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Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 10:48AM

The Georgia Dome’s football existence is extended for another Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons will host the NFC championship game vs. Green Bay before moving into MercedesBenz Stadium next door. The last scheduled event in the dome is a supercross competition …

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  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) walks off the field after talking with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) at the end of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Steelers won 18-16. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Kragthorpe: Alex Smith may be out of chances to lead a team to the Super Bowl
    One of the most impressive touchdown drives of Alex Smith’s NFL career took too long and ended badly, thanks to a penalty that took away a tying two-p...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes guard Lorenzo Bonam (15) puts up a shot as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA mens basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 14, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU, Utah fans consoled by the other team's defeat
    Losses come in different varieties, as basketball fans of Utah and BYU were reminded Saturday. The same is true of schadenfreude, karma or whatever de...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 12:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward David Collette (13), forward Kyle Kuzma (35), and guard Devon Daniels (3) react to the loss as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA mens basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 14, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utes miss their shot at memorable win vs. UCLA
    The No. 8 basketball team in the Pac-12’s preseason media poll could have, and maybe should have, beaten the No. 4-ranked club in the country, leaving...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 05:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • UCLA guard Bryce Alford (20) drives around Utah guard Isaiah Wright (1) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: UCLA’s Bryce Alford is hot coming into Huntsman Center
    In the summer of 2010, a year before Utah started competing in the Pac-12, former basketball coach Jim Boylen was asked to name the best part of confe...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 09:10 am   |     |   Share


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  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder signals to his players in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht) Kragthorpe: At season’s halfway mark, Jazz should think big
    The Jazz will reach the halfway point of the NBA season Friday against Detroit. Or are they just getting started? Quin Snyder has done one of the lea...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • ( Rick Egan   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz’s Sundiata Gaines, Carlos Boozer, and Wesley Matthews celebrate after a big play in the 4th quarter, in NBA action Jazz vs. The Cleveland Cavaliers,  Thursday, January 14, 2010 Kragthorpe: Back in SLC, Sundiata Gaines relives shot that topped LeBron and the Cavs
    Taylorsvillle Sundiata Gaines stood in the lane after an opponent’s layup, waiting for a Salt Lake City Stars teammate to come and in-bound the bask...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian works with quarterbacks Cooper Bateman (18) and David Cornwell (12) during football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt /AL.com via AP) Kragthorpe: Steve Sarkisian's role creates BYU angle in title game
    Former quarterback Steve Sarkisian did not come to Provo last summer when selected members of BYU’s 1996 football team were featured during the school...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 09:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu (90) tackles Fresno State running back Marteze Waller (33) in the second half during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Utes represented in Rose Bowl by USC defensive star
    Los Angeles As the NFL playoffs begin next weekend, the University of Utah will be hoping to extend a nice run of prominent alumni playing in the Sup...
    Updated Dec 31 2016 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham watches a replay on the screen as his team plays Indiana during the first half of the Foster Farms Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: Kyle Whittingham's latest search must deliver a QB expert
    So here he goes again. Kyle Whittingham is giving himself the (almost) annual opportunity to do something extraordinary with Utah's football program, ...
    Updated Dec 30 2016 09:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) celebrates his touchdown run  during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California  Wednesday December 28, 2016. Kragthorpe: Ute offense does just enough to beat Indiana, in the end
    Santa Clara, Calif. As the first half ended, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham became so disgusted with his offense that he wouldn’t even call a timeout an...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 05:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs the ball as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utes can rewrite ending of their season vs. Indiana
    Utah beat USC, a Rose Bowl contestant that has not lost a game since leaving Salt Lake City in September. California dismissed the defensive coordina...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots a free throw during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday December 16, 2016.  Kragthorpe: Is Gordon Hayward happy with Jazz? It’s complicated
    The Jazz lost to Toronto in their final game before a brief Christmas break, but Gordon Hayward did not appear defeated. Wearing an untucked flannel ...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 09:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Mike Doleac, former Ute basketball star and NBA veteran, works with his players, as the head coach at Park City High School, during practice, Monday, December 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Michael Doleac back in the game as Park City coach (with video)
    Park City Before introducing the starting players on a snowy evening in mid-December, Park City High School’s announcer looked around, publicly welc...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 09:49 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. The Sacramento Kings have fired coach George Karl after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006. General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Thursday, April 14, 2016, a day after the Kings wrapped up another disappointing season with a 33-49 record. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz have their place in George Karl’s controversial book
    The Jazz’s most recent victory in a playoff game occurred long enough ago to be commemorated in a book. “Furious George,” the memoir of longtime NBA ...
    Updated Dec 23 2016 03:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs the ball as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utes can rewrite ending of their season vs. Indiana
    Utah beat USC, a Rose Bowl contestant that has not lost a game since leaving Salt Lake City in September. California dismissed the defensive coordina...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots a free throw during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday December 16, 2016.  Kragthorpe: Is Gordon Hayward happy with Jazz? It’s complicated
    The Jazz lost to Toronto in their final game before a brief Christmas break, but Gordon Hayward did not appear defeated. Wearing an untucked flannel ...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 09:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Mike Doleac, former Ute basketball star and NBA veteran, works with his players, as the head coach at Park City High School, during practice, Monday, December 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Michael Doleac back in the game as Park City coach (with video)
    Park City Before introducing the starting players on a snowy evening in mid-December, Park City High School’s announcer looked around, publicly welc...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 09:49 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. The Sacramento Kings have fired coach George Karl after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006. General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Thursday, April 14, 2016, a day after the Kings wrapped up another disappointing season with a 33-49 record. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz have their place in George Karl’s controversial book
    The Jazz’s most recent victory in a playoff game occurred long enough ago to be commemorated in a book. “Furious George,” the memoir of longtime NBA ...
    Updated Dec 23 2016 03:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the football team practice at Skyridge High School in August. Kragthorpe: Utah school board makes prep transfers too easy
    Education has changed over the past 50-plus years. I should understand this, as a son of a former Michigan high school football coach who was presente...
    Updated Dec 21 2016 06:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes place kicker Andy Phillips (39) kicks a point after touchdown during the first half of the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday September 23, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utes keep getting their kicks, reluctantly
    Even having produced three Ray Guy Award winners in a row, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham would prefer that his football program not become known as Punt...
    Updated Dec 19 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, University of Minnesota wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, flanked by quarterback Mitch Leidner, left, and tight end Duke Anyanwu stands in front of other team members as he reads a statement on behalf of the players in the Nagurski Football Complex in Minneapolis, Minn. The University of Minnesota football team will play in the Holiday Bowl, reversing a threat to boycott the game because of the suspension of 10 players accused of sexual assault. The players made the announcement at a news conference Saturday, Dec. 17, after a group of seniors from the team met with the board of regents, university President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle on Friday night. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP, File) Kragthorpe: Minnesota football players make proper decision, in the end
    When the news came that University of Minnesota football players were threatening to boycott the Holiday Bowl following the school's suspension of 10 ...
    Updated Dec 19 2016 04:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gary Payton II, a former SLCC basketball star, returned to the campus court, Friday, December 16, 2016 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers basketball team in the NBA’s Development League to face the SLC Stars. Kragthorpe: Gary Payton II thrives in SLCC homecoming vs. Stars
    Taylorsville The upgraded gym looked different to Gary Payton II in his return to Salt Lake Community College. His game? That’s the same. Payton’s s...
    Updated Dec 19 2016 06:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon linebacker Troy Dye (35) dives and sacks Utah quarterback Troy Williams (3) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey) Kragthorpe: The New Mexico Bowl Curse, and reasons to watch BYU, Utah and every other bowl team
    Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon's intention to transfer has surprised some people, considering he was named the New Mexico Bowl MVP last December. Act...
    Updated Dec 16 2016 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11), defended by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) as the Utah Jazz host the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA basketball in Salt Lake CityWednesday December 14, 2016. Kragthorpe: Jazz will take first place, for what it’s worth
    Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors hugged former teammate Enes Kanter after another intense reunion and walked off the court Wednesday night ...
    Updated Dec 15 2016 05:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Kragthorpe: Passing grade for Ty Detmer’s run-heavy first season as BYU coach
    Provo Penn State stole the ball from him and scored a clinching touchdown. Texas A&M separated both of his shoulders. Iowa intercepted the last pass...
    Updated Dec 12 2016 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Los Angeles Kings’ Trevor Lewis poses for pictures with fans and the Stanley Cup at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday August 27, 2014. Lewis is a Salt Lake City native who played for Brighton’s club team as a freshman in 2002. Hockey tradition dictates that each member of the winning team gets custody of the Cup for one day. Kragthorpe: Utah hockey community rallies to support Wight brothers
    The Utah hockey community's support of Kyle and Karson Wight after the teenagers lost their parents in an auto accident a month ago could be quantifie...
    Updated Dec 12 2016 09:30 am   |     |   Share