Rockies’ Tim Collins opts out of 2020 season; Michael Toglia joins Colorado’s player pool

The Rockies added first base prospect Michael Toglia, their first-round pick in the 2019 draft, to their 2020 player pool. The addition brings the Rockies’ total player pool to 56 players, with 30 of them on the active big-league roster. Related Articles Bryan Shaw blames Coors Field and Denver’s mile-high altitude for poor Rockies run
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Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. en route to Orlando, source says

Nuggets ahead Michael Porter Jr. is en route to Orlando, according to a source, over fourteen days after the rest of the team came inside the NBA’s bubble. Related Articles Nuggets center Nikola Jokic “can’t restrain ” the way COVID-19 impacts him Nuggets’ Jamal Murray on chemistry using Nikola Jokic: It’s definitely going to take
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Avalanche’s Tyson Jost enters NHL restart with confidence: “I want to be in the lineup”

Avalanche ahead Tyson Jost will restart the NHL season in Edmonton just a brief drive. However, his family was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ll be about 15 minutes down the road from them, but I won’t see them for two and a half a year,” Jost said. “That’will be bizarre. It s bothersome. …
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Cale Makar progressing toward return to Avalanche training camp

Cale Makar performed individual on-ice drills Thursday before Avalanche practice in a signal that Colorado’s standout rookie defenseman is nearing a return to training camp. Makar, one of three finalists for NHL rookie of the year, has not skated with the team since Saturday after being listed “unfit” to play; with league policy prohibiting teams
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Jim Hilliard, battling ALS, will get to watch son, Sam, play for Rockies Friday night

COVID-19 will keep most fans out of Globe Life Field this season. Most fans. But thanks to the efforts of Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his staff, one very special family was in attendance Tuesday night in a comfy, safe place. Jim and Tamara Hilliard, the parents of Rockies rookie outfielder Sam Hilliard, were
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A whole new look, for a whole new NBA game experience

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There’s no bench. The courtside broadcasters will not be courtside. And the stat crew will be doing their work inside what loosely can be described as an oversized hockey penalty box. The NBA comes back Wednesday with a very different look. The league’s marketing motto for the restart of the
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Cale Makar absence spotlights Avalanche’s defensive depth in training camp

Day 3 of “Cale Makar Watch” concluded at Pepsi Center on Wednesday with still no indication of Colorado’s NHL rookie-of-the-year finalist in Avalanche training camp. The Avs designated Makar as simply “unfit” to play — under a new NHL policy made to safeguard player’s medical privacy amid the coronavirus pandemic — following a Saturday practice
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Nuggets’ Will Barton won’t play in opening scrimmage due to knee soreness, source says

Nuggets little ahead Will Barton continues to be dealing with knee soreness and won’t perform Wednesday’s launching scrimmage from the Wizards out of conscience, according to a team source. Barton’s only been able to proceed through elements of training because the Nuggets arrived in Orlando more than a couple of weeks ago. Barton missed four
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Nathan MacKinnon named Hart Trophy finalist along with Rangers’ Artemi Panarin, Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl

If everything works out for Nathan MacKinnon this summer, the Avalanche star could very well score a hat trick off the ice. MacKinnon was named one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL MVP by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, on Tuesday morning. It’s the third postseason award the 24-year-old center
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Nuggets center Nikola Jokic “cannot control” how COVID-19 affects him

Nikola Jokic doesn’t know what sort of effects that are long-term COVID-19 might have on himbut he also doesn’t need to waste time considering it. Jokic, who’been at the Orlando “bubble” for over a week later he tested positive while at Serbia, stated the NBA’so doctors can’t forecast how the virus might impact him during
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