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Artistic impression is important in judging... The biggest question about Utah’s football season opener vs. Idaho State is what fraction of the Utes’ total this win will represent, three months from now. One-fifth? One-sixth? ESPN’s Football Power Index projects 5.3 victories for the Utes in the 12-game schedule, while ranking them No. 37. To me, the “point-three” is just as important as the “five.” There’s room for subjectivity, in other words, and it starts Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Artistic impression is important in judging... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58342283@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:30:59 MDT College football: Weber State opens Jay Hill era against No. 19 ASU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343354-77/state-hill-weber-arizona.html.csp Tempe, Ariz. • Weber State hopes its second game against a Pac-12 opponent goes better than the first. Last year, the Wildcats visited Utah and were mauled, 70-7. The loss seemed to put them on their heels for the rest of the season. They finished 2-10 and lacked competitiveness on the road, where they lost seven games by a combined 358-68. This year, Weber State hopes its opener at Arizona State provides a springboard to better things, even though beating the 19th-ranked Sun Devils would be a ... Tempe, Ariz. • Weber State hopes its second game against a Pac-12 opponent goes better than the first. Last year, the Wildcats visited Utah and were mauled, 70-7. The loss seemed to put them on their heels for the rest of the season. They finished 2-10 and lacked competitiveness on the road, where they lost seven games by a combined 358-68. This year, Weber State hopes its opener at Arizona State provides a springboard to better things, even though beating the 19th-ranked Sun Devils would be a ... 58343354@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:30:44 MDT Prep sports: Successful schools speak out Wednesday against realignment proposal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58344768-190/football-formula-successful-duchesne.html.csp Midvale • Administrators from Provo and Duchesne, whose football teams could be moved up a classification under a proposed success-based high school realignment formula, spoke out against it in a public hearing Wednesday night. The Utah High School Activities Association Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on the formula, which could add or subtract up to 15 percent of student enrollment figures that will determine which of six football classifications a school will be placed into. Of the small... Midvale • Administrators from Provo and Duchesne, whose football teams could be moved up a classification under a proposed success-based high school realignment formula, spoke out against it in a public hearing Wednesday night. The Utah High School Activities Association Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on the formula, which could add or subtract up to 15 percent of student enrollment figures that will determine which of six football classifications a school will be placed into. Of the small... 58344768@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:27:02 MDT U.S. Open: Maria Sharapova rallies to win in three sets http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58345538-77/round-sharapova-open-dulgheru.html.csp New York • A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. On Wednesday, Sharapova found herself down by a set and facing a break point early in the second at Flushing Meadows, bothered by the whipping wind, her own off-target strokes and an opponent who wasn’t backing down. As dusk fell and the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights came on, Sharapova came through ... New York • A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. On Wednesday, Sharapova found herself down by a set and facing a break point early in the second at Flushing Meadows, bothered by the whipping wind, her own off-target strokes and an opponent who wasn’t backing down. As dusk fell and the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights came on, Sharapova came through ... 58345538@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:25:02 MDT Thursday’s TV/radio sports programming http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58345185-77/round-espn-mlb-nfl.html.csp Television College football • Idaho State at Utah, 5:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network • Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe, 5 p.m., ESPNU • Boise St. vs. Mississippi, at Atlanta, 6 p.m., ESPN • Rutgers vs. Washington St., at Seattle, 8 p.m., FS1 Golf • European PGA Tour, Italian Open, first round, at Turin, Italy, 7:30 a.m., TGC • Web.com Tour, Hotel Fitness Championship, first round, at Fort Wayne, Ind., 1 p.m., TGC • LPGA, Portland Classic, first round, at Portland, Ore. 4:30 p.m., TGC MLB • Chicago... Television College football • Idaho State at Utah, 5:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network • Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe, 5 p.m., ESPNU • Boise St. vs. Mississippi, at Atlanta, 6 p.m., ESPN • Rutgers vs. Washington St., at Seattle, 8 p.m., FS1 Golf • European PGA Tour, Italian Open, first round, at Turin, Italy, 7:30 a.m., TGC • Web.com Tour, Hotel Fitness Championship, first round, at Fort Wayne, Ind., 1 p.m., TGC • LPGA, Portland Classic, first round, at Portland, Ore. 4:30 p.m., TGC MLB • Chicago... 58345185@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:24:01 MDT NHL: League has no immediate plans to expand http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58344982-77/nhl-league-expansion-team.html.csp The NHL insists expansion is not imminent. “Nothing has happened to change the status quo,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. “There continues to be interest from some markets, and we continue to be interested in discussing the possibilities, but there is no plan moving forward in terms of expansion.” The NHL has not expanded since the 2000-01 season when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets became the 29th and 30th franc... The NHL insists expansion is not imminent. “Nothing has happened to change the status quo,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. “There continues to be interest from some markets, and we continue to be interested in discussing the possibilities, but there is no plan moving forward in terms of expansion.” The NHL has not expanded since the 2000-01 season when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets became the 29th and 30th franc... 58344982@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:23:01 MDT NFL suspends Browns’ Gordon for 2014 season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58345665-77/gordon-nfl-league-season.html.csp Cleveland • Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for steppin... Cleveland • Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for steppin... 58345665@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:22:01 MDT College football: USC’s Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue of 7-year-old http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58345770-77/shaw-usc-josh-team.html.csp Los Angeles • Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.” The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team’s website Monday. In the account, Shaw des... Los Angeles • Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.” The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team’s website Monday. In the account, Shaw des... 58345770@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:59:01 MDT NBA notes: L.A. Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58345681-77/rivers-clippers-doc-team.html.csp Los Angeles • Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top priorities to ensure that Rivers remains as the long-term leader of the team. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks that led to his ouster afte... Los Angeles • Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top priorities to ensure that Rivers remains as the long-term leader of the team. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks that led to his ouster afte... 58345681@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:36:02 MDT PCL: Salt Lake Bees win final home game thanks to homer by Boesch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58344735-77/boesch-bees-batting-lake.html.csp The Bees’ home season has ended, but Brennan Boesch’s pursuit of the Pacific Coast League’s batting title continues. Boesch went 2-for-4 including a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning Wednesday, giving Salt Lake a 6-5 win over New Orleans in its final game of the year at Smith’s Ballpark. Boesch started the night in a three-way battle for the PCL batting championship. He was hitting .331, just behind Reno’s Andy Marte (.335) and Matt den Dekker of Las Vegas (.334). Asked if he’s ever led... The Bees’ home season has ended, but Brennan Boesch’s pursuit of the Pacific Coast League’s batting title continues. Boesch went 2-for-4 including a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning Wednesday, giving Salt Lake a 6-5 win over New Orleans in its final game of the year at Smith’s Ballpark. Boesch started the night in a three-way battle for the PCL batting championship. He was hitting .331, just behind Reno’s Andy Marte (.335) and Matt den Dekker of Las Vegas (.334). Asked if he’s ever led... 58344735@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:34:01 MDT Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58345539-77/soccer-lawsuit-players-ncaa.html.csp San Francisco • Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport’s governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. A group of soccer parents and players filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco. Lawyers representing the parents and players are asking a judge to grant the lawsuit class-action status on behalf of thousands of current and former soccer players who competed for teams gove... San Francisco • Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport’s governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. A group of soccer parents and players filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco. Lawyers representing the parents and players are asking a judge to grant the lawsuit class-action status on behalf of thousands of current and former soccer players who competed for teams gove... 58345539@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:44:01 MDT BYU football: Independence means Cougars see the USA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58343224-88/cougars-byu-season-state.html.csp Provo • There’s no conference championship to play for this season, and BYU’s chances of making it to the new four-team College Football Playoff are as likely as a Democrat winning an election in Utah County. Even an undefeated season probably won’t be enough, according to many national college football experts. But at least the Cougars will see the country in 2014, beginning this weekend when they travel to the Northeast for the first time since 2006 to take on the UConn Huskies on Friday at Re... Provo • There’s no conference championship to play for this season, and BYU’s chances of making it to the new four-team College Football Playoff are as likely as a Democrat winning an election in Utah County. Even an undefeated season probably won’t be enough, according to many national college football experts. But at least the Cougars will see the country in 2014, beginning this weekend when they travel to the Northeast for the first time since 2006 to take on the UConn Huskies on Friday at Re... 58343224@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:13:38 MDT Utah Jazz sign free agent guard Kevin Murphy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58344459-87/jazz-murphy-guard-utah.html.csp A year after being traded away by the Jazz, guard Kevin Murphy has come full circle, signing a deal with Utah on Wednesday. Murphy was the Jazz’s offering to Golden State in the salary dump trade that brought Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to Utah last season. The former second-round draft pick was soon waived and spent last in the D-League. There, he put together an All-Star season for the Idaho Stampede, averaging 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He s... A year after being traded away by the Jazz, guard Kevin Murphy has come full circle, signing a deal with Utah on Wednesday. Murphy was the Jazz’s offering to Golden State in the salary dump trade that brought Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to Utah last season. The former second-round draft pick was soon waived and spent last in the D-League. There, he put together an All-Star season for the Idaho Stampede, averaging 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He s... 58344459@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:01 MDT BYU volleyball: Hamson’s return has Cougars thinking big http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58344122-88/hamson-olmstead-volleyball-team.html.csp Provo • When friends, boosters and family members ask fourth-year BYU women’s volleyball coach Shawn Olmstead about his 2014 recruiting class, he has a simple, one-sentence reply. “We get a girl named Jennifer Hamson back, and that’s our biggest recruit of the year,” he says. That would be 2012 AVCA First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Jennifer Hamson, who put her volleyball career on hold in 2013 in order to play for the BYU women’s basketball team full-time. Ham... Provo • When friends, boosters and family members ask fourth-year BYU women’s volleyball coach Shawn Olmstead about his 2014 recruiting class, he has a simple, one-sentence reply. “We get a girl named Jennifer Hamson back, and that’s our biggest recruit of the year,” he says. That would be 2012 AVCA First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Jennifer Hamson, who put her volleyball career on hold in 2013 in order to play for the BYU women’s basketball team full-time. Ham... 58344122@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:41:12 MDT Recreation: North Face Endurance Challenge coming to Park City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/outdoors/58342944-117/race-face-north-park.html.csp Park City is a resort town, known for relaxation and vacation. However, for a couple of days in October, “vacation” will be the last word on the mind of trail runners from all over the world as they charge through 50 miles of Park City trails at 10,000 feet in elevation in the North Face Endurance Challenge. “It’s not the North Face big walk,” says Nick Moore, director of the Park City race. The Endurance Challenge will come to Utah for the first time, one of several stops on the 2014 North F... Park City is a resort town, known for relaxation and vacation. However, for a couple of days in October, “vacation” will be the last word on the mind of trail runners from all over the world as they charge through 50 miles of Park City trails at 10,000 feet in elevation in the North Face Endurance Challenge. “It’s not the North Face big walk,” says Nick Moore, director of the Park City race. The Endurance Challenge will come to Utah for the first time, one of several stops on the 2014 North F... 58342944@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:31:02 MDT Utah football: Whittingham, Christensen come full circle vs. Idaho St. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58340283-89/utah-idaho-whittingham-christensen.html.csp Were it not for their time at Idaho State, Kyle Whittingham and Dave Christensen wouldn’t be coaching together at Utah. Were it not for their time at Utah, Spencer Toone and Steve Fifita wouldn’t be coaching together at Idaho State. Between the four, such symmetries abound. It’s been almost a quarter-century since Utah’s head coach and offensive coordinator first bonded as assistant coaches in Pocatello. Thursday, their reunion tour begins against the team that gave them their start. And on the... Were it not for their time at Idaho State, Kyle Whittingham and Dave Christensen wouldn’t be coaching together at Utah. Were it not for their time at Utah, Spencer Toone and Steve Fifita wouldn’t be coaching together at Idaho State. Between the four, such symmetries abound. It’s been almost a quarter-century since Utah’s head coach and offensive coordinator first bonded as assistant coaches in Pocatello. Thursday, their reunion tour begins against the team that gave them their start. And on the... 58340283@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:16:50 MDT Utah State football: Aggies tired of losing the big ones http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58342994-77/utah-aggies-game-state.html.csp Logan • Zach Vigil hates going to the dentist, but not because he is afraid of the drill, doesn’t like shots or has an aversion to getting his mouth poked and prodded. No, it’s because of the conversations he hears while trapped in a chair. “You go there or anywhere and it’s almost always the same — you hear how we didn’t win the big game or how we came close but just not quite there,” he said. “It’s so irritating. We know we can perform on a big stage and at the highest level. You want to win t... Logan • Zach Vigil hates going to the dentist, but not because he is afraid of the drill, doesn’t like shots or has an aversion to getting his mouth poked and prodded. No, it’s because of the conversations he hears while trapped in a chair. “You go there or anywhere and it’s almost always the same — you hear how we didn’t win the big game or how we came close but just not quite there,” he said. “It’s so irritating. We know we can perform on a big stage and at the highest level. You want to win t... 58342994@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:16:34 MDT Stanley Cup: Utah’s King, Trevor Lewis, brings trophy home again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58344026-77/lewis-cup-kings-utah.html.csp The Stanley Cup Final never ends exactly the way young Trevor Lewis and his friends pictured it when they were shooting pucks on his driveway in Cottonwood Heights, pretending they were playing in Game 7. The real thing will have to do. Lewis and his Los Angeles Kings teammates always win the Cup in five or six games of the Final series, and the Salt Lake City native keeps bringing the iconic trophy home. Lewis, 27, displayed the Cup again Wednesday, almost exactly two years since his first oppo... The Stanley Cup Final never ends exactly the way young Trevor Lewis and his friends pictured it when they were shooting pucks on his driveway in Cottonwood Heights, pretending they were playing in Game 7. The real thing will have to do. Lewis and his Los Angeles Kings teammates always win the Cup in five or six games of the Final series, and the Salt Lake City native keeps bringing the iconic trophy home. Lewis, 27, displayed the Cup again Wednesday, almost exactly two years since his first oppo... 58344026@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:16:12 MDT Cam Newton says he’ll be ready to play in Week 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343271-77/newton-says-cam-ready.html.csp Charlotte, N.C. • Cam Newton says he feels great and “there’s no doubt” in his mind he’ll be ready to play in the Panthers season opener Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay. Carolina’s fourth-year quarterback is recovering from a hairline fracture to multiple ribs and says he’s improving with each day. Newton says, “I’m moving forward and trying to stay optimistic about this process.” Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he certain Newton will play in Week 1. Newton will travel with the team to Pittsburgh but w... Charlotte, N.C. • Cam Newton says he feels great and “there’s no doubt” in his mind he’ll be ready to play in the Panthers season opener Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay. Carolina’s fourth-year quarterback is recovering from a hairline fracture to multiple ribs and says he’s improving with each day. Newton says, “I’m moving forward and trying to stay optimistic about this process.” Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he certain Newton will play in Week 1. Newton will travel with the team to Pittsburgh but w... 58343271@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:21:02 MDT Chiefs sign veteran offensive guard Mike McGlynn http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343265-77/chiefs-offensive-mcglynn-veteran.html.csp Kansas City, Mo. • The Chiefs have signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn to help stabilize their shaky offensive line while waiving reserve offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk. McGlynn, who was released by Washington on Tuesday, played for Chiefs coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-10. He spent one year with the Cincinnati Bengals and the past two seasons with the Indianapolis colts. The former fourth-round draft pick has started 48 of the 57 games he’s played in the NFL. The Chiefs ... Kansas City, Mo. • The Chiefs have signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn to help stabilize their shaky offensive line while waiving reserve offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk. McGlynn, who was released by Washington on Tuesday, played for Chiefs coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-10. He spent one year with the Cincinnati Bengals and the past two seasons with the Indianapolis colts. The former fourth-round draft pick has started 48 of the 57 games he’s played in the NFL. The Chiefs ... 58343265@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:20:02 MDT