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Last Updated May 27, 2015 07:11PM

As the game moves into the middle innings, the conversations among the relief pitchers evolve in the bullpen down the right-field line of Smith’s Ballpark. “Anything and everything you can think of, we’ll probably talk about,” Jeremy McBryde said. In …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Utah football team runs onto the field before the game against Idaho State Bengals at Rice-Eccles stadium Thursday August 28, 2014. Utah is winning the game 35-7. Kragthorpe: Utes should enhance, not expand, Rice-Eccles Stadium
    When the lightning and rain subsided and the game resumed in the fourth quarter after a lengthy delay last September, thousands of University of Utah ...
    Updated May 25 2015 10:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) celebrates with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) Thompson blocked a Atlanta Hawks ball during the second half in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Kragthorpe: BYU-killer Matthew Dellavedova causing problems in NBA
    Matthew Dellavedova once broke BYU's hearts. In the NBA playoffs, he's tearing opponents apart, physically and emotionally. The former Saint Mary's gu...
    Updated May 25 2015 10:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: UNLV is Utah State grad Kent Baer’s next stop in coaching tour
    After nearly 40 years of coaching defenses in college football, Cache Valley native Kent Baer jokes that he wants to become an offensive coordinator i...
    Updated May 22 2015 09:24 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE-  In this Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, Oregon State new football coach, Gary Andersen, center, poses with Oregon State athletic director, Bob De Carolis, left, and Oregon State University president, Edward Ray, at a news conference in Corvallis, Ore. De Carolis released an open letter Monday, May 11, 2015, announcing his decision to step down on June 30.  (AP Photo/Anne Peteson, File) Kragthorpe: Oregon State’s Gary Andersen keeps surfacing in Utahns’ lives
    Gary Andersen likes to punctuate statements with his trademark phrase “… and away we go.” He’s never gone. The latest episodes that intertwine the S...
    Updated May 20 2015 05:32 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Kragthorpe: ‘Big Shot Bob’ Horry still making impact as NBA retiree (with video)
    Big Shot Bob usually needed an assist. Run the reel of clutch shots that Robert Horry made in the NBA playoffs — there were a bunch of them — and the...
    Updated May 18 2015 10:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll, Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Pero Antic, from left, celebrate after the Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards 94-91 in Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoffs second-round series, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Washington. The win sent the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) Kragthorpe: Warriors in six; Hawks in seven in NBA's conference finals
    If the second round of the NBA playoffs drove home any point, it is that none of the four remaining teams will be daunted by a deficit. Atlanta, Cleve...
    Updated May 18 2015 10:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Members of the Los Angeles Clippers sit on the bench in the final minute of Game 6 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Rockets won 119-107. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Kragthorpe: Clippers revert to old selves in loss to Rockets
    Jay Leno no longer has a nightly network television forum for his Clippers jokes. Donald Sterling was forced to sell the franchise last year. The Los ...
    Updated May 15 2015 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony for winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player award before Game 2 in a second-round NBA playoff basketball series between the Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Kragthorpe: NBA MVP Steph Curry gives his father distinction in Utah Jazz history
    The math barely misses. Count back nine months from Wardell Stephen Curry II’s birthdate, and it becomes apparent that the NBA’s Most Valuable Player ...
    Updated May 13 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Bumble and the Salt Lake Bees host their annual weekday morning game, with 13,000 fifth and sixth graders at Smith's Ballpark. Kragthorpe: Bees hope Kids Day fans will come back to ballpark
    With his head drying above a whirring fan, Bumble rubbed his eyes. “Quite the experience,” the Salt Lake Bees mascot confirmed during a break Monday, ...
    Updated May 11 2015 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, celebrates with Tristan Thompson, center and J.R. Smith after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of Game 4 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Sunday, May 10, 2015. The Cavaliers won 86-84. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Kragthorpe: LeBron's honesty is wrong stance, in this case
    The game ended, and then the trouble started when LeBron James framed his answer with the phrase "to be honest." Uh, oh. And then James told the story...
    Updated May 11 2015 10:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) and Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) react  in the second half of Game 4 of a first round NBA playoff basketball game, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. The Nets defeated the Hawks 120-115 in overtime to even their series at 2-2. Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) is in the center. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kragthorpe: Ex-Jazzman DeMarre Carroll’s scoring spree ends in Hawks’ loss
    During forward DeMarre Carroll’s Jazz tenure, I wondered if he ever would score 20 points in a game. That never happened. Now that Carroll is in the N...
    Updated May 09 2015 10:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ontario Reign Garry Nunn (22) scores in the first period on Utah Grizzlies goalie Igor Bobkov (30). 
The Utah Grizzlies trail the Ontario Reign 0-1 during the first period of game four of the second round of the ECHL playoff series at the Maverik Center, Friday, May 8, 2015. Kragthorpe: Sloppy play in goal has Grizz down, 3-1
    West Valley City Ordinarily, it would not qualify as news that Utah Grizzlies goalie Igor Bobkov kept his job throughout Friday night’s game. He’s th...
    Updated May 08 2015 11:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday January 2, 2015.  Atlanta won the game 98-92. Kragthorpe: Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll is another ex-Jazz player who got away
    During forward DeMarre Carroll’s Jazz tenure, the question became whether he ever would score 20 points in a game. That never happened. Now that he’s ...
    Updated May 08 2015 10:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: RSL deserves better than tie with Galaxy
    Sandy A lot of thunder, too much lightning and no goals. The frustration continued for Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, where the natural display ...
    Updated May 06 2015 11:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) and Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) react  in the second half of Game 4 of a first round NBA playoff basketball game, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. The Nets defeated the Hawks 120-115 in overtime to even their series at 2-2. Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) is in the center. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kragthorpe: Ex-Jazzman DeMarre Carroll’s scoring spree ends in Hawks’ loss
    During forward DeMarre Carroll’s Jazz tenure, I wondered if he ever would score 20 points in a game. That never happened. Now that Carroll is in the N...
    Updated May 09 2015 10:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ontario Reign Garry Nunn (22) scores in the first period on Utah Grizzlies goalie Igor Bobkov (30). 
The Utah Grizzlies trail the Ontario Reign 0-1 during the first period of game four of the second round of the ECHL playoff series at the Maverik Center, Friday, May 8, 2015. Kragthorpe: Sloppy play in goal has Grizz down, 3-1
    West Valley City Ordinarily, it would not qualify as news that Utah Grizzlies goalie Igor Bobkov kept his job throughout Friday night’s game. He’s th...
    Updated May 08 2015 11:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday January 2, 2015.  Atlanta won the game 98-92. Kragthorpe: Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll is another ex-Jazz player who got away
    During forward DeMarre Carroll’s Jazz tenure, the question became whether he ever would score 20 points in a game. That never happened. Now that he’s ...
    Updated May 08 2015 10:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: RSL deserves better than tie with Galaxy
    Sandy A lot of thunder, too much lightning and no goals. The frustration continued for Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, where the natural display ...
    Updated May 06 2015 11:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Billy Donovan, newly named head coach of the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder, poses for a photo on the Thunder logo prior to a news conference in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s jolt sent Billy Donovan on his way to Thunder
    Before walking into EnergySolutions Arena next season when his NBA team comes to town, Billy Donovan should revisit the basement of Westminster Colleg...
    Updated May 04 2015 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, center, congratulates Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, right, as forward Tim Duncan walks away after the Clippers defeated the Spurs in Game 7 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-109. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Spurs' reign ends, in noble style
    If this is how it ended for the San Antonio Spurs' dynasty, it was a phenomenal finish. Eliminating the Spurs in Game 7 of a first-round series in the...
    Updated May 04 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak directs Utah Utes guard/forward Dakarai Tucker (14) coming out of a timeout  during first half play. Utah led North Dakota 37-26 at the half of the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament, Friday November 28, 2014 Kragthorpe: Ute coaches’ pay defensible, but where will it end?
    The atmosphere of a University of Utah administrative cabinet meeting probably never would be described as giddy, to begin with, but the mood changed ...
    Updated May 02 2015 03:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) throws the ball in the fourth quarter as the BYU Cougars host the Utah Utes, college football Saturday, September 21, 2013 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Kragthorpe: 10 truths about Utah-BYU football series
    Not quite five years ago, when BYU announced its move to football independence, I was skeptical about the school’s ability to piece together a schedul...
    Updated May 01 2015 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)  

Utah Jazz's Carlos Boozer (5) and Utah Jazz's Deron Williams (8) keep an eye on Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) in the second half as the Jazz face the Nuggets during in the third game of the first round playoff series at EnergySolutions Arena in 2010. Kragthorpe: It’s been five years since the Utah Jazz’s last playoff victory
    Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams and Paul Millsap walked off the court in triumph and the Jazz moved into the most turbulent phase of the franchise’s Uta...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) tries to get away from a Tennessee defender at Neyland Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn.  (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)
Kragthorpe: Can Utah, BYU or USU football teams finish any better than 8-4?
    Utah’s newest co-offensive coordinators insisted they were keeping the old stuff, only doing it better. BYU’s most important player just kept practici...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 07:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, front, grabs a rebound in front of Dallas Mavericks' Al-Farouq Aminu, rear, in the second half of Game 4 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday April 26, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ronald Martinez, pool) Kragthorpe: Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan can solve NBA's hacking problem themselves
    Opposing coaches never really adopted the strategy of intentionally fouling Karl Malone, even though he struggled to make free throws as a Jazz rookie...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 10:58 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Marcus Williams (20) pulls in game ending touchdown interception at the Utah Football Red & White game in Salt Lake City, Saturday April 25, 2015. Kragthorpe: Confidence in Ute football team’s offense is matter of faith (with video)
    The Utah football fans who stopped tailgating long enough to fill about one-fourth of Rice-Eccles Stadium’s seats for a couple of hours finally were r...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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