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  • Klee: In lost Rockies season, Arenado’s future offers hope

    DENVER — Bobbing his head and smacking his glove, Nolan Arenado flittered around third base like a Little Leaguer after too many Red Vines. Former Sky Sox manager Tommy Runnells fungo’ed another ground ball in Arenado’s direction. Scoop, throw. More bobbing, more grooving. Wipe off the dirt. Repeat. “He just loves the game,” said...

  • Klee: Respect has turned into worship for retiring athletes

    DENVER - Von Miller plays Connect Four. Charlie Blackmon? He has a thing for Top Gun T-shirts. Julius Thomas keeps a Bible in his locker. Troy Tulowitzki studies his fantasy football lineup like it's a bar exam. Danilo Gallinari hosts low-stakes poker games. Gabriel Landeskog celebrated his 21st with sushi. George Karl has a strict vitamin...

  • Klee: So you're not LeBron? In the NBA, that's OK

    DENVER - Muffled in the background, the shouts of a developing fast break echoed across the Nuggets' practice gym. Sneakers screeched across the wood court. Arturas Karnisovas, the team's assistant general manager, stepped through a door to see a flat-screen TV blasting more hours of LeBron lunacy. "Anything going on in basketball?"...

  • Broadmoor Invitation returns after long hiatus

    Stepping to the 14th tee box at The Broadmoor's devilish East course, Pete Jacobs had reason to reflect. But first, his tee shot. A mighty swing sent the ball tumbling down the right edge of the fairway, safe from harm under Tuesday's drizzly conditions. "My dad was on the tournament committee for this tournament," Jacobs said, and it's...

  • Klee: DeMarcus Ware as Broncos co-MVP? That would be a good thing

    DENVER — Peyton for President? The MVP needs a VP. Just like last year, Manning will enter the season as the favorite to win the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, slightly ahead of Green Bay's mustachioed double-checker Aaron Rodgers, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. Can Manning claim the award for the second time as a Bronco and the...

  • Klee: As expected, Denver Nuggets go international route in NBA draft

    DENVER — In broken English and an endearing accent, Jusuf Nurkic was the Bosnian prince of brevity after the Nuggets picked him in the NBA draft. "I come to NBA," he said simply. Please do. And please be a baller. Because if Nurkic, a 19-year-old center from a faraway land, turns into a real find, the Nuggets will earn a passing grade...

  • Klee: Jurgen Klinsmann deserves credit, not criticism, for U.S. soccer team

    DENVER — As a 20-something captain with the Colorado Rapids, Pablo Mastroeni had a saying he often shared with teammates. In soccer, he told them, there are two types of players: piano players and piano movers. A heady, relentless player, Mastroeni built a star's career on the strength of his work rate and desire to win. "I was definitely a...

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