Things haven't been easy for the rookie CEO of the Colorado Crush, Denver's new entry in the Arena Football League. Despite sellouts at the Pepsi Center, John Elway's team has won just once in its first seven games. But the ex-Broncos legend has one thing going for him: the most prolific scorer in the world's highest-scoring league. In seven games, 6-3 receiver Damian Harrell has caught 21 touchdown passes and scored three two-point conversions for 132 points. At the rate he's going, the four-year AFL veteran out of Florida State will surpass the individual season record of 310 points, set by Orlando's Barry Wagner in 1997.
Things haven't been easy for the rookie CEO of the Colorado Crush, Denver's new entry in the Arena Football League. Despite sellouts at the Pepsi Center, John Elway's team has won just once in its first seven games. But the ex-Broncos legend has one thing going for him: the most prolific scorer in the world's highest-scoring league. In seven games, 6-3 receiver Damian Harrell has caught 21 touchdown passes and scored three two-point conversions for 132 points. At the rate he's going, the four-year AFL veteran out of Florida State will surpass the individual season record of 310 points, set by Orlando's Barry Wagner in 1997.


An awful start to the 2002-03 season cost Bob Hartley his job after almost five years behind the Avalanche bench, and young Tony Granato emerged in late December as both irritant and

inspiration for a veteran club that had grown listless and stale. Granato shifted Peter Forsberg from left wing to center (with brilliant results), helped transform big Scott Parker from goon to useful third-line grinder and dramatically improved the tone of the team dressing room. Almost to a man, the Avs praise Granato -- not long gone from the NHL ice himself -- for his patience, his game-day smarts and his belief in individual accountability. For the moment, the Avs are intent on catching Vancouver in the Northwest Division standings; after that, they've clearly got their eyes on a much larger prize. Paying attention, Detroit?

An awful start to the 2002-03 season cost Bob Hartley his job after almost five years behind the Avalanche bench, and young Tony Granato emerged in late December as both irritant and

inspiration for a veteran club that had grown listless and stale. Granato shifted Peter Forsberg from left wing to center (with brilliant results), helped transform big Scott Parker from goon to useful third-line grinder and dramatically improved the tone of the team dressing room. Almost to a man, the Avs praise Granato -- not long gone from the NHL ice himself -- for his patience, his game-day smarts and his belief in individual accountability. For the moment, the Avs are intent on catching Vancouver in the Northwest Division standings; after that, they've clearly got their eyes on a much larger prize. Paying attention, Detroit?

After surprising the doomsayers and starting the 2002 football season at a perfect 6-0, the Feisty Falcons lost a huge game at home to powerful Notre Dame. From there, the rest of the season went a bit south: Air Force finished 8-5, including a 20-13 loss to Virginia Tech in the San Francisco Bowl. But no one questioned the skills of head football coach Fisher DeBerry, who's been at the

academy for nineteen years. In that time, he's had just two losing seasons while racking up 150 wins -- almost all of them against bigger, stronger teams. A master of the complex wishbone offense, a Southern wit and a true believer in his no-frills, anti-glitz party line, DeBerry turns smart, disciplined, undersized players into winners, year after year. Only Joe Paterno (37 years at Penn State) and Bobby Bowden (27 years at Florida State) have been on the job longer, and DeBerry is every bit their equal.

After surprising the doomsayers and starting the 2002 football season at a perfect 6-0, the Feisty Falcons lost a huge game at home to powerful Notre Dame. From there, the rest of the season went a bit south: Air Force finished 8-5, including a 20-13 loss to Virginia Tech in the San Francisco Bowl. But no one questioned the skills of head football coach Fisher DeBerry, who's been at the

academy for nineteen years. In that time, he's had just two losing seasons while racking up 150 wins -- almost all of them against bigger, stronger teams. A master of the complex wishbone offense, a Southern wit and a true believer in his no-frills, anti-glitz party line, DeBerry turns smart, disciplined, undersized players into winners, year after year. Only Joe Paterno (37 years at Penn State) and Bobby Bowden (27 years at Florida State) have been on the job longer, and DeBerry is every bit their equal.


The two-time Stanley Cup champions have another shot at glory this year, thanks to a late-season surge in the Western Conference standings fueled by the play of Peter Forsberg and the return of team captain Joe Sakic. The great goalie Patrick Roy can see his sunset now, and a few of the defensemen are getting long in the tooth, but solid stars like Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay provide strength on a solid roster that's been carefully built by one of the most savvy executives in pro sports: Avalanche GM Pierre Lacroix. In a city where the other three major sports franchises all have major problems to solve, the Avs remain a beacon of pride. Now, if the ordinary working person could just afford the price of a ticket -- or find one for sale.
The two-time Stanley Cup champions have another shot at glory this year, thanks to a late-season surge in the Western Conference standings fueled by the play of Peter Forsberg and the return of team captain Joe Sakic. The great goalie Patrick Roy can see his sunset now, and a few of the defensemen are getting long in the tooth, but solid stars like Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay provide strength on a solid roster that's been carefully built by one of the most savvy executives in pro sports: Avalanche GM Pierre Lacroix. In a city where the other three major sports franchises all have major problems to solve, the Avs remain a beacon of pride. Now, if the ordinary working person could just afford the price of a ticket -- or find one for sale.


Under fiery coach Mike Dunlap, Metro State's unsung, largely unseen basketball team has become the duke of NCAA Division II hoops. Led by players from Australia (where Dunlap once coached a pro team), Belgium and Colorado, the Roadrunners have won two of the last three national championships. Despite losing five seniors to graduation last spring, this year's 28-5 club won another Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament title and narrowly missed returning to Division II's "Elite Eight" Tournament by losing a double-overtime thriller to Nebraska-Kearney on March 17.
Under fiery coach Mike Dunlap, Metro State's unsung, largely unseen basketball team has become the duke of NCAA Division II hoops. Led by players from Australia (where Dunlap once coached a pro team), Belgium and Colorado, the Roadrunners have won two of the last three national championships. Despite losing five seniors to graduation last spring, this year's 28-5 club won another Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament title and narrowly missed returning to Division II's "Elite Eight" Tournament by losing a double-overtime thriller to Nebraska-Kearney on March 17.


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