BRONCOS PREPARE FOR THE RAVENS / AV'S READY TO OPEN TRAINING CAMP

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Ripping a page from Michael Jackson's playbook, Peyton Manning has practiced for and played in the last two games with a sticky feeling orange-and-grey glove on his throwing hand, drawing his fair share of curious glances for donning cold-weather gear when the temperatures are in the 50s, as they were Tuesday at practice.

But in getting ready for the playoff push, which could include two games in sometimes-snowy Denver, Manning is leaving no stone unturned. And, as if on cue, a strong arctic storm is expected to roll into Denver on Friday night, bringing snow and bitter cold.

The high for Saturday's playoff game against Baltimore is forecast at 20 degrees.

Broncos' Chris Kuper ready for 1st playoff appearance

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Nobody knows the value of right guard Chris Kuper's presence like Peyton Manning.

Coming off a series of neck surgeries, Denver's quarterback was sacked 21 times this season, but only twice with Kuper in the Broncos' lineup.

Although Manny Ramirez admirably filled in for him, the pocket of protection wasn't the same with Kuper out.

The anchor of Denver's offensive line, Kuper made just five starts at right guard this season and played a-half dozen snaps on special teams in two other games, including the season finale against Kansas City.

He missed the first four games with a broken left forearm and missed five other games with a sprained left ankle, the same one he dislocated and broke in a gruesome scene a year ago.

Avs players take ice as they wait for NHL season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - After 27 hours of exhausting travel as he made his way from Italy to Denver, Matt Duchene (DOO'-shayn) was ready for only one thing - hockey.

Soon after landing back in town, the 21-year-old Colorado Avalanche forward made his way to the rink.

Even in his jet-lagged condition, Duchene was on the ice with 16 of his buddies for an up-tempo scrimmage Tuesday.

And very soon, they could be lacing up their skates in games that count again.

Duchene hustled home when rumblings of an end to the NHL lockout began to surface. He was all set to play back-to-back games with his Swiss team near the Italian border when his agent told him to pack up his bags and return to the Mile High City.

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