Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

10 October 2014

Landon Donovan’s Lasting Legacy

A legacy often boils down to numbers.

Let’s start with 10. That’s the number Landon Donovan, arguably America’s greatest soccer player of all time, will be wearing when he suits up for the U.S. men’s national team for the last time on Friday in a friendly against Ecuador. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann already said he would captain the squad, start the match and probably play about 30 minutes.

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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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30 June 2014

The One That Got Away?

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — It’s been quite a trip for Steven Beitashour, and more than just the lengthy one he took that included a couple international layovers before finding his way to the northern Denver suburb this past Saturday.

“I’m like, ‘What time zone are we in right now?’ I’m all over the place,” said the 27-year-old, conceding some jet lag after a MLS match between his Vancouver Whitecaps and Western Conference foe the Colorado Rapids. “It was a long flight.”

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11 June 2014

Chase Vaughn: One of the 90

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Under almost-cloudless skies, most of the attention is focused on quarterback Peyton Manning as he carves up the defense in 7-on-7 drills before they graduate to full 11-on-11s during Denver’s second week of OTAs. With All-Pro linebacker Von Miller rehabbing his right ACL injury in the foreground, Manning’s barks of “Omaha!” and other directives are drowned out by the noise of heavy-duty vehicles repeatedly reversing, pounding and jackhammering. On a separate field, not far in the distance, the defensive ends work on their technique and positioning before joining the larger group. Three enormous orange, white and blue cranes hang nearby, plugging away on construction of the Broncos’ new $35 million, 115,000-square-foot indoor practice facility.

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