Avs Star Semyon Varlamov: Ex-Girlfriend's Suit Claims Abuse in "Drunken Animal Rage"

Evgeniya Vavrinyuk during a sit-down with 7News last year. Additional photos, two videos and two documents below.
Last October, Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested for allegedly abusing Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, his girlfriend, only to have the case dismissed a couple of months later. Now, Vavrinyuk has filed a civil suit against Varlamov, claiming years of horrific abuse in Russia and beyond leading up to the Denver incident. Continue for the disturbing details, plus photos, videos and two original documents filled with strong accusations against the Avs star.

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Niyakko Rush: Can You Help Make Refugee Soccer Team's Dream for Wheels Come True?

The Niyakko Rush in brand-new uniforms, as seen on their Facebook page.
This week's cover story, "A Sporting Chance," traces the rise of the Niyakko Rush, a grassroots youth soccer club made up primarily of refugees living in a single apartment house in Aurora. Many of the players have come from countries ravaged by political and military upheaval, including Myanmar, Somalia and Nepal -- Niyakko is a Burmese word for "brother" -- and their journeys to the United States have been long and arduous, involving dangerous border crossings and years in makeshift relocation camps.

But it's a trip that can be measured in minutes that the group is primarily concerned about these days. Without reliable motorized transportation, Niyakko's scheduled games have been somewhat limited this past summer (they've been known to jog a mile to their practice field) and could well dwindle further in the coming bad weather.

See also: These Young Refugees Know All About Winning and Losing -- They Just Want to Play

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Top 20 Tweets About Whether Broncos Victim Philip Rivers is a Whiner or a Cry Baby

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One of the most enjoyable things about the Broncos' 35-21 win over the Chargers last night (and there were many of them) was the sight of San Diego QB Philip Rivers's frequent temper tantrums. Ranting, complaining, yelling into his own helmet: He put on quite a show in defeat, and Twitter Nation definitely noticed. In fact, the main debate during and after the game was whether Rivers is a cry baby, a whiner or both. Continue for twenty hilarious examples, illustrated with images from the game.

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These Young Refugees Know All About Winning and Losing -- They Just Want to Play

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Goalie NiDoh and midfielder Ne Taw play for the Niyakko Rush Soccer Club.
Like a lot of newcomers, Jason Hicks was a bit flummoxed by his first visit to the Shadow Tree apartments last year. The complex, just a short stroll off East Colfax in Aurora, is home to a growing number of refugee families, relocated from places like Nepal and Burma and Somalia. It's a population that remains largely invisible to most metro-area residents, a cluster of otherness separated from the larger community by barriers of language and culture and the thick walls of I-225, which runs like a concrete curtain right across the street.

Hicks, a 33-year-old electrician and former PE teacher, had come to Shadow Tree to check out a program he'd heard about through his church; volunteers had been scrounging bicycles for the refugee kids and showing up regularly at the apartments to repair them. Hicks thought that sounded cool. But when he first entered the Shadow Tree complex, he felt like he was crossing an international border.

See also: Meet the Players of the Niyakko Rush

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Video: ESPN's Skip Bayless Says Kobe Bryant's Colorado Rape Charge Gave Him "Sizzle"

"First Take" host Cari Champion seen trying to decide if killing Skip Bayless live on the air would be a good or bad career move. Video below.
Plenty of Colorado sports fans know ESPN's Skip Bayless as an idiot if only for his advocacy of Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback even when he wasn't guiding the Broncos to still-inexplicable victories. But Bayless took his usual meatheadedness to heretofore unforeseen levels when he recently suggested during an episode of ESPN's First Take, as seen in a clip on view below, that the reputation of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant had actually been enhanced by the sexual-assault allegation made against him in Eagle County, Colorado back in 2003. Really.

See also: Welcome to Kobeville, our August 2003 coverage of a Kobe Bryant appearance in Eagle County

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Video: Watch Seattle TV Station Eat Sh*t After Mistaking Gary Payton for Peyton Manning

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On Sunday, the Broncos' Peyton Manning set the all-time NFL record for most touchdown passes in a career -- news so big that even TV stations like KOMO in Seattle, whose Seahawks clobbered the Broncos in the Super Bowl earlier this year, had to cover it. Problem is, KOMO swapped out a Payton for a Peyton -- after which the station had to spend a hilariously humiliating ninety seconds or so eating shit over the mistake. Get details and see the video below.

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Denver Post Editor Salutes FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher Amid Jameis Winston Controversy

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Florida State University coach Jimbo Fisher at a press conference earlier this year. More images below.
Florida State University and its head coach, Jimbo Fisher, have been criticized in many quarters for overlooking off-the-field misdeeds by its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, in a bid to win another national championship. But over the weekend, when FSU bested Notre Dame in one of the most watched college football games of the year, Fisher received support from an unusual source: Denver Post editor Greg Moore. Details below.

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Top 20 Tweets About Whether Broncos' Win Over 49ers Makes Them Super Bowl Favorites

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It was just last week when the Broncos' narrow win over the woeful Jets convinced a considerable portion of Twitter Nation that Denver was overrated. No more: Last night's superlative 42-17 crushing of the excellent San Francisco 49ers not only saw Peyton Manning setting the all-time touchdown pass mark, but also featured the kind of performance fans have been waiting all year to see. Simply put, the Broncos were great on every level.

But even before this Thursday's huge matchup against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers looming, has Denver already established itself as the class of the NFL likely to make it back to the Super Bowl? Some answers can be found in this week's top twenty tweets, illustrated by images from the victory. Check them out below.

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Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton Fined $11K for Racial Slur During Broncos-Jets Game
Terrance Knighton's Twitter profile pic.
With all the problems afflicting the NFL right now, one of the least important involves coarse language among players on the field -- including the term "nigga," usually sanitized as the N-word. Yet the league continues to punish players for the word's use -- including, presumably, Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, who's been hit with an $11,025 fine for allegedly vocalizing a racial slur during this past weekend's game against the New York Jets.

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Top 20 Tweets About Whether Broncos' Close Win Over Jets Shows They're Overrated

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As we know, expectations color perceptions, particularly in sports. Hence, the highly varied reactions to the Broncos' 31-17 win yesterday over the New York Jets, a woeful team Denver's top rival, the San Diego Chargers, blew out the previous week. Is the glass half-empty or half-full for Peyton Manning and company? Here are twenty memorable takes from Twitter Nation, featuring images from the game.

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