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.

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.

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.

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.