Kragthorpe - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/columnists/Kragthorpe Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Kragthorpe: Damian Lillard making his point for Team USA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58236075-77/lillard-team-usa-state.html.csp Las Vegas Something is missing from Damian Lillard’s jersey. Never mind that different keystrokes produce the number “0” and the letter “O.” Lillard likes to wear that number in the NBA because the letter symbolizes Oakland, Ogden and Oregon — his hometown, college town and state of professional employment, respectively. This week’s apparel tells another story in Lillard’s development. He’s assigned No. 22 in this training camp, but the “USA” letters on the jersey mean much more than the numb... Las Vegas Something is missing from Damian Lillard’s jersey. Never mind that different keystrokes produce the number “0” and the letter “O.” Lillard likes to wear that number in the NBA because the letter symbolizes Oakland, Ogden and Oregon — his hometown, college town and state of professional employment, respectively. This week’s apparel tells another story in Lillard’s development. He’s assigned No. 22 in this training camp, but the “USA” letters on the jersey mean much more than the numb... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58236075@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:51 MDT Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Gordon Hayward insists there’s ‘no pressure now’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58234262-87/hayward-jazz-team-contract.html.csp Las Vegas After everything that has happened since the Jazz’s season ended in April, Gordon Hayward recognizes his life is different now. The expectations and accountability that accompany his biggest offseason move follow him everywhere. Signing a $63 million contract? Yeah, that’s also significant. Hayward stood on UNLV’s practice court after the opening session of Team USA’s training camp Monday, talking with Jazz coach Quin Snyder. He smiled, laughed and cringed — knowing that accepting S... Las Vegas After everything that has happened since the Jazz’s season ended in April, Gordon Hayward recognizes his life is different now. The expectations and accountability that accompany his biggest offseason move follow him everywhere. Signing a $63 million contract? Yeah, that’s also significant. Hayward stood on UNLV’s practice court after the opening session of Team USA’s training camp Monday, talking with Jazz coach Quin Snyder. He smiled, laughed and cringed — knowing that accepting S... 58234262@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:25 MDT Kragthorpe: Could QB Travis Wilson’s citation affect Ute captaincy? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58232412-89/wilson-utah-august-citation.html.csp Travis Wilson’s citation for underage drinking will have no effect on the University of Utah’s quarterbacking competition this month. That’s both a prediction and a recommendation — and a commentary on the frequency of off-field issues involving college football players locally and nationally in the offseason. But where Wilson’s case will get interesting is in the voting for Ute co-captains in mid-August. While there’s no dismissing any violation of the law, Wilson’s offense does not rise to th... Travis Wilson’s citation for underage drinking will have no effect on the University of Utah’s quarterbacking competition this month. That’s both a prediction and a recommendation — and a commentary on the frequency of off-field issues involving college football players locally and nationally in the offseason. But where Wilson’s case will get interesting is in the voting for Ute co-captains in mid-August. While there’s no dismissing any violation of the law, Wilson’s offense does not rise to th... 58232412@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:10:35 MDT Utes need ’08 talent level now in Pac-12 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58226959-77/utes-2010-pac-2009.html.csp Utah’s move from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 is a good explanation for the Utes’ recent record, but it not the only reason. The Utes also used to have better football players. They may have more good players now, but they had more great players in the Sugar Bowl season of 2008. It is both a tribute to coach Kyle Whittingham’s recruitment and development of players in the school’s MW era and an indictment of his staff’s recent efforts that the Utes had better personnel when they beat Alabama... Utah’s move from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 is a good explanation for the Utes’ recent record, but it not the only reason. The Utes also used to have better football players. They may have more good players now, but they had more great players in the Sugar Bowl season of 2008. It is both a tribute to coach Kyle Whittingham’s recruitment and development of players in the school’s MW era and an indictment of his staff’s recent efforts that the Utes had better personnel when they beat Alabama... 58226959@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:28:10 MDT Kragthorpe: Salt Lake City course closure would drive golfers away http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58214328-77/course-golf-lake-salt.html.csp The potential closure of one or more Salt Lake City golf courses made me wonder about Ralph Frandsen, thinking back to the last time a course was shut down in this town. In 2008, the historic University of Utah layout was about to be replaced by the Utah Science Technology Research complex. Frandsen was forecasting a gloomy outcome for himself and other members of his regular foursome. “It’s going to shorten our lives,” he said. Well, he was exaggerating. Frandsen celebrated his 98th birthday t... The potential closure of one or more Salt Lake City golf courses made me wonder about Ralph Frandsen, thinking back to the last time a course was shut down in this town. In 2008, the historic University of Utah layout was about to be replaced by the Utah Science Technology Research complex. Frandsen was forecasting a gloomy outcome for himself and other members of his regular foursome. “It’s going to shorten our lives,” he said. Well, he was exaggerating. Frandsen celebrated his 98th birthday t... 58214328@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:49:16 MDT Kragthorpe: L.A. Angels soaring, with help of ex-Salt Lake Bees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58200955-77/angels-bees-johnson-lake.html.csp Keith Johnson lost, lost and won as Friday night turned into Saturday morning. It all added up to a victory for the Salt Lake Bees manager, who’s enduring a rough season in his own dugout while deserving some credit for the Los Angeles Angels’ recent surge. Johnson’s name is attached to the Bees’ 41-60 record, but his staff’s fingerprints are all over the Angels’ 58-37 mark. And their paychecks are signed in Anaheim. “The fact of the matter is regardless of what we do down here,” Johnson said, ... Keith Johnson lost, lost and won as Friday night turned into Saturday morning. It all added up to a victory for the Salt Lake Bees manager, who’s enduring a rough season in his own dugout while deserving some credit for the Los Angeles Angels’ recent surge. Johnson’s name is attached to the Bees’ 41-60 record, but his staff’s fingerprints are all over the Angels’ 58-37 mark. And their paychecks are signed in Anaheim. “The fact of the matter is regardless of what we do down here,” Johnson said, ... 58200955@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:41:37 MDT