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Dallas Walton out for 2018-19 Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball season with knee injury

October 17, 2018 - 1:40pm

If the Colorado men’s basketball team manages to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016, the Buffaloes will do so without a key piece of their vaunted sophomore class.

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On Wednesday, head coach Tad Boyle announced that 7-foot center Dallas Walton will miss the 2018-19 season due to a torn ACL in his right knee. Walton, a home state recruit from Arvada West, suffered the injury at practice Tuesday, chipping away at a frontcourt depth that previously was a source of confidence for Boyle.

Walton also suffered two torn ACLs in his left knee during high school, suffering his first during his sophomore year and then re-tearing it during one of his final tests to be cleared in 2015. While Tuesday’s injury occurred on the opposite leg he injured in high school, it is the same leg upon which Walton endured toe surgery during the offseason.

Read the full story at Buffzone.com.

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Under coach Jon Gruden, the Raiders are disappearing into a statistical black hole

October 17, 2018 - 1:32pm

Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines hasn’t been going well. The one-time Super Bowl champion, who hadn’t been on the sidelines for a decade before his rehiring by the Oakland Raiders, is watching his team fizzle on both sides of the ball. The Raiders have just one win in six games this season with little-to-no chance at making the playoffs.

“I’m going to continue to emphasize the good and do everything I can to fix the things that are bad because most of the things that are bad, my fingerprints are all over,” Gruden told NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman. “I haven’t been on a team that rotates corners like this, or defensive linemen, or kickers, or offensive tackles five games into the season. It’s been tough.”

Tough indeed. Not only is Oakland entering the bye off a 27-3 loss at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, their worst loss since a 52-0 shellacking by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014, quarterback Derek Carr will need to recover from a shoulder injury to face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8. Meanwhile, wideout Amari Cooper has a concussion and other injured players include fellow receivers Seth Roberts and Martavis Bryant in addition to cornerback Nick Nelson, defensive end Frostee Rucker, linebacker Bruce Irvin, offensive linemen Jon Feliciano, and Kelechi Osemele, running back DeAndre Washington and safety Karl Joseph.

Those injuries have held Oakland back this season but more pressing issues are keeping the team from achieving anything of note during Gruden’s return to the NFL.

The Raiders, when Carr and Cooper are healthy, can move the ball OK. They run almost six plays and produce nearly 33 yards per drive, the 12th and 16th most, respectively, in the league this year. But they completely stall out inside the 20-yard line: just 45 percent of those efforts end in a touchdown. Only the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and New York Jets are worse in 2018. That’s led to a woeful 1.5 points per drive.

Blame some of those problems on Carr. His completion rate is phenomenal (72 percent, second only to Drew Brees, who is having a record-setting year) but his league-leading eight interceptions are troublesome. Overall, his Total Quarterback Rating has dropped from 54.6 in 2016 to 51.0 in 2017 to just 43.8 in 2018, meaning his performance would be good enough to win seven out of 16 regular-season games this season. Don’t believe it? Carr averaged 0.1 air yards per completion on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, with 13 of his 31 attempts thrown at or behind the line of scrimmage. Just two of his passes that day were thrown at a receiver more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. Neither were caught.

To be fair, the team’s offensive line, outside of center Rodney Hudson, isn’t doing him any favors. And that falls on Gruden and the front office. They used the team’s first-round pick on tackle Kolton Miller and a third-rounder on tackle Brandon Parker but neither has been able to distinguish himself in the NFL. In fact, among tackles playing at least 25 percent of their team’s snaps in 2018, Miller ranks last out of 74 qualified tackles and Parker isn’t far ahead at No. 58, per the game charters at Pro Football Focus — and Parker is Oakland’s highest rated tackle.

As a result, Pro Football Focus lists Oakland as the fifth-worst pass-blocking unit in the NFL this year, giving them responsibility for 72 sacks, hits and hurries on Carr through six games. And when Carr is under pressure, his passer rating plummets from 107.0 to 37.7 this year. A quarterback will get a passer rating of 39.6 on an incomplete pass, illustrating how bad Carr has been when the offensive line doesn’t give adequate protection.

With the offense producing little in terms of points, the defense would need a herculean effort to win any given Sunday. Unfortunately for Gruden, it isn’t playing nearly good enough. Oakland is allowing 2.5 points per drive, the fifth-most in the NFL this year, with its overall performance falling at No. 29 per Football Outsiders Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a stat which measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.

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And the coaching staff’s faith in their defensive players is worth questioning. The players most frequently deployed should likely be your best. And yet linebacker Tahir Whitehead and safety Marcus Gilchrist are the only defensive players to play more than 80 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season and they’re both significantly underperforming. Whitehead ranks 47th out of 52 qualified linebackers and Gilchrist ranks 48th out of 56 qualified safeties per Pro Football Focus.

Not only are the players Gruden puts on the field performing poorly, the one star he did have, linebacker Khalil Mack, was traded to the Chicago Bears, only for Gruden to later lament how difficult it was to find a great pass rusher. Mack has five sacks in five games this year; Oakland’s defenders have seven total.

The question now is how Gruden can turn it around. If Carr and Cooper are healthy, the Raiders should consider taking more shots down the field. While the Raiders have embraced the short-throws of the West Coast Offense, the league’s top offenses tend to throw downfield far more often. Two of the NFL’s top passing offenses, the Chiefs and Falcons, rank second and fourth, respectively, for air yards per attempt, targeting receivers at least nine yards past the line of scrimmage in 2018. Oakland ranks last (6.1 air yards per attempt). The Saints, Chiefs, Chargers and Rams also rank highly for passer rating on deep throws (those 20 or more yards) whereas the Raiders rank 23rd, their 74.1 passer rating well below the league average (91.6) on deep passes.

A sputtering offense and a bad defense is causing the Raiders to be outscored by nearly eight points per game after adjusting for strength of schedule, the eighth-worst adjusted point differential in franchise history. Not exactly the way you want the guy has the final say on all personnel matters to start Year 1 of a 10-year, $100-million deal.

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Animal services staff euthanize Bubba, the dog an Aurora couple used for sex acts

October 17, 2018 - 1:28pm
Aurora Animal Shelter, suppliedBubba the dog at the Aurora Animal Shelter on July 13, 2018. (Provided by r)

Aurora animal services staff on Tuesday afternoon euthanized the dog that a couple used for sex acts, a city spokesman said Wednesday.

The dog, Bubba, was killed because staff with Aurora Animal Services Division determined the male Akita mix could not be safely adopted.

Bubba became increasingly aggressive while staying at the Aurora Animal Shelter after his owners relinquished him in July as they were being prosecuted for using the dog for sex, Arapahoe County Deputy District Attorney Amy Ferrin said Tuesday during the sentencing Tuesday of one of the dog’s owners.

“It is my opinion this dog is not a safe adoption candidate or transfer candidate based on the history, kennel behavior and continued increase in aggression observed daily,” Jenee Shipman, manager with the city’s animal services division, wrote in an Oct. 11 letter to Ferrin.

Both of the dog’s owners pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

An Arapahoe County judge sentenced Frederick Manzanares, 51, to six months in jail and two years of probation Tuesday for two counts of animal cruelty. His former girlfriend, Janette Solano, received a deferred sentence for a single count of the charge.

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Solano called police in March 2017 after she and Manzanares argued. She told police that she was leaving Manzanares because he had pressured her to have sex with their dog, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police later found photos and videos that documented between 15 and 20 incidents where the couple used the dog for sex acts. They also found a custom bench that had been made to facilitate such acts inside a mobile home outside their Aurora home.

Manzanares and Solano purchased Bubba from a woman in Brighton, according to the affidavit.

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Fantasy football start/sit tips for Week 7: Patriots’ Sony Michel a smart play against Bears

October 17, 2018 - 1:26pm

Your fantasy team will have to do without the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson this week, as all of their respective teams are on a bye. That eliminates two Top 5 fantasy quarterbacks and two others that are likely mainstays on your roster. Receivers Antonio Brown and Devante Adams, two other Top 5 players at their position, will also be missed.

If you need a quick fix or just want an upgrade there are some attractive options available on the waiver wire, such as Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith and San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams. Otherwise, here are six crucial decisions to keep in mind when filling out this week’s roster.

Start

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots

The rookie from Georgia has carried the ball 91 times for 400 yards — 238 of those yards after contact — and four touchdowns. On Sunday he will face a Bears defense that stops opposing rushers a league-low 13 percent of the time, several percentage points below average (21 percent).

John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Brown has had a resurgence in Baltimore, catching 21 of 47 targets for 424 yards and three touchdowns. Plus, his seven catches 20 or more yards down field tie him with speedster Tyreek Hill for the most in the NFL this season.

His ability to stretch the field is sure to give the Saints defense fits, especially if cornerback Marshon Lattimore shadows Michael Crabtree. That would leave P.J. Williams and Ken Crawley to try to keep up with Brown. Those two rank 91st and 98th out of 109 qualified corners, respectively, for yards allowed per snap in coverage this season per Pro Football Focus.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

The 21-year-old rookie didn’t get it going until Week 3, but Kirk’s latest effort saw him catch 6 of 7 targets for 77 yards against Minnesota; over his last four games he has 20 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown. And the chemistry with quarterback Josh Rosen is undeniable: Rosen has produced an overall passer rating of 75.5 this year but on Kirk’s targets that has soared to 137.0.

Sit

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets

Darnold is in a tough spot this week. His most-targeted receiver, Quincy Enunwa, is out up to four weeks with a high ankle sprain and another wideout, Terrelle Pryor, is listed as questionable with a groin injury. And he will have to face a Vikings defense that appears to be turning the corner.

After allowing five touchdowns to Rams quarterback Jared Goff in Week 4 Minnesota only allowed two to Carson Wentz and the Eagles in Week 5 and none to Josh Rosen and the Cardinals in Week 6. The Vikings also sacked Rosen four times over the 13 drop backs they had him under pressure. When Darnold is under pressure this year his passer rating drops in half from 97.5 to 48.2.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

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Tennessee’s offensive line allowed Mariota to be sacked 11 times on Sunday in a 21-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. This week’s opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, recorded five sacks against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns that same day.

The Browns have the second-best pass-rushing unit per Pro Football Focus while the Titans’ offensive line ranks 15th, indicating Mariota could have another tough day ahead.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

It’s understandable to try to get a piece of the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs offense but Watkins is too unpredictable to use with any consistency. He’s just as likely to get you 50 or more yards and a touchdown as he is to tally less than 20 yards and nothing else. In addition, the Chiefs will be facing the Cincinnati Bengals, owners of the third-best pass coverage unit, per Pro Football Focus.

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Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN

October 17, 2018 - 12:53pm

NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal worth $365 million to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout.

Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Golden Boy Promotions said Wednesday that Alvarez’s deal will be the richest athlete contract in sports history.

Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) is coming off a victory over Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight showdown in September. That fight, like most of boxing’s biggest, was shown on pay-per-view. It cost $84.95 to be seen in high definition.

Now fans can pay significantly less — $9.99 subscription cost per month in the U.S. — to see his fights on DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone). Under the five-year partnership, Golden Boy also will put on up to 10 fight nights per year that will stream live on DAZN beginning in early 2019.

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The Denver Post extends deadline for Top Workplaces contest to Nov. 16

October 17, 2018 - 12:45pm

Do you love where you work and a post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram just isn’t enough praise for your employer?

Here’s the answer: Nominate that place you spend 40-plus hours a week as a Top Workplace. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Nov. 16.

To nominate an employer (you don’t have to be an employee to nominate an organization) go to www.denverpost.com/nominate or call 303-261-8253.

Any organization with 50 or more employees in Colorado is eligible to participate (they can be public, private, nonprofit or government entities). Nominated workplaces are evaluated by their employees using a short 24-question survey. Companies will be surveyed through December.

So far, nearly 160 companies have signed up to take The Post’s Top Workplaces challenge. Employers will be featured in a special section in Spring 2019, and an event will be held to celebrate the winners.

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Energage, the research partner for the project, conducts Top Workplaces surveys for 50 major metro newspapers and surveyed 2.5 million employees at more than 6,000 organizations in 2017.

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Broncos Game Plan: How Denver matches against the Cardinals, injury report and predictions

October 17, 2018 - 12:36pm
GAME PLAN

WHEN THE CARDINALS RUN

Third time’s a charm, right? After two weeks of disastrous run defense against the Jets (323 yards allowed) and Rams (270), the Broncos take on the league’s lowest-producing rush game (62 yards/game) in Arizona. The best outing for Cardinals’ running back David Johnson: 71 yards rushing against Seattle. Plus, the offensive line has been hit with several injuries. Denver excelled at stopping the run over its first three games, which proves the unit can thrive, but with little recent results to back it up. The Broncos are a narrow favorite to make it happen this week. Edge: Broncos

WHEN THE CARDINALS PASS

Arizona waited only three games to pull the plug on journeyman quarterback Sam Bradford for rookie Josh Rosen, picked No. 10 overall after Arizona moved up from No. 15, to begin a new era of football in the desert. It hasn’t been too pretty so far: 50-of-90 passing for 626 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 1-2 record as a starter.  But a rookie quarterback cooked Denver in Week 5 (Jets’ Sam Darnold), veteran cornerback Adam Jones (thigh) remains on the mend and the Broncos’ coverage issues remain unsolved. Rosen is bound to slip up, but don’t be surprised when he racks up yards. Edge: Broncos

WHEN THE BRONCOS RUN

Running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman combined for only 13 carries against the Rams in yet another display of offensive imbalance due to a late-game comeback effort reliant on the pass. But the only team worst against the rush than the Broncos are the Cardinals (151.2), suggesting a big day for Denver’s rookie duo. Should Freeman exceed 15 touches, with plenty of fourth-quarter runs, the Broncos project to be in good shape. Edge: Broncos

WHEN THE BRONCOS PASS

Quarterback Case Keenum has posted quarterback ratings of 95 and 91.7 in his last two outings, his best marks over six weeks as the Broncos’ starter, but with still much to be desired. Keenum has thrown at least one interception in every game and his total picks (8) almost equal his total passing touchdowns (9). Arizona features the NFL’s interceptions leader, safety Tre Boston (3), and seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson. The Cardinals rank No. 12 in the NFL against the pass (243.2 yards/game). Edge: Cardinals

SPECIAL TEAMS

Brandon McManus is one of just three NFL kickers still perfect on field goals and extra points. Arizona’s Phil Dawson has hit just two-of-four attempts. Both coverage units feature ace linebackers with Cardinals’ Zeke Turner leading the league in special teams tackles (8) and Jones trailing just behind (7). Edge: Broncos

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Body language. The Broncos’ locker room has done its best to remain united through the pitfalls of four losses in a row. How long will that last if things go south in Arizona? Keep an eye on the Denver sideline. The Broncos must stay composed through adversity for any hopes of re-entering the playoff conversation. That responsibility falls upon the leadership of veterans such as cornerback Chris Harris and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

2. The Vonster. Broncos’ edge rusher Von Miller is done talking nice. He snapped his sack drought against the Rams (1.5), but a losing streak has Denver’s most dominant talent popping off. On the Cardinals, he said, “We’re going to kick their (butt).” It’s the sort of tough talk that requires an equally aggressive mindset Thursday night on the field. Miller is bound to be destructive.

3. Dime defense. Coach Vance Joseph says much of Denver’s run-stop issues occurred in Dime sets, with six defensive backs on the field, in failing to corral rushers who break contain. Joseph won’t say whether changes within the scheme will take place, or if Denver will simply use the formation less, but the Broncos can’t do the same thing and expect different results.

INJURY REPORT

Broncos: Adam Jones, CB; Ron Leary, OG; Shane Ray, OLB; Dymonte Thomas, S; Jared Veldheer, OT (Out).

Rams: Tre Boston, S; Mike Iupati, OG; Jeremy Vujnovich, OG (Out). Jamar Taylor, CB; Justin Pugh, OG (Questionable).

STAFF PREDICTIONS

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30,000 Xcel customers in east Denver lost power Tuesday due to downed transmission line

October 17, 2018 - 12:29pm

A transmission line that contributed to leaving nearly 30,000 Xcel Energy customers in east Denver in the dark Tuesday night was repaired and the system was stable, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The area, including a long stretch of East Colfax Avenue, went dark just before 8:30 p.m.Tuesday. All the power was restored at 9:53 p.m., Xcel Energy spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said.

The outage was an isolated incident and unrelated to other recent outages in lower and upper downtown, Aguayo said.

Outages reported during the summer in upper downtown were caused by a problem with a distribution line, which has been fixed, Aguayo said. Windblown debris was the culprit when nearly 11,000 customers were affected in LoDo in early October.

Stoney’s Uptown Joint, which experienced several outages during the summer, kept the lights on Tuesday night. Owner Will Trautman said his business has had only one minor outage since Xcel Energy said it found the source of the trouble that had been plaguing his area.

Of those in the outage area Tuesday night, Trautman said: “I definitely feel the pain.”

“We understand it’s frustrating when your power goes off,” Aguayo said. “Our crews work as quickly as safely as possible.”

The outage happened when the sole transmission line serving the area at the time overheated and shut down. Normally, Aguayo said, three lines carry the load from to the substation, which provides back-up capability for the system, but one line was down for repairs and a second line was experiencing problems.

The one line left carrying the entire load was capable of handling it but at some point shut itself down to avoid overheating, Aguayo added. Two of the transmission lines were in service Wednesday morning and everything was stable, she said.

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It wasn’t clear when repairs to the third line would be complete.

The outage area was bounded by 38th Avenue on the north, Alameda Avenue on the south, Marion Street on the west and Dayton Street on the east.

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Colorado Buffaloes receiver Laviska Shenault honors late father with play, dreadlocks

October 17, 2018 - 12:07pm

BOULDER — Away from the field, he’s just Laviska Shenault Jr. — a mild-mannered, soft-spoken person who doesn’t like the spotlight.

Once he steps onto it, the Colorado sophomore receiver transforms into an alter ego he’s nicknamed “Viska 2Live” — a play-making wizard who’s vaulted into the conversation for the Heisman Trophy.

That humbleness and being the best he can be is his way of honoring his father, who died while getting out of the car to change drivers in 2009 while the family was returning home from a pool party. Shenault Jr. was only 10 at the time and a passenger in the vehicle.

Ever since, he’s grown out his dreadlock hair as a tribute to his dad. After touchdowns, he points toward the sky — for dad.

“I’m pretty sure,” Shenault said, “he’s proud of me.”

His moves are straight out of a Madden video game.

Then again, he and his father, Laviska Shenault Sr., spent hours playing the football video game, uncovering formations they liked and then heading into the backyard or the street to rehearse them.

No wonder the 6-foot-2, 220-pound wideout from DeSoto, Texas, is so dynamic from multiple positions on the field. As a receiver, he’s caught 60 passes for 780 yards and six TDs. His 130 yards receiving per game lead the nation. As a tailback in the wildcat formation, he’s scored five times, including a 49-yard scamper last weekend at Southern California during a 31-20 loss.

“This is kind of a crazy comparison, but he reminds me of LeBron (James),” said quarterback Steven Montez, whose team is 5-1 heading into a showdown at No. 15 Washington on Saturday with Shenault’s availability uncertain due to a recent toe injury. “You think, ‘All right, he has already played this well up to now, maybe he’ll have a slower game?’ He is doing more crazy stuff and keeps getting better every week. That’s the scariest thing about him because you think, ‘What is he going to do this week?'”

Hard to tell for a receiver who also fancies himself a basketball player. He didn’t play throughout high school, though, because he was asked to cut his hair.

He couldn’t. It has too much meaning. He keeps it long for his father, who never had him cut his hair.

“Laviska dedicates a lot to his dad,” said his mom, Annie Brown Shenault. “From basketball to football, they did it all together. His dad was such an influential supporter.”

On the day of the accident, the family was returning from a barbecue at a swimming pool when they pulled over to switch drivers. Shenault Sr. was on his way to the driver’s side, when he slipped and stumbled into the street and was hit by another vehicle. All five of their kids were in the car at the time.

The accident remains difficult for Shenault to talk about.

“There’s a lot he’s holding inside,” Brown Shenault said. “It pushes him, because his dad always told him, ‘Stay out of trouble and do your best.’ It’s more like a motivation, ‘Dad, I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.’ Whatever he starts, he puts his heart into it. He always has.”

Like learning to ride a bike without training wheels at 3. Or winning Monopoly on family game nights. Or bursting on the scene in a big way this season with 388 yards receiving over his opening two games.

“He’s always been overachieving,” his mom said. “We brought him up do it right the first time so you don’t have to do it again. Every time you go out there, whether it’s on the field, in the classroom, or whatever you’re doing, give it your all. He’s a go-getter, keeps going and going like that Energizer (bunny). He just keeps going and going.”

One of Shenault’s good friends on the Buffaloes is fellow wideout K.D. Nixon, who’s also from DeSoto. They’ve been going to school together since middle school and are tight.

Really, though, all of the receivers have developed a bond. They’ve organized offseason workouts with Montez to enhance their rapport.

“He’s a huge weapon and we use him a lot of different ways,” said Montez, who’s connected with Shenault for six plays of 30 or more yards this season, including an 89-yard scoring strike against Colorado State. “That’s very intimidating for a defense because I’m sure they are thinking, ‘How are we going to stop this guy? How are we going to try to contain him this game?’ I really don’t think you can.”

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About Shenault’s alter ego, “Viska 2Live” — his Twitter handle — he developed the persona to help him flip the switch into game mode.

“It’s for my teammates, my mom, for everybody that helps me out,” said Shenault, whose brother, La’Vontae, is a highly touted high school receiver verbally committed to Texas Tech. “Because when I get on the field, I’m going to do something that’s going to get everybody’s attention.”

His play is certainly generating some Heisman buzz, even if he doesn’t pay any notice.

“I’m not worried about none of that,” Shenault said. “Nothing to say. A lot to prove.”

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Nuggets vs. Clippers live blog: Real-time updates from Denver’s season opener

October 17, 2018 - 11:46am
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The latest updates and analysis from the Denver Nuggets game against the Los Angeles Clippers at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2018 at Staples Center in Inglewood, Calif.

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Want to live in the penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver? It could be yours for a cool $10.75 million.

October 17, 2018 - 11:40am

WHAT: 1133 14th Street #4450. Three-bedroom, four-bathroom, two-floor penthouse atop the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver.

LOCATION: The eastern edge of the 44th and 45th floors of the building, neighboring the 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square.

PRICE: $10.75 million

SIZE: 6,295 square feet

Built in 2010, what makes it a modern architectural gem?

“So many things,” said Stan Kniss, managing broker and partner of Slate Real Estate Advisors. “To begin with, the owner remodeled the entire place about 18 months ago. Put $2 million into the remodel. Technology is a big component to that. For example: Automated shades and sound.”

The pad also features hidden TVs that appear with the push of a button and complete climate control, “which tracks humidity in the room if you have art you need to be mindful of,” Kniss said. “It’s quite remarkable.”

Views from its massive windows encompass city and mountain. The “city” view overlooks all of downtown’s high rises and professional sports fields, while the “mountain” view wraps from Pikes Peak at the south around the skyline east and full-circle west to Mt. Evans.

Its sister space is across the hall at #4400. Kniss said if a buyer “was of the mind and had the means they could buy both and combine them.”

Penthouse living at #4450 is accentuated by the exceptionally trained staff of 300 people.

“They are there to provide a level of service that is highly personalized,” ranging from figurative hand-holding to none and everything in between, Kniss said.

“The real estate is nice, it’s supposed to be,” Kniss said. “Why it’s special is because of the people that work there and take care of the residents.”

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“We cannot govern by ambush”: Boulder backs off emergency ban on building new “McMansions”

October 17, 2018 - 11:12am
Jeremy Papasso, Daily CameraBoulder City Council scheduled a Tuesday emergency vote on a measure that will either temporarily outlaw large homes or make them more expensive to build.

The Boulder City Council did not pursue an emergency ban on so-called “McMansions” on Tuesday night after an outpouring of comments from homeowners and builders frustrated over the rushed public process.

The issue has been on council’s agenda since the start of the year. Members have expressed concern that smaller houses are being demolished and replaced with bigger, more expensive homes. Proposals were discussed at a September study session, but Tuesday’s vote was a last-minute move.

Twenty-two people showed up to speak before the hastily scheduled vote. All but a handful opposed the proposed moratorium, which would temporarily stop the permitting of homes larger than 3,500 square feet on lots of 10,000 square feet or more.

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“To declare this an emergency is an insult to the actual emergencies this community does face,” added Tim Ryan. “I’ve spent the last nine months following all the rules and regulations that are in place. We cannot govern by ambush.”

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Report: Rockies’ Seunghwan Oh considering returning to native South Korea in 2019

October 17, 2018 - 11:11am

Right-handed reliever Seunghwan Oh, who would play a huge part of the Rockies’ 2019 bullpen, could be headed back to his native South Korea.

According to Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency, Oh told reporters Wednesday that he is considering returning to pitch in the Korea Baseball Organization. If he does, he would leave a big hole in the Rockies’ bullpen.

“I am a bit exhausted after spending five seasons in Japan and the United States,” Oh said. “I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans. I can’t make this decision alone. I’ll have to speak with my agency about the next season.”

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The right-hander, acquired by Colorado from Toronto in a late-July trade, went 6-3 with three saves and a 2.63 ERA in 73 appearances for the Blue Jays and Rockies. He has a vesting club option worth $2.5 million for next season, which kicked in after he surpassed 70 appearances in 2018.

According to the report, Oh said his fatigue comes from dealing with life away from the ballpark.

“It’s not easy living in a foreign country. You have to face the opposing hitters on the mound, and there are a lot of other things you have to battle off the field,” Oh said. “Everything away from the stadium is an extension of competition.”

The former Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) All-Star pitched in 2016-17 with the St. Louis Cardinals was with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan in 2014 and 2015.

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Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets agree to contract extension

October 17, 2018 - 11:10am

LOS ANGELES — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a two-year contract extension with head coach Michael Malone, a source told The Denver Post on Wednesday.

The team announced the extension Wednesday morning, but terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Malone was heading into the final year of his contract.

“As these conversations have been ongoing, I never let it affect my approach,” Malone said Wednesday morning at the Nuggets’ shootaround. “Whether I have an extension or I don’t have an extension, I’m not going to coach any differently. I only know one way. I’m fully committed, I’m excited to be here, and I want to be here and to have an ownership group and a front office that feels the same way is great. And as I mentioned, humbling is the best word I can come up with. Now it’s OK, taking care of business.”

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Malone has been Denver’s head coach since 2015 and has compiled a 119-127 record in three seasons. The Nuggets won 46 games last season and 40 in 2016-17, missing the playoffs by one game each year. They are one of just three teams (Boston, Minnesota) to see a win increase in each of the last three seasons.

“You’re going into the last year of your contract, it’s never an ideal situation,” Malone said. “But also at the same time, I never had any doubt that this would get done. My conversations and relationships with Tim (Connelly) and Josh (Kroenke) throughout the summer have been nothing but positive. I never once felt like, ‘Gee, I don’t know If I’m really the guy here.’ All along I felt that something would get done at some point. When? I wasn’t sure.

“… But honestly, the best thing about it is getting that news out now so we can can of turn the page and get ready for the game tonight.”

The Nuggets open the regular season at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Los Angeles Clippers.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Aurora police arrest man suspected of sexually assaulting two teen girls

October 17, 2018 - 10:50am

Aurora police arrested Tuesday a man who is suspected of sexually assaulting two teenage girls after DNA tests helped identify him.

Aurora Police Department, suppliedBle Ghislain Kore

Ble Ghislain Kore, 24, faces at least two charges of sexual assault in connection to the two reported incidents in Aurora. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m.

Police started investigating a report that a 17-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted on the afternoon of Sept. 13 in the 2100 block of South Vaughn Way, a residential area in southern Aurora.

Two days later, police received a report of a second sexual assault that occurred on the afternoon of Sept. 15 in the 12400 block of East Jewell Avenue, near Overland High School and Prairie Middle School. The schools are less than a mile from the area of the first report.

The reported assault did not happen on school grounds but in the general vicinity, Aurora police spokeswoman Crystal McCoy said.

Investigators at first did not believe the two reported incidents were connected because of differences in the suspect’s description and the vehicle he used. But DNA samples from both incidents lead to Kore’s arrest on Tuesday.

Police declined to give any further information, including whether the teens knew Kore or the circumstances surrounding the assaults.

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Investigators asked that anybody else who may have been sexually assaulted in connection to the two reports call Sgt. Rudy Herrera at 303-739-6250. Spokesman Matt Longshore said they didn’t have any specific evidence to suggest other assaults took place.

“We’re asking anybody that may have seen anything or any other victims who were thinking about coming forward to give our detective a call,” Longshore said.

 

 

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Peyton Manning joins “Detail,” Kobe Bryant’s ESPN+ sports analysis show

October 17, 2018 - 10:48am

Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was famous for breaking down opposing defenses after the snap. Soon, he’ll breaking down film of other players for a wider audience.

Manning is joining the second season of Detail, Kobe Bryant’s sports analysis show on ESPN+, and will host and write eight episodes of an NFL version of the series.

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“I’ve always enjoyed talking football with coaches, players and passionate fans, and that’s at the core of this show,” Manning in a news release. “I’m honored to help expand Kobe’s ‘Detail’ to a football audience.”

The first episode, which will be available on Thursday, examines Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen‘s Oct. 14 game against the Vikings. Future episodes are expected to be released on weekly or bi-weekly during this course of the season.

“Peyton Manning is an icon, known for his preparation, understanding of the game and attention to detail. His film study sessions are the stuff of legend. It makes Peyton the perfect fit to bring Detail to life for football fans and build on the foundation that Kobe has built with basketball fans on ESPN+,” ESPN executive vice president Connor Schell said in a news release.

In addition to football, Detail will also add a UFC edition.

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Tips for the best hunting and fishing in Colorado this fall

October 17, 2018 - 10:14am

Fall in Colorado is always a challenging time for outdoor endeavors. Not because there’s nothing to do. There’s too much to do.

It can be difficult to choose. Big game hunting seasons are in full swing. Fishing can be the best of the year.  Waterfowl hunting has started and upland game hunting is just around the corner. And there’s great hiking, camping and wildlife watching opportunities.

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So, today, a look at many topics, starting with fishing.

Boat fishing

Fishing for walleyes and other warm water species on Colorado’s Front Range this fall has been phenomenal. The recent cold weather stressed the baitfish, making them an easy target for predators such as walleyes, bass, wipers, large trout and catfish.

During times such as these, Nate Zelinsky of Tightline Outdoors believes locating the fish is the key to success. Stressed baitfish tend to gather in large schools that attract feeding fish. Because the fish are concentrated in small areas, 80 percent of the water may not hold any fish.

When you find the schools, the fishing can be incredible. Zelinsky’s favorite presentation is a blade bait worked aggressively immediately below the baitfish. This bite is good right now and will get better until the lakes are closed to boating.

Fly fishing

As for fall fly fishing, Buck Meyer from the Blue Quill Angler joined my show to give an update.

Meyer spends a considerable amount of time on the South Platte River from South Park through the Decker’s area. He said the flows are low and clear, but the water is well oxygenated and the fish are happy.

A stealthy approach and small flies are the keys to success at this time. Be aware of fish holding close to the bank before you enter the river, Meyer said. Most of the trout are being caught on nymphs below an indicator. He prefers to use a piece of yarn as his indicator over traditional options. A piece of tan yarn resembles a leaf floating down the river and is less likely to spook trout.

As for a hot fishing spot, Meyer said there is excellent brown trout activity on the Colorado River.  The confluence of the Colorado and the Williams Fork is especially good right now. While nymphs below an indicator will catch fish, it’s hard to beat a streamer in this situation, he said.

Waterfowl hunting

For waterfowl hunting, recent cold weather has pushed out some of the resident ducks and put the migratory birds on the move.

The gadwall, teal and other early migrators are providing new birds almost daily with the arrivals of mallards and pintails following later in the month.

“New birds are dumb birds,” said Brad Petersen of Brad Peterson Outdoors on my radio show last Saturday.

He concentrates his hunting on small ponds until the water begins to freeze and then switches to larger ponds, lakes and backwater sloughs. The warming weather now should encourage the birds to spend more time in Colorado and provide good hunting right up to Thanksgiving on the Front Range and Eastern Plains.

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“Well, you’re not in Windsor,” Timnath cop reportedly said before kneeing mayor of neighboring town in groin, lawsuit says

October 17, 2018 - 10:10am

A former Windsor mayor has sued two Timnath police officers claiming one of them stood by while the other kneed him in the groin and bashed him on the hood of a patrol car after he accused an officer of bullying.

John Vazquez, who served as Windsor mayor between 2008 and 2016, brought the excessive force civil rights lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver against Timnath officers Forest Andersen and Andrew Tope. 

Vazquez is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for emotional distress, humiliation and pain and suffering, according to the lawsuit filed by Loveland attorney Sarah Schielke.

Andersen arrested Vazquez after beating him up and charged him in connection with assaulting an officer, the lawsuit said. Vasquez refused plea agreements offered by the district attorney and was acquitted by a jury in May, Schielke said.

A phone message left with the Timnath Police Department was not immediately returned.

Vazquez dined on Oct. 7, 2017, in Fort Collins with his family but decided on the return home to get out of the car and walk. During the walk, he approached Tope’s patrol car parked on the road side and asked for a ride, the lawsuit said.

Instead, Tope followed Vazquez down the road, turned on his overhead red and blue lights on a “dark and deserted road,” and yelled at him to come talk to him. Vazquez complied, the lawsuit said.

Andersen drove to the scene and began interrogating Vazquez, the lawsuit said. Vazquez told him he felt like he was being harassed and Andersen was abusing his authority. He explained that he was the former mayor of Windsor and a close friend of Windsor police Chief Richard Klimek.

“‘Oh yeah? Well, you’re not in Windsor. This is Timnath,'” Andersen replied, according to the lawsuit.

Vazquez expressed annoyance that Andersen denied him a ride home but took time to hassle him. Andersen allegedly pointed at the side of his patrol vehicle and said, “‘It says police, not taxi service, buddy.'”

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Andersen grabbed Vazquez’s arm, twisted it behind his back in a “painful wrist lock maneuver and put him in handcuffs,” and told the mayor he was going to jail, the lawsuit said.

Andersen marched him to the hood of his car and slammed his upper body onto the hood of the patrol car multiple times.  The officer kneed Vazquez in the groin and pushed his arms straight into the air, causing the mayor to scream in pain, the lawsuit said. Andersen three times pushed Vazquez’s arms straight up in the air as he screamed in pain.

“It was a level of pain that Mr. Vazquez will never forget,” the lawsuit said.

Tinmath police do not use body cameras or have cameras mounted in their patrol cars.

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Upcoming ski swaps offer chance to get gently used gear at good prices

October 17, 2018 - 9:04am

It’s ski swap season in Colorado when skiers and snowboarders can get good deals on used gear or sell what they have to invest in newer stuff. Here’s a list of upcoming ski swaps, four of which are scheduled next weekend.

  • Golden: The Colorado Mountain Club will hold its annual fall gear sale Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Mountaineering Center on 710 10th St. with 15-20 percent of the proceeds going to support the CMC. Admission is free. Information: cmc.org
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  • Vail: The 49th annual Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap will be held Oct. 26-28 at the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead. The event raises funds for the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. The event begins Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. with a $15 admission fee for the first two hours. At 7 p.m., the fee drops to $5, and shopping closes at 10 p.m. that day. There is no admission fee for the remaining two days (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 28). The sale operates by consignment and SSCV will take a 25 percent commission. Information: Call 970-790-5122.
  • Greenwood Village: The Greenwood Village REI store at 9000 E. Peakview Ave. is one of 11 in the country holding ski swaps offering “gently used” gear. The event on Oct. 27 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is free for REI members and one guest. Non-members can purchase lifetime membership for $20. Information: 303-221-7759
  • Granby: The Grand Nordic Ski Swap will be held Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center at 1101 County Road 53 in Granby. Bring your sweet tooth and a contribution for a pot luck dessert assortment. Season passes for Snow Mountain Ranch, Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Grand Lake Nordic will be on sale. Information: grandnordic.org/skiswap
  • Boulder: The Boulder Nordic Club will conduct its 28th Nordic ski swap on Nov. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Boulder Elks Lodge at 3975 28th Street. There should be skate and classic skis for sale, as well as roller skis and backcountry cross country gear including alpine touring. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team (25 percent from individual sales, $15 from vendors). Information: Eve.McCormick3@gmail.com
  • Steamboat Springs: The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host a ski swap consignment sale at Howelsen Hill on Nov. 10. The Winter Sports Club, which supports ski and snowboard competitors in alpine and Nordic disciplines, including the only ski jumping operation in Colorado, will retain 35 percent of the proceeds to support its programs. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the first two hours will cost you a $5 donation to get “Early Bird” admission. Information: Call 970-879-0695, ext. 100.

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Colorado woman victim of California skydiving accident

October 17, 2018 - 8:19am

LODI, Calif. — Officials say a Colorado woman was killed in a weekend skydiving accident in Central California.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office says 62-year-old Nina Lowry Mason of Dillon, Colorado, died Sunday when her parachute failed to open at the Lodi Parachute Center about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of San Francisco.

The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that Federal Aviation Administration investigators were examining her backpack and parachute.

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Bill Dause, owner of the center, said Mason was jumping with her husband.

The paper says at least 20 skydivers using the center have died in jumps since 1981. The FBI raided the center in January following several similar fatalities over the last couple of years. The results of the investigation have not been announced and the FBI declined comment.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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