<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:19:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver Broncos announce training camp schedule, and Von Miller's invited]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-announce-training-camp-schedule-and-von-millers-invited/article/1579348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-announce-training-camp-schedule-and-von-millers-invited/article/1579348?custom_click=rss

What do you and Von Miller have in common?

You're both invited to attend the Denver Broncos' training camp.

The Broncos announced their camp schedule, and the Super Bowl champs will host 15 practices open to the public. Each runs 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Parking opens at 7 a.m. and arriving early is the smart move.

Thursday, July 28
Friday, July 29
Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31
Monday, Aug. 1
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Thursday, Aug. 4
Friday, Aug. 5
Saturday, Aug. 6
Monday, Aug. 8
Tuesday, Aug. 9
Saturday, Aug. 13
Monday, Aug. 15
Tuesday, Aug. 16
Wednesday, Aug.



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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:34:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: For right price, Nuggets should trade Kenneth Faried]]> http://gazette.com/klee-for-right-price-nuggets-should-trade-kenneth-faried/article/1579312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-right-price-nuggets-should-trade-kenneth-faried/article/1579312?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The curious case of Kenneth Faried has no easy resolution.

Is he the friendly fellow who, on a cold, winter night outside a LoHi restaurant, stopped to sign autographs for anyone willing to ask? Or is he the entitled one who once stubbornly refused when Nuggets coach Michael Malone told him to sub into a game?

Yes. Denver's power forward is all of those things. There is no straddling the fence on Faried: Opinions of his unique game are on one side or firmly on the other.

The Nuggets on Wednesday introduced their four rookies, including top pick Jamal Murray, the Canadian scoring guard who still has the front office astounded he was available with the seventh overall pick.



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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:52:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Remembering Troy Tulowitzki's time in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/klee-remembering-troy-tulowitzkis-time-in-colorado/article/1579119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-remembering-troy-tulowitzkis-time-in-colorado/article/1579119?custom_click=rss

DENVER - One time, in the dog days of another losing season at Coors Field, I asked Troy Tulowitzki why he rarely smiles on the baseball diamond.

Are you having fun?

The then-Rockies shortstop responded, in so many words, with the same steely, lips-pursed look that seemed to keep him at a comfortable distance.

Why would I smile when we're losing?

I will always appreciate that about Tulo. He's a guy who told friends he loathed the idea of being named to the All-Star Game through a Twitter vote, instead of merit. (His own Twitter account remains nonexistent. Who needs social media when there's batting practice to take?) His greatest baseball sin - and I assume God is cool with this - probably was caring too much.



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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:56:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: As Troy Tulowitzki returns to Coors Field, Trevor Story still the story]]> http://gazette.com/klee-as-troy-tulowitzki-returns-to-coors-field-trevor-story-still-the-story/article/1579032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-as-troy-tulowitzki-returns-to-coors-field-trevor-story-still-the-story/article/1579032?custom_click=rss

DENVER - They forgot the horse on his way out.

Did Troy Tulowitzki exit the Rockies on good terms? Nayyy.

On Monday, for the first time as the opposing shortstop, Tulo returns to Coors Field. Clap-clap, clap-clap-clap. Who knew his successor would be the story?

"There will be a little different element to it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Toronto's visit to Colorado. "He and Tulo were pretty close."

"He" is Trevor Story, and he is still doing cool things - first with his bat, now with his glove. Saturday at Coors was sunny, then it was rainy, then it was sunny.

Through it all, Story has stood tall. In the eighth, the Rockies' Story snagged a tough grounder and saved a one-run lead.



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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:49:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: First rule of U.S. Bobsled tryouts: Just do it]]> http://gazette.com/klee-first-rule-of-u.s.-bobsled-tryouts-just-do-it/article/1579048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-first-rule-of-u.s.-bobsled-tryouts-just-do-it/article/1579048?custom_click=rss

Have you heard the one about the insurance salesman with an Olympic dream?

Or the football punter who's kicking around the idea of zipping down a track at 80 mph? How about the strength coach from Florida whose fantasy is on ice?

"I mean, who wouldn't want to be in the Olympics in anything?" the latter said.

It's a good one. Goes like this: Sunday on Washburn Field at UCCS, 33 athletes with zero experience in a bobsled took the first step in making the U.S. Bobsled team.

And when I say zero, I mean zero. Most had never seen a bobsled in person.

"Just on TV," said Gerell Miller.

Gerell's the punter. He also kicks field goals at Independence (Kans.) Community College.



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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:42:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Josh Scott to join Denver Nuggets summer league]]> http://gazette.com/josh-scott-to-join-denver-nuggets-summer-league/article/1579012?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/josh-scott-to-join-denver-nuggets-summer-league/article/1579012?custom_click=rss

One of these days, Josh Scott will play basketball outside our state's borders.

But the former Lewis-Palmer and University of Colorado star has one more Colorado run upcoming.

Scott, who wrapped a banner career at CU-Boulder in the spring, will play for the Denver Nuggets' summer league contingent in July, his family told The Gazette Saturday.

The Nuggets' complete roster has yet to be released.

Scott led Lewis-Palmer to a 27-1 record and a Class 4A state championship. He finished his college career as one of two players in Buffs history to record 1,700 points, 900 rebounds and 100 blocked shots (Cliff Meely). He won 82 games at CU.



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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:23:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: By sticking to patient plan, Nuggets can win big]]> http://gazette.com/klee-by-sticking-to-patient-plan-nuggets-can-win-big/article/1578963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-by-sticking-to-patient-plan-nuggets-can-win-big/article/1578963?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This is one of those rare times when it's a good thing to be the Nuggets in a sports conversation dominated by Broncos Country.

Pressure? That's on Von and John. Patience? That's the Nuggets' most important virtue.

After trusting their instincts and not forcing a trade but still getting the player they coveted in the NBA draft, the Nuggets must continue their heady M.O. when free agency opens July 1 and trade rumors fly. Be smart. Don't fall into the antsy trap.

While names like Kevin Love and Dwight Howard look juicy on the ESPN ticker, they don't have the quality this Nugget roster needs in an established veteran: A history of making their teammates better. Too often it's been the opposite.



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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:59:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Nuggets again hit jackpot in NBA draft]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-nuggets-again-hit-jackpot-in-nba-draft/article/1578900?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-nuggets-again-hit-jackpot-in-nba-draft/article/1578900?custom_click=rss

DENVER - You never know about the NBA draft until you know about the NBA draft. Even the most sensational prospects, the guys for whom YouTube seemingly was created, find the league is a dizzying road littered with potholes.

Take Derrick Rose. It's the summer of 2007, and I'm in a Chicago gym watching an AAU practice. Rose is watching, too, and I ask how his freshman summer at the University of Memphis is going. "I just hope I'm good enough," he says.

Three years later, Rose is the Most Valuable Player in the NBA.

Five years later, he blows out his left knee and never has been the same since.

So who knows how the Nuggets' 2016 draft will be evaluated four, five, six years from now? My view: The Nuggets crushed



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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:43:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: The Denver Nuggets' perfect NBA draft]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-the-denver-nuggets-perfect-nba-draft/article/1578760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-the-denver-nuggets-perfect-nba-draft/article/1578760?custom_click=rss

In the year 2020, we'll almost have a new president (thankfully, and either way), one long strip mall from Fort Collins to Pueblo, perfect hindsight and a mature Denver Nuggets roster.

Emmanuel Mudiay will be 24.

Nikola Jokic will be 25 (and an All-Star).

Gallo will be 31 (and coming off an injury, probably).

Jusuf Nurkic will be 25.

Jamal Murray will be 23.

That's the pick for the Nuggets, if he's there at 7: Murray, the 19-year-old shooter out of Kentucky. The Nuggets don't think he'll be there. (Nobody thought last year Mudiay would be there at 7, either.



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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:31:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Hill Climb enhances safety measures]]> http://gazette.com/hill-climb-enhances-safety-measures/article/1578690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hill-climb-enhances-safety-measures/article/1578690?custom_click=rss

After two of the most tragic episodes in the race's 99-year history, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has critics wondering: Is the race safe?

Meanwhile, the family of Carl Sorensen, the 39-year-old motorcyclist killed during a practice run last year, says racers know the dangers going in.

Spectators at the 2016 Hill Climb will notice improved safety measures with them in mind. There will be seven designated spectator areas, said Mitch Snow, director of promotion and legacy for the Hill Climb, instead of allowing spectators the freedom to roam the mountain. Further, a 4-foot pedestrian barrier has been placed in front of viewing areas, replacing a chain-link fence.



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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:05:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: 'Make it happen': In Memory of Pikes Peak Hill Climb racer Carl Sorensen]]> http://gazette.com/klee-make-it-happen-in-memory-of-pikes-peak-hill-climb-racer-carl-sorensen/article/1578518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-make-it-happen-in-memory-of-pikes-peak-hill-climb-racer-carl-sorensen/article/1578518?custom_click=rss

Six days before he died in a motorcycle crash last year in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Carl Sorensen invited his father to breakfast.

It was a Friday, and, since Carl would be racing in Pueblo on Father's Day, he wanted to spend time with his dad. They met at "Snooze," the one on University.

Carl ordered salmon lox. Above his memorable, handsome face and thin, dark hair, he wore a ball cap with a logo for "Bell" helmets, one of his racing sponsors.

"His voice," says Dan Sorensen, his father, "was perfect."

Carl did most of the talking, Dan most of the listening.



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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:28:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: In domestic violence case, Colorado Rockies do the right thing]]> http://gazette.com/klee-in-domestic-violence-case-colorado-rockies-do-the-right-thing/article/1578344?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-in-domestic-violence-case-colorado-rockies-do-the-right-thing/article/1578344?custom_click=rss

DENVER - It's not always one thing. When something awful happens, the cause can be some of the things, or all of the things.

That's not the PC perspective, of course. Explanations are more convenient when they fit inside a 140-character box, more socially acceptable when the problem (beginital)obviously(endital) is ignorance/guns/hate and, damn it, here are the analytics to prove it.

To their credit, and without moral grandstanding from an ivory tower, the Rockies considered all of the things associated with the sad domestic violence case of shortstop Jose Reyes.

Then they did the right thing. They said Reyes won't play for the Rockies again.



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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:12:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: No Von Miller, no Super Bowl repeat]]> http://gazette.com/klee-no-von-miller-no-super-bowl-repeat/article/1578269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-no-von-miller-no-super-bowl-repeat/article/1578269?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL - This was bound to be different. There was no way around it.

Remove Mick Jagger from the Stones and, yes, they would still tour, but they aren't the Stones. Scratch Sly Stallone from the casting call, and we'd still pay to see the movie. But is it really "Rocky"?

At Broncos HQ, with no Peyton, there is no pomp. It feels . not as big.

Peyton is gone, and that's OK. The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 on the strength of a powerful, prideful defense, not their 39-year-old quarterback. But Manning's retirement is not all - not at all.



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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:13:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Sand Creek star D'Shawn Schwartz shows off for USA Basketball]]> http://gazette.com/klee-sand-creek-star-dshawn-schwartz-shows-off-for-usa-basketball/article/1578098?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-sand-creek-star-dshawn-schwartz-shows-off-for-usa-basketball/article/1578098?custom_click=rss

The unwritten rules of basketball entail a number of things. They can include, but are not limited to, mandatory critiques of LeBron James, helicopter parenting and wondering aloud why the refs hate my team.

Another one is that left-handed players look cooler than the rest of us.

That's a fact, inarguable on a playground court or in a court of law: Their passes appear snappier, their jumpshot softer, and everything just seems...smoother.

"I would agree with that," Sand Creek rising senior D'Shawn Schwartz said Saturday after a workout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. "Let's go with it."

Schwartz, a lefty, surely is biased.



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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 21:37:46 -0600