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  • Klee: On paper, these Broncos are Super

    ENGLEWOOD Here's the thing about paper. It is usually good to the Broncos. After losing Super Bowl XLVIII, they threw $60 million in guaranteed paper at a trio of big-splash free agents. Defenders Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware then signed sheets of paper to become Broncos. "This can be a night-and-day defense from last year,"...

  • Klee: Which Aqib Talib did the Broncos get?

    DENVER - Carrying his helmet and a quizzical look, Aqib Talib sauntered over to fellow cornerback Bradley Roby with a question. Hold on. The All-World cornerback interrogating the NFL rookie? Please explain. "I was trying to learn myself, seeing what they was in and what he was looking at," Talib said after his second practice as a member...

  • Excused Demaryius Thomas among the missing from Broncos training camp

    It’s the first day of football school, aka Broncos training camp. Time for roll call: Who’s missing?  You guys are missing. Where’d you go? The Broncos are here, on the practice field, thumping sleds and not thumping Peyton Manning. But the diehard, devoted, dedicated fans of the Broncos… nowhere to be seen. OK, there’s a reason for...

  • 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 Vinny...

  • Klee: Yapping Seahawks earned trash talk, Broncos great Shannon Sharpe says

    DENVER - Pssst. Did you hear what the Seahawks said about the Broncos? The Seahawks think the Broncos were stunned, spooked, spineless. They think the Broncos are softer than Alki Beach after a November rain. Oh, you didn't hear? No worries. It's been 10 minutes or so. Any time now, the Seahawks will start talking again. Wait for it ......

  • 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 in...

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