Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

31 July 2014

The Silent Treatment

DENVER — After all this time, Ryan Giggs is still figuring out what to do with his hands.

One of the most decorated footballers in history, who retired in May, plays the part of newly-appointed assistant manager of his former club just fine as Manchester United hits the pitch for a training session this late-July evening at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where the NFL’s beloved Broncos play. But be it sheer enthusiasm or, for the first time in a long time, a touch of professional unease and apprehension, Giggs lets this piece of his anatomy — banned in-game for almost every player — speak for him, when he otherwise will not.

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15 July 2014

A Lax Legacy

DENVER — In the shadow of East High School’s 19th-century clock tower in central Denver, the soft beats on a few hand-held skin drums are increasing in pace and intensity. Those playing them chant part of an abridged version of a Native American powwow, which echoes throughout the feeble PA system.

A dozen or so news cameras line the faded red track with their lenses aimed at the temporary wooden podium positioned at the edge of the lacrosse turf where the performers pay tribute to a row of honorees — the Natives’ modern-day warriors. The recipients sport khaki shorts in the near 100-degree late afternoon heat and a purple polo possessing the trademark yellow eagle-head-festooned American Indian logo of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team.

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