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In 2013, led by then-juniors Rebeka... As Elaine Feeny picked up her daughter from kindergarten, other moms told her that when the boys chased the girls, they could never catch Sarah. The list of people who can catch Sarah Feeny has been shrinking ever since. The Utah freshman set state records in cross country and the 1600 and 3200 meters last year as a senior at Ogden High, and over the summer established herself as one of the best young runners in the nation over 1 mile. Due up next: the Pac-12. In 2013, led by then-juniors Rebeka... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58480825@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:14:01 MDT Utah football: California connections run deep on Utes’ roster http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58477646-89/california-utah-utes-ucla.html.csp If he was allowed to wander outside of the Rose Bowl and into the maze of UCLA tailgaters, Kaelin Clay would eventually find a welcoming crowd. The senior receiver and returner is expecting at least 50 family members and friends to attend Utah’s game Saturday against No. 8 UCLA. He said he’s excited for his little sister to watch the game. There’s also his cousin, Randall Goforth, who will be across the field on UCLA’s sideline. He’s out with a shoulder injury, “but you know, he’s still talking ... If he was allowed to wander outside of the Rose Bowl and into the maze of UCLA tailgaters, Kaelin Clay would eventually find a welcoming crowd. The senior receiver and returner is expecting at least 50 family members and friends to attend Utah’s game Saturday against No. 8 UCLA. He said he’s excited for his little sister to watch the game. There’s also his cousin, Randall Goforth, who will be across the field on UCLA’s sideline. He’s out with a shoulder injury, “but you know, he’s still talking ... 58477646@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:39:05 MDT Utah-UCLA: Ishmael Adams making big plays for No. 8 Bruins http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58476869-89/adams-return-payton-ishmael.html.csp Los Angeles • A day after No. 8 UCLA’s pummeling of Arizona State, Ishmael Adams couldn’t help himself. The Bruins cornerback decided to violate coach Jim Mora’s rule about moving on from the previous game after 24 hours, and he took one more look at the 62-27 victory. “I watched the interception again right before I went to sleep,” Adams said. “It was something good to go to sleep to.” For the Sun Devils, Adams was an absolute nightmare. His 95-yard interception return for a touchdown just befo... Los Angeles • A day after No. 8 UCLA’s pummeling of Arizona State, Ishmael Adams couldn’t help himself. The Bruins cornerback decided to violate coach Jim Mora’s rule about moving on from the previous game after 24 hours, and he took one more look at the 62-27 victory. “I watched the interception again right before I went to sleep,” Adams said. “It was something good to go to sleep to.” For the Sun Devils, Adams was an absolute nightmare. His 95-yard interception return for a touchdown just befo... 58476869@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:43:02 MDT Utah football notes: Whittingham ‘optimistic’ about Tevin Carter’s return against No. 8 UCLA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58474792-89/whittingham-return-utah-tuesday.html.csp With little warning, Utah started true freshman Marcus Williams in centerfield Saturday — and against the nation’s No. 1 passing attack, no less. A few times, the young free safety looked very much like a young free safety. “It was a tough evening for him,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham on Tuesday. “He fought hard. He never loafed. He gave it everything he’s got. He just made some freshman mistakes. He’s going to be a good player in time.” The good news for Utah — now facing a team that passe... With little warning, Utah started true freshman Marcus Williams in centerfield Saturday — and against the nation’s No. 1 passing attack, no less. A few times, the young free safety looked very much like a young free safety. “It was a tough evening for him,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham on Tuesday. “He fought hard. He never loafed. He gave it everything he’s got. He just made some freshman mistakes. He’s going to be a good player in time.” The good news for Utah — now facing a team that passe... 58474792@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:26:01 MDT Pac-12 notes: For UCLA defense, turnovers more important than yards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58474097-89/yards-game-state-arizona.html.csp At a certain point, Jim Mora starts feeling that old instinct kick in. When he sees the offensive yardage totals climb higher and higher, he starts to lose his cool. “Coming from an NFL background, if you give up 500 total offensive yards, you’re going to be sick to your stomach,” he said. “You just have to adjust your thinking a bit at this level. There’s going to be yards in college football, there’s going to be points. It doesn’t mean you accept it, it’s just an adjustment.” After giving up 6... At a certain point, Jim Mora starts feeling that old instinct kick in. When he sees the offensive yardage totals climb higher and higher, he starts to lose his cool. “Coming from an NFL background, if you give up 500 total offensive yards, you’re going to be sick to your stomach,” he said. “You just have to adjust your thinking a bit at this level. There’s going to be yards in college football, there’s going to be points. It doesn’t mean you accept it, it’s just an adjustment.” After giving up 6... 58474097@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:24:01 MDT Kragthorpe: USC seeking consistency, a year after firing Kiffin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58473551-89/usc-state-sarkisian-trojans.html.csp Steve Sarkisian could not have known that his life would change in a sequence of events that began almost exactly a year ago when USC fired coach Lane Kiffin. He could never say so, anyway. In any case, the ex-BYU quarterback ended up moving from Washington to USC, where he formerly worked as an assistant. The Trojans have some stability now, following NCAA sanctions and the coaching turnover, and Sarkisian describes the program as being “in a really good place.” The perception of USC took a bi... Steve Sarkisian could not have known that his life would change in a sequence of events that began almost exactly a year ago when USC fired coach Lane Kiffin. He could never say so, anyway. In any case, the ex-BYU quarterback ended up moving from Washington to USC, where he formerly worked as an assistant. The Trojans have some stability now, following NCAA sanctions and the coaching turnover, and Sarkisian describes the program as being “in a really good place.” The perception of USC took a bi... 58473551@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:09:24 MDT Utah football: ‘Somber’ Utes get early start prepping for UCLA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58469567-89/utah-yards-ucla-game.html.csp It’s more than a platitude this week: Utah does not have time to dwell on defeat. The presumably bleary-eyed Utes reported to the facility at 7 a.m. Monday — a departure from their usual routine of starting filmwork Tuesday — to rewatch Saturday’s soul-sucking loss to Washington State. And then that was that. Monday afternoon, they would start watching No. 8 UCLA and trying to understand how they can do against one of the Pac-12’s best teams what they couldn’t against one of — thus far, in 2014 ... It’s more than a platitude this week: Utah does not have time to dwell on defeat. The presumably bleary-eyed Utes reported to the facility at 7 a.m. Monday — a departure from their usual routine of starting filmwork Tuesday — to rewatch Saturday’s soul-sucking loss to Washington State. And then that was that. Monday afternoon, they would start watching No. 8 UCLA and trying to understand how they can do against one of the Pac-12’s best teams what they couldn’t against one of — thus far, in 2014 ... 58469567@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:14:33 MDT Utah soccer: Goalkeeper Lindsey Luke earns second straight Pac-12 weekly honor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58469926-89/luke-pac-goalkeeper-week.html.csp Even if she wasn’t perfect last week, the Pac-12 has honored Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke as the conference’s best. Luke helped the Utes (7-0-3) cling to a 1-1 draw with No. 4 Stanford in double overtime last weekend, keeping the program unbeaten this season and earning Pac-12 goaltender of the week for the second straight week. Notably, Luke had a save in the 107th minute to just barely tap a dangerous shot over the net. For the year, Luke has a 90.9 save percentage (9th nationally) and a 0.374... Even if she wasn’t perfect last week, the Pac-12 has honored Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke as the conference’s best. Luke helped the Utes (7-0-3) cling to a 1-1 draw with No. 4 Stanford in double overtime last weekend, keeping the program unbeaten this season and earning Pac-12 goaltender of the week for the second straight week. Notably, Luke had a save in the 107th minute to just barely tap a dangerous shot over the net. For the year, Luke has a 90.9 save percentage (9th nationally) and a 0.374... 58469926@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:26:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes outcoached, but punt was right call http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58467853-89/utah-utes-game-yard.html.csp Utah’s second-half collapse in Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Washington State was not exactly a strong endorsement for a coaching staff that has a lot to prove this season. Offensively, the Utes produced only a field goal after halftime, and that came via a short drive that started at the WSU 43-yard line after a fumble recovery. Defensively, the Utes gave up three touchdowns in the second half — two on long drives and the game-winner on an 81-yard pass play. Coach Mike Leach and the rest of the Coug... Utah’s second-half collapse in Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Washington State was not exactly a strong endorsement for a coaching staff that has a lot to prove this season. Offensively, the Utes produced only a field goal after halftime, and that came via a short drive that started at the WSU 43-yard line after a fumble recovery. Defensively, the Utes gave up three touchdowns in the second half — two on long drives and the game-winner on an 81-yard pass play. Coach Mike Leach and the rest of the Coug... 58467853@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:43:47 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes unveil their 2015 schedule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58469665-89/jan-pac-schedule-championships.html.csp Utah’s gymnastics team faces a typically tough schedule in 2015, with meets against UCLA, Stanford, Georgia and Michigan highlighting the schedule that was released Monday. The Pac-12 defending champions open their 40th season on the road at BYU on Jan. 9 while the home schedule begins with a tri-meet against SUU, Boise State and UC-Davis on Jan. 16. Meets against UCLA, Stanford, Michigan and Georgia means the Utes will face almost half of the field that participated in the 2014 NCAA Championshi... Utah’s gymnastics team faces a typically tough schedule in 2015, with meets against UCLA, Stanford, Georgia and Michigan highlighting the schedule that was released Monday. The Pac-12 defending champions open their 40th season on the road at BYU on Jan. 9 while the home schedule begins with a tri-meet against SUU, Boise State and UC-Davis on Jan. 16. Meets against UCLA, Stanford, Michigan and Georgia means the Utes will face almost half of the field that participated in the 2014 NCAA Championshi... 58469665@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:37:01 MDT Utah soccer: Lindsey Luke named Pac-12 goalie of week http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58469495-89/week-luke-named-soccer.html.csp Utah soccer goalkeeper Lindsey Luke was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for Sept. 22-28. This is the second-straight weekly award for the junior and gives her five conference honors for her career. Luke made six saves this past weekend as the Utes drew with No. 4 Stanford. Despite not keeping the clean sheet, she has seven shutouts this season and 19 for her career. The NSCAA All-Region selection currently ranks ninth in the nation with a 90.9 save percentage. She also ranks 11th in ... Utah soccer goalkeeper Lindsey Luke was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for Sept. 22-28. This is the second-straight weekly award for the junior and gives her five conference honors for her career. Luke made six saves this past weekend as the Utes drew with No. 4 Stanford. Despite not keeping the clean sheet, she has seven shutouts this season and 19 for her career. The NSCAA All-Region selection currently ranks ninth in the nation with a 90.9 save percentage. She also ranks 11th in ... 58469495@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:42:02 MDT Utah has six days to solve offense woes before visiting No. 8 UCLA (Video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58465741-77/utah-sltrib-state-utes.html.csp Something has to change for the Utes — and it’s not special teams, and it’s not defense. Utah’s defense held Washington State’s record-chasing passing attack to just 14 points until eight minutes remained in Saturday’s Pac-12 debut. Eric Rowe, on a pick-six, and Kaelin Clay, on a punt return, chipped in 14 of their own. “But when you score one offensive touchdown, you don’t have much of a chance to win.” So said the head coach after losing his fourth straight conference opener even more gut-wren... Something has to change for the Utes — and it’s not special teams, and it’s not defense. Utah’s defense held Washington State’s record-chasing passing attack to just 14 points until eight minutes remained in Saturday’s Pac-12 debut. Eric Rowe, on a pick-six, and Kaelin Clay, on a punt return, chipped in 14 of their own. “But when you score one offensive touchdown, you don’t have much of a chance to win.” So said the head coach after losing his fourth straight conference opener even more gut-wren... 58465741@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:44:30 MDT Utah football: Booker brings thunder on the ground against WSU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58462986-77/booker-utah-didn-yards.html.csp It deserves to be remembered. The run, the magnificent run as Devontae Booker staked his claim as Utah’s featured back. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound pinball ran to the left, fought through two arm tackles and broke free. He didn’t stop for 76 yards, when the green turf under him had become red. He wanted to be Utah’s starter, and he’s said as much this season, but not like this. Not on a night when the chief memory will be how the Utes’ attack faltered and allowed Washington State to come back for ... It deserves to be remembered. The run, the magnificent run as Devontae Booker staked his claim as Utah’s featured back. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound pinball ran to the left, fought through two arm tackles and broke free. He didn’t stop for 76 yards, when the green turf under him had become red. He wanted to be Utah’s starter, and he’s said as much this season, but not like this. Not on a night when the chief memory will be how the Utes’ attack faltered and allowed Washington State to come back for ... 58462986@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:47:09 MDT Utah football: Utes’ Clay makes history, but it doesn’t make him happy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58464096-89/clay-return-punt-doesn.html.csp If he’s lying, he has one heck of a poker face. Right down to the busted lip. As a junior college transfer who may have just one year of eligibility remaining, Kaelin Clay had every right to be ecstatic after his fourth game as a Ute. He hopes to make the NFL, and if he keeps returning kicks for a touchdown of one per game — or even one every three games, now — he seems to be well on his way. But he had tears in his eyes and blood on his lip on the podium Saturday night, after the Utes squandere... If he’s lying, he has one heck of a poker face. Right down to the busted lip. As a junior college transfer who may have just one year of eligibility remaining, Kaelin Clay had every right to be ecstatic after his fourth game as a Ute. He hopes to make the NFL, and if he keeps returning kicks for a touchdown of one per game — or even one every three games, now — he seems to be well on his way. But he had tears in his eyes and blood on his lip on the podium Saturday night, after the Utes squandere... 58464096@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:47:09 MDT Utah football: Washington State shows resolve in comeback win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58464149-89/state-washington-halliday-team.html.csp When the 21-0 deficit loomed above them, the Washington State Cougars could’ve rolled over. The wind and rain, whipping down on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium, was almost coaxing them to do it. But Washington State coach Mike Leach told his team the hole was their own doing, and they could get themselves out of it. All they had to do was endure. “Sometimes a team will unravel, and there will be a whole series of reactions, and we wanted to avoid that,” he said. “We created our own adversity, a... When the 21-0 deficit loomed above them, the Washington State Cougars could’ve rolled over. The wind and rain, whipping down on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium, was almost coaxing them to do it. But Washington State coach Mike Leach told his team the hole was their own doing, and they could get themselves out of it. All they had to do was endure. “Sometimes a team will unravel, and there will be a whole series of reactions, and we wanted to avoid that,” he said. “We created our own adversity, a... 58464149@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:32:47 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes’ collapse erases season’s promising start (Video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58462980-89/utes-utah-season-game.html.csp Utah receiver Dres Anderson broke free, and the Utes seemingly were about to salvage their Pac-12 opener Saturday night. And then he dropped the ball. Amazing, how the look and feel of Utah’s football season could change so suddenly. In a 28-27 loss to Washington State, the Utes went from dominating the first quarter in every phase of the game to struggling offensively and eventually falling apart defensively. So what looked like a sure 4-0 overall start leading into a Pac-12 South showdown v... Utah receiver Dres Anderson broke free, and the Utes seemingly were about to salvage their Pac-12 opener Saturday night. And then he dropped the ball. Amazing, how the look and feel of Utah’s football season could change so suddenly. In a 28-27 loss to Washington State, the Utes went from dominating the first quarter in every phase of the game to struggling offensively and eventually falling apart defensively. So what looked like a sure 4-0 overall start leading into a Pac-12 South showdown v... 58462980@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:28:06 MDT Utah football: Utes lose Pac-12 opener at home to Washington State (Video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58464098-89/utah-utes-halliday-quarter.html.csp If it wasn’t good enough against a passing team on a drizzly night in Salt Lake City, then when will it be good enough? That’s the tough question the Utes have to answer this week after surrendering a 21-0 lead at Rice-Eccles Stadium and dropping their fourth consecutive Pac-12 opener, this one 28-27 to visiting Washington State. “We definitely let that one get away from us,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham after the game. “Twenty-one to nothing lead, and we didn’t do much after that.” Utah’s d... If it wasn’t good enough against a passing team on a drizzly night in Salt Lake City, then when will it be good enough? That’s the tough question the Utes have to answer this week after surrendering a 21-0 lead at Rice-Eccles Stadium and dropping their fourth consecutive Pac-12 opener, this one 28-27 to visiting Washington State. “We definitely let that one get away from us,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham after the game. “Twenty-one to nothing lead, and we didn’t do much after that.” Utah’s d... 58464098@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:46:29 MDT Utah football: Utes leaning on scrappy corners as Pac-12 play begins http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58459334-89/utah-utes-pac-position.html.csp Here’s the bout: Michigan’s 6-foot-5, 230-pound Devin Funchess versus Utah’s 5-foot-10, 170 pound Dominique Hatfield. Funchess possesses virtually every physical advantage. Hatfield’s edge is mental: He knows from film study that if Funchess breaks inside out of this formation, he’ll run a slant or a post. At the snap, he runs the post. Hatfield jumps the route and is in Funchess’ back pocket. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner sees the tight coverage and is forced to check down. Utah’s sophomor... Here’s the bout: Michigan’s 6-foot-5, 230-pound Devin Funchess versus Utah’s 5-foot-10, 170 pound Dominique Hatfield. Funchess possesses virtually every physical advantage. Hatfield’s edge is mental: He knows from film study that if Funchess breaks inside out of this formation, he’ll run a slant or a post. At the snap, he runs the post. Hatfield jumps the route and is in Funchess’ back pocket. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner sees the tight coverage and is forced to check down. Utah’s sophomor... 58459334@www.sltrib.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:25:04 MDT Utah soccer: Freshman’s goal helps Utes tie No. 4 Stanford (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58460280-89/goal-elmer-stanford-luke.html.csp The formula for scoring on No. 4-ranked Stanford appears to be simple: Give it to the freshman. Scoring her third goal in as many games, Mariah Elmer’s score in the 48th minute helped seal a hard-fought draw with Stanford on Friday afternoon at Ute Field. The unbeaten Utes stayed out of the loss column in their Pac-12 opener, and showed some fight against a conference titan. For as-yet unranked Utah, a tie is a result it will gladly swallow, especially after becoming the only team to score on t... The formula for scoring on No. 4-ranked Stanford appears to be simple: Give it to the freshman. Scoring her third goal in as many games, Mariah Elmer’s score in the 48th minute helped seal a hard-fought draw with Stanford on Friday afternoon at Ute Field. The unbeaten Utes stayed out of the loss column in their Pac-12 opener, and showed some fight against a conference titan. For as-yet unranked Utah, a tie is a result it will gladly swallow, especially after becoming the only team to score on t... 58460280@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:54:50 MDT Analysis: Utah-Washington State Position Preview http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58455058-89/game-state-utah-utes.html.csp Now, the real fun begins. Gone are the cupcake games against Idaho State and Fresno State and the admittedly deflated Michigan game, and in is a rigourous Pac-12 schedule. First up for the Utes are the Washington State Cougars, a team that’s hard to figure out after losing to Rutgers and Nevada, but seriously testing Oregon last week in a close loss. Wazzu will spread Utah out and chuck the ball downfield with Connor Halliday, testing a Utes secondary that’s still a relative unknown. However, th... Now, the real fun begins. Gone are the cupcake games against Idaho State and Fresno State and the admittedly deflated Michigan game, and in is a rigourous Pac-12 schedule. First up for the Utes are the Washington State Cougars, a team that’s hard to figure out after losing to Rutgers and Nevada, but seriously testing Oregon last week in a close loss. Wazzu will spread Utah out and chuck the ball downfield with Connor Halliday, testing a Utes secondary that’s still a relative unknown. However, th... 58455058@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:07:12 MDT