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Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu headed to DL with oblique injury

Denver Post Local News - 4 hours 9 min ago

The Rockies’ dramatic 11-10 win over Arizona Friday night came with a high price.

Leadoff hitter and two-time Gold Glove second baseman DJ LeMahieu is going back on the 10-day disabled list after sustaining an oblique injury.

LeMahieu, 30, was pulled from the game before the third inning, after flying out in his first two at-bats. It was LeMahieu’s second injury in the past week. He was a late scratch from last Saturday night’s game against the Mariners because of lower-back stiffness. LeMahieu played on Sunday, the final game before the all-star break.

Manager Bud Black said the current injury is  “a little bit different”  than the back problem .

“This is more an oblique situation,” Black said. “It looks like we’re going to put DJ on the disabled list. That is not ideal for us, but it’s reality. We’ll make the adjustment from a team standpoint, and the guys will pick DJ up, as we do pick each other up. That’s a tough blow for us and DJ.”

Black said the Rockies will make a corresponding roster move on Saturday when LeMahieu goes on the DL. Utility infielder Pat Valaika replaced LeMahieu Friday night.

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Black is hopeful that LeMahieu’s oblique injury is not serious.

“The severity of it is such that it might not be lengthy — fingers crossed on that,” Black said. “It doesn’t look like a six-week or eight-week oblique strain.”

This marks the third time this season LeMahieu will spend time on the DL. The second baseman missed eight games from April 28-May 8 because of a right hamstring strain. He then missed 15 games from May 14-June 1 because of a left thumb strain.

LeMahieu, who’s making $8.5 million this season, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. He won the 2016 National League batting title with a .348 average, but has tailed off a bit this year. He’s batting .278 with eight home runs, 22 doubles and 34 RBIs.

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Human bones found near Lafayette might date to early settlement

Denver Post Local News - 4 hours 25 min ago

Mysterious human remains discovered in April during construction on private property near the eastern fringes of Lafayette have prompted a months-long investigation, police said this week.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office released a statement Wednesday confirming the find, but has declined to divulge much else.

The coroner’s office “was contacted on April 16, 2018 regarding potential human remains found during construction activities on private property near the area of East Baseline Road and East County Line Road in Unincorporated Boulder County,” the statement said. “The Coroner’s Office along with Boulder County Sheriff’s Office investigated the area and the case is currently being handled in conjunction with the State Archaeologist’s Office.”

The Boulder County Coroner’s office would not comment past its initial statement, and the release of a case report for the ensuing police investigation is still pending.

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Boulder district attorney asks for rapist Christopher Lawyer to be sent back to prison

Denver Post Local News - 4 hours 40 min ago

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office has asked that convicted rapist Christopher Lawyer be sent back to prison after alleged violations in California have brought the court-designated “sexually violent predator” back to Colorado.

Lawyer, 43, was extradited to Colorado in early July and is being held in the Washington County Jail in Akron while he awaits a parole revocation hearing Monday.

Sacramento County Sheriff's OfficeChristopher Lawyer

Before the hearing, Boulder County Chief Trial Deputy Caryn Datz wrote a letter to the parole board asking that it revoke Lawyer’s parole.

“The parole board is now faced with a man who has violated parole in the past, in the most concerning manner possible: with repeated conduct that is sexual in nature, in direct violation of the conditions of his parole,” Datz wrote. “He now seeks to return to a scared and outraged community, following his nearly immediate and significant failure to comply with parole conditions in California.

“There are few offenders who put our community at greater risk than this man.”

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Raimel Tapia’s grand slam propels Rockies to 11-10 win over D-backs

Denver Post Local News - 5 hours 48 min ago

PHOENIX — As Raimel Tapia rounded the bases Friday night, the Rockies partied in the visitors dugout at Chase Field like it was Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one.

A beaming Tapia hit a two-out, pinch-hit, seventh-inning grand slam off Archie Bradley, lifting the Rockies to a wild, 11-10 victory over Arizona. It was the first slam of Tapia’s career, as well as his first pinch-hit home run,  and it came on a rare off night for Bradley. The right-hander had a 1.97 ERA and 26 holds coming into the game, and left-handed batters were 1-for-33 against him since May 23.

Those credentials didn’t matter to the left-handed hitting Tapia, who ripped Bradley’s 2-2, 96.2 mph fastball over the right-field wall. In his two-thirds of an inning, Bradley gave up six runs on three hits and three walks, and he walked in a run. Entering the night, he’d given up 10 earned runs in 45 ⅔ innings all season.

“My mindset was just to have a good at-bat, stay short to the ball,” said Tapia, who quickly found himself down 0-2 after Tony Wolters drew a walk to drive in a run. “I stuck to my strength, which is being an aggressive hitter in the zone. It worked out.”

The victory extended the Rockies’ winning streak to six games and gave them their 14th win in their last 17 games. They remained two games behind the Dodgers in the National League West and moved a half-game behind the second-place D-backs. The Dodgers beat Milwaukee 6-4 Friday night.

Did Tapia know his slam was gone when he hit it?

“I didn’t know it was going to leave the yard, I just knew I made good contact,” he said.

Manager Bud Black called Tapia’s at-bat “huge.”

“He was down 0-2, but he hung in there,” Black said. ” ‘Tap’ got the count to 2-2 and got a pitch he could hit and he squared it up. You have to give Tap a ton of credit there for having an at-bat in a big spot and delivering.”

Boxscore

With closer Wade Davis unavailable because of stomach ailment. Bryan Shaw pitched 1 ⅔ innings and struck out four, an encouraging sign for the beleaguered reliever. Adam Ottavino pitched 1⅓ innings, his wild pitch allowing a run to score in the eighth. In the ninth, the right-hander struggled, allowing Jake Lamb, who reached on Ottavino’s throwing error, to score on a sacrifice fly by Alex Avila. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon made a terrific sliding catch on Avilia’s flyball, saving the night for Colorado. Ottavino struck out Jon Jay on a high fastball to end the game.

“I thought he had no shot at it, honestly,” Ottavino said of Blackmon’s catch. “It was an awesome catch and gave me new hope.”

Regarding his lack of precision, Ottavino said: “I just felt a little rusty coming out of the (all-star) break.”

Blackmon didn’t think his catch was that big of a deal.

“Actually, I had taken, like, two steps toward the wrong gap right before that pitch, so luckily I didn’t take three,” he said. “If I’d taken three, we’d still be playing. I thought it was a pretty good pitch, and (Avila) didn’t hit it on the barrel, so I thought that play should be made.”

Lost in the late-night madness was the fact that Colorado’s Nolan Arenado swatted a pair of two-run home runs off Arizona starter Robbie Ray, and batted 3-for-5. On most nights, Arenado would have had a starring role. Friday night, he gladly became a subplot, even as his home run total increased to 25, tying him with Milwaukee’s Jesus Aguilar for the National League lead. Arenado’s 72 RBIs are tied with the Cubs’ Javier Baez for most in the NL.

Arenado’s first home run left the yard so quickly, D-backs left fielder David Peralta barely moved. Arenado’s 24th launch of the season traveled 429 feet, drove in Blackmon and gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the first.

Act II of the Arenado show came in the fifth and tied the game 5-5. Once again, Arenado drove in Blackmon, who had led off with a single. This extreme, opposite-field home run didn’t travel that far — just 342 feet — but Arenado willed it to stay fair, and it did, landing just inside the foul pole down the right-field line. Friday marked the second time this season Arenado has swatted two home runs in a game, and it was the 14th time he’s done so in his career.

Rockies starter German Marquez, who’s been such a road warrior, was not sharp. That was clear in the first inning. Given a 2-0 lead, the right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and a walk. The big blow was a two-run single by Nick Ahmed, who finished the night with a career-high four RBIs. Another run scored when a pitched ticked off Wolters’ glove for a passed ball, allowing Lamb to score from third.

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Marquez, who entered the game with a 2.62 road ERA, gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits over five innings. The most disappointing pitch of the night was a 1-1 curveball in the fifth that Ketel Marte ripped for a two-out RBI triple to score A.J. Pollock and give Arizona a 6-5 lead.

“The game sped up on me and the tempo was a little too fast, and I paid the price for it,” Marquez said.

Added Black: “He was a little bit off on the command. His stuff was there … but it wasn’t the Marquez we have seen the last three starts, for sure. His fastball, I think, was the biggest issue there. It sort of got him in bad counts and bad locations.”

The Rockies removed second baseman DJ LeMahieu from the game before the third inning with what manager Bud Black said was an oblique injury. LeMahieu will go on the 10-day disabled list and could be out for a significant amount of time. The Rockies are hopeful it’s not so severe that LeMahieu would be sidelined for six weeks or more. LeMahieu missed last Saturday’s game with a tight lower back,  but he came back to play on Sunday, the final game before the all-star break.

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Tractor rampages through downtown Denver in police pursuit that ends with driver in custody

Denver Post Local News - 7 hours 33 min ago

A man driving a tractor led authorities on a pursuit through Denver on Friday night before colliding with a police vehicle at 15th and Market streets.

Video on social media showed more than a dozen squad cars giving chase, with multiple civilian vehicles hit, forcing authorities to shut down the intersection of 15th and Blake streets.

The driver reportedly suffered multiple dog bites while resisting arrest, and eventually was taken into custody by police.

Emergency responders were called to the scene to treat the suspect and officers injured during the pursuit.

#Denver #tractor #slowspeedpursuit pic.twitter.com/jBQTEzlK9o

— garbuckle (@gazucci) July 21, 2018

Addie Hooper, 20, visiting from Amarillo, Texas, with her mother and sister and a family friend, was eating at a window seat at a restaurant and facing Market Street. Suddenly she saw a tractor speeding down the road. Then she saw a Denver police SUV, traveling the wrong way down Market, crash head-on with the tractor.

“We were just like, ‘Whoa, that’s crazy!'” Hooper said.

Immediately after the crash, police vehicles flooded the street, and officers rushed the tractor with guns drawn, including the officer who crashed the SUV into the tractor.

“We thought they were going to shoot him,” Hooper said.

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Instead, officers used a stun gun on the driver, who was put in an ambulance and driven from the scene.

Two injured officers were taken to a hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

There were no other official reports of injuries.

Tyrone Campbell, a Denver police spokesman, described the incident as a slow-speed chase that started in the City Park area and finished downtown on a busy Friday night. Police were concerned for the safety of pedestrians and drivers and made a quick decision to end the incident by ramming the tractor.

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Denver police searching for driver involved in I-25 hit-and-run wreck

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 8:04pm

DENVER – A hit-and-run driver is wanted after a two-vehicle crash that forced the closure of northbound I-25 Friday night.

Denver Police reported the crash via Twitter just after 6 p.m., saying officers were investigating a two-vehicle crash with serious injuries at northbound I-25 and 6th Avenue.

PLZ RT – UPDATE: This crash is a hit & run. #DPD is looking for suspect who is described as a muscular, bald, white male, standing 5’10” to 6’, wearing a white shirt and tan shorts. If you see a person matching this description, please call 911. #Denver

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) July 21, 2018

More than two hours later, a police department spokesperson said officers were looking for a bald Caucasian man with a muscular build, measuring 5-foot-10 to 6-feet-tall. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and tan shorts.

Those who encounter a person matching this description are encouraged to call 911.

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PHOTOS: Bandimere Speedway hosts 39th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 8:00pm

The 39th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals kick off at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison Friday, July 20, 2018. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues through the weekend, concluding with the finals on Sunday.

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Journal: Nolan Arenado and his Rockies teammates not “demoralized” by Dodgers’ acquisition of Manny Machado

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:53pm

PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Dodgers are never shy about boasting about the power of Big Blue.

After Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, but before Orioles star Manny Machado was officially traded to L.A., Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling made a bold proclamation about what the trade would mean for Dodgers opponents.

“I think it would be pretty demoralizing,” Stripling told The Los Angeles Times, “Something they would see and say, ‘Oh crap, that’s not going to be any fun.’ You’ve got to deal with (Clayton) Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta (Maeda) on the mound, and now you’ve got to deal with Justin Turner, Matt Kemp, Max Muncy, Machado, etc. That’s almost a super team, I feel like, on paper.”

The Rockies, however, are not quaking in their cleats. Don’t get me wrong, they respect Machado and the Dodgers, but they don’t think all that much has changed in the National League West, a division the Dodgers have won five years running.

“We just have to continue to do what we’ve been doing do, and that’s winning ballgames,”  all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado said Friday afternoon before the Rockies opened a weekend series vs. the Diamondbacks.  “We have been playing great baseball and that’s what we have to continue to do. That’s our only focus.

“It’s not the Los Angeles Manny Machados, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are a team and they are good. But (he’s) just one guy. He definitely changes that lineup for sure, and he makes it a lot deeper than it already was, but our lineup is deep, too. I think we are going to be just fine.”

Machado was the prize of the trade-deadline market, a four-time American League all-star with two Gold Gloves who has 129 homers over the last 3 ½ seasons. This season, he entered the all-star break batting .317 with 24 home runs, 65 RBIs and a .962 OPS.

Arenado said he thought, way back at the end of April when the Dodgers lost shortstop Corey Seager to an elbow injury, that the Dodgers would find a way to land Machado.

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story understands that the mountain the Rockies must climb just got steeper. But Story, who’s coming off his first All-Star Game appearance and is the NL’s hottest hitter, is undaunted, even though the Dodgers led the Rockies by two games entering Friday’s play.

“(The Dodgers) are at the top right now, so as of right now we are chasing them,” Story said. “But I’ve said it all year: We are a very confident team. We are not picking anybody but ourselves.”

Told of Stripling’s comments, manager Bud Black said:  “We are the furthest thing from demoralized, I know that. We worry about the Colorado Rockies and what we have to do. … We worry about ourselves, and I think if we play our game, we can play with anybody — with Machado or not.

“He’s a good player. I’m sort of anxious to see him play. But as far as our group being down about anything? No. Probably the opposite.”

Rotation set. Black has set his rotation for the second half. Right-hander German Marquez started Friday night’s game vs. the Diamondbacks and left-hander Kyle Freeland will start Saturday’s game.

Right-hander Antonio Senzatela, the blister on his right middle finger healed, is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale vs. Arizona. After Monday’s off day, left-hander Tyler Anderson will face defending World Series champion Houston on Tuesday at Coors Field, and right-hander Jon Gray will take on the Astros Wednesday night.

Senzatela was scratched from his last start because the blister on his finger have become infected, but he threw a bullpen session on Thursday with no issues.

“Right now, it’s pretty good,” he said adding that he threw all of his pitches, including his slider, the pitch that  had caused the blister.

Looking ahead

Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (8-6, 3.11 ERA) at Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (11-6, 4.61)

Freeland hasn’t given up more than two runs in a start since June 10. The southpaw looks to keep his momentum going at Chase Field, where he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts. Arizona is hitting .231 against him, with Paul Goldschmidt and Ketel Marte the lone Diamondbacks with home runs off him. Meanwhile, the Rockies haven’t had much collective success against Godley, hitting only .213 with just one long ball, by Charlie Blackmon, in the team’s 94 career at-bats against him.

Sunday: Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 5.34) at Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (10-5, 3.18), 2:10 p.m., ATTRM

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Astros RHP Gerrit Cole (10-2, 2.52) at Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.72), 6:40 p.m., ATTRM

Wednesday: Astros RHP Charlie Morton (11-2, 2.96) at Rockies RHP Jon Gray (8-7, 5.44), 6:40 p.m., ATTRM

— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post

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Tiger Woods has mixed bag and another 71 at The Open

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:43pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Tiger Woods didn’t entirely hurt his chances in the British Open.

Better yet, he didn’t hurt anyone in the gallery.

Woods still walked away Friday realizing he made it a little tougher on the weekend at Carnoustie if he wants to end a decade without winning a major. A rugged start, a strong recovery, a few putts for birdie, a few he missed for par, and it added to an even-par 71.

“I could have cleaned up the round a little bit,” he said.

He was tied for 29th, six strokes behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner.

The wildest moment on a wet day in Scotland came on the second hole, when Woods hit his drive well to the right on the side of a dune. The grass was deep enough that it was certain to twist the club on impact. Woods asked the gallery to move back because he would have to start it to the right with the golf ball well above his feet.

The shot came out hot and right at them. There was no evidence it hit anyone — no one was hurt, anyway — because the ball at least kept going in the rough.

Woods was thankful.

“I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it,” he said. “I was very, very fortunate that it got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

He still made bogey. He made another bogey on the next hole, and just like that he was on the cut line.

Woods answered with a pair of birdies, and it was give-and-take the rest of the way.

The only time he was under par for his round was after a 5-iron easily cleared the Spectacle bunkers on the par-5 14th and rolled onto the green to a front pin, leaving him an 18-foot eagle putt. He missed and made birdie.

Two holes later, he found a pot bunker right of the par-3 16th and made bogey.

And on the final hole, he hit an approach he judged perfectly to about 10 feet pin-high. He missed.

“I played a little bit better yesterday,” Woods said of his matching scores for the opening two rounds. “Today wasn’t quite as good, but I finally birdied the par 5.”

He was six shots behind when he finished and figured the margin would be a little wider, which it was. Woods and the rest of the early starters faced an entire round of light rain, while it cleared out for the afternoon.

“It will be a pretty packed leaderboard, and I’m certainly right there in it,” Woods said.

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Typical of his first full season since 2015 because of back surgeries, the challenge is more the number of players in front of him than the deficit he faces. This is his 12th tournament of the year, and Woods has been among the top 10 just once — the Valspar Championship in March — going into the weekend.

The one shot Woods would like to have back was the 13th, where he made a 15-foot putt for par. He left it well short, behind a bunker, and had to play a pitch over the top of the bunker and onto the green.

The pin was toward the center of the green. Woods had a 9-iron. He expected better.

“There were a few shots I hit poorly out there. That was one of them,” Woods said. “I didn’t really draw a bad lie on the tee box.”

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Colorado wildfire update: New wildfires popping up as others continue to simmer

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 6:16pm

Large, long-burning wildfires around the state continue to simmer, with some, such as the Lake Christine fire, being more active than others. Meanwhile, new wildfires sparked up Friday, including the Indian Valley fire northwest of Meeker.

Moisture should increase during the weekend in parts of Colorado, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast and periods of heavy rainfall are possible. Severe storms, with lightning and strong winds, are possible.

Firefighters will welcome moisture, although it can trigger mudslides and flash floods in burn areas. Lightning and strong winds, however, won’t be welcome.

LAKE CHRISTIE FIRE

Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team Black assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. Friday because of increasing fire activity. A Type 2 team has access to a wider variety of resources to aid firefighting efforts.

On Friday, air resources worked along the rim of Basalt Mountain to restrict fire spread to the east, and helicopters were used to control the active fire edge, fire officials said. Structure protection efforts continued in the Cattle Creek drainage. The eastern portion of the fire has increased in activity.

Fire officials updated the community during a public meeting Friday evening at Basalt High School. Residents of Missouri Heights, Cedar Creek, Toner Creek, Seven Castles and Taylor Road are on pre-evacuation status. Closures in the White River National Forest remain in effect.

The human-caused fire started July 3 about a mile northwest of Basalt. It has burned more than 8,300 acres and was 59 percent contained Friday.

SUGARLOAF FIRE

The lightning-caused fire started June 28 in a remote area about 13 miles southwest of Fraser in Arapaho National Forest, just south of Byers Peak Wilderness. The area is rugged and steep, with no roads and no safety zones for firefighters, fire managers said.

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The fire is burning through widespread areas of dead lodgepole pine, killed during the past 20 years by pine beetle infestation. The fire continues to smolder with some single-tree torching within the perimeter, fire officials said.

Two fire crews remain camped out near the fire, monitoring and patrolling the fire daily, testing pumps and hoses for structure protection purposes, said Terry Baker, deputy forest supervisor of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, in a written statement.

The fire, which has burned more than 1,200 acres and is 35-percent contained as of Friday, is not currently threatening any homes or businesses.

INDIAN VALLEY FIRE 

A wildfire broke out Friday northwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County, according to the sheriff’s office.

The fast-moving fire was at about 800 acres Friday evening. The cause of the fire, burning in the Colorow Mountain and Indian Valley area, is under investigation.

The fire is burning through timber, grass and brush. Air resources, including a heavy tanker and helicopters, will aid firefighters in battling the blaze.

RAMPART FIRE

The fire, about 2.5 miles northeast of Woodland Park, was reported at about 4 p.m. Friday and had burned about 12 acres by Friday night. U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the area were evacuated.

Nearby Woodland Park is on a pre-evacuation order, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Residents within a 1.7-mile radius of Rampart Range Road and Forest Service Road 312 should be prepared for a possible evacuation.

Retardant is being applied to the #rampartfire pic.twitter.com/JAAt7Fnlgk

— Cdr. Greg Couch, PIO (@TCSOPIO) July 20, 2018

The fire was burning near Pikes Peak Road and fire fighting equipment, including engines, air tankers and helicopters went to work battling the fire.

Wildfires in Colorado and the U.S.

The map shows active wildfire locations and all 2018 fire perimeters*. The map defaults to Colorado; to see all wildfires, click “U.S.” in the view area. Click the map layers icon in the top right corner of the map to change map backgrounds and to toggle active and contained fires, and perimeters. Click a marker or perimeter for details. To view the full map and a table of all 2018 wildfires, click here.

*Data comes from two sources, GeoMAC and InciWeb, and could contain inconsistencies. Map by Kevin Hamm and Daniel J. Schneider.

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Vegas Golden Knights resolve trademark dispute with U.S. Army

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 5:29pm

LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights have resolved a trademark dispute with the U.S. Army over the NHL franchise’s name and gold and black colors.

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The hockey team said in a statement Thursday that an agreement with the Army allows the team to continue using the “Vegas Golden Knights” and “Golden Knights” while the Army can keep using the “Golden Knights” nickname and variations of it for its parachute exhibition team.

The Las Vegas team first unveiled the name and logo in 2016. The Army later filed a challenge to oppose the team’s trademark, saying its parachute team has been nicknamed the “Golden Knights” since the 1960s.

Las Vegas team owner Bill Foley and U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group spokeswoman Alison Bettencourt said in separate statements that they were pleased they reached an amicable resolution.

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Officers justified in Northglenn shooting that killed man and paralyzed woman, district attorney says

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 5:19pm

NORTHGLENN – Three officers involved in the December 2017 shooting of a stolen car suspect and his passenger won’t face prosecution in the case, 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young wrote in a review of the shooting released Friday.

Jeremy Patscheck died in the shooting and his girlfriend, Serina Minella, was paralyzed from the neck down after being hit by one of the officers’ bullets Dec. 13 last year.

According to Young’s review, which was investigated by the office’s Critical Incident Investigation Team, Patscheck and Minella were in a car stolen out of Longmont a week earlier when the shooting happened early that morning. But officers had been watching Patscheck and the car since earlier in the night when they noticed the vehicle was stolen while on patrol.

Officers put a GPS tracking device on it and watched as the car drove around the metro area for several hours. The report says officers were also told that the driver in the vehicle matched the description of a man who had tried to ram a patrol vehicle a week earlier.

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Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, housemates at The Open are leaders heading into Saturday

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 5:00pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — A light rain in the morning that gave way to soft sunlight in the afternoon took some of the sting out of Carnoustie.

Just not all of it.

Kevin Kisner found that out with one swing that erased his two-shot lead Friday in the British Open and left him tied with housemate Zach Johnson. He hit an 8-iron that only needed to go 150 yards to clear the Barry Burn in front of the 18th green. Instead, it floated out of the yellow grass to the right, bounced off the base of the rock wall that frames the winding stream and led to a double bogey.

Disappointed but not down, Kisner removed his cap behind the green and scratched his head as if he wondered what hit him.

“They call it ‘Car-nasty’ for a reason,” he said after signing for his 1-under 70. “Even when you think you’ve got it, it will jump up and bite you.”

It took a chunk out of Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the world who won’t be around for the weekend. Johnson finished with a double bogey to miss the cut by one. Thomas made three straight double bogeys on the front nine and missed by one.

And it left a wide-open weekend on a course with a history of crazy finishes.

Zach Johnson, whose name already is on the claret jug from his playoff victory at St. Andrews three years ago, played in the morning under an umbrella and finished with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 67.

Johnson and Kisner are staying in a house of seven players — five of them major champions — and share the lead at 6-under 136.

They played on different ends of a day that started gray and ended with shadows. Scotland’s unusually dry summer finally got a reprieve. There wasn’t enough rain to turn brown fairways green, though it at least kept shots from rolling endlessly.

They head into a weekend with endless possibilities.

One shot behind were Tommy Fleetwood (65), Pat Perez (68) and Xander Schauffele (66). Perez was tied for the lead until he hit into a bunker on the 18th hole and took bogey. Rory McIlroy, pledging to “go down swinging” to rid himself of a bad Masters memory this year, had another 69 and was part of a large group two shots behind.

Jordan Spieth also is in the mix in his bid to take the claret jug back home to Texas. Spieth hit 8-iron through a gap in the trees for a birdie-birdie start to the back nine, and he dropped only one shot — not four like he did on Thursday — over the four closing holes at Carnoustie for a 67. He goes into the weekend just three shots back.

“Very happy to be back in the tournament,” Spieth said.

Tiger Woods still has work to do after a rugged start, good recovery and then a mix of birdies and bogeys that left him stuck in neutral on a better day for scoring. Woods had another 71 and was six shots behind, with 28 players between him and the lead.

“We’ve been fortunate with the conditions. It hasn’t blown yet,” Kisner said. “I think it will blow this weekend and make it even more difficult. Who knows what’s going to happen? We’re going to just keep trying to get after it.”

Carnoustie was a far different test from the opening round, when sunshine baked the fairways crisp and it was difficult to figure out how far the ball was going when it hit the ground. The steady, light rain made them a little slower and a lot more predictable. The greens held shots a little better. Strategies changed. Slightly softer conditions meant power players who were driving beyond the trouble hit more irons off the tee, and shorter players hit more drivers and fairway metals.

Francois Nel, Getty ImagesKevin Kisner of the United States walks up 17th fairway with his caddie Duane Bock during the second round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

Kisner hit 5-iron off the first tee Thursday. He hit 3-wood Friday.

“Hit the same club as the approach,” Kisner said. “That’s a pretty dramatic difference in distance.”

Kisner is a newcomer to what amounts to an American fraternity house at golf’s oldest championship the last three years. Four of them are among the top 11 on the leaderboard going into the weekend with Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who shot 69 and was at 3-under 139.

As for talking shop after work? Nothing is off limits.

“Everybody will tell their horror stories and good stories, and we’ll laugh and eat a big old meal and sit around and watching something stupid,” Kisner said.

Thomas will have one of the horror stories.

The PGA champion took three to get out of a pot bunker from the fairway on the par-5 sixth hole, making the first of three straight double bogeys. Johnson became the first No. 1 player to miss the cut since Luke Donald in 2011, and it was the second straight that the top two players in the world ranking missed the cut in a major.

The way golf has been going, it would be reasonable to see the name “Johnson” atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the top-ranked player.

But not necessarily at the British Open.

“I’ve been called Dustin many times,” Zach Johnson said. “I doubt he’s been called Zach that many times.”

Johnson overcame a bogey on the opening hole with birdies on the third and fourth holes, and he never put himself under too much pressure the rest of the way.

Already a two-time major champion with titles at St. Andrews and Augusta National, the 42-year-old from Iowa now has made the cut 12 straight times in the British Open, a streak that began at Carnoustie in 2007. His low ball flight, grinding nature and good putting give him the right ingredients.

Kisner is no stranger to pressure at a major. He had at least a share of the lead after each of three rounds at the PGA Championship last summer until a bogey on the 70th hole ruined his chances.

“Hopefully, I’ll have another chance to prove that I can do it here,” Kisner said.

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President Trump says NFL protesters should be suspended

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 4:37pm

President Donald Trump is once again inserting himself into the culture war over protests by NFL athletes during the national anthem.

Trump tweeted on Friday that he “can’t believe” the debate has reignited after The Associated Press reported on the Miami Dolphins formally telling players they could be punished for protesting on the field. The NFL and NFL Players Association said in a joint statement Thursday night they were halting enforcement of all anthem rules while they work out a solution.

Trump asks, “Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart?”

No such requirement exists, but NFL owners voted in May to require players who wish to protest to remain in the locker room during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Trump is proposing his own penalties, calling on Commissioner Roger Goodell to “take a stand.”

Trump tweets: “First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he hadn’t decided whether to actually discipline players who protest during the national anthem when he formally told the team that the demonstrations could be punishable.

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Ross said in a statement Friday that the one-sentence reference to “Proper Anthem Conduct” in the team’s official discipline policy was merely a placeholder as the organization tried to comply with league rules.

The team’s policy was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press and listed anthem conduct under behavior that could be found “detrimental to the club.” The NFL and NFL Players Association said in a joint statement Thursday night that they planned to pause enforcement on league anthem rules while working out a resolution acceptable to players, team owners and the league.

Discord over how players should protest social injustice has put the sport at a difficult crossroads, revealing deep divisions in football itself much like those throughout the United States.

A person familiar with league protocol told The Associated Press on Friday that NFL teams were not required to create any anthem policies when they submitted their annual discipline notices to the league and players. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of anthem discussions between the league and players union are private.

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$3.6M renovation of Daniels Park improves bison viewing and connects trails

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 3:47pm

A realignment of Daniels Park Road that was dedicated on Friday by civic and county dignitaries will improve bison viewing in that Denver Mountain Park and link the Castle Pines Parkway trailhead to Douglas County’s East-West trailhead north of Grigs Road on soft-surface trails.

The $3.6-million project involves 1.7 miles of realigned road with pavement that replaced a gravel surface. Daniels Park, which is located in Douglas County, is 1,000 acres, and the road’s old alignment followed a 19th-century wagon and stagecoach road. Topping out at 6,250 feet, it offers spectacular views of the Front Range from Pikes Peak to Wyoming.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Douglas County commissioner Lora Thomas were among those attending the ceremony. The road will open to the public on July 25.

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Hiker rescued from rock ledge in Clear Creek Canyon

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 3:39pm

A portion of westbound Sixth Avenue was closed in Clear Creek Canyon on Friday afternoon as emergency responders rescued a stranded hiker.

The highway shut down before 2 p.m. between the intersection of Colorado 58 and Colorado 93 to Colorado 119, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, so emergency equipment could be used in the rescue.

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Several emergency agencies contributed, including West Metro Fire Rescue, the Golden Fire Department and Alpine Rescue.

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The aid included a high-angle rescue, with emergency workers using ropes to extract the hiker, who was stuck on a ledge, said Jenny Fulton, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The hiker was down and safe about an hour later. The highway will reopen shortly, after emergency vehicles clear the area.

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O’Halloran: Projecting the Broncos’ initial 53-man roster

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 3:30pm

Ninety Broncos players will report to training camp Friday, five weeks and one day ahead of the deadline to cut the roster to 53. Here is our projection of how the roster will look like:

OFFENSE (25)

Quarterbacks (three): Case Keenum, Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly.

A semi-tough call but we think Kelly will do enough in the preseason that the Broncos won’t risk exposing him to waivers and onto the practice squad. The minus to keeping three quarterbacks is it means no fourth tight end or ninth offensive lineman.

Running backs (five): Royce Freeman, Devontae Booker, De’Angelo Henderson, Andy Janovich (FB) and Phillip Lindsay.

Rookie David Williams will impress during the preseason but the Broncos will opt to keep Henderson – entering his second year.  Lindsay is a hometown guy, but that means nothing. What does mean something is his ability to gain yards as a runner, receiver and returner. Our prediction remains that Freeman will be the Week 1 starter.

Tight ends (three): Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman and Austin Traylor.

A tough position group to figure out because Troy Fumagalli, a rookie fifth-round pick, did not practice during the offseason program because of groin surgery. If he has a setback, he could be stashed on injured reserve. Butt, out last year with an ACL injury, looked good during the offseason and should emerge as the starter.

Receivers (six): Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Isaiah McKenzie and Jordan Taylor.

This position group has the potential to look much different in 2019. Sutton and Hamilton will get a valuable year of seasoning as they learn how Thomas and Sanders win matchups on a week-to-week basis. We put McKenzie on the roster – even if he does not win the punt return job – over Carlos Henderson. Taylor’s hip surgeries are expected to keep him out until next month so his health could change the roster math or create a spot for Henderson.

Offensive linemen (eight): Garett Bolles (LT), Matt Paradis (C ), Ron Leary (LG), Jared Veldheer (RT), Connor McGovern (RG), Max Garcia (G), Billy Turner (T) and Menelik Watson (G).

Keeping a ninth offensive linemen may depend on how ready Leary (knee) and Veldheer (foot), both of whom missed the offseason program, are for the opener vs. Seattle. We’ll go with McGovern as the Week 1 right guard over Watson and Garcia, who played right tackle and left guard, respectively, last year.

DEFENSE (25)

Defensive linemen (seven): Derek Wolfe (DE), Domata Peko (NT), Adam Gotsis (DE), DeMarcus Walker (DE), Clinton McDonald (DE/DT), Shelby Harris (DE) and Zach Kerr (DT).

Six of the seven return from last year. McDonald is the only newcomer and he must prove he’s healthy in the preseason after missing the offseason program (shoulder surgery). Walker is back at defensive end after being moved to strong-side linebacker for part of 2017.

Linebackers (nine): Von Miller (OLB), Bradley Chubb (OLB), Brandon Marshall (ILB), Todd Davis (ILB), Shane Ray (OLB), Shaquil Barrett (OLB), Zaire Anderson (ILB), Josey Jewell (ILB) and Jeff Holland (OLB).

The Broncos must think about their 2019 pass-rushing group because Ray and Barrett are impending free agents. That is why they will hang on to Holland, who will join Lindsay as undrafted rookie free agents on the initial roster. Anderson’s special teams ability gives him a back-up spot. If Ray is healthy, does he get the nod at strong-side linebacker over Chubb in Week 1? Tough call and we say yes.

Defensive backs (nine): Chris Harris (CB), Bradley Roby (CB), Darian Stewart (FS), Justin Simmons (SS), Tramaine Brock (CB), Brandon Langley (CB), Isaac Yiadom (CB), Su’a Cravens (SS) and Will Parks (FS).

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A five-cornerback, four-safety setup for the Broncos like last year. The cornerback depth chart will be Harris, Roby, Brock, Langley and Yiadom, the safety depth chart Stewart, Simmons, Cravens and Parks.

SPECIAL TEAMS (3)

Marquette King (P), Brandon McManus (K) and Casey Kreiter (LS).

The trio will start camp without any in-house competition so all they have to do is stay healthy to get a uniform for Week 1.

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Grass fire closes portion of I-70 on Western Slope

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 3:29pm

A grassland fire has shut down a stretch of Interstate 70 on the Western Slope.

The highway is closed in both directions from Dotsero to Eagle, according to the state Department of Transportation.

There was no immediate report of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Republicans pick Charlotte to host 2020 convention

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 2:48pm

By STEVE PEOPLES and TOM FOREMAN Jr.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an undercurrent of concern about the potential for violence runs through the Democratic-leaning city.

The GOP’s national committee selected North Carolina’s largest city over Las Vegas as hundreds of party activists gathered in Austin, Texas, for the committee’s summer meeting.

“The city that I represent has truly established its place on the national stage, and I want to thank you again for the opportunity to showcase our city and showing the world how special we are,” said Mayor Vi Lyles, Charlotte’s first black female mayor. “We’re a growing center of diversity and inclusiveness in the New South, and we’re going to show you the true meaning of Southern hospitality.”

Under Lyles’ predecessor, Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte passed an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance in 2016 that included allowing people to choose whichever bathroom corresponds to their gender identity. The Republican-led General Assembly responded with House Bill 2, which prevented other local governments from passing similar laws and directed transgender people in schools and government buildings to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

A protracted battle marked by corporate pullouts and sports boycotts ended when state lawmakers rolled back the restrictions, but not enough to satisfy LGBTQ advocates.

Lyles led the campaign to bring the convention to Charlotte and said in a newspaper column that it would be a chance for the city to show its inclusiveness. At a public hearing Monday, more than 100 residents spoke for and against the proposed bid. The City Council voted 6-5 to extend the bid, and Lyles emphasized that the vote wasn’t an endorsement of President Donald Trump.

“I’m going to call for unity,” Lyles said after Monday’s vote. “Unity doesn’t come easily. It comes with hard work, and we’re trying our best to make that happen.”

Throughout the city council meeting, opponents of the bid said the convention would put Charlotte residents at risk. Tens of thousands of political activists, protesters and journalists are expected to converge on Charlotte in two years.

“I do not believe that something like ’68 is going to happen in Charlotte,” said Larry Shaheen, a Charlotte-based Republican consultant, referring to the violence at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, where Vietnam War protesters fought police in the streets.

Given recent events in the city, he said, it would be wise for Charlotte convention organizers to begin building civic unity now for the event despite political divisions to avoid a spark “fanning into the flame.”

The Rev. Amantha Barbee, one of speakers at Monday’s meeting, cast a dire view of what lies ahead. Part of her prediction stems from two nights of violent protests in downtown Charlotte after the shooting of a black man by a police officer in 2016.

“You can look at what happened in Charlottesville. You can look at what happened here in Charlotte. You can look at Ferguson,” Barber said. “And you can go overseas and see what happened when the president was visiting. I am afraid that people will be hurt or killed, and there’s not enough money on the planet to replace someone’s life.”

Barbee also chastised city leaders, saying the bid was “more of a financial concern versus a community concern.”

In North Carolina, Republicans will lavish money and attention on a swing state that backed President Barack Obama in 2008 and Trump in 2016.

The state’s African-American community is viewed as particularly influential. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 22 percent of North Carolina’s population is black, a higher percentage than any other presidential swing state. The city hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

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Las Vegas was a finalist for the GOP convention in 2016 as well. Some Republican leaders feared the city’s reputation, and the influence of casino moguls Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn on Republican politics, might cloud the convention’s message.

Democrats, meanwhile, have narrowed their 2020 convention choices to Houston, Miami and Milwaukee. Anticipating a crowded and contentious primary battle, they’re also planning to move up their convention date to give the party more time to come together before the fall general election.

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Steve Peoples reported from Austin, Texas. Associated Press writer Gary Robertson contributed reporting from Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Fire breaks out in Adams County, plume of black smoke visible from I-25

Denver Post Local News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 2:32pm

A fire is burning in Adams County, throwing off a plume of black smoke that’s visible from Interstate 25.

The fire is in the 3100 block of East 78th Avenue, according to Adams County Fire Rescue.

Seeing smoke north of Denver? Crews are battling a large fire near E. 78th Ave. and York St. in Commerce City.

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A garage and sheds at the site are engulfed in flames, the fire department said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire is just north of a recycling plant fire that burned July 10.

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