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  • Klee: As Nuggets open season, Jusuf Nurkic deserves an introduction

    DENVER — Jusuf Nurkic is learning, quickly and surely, how it works over here. Taylor Swift is not Balkan music, and "I cannot dance to American music," said the Nuggets' rookie center. The NBA is played at light speed compared to the European division where he last played. "So much fast," as Nurkic put it. One other thing, and this is...

  • Small town to big time: Fountain's Cockroft enters Hall of Fame

    It was the early 1960s. On school days at Fountain-Fort Carson, Don Pedrie often saw Don Cockroft, a student, in the hallway. "Donnie had a good, strong gait," said Pedrie, who was the football coach. "But then he'd get out on the field and he'd run funny. I couldn't figure it out." So coach Pedrie asked young Donnie if his shoes fit. Yes,...

  • Air Force hockey outplayed but escapes RIT

    Have you heard the one about the hockey team that never held a lead but won the game? Introducing, Air Force. The Falcons were thoroughly outplayed again Saturday night at Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force coach Frank Serratore even described RIT as "the better team." So how exactly did Air Force slink away with a 4-3 overtime win? "Chris Truehl...

  • Klee: Broncos shaping into juggernaut, but path to title is fragile

    DENVER — The fragility of victory is in the little things: A bounce there, an official's review here, a Wes Welker fumble recovery over there. It is easy to forget - nay, convenient to forget - the Patriots were a 2-point conversion away from potentially sending the last AFC Championship Game into overtime, for example. What was an utter rout...

  • Klee: Under the radar, Chris Harris Jr. and Broncos defense becoming elite

    DENVER - This, under the Sony flat screen, is the confidence zone of the Broncos locker room. This is where the defensive backs hang out. It reeks of swag. Aqib Talib texts here. T.J. Ward chills here. Chris Harris Jr. is building a home here, in the confidence zone, complete with bravado tables, brash chairs and I-told-you-so drapes. "Oh,...

  • Klee: After record night, Peyton Manning, 38, is just warming up

    DENVER — The first one went to No. 88. The 509th went to No. 88, too. Nos. 87, 44, 81, 83, 17, 32, 85, 29, 84, 11, 10, 86, 15, 28, 33, 86, 12, 27, 23, 35, 36, 61, 45, 47, 96 and 21 caught touchdown passes in between. The names on the jerseys sometimes changed, such as Marvin Harrison (the first recipient) to Demaryius Thomas (who caught the...

  • Video: Reviewing the greatness of Peyton Manning

    Gazette columnist Paul Klee takes a look at the legacy of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning - from the first touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison to this season - as Manning closes in on the all-time TD record. Yes, Broncos fans have it so good.

  • Klee: Fishing for a Super Bowl win, John Fox still in Broncos' bull's-eye

    DENVER — This year's bye week was better than last year's bye week. For one, John Fox didn't almost die. The Broncos coach wasn't knocked to the putting green on the 14th hole of a North Carolina golf course, praying to heaven his next breath wouldn't be his last. Instead, Fox spent the bye week in fishing waders. He tossed hopper patterns...

  • 3 with Paul Klee: What to watch in Broncos-49ers game

    Gazette columnist Paul Klee's quick preview of Sunday night's 49ers-Broncos game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, along with three more points of interest on video - including who will likely catch that record-breaking Peyton Manning touchdown pass: Almost a Bronco 1 - How close was Colin Kaepernick to becoming the quarterback of the...

  • Klee: As CSU sniffs Top 25, can Rams keep their coach?

    FORT COLLINS — If ever there were a night to ask Jim McElwain if he will stay at Colorado State for the long haul, this was it: The setting sun painting a pink lullaby over the Front Range, a 5-1 record heading into a homecoming game, the air thin enough to slide between you and your worries. "Great place to live" McElwain said. Then the...

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