Broncos’ Sanders relieved there’s no QB competition

For the last few years, the Denver Broncos’ offseasons have been embroiled in quarterback competitions. Case Keenum’s signing ends that string of uncertainty.

I appreciate it, for sure, receiver Emmanuel Sanders said, via the team’s official website. This is the first time in two or three years that I’m not standing up here talking about a quarterback debate.

When you’re going into individual routes, you have to go to one guy and then go with the next guy. You don’t really gain that chemistry. You’re not maximizing the opportunity. Now we’re maximizing the opportunity, and hopefully it pays off.

Sanders now has a full offseason to focus on building a rapport with Keenum as the Broncos attempt to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the QB mess started.

As of this point, he’s allowed to play at least two. Allowed by whom? His wife, Gisele Bundchen. I’ve talked two years with my wife, Brady said during an interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Santa Monica, California, per the Boston Globe. I’ve negotiated that thus far. I’ve still got a little further to go.

Brady noted that playing for as long as he has, has meant that his wife and three children have gotten a shorter shrift than he did from his own father. The model I had as a father was he was there for all the things, and I’m not there for all the things, Brady said. Every Sunday for the last 25 years, I’ve been playing in the fall and winter. My kids are 10, 8 and 5. They’re not getting younger, so I need to take time so I can be available to them, too.

Growing up, most Canadian athlete’s dream of being the next Wayne Gretzky or Sidney Crosby, and Dakoda Shepley was no different.

He played hockey for nine-and-a-half years before an injury ended that dream but started a new one.

“In grade 10 I broke my hand fighting so I went to go see a surgeon, who ended up giving me a 30-minute lecture on why I should be playing football instead,” Shepley explained to Sporting News. “At the time I was around 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, so I was a big kid, too big to be playing hockey that’s for sure.

“He was giving me this whole spiel about how I Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys could get school paid for and play [football] Cheap Football Jerseys professionally, so I just dropped hockey cold-turkey.”

Coyotes coach Tocchet to miss meeting with Kings

The man who has the Arizona Coyotes playing like a playoff team — even though they won’t make the postseason — won’t be behind the bench Tuesday night.

First-year Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet is taking a leave of absence to deal with a family illness, so assistant coach John MacLean will coach them against the Los Angeles Kings, a team that is back in control of its playoff destiny.

Cole Hamels, Matt Moore and Doug Fister appear to be locks for the top three spots. Mike Minor remains a candidate, but could be switched to closer, a role he was effective in at the end of last season with Kansas City.

Left-hander Martin Perez threw 69 pitches in a minor league game Monday, allowing six runs, three earned, in four innings. He has been set back in spring training after breaking his right (non-pitching) elbow in December in an incident with a bull on his Venezuelan ranch. He could begin the season on the disabled list.

Clayton Blackburn, another rotation candidate, exited in the first inning in a Monday start against Cleveland with right elbow tightness. He will undergo further evaluation.

Murphy still doesn’t have a timetable as to when he’ll appear in a Grapefruit League game. Earlier this spring Murphy said he might only need a handful of at-bats to be ready for opening day.

Following the batting practice, Murphy said he’s pleased with the way his rehab is progressing.

“It’s nice to see ball flight,” Murphy said. “That you can’t really see — a little bit confined in the cage.”

Murphy’s only running this spring has come on a treadmill. He recently started fielding Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys groundballs.

“Not a ton of lateral movement right now,” Murphy said, “Just kind of right Cheap Dream Team Jerseys at me and hopefully we can kind of progress to ground balls a little bit further away.”

A three-time All-Star, Murphy hit .322 with 23 homers and 93 RBIs last season.