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Los Angeles • Among the many things that BYU sophomore center Erik Mika learned during his two-year church mission to Rome was that Italians enjoy the series of Rocky movies from the 1970s and 1980s starring Sylvester Stallone almost as …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (7) enters the field for his last home game, on senior night, before in football action, BYU vs Utah State, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo,  Saturday, November 26, 2016.   Kragthorpe: Taysom Hill’s BYU legacy: ‘Just fun’ to watch him play
    Judging by the response when BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum took the field for the first time this season at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Cougar followers a...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) runs for a touchdown for the Cougars, bringing BYU with in one point of Utah,in football action, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, September 10, 2016. Gallery: BYU quarterback Taysom Hill
    A gallery of images of BYU quarterback Taysom Hill....
    Updated Dec 01 2016 03:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s #11 Lacy Haddock and #16 Whitney Young Howard put the defensive pressure on Utah’s Eliza Katoa in women’s volleyball at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. BYU volleyball: Amy Boswell leads No. 10 Cougs into NCAA first-round match vs. Princeton
    Provo • One would be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic player in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament — which begins Friday at 16 sites aroun...
    Updated Dec 01 2016 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State Aggies guard Koby McEwen (1) and Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) as BYU faces Utah State, NCAA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday November 30, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU shows toughness, subdues Utah State
    This happens occasionally, when a basketball game involving BYU features strong defense, aggressive rebounding and a grind-it-out offensive style. Th...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 10:51 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars guard Nick Emery (4) handles the ball, with guard TJ Haws (30), forward Yoeli Childs (23) and forward Eric Mika (12) flanking him, as BYU faces Utah State, NCAA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday November 30, 2016. Transcript: BYU Cougars live chat with Jay Drew on Dec. 1
    The BYU football team only has its bowl game left on the schedule, while the men’s basketball season is starting to find its stride. Have questions ab...
    Updated Dec 01 2016 11:52 am   |     |   Share
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    BYU guard Nick Emery (4) bows his head after a foul during the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah Valley on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Provo, Utah. Utah Valley won 114-101. (Sammy Jo Hester/The Daily Herald via AP) BYU basketball: Cougars try to make sense of embarrassing loss to UVU, face USU tonight
    What did the BYU men’s basketball team do after suffering the most embarrassing loss of the Dave Rose era, that 114-101 setback to Utah Valley last Sa...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 12:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s new running back coach Reno Mahe works with his players during practice Tuesday March 22.  BYU football: Daughter of BYU RBs coach Reno Mahe dies
    The daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe and former BYU volleyball star Sunny Tonga Mahe died peacefully Tuesday evening at Primary Children’...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 11:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (7) looks to throw against Utah State during an NCAA college football game in Provo, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.  (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)   via AP) BYU quarterback Hill suffers fourth season-ending injury
    Provo • Quarterback Taysom Hill will be unable to finish a season due to injury for the fourth time in his five years at BYU. The school announced Mon...
    Updated Nov 28 2016 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU players line up before taking on Utah in women’s volleyball at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. NCAA Women’s Volleyball: BYU-Utah rivalry could be coming to NCAA Tournament
    Provo • If the No. 10-ranked BYU women’s volleyball team is going to make it to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 for the fifth straight year, the Cougar...
    Updated Nov 27 2016 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Elsie Mahe’s condition worsens, family makes plans for organ donation
    The condition of the 3-year-old daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe worsened on Sunday and family members began making plans to donate her v...
    Updated Nov 27 2016 07:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) throws the ball for the Cougars in football action, BYU vs Utah State, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo,  Saturday, November 26, 2016.   BYU football: Cougars await Hill’s status after elbow injury, Poinsettia bowl opponent
    Provo • Almost a half-hour after they had shut down Utah State 28-10 to hang on to the Old Wagon Wheel, BYU’s 21 seniors formed a line that extended a...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) looks to throw for the Cougars, in football action, BYU vs Utah State, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo,  Saturday, November 26, 2016.   BYU football: Cougars keep Old Wagon Wheel, but Hill suffers hyper-extended elbow injury (with video)
    Well, the Old Wagon Wheel stays at BYU for at least another year. It wasn’t the prettiest display of college football, but in the end the Cougars pos...
    Updated Nov 27 2016 12:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (BYU defensive back Michael Shelton (18) celebrates with his teammates after picking up a fumble and scoring against Utah State during an NCAA college football game in Provo, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.  (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)   via AP) Monson: Kalani Sitake and BYU sustain big hope moving forward (with video)
    Provo Hope. That, more than anything, is what Kalani Sitake sold his team and his fan base in his first season as BYU’s head coach. He succeeded on...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 11:37 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Valley guard Jordan Poydras (10) celebrates after the team’s NCAA college basketball game  against BYU on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Provo, Utah. Utah Valley won 114-101. (Sammy Jo Hester/The Daily Herald via AP) BYU basketball: Utah Valley upsets Cougars in a Marriott Center stunner
    Provo • While everyone was raving about one particular college basketball team in this part of the state having a high ceiling with a group of excitin...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 09:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s new running back coach Reno Mahe works with his players during practice Tuesday March 22.  BYU football: MRI on assistant coach Reno Mahe’s daughter reveals extensive brain damage
    A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan performed Friday on the daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe revealed significant damage to the 3-yea...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU QB Taysom Hill is taken off the field on a cart after being injured on a run late in the second quarter. Utah State led BYU 28-14 at the half in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. BYU football: Can Aggies ruin Cougar seniors’ last hurrah at LES?
    Provo • Taysom Hill’s favorite moment over the course of his five-year career at BYU didn’t even happen during a game in which he played. His best mem...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 10:01 pm   |     |   Share
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    BYU head coach Dave Rose paces along the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Louis, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) BYU basketball: Cougars turn attention to UVU after maddening loss to Valpo
    After BYU lost 92-89 to Valparaiso late Wednesday night in the championship game of the MGM Grand Main Event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vega...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 12:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU men’s basketball: BYU-UVU preview
    -- BYU vs. Utah Valley At the Marriott Center, Provo Tipoff • 4 p.m. TV • TheW.tv Radio • 1160 AM, 102.7 FM, Sirius XM 143 Records • BYU 4-1, U...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    BYU forward Kyle Davis reacts as his team trails Valparaiso with seconds left in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Las Vegas. Valparaiso won 92-89. (AP Photo/John Locher) BYU basketball: Cougars lose another wild, frustrating game to Valpo
    Las Vegas • Veteran guard L.J. Rose probably said it best. The Cougars lost their composure too much late Wednesday night in the championship game of ...
    Updated Nov 24 2016 06:53 am   |     |   Share
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    BYU football: Hospitalized daughter of BYU RBs coach “doing better.”
    Elsie Mahe, daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe, is showing signs of improvement but still has a long way to go, a family spokesperson said ...
    Updated Nov 23 2016 06:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s new running back coach Reno Mahe works with his players during practice Tuesday March 22.  BYU football: RB coach Reno Mahe’s daughter clings to life after hanging accident
    The 3-year-old daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe and former BYU volleyball star Sunny Tonga Mahe was fighting for her life at Primary Chil...
    Updated Nov 23 2016 08:34 am   |     |   Share
  • BYU forward Eric Mika (12) battles for a rebound with Saint Louis guard Mike Crawford, right, and forward Reggie Agbeko during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) BYU basketball: Title belt at stake as Cougs get rematch with Valparaiso
    Las Vegas • The winner of Wednesday night’s championship game in the Men Who Speak Up MGM Grand Main Event will receive a big, gaudy championship belt...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 10:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     BYU DB Kai Nacua argues that he should not have been ejected for targeting. Utah defeated BYU 20-19, Saturday, September 10, 2016. BYU football: Kai Nacua a finalist for Polynesian Player of the Year award
    Provo • Midway through his sophomore season, BYU’s Kai Nacua was suddenly playing backup quarterback, thrust into the role after Taysom Hill suffered ...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Saint Louis guard Aaron Hines drives through BYU guard TJ Haws, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) BYU basketball: Cougars take it inside to bury Saint Louis at MGM Main Event
    Las Vegas • For months now, BYU basketball coach Dave Rose’s colleagues have warned him about playing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the first time...
    Updated Nov 21 2016 11:03 pm   |     |   Share