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Lafayette man charged with assaulting driver with a bat in Boulder County road-rage incident

June 21, 2018 - 3:15pm

A Lafayette man has been charged with assault after police say he hit a man with a baseball bat during a road-rage incident Sunday, but the suspect has claimed it was in self-defense.

Michael Alexander Guzak, 28, was charged with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of second-degree assault, felony menacing, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

Guzak, who is free on a $10,000 bond, appeared for a formal filing of charges Wednesday and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 9. Guzak and his defense attorney David Rockwell declined to comment on the case Thursday.

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According to an arrest affidavit, Guzak cut off another driver, identified as Elizah West, while trying to merge on 28th Street at 2 p.m. Sunday. West told police that Guzak began to flip him off and swear at him as they both turned east onto Jay Road.

West told police that at the intersection of Diagonal Highway and Jay Road, Guzak pulled his vehicle up alongside his and the two men got out of their cars. Guzak then pulled a baseball bat out of his car and hit West, hitting his arm the first time and then his head.

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Melania Trump dons “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket

June 21, 2018 - 2:33pm

WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read “I really don’t care, do u?” as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.

The green, hooded military jacket from Zara had the words written graffiti-style on the back.

When asked what message the first lady’s jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe. ”

Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket.

Mrs. Trump changed into a pale yellow jacket before the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, which houses 55 migrant children.

Like it or not, Mrs. Trump’s jacket had her trending on Twitter. One user borrowed an image of the back of the Zara jacket to promote groups working on behalf of immigrant children.

Zara, a Spanish-based company with a large presence in the United States and around the world, had no comment on the uproar. The jacket belongs to the company’s spring-summer 2016 season.

The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady’s typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe. In public appearances, the first lady has worn designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino, often with daringly high Christian Louboutin heels.

It’s not the first time the first lady’s fashion choices have caused a stir.

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Last August, a pair of Mrs. Trump’s signature spike heels earned her a round of bafflement as she boarded Air Force One bound for Texas to tour devastation after Hurricane Harvey. She had changed into white sneakers by the time she and the president landed.

At one of the 2016 presidential debates, Mrs. Trump showed up in a bright pink silk blouse with a large bow at the neck, long known as a “pussy bow blouse.” That was just days after reports surfaced that her husband had made lewd remarks years earlier about grabbing women by the genitals.

On the other side of the political aisle, former first lady Michelle Obama routinely caught grief from some critics for going sleeveless. Her husband, President Barack Obama, was the talk of a 24-hour news cycle when he donned a tan suit in 2014 for a media briefing.

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Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

June 21, 2018 - 2:22pm

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday.

The request for temporary shelter — amid a growing political battle over detained migrants — was made by the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted by the Defense Department, said the spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis.

Davis said the space is expected to be required at least through the end of this year.

It’s not clear which bases will be used to house the children. HHS has assessed facilities on four military bases, but the Pentagon said it has not been told which, if any, of the four will be used. The Pentagon said it will have no role in operating the temporary shelters, which would be controlled by HHS.

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The four bases already assessed as potential shelter locations are Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, plus three bases in Texas: Dyess Air Force Base, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Fort Bliss.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he is not involved in decisions about housing migrant children detained after crossing the border. But he said the Pentagon will provide whatever support is requested by either the Department of Homeland Security or HHS.

The children who would be housed on military bases are those who cross the border illegally by themselves, as opposed to those accompanied by adults. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep together children and parents apprehended for crossing the border illegally for at least 20 days. The order also directs the Justice Department to fight in court to permanently remove the threat of separation.

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Croatia advances with win over Lionel Messi, Argentina at FIFA World Cup 2018

June 21, 2018 - 2:02pm

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Lionel Messi’s frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina’s worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years.

With Diego Maradona watching from the stands, the 2014 runners-up were routed by Croatia 3-0 Thursday. The Croats are moving on to the round of 16.

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Messi didn’t get a single shot off in a defeat that pushed Argentina to the brink of elimination. Messi, who turns 31 on Sunday, has never won a major title with Argentina’s senior national team despite of decade of championships with Barcelona and five player of the year awards.

“He is our captain, he leads the team and we quite simply couldn’t pass to him,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “We work to give Leo the ball, but the opponent also works hard to prevent him from getting the ball.”

Messi also missed a penalty kick in his team’s opening 1-1 draw against Iceland.

Argentina, hurt by the poor play of goalkeeper Willy Caballero on Thursday, had not lost by such a large margin in the first round since a 6-1 defeat to Czechoslovakia in 1958. Caballero gained the starting role because of an injury to No. 1 keeper Sergio Romero in the run-up to the tournament.

Argentina, which has not missed the second round since failing to qualify for the 1970 World Cup, has not been eliminated. But the two-time champions need to win their next match against Nigeria on Tuesday, as well as get help from other matches.

Thursday’s humiliating loss came in humiliating fashion for one of soccer’s most storied nations.
Caballero mangled a clearance and kicked the ball toward Croatia defender Ante Rebic, who one-timed it into the net in the 53rd minute.

Caballero buried his face in his hands while a giant television screen showed Maradona doing the same.

“After they scored on us, we were emotionally broken,” Sampaoli said. “I had a lot of hope. I am extremely hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn’t understand the match the way I should have.”

And it got worse as Argentina crumbled, frustrated by the Croatian defense. Modric scored with a hooking shot in the 80th and Ivan Rakitic added the third in stoppage time.

Croatia frustrated Argentina throughout the match and never gave Messi space to operate.

“Argentina wasn’t confused. We were excellent,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “We beat a great Argentina with the best player in the world playing, Messi.”

Croatia, which reached the 1998 World Cup semifinals but has not advanced past the group stage since then, will face Iceland on Tuesday in Rostov-on-Don.

“Let’s keep our feet firmly on the ground and prepare for the next matches,” said Modric, the man of the match. “We should be focused on what awaits. Every next game is going to be more difficult, but our main objective has been reached. It looks easy, but it was not that easy.”

Argentina won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986 — the last with Maradona as the star player — but has not won any major title in 25 years. The Argentines also lost in the last two Copa America finals.

GROUP DYNAMICS

Croatia has advanced with six points from two matches in Group D, while Argentina has only one point and is facing elimination.

Iceland also has one point, and Nigeria has zero. Nigeria and Iceland play on Friday.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

Croatia stymied Messi for 90 minutes, not allowing even one shot.

The Croats played with five midfielders and seemed to close down any possible space.

Before the match, Dalic said this was going to be Croatia’s “easiest game.” He clarified that by saying it would not be an “easy opponent” but it would be a “pressure-free match.”

MESSI OR RONALDO?

Sampaoli didn’t want to choose when asked if Cristiano Ronaldo was the best player in the world.

“I think Cristiano is a great player. You can look at all he has achieved as a player for his club and his country,” Sampaoli said. “Right now we shouldn’t compare these two players … Leo is limited because the team doesn’t gel ideally as it should. As coaches we need to realize these things and I am the one who needs to accept that.”

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Bound to be selected in the NHL draft, Slava Demin headlines DU’s incoming freshman class

June 21, 2018 - 1:33pm

After losing three juniors and a sophomore to NHL contracts in April, new Denver hockey coach David Carle will depend on nine incoming freshmen to replace the elite talent they lost.

The biggest new name is defenseman Stanislav “Slava” Demin. A sure bet to be selected in this weekend’s NHL draft — the first round is Friday night in Dallas — Demin was born in northern California and moved to Orange County when he was 8.

“Born in the U.S. but I have Russian parents,” Demin said. “I grew up speaking Russian and I still know it.”

Demin’s parents didn’t grow up playing sports but they learned their son was very athletic at an early age. He starred for the midget triple-A Anaheim Junior Ducks before beginning a two-year stint with the Wenatchee Wild of the junior-A British Columbia Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder helped lead the Wild to the BCHL championship in May and is now training and taking summer classes at DU.

He is ranked 40th among draft-eligible North American forwards or defensemen. He competed at the recent NHL combine in Buffalo just weeks after winning the BCHL title and is trying to get settled in at DU so he’ll watch the draft on television.

“I’m going to stay in Denver and focus on my classes and working out, and nutrition,” Demin said. “I was offered to go but I haven’t had much time to relax and stay in one spot and train.”

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Demin visited with the majority of NHL teams and said the ones that showed the most interest were the three California clubs, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers. His meeting with the Avalanche was one of his longest, he said.

DU could have as many as five incoming freshmen drafted by NHL teams. Goalie Filip Larsson was selected by the Detroit Red Wings last year. Larsson, 19, went on to become the United States Hockey League’s goalie of the year after producing a .941 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average for the Tri-City Storm. The incoming class also includes forwards Brett Stapley, Cole Guttman, Emilio Petersen and Tyler Ward, plus defensemen Sean Comrie and Kyle Mayhew. Comrie is ranked 108th and Stapley 177th.

In addition, forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Brendan Budy — who both are pegged to join DU for 2019-20 — are ranked 58th and 125th, respectively. They will play another year of junior-A before going to college.

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2018 NBA draft tracker

June 21, 2018 - 1:17pm

Live coverage of the 2018 NBA draft from The Denver Post, including live updates, picks around the NBA and selections from the Denver Nuggets. The first round begins today at 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter on dogs, heartthrobs and Colorado ahead of three in-state shows

June 21, 2018 - 12:46pm

Her voice is deep, rich and capable of raising goosebumps, dance moves and tears. Her songs range from wistful, slow-tempo ballads of personal journeys to roadhouse country rock.

But over Mary Chapin Carpenter’s more than three decades of record-making, a career that includes five Grammy Awards, it’s her words, and the bridges that link her to fans, that matter most. It’s why Carpenter is one of only 15 female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“I have no words to describe how important that connection to my fans is,” Carpenter said. “It’s everything.”

Carpenter’s songs — whether about love, romance, joy, heartache, life’s experiences or moments of keen observation — are paintings come to life via poems and melodies.

Consider this passage from “I Am a Town,” from her 1992 breakthrough album, “Come on Come On:”

I am peaches in September, and corn from a roadside stall
I’m the language of the natives, I’m a cadence and a drawl
I’m the pines behind the graveyard, and the cool beneath their shade, where the 
boys have left their beer cans
I am weeds between the graves. 

My porches sag and lean with old black men and children
Their sleep is filled with dreams, I never can fulfill them
I am a town.

Carpenter, 60, will play the first of three Colorado summer shows Friday night at Denver’s Botanic Gardens, followed by a Saturday night show at Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium and a Sunday performance at the Belly Up in Aspen.

Carpenter, speaking from her home in rural Virginia, provided a peek into her personality and her craft during a wide-ranging, 45-minute phone interview with The Denver Post:

Q: The most important question: Do you still own golden retrievers?

A: I lost my oldest golden, Finn, just before Thanksgiving of last year. She had a really great life and it was time to say goodbye. When she passed away it was the first time since 1994 that I didn’t have a golden retriever under my roof. You can imagine the hole in my life that she left.

Way back when, in the ’90s, one of my beloved friends, Reilly, loved to run out on stage during the up-tempo songs. There were a couple of places where people were right up at the foot of the stage. The joke going around our band was that while we always loved it when someone brought flowers to the stage, people were bringing dog biscuits to shows because they knew that Reilly would come running out and lick everybody’s  faces in the front row. Goldens are the greatest creatures in the world.

Q: Your newest release, “Sometimes Just the Sky,” is a celebration of your 30-year recording career. It’s overseen by acclaimed producer Ethan Johns. It was recorded  live at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios outside Bath, England. You include reshaped songs from every one of your first 12 albums, plus the title track, which is a new song. Listening to album, the word “wistful” came to my mind. Does that fit?

A: I think that’s one word among many. I think there are certainly moments in the music that are wistful. I think it’s a beautiful word, by the way.

But the context of this new album is important to me. Last year was the 30th year since I put out my first record (“Hometown Girl”) and I wanted to mark that anniversary in some way. I felt very joyful about it and it means so much to me to be writing, making records, touring the world after all of these years. … I wanted to reimagine these songs and see how time affected us and the songs and the music. It was a fabulous adventure.

I’ve had these songs for so many years, but I was struck by how new they felt. Yet I could sit there and feel like I was completely transported back to places and moments, like some sort of time travel. I was immediately taken back to who I was during that song, to what I was feeling. It was so emotional.

Q: What can fans expect when they see you and your band in concert?

A: This is my full band from the last few years, and we’ve had a great time. My fabulous drummer is a Colorado boy named Nate Barnes. The great Don Dixon is on bass, the amazing Jon Carroll is on piano, a fabulous guitar player Johnny Duke is on one guitar and I’m on the other. We are cranking, and it sounds great.

Set lists are very important to me, and I really sweat putting them together. I believe that when you have a new record out, its really important to share a certain amount of that, but I also want people to feel like they are going to hear things that they know very well, and hopefully care about, love and connect to. I just try to find the right mixture of all of that.

Q: You have been playing in Colorado for years, from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to Red Rocks to the Botanic Gardens to Chautauqua. You seem to have an affinity for Colorado, am I right?

A: Yes, I feel very connected to Colorado. I think it’s very a lovely, special place. It’s just serendipitous that my wonderful manager (Chris Tetzeli, who also manages Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats) is located out there. And some of my best friends live in Colorado.

I’ve have always had this dream of living out there and I just never got around to it. I came pretty close a few years ago but it just didn’t work out.

Q. In the title track to your album “Stones in the Road,” you sang:

When I was ten my father held me
On his shoulders above the crowd
To see a train draped in mourning
Pass slowly through our town
His widow kneeled with all their children
At the sacred burial ground
And the TV glowed that long hot summer 
With all the cities burning down.

That was a reference, of course, to Sen. Robert Kennedy’s assassination in 1968, when you watched his funeral train pass by your town. The 50th anniversary of his death was earlier this month. How did that affect you?

A: It was hard. I certainly felt it. We were at Princeton Junction (N.J.) when the train went by and my dad put me on his shoulders. I will never forget that. (Kennedy) provided so much hope.

Now, we are such a polarized culture and society again. We need to find things that connect us. We need to find connections and bridges to each other, seek that light in one another.

Q: You address that in your song “The Middle Ages” (from the 2016 album, “The Things That We Are Made Of”). You sing about “that jagged lightning bolt of recognition, that love and kindness are all that matter now.”

A: Yes, that’s what you learn when you get older. When we are in our 20s and 30s, we think we are invincible and life seems like it will last forever. The whole thing about getting older is that the wisdom comes with age, and hardships as well. Those are the things that life teaches you, that truly, love and kindness are all that matter.”

Q: In your hit song, “I Feel Lucky,” you sing, “Dwight Yoakam’s in the corner, tryin’ to catch my eye … Lyle Lovett’s right beside me with his hand upon my thigh.” So, who’s in the corner now? Who has his hand upon your thigh?

A: Well, Dwight and Lyle were heartthrobs to many, and they still are, but my crushes probably have gone away with life’s experiences. But if I had to substitute them, it would be a figure from literature. Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice.” Which movie? The Keira Knightley version, with Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. When I’m home on a Friday night, I’ll still watch it. I don’t care if I’ve watched it 200 times, it makes me happy.”

Q. Your song, “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” which came out in 1992, could be an anthem for today’s #MeToo movement.  Are you involved in the movement?

A: I feel like my entire life has spanned what I think of as the women’s movement. I grew up with a  mother who worked, and parents who raised their four kids as hard-core liberal Democrats. I don’t know a time when I haven’t been a feminist. But I do think that song still resonates.

Q: Your live shows, obviously, remain important to you. After all of these years, why is that?

A: A concert is an opportunity to go on a journey together. It’s all about us being together and sharing the various themes and tempos. It’s really important that at the end of the show, you walk out feeling like we have all sort of shared something. That’s the most important thing.

 

 

 

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NBA mock draft 2018: A final edition before what could be a crazier-than-normal night

June 21, 2018 - 12:17pm

NBA draft day is here. Now, good luck trying to figure out how it will shake out.

While the league’s annual selection show is always an unpredictable adventure, this year’s edition is far crazier than normal. Although the top selection, Arizona center DeAndre Ayton, has been solidified for some time, the rest of the draft could go in a variety of directions. Which only increases the difficulty in trying to decipher what will happen.

But that won’t stop us from trying. Here, then, is our final mock draft before NBA Commissioner Adam Silver takes the stage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night to announce all 30 first-round selections.

1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona

The combination of Ayton being a physical freak who put up impressive stats in his lone collegiate season and owner Robert Sarver being a massive Arizona booster makes this one of the few certainties in this draft.

2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Duke

Sacramento has shown a preference for guys who want to be there. Bagley has done that, including a workout in Sacramento last week. Him being talented doesn’t hurt, either.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Luka Doncic, SF, Real Madrid

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said late Tuesday that Atlanta has moved Doncic to the top of its board. He is, for our money, the best player in the draft, making him a great pick here – though Jaren Jackson has been linked to the Hawks for weeks.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Michael Porter, SF/PF, Missouri

If the first three picks go this way, there’s no telling what Memphis would do. Trading down with someone trying to jump up to get Jackson would make the most sense. In lieu of that, though, we’ll say Memphis takes a swing on a guy who would’ve been a top three pick before a back injury and subsequent surgery.

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5. Dallas Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Dallas

This is a tough call between Bamba and Jackson, who wasn’t supposed to be on the board at this point. We’ll keep Bamba, the impossibly long-limbed center who also has shown 3-point shooting touch, as the pick here.

6. Orlando Magic: Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Michigan State

The Magic would likely be doing cartwheels in this situation. While some have advocated for Young here, a front office led by Jeff Weltman and John Hammond – who have spent their careers drafting long, athletic guys – gets another prototype here.

7. Chicago Bulls: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

Imagine trying to guard a pick-and-roll on the break with Young and Lauri Markkanen? This would make Chicago into a very fun team to watch in very short order – even if it doesn’t seem like a team with any chance of defending anyone.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn Nets): Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Wendell Carter Jr. remains on the board, but it’s hard to know what the Cavaliers, who have been linked to several players, will do here. We’ll give them Sexton, who is one of those players that has been linked with them, as a result.

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox, SF/PF, Kentucky

Knox reportedly had a strong workout with the Knicks and is the kind of high-upside swing that New York should be taking here. Carter also could be the pick, but he is falling farther on our mock instead.

10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers): Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova

If Bridges is on the board, it feels like an automatic fit. He can immediately step in and contribute as a defender and shooter on the wing for a rising playoff team.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

The Hornets could go in two directions: a potential long-term option at center in Carter, or a potential long-term option at point guard in Gilgeous-Alexander. We gave them the latter.

12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit Pistons): Wendell Carter, PF/C, Duke

This is a dream scenario for the Clippers, who get a top eight player in this draft with the 12th pick. They’ll be running to hand the card in if this happens.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State

Bridges isn’t the top five pick he was expected to be, but he is the kind of player who should be able to immediately make an impact for Doc Rivers.

14. Denver Nuggets: Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami

It’s hard to predict exactly what direction Denver would go in here, so we’ll give them a long, explosive athlete in Walker to add to their stable of young guards and wings.

15. Washington Wizards: Zhaire Smith, SF, Texas Tech

The Wizards hit with Kelly Oubre in a similar place in the draft three years ago, and Smith – a tantalizing prospect with big-time athleticism – could be a similar success story.

16. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat): Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

The Suns passed on Doncic at the top of the draft, need a point guard and brought Holiday back in for a second workout. That’s enough to get him to this spot.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Troy Brown, SG, Oregon

Another team where there isn’t a clear feel for how things will go, the Bucks will instead opt for another long athlete here in Brown, who feels like he’s going to go in the middle of the first somewhere.

18. San Antonio Spurs: Jerome Robinson, PG, Boston College

Robinson has kept moving up draft boards and could go even higher than this spot. But a long, high-IQ guard that can play on and off the ball feels like a Spurs-y selection.

19. Atlanta Hawks: Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

It wasn’t long ago that Williams was expected to be a lottery pick. But now he finds himself falling to Atlanta, which, in this scenario, took Doncic instead of a big, and thus has an opening for Williams to play alongside last year’s first-round pick, John Collins, in Atlanta’s frontcourt.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder): Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

The Timberwolves need wing players and ideally someone who can shoot from the perimeter. Enter DiVincenzo, who impressed in workouts and cemented himself as a first rounder.

21. Utah Jazz: Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

If Huerter is on the board for Utah here, it sure seems like he will be the pick. Only question is if he winds up going higher than this.

22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans Pelicans): Grayson Allen, SG, Duke

Hard to tell exactly what direction Chicago will go in here, but Allen, who has impressed during the pre-draft circuit, would give them another guard to inject into their rotation next season.

23. Indiana Pacers: Elie Okobo, PG, Pau-Orthez

Okobo is an intriguing French guard that has gotten helium in the weeks leading up to the draft and seems fairly certain to land in the first round. For Indiana, a team that needs a point guard, the fit makes sense.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Josh Okogie, SG, Georgia Tech

Portland desperately needs wing help and players who can play defense alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Okogie can provide both.

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland Cavaliers): De’Anthony Melton, PG/SG, USC

Melton has been linked to the Lakers, and for a team that could potentially be adding a lot of high-profile scoring this summer, he could immediately provide some cheap defensive help.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Keita Bates-Diop, SF/PF, Ohio State

Dzanan Musa could be an option here to give the Sixers, who have a bunch of picks, an opportunity to stash a talent overseas for a year. But with Bates-Diop still on the board, Philadelphia adds a second rangy “3-and-D” wing in this draft who can step right in and play – precisely what coach Brett Brown will be hoping for.

27. Boston Celtics: Dzanan Musa, SF, Cedevita (Croatia)

With a roster full of players who can play now, this would be a play for the future for the Celtics. Mitchell Robinson could be a factor here in a similar way if Boston wants a big guy instead.

28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans, SF, Cincinnati

The Warriors need a wing player, and Evans can step in and play right away for Golden State – something Coach Steve Kerr has said they want in this draft.

29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto Raptors): Chandler Hutchison, SG, Boise State

Brooklyn has been rumored to have promised Hutchison, who they have scouted extensively. For a team that’s loaded up on wing players, that would make sense.

30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets): Melvin Frazier, SF, Tulane

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk came from Golden State and is going to be looking for players who fit in the modern game. Frazier is one of those talents and could actually contribute next season.

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Colorado’s most searched word during the summer is…

June 21, 2018 - 12:01pm

With the official start of summer Thursday, Coloradans’ Google searches proved once again that the work-hard-play-hard state is still very intense. Or rather, in tents.

Digital Third Coast released its list of “The Most Googled Summer Obsessions By State” earlier this week. It analyzed national search volume averages in Google to determine its results.

Colorado’s summer obsession? Campsites.

With several campsites within a few hours from Denver and numerous ones across the state, it’s no surprise that this outdoor pastime tops Colorado’s list. The state shares this obsession with Wyoming, Idaho and Washington.

Last year, the Outdoor Industry Association found that Coloradans spent a total of $28 billion on outdoor recreation. With these numbers, it’s easy to see how camping tops Colorado’s list, said Jennifer Pringle, spokeswoman for OIA.

“People in Colorado live for the mountains and camping is a big part of it,” she said.

Other trends across the country? A share of East Coast states — Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — are wondering when they can get their next lobster roll.

Farmers markets seem to be popular across the country, from southern states Tennessee and North Carolina and East Coast states New Jersey and Delaware to southwestern New Mexico and even Hawaii.

If you haven’t been to Alaska in the summer, it might surprise you that the most Googled summer obsession is rental bikes. And only one state — Arizona — lists public pools as its top pastime.

If you’re planning to take part in Colorado’s favorite summer activity and hope to visit a state park, make sure to check out the new reservation rules, which go into effect this July.

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Fighting 370 pounds and diabetes at 19, a monumental Children’s Hospital Colorado surgery gave Tray Shinault a new life to follow his passion

June 21, 2018 - 11:52am

Last year, Travion Shinault weighed 370 pounds.

In January, 19-year-old “Tray” had one of the first teen bariatric surgeries at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where doctors shrunk his stomach to the size of a banana. Now, the 6-foot-4 teenager weighs 325 pounds.

“My biggest thing was losing weight because I wanted to feel like I belonged in this world,” said Tray, whose goal is 270 pounds. “I can’t speak for all people who are big but most people just want to feel like they belong.”

For Tray, his weight contributed to an on-going struggle with depression that led him to have suicidal intent. But with the help of therapists and weight loss, he said he’s feeling happier.

And what makes his weight-loss tale more incredible is that Tray has chosen a life focused on food. As he tries to curb his cravings, he works at Mesa Verde Bar & Grill at Denver International Airport, he periodically helps his grandfather with his Lena B’s Bar-B-Que food truck, and he’s preparing to return to Colorado Mesa University in the fall to study culinary arts.

Tray Shinault said he hopes that he can continue his passion for cooking and food after having bariatric surgery. Staff at Children’s Hospital are working with him to control his portions and helping him choose healthier food. (Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Tray was 5 years old the first time he almost killed himself.

There are a complex set of factors that can lead to suicide attempts. For Tray, one of those was school. He was a big kid his whole life. That was his “thing,” he said. And kids could be brutal. They made fun of him for having “boobs,” and they threw snacks at him.

“More people make fun of fat kids because they know that they get something out of that,” he said. “There’s always going to be a fat joke. There’s always going to be some type of comment or some type of weird or rude thing to say to someone that is fat.”

Before his first attempt, Tray had been bullied at school for three weeks straight. He explained that it had been drilled into his brain that because he was fat, he couldn’t do anything. He couldn’t do a sit up. He couldn’t do a backflip. He couldn’t do any of the stuff other kids were doing. He broke.

“I didn’t want to be myself,” he said. “I would go into the kitchen, pretend to grab a gigantic knife and pretend to carve myself, like carve myself like a pig and just cut that out.”

But he didn’t.

“It was the hardest thing for me to realize because I was like, ‘How can someone who’s this… who’s just this and everything almost come to an end like that?’ I just thought about that for a while and I’m like, ‘I’m going to lose weight. Try to do something better with my life. But I’m not going to come back to this,’ ” he said. “And then it happened again.”

It was at this dining room table, at his family’s house in east Denver, where Tray Shinault made the decision to get bariatric surgery. It was during a dinner after the funeral of his aunt, who died of heart disease at a young age, when Tray realized that he was headed down that same path and had to make a change. (Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

When Tray was depressed, he ate. When he was bored, he ate. He ate all the time. He described a constant cycle of bullying, thoughts about death, cravings for food and urges to change something.

For his mental health, Tray began seeing therapists. For his weight, he had Salena, although everyone called her Lena B. She was Tray’s aunt — and she was his auntie.

“She was always the extra mom for him,” Tray’s grandfather Lonnie R.H. Shinault said. Tray’s mother has been gone since he was a kid, so he lives with his grandparents.

Lena B. would advise Tray, she would motivate him and she’d always do whatever the kids wanted to do, Lonnie Shinault said. She similarly had weight issues so she would grab him and make him work out with her. They’d run, hike, lift weights and mountain bike.

“People are going to still be sad, still going through something, but they’re going to enjoy their time while they’re eating something.”

In 2012, Lena B. started experiencing stomach problems. She went back and forth to the doctor, assuming it was the stomach flu. She was hospitalized on a Thursday in late December. She died on Monday — Christmas Eve. She was 34 years old. The family later found out she had cancer.

“The first thing I ever cooked for my family was a gigantic spaghetti meal, and I brought all of my family members together after we had lost our aunt,” Tray said. “People are going to still be sad, still going through something, but they’re going to enjoy their time while they’re eating something.”

Tray Shinault has always loved cooking and food. His grandfather runs a food truck and Tray grew up helping him cook barbecue. Despite getting bariatric surgery, Tray plans to enroll in culinary school this coming fall. (Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

These days, Tray is eating chicken lettuce wraps. He’s cut out a lot of sugary soda and fast food. If Tray dines out, he typically sticks to the family’s food truck Lena B’s Bar-B-Que, which he says is healthier — “as long as he’s eating chicken,” Lonnie Shinault added.

And it’s not just Tray who’s been doing better with his diet. Lonnie Shinault started working out in support of Tray, and has lost 30 pounds. As Tray’s father, Lonnie Jr. Shinault, saw both Tray and the senior Shinault getting healthier, he stopped smoking and started working out, too. His grandmother Robin Shinault cut back on eating out and is now keeping healthier foods in the home.

Food is at the heart of the Shinault family, and barbecue is the blood running through it. Shinault Sr. spent his childhood learning how to make the family’s barbecue, which took years to perfect. He didn’t get the OK on his barbecue until he was in his 50s — and he’s yet to give the OK to his kids and grandkids. When Tray’s great-grandma Marva Shinault was alive, the family would meet at her Denver home for big meals. On the Fourth of July, they’d all go to his great-aunt’s house for a big gathering with lots of food.

“Whenever I had anxiety or stress, I would always bake something.”

But for Tray, it’s more than just a familial connection. It’s a lifeline.

“Whenever I had anxiety or stress, I would always bake something,” he said. “My family loved it,  but they gained a little bit of pounds.”

Baking has long been one of Tray’s passions, starting when was just 3 years old. He recalls watching clips of the World Chocolate Championships on YouTube until 4 in the morning. He started out learning to cook from his family and trying the recipes on the back of boxes.

Now, he makes orange liqueur cheesecake — from scratch.

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After taking a break from school for the surgery, Tray will be returning to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to study baking and pastry, as well as chocolate design. His goal is to one day open a tea shop where he can sell his own pastries.

Or run a food truck like his grandfather.

But Tray understands the incongruity of continuing to bake sugary treats while trying to lose weight and eat healthier.

“I keep with cooking because I feel — as I’ve told my grandparents and friends — it brings people together in the worst situations,” Tray said. “People can be struggling, people can be going through depression, can be going through anxiety, a house loss, a family member (loss), but it’s  always going to bring somebody together.”

At one of his post-surgery checks at Children’s in early April, Tray was sporting a new haircut and wore a red shirt that read “Nope, I’m going back to bed.”

Tray Shinault attends a check-up at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora after his bariatric surgery at the age of 19. He was the first teen bariatric surgery patient with Type 2 diabetes to have the surgery at the hospital. On this day, Tray was happy to learn that he had lost 55 pounds since the surgery, and now has his diabetes more in control. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

“Alright, hon, you know the drill,” the nurse said, handing him a clipboard with paperwork to fill out.

Tray first visited Children’s in 2015 after his grandmother noted that his blood pressure was high. At times, he could be taking up to three shots a day and a pill to regulate his diabetes, nurse practitioner Rachel Anthony said. Additionally, his weight contributed to sleep apnea that caused him to stop breathing 31 times an hour at night.

Tray reached a juncture: More shots, something he loathed to do, or surgery. He had surgery on Jan. 23.

Tray’s case entered new territory for Children’s Hospital. While he’s the fifth person to have the bariatric surgery there, he’s the first with diabetes. As is typical with bariatric surgery, surgeons removed the upper two-thirds of Tray’s stomach and left the rest in a long tubular sleeve, making it about the size and shape of a banana, Anthony said.

“I feel like I’m looking at a new person.”

In three months, he dropped 55 pounds and his breathing issues at night drastically improved. His diabetes improved from uncontrollable to well-managed, allowing him to stop all of his shots.

And for Children’s, the surgery set a precedent: After him, another teen with diabetes had the surgery and had similar results.

“This is a totally new way of thinking,” nurse Anthony said. “Sometimes they call this diabetes surgery because it really is a great treatment option for diabetes.”

Shortly after Tray finished his paperwork during the April post-op appointment, Anthony stepped into the room for a checkup and to deliver the good news.

“I feel like I’m looking at a new person,” Anthony said before asking for a hug and heading out.

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Barry Trotz, Stanley Cup-winning coach, lands with New York Islanders

June 21, 2018 - 11:49am

DALLAS — The New York Islanders hired Barry Trotz as their head coach.

President of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello announced the move Thursday at the NHL draft, two weeks after Trotz won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals and three days after he resigned from that job. Trotz reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth double what he would have made annually on a shorter contract with the Capitals.

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Hiring Trotz fresh off his Stanley Cup victory is another statement to face-of-the-franchise center John Tavares, who can become a free agent July 1. Finding a permanent arena at Belmont Park and ownership hiring three-time Cup-winning Lamoriello were seen as building blocks to trying to re-sign Tavares.

In the past 40 years, Trotz is just the fifth coach not to return to a Stanley Cup-winner and the first since Scotty Bowman retired after winning with Detroit in 2002. Mike Keenan in 1994 was the last coach to leave a Cup champion in a contract dispute when he did not return to the New York Rangers.

Trotz has the fifth-most wins of any coach in NHL history and led Washington to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Despite that, the Capitals let the 55-year-old go into the final year of his contract without an extension, in large part because he had never made it past the second round of the playoffs.

Under Trotz, the Capitals won their first title in franchise history this season, which triggered a clause in his contract that gave him a $300,000 raise to about $2 million for the next two seasons. General manager Brian MacLellan said a long-term contract and Trotz’s representative wanting to have him paid among the top four or five coaches in the NHL were sticking points, and Trotz asked for and was given his resignation Monday.

The Islanders put Trotz in that stratosphere, behind Toronto’s Mike Babcock, Chicago’s Joel Quenneville and Montreal’s Claude Julien but ahead of most of the rest of the league.

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PGA Tour: Zach Johnson holds early lead at Travelers Championship

June 21, 2018 - 10:49am

CROMWELL, Conn. — Zack Johnson shot a first-round 63 to take an early lead at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

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The former Masters and British Open champion birdied six straight holes on the back nine and finished 7 under par, one shot ahead of American Peter Malnati.

SCOREBOARD: Travelers Championship

Brooks Koepka followed his U.S. Open championship with a 2-under 68 on the TPC River Highland’s course, putting him five shots off the pace.

The Travelers was selected by the PGA last year as its “Tournament of the Year” and the “Players Choice.” That has helped attract a 156-player field that includes five of the world’s top 10 ranked golfers and all four reigning major championship winners.

Masters winner Patrick Reed, PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, the defending British Open and Travelers champion, all are on the course Thursday afternoon.

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France into second round with win over Peru at 2018 FIFA World Cup

June 21, 2018 - 10:34am

YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Fast, exciting and now the youngest scorer in France’s World Cup history.

Kylian Mbappe is the one.

At 19 years and 183 days, Mbappe became the youngest player to score for France’s national team on soccer’s biggest stage. And his reward was leading his squad into the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Peru on Thursday.

“I’ve always said that the World Cup is a dream for any player,” said Mbappe, who was born a few months after France won the 1998 title. “It is a dream come true and I hope I will have more like this.”

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With two wins from two matches in Group C, France is through to the next round with a match to spare. Peru was eliminated.

Paul Pogba, one of France’s best players, set up the 34th-minute goal for Mbappe. Pogba beat his defender and passed to Olivier Giroud, who then chipped the ball toward goal for Mbappe to easily tap in past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

France coach Didier Deschamps made a pair of tactical adjustments after an underwhelming performance in the team’s opening win over Australia. He put Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in the starting lineup but kept the same 4-3-2-1 formation with Giroud up front.

Both used their speed and passing to expose gaps in Peru’s backline.

Paolo Guerrero started for Peru after coming off the bench in the opening loss to Denmark. He came out with energy, but he cooled down after receiving a yellow card in the 23rd minute.

Guerrero nearly missed the World Cup before his doping ban was lifted by a Swiss judge prior to the tournament. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was one of three opposing captains, along with Australia’s Mile Jedinak and Denmark’s Simon Kjaer, who signed a letter to FIFA supporting the lifting of the ban.
Guerrero had one of Peru’s best chances in the 87th minute from a free kick, but his attempt went right at Lloris.

“We gave it our best in two matches. We came into this match with a completely different set of expectations, but I have nothing to hold against my players,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. “France is a hard team to harness. … France corrected its style over the course of the game, this proves that France is a great side.”

Gareca said in both games his team’s ball control created opportunities, “but we couldn’t finish, we couldn’t score.”

The three-prong attack of Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele did little in the opening win over Australia, but the French trio was active Thursday in Yekaterinburg.

Griezmann had a pair of opportunities stopped within the first 15 minutes, and Mbappe and Dembele consistently got past Peru’s defense to set up scoring chances.

Peru was outshot 12-10, with only two of those chances on target. Two others were blocked.

GROUP DYNAMICS

Both teams play their final group stage matches on Tuesday. Peru will face Australia in Sochi while France takes on Denmark in Moscow.

KEY TO SUCCESS

Deschamps got a boost from Giroud and Matuidi in the match against Australia and wisely made the move to start them against Peru. The chemistry they found as substitutes carried over and it sharpened France’s attack.

Peru again showed why it is one of the most fun teams to watch at this year’s World Cup, using creativity to open spaces for scoring opportunities. But that constant motion ate up a lot of energy and hurt their control as the match progressed.

100TH APPEARANCE

Thursday marked the 100th international appearance for Lloris. The 31-year-old keeper first played for France’s national team in 2008 and has been a fixture ever since.
He also now has made 76 appearances wearing the captain’s armband.

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Naked man arrested for singing gospel songs, impeding bumper-to-bumper traffic in Aspen

June 21, 2018 - 10:29am
Pitkin County Sheriff's OfficeBrandon Tidrow

A soaking wet, naked man who was singing gospel songs and standing in the middle of Original Street during rush hour Tuesday was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, according to a police report.

Brandon Tidrow, 30, of Aspen admitted to taking off his clothes earlier while playing in the Roaring Fork River at Herron Park, which was full of adults and children, prompting several park patrons to leave, according to a police report.

“Tidrow took his clothes off because he felt comfortable in his skin,” Aspen police Officer Mark Anderson wrote in the report. “Tidrow said that he was not under the influence of drugs.”

Emergency dispatchers first received a call about Tidrow at Herron Park at 5:07 p.m., the report states. A subsequent call reported him walking naked up Neale Avenue toward Original Road.

When three officers arrived on scene, they found Tidrow walking completely naked in the middle of Original Road at the intersection with Hyman Avenue, where he was impeding bumper-to-bumper traffic, the report states.

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Rockies farm update: Antonio Senzatela scheduled for Saturday start in Triple-A, Garrett Hampson keeps impressing and more

June 21, 2018 - 10:26am

As the Rockies sit in fourth place in the National League West and continue to struggle to find their footing though the first half of 2018, there’s plenty of reasons for optimism down on the farm in Triple-A Albuquerque.

Here’s the latest minor league update on top Colorado prospects, some of whom could find themselves in Denver soon.

Senzatela scheduled to return

Since being optioned back to the Isotopes on May 3, Antonio Senzatela’s posted a 2.70 ERA and 33 Ks and looks like the best immediate bet for a call-up to help the Rockies’ struggling bullpen. Groin tightness caused the right-hander to miss his last scheduled start, a holdout done mostly out of precaution considering it was a re-injury from earlier in the season.

“It wasn’t a major injury by any means, in fact, it was pretty minor, but as we talked through it more we decided to give him a little extra time just to make sure it was right,” Rockies director of player development Zach Wilson said. “I didn’t anticipate he was going to miss a start, and he’s actually going to pitch the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.”

Hampson continues to impress

Since being called up to Albuquerque on May 17, Garrett Hampson is hitting .286 with a dozen RBIs as the shortstop continues to impress in the field with his athleticism and glove skills.

“He started up slow and then went on an absolute rampage in Triple-A,” Wilson said. “He’s got almost a 1:1 ratio in terms of walks to strikeouts, he continues to hover around that .290 to .300 batting average no matter what (level) he’s at, and he continues to work counts and get on base.”

The 23-year-old was selected in the third round (No. 81 overall) of the 2016 draft by Colorado.

Other arms standing ready

Left-hander Sam Howard, who was with the Rockies for four days this month when Harrison Musgrave went on the bereavement list, was hit for five runs in four innings in his most recent start with the Isotopes.

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But Wilson said Howard’s major league debut June 10, in which he tossed a scoreless ninth in a loss to the Diamondbacks, was a critical growth moment.

“What he proved when he did that was that he wasn’t scared,” Wilson said. “He came in there, he threw strikes, he attacked, he looked like he was in control of his emotions on the mound. That was an important step for him.”

Wilson also noted the performance of Isotopes’ closer D.J. Johnson (5.40 ERA in 31.2 innings, 10 saves) has been solid despite the right-hander’s inflated ERA.

“This is a guy who, over the last two years with us, has come onto the scene,” Wilson said. “He’s 94 to 98 (mph), he’s got a hard breaking ball from 80 to 84 with slider velocity — but it’s really a hard curveball that he can use as an out pitch. This is a guy who I think is on the brink — he’s not on the roster as we sit here, but he’s a guy who’s begun to impress.”

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Garfield County jail inmate held on warrant for failure to comply and pay dies in cell

June 21, 2018 - 10:23am

A Garfield County Jail inmate being held on a warrant for failure to comply and pay was found dead in his jail cell early Thursday morning, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The name of the man or circumstances surrounding his death were not yet released by law enforcement.

“There is no foul play suspected at this time,” read a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The man was discovered around 3:30 a.m. by a Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy during a routine check.

“Immediate attempts were made to revive him, including CPR, and EMS was notified,” the release read.

The warrant the man was picked up on is typically issued when someone doesn’t pay a fine on a previous offense, said Walt Stowe, spokesman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

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First responders tried to revive the man when they arrived at the jail, but the inmate was pronounced dead at 4 a.m.

“A standard investigation will be made to assure all proper procedures were followed prior to, and at the time of, discovery of the non-responsive inmate,” the release read.

 

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2018 NBA draft could be big night for big men

June 21, 2018 - 10:20am

NEW YORK — It could be a big night for big men in the NBA draft.

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. and Texas center Mo Bamba are all expected to be high selections Thursday night in Brooklyn. All are 6-foot-10 or taller.

The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 pick for the first time in franchise history and are expected to take the 7-foot-1 Ayton. They are followed by Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas.

Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, and Bagley were high school teammates for one season at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona.

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There has been less emphasis on traditional centers in the NBA in recent years, but most of the top big-men prospects are versatile enough to play outside as well, making this the first time since 2007 that six players 6-10 or taller could go in the top 10.

Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. believe they are the best players in this draft, though the best they can hope for is probably the No. 2 pick.

The Kings own it, and that’s where the intrigue appears to begin Thursday.

Since Ayton is expected to be taken by the Suns to open the draft, Bagley, Porter, Slovenian guard Luka Doncic or Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. could be considered by Sacramento.

The Kings have been one of the league’s lowliest franchises, not making the playoffs since 2006. But Bagley and Porter both said they would be open to playing in Sacramento, and getting picked so early would be an accomplishment for Porter after a back injury sidelined him for nearly all of his only season at Missouri.

Bagley thrived in his one season at Duke and doesn’t expect that to change once he’s a pro.

“I want to be the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball, and I mean that in the most humble way possible,” he said. “Not to sound cocky or come off as arrogant, but that’s just the mindset that I have. I always say, if you don’t want to get to that level or be the best, then there’s really no need to play.”

Doncic arrived in the U.S. on Wednesday after helping Real Madrid win the ACB league championship a day earlier. If the Kings don’t select him, he could end up in Atlanta, Memphis or Dallas, who round out the top-five spots.

Other things to know before Thursday’s draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center at 5 p.m. on ESPN:

BAHAMAS TO BROOKLYN

Ayton could join 1978 top pick Mychal Thompson — father of Golden State star Klay Thompson — as the only players from the Bahamas to go No. 1.

“It’s just a huge opportunity to show the world that we’re coming. Bahamian people are coming,” Ayton said. “We’re not just only a country of track and field athletes. We can also play basketball.”

If it happens and Doncic follows, it would be the first time the NBA draft started with two international-born players.

TERRIFIC TEAMMATES

Power programs such as Duke (Bagley and Wendell Carter Jr.), Michigan State (Jackson and Miles Bridges), national champion Villanova (Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo) and Kentucky (Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) could have multiple players taken in the top 10-15 selections of the two-round draft.

MAKING A MOCKERY

Jackson was on the rise in some mock drafts this spring, though he never noticed. He said he would look at them sometimes when he was a younger fan, but hasn’t had any interest now that his name is in them.

“I think when I was in high school, I probably looked at those mock drafts when they came out and said, ‘Oh snap.’ But as I found out there was like so many people making different ones, I kind of just lost interest in looking at it,” he said. “I kind of just play my game, work on getting better and just wait for that moment. Tomorrow’s the day so there’s no more mocks. It’s going to be the regular draft.”

TURN OFF TWITTER

Porter was frustrated when he felt comments he made in an interview were turned around, quickly learning that life will be different in the NBA.

“I’ll give you an example. Yesterday I get asked, who have you been compared to in the NBA? Who do people compare you to?” Porter said. “And I said, ‘You know, I’ve been compared to KD (Kevin Durant) before. I’ve been compared to Tracy McGrady,’ and then they put it on Twitter, it’s like, Michael Porter says he’s as good as KD and Tracy McGrady. And I’m like come on, bro, I didn’t say that. But at the end of the day, that’s why I try to stay off Twitter.”

STYLE WATCH

Carter wore pants that had a different pattern on each leg to his Wednesday media session and there was some other sparkle in the room, but the best of the style figures to come out, as usual, on draft night.

“All the way from when LeBron had the all-white coming out, the suits are what stand out to me, what they wear,” Young said. “Everybody has a different background and different story on how they got there, but what they’re wearing is what sticks out to me right now.”

And he’s planning to make an NBA first impression.

“Yeah, it’s going to be something fine,” the point guard said. “It’s going to be something crazy.”

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Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon named to 2017-18 NHL’s second all-star team

June 21, 2018 - 10:19am

Nathan MacKinnon may not have won MVP at the NHL Awards on Wednesday, but he didn’t leave empty-handed.

The Avalanche’s star center was named to the league’s 2017-18 second all-star team, his first appearance on the year-end squad.

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MacKinnon, 22, had career highs last season in goals (39), assists (58) and points (97), leading Colorado to its first playoff berth since 2014. He is the first Avs player to be named to either the first or second team since goaltender Semyon Varlmov earned second-team honors after the 2013-14 season.

The first team consisted for Edmonton center Connor McDavid, Tampa Bay right wing Nikita Kucherov, New Jersey left wing Taylor Hall, Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman, Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty and Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

MacKinnon is joined on the second team by Columbus defenseman Seth Jones, Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban, Philadelphia left wing Claude Giroux, and Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and right wing Blake Wheeler.

Mikko Rantanen finished seventh among right wings in the voting.

This is the 14th postseason all-star honor the Avs have had since moving to Denver. Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic each have three apiece.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted for the all-star team.

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Colorado Rockies call up Yency Almonte from Triple-A, option Ryan McMahon to Albuquerque

June 21, 2018 - 9:56am

The Colorado Rockies on Thursday recalled right-handed pitcher Yency Almonte from Triple-A to help bolster their bullpen. Infielder Ryan McMahon was optioned to Albuquerque.

Almonte, 24, was was 1-4 with a 6.27 ERA with the Isotopes this year.

McMahon, 23, has appeared in 47 games for the Rockies in 2018, batting .211 with two home runs and nine RBIs.

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Westminster road rage shooting suspect charged with first-degree murder

June 21, 2018 - 9:50am
Westminster Police DepartmentJeremy Webster

A 23-year-old man has been formally charged with first-degree murder and 19 other charges linked to a road-rage shooting spree in the parking lot of a Westminster dental office that left a teen-age boy dead and three people shot and injured.

Jeremy Webster also was charged with first-degree murder-extreme indifference; three counts of attempted first-degree murder; three counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon; five counts of violent crime causing serious bodily injury; four counts of violent crime causing death or serious injury and three other violent crimes, by the Adams County District Attorney’s office.

Webster is being held at the Adams County Detention Facility without bond in the death of 13-year-old Vaughn Bigelow. His 41-year-old mother, Meghan, and 8-year-old brother, Asa, remain in critical condition at a hospital. A bystander, John Gale, was shot in both arms.

The road-rage encounter started at a busy street corner and ended at a Westminster office complex. A message on a GoFundMe page said that Meghan Bigelow and her three children were on their way to a routine dental appointment when she was accosted.

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Webster told Westminster police detectives that he began taking a new prescription medication for mental health issues Thursday hours before the fatal encounter, according to a search warrant affidavit.

At around 3 p.m. Thursday, Webster and Meghan Bigelow had some type of angry encounter in traffic near Sheridan Boulevard and Turnpike Drive. Webster allegedly followed the Bigelows into a complex of commercial stores and offices where Bigelow parked in front of Children’s Dentistry, 5250 West 80th Ave.

Webster parked in the middle of the parking lot, jumped out of his car and argued briefly with Meghan Bigelow before allegedly pulling out a Glock 19 and shooting her, Vaughn and Asa. Only her son Cooper managed to run to a building and get inside without being wounded. Webster allegedly also shot Gale, who was sitting with his 9-year-old daughter in his truck.

About three hours later, authorities arrested Webster near Castle Rock while he was apparently driving home to Colorado Springs on Interstate 25. In a Westminster police interview room, Webster allegedly admitted to the shooting and told police that his Glock handgun was in the trunk of his car and his prescription drugs were at home.

 

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