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COVID-19 is halting sports events around the country. The National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer are all suspended. And March Madness is canceled.

That’s affecting one industry particularly hard: sports betting.

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Kelli Jantz lost her son, Jake Snakenberg, during a high school football game. She will never forget his last moments on the field.

"He lined up," Jantz said. "He set. And then he fell forward and was trying to get up and you could tell something wasn't quite right. He turned to come to the sideline and he went down and that was it."

He never got up again.

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The Colorado Avalanche are off to a hot start this season, following a surprise playoff run last season that took them into the second round. The Denver Nuggets are also big favorites to go deep into the playoffs following a hugely successful season. But fans are having a hard time watching the games on television this year, and it's unclear if they will be able to at all for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

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Music is blaring and grills are firing up at a parking lot awash in navy blue and orange outside Empower Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Todd Endicott of Lafayette stands outside an ambulance turned Broncos fan-mobile. He outfitted this orange and blue rig for tailgates. It’s plastered in life-size stickers of players, and the football team’s logos, vintage and new. 

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Pencak silat is a non-aggressive martial art that descends from the Indonesian and Malaysian islands. There are hundreds of different forms of silat, which employs natural body movements and develops balance and economy of movement in each individual.

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It started as an off-the-cuff Tweet to the Colorado Rockies: “How many retweets for you to buy an organ and let me be the Coors Field organist next season?”

Denver music producer -- and Rockies fan -- Collin Ingram didn’t really expect an answer from the Major League Baseball club, but he got one.

“5,280,000.”

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It’s hard to imagine a Fourth of July celebration without certain things — cookouts, fireworks, the American flag and the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But for many, Francis Scott Key’s iconic song can sound a little sour.

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Public lands have been in the news a lot this year. They comprise much of the Mountain West, from around 30 percent of land in Montana and Colorado to more than 60 percent in Utah and Idaho. This summer, we’re taking you on a tour of some of our favorite public lands.

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Colorado State University has announced a 15-year, $37.7 million deal with Public Service Credit Union for the naming rights to university’s new, on-campus stadium. So -- what do you need to know?

We praise athletes, at every level, for their ability to compete, to dazzle, to perform under pressure, to inspire and — maybe most importantly — to win.

And when they fall down, when they tear, break or injure themselves, they promise to pick themselves back up, come back stronger than ever and carry their team to victory — thus solidifying their seemingly superhuman performance.

But what goes into recovery? How do athletes get better? And then how do they stay healthy?

Often, recovery — and general pain management in sports — involves medication.