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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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: Real Salt Lake gets even with another win over Timbers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57841056-77/rsl-season-timbers-cassar.html.csp Sandy In the 78th minute of the seventh game of the 10th season, Real Salt Lake finally got even. RSL’s 1-0 victory over Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium lifted the franchise’s all-time record to 108-108-77. That’s another remarkable achievement for an expansion team that started so inauspiciously and now is a Major League Soccer model. Ned Grabavoy’s left-footed, bouncing shot into the corner of the net and a series of huge saves from goalkeeper Nick Rimando gave RSL (3-0-4) a nice win Saturday... Sandy In the 78th minute of the seventh game of the 10th season, Real Salt Lake finally got even. RSL’s 1-0 victory over Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium lifted the franchise’s all-time record to 108-108-77. That’s another remarkable achievement for an expansion team that started so inauspiciously and now is a Major League Soccer model. Ned Grabavoy’s left-footed, bouncing shot into the corner of the net and a series of huge saves from goalkeeper Nick Rimando gave RSL (3-0-4) a nice win Saturday... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57841056@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:18:55 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes seeking many more interceptions in 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57806241-89/interceptions-utes-interception-season.html.csp Walking into Utah’s football practice Thursday, I immediately witnessed a phenomenon. A pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, fluttered through the air and was caught by Ute nickel back Justin Thomas, who made a diving interception. Something like that occurred only three times in Ute games last season — from a defensive perspective, anyway. Michael Walker’s fourth-quarter interception at BYU came on a critical fourth-down play, although he probably should have deflected the ball and impr... Walking into Utah’s football practice Thursday, I immediately witnessed a phenomenon. A pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, fluttered through the air and was caught by Ute nickel back Justin Thomas, who made a diving interception. Something like that occurred only three times in Ute games last season — from a defensive perspective, anyway. Michael Walker’s fourth-quarter interception at BYU came on a critical fourth-down play, although he probably should have deflected the ball and impr... 57806241@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Kragthorpe: GM Dennis Lindsey believes Jazz can ‘get it right’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833806-87/lindsey-jazz-pick-record.html.csp Atheists are convening downtown, Comic Con’s costumed enthusiasts are worshiping on the site where the Jazz once played and Dennis Lindsey is trying to inspire belief in his rebuilding project. Just another April week in Salt Lake City. Lindsey, the Jazz’s general manager, presided over a 25-57 season that ended Wednesday with a double-overtime win at Minnesota, as the Jazz barely topped the worst record in the franchise’s 35-year Utah era. They finished 24 games behind Dallas, the Western Conf... Atheists are convening downtown, Comic Con’s costumed enthusiasts are worshiping on the site where the Jazz once played and Dennis Lindsey is trying to inspire belief in his rebuilding project. Just another April week in Salt Lake City. Lindsey, the Jazz’s general manager, presided over a 25-57 season that ended Wednesday with a double-overtime win at Minnesota, as the Jazz barely topped the worst record in the franchise’s 35-year Utah era. They finished 24 games behind Dallas, the Western Conf... 57833806@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Kragthorpe: Rockies’ owner can relate to Jazz’s plight http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57826174-87/jazz-rockies-monfort-baseball.html.csp As only a neighboring pro sports owner could, Dick Monfort understands what the Jazz are going through. Well, the phenomenon of fans being happy about the Jazz’s losing mystified him, as he watched Monday’s game at EnergySolutions Arena. But having a management strategy and believing in it, through the ups and downs? That part, Monfort gets. Asked what he’s learned in 17 years of baseball, the Colorado Rockies chairman said, “Patience.” That’s what he keeps reminding himself, anyway. And that w... As only a neighboring pro sports owner could, Dick Monfort understands what the Jazz are going through. Well, the phenomenon of fans being happy about the Jazz’s losing mystified him, as he watched Monday’s game at EnergySolutions Arena. But having a management strategy and believing in it, through the ups and downs? That part, Monfort gets. Asked what he’s learned in 17 years of baseball, the Colorado Rockies chairman said, “Patience.” That’s what he keeps reminding himself, anyway. And that w... 57826174@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:25:39 MDT Kragthorpe: Larry H. Miller wouldn’t have wanted Jazz to lose to Lakers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57819529-77/jazz-lakers-miller-season.html.csp The logical question after this outcome — something resembling the Los Angeles Lakers 119, Jazz 104 ­— is whether the home team actually lost or won Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena. After all, the Jazz now claim the NBA’s fourth-worst record (24-57) with one game remaining, Wednesday at Minnesota. They’re assured of finishing behind the Lakers. So the Jazz enhanced their lottery odds and potential draft position, which evoked some rejoicing among fans. Sorry to spoil the celebration of th... The logical question after this outcome — something resembling the Los Angeles Lakers 119, Jazz 104 ­— is whether the home team actually lost or won Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena. After all, the Jazz now claim the NBA’s fourth-worst record (24-57) with one game remaining, Wednesday at Minnesota. They’re assured of finishing behind the Lakers. So the Jazz enhanced their lottery odds and potential draft position, which evoked some rejoicing among fans. Sorry to spoil the celebration of th... 57819529@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:04:04 MDT Kragthorpe: Jay Hill applies Ute football model to Weber State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57810717-77/hill-utah-coach-state.html.csp Ogden When a valued member of the University of Utah’s football staff landed an in-state head coaching position and headed north, The Tribune published a big photo of Jay Hill. That was five years ago, when the accompanying story was about Gary Andersen’s move to Utah State. Easy mistake, because of their resemblance. And it was prescient. Hill also was going places in the profession, becoming Weber State’s coach last December. So here he is in Ogden, applying the blueprint that Andersen took... Ogden When a valued member of the University of Utah’s football staff landed an in-state head coaching position and headed north, The Tribune published a big photo of Jay Hill. That was five years ago, when the accompanying story was about Gary Andersen’s move to Utah State. Easy mistake, because of their resemblance. And it was prescient. Hill also was going places in the profession, becoming Weber State’s coach last December. So here he is in Ogden, applying the blueprint that Andersen took... 57810717@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:26:35 MDT Kragthorpe: Masters will rise above Tiger’s absence http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57795346-77/tiger-masters-scott-tree.html.csp As everyone knows by now, one of Augusta National Golf Club’s most iconic figures will be missing as the 78th Masters begins Thursday. The void is noticeable. Part of the tournament’s “history and tradition,” as Jason Day said, is absent. Steve Stricker wryly cited the loss of “a thorn in most players’ side.” Mike Weir said the difference the golfers are sensing is “certainly an eye-opener.” Yeah, Tiger Woods is gone, sidelined by back surgery. But what really distinguishes this Masters is the ... As everyone knows by now, one of Augusta National Golf Club’s most iconic figures will be missing as the 78th Masters begins Thursday. The void is noticeable. Part of the tournament’s “history and tradition,” as Jason Day said, is absent. Steve Stricker wryly cited the loss of “a thorn in most players’ side.” Mike Weir said the difference the golfers are sensing is “certainly an eye-opener.” Yeah, Tiger Woods is gone, sidelined by back surgery. But what really distinguishes this Masters is the ... 57795346@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:22:13 MDT Kragthorpe: NCAA memories stick with Jazz players, coaches http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57785161-77/game-hayward-jazz-jensen.html.csp Butler star Gordon Hayward rode silently in a golf cart in a football stadium in Indianapolis, 12 years after Alex Jensen and his Utah teammates paraded through downtown Salt Lake City. They already had arrived at the same destination: second place. The Jazz have eight NCAA basketball championship game contestants among current players and assistant coaches. The list includes three winners — Sidney Lowe with North Carolina State in 1983, Marvin Williams with North Carolina in 2005 and Brandon R... Butler star Gordon Hayward rode silently in a golf cart in a football stadium in Indianapolis, 12 years after Alex Jensen and his Utah teammates paraded through downtown Salt Lake City. They already had arrived at the same destination: second place. The Jazz have eight NCAA basketball championship game contestants among current players and assistant coaches. The list includes three winners — Sidney Lowe with North Carolina State in 1983, Marvin Williams with North Carolina in 2005 and Brandon R... 57785161@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:56:16 MDT