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The Weber State women, coached by Bethann Ord, return s... Ogden • The Weber State men’s and women’s basketball teams will hold their annual Purple-White scrimmage Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center. The Wildcat men return four starters from last season’s Big Sky Conference championship team, including Freshman of the Year Jeremy Senglin and Defensive Player of the Year Joel Bolomboy. Randy Rahe begins his ninth season at Weber State, which opens the regular season Nov. 14 at Utah State. The Weber State women, coached by Bethann Ord, return s... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58542348@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:15:02 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58542602-77/hafer-iron-yards-170.html.csp River Oaks. Zach Hafer. No. 8, 170 yards, 6-iron. With: Rodney Hafer and Wade Giacomo. Bonneville. Double Eagle. Russ Hook. No. 1, 457 yards, 7-iron. With Curtis Brydson. River Oaks. Zach Hafer. No. 8, 170 yards, 6-iron. With: Rodney Hafer and Wade Giacomo. Bonneville. Double Eagle. Russ Hook. No. 1, 457 yards, 7-iron. With Curtis Brydson. 58542602@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:13:02 MDT Utah football: Utes name Travis Wilson as starter at QB (with video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58541406-89/wilson-utah-quarterback-thompson.html.csp Once again, Travis Wilson is Utah’s starting quarterback. For the time being. The latest Utah depth chart — in something of a surprise, given Kyle Whittingham’s comment Saturday that his starting quarterback would likely remain a secret — shows Wilson’s name in bold atop that of junior Kendal Thompson. “I just wanted less questions for me during the week,” Whittingham explained at Monday’s news conference. “I kind of played that strategy game last week by not announcing, but we figured that this... Once again, Travis Wilson is Utah’s starting quarterback. For the time being. The latest Utah depth chart — in something of a surprise, given Kyle Whittingham’s comment Saturday that his starting quarterback would likely remain a secret — shows Wilson’s name in bold atop that of junior Kendal Thompson. “I just wanted less questions for me during the week,” Whittingham explained at Monday’s news conference. “I kind of played that strategy game last week by not announcing, but we figured that this... 58541406@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:54 MDT BYU football: Cougars say they’re still behind Mendenhall (with video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58542304-88/team-mendenhall-players-byu.html.csp Provo • BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said Monday that linebacker Sione Takitaki didn’t play in Saturday’s 42-35 loss to Nevada because the freshman blew off a team meeting or practice last week, despite emerging for a defense that sorely needs playmakers and better speed on the edges. Coupled with the coach’s expression of frustration with players missing defensive assignments and lacking concentration and focus after Saturday’s loss, some might take the Takitaki mistake as a sign that Mendenhall... Provo • BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said Monday that linebacker Sione Takitaki didn’t play in Saturday’s 42-35 loss to Nevada because the freshman blew off a team meeting or practice last week, despite emerging for a defense that sorely needs playmakers and better speed on the edges. Coupled with the coach’s expression of frustration with players missing defensive assignments and lacking concentration and focus after Saturday’s loss, some might take the Takitaki mistake as a sign that Mendenhall... 58542304@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:45 MDT World Series: Taylorsville relishing ties to Royals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58540417-77/colon-royals-taylorsville-game.html.csp Christian Colon has batted only once in postseason play for the Kansas City Royals. As he showed in one year in Taylorsville, he needs little time to make a lasting impression. A reserve infielder, Colon scored the winning run in the Royals’ 9-8, 12-inning victory over Oakland in the American League wild-card game, launching their run to the World Series in his rookie season. That’s the kind of impact he made as a Taylorsville High sophomore in 2005, when he arrived from Texas and became the sta... Christian Colon has batted only once in postseason play for the Kansas City Royals. As he showed in one year in Taylorsville, he needs little time to make a lasting impression. A reserve infielder, Colon scored the winning run in the Royals’ 9-8, 12-inning victory over Oakland in the American League wild-card game, launching their run to the World Series in his rookie season. That’s the kind of impact he made as a Taylorsville High sophomore in 2005, when he arrived from Texas and became the sta... 58540417@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:49:25 MDT Real Salt Lake: Playoff positioning on line in last week of season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58541939-77/rsl-seed-game-season.html.csp Sandy • No idea. No clue. No club in Major League Soccer will have either until at least sometime Saturday evening, when the regular season ends and playoff pairings are solidified. Real Salt Lake’s final regular-season task of 2014 couldn’t be more simple: Beat Chivas USA. Do so, and it gets a shot at finishing with the third seed in the Western Conference. Salt Lake’s hold on the No. 3 seed was loosened Saturday when FC Dallas beat Colorado 1-0 to move one point ahead of RSL, who now sits in ... Sandy • No idea. No clue. No club in Major League Soccer will have either until at least sometime Saturday evening, when the regular season ends and playoff pairings are solidified. Real Salt Lake’s final regular-season task of 2014 couldn’t be more simple: Beat Chivas USA. Do so, and it gets a shot at finishing with the third seed in the Western Conference. Salt Lake’s hold on the No. 3 seed was loosened Saturday when FC Dallas beat Colorado 1-0 to move one point ahead of RSL, who now sits in ... 58541939@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:39:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes succeeding in Pac-12, despite QB changes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58540689-89/utes-state-utah-season.html.csp Dave Christensen arrived on the University of Utah campus, and the Utes’ quarterbacking carousel started. It has not stopped. The series of switches began in October 2009 when Christensen (now the Utes’ offensive coordinator) brought his Wyoming Cowboys to Rice-Eccles Stadium. Most of the changes have been due to injury, but that one was performance-based — just like Utah’s repeated substitutions this month. Jordan Wynn came out of redshirt status to replace Terrance Cain at halftime of that “B... Dave Christensen arrived on the University of Utah campus, and the Utes’ quarterbacking carousel started. It has not stopped. The series of switches began in October 2009 when Christensen (now the Utes’ offensive coordinator) brought his Wyoming Cowboys to Rice-Eccles Stadium. Most of the changes have been due to injury, but that one was performance-based — just like Utah’s repeated substitutions this month. Jordan Wynn came out of redshirt status to replace Terrance Cain at halftime of that “B... 58540689@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:39:02 MDT Utah State basketball: All eyes on Jalen Moore http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58538508-77/state-moore-utah-morrill.html.csp Logan • As Utah State continues preseason practice, everybody is watching Jalen Moore, including coach Stew Morrill. Moore, a sophomore wing from Sky View High School, averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.5 minutes last season. He appeared in all 32 games and made five starts. Those numbers are not overwhelming but, at Utah State this season, Moore is the most productive returning player on the roster. The Aggies need him to emerge as a cornerstone and, apparently, he’s off to a good sta... Logan • As Utah State continues preseason practice, everybody is watching Jalen Moore, including coach Stew Morrill. Moore, a sophomore wing from Sky View High School, averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.5 minutes last season. He appeared in all 32 games and made five starts. Those numbers are not overwhelming but, at Utah State this season, Moore is the most productive returning player on the roster. The Aggies need him to emerge as a cornerstone and, apparently, he’s off to a good sta... 58538508@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:35:49 MDT Utah State football: Craig Harrison will start at QB vs. UNLV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58541634-77/aggies-state-harrison-utah.html.csp Experience and seniority won out over youth when it came to deciding who will start at quarterback for the Utah State Aggies Saturday against UNLV. Senior Craig Harrison, who played most of the second half of the Aggies’ 16-13 loss to CSU after Darell Garretson left the game with an injury to his right arm, will be the Aggies’ starter for at least Saturday’s game, Utah State coach Matt Wells said on Monday. Wells didn’t try to hide the fact that dipping down to the third string quarterback w... Experience and seniority won out over youth when it came to deciding who will start at quarterback for the Utah State Aggies Saturday against UNLV. Senior Craig Harrison, who played most of the second half of the Aggies’ 16-13 loss to CSU after Darell Garretson left the game with an injury to his right arm, will be the Aggies’ starter for at least Saturday’s game, Utah State coach Matt Wells said on Monday. Wells didn’t try to hide the fact that dipping down to the third string quarterback w... 58541634@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:27:17 MDT Utah Jazz: For Mehmet Okur, new chapter lets kids touch past http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58541617-87/jazz-okur-center-utah.html.csp As he walked from the court and into a tunnel at EnergySolutions Arena last week, Mehmet Okur heard it, something familiar but something he doesn’t hear much these days. In the stands, a small group of fans chanted his name. “It was just something all players want to hear when they come back,” the retired Jazz center would say later. “It felt so good. I’m not going to lie. It was fun.” At the same time, there was something strange to him about that preseason game. He sat courtside with Jazz CEO ... As he walked from the court and into a tunnel at EnergySolutions Arena last week, Mehmet Okur heard it, something familiar but something he doesn’t hear much these days. In the stands, a small group of fans chanted his name. “It was just something all players want to hear when they come back,” the retired Jazz center would say later. “It felt so good. I’m not going to lie. It was fun.” At the same time, there was something strange to him about that preseason game. He sat courtside with Jazz CEO ... 58541617@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:02:36 MDT NASCAR Column: Keselowski marches to his own beat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58542123-77/keselowski-penske-nascar-cup.html.csp Talladega, Ala. • It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. Denny Hamlin famously feuded with him through the 2009 season, calling him “a complete moron” while alleging “every driver in the garage that comes up to me says, ‘That guy is a complete whack job.’” When Hamlin made good on a promise to wreck Keselowski in the 2009 Nationwide Series f... Talladega, Ala. • It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. Denny Hamlin famously feuded with him through the 2009 season, calling him “a complete moron” while alleging “every driver in the garage that comes up to me says, ‘That guy is a complete whack job.’” When Hamlin made good on a promise to wreck Keselowski in the 2009 Nationwide Series f... 58542123@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:52:02 MDT BYU football: Plenty of blame to go around in Cougs’ collapse (with video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58538354-77/byu-football-game-mendenhall.html.csp Provo • In the space of about a month, the BYU football team has gone from the best of times to close to the worst of times in the Bronco Mendenhall coaching era. The collapse has been sudden, unexpected and spectacular in its scope. The Cougars have lost three straight games to non-power five opponents, including back-to-back home games for the first time in 10 years, games they were favored to win by 21 and 12 points. Once 4-0 and ranked 18th in the country, they were embarrassed by an instate... Provo • In the space of about a month, the BYU football team has gone from the best of times to close to the worst of times in the Bronco Mendenhall coaching era. The collapse has been sudden, unexpected and spectacular in its scope. The Cougars have lost three straight games to non-power five opponents, including back-to-back home games for the first time in 10 years, games they were favored to win by 21 and 12 points. Once 4-0 and ranked 18th in the country, they were embarrassed by an instate... 58538354@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:40:03 MDT Giants-Royals: A capsule look at the World Series http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58541554-77/games-series-game-royals.html.csp A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals: ——— Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Wednesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Friday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Saturday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 5, Sunday, Oct. 26, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 6, Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 7, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.). (All games on F... A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals: ——— Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Wednesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Friday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Saturday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 5, Sunday, Oct. 26, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 6, Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 7, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.). (All games on F... 58541554@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:44:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Lakers beat Jazz as fringe players fight for roster spots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58537503-87/0-0-jazz-1-2-jones.html.csp Los Angeles • When the Utah Jazz squandered their 22-point first-half lead Sunday night, it likely cost Jack Cooley a coveted chance to get into the game. The Jazz’s 98-91 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Lakers hardly matters to most. But for Cooley and the others who are simply trying to win a spot on the Jazz roster, every minute of playing time is precious. “Really I just want to come in here and give it my all,” Cooley, a 23-year-old forward from Notre Dame, says. “My usual mentality in li... Los Angeles • When the Utah Jazz squandered their 22-point first-half lead Sunday night, it likely cost Jack Cooley a coveted chance to get into the game. The Jazz’s 98-91 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Lakers hardly matters to most. But for Cooley and the others who are simply trying to win a spot on the Jazz roster, every minute of playing time is precious. “Really I just want to come in here and give it my all,” Cooley, a 23-year-old forward from Notre Dame, says. “My usual mentality in li... 58537503@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:23:22 MDT San Francisco radio stations ban hit song ‘Royals’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58541249-77/royals-san-song-francisco.html.csp San Francisco • The popular song “Royals” by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Two San Francisco radio stations say they won’t play the song during the duration of the World Series. A Kansas City, Missouri, station responded with plans to play the Grammy-winning track every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the first day of the series. “A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have... San Francisco • The popular song “Royals” by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Two San Francisco radio stations say they won’t play the song during the duration of the World Series. A Kansas City, Missouri, station responded with plans to play the Grammy-winning track every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the first day of the series. “A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have... 58541249@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:20:02 MDT Utah football: No. 19 Utes have won ugly, but sit pretty in Pac-12 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58538359-77/utah-game-utes-per.html.csp The mission from the beginning of the season has been simple: Get to a bowl game. Inside and outside the program, six was the magic number. Well, Utah is poised to cross that bar this Saturday, if it can get a win over a USC team that’s been one of the Utes’ banes for years. But who is thinking about six wins when the Utes are ranked No. 19 and one of four one-loss teams in the Pac-12? It’s true that Thursday’s 29-23 double-overtime victory over Oregon State was an exercise in survival, an ugly ... The mission from the beginning of the season has been simple: Get to a bowl game. Inside and outside the program, six was the magic number. Well, Utah is poised to cross that bar this Saturday, if it can get a win over a USC team that’s been one of the Utes’ banes for years. But who is thinking about six wins when the Utes are ranked No. 19 and one of four one-loss teams in the Pac-12? It’s true that Thursday’s 29-23 double-overtime victory over Oregon State was an exercise in survival, an ugly ... 58538359@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:17:46 MDT NFL: Kaepernick struggles, 49ers lose 42-17 to Broncos http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58541003-77/manning-kaepernick-quarter-broncos.html.csp Denver • Colin Kaepernick had a front-row seat for history. Only, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback didn’t exactly have much of a chance to appreciate the NFL record set by Peyton Manning, who broke Brett Favre’s career mark for touchdown passes Sunday night during the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory. No, Kaepernick was way too busy trying to figure out how to spark a stagnant offense. “Peyton’s able to put up a lot of points,” Kaepernick said. “We knew we were going to have to score points, reg... Denver • Colin Kaepernick had a front-row seat for history. Only, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback didn’t exactly have much of a chance to appreciate the NFL record set by Peyton Manning, who broke Brett Favre’s career mark for touchdown passes Sunday night during the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory. No, Kaepernick was way too busy trying to figure out how to spark a stagnant offense. “Peyton’s able to put up a lot of points,” Kaepernick said. “We knew we were going to have to score points, reg... 58541003@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:08:02 MDT NFL: Manning passes Favre’s TD mark in Broncos’ big win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58540996-77/manning-broncos-game-yard.html.csp Denver • Leave it to Peyton Manning to plan his own prank. After breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record with his 509th touchdown toss, Manning’s teammates played keep-away with his milestone memento, and Manning played right along. Manning went into the Sunday night showdown two TDs shy of Favre’s record of 508 and finished with four touchdown passes on 22-of-26 passing for 318 yards in just three quarters of work. He surpassed Favre with an 8-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas just before halftime in D... Denver • Leave it to Peyton Manning to plan his own prank. After breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record with his 509th touchdown toss, Manning’s teammates played keep-away with his milestone memento, and Manning played right along. Manning went into the Sunday night showdown two TDs shy of Favre’s record of 508 and finished with four touchdown passes on 22-of-26 passing for 318 yards in just three quarters of work. He surpassed Favre with an 8-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas just before halftime in D... 58540996@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:06:02 MDT College football: Utah, BYU players make the stat watch list http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58540978-77/yards-state-halliday-hill.html.csp Washington State probably won’t even reach a bowl game this season. But Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday appears to have the national yards passing title sewn up. Halliday’s 3,344 yards are nearly 700 more than anyone else — and he didn’t even play this weekend. Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill had by far his worst game of the season on Saturday, throwing for just 138 yards in a 59-0 loss to Alabama. Hill is 695 yards behind Halliday. West Virginia’s Clint Trickett is third with 2,525 yards after helpi... Washington State probably won’t even reach a bowl game this season. But Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday appears to have the national yards passing title sewn up. Halliday’s 3,344 yards are nearly 700 more than anyone else — and he didn’t even play this weekend. Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill had by far his worst game of the season on Saturday, throwing for just 138 yards in a 59-0 loss to Alabama. Hill is 695 yards behind Halliday. West Virginia’s Clint Trickett is third with 2,525 yards after helpi... 58540978@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:03:01 MDT NASCAR: Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58540967-77/keselowski-race-talladega-title.html.csp Talladega, Ala. • Brad Keselowski packed a punch on the track, the only place that mattered after a controversial week. Pushed around in the garage, he came out fighting like a champion at Talladega Superspeedway, where his win Sunday staved off elimination and pushed him into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. “There’s a part of me that’s come to accept that this isn’t going to be easy,” Keselowski said, referring to both his week and his career. Fined $50,000 by NASC... Talladega, Ala. • Brad Keselowski packed a punch on the track, the only place that mattered after a controversial week. Pushed around in the garage, he came out fighting like a champion at Talladega Superspeedway, where his win Sunday staved off elimination and pushed him into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. “There’s a part of me that’s come to accept that this isn’t going to be easy,” Keselowski said, referring to both his week and his career. Fined $50,000 by NASC... 58540967@www.sltrib.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:02:01 MDT