Broncos bye last week that they earned as the conferences second

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Broncos bye last week that they earned as the conferences second

CARDIFF -- Wales coach Warren Gatland made six changes to its starting line-up to face Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in the Six Nations. Chris Tierney Jersey . Dan Biggar will start at flyhalf for the first time of the tournament, teaming up with Mike Phillips at halfback. Three changes come in the backline with Liam Williams and Phillips replacing the injured duo Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb. Halfpenny, who dislocated his right shoulder against England, will undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to be out for up to four months. Webb has been released by the team following his ankle injury. The rest of the backs are unchanged from Sundays 29-18 loss at Twickenham that shattered Wales hopes of retaining its title while Gethin Jenkins will become Wales most-capped player when he makes his 105th appearance in the pack.? Jenkins will play alongside forwards Ken Owens and Rhodri Jones, who have been handed their first starts of the campaign. In the second row, Luke Charteris returned from injury alongside Alun Wyn Jones. "Saturday is an opportunity for us to put in a performance we know we can, and finish the Six Nations on a high," Gatland said. "Scotland will come looking to play some rugby. They had a morale-boosting win against Italy and were unlucky to lose against France in recent weeks." ------ Wales: Liam Williams, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Rhodri Jones, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau. Reserves: Richard Hibbard, Paul James, Adam Jones, Jake Ball, Justin Tipuric, Rhodri Williams, Rhys Priestland, James Hook. Mikkel Boedker Jersey .com) - A chant of Zeke reverberated around ATT Stadium before Ezekiel Elliott powered into the end zone for his fourth and final touchdown. Jason Spezza Senators Jersey . Switzerland faces Belgium or Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals in April. Serbia dropped into the World Group playoffs in September. A confident Chiudinelli and Lammer defeated veteran doubles player Zimonjic and young Krajinovic 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Indianapolis Colts had no answer for Julius Thomas in the season opener, when Denvers big tight end scored a trio of touchdowns in single coverage against two linebackers and a safety.Afterward, Colts coach Chuck Pagano called him a monster and a matchup nightmare.Yet, when the teams meet again in the playoffs this weekend, its more likely the Thomas giving the Colts headaches will be Demaryius, not Julius.The Broncos star receiver (whos no relation to their standout tight end) overcame a slow start this season to score 11 TDs and set a franchise single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving on 111 catches.I cant be too excited, Demaryius Thomas said. What would make it better, we go out and win the Super Bowl because you cant take that from me but you can always take a record. So Im excited, but weve still got some work to do.Thomas provided the size and strength to go with the speed of Emmanuel Sanders, who set career highs with 101 catches for 1,404 yards and nine TDs in his first year in Denver.Both of them played through injuries. Thomas had a bum ankle and a jammed finger by the time the season ended and Sanders was dealing with a bad back from, a residual effect of all those hard hits from safeties.Those are tough guys, Peyton Manning said. Two outstanding years. Emmanuel shouldve made the Pro Bowl, in my opinion, with the statistics he put up and Demaryius has been a marked man from defences. To still have the year that he did ... both those guys are outstanding players.Meanwhile, Julius Thomas parlayed his three-TD performance in Denvers 31-24 win over the Colts in the opener to become the first tight end in NFL history to score a dozen touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.It sure looked like hed challenge Rob Gronkowskis NFL record of 17 touchdowns by a tight end set in 2011, too, when he hauled in his 12th TD on Nov. 9 against Oakland.He hasnt scored since.A sprained lower left ankle at St. Louis the following week knocked him out of that game early and helped keep the Broncos out of the red zone in a stunning loss that ultimately cost Denver the No. 1 seed in the AFC.It also led tto a drastic decline in red zone efficiency and in the way opponents defended Manning. Colin White Jersey. Without having to worry about the star tight end, opponents played plenty of coverages with a single safety high, bringing the other down to clog up the intermediate crossing routes. That forced Manning to throw more outside the numbers, where he isnt always as accurate.Thomas kept insisting this injury wasnt anything like the right ankle sprain he sustained in 2011 that essentially cost him two full seasons before his breakout last year.He missed a month of games, however, and during that time the Broncos offence morphed from one predicated on the pass to one based on a grinding ground game.While Demaryius Thomas was capping another stellar season, Julius Thomas returned to action for the final three games but caught just three passes for 63 yards.Any time youre not able to do the things that you want to do and you know you can do, its frustrating, he said. But theres not much you can do about it. Just try to find a way to do all you can.He welcomed the Broncos bye last week that they earned as the conferences second seed.It was a big week for me. It was good to get some rest, Julius Thomas said. Every doctor will tell you the most important thing is rest, but its tough to do in the middle of the season. So I got a little bit of time to stay off it and get some treatment on it. It went well.Which team advances to the AFC championship on Sunday could come down to whether the Colts have an answer for Thomas this time — and whether hes the disruptor he was over the first half of the season or the non-factor he was down the stretch.I would imagine theyll do some things a little bit differently, said Thomas, who wouldnt mind seeing a linebacker or safety across from him again.Playing against man is probably one of the more fun parts of the game, he said. I dont know what theyre going to do. If you find out, just leave me a little note. But its going to be exciting. Regardless of what they do, well have a good plan. And its up to us to execute it.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '