate ligament Sunday in K...

Possible Big 12 Expansion Targets

1. Brigham Young Pluses: Large fan base, a good tradition and, as a football independent, are most readily available Minuses: 900 miles from Lubbock, the nearest Big 12 school; T...

Rockies' Alfonzo Banned 100 Games

Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo became only the second major league player to test positive twice for a performance-enhancing drug, earning a 100-game suspension today. Alfonzo ...

Update on QB Battles

Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick. Neither Smith nor Kaepernick have stood out under Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers felt the need to audition three-time Pro Bowler Daunte Culpepper, who la...

Broncos Face Issues On D-Line

The Denver Broncos' defensive line depth is about to be tested in a serious way. Starting defensive tackle Marcus Thomas will miss the remainder of the preseason with a strained ...

Rockies Put Gonzalez on 15-Day DL

The Rockies' season, an exercise in wheel-spinning since April, took a turn for the worse today when Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The move hardly came ...

Rockies Not Shopping Jimenez

The fasting couldn't last any longer. Twitter is a beast that must be spoon-fed hourly. It needs trade rumors, slobbers for them. An interesting link arrived in a retweet Tuesday...

Avalanche Fleeced in Varlamov Deal

The Colorado Avalanche did a very good thing in signing defenseman Jan Hejda(notes) from the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-year, $13 million deal. He's a solid pro and was a coveted...

Nuggets Should Deal Felton

If the Nuggets want to improve the team through tonight's NBA draft, they need to make a trade. Do any of these three juicy possibilities catch your fancy? A shutdown defender:...

Rockies' De La Rosa Out for Season

Rockies manager Jim Tracy was talking Tuesday morning about the sun finally shining on Coors Field. "Somewhere," said Tracy, "we'll get the sun to come out, it will stay out for ...

Giambi Hits 3 HRs as Rockies Roll

Todd Helton's back was acting up again, so Rockies manager Jim Tracy didn't hesitate to put Jason Giambi, your basic .115 hitter, in the Rockies' starting lineup. "When the oppor...

Nuggets Will Rely on Lawson

For the past two postseasons, Denver relied on point guard Chauncey Billups, a man with a clutch nickname and an impressive resume. Billups earned his reputation during a career in...

Nuggets Aren't Calling It Quits

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Will Altitude Affect Thunder?

With the lights turned low, the Denver Nuggets' public address announcer bellows to a boisterous building, ‘Can you feel it?' The visitors inside Pepsi Center definitely do....

Nuggets Must Be Better in Clutch

It wasn't just that there were still 11.9 seconds left, an eternity or two in the NBA. It wasn't just that three opponents hovered around Raymond Felton, who clanked a 3-pointer. ...

Rockies' Jimenez Struggles in Return

Inspiration comes from all sources during a six-month season. Nearly four hours before Tuesday's first pitch, Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" played in the Rockies' clubhouse. The m...

Denver Sports News

Girls swimming diving: Regis jesuit

Here are team and individual results from the Coaches Invitational girls swimming and diving meet he...

Timeline: Danilo Gallinari's injury

Reviewing the multiple injuries and surgeries Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has endured since arr...

Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari to miss t

Less than 24 hours after a game in which Danilo Gallinari thought he might have turned a corner towa...

Avalanche defeats Detroit Red Wings

It was only fitting that, after producing just 12 shots and riding goalie Calvin Pickard for the sco...

Postgame: Calvin Pickard backstops

Avalanche rookie goalie has allowed just two goals in his last 10 (regulation) periods:DETROIT -- Pl...