DENVER | Even though Nikola Jokic loves to pass, his teammates wanted to see him get selfish. After some prodding, the young center obliged, then delivered a career night. Jokic had a career-high 41 points, Will Barton and Paul Millsap scored 17 apiece and the Denver Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-104 on Tuesday night.
RENTON, Wash. | Paul Richardson believed that if he could ever get through all the injuries that have sidetracked his career, he could develop into a consistent option for the Seattle Seahawks. It’s finally happening, and just in time with Richardson — a former star at the University of Colorado — in a contract year.
DENVER | Of the half dozen first-year NFL head coaches, Vance Joseph inherited what was widely considered the best situation: a team just one year removed from a Super Bowl parade with a championship-caliber defense and a renovated offense. Unlike the other five teams that averaged 4.4 wins last season, Denver was coming off a 9-7 season and the job only came open because of Gary Kubiak’s health concerns.
HOLIDAY, Fla. | Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.
MONTPELIER, Vt. | Vermont is now the first state in the United States to recognize “ultimate” — the game that started as Ultimate Frisbee — as a high school varsity sport. A committee that oversees high school sports in the state, the Vermont Principals Association, unanimously approved ultimate last week as a varsity sport starting in the spring of 2019.
ENGLEWOOD | Jake Butt won’t be rescuing the Denver Broncos’ faltering offense, at least not this season. The rookie tight end is headed to injured reserve along with quarterback Chad Kelly, the seventh-round draft pick from Mississippi who is still working his way back from knee and wrist surgeries.
NEW YORK | Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is a finalist for AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, giving him a chance to become just the third player to win the awards in the same year. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed the finalists for its major awards on Monday night. The winners will be announced next week.
DENVER | All-Star closer Greg Holland has become a free agent after declining to exercise his $15 million player option with the Colorado Rockies. Holland bolstered Colorado’s bullpen this year by saving a franchise record-tying 41 games in his first season since Tommy John surgery.
OTTAWA, Ontario | Senators general manager Pierre Dorion says the trade to bring Matt Duchene to Ottawa was a “no- brainer.” Dorion and Duchene met with reporters on Monday, a day after the Senators acquired Duchene from Colorado as part of a three-way deal that included sending Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators.
PHILADELPHIA | A quarterback change only made things worse for the Denver Broncos. Brock Osweiler struggled in his first start since returning to the team and the NFL’s top-ranked defense was dominated by Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. With Trevor Siemian on the bench, Osweiler took his turn and threw a pair of costly interceptions.