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  • Klee: Escape-artist Avalanche still needs Varly

    DENVER — The Avs stole the Central Division, broke records and brought playoff hockey back to Colorado. The School of Roy added a must-read chapter in coaching. But if the Avs fall short of the Stanley Cup finals, would they be disappointed in this season? "Seriously? I mean, yeah," Game 1 savior Erik Johnson said with a look that could...

  • Klee: Johnson's empty-net rescue allows Avs to notch Game 1 win

    DENVER — Just as Pepsi Center got weird in a trance of white pom-poms and noise, the hockey hero emerged from the bench to hug a teammate. No, not Paul Stastny. He was clutch, too. Stastny's two goals nudged the Avalanche ahead of the Wild, 5-4, in overtime of Game 1 of their playoff series. But after a game that checked all the boxes for...

  • Klee: Colorado Avalanche led by power of positive thinking

    DENVER — If the Colorado Avalanche roar through the NHL playoffs and reach the Stanley Cup finals, it will be on the back of pink elephants. "If someone tells you to think of a pink elephant, you're going to think of a pink elephant," for-ward/philosopher Ryan O'Reilly told me. Come again? "It's just like any thoughts you have,"...

  • Peyton Manning, reflecting on Super Bowl loss, says Broncos must mold new identity

    What’s the next step for Peyton Manning and the Broncos? In many ways, starting over. “You have to kind of reestablish your identity as the 2014 team,” Manning said this morning in his first conversation with media since Super Bowl XLVIII in early February. “2013 was a good season in a lot of ways, there’s no question. It did not...

  • Klee: Winning still trumps all in college sports

    DENVER — Maybe you've never heard of Royce Waltman. Let's change that. The first story is a minor one. It was just another basketball game in the Missouri Valley Conference, one of the 289 Waltman coached over a decade at Indiana State. His team had lost. In the visitors locker room, the opposing coach asked a young reporter: What did...

  • Klee: New motto for Buffs football: Keep Sefo safe

    BOULDER - The Jay-Z spitting from the speakers has been turned off. In positional cliques, the Buffs exit the practice field, helmets in hand. Sefo Liufau has class in 40 minutes. To get there in time, he must climb a hill. It's steep, gravelly and should make the University of Colorado athletic department nervous for the health of its...

  • KLEE: How to rebuild Nuggets? Go fishing

    DENVER - Perhaps the fondest memories of Brian Shaw's childhood are from a river, or a lake, or the closest splash of water that looked fishy. They are memories of tackle boxes and sack lunches. His grandfather was there. So was his father. Li'l Brian was there, fishing rod in hand, dreams of tight lines swimming through his imagination. And...

  • KLEE: Problem with Rockies ownership is proficiency, not passion

    DENVER — This is Dick Monfort's element, on a party deck at 5,280 feet. That's what the purple sign says: 5280. Judging by the detail of the two bars, 52 beer taps and Vegas-style cabanas, we're left to assume he's had someone measure. On The Rooftop, a 38,000-square foot frat party, the Rockies owner is the delighted grandfather from...

  • Klee: At first base for the Rockies ... Justin Morneau

    DENVER - The location of the first baseman's locker is the same. It's there, over in the right corner, near the YouTube-playing computer where Nolan Arenado assumes DJ duties. It's next to Michael Cuddyer's locker and takes up two cubbies. The first baseman's locker has less camouflage now. Todd Helton's private space gave the impression of a...

  • Klee: NBA's one-and-done dilemma offers no easy solution

    DENVER — It's 7 a.m. The Nuggets don't practice until 10. Lester Conner, an assistant coach, enters the third-floor gym at Pepsi Center with a pre-practice workout plan for a young player. This is the NBA, so the basketball itinerary must be newfangled and advanced and above the rim, right? Not so much. "We'll work on a jump stop, chest...

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