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AP source: Broncos fire OC Mike McCoy; QB coach to take over

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:19:38 UT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and will turn over play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't made any announcement, confirmed the firing first reported by The switch could be a precursor to giving former first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch an audition at quarterback. The Broncos (3-7) are mired in a six-game skid.

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:03:27 UT

PRAGUE (AP) — Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49. The WTA announced Novotna's death on Monday, saying she died Sunday in her native Czech Republic following a long battle with cancer. Novotna died "peacefully, surrounded by her family," the women's tennis body said. Her family confirmed her death to the Czech Republic's CTK news agency. No details were given. Martina Navratilova, the tennis great who was also born in what was then Czechoslovakia, tweeted: "The tennis world is so sad about the passing of Jana Novotna. I am gutted and beyond words.

3-2-1, BAM! Georgia Dome imploded in downtown Atlanta

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:02:41 UT

ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation's largest domed stadiums collapsed Monday into a pile of jagged concrete and a vast cloud of smoke in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were used to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to smithereens at 7:30 a.m. Onlookers gathered at skyscrapers' windows, at a restaurant atop the city's tallest hotel, in parking lots and on nearby streets to watch the destruction of the landmark stadium. The dome opened in 1992, and it was flattened in just about 15 seconds.

Colorado ski season: Mountain coasters, Olympic fun and more

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:47:33 UT

Are you ready for a roller coaster at a ski resort? New attractions in Colorado this season include mountain coasters at four Colorado ski resorts, along with new terrain and new lifts. Colorado is also hosting events themed on February's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Colorado's Olympics fever includes qualifying competitions, lessons hosted by former Olympians and a send-off for competing athletes. Here are details on some of the news from Colorado's ski industry as provided by Colorado Ski Country USA, the not-for-profit trade association representing 23 ski and snowboard resorts.

Italy soccer chief resigns after failure to reach World Cup

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:26:11 UT

ROME (AP) — Italy's soccer federation president became the second major casualty of the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Carlo Tavecchio resigned Monday amid eroding support, a week after the playoff loss to Sweden and five days after he fired national team coach Gian Piero Ventura. "I resigned for political reasons, not sports reasons," an angry Tavecchio said at a news conference. "We missed the World Cup and it has become a tragedy." The announcement came after calls for a complete overhaul of the nation's most popular sport, from amateur leagues right up to Serie A and the national teams.

Trump: NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:14:28 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch sat during most of the U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before Sunday's game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Lynch hasn't stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season. Trump tweeted early Monday: "Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down." Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement last season when he refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

World Cup bribes, death threats: Corrupt world of FIFA

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:53:44 UT

Hour after hour in a New York City courtroom, the schemes to corrupt world soccer are spilling out. The millions of dollars in "inducements" to secure contracts to televise matches. The bribes sought by FIFA executives with the power to determine World Cup hosts. The death threats for cooperating with investigators. It took the intervention of the U.S. Department of Justice to disrupt years of embezzlement by officials who abused roles in the global soccer governing body, FIFA, to enjoy a gilded lifestyle. Two years after a sprawling investigation of FIFA led to waves of arrests that shook soccer, the trial of three men is underway and about to enter its second week.

Juniors unite: Close friends Earnhardt, Truex celebrate

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:52:10 UT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. chugged another beer, left his crew guys on pit road after a nearly hour-long post-race party and bolted for the championship stage. He had another celebration ahead with one of his best buddies in racing. Earnhardt raised a cold one . Martin Truex Jr. hoisted a trophy . Two friends who hunt together, own property together and once raced on the same team had another reason to come together: To revel in Truex's first Cup title. Truex capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR's champion Sunday by winning the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski — all former series champions — to claim the crown.

Called soft by Elway, Broncos don't respond in loss to Cincy

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:49:47 UT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos saved some of their best defense for after the game. At issue: boss John Elway labeling them soft. It didn't sit too well with a few of the players, though others welcomed the critique. Yet the comments didn't stoke the necessary fire, either, as the Broncos lost 20-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, extending their losing streak to six games. "None of us are soft," said linebacker Brandon Marshall, whose team met Saturday night to discuss the remarks by their Hall of Fame QB turned general manager. "For him to call us soft, it just rubbed us the wrong way. "You get shunned out of this league for being soft.

Early clinching strong possibility in several divisions

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:46:52 UT

No NFL coach would ever talk about clinching a division before the task was at hand. So we'll make up for that. There's a pretty good chance the Patriots , Steelers and Vikings could do the deed in early December, particularly if Minnesota wins at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. The Eagles have such a big lead in the NFC East, four games with five left after demolishing Dallas, that they are odds-on to be the first team owning a playoff berth. Ask about the postseason right now, though, and you get the kind of silence usually associated with Marshawn Lynch.