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Last Updated Jul 27, 2015 10:06AM

Park City • Gene Bates stood on the first tee of his one of his newest creations and re-enacted his initial conversation with the folks who asked him to build a golf course in the middle of a ski resort. …

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The Canyons Golf Course. Six Degrees of Jim Harbaugh: Utah, BYU face Michigan coach in September
    Ron McBride enjoys football games. He loves football practices. No wonder McBride admires Jim Harbaugh, who regularly staged full-padded, four-hour s...
    Updated Jul 25 2015 05:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 7, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gestures during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. Popovich will guide Team Africa against Team World in the NBA's first game in Africa, Aug. 1, in Johannesburg, the league announced Thursday, July 16, 2015.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Kragthorpe: Spurs will make something of Jimmer Fredette
    Jimmer Fredette’s signing with the San Antonio Spurs this week created a kind of one-last-chance vibe for me, regarding his NBA career. I’m also convi...
    Updated Jul 24 2015 11:23 am   |     |   Share
  • (Weber State coach Ron McBride gets a handshake from Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.  Scott Sommerdorf / The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kragthorpe: Weber State’s Jay Hill borrows best of Urban Meyer, other Ute influences
    Park City Stacked on a shelf behind Jay Hill’s desk in Weber State’s Stewart Stadium, a couple of dozen yellow legal pads document an insider’s view...
    Updated Jul 22 2015 07:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Anaheim Ducks’ draftee Garrett Metcalf ‘born into it’ as goalie
    This is what big brothers do to our little brothers: We make them goalies, using whatever makeshift equipment we find around the house — baseball shin...
    Updated Jul 20 2015 09:24 pm   |     |   Share


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  • FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Canada's Mike Weir tees off during the pro-am event at the Canadian Open golf championship in Montreal. Former Masters champion Mike Weir is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour and will skip the RBC Canadian Open next week. Weir said only that he wants to focus on his personal life and his two daughters. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz, File) Kragthorpe: Better days ahead for ex-BYU golfer Mike Weir in 2020
    Among the stories former BYU golfer Mike Weir once enjoyed telling from his good, old days on the PGA Tour involved warming up for the final round of ...
    Updated Jul 20 2015 10:26 am   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron, right, is congratulated by Erick Aybar, left, and Tony Campana, second from left, after hitting a three-run home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Former Ute C.J. Cron contributes to Angels' resurgence
    C.J. Cron will enjoy the All-Star break, but he probably wishes the Los Angeles Angels could just keep playing. In his third stint with the Angels thi...
    Updated Jul 13 2015 02:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Bryce Cotton (8) leads  a fast break for the Jazz, in the game, in Utah Jazz Summer League action, Utah Jazz vs. The Boston Celtics, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, July 6, 2015. Kragthorpe: Raul Neto adds element of mystery to Utah Jazz’s stocking of point guards
    Already, developments in July are shaping the Jazz’s future at point guard. And Dante Exum’s 20th birthday is not until Monday. That’s when the univer...
    Updated Jul 10 2015 11:40 am   |     |   Share
  • San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, left, talks with Tony Parker, center, as Tim Duncan, right, looks away during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Kragthorpe: Becky Hammon awaits her shot as Spurs’ head coach
    San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich became one of the greatest coaches in NBA history partly by defying the league’s standard practices. So it is not surpris...
    Updated Jul 08 2015 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz fans cheer as Utah Jazz guard Bryce Cotton hit a shot at the buzzer at the end of the half, in Utah Jazz Summer League action, Utah Jazz vs. The Boston Celtics, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, July 6, 2015. Kragthorpe: Jazz fans respond to return of summer ball
    Fresh logos adorned the glass outside EnergySolutions Arena, a FanFest provided entertainment on the plaza and the Jazz took the court to a nice welco...
    Updated Jul 06 2015 11:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her third goal against Japan during first half action in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015.   (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Kragthorpe: Utahns can claim to have watched World Cup champions
    From midfield, Carli Lloyd’s kick sailed through the air, curving toward the goal. Japan’s backpedaling, stumbling goalkeeper managed to tip the ball,...
    Updated Jul 05 2015 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • United States' Alex Morgan (13) kicks the ball in front ofColombia's Angela Clavijo (13) during first half FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16 action in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Monday, June 22, 2015.  (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Kragthorpe: Ute women’s soccer coach enjoys personal, Pac-12 ties to World Cup
    Rich Manning remembers when Sydney Leroux scored an overtime goal against his Utah Utes in their first Pac-12 season. He won’t forget how Hope Solo st...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 11:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2014, file photo, Utah defensive back Dominique Hatfield is congratulated by fans as he leaves the field after Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game, in Boulder, Colo. Hatfield has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who wanted to buy an Xbox from him. Unified Police of Salt Lake County say the victim was meeting with Hatfield on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, after seeing an online classified ad when Hatfield pulled out a knife and demanded the money. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) Kragthorpe: Felony charge against Ute player requires action from Whittingham
    Now that a felony charge has been filed against University of Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield, this case has advanced beyond the point where coach ...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 11:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah State wide receiver JoJo Natson poses for a portrait during media day press availability at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah, Aug. 4, 2014. Kragthorpe: Summertime is problematic for college football players
    Not even the most devoted college football fan around here is as eager as the coaches for the season to start. Off-field incidents and accidents are ...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) shoots as San Antonio Spurs' Reggie Williams (55) and Danny Green (14) defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 90-81. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz should keep swinging in tightened free-agent market
    Skipping to the end of the story, we all know how NBA free agency will play out for the Jazz. No high-profile player with sign with them, and then th...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 02:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • United States' Alex Morgan (13) kicks the ball in front ofColombia's Angela Clavijo (13) during first half FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16 action in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Monday, June 22, 2015.  (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Kragthorpe: Ute women’s soccer coach enjoys personal, Pac-12 ties to World Cup
    Rich Manning remembers when Sydney Leroux scored an overtime goal against his Utah Utes in their first Pac-12 season. He won’t forget how Hope Solo st...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 11:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2014, file photo, Utah defensive back Dominique Hatfield is congratulated by fans as he leaves the field after Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game, in Boulder, Colo. Hatfield has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who wanted to buy an Xbox from him. Unified Police of Salt Lake County say the victim was meeting with Hatfield on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, after seeing an online classified ad when Hatfield pulled out a knife and demanded the money. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) Kragthorpe: Felony charge against Ute player requires action from Whittingham
    Now that a felony charge has been filed against University of Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield, this case has advanced beyond the point where coach ...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 11:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah State wide receiver JoJo Natson poses for a portrait during media day press availability at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah, Aug. 4, 2014. Kragthorpe: Summertime is problematic for college football players
    Not even the most devoted college football fan around here is as eager as the coaches for the season to start. Off-field incidents and accidents are ...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) shoots as San Antonio Spurs' Reggie Williams (55) and Danny Green (14) defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 90-81. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz should keep swinging in tightened free-agent market
    Skipping to the end of the story, we all know how NBA free agency will play out for the Jazz. No high-profile player with sign with them, and then th...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 02:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gordon Hayward is defended by Celtics forward Jae Crowder in the first half of an NBA basketball game at EnergySolutions in Salt Lake City, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Kragthorpe: Rebuilding tracks of Jazz, Celtics will converge at ESA
    Geography undoubtedly played a part in Danny Ainge’s decision to bring the Boston Celtics to town for next week’s four-team Utah Jazz Summer League, c...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 11:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Adversity keeps coming for Utah State football program
    While trying to make a clear distinction between a horrific auto accident and an undisclosed violation of team rules, I would conclude that this past ...
    Updated Jun 29 2015 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, right, makes a point to guard Gordon Hayward as they talk during a timeout against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 27, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Jazz have more work to do in playoff push
    So the draft is over, and now the Jazz will move into the phase of the offseason when they traditionally work toward acquiring a future MVP of the NBA...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 11:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Jazz rookies converge from different basketball cultures
    By blending unselfishly into a talented team, Trey Lyles helped Kentucky win 38 straight games before the Wildcats were upset in the Final Four. Doin...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Giant holes are OK, as a golf alternative
    Midway • Some golf courses stage tournaments or other one-day events that offer the toughest possible challenge, with the tee markers placed all the w...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 09:21 am   |     |   Share
  • A young basketball fan shouts for an autograph from Trey Lyles after Lyles was selected 12th overall by the Utah Jazz during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kragthorpe: If Jazz pick Trey Lyles is another Carlos Boozer, that’s good (with video)
    The Carlos Boozer comparison? That’s a compliment. Personally, I would have preferred Devin Booker over Kentucky teammate Trey Lyles, whose offensive...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall answers interview questions on live TV program Tuesday June 24 for BYU football media day in Provo. Kragthorpe: September will define BYU’s 2015 football season
    Provo BYU administrators staged another impressive Football Media Day production Wednesday, celebrating the program’s history with Ty Detmer and oth...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 10:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (44) blocks a shot by Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Kragthorpe: Frank Kaminsky would give Utah Jazz an Okur-style dimension
    In seemingly every NBA Draft, one player surfaces as a potential polarizing choice for the Jazz. This year, with the Jazz picking 12th in Thursday’s f...
    Updated Jun 24 2015 09:06 am   |     |   Share
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