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Horse Tracks - 5/9/10 -- Happy Mother's Day!


Pat Bowlen Training Center Opens at DU "
This morning, the University of Denver’s 17 varsity athletic programs gained a 10,000-square foot strength and conditioning complex, thanks to Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen.

Elway Hoping to "Get More Connected" "
In the meantime, the Hall-of-Fame quarterback is hoping to be seen a little more often around Dove Valley, helping out the Broncos any way he can while "on the outside looking in."

Paige: Broncos need to pull trigger on Orton trade - The Denver Post
For the development of Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow and Tom Brandstater, for fairness to Kyle Orton, for the benefit of the other Broncos, for the future of the franchise, for the fans in Bronco Country, for goodness' sake, Orton must be traded.

Kiszla: Orton should run away from circus - The Denver Post
Unless deaf, dumb and blind, Orton must be aware of his impending status as sacrificial scapegoat. At best, McDaniels deludes himself if he thinks Orton has the stuff to hold off challenges from Brady Quinn and Tebow. And the 75,000 Broncomaniacs itching to boo Orton the next time he throws an interception just want to get on with the rest of this team's life.

Broncos a win-first team with shiny Tim's help - The Denver Post
"I seldom agree with your columns, Mr. Kiszla, but I must agree with your assessment of Broncos first-round draft pick Tim Tebow. He's way overrated and, in my opinion, won't make it as an NFL quarterback. He should switch to linebacker. I hope coach Josh McDaniels has the good sense (although that's questionable) to make Brady Quinn the starter and put Kyle Orton in the No. 2 spot."

Tim Tebow's mom reaps fruit of labor of love - The Denver Post
In the months leading up to the NFL draft, Tebow jetted around the country making friends and influencing strangers. No, not Tim Tebow, the Broncos' rookie quarterback and Denver's newest celebrity athlete.

Broncos' Fields arrested in Houston - The Denver Post
Broncos nose tackle Ronald Fields was arrested early Saturday morning on a misdemeanor gun charge in Houston, according to multiple television reports.

Saints' Payton acknowledges pending suit - The Denver Post
Sean Payton calmly took questions Saturday about a lawsuit against the Saints, saying he "appreciated" the interest in a case that alleges an attempt to cover up prescription drug thefts at club headquarters.

Making sense of what they’re saying | National Football Post
The NFL is still busy as ever this first week of May, so another edition of "What They Say and What They Mean" is on tap.

Cushing should be judged moving forward | National Football Post
What do you think of Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing now? Did your opinion change on the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year? Probably, right?

Will these rookie free agents make your team? | National Football Post
Every year, there are always one or two rookie free agents who come out of the blue, make good impressions in training camp and end up nailing down a spot on your favorite team’s roster. Here’s a look at this year’s top rookie free agents and a breakdown of players we think could end up sticking on each NFL team:

What Lawrence Taylor is facing | National Football Post
Police told the news media that Taylor is being charged with rape in the third degree, a Class E felony, punishable by one to four years in prison. According to police accounts, Taylor allegedly paid $300 for sex with a girl who was forced into prostitution by a relative who is a convicted felon. The charge is New York’s version of statutory rape and involves an individual under the age of 17 not having the legal capacity to consent to sexual intercourse. Sex with such a person is legally treated as rape.

Lane Kiffin on JaMarcus Russell: 'He's a great kid' | National Football Post
"We had a difference of opinion, myself and Mr. Davis," Kiffin told the Los Angeles Times. "But, you know, like I've always said, 'Everybody has a boss,' and he was the boss. I truly wish it would have worked out different for JaMarcus because he's a great kid. But this could be the best thing for him."

Patriots got a sixth-rounder in David Thomas trade | National Football Post
Because tight end David Thomas caught 35 passes for 356 yards last season for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, the New England Patriots will receive an extra sixth-round pick in next year's draft.

Brohm gets his audition | National Football Post
After a prolific career at Louisville, quarterback Brian Brohm was drafted in the second round by the Green Bay Packers.

Terrence Cody off to fast start | National Football Post
Rising out of his stance, massive nose guard Terrence Cody shot his big hands into the midsection of veteran center Matt Birk and charged forward.

Shanahan wants McIntosh around moving forward | National Football Post
Rocky McIntosh didn’t offer much of a glimpse into the future when he discussed his situation on Saturday at the Washington Redskins minicamp, but coach Mike Shanahan made it clear he expects the veteran linebacker to be around from here moving forward.

Matt Katula back to 100 percent | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens long snapper Matt Katula proclaimed that he’s 100 percent recovered from tendinitis in his snapping elbow that plagued him last season.

Source: C.C. Brown to visit the Detroit Lions | National Football Post
Former Houston Texans and New York Giants safety C.C. Brown is scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions on Monday and is expected to be signed, according to a league source.

Brian Cushing: 'I did not take a steroid' | National Football Post
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, was suspended Friday for four games for violating the NFL steroid policy.

Myron Rolle to be in Oxford during minicamp | National Football Post
Because of a scheduling conflict, Tennessee Titans rookie safety Myron Rolle won't be attending one of the team's minicamps.

Impressions from Falcons minicamp: Turner practicing with purpose
I swung through the morning session of the Falcons' first full squad minicamp Friday morning and here are some thoughts and observations -- and I will preface all of this by saying they didn't have pads on. I'm not a believer in much until these guys actually start playing football. There have been thousands of training camp All Pros who wither to the waiver wire once they actually have to run through a tackle or block somebody.

Five teams face pivotal decisions surrounding passers
With that thought in mind, let's take a look at some intriguing quarterback battles that are taking place during the summer:

Sans Haynesworth, Shanahan eyes those who 'work here every day'
Although the Redskins are holding their second voluntary minicamp under new coach Mike Shanahan, the only player staying away is defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, whose ongoing absence from all offseason activities has become a soap opera.

Ravens move Oher to left tackle, send veteran Gaither to right side
The Baltimore Ravens moved second-year pro Michael Oher to left tackle and Jared Gaither to right tackle at Friday's minicamp practice and envision it as a permanent move for the 2010 season, according to a team source.

Wang embraces role as first Chinese-American to be drafted
Ed Wang wants to make it big in China. To do so, the Buffalo Bills rookie offensive tackle knows he first has to make his mark in the NFL.

Roger Goodell winning public battle vs. NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith - ESPN
There was a time not too long ago when the most dynamic person in the NFL was a player, whether it was the electric Michael Vick, Dante Hall, Devin Hester, Tom Brady or, going completely old school, Deion Sanders.

Cowboys' James finds mission in mom's death - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
This Sunday, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James(notes) and his family would have celebrated not only Mother’s Day, but his mother’s 63rd birthday.

Brian Cushing: Substance that led to failed drug test is not a steroid - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
"I did not take a steroid," Cushing said. "I'm very disappointed because I thought we would've won the appeal. I'm still stunned by the decision. It'll be tough not being with my teammates."