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Last Updated May 23, 2016 10:41PM

Except for the part about Jeff Hornacek agonizing through two-thirds of a horrible season and being fired in Phoenix in February, everything is playing out nicely for Hornacek and the fans who became attached to him during his Jazz career. …

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  • Kragthorpe: Utah golf community will miss Mike Borich
    Sandy • Mike Borich valued his job behind the lunch counter at a municipal golf course, considering that's where his mother worked for nearly 40 years...
    Updated May 23 2016 09:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Jayson Madson, left, and his brother, Kayden, at a Chicago Cubs game in 1998. Photo appeared in the Cubs game program the following year. Kragthorpe: Life as a Cubs fan evokes mixture of hope, fear
    In the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers loaded the bases with nobody out and failed to score. And then the Chicago Cubs scor...
    Updated May 21 2016 10:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: BYU in first place in NCAA women’s golf — or is it last place?
    This is one BYU sports story that will satisfy everybody. The BYU women’s golf team is in first place, after the Cougars’ opening round of the NCAA Ch...
    Updated May 20 2016 09:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Twin brothers Dalton, left, and Dallas Carroll of Taylorsville have been vital in rise of Utah’s baseball program to first place in the Pac-12, Thursday, May 12, 2016. Kragthorpe: Twins from Taylorsville lift Ute baseball to Pac-12 lead
    The gaps in their front teeth and other facial features, as anyone would notice, are identical. Their personalities, as only a mother could analyze t...
    Updated May 18 2016 10:00 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) celebrates with teammate Russell Westbrook (0) in the second quarter of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) Kragthorpe: Enes Kanter winning an NBA title would be tough for Jazz fans to stomach
    Gordon Hayward wants Jazz fans to know he’s as miserable as everyone else around here. As the NBA’s conference finals unfold this week, Hayward wrote...
    Updated May 16 2016 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah head coach Amy Hogue celebrates Trina Gomez’s scoring run. University of Utah women’s softball team defeated Southern Utah University 12-4 during their first game of a doubleheader, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Kragthorpe: Ute alumni thriving coaching with BYU, Utah, Weber, SLCC softball programs
    During the University of Utah's five years of Pac-12 membership, women's softball coach Amy Hogue has done some of the athletic department's best work...
    Updated May 16 2016 09:52 am   |     |   Share
  • A Oakland Raiders fan dresses up for the game during the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Kragthorpe: ‘Las Vegas Raiders’ just sounds right, unlike ‘Utah Jazz’
    If the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas, they will become the most successful major league sports franchise in the city’s history. Seriously, the Ra...
    Updated May 07 2016 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talks with Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Thursday October 22, 2015. Kragthorpe: Quin Snyder worthy of Jazz extension, with more to prove
    When the Jazz hired Quin Snyder two years ago, I suggested he “just might be the perfect coach for this team at this time.” The theme of that forecas...
    Updated May 06 2016 06:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Oct. 8, 2015 photo, Southern California quarterback Max Browne warms up before an NCAA college football game against Washington in Los Angeles. Southern California’s quarterback competition will continue in fall training camp after coach Clay Helton was unable to choose a winner in spring practice. Helton announced his decision to extend the competition Monday, April 18, 2016. Browne, a USC junior, and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold are the front-runners in the Trojans’ second true quarterback competition since 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Kragthorpe: Trojan Nation is Derby longshot; what about USC football in Pac-12?
    Trojan Nation was assigned the No. 1 starting position and the worst odds of winning Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The horse, named by UCLA fans in honor...
    Updated May 06 2016 09:31 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  Andrea Williams, recently named commissioner of the Big Sky Conference. Kragthorpe: Big Sky hopes new commissioner provides fresh outlook
    When Andrea Williams cites 20-plus years of experience in the college sports industry, she’s counting her time as a Texas A&M two-sport athlete. So th...
    Updated May 05 2016 09:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young fans celebrate as the Cougars take a 11 point lead with seconds left on the clock, after Kai Nacua’s touchdown on an interception, in college football action, BYU vs. Boise State at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Kragthorpe: BYU fans awaiting answers from Big 12, as always
    Imagining what’s inside the mind of a BYU fan, I would conclude that this must be a tough way to live. Utah followers know they will have brand-name ...
    Updated May 05 2016 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott talks to the media during the NCAA college football Pac-12 Media Day on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Kragthorpe: Pac-12’s Larry Scott must rebuild his image, even among Ute fans
    The marching band played the University of Utah’s fight song and red and white balloons filled the sky above the Capitol on that July afternoon in 201...
    Updated May 02 2016 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   UCLA Bruins defensive back Nate Meadors (22) signals incomplete while standing over Utah Utes wide receiver Kenneth Scott (2) in the end zone as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 21, 2015. Kragthorpe: NFL draft explains why BYU and Utah lost to UCLA
    UCLA's showing in the NFL draft suggests that BYU should be commended for coming within one point of the Bruins last September and Utah deserves credi...
    Updated May 02 2016 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Real Salt Lake forward Juan Martinez, center,  shots as Houston Dynamo’s Collen Warner (26) and Raul Rodriguez (5) defend during the first half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake leaves fans happy as team hits the road
    Sandy Real Salt Lake, the team that will have to reintroduce itself in a couple of months, made a lasting impression Saturday night. By rallying for...
    Updated May 01 2016 04:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young fans celebrate as the Cougars take a 11 point lead with seconds left on the clock, after Kai Nacua’s touchdown on an interception, in college football action, BYU vs. Boise State at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Kragthorpe: BYU fans awaiting answers from Big 12, as always
    Imagining what’s inside the mind of a BYU fan, I would conclude that this must be a tough way to live. Utah followers know they will have brand-name ...
    Updated May 05 2016 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott talks to the media during the NCAA college football Pac-12 Media Day on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Kragthorpe: Pac-12’s Larry Scott must rebuild his image, even among Ute fans
    The marching band played the University of Utah’s fight song and red and white balloons filled the sky above the Capitol on that July afternoon in 201...
    Updated May 02 2016 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   UCLA Bruins defensive back Nate Meadors (22) signals incomplete while standing over Utah Utes wide receiver Kenneth Scott (2) in the end zone as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 21, 2015. Kragthorpe: NFL draft explains why BYU and Utah lost to UCLA
    UCLA's showing in the NFL draft suggests that BYU should be commended for coming within one point of the Bruins last September and Utah deserves credi...
    Updated May 02 2016 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Real Salt Lake forward Juan Martinez, center,  shots as Houston Dynamo’s Collen Warner (26) and Raul Rodriguez (5) defend during the first half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake leaves fans happy as team hits the road
    Sandy Real Salt Lake, the team that will have to reintroduce itself in a couple of months, made a lasting impression Saturday night. By rallying for...
    Updated May 01 2016 04:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah DE Kylie Fitts sacks Cal QB Jared Goff causing him to fumble. Cal recovered, but was forced to punt the following play. Utah beat Cal 30-24, Saturday, October 10, 2015. Kragthorpe: Jared Goff goes No. 1 in NFL draft, after going 0-2 vs. Utah and BYU
    Dominique Hatfield and three other Utah defenders will always be able to say they picked off passes from the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft. So will...
    Updated Apr 28 2016 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s Tanner Chauncey poses for a portrait at Miller Park Wednesday April 20, 2016. Kragthorpe: Bryce Harper likes BYU baseball, thanks to prep teammate Tanner Chauncey
    Provo When the career-day speaker at Harney Middle School in Las Vegas asked about his plans, sixth-grader Tanner Chauncey knew he needed a more tra...
    Updated May 05 2016 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake  takes to his team after BYU’s final practice of spring camp, at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Friday, April 1, 2016. Kragthorpe: 2016 college football forecasts: BYU 6-6, USU 7-5, Utah 9-3
    Freshman quarterback Tyler Huntley impressed Utah co-offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick by thriving on the Rice-Eccles Stadium stage in the annual R...
    Updated Apr 25 2016 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap shoots for two over Boston Celtics Jae Crowder during the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston on Sunday, April 24, 2016. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Kragthorpe: Paul Millsap’s success is both heartwarming and haunting for Jazz fans
    The NBA playoffs are agonizing for Jazz fans, even without their own team being involved. The perspective gets especially tricky when it comes to form...
    Updated Apr 25 2016 09:17 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Grizzlies forward Barry Almeida (19), in ECHL playoff hockey action at the Maverik Center ,Sunday, April 24, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah Grizzlies regret missing close-out shot in ECHL playoffs
    West Valley City Too many Utah Grizzlies players were passengers Sunday, by coach Tim Branham’s account. The penalty? Another bus ride to Loveland, ...
    Updated May 03 2016 09:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Caleb Repp and Hunter Dimick celebrate a touchdown at the University of Utah’s Red-White spring football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday April 23, 2016. Kragthorpe: Ute offense shows signs of hope in spring football finale (with video)
    In the south end zone of Rice-Eccles Stadium, the framework is in place for a giant video board that will display the highlights of Utah’s 2016 footba...
    Updated Apr 24 2016 05:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (FILE - In this April 5, 2015, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau directs his players during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press)   Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that the Minnesota Timberwolves have opened negotiations with the former Bulls coach to be the team’s new coach and president of basketball operations.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) Kragthorpe: Timberwolves’ Thibodeau, Layden become division rivals for Jazz
    The Jazz’s competition in the NBA’s Northwest Division became more formidable this week when the Minnesota Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau as coach a...
    Updated Apr 22 2016 08:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak seemed proud of his sophomore center as Jakob Poeltl announced that he’s decided to enter the NBA Draft, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Jakob Poeltl would do well to match Andrew Bogut’s NBA career
    Andrew Bogut became expendable in the 2015 NBA Finals, as the Golden State Warriors altered their lineup and played without a center in their past two...
    Updated May 13 2016 06:10 pm   |     |   Share