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Kurt Kragthorpe

Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 06:33PM

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 former BYU safety Skye PoVey. The Los Angeles Rams took California …

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  • (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 Apr 27 2016 05:55 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 Apr 24 2016 08:45 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (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 Apr 20 2016 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, center, and fellow Mavericks watch from the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) Kragthorpe: After opening weekend, Jazz should feel even worse about missing playoffs
    Houston, Dallas and Memphis lost by an average of 32 points as the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs began this past weekend, suggesting the Jazz coul...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore, left, blocks the shot of Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger, right, during the second quarter in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Kragthorpe: Jazz ties make Hawks-Celtics series even more interesting
    The most competitive opening game of any Western Conference playoff series was Portland's 20-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The East looks mu...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kekuta Manneh (23) kicks the ball, as Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) defends, in MLS soccer action, Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake is maximizing a big month
    Sandy Everybody involved with the last remaining unbeaten team in Major League Soccer wants to make April last as long as possible. With a dominant...
    Updated Apr 23 2016 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dennis Lindsey and Quin Snyder and talk about the Jazz season and at the outlook for the future at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Kragthorpe: Inability to finish games is story of Jazz’s season (with video)
    Interviews are always interesting with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who endorses his players with the marketing zeal of a business student and supports his...
    Updated Apr 14 2016 06:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) reacts after missing a potential game tying basket during overtime during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 8, 2016. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 102-99 in overtime. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s playoff victory drought approaching six-year mark
    Deron Williams reappeared this week in the Jazz’s lives, ruining their season and reminding everyone how long the franchise has gone without winning a...
    Updated Apr 13 2016 08:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder motions to players from the sideline during the home season closer against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, April 11, 2016, at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Kragthorpe: Poor shooting dooms Jazz in playoff-killing loss to Mavs (with video)
    When the Jazz’s playoff push realistically ended and the players trudged off the court Monday night, the stunt team used a sling shot to propel autogr...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 10:19 am   |     |   Share
  • Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Jazz's playoff quest goes through Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant
    The Jazz certainly could have clinched an NBA playoff berth by now, and probably should have done so. Thanks to Houston's cooperation, the Jazz (40-40...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 09:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dennis Lindsey and Quin Snyder and talk about the Jazz season and at the outlook for the future at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Kragthorpe: Inability to finish games is story of Jazz’s season (with video)
    Interviews are always interesting with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who endorses his players with the marketing zeal of a business student and supports his...
    Updated Apr 14 2016 06:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) reacts after missing a potential game tying basket during overtime during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 8, 2016. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 102-99 in overtime. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s playoff victory drought approaching six-year mark
    Deron Williams reappeared this week in the Jazz’s lives, ruining their season and reminding everyone how long the franchise has gone without winning a...
    Updated Apr 13 2016 08:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder motions to players from the sideline during the home season closer against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, April 11, 2016, at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Kragthorpe: Poor shooting dooms Jazz in playoff-killing loss to Mavs (with video)
    When the Jazz’s playoff push realistically ended and the players trudged off the court Monday night, the stunt team used a sling shot to propel autogr...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 10:19 am   |     |   Share
  • Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Jazz's playoff quest goes through Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant
    The Jazz certainly could have clinched an NBA playoff berth by now, and probably should have done so. Thanks to Houston's cooperation, the Jazz (40-40...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 09:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Chris Shelton is an assistant baseball coach at Cottonwood, where he played. Ten years ago, he became a Major League Baseball phenomenon by hitting nine home runs in 17 games in April for Detroit. Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Kragthorpe: A decade later, Chris Shelton’s one glorious month in the bigs still resonates
    The best month of Chris Shelton’s life in baseball began with a big swing and a miss. Shelton stepped out of the batter’s box and reminded himself to ...
    Updated Apr 10 2016 12:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Los Angeles Clippers center Cole Aldrich (45) celebrates after hitting the game-tying basket during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 8, 2016. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 102-99 in overtime. Kragthorpe: Jazz give back Rockets’ gift by losing to Clippers
    Whenever I hear Cole Aldrich’s name, I remember how some Jazz fans were deathly worried that the team would end up with the former Kansas center in th...
    Updated Apr 09 2016 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  Southern Utah University’s NFL draft hopefuls, LeShaun Sims (36), Miles Killebrew (36) and James Cowser (53). Kragthorpe: SUU’s NFL draft class positioned to make more history (with video)
    St. George Advertising how Southern Utah University students can develop their career skills, the school markets itself with a theme of “SUU to Ever...
    Updated Apr 08 2016 11:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan takes in the crowd’s applause as he is honored at halftime of the Utah Jazz vs Golden State Warriors game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Kragthorpe: Utahns will rally around Jerry Sloan
    This is not a Jerry Sloan eulogy. Five years ago, I wrote about the funereal aura of his farewell news conference as the Jazz’s coach, as people talk...
    Updated Apr 07 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella (24) and Real Salt Lake midfielder Sunday Stephen (8) clear the ball past Sporting Kansas City midfielder Sony Mustivar (93) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, April 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake’s road win improves view of club
    Sandy Anyone involved with Real Salt Lake during this decade would trade last Saturday’s victory at Sporting Kansas City for a more favorable outcom...
    Updated Apr 08 2016 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State Aggies head coach Matt Wells during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho Tuesday December 22, 2015.  Akron Zips lead Utah State Aggies 13-7 at halftime. Kragthorpe: Matt Wells overcomes USU football coaching losses
    Logan The visor that Utah State coach Matt Wells wears day or night and inside or outside for football activities serves a storytelling purpose. As...
    Updated Apr 04 2016 07:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: West’s playoff race is a fight to the finish in NBA
    Five games, five teams, four spots. For the Jazz and everybody else involved in the scramble in the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff pict...
    Updated Apr 04 2016 09:12 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Utes avenge losses to UCLA, advance in NCAA gymnastics
    Going into their final event Saturday night, the Utah Utes knew they would advance to the NCAA women’s gymnastics meet as long as most of them merely ...
    Updated Apr 02 2016 10:32 pm   |     |   Share