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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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 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/park-race-face-north.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 of 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 of 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-whittingham-christensen-fifita.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/aggies-game-utah-win.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 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 (5 p.... 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 (5 p.... 58343224@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:16:23 MDT Stanley Cup: Utah’s King, Trevor Lewis, brings trophy home again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58344026-77/lewis-cup-kings-game.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 Kragthorpe: Utes need to make offensive impression in opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58342283-77/utes-utah-whittingham-season.html.csp 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... 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... 58342283@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:29:49 MDT Weber State opens Jay Hill era against No. 19 Arizona State 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 m... 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 m... 58343354@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:29:49 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 2 California preps added to Derby, Oaks qualifiers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343244-77/derby-race-run-alamitos.html.csp Louisville, Ky. • The series that decides which 20 horses qualify to run in the Kentucky Derby is adding a new qualifier. Churchill Downs announced Wednesday that the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity to be run on Dec. 20 will award qualifying points. The 1 1/16-mile race was run under different names at the now-closed Betfair Hollywood Park in California from 1981-2013. It produced six Kentucky Derby winners. The Grade 1 race will be contested for the first time at Los Alamitos Race Course this wi... Louisville, Ky. • The series that decides which 20 horses qualify to run in the Kentucky Derby is adding a new qualifier. Churchill Downs announced Wednesday that the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity to be run on Dec. 20 will award qualifying points. The 1 1/16-mile race was run under different names at the now-closed Betfair Hollywood Park in California from 1981-2013. It produced six Kentucky Derby winners. The Grade 1 race will be contested for the first time at Los Alamitos Race Course this wi... 58343244@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:14:02 MDT Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343238-77/nfl-violence-domestic-rice.html.csp Nashville, Tenn. • Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice’s suspensi... Nashville, Tenn. • Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice’s suspensi... 58343238@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:13:02 MDT Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343231-77/gordon-browns-season-league.html.csp Cleveland • Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon’s suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season. Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension. The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on ... Cleveland • Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon’s suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season. Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension. The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on ... 58343231@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:08:02 MDT Philadelphia plans parade for Little League team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343225-77/team-parade-philadelphia-series.html.csp Philadelphia • A youth baseball team whose star pitcher appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated is getting the champion’s treatment as the city hosts a parade honoring the team’s appearance in the Little League World Series. The team is to travel about four miles by float from the downtown business district to a park in south Philadelphia during Wednesday’s parade. Along the parade route, there will be musical performances. The two-hour parade will be followed by a rally at the park. The Phi... Philadelphia • A youth baseball team whose star pitcher appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated is getting the champion’s treatment as the city hosts a parade honoring the team’s appearance in the Little League World Series. The team is to travel about four miles by float from the downtown business district to a park in south Philadelphia during Wednesday’s parade. Along the parade route, there will be musical performances. The two-hour parade will be followed by a rally at the park. The Phi... 58343225@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:06:02 MDT Boxer Jermain Taylor accused of shooting cousin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343211-77/taylor-cousin-minden-shooting.html.csp Maumelle, Ark. • Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and assault in a shooting that wounded Taylor’s cousin at the boxer’s suburban Little Rock home, authorities said. “Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault,” Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Carl Minden said Tuesday. “It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a we... Maumelle, Ark. • Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and assault in a shooting that wounded Taylor’s cousin at the boxer’s suburban Little Rock home, authorities said. “Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault,” Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Carl Minden said Tuesday. “It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a we... 58343211@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:05:01 MDT Champions League draw wide open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343208-77/champions-league-pot-draw.html.csp Monaco • Real Madrid’s Champions League title defense takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw. However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups. Five-time winner Liverpool will make its first appearance since 2009 in Pot 3, decided by rankings... Monaco • Real Madrid’s Champions League title defense takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw. However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups. Five-time winner Liverpool will make its first appearance since 2009 in Pot 3, decided by rankings... 58343208@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:04:01 MDT Auburn, Oregon dealing with key injuries http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343203-77/injury-season-knee-key.html.csp Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury has the potential to shake up the national title race, leaving a loaded Ohio State team without one of the country’s most dynamic quarterbacks. While Miller’s injury has drawn the most attention this preseason, the Buckeyes aren’t the only ones trying to replace a key player who went down with an injury. These teams have also been stung by the injury bug in a big way. No. 6 AUBURN. The defending Southeastern Conference champions lost two key linemen... Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury has the potential to shake up the national title race, leaving a loaded Ohio State team without one of the country’s most dynamic quarterbacks. While Miller’s injury has drawn the most attention this preseason, the Buckeyes aren’t the only ones trying to replace a key player who went down with an injury. These teams have also been stung by the injury bug in a big way. No. 6 AUBURN. The defending Southeastern Conference champions lost two key linemen... 58343203@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:02:02 MDT AP Source: IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343194-77/indycar-orleans-race-series.html.csp New Orleans • The IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season’s inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, a person close to the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on this week condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and IndyCar president Mark Miles were scheduled to take part in press conference Wednesday afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the race. The IndyCar ser... New Orleans • The IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season’s inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, a person close to the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on this week condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and IndyCar president Mark Miles were scheduled to take part in press conference Wednesday afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the race. The IndyCar ser... 58343194@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:01:01 MDT Cops: 3rd Brown player cited in sex assault probe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343193-77/players-brown-player-providence.html.csp Providence, R.I. • Two Brown University football players who were investigated in an alleged sexual assault case referred to a third player being involved, according to law enforcement documents. Search warrant affidavits for the emails and cellphone records of the players, filed in Rhode Island state court Tuesday, disclosed the alleged involvement of a third player for the first time, The Providence Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ). A Providence County grand jury declined to indict th... Providence, R.I. • Two Brown University football players who were investigated in an alleged sexual assault case referred to a third player being involved, according to law enforcement documents. Search warrant affidavits for the emails and cellphone records of the players, filed in Rhode Island state court Tuesday, disclosed the alleged involvement of a third player for the first time, The Providence Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ). A Providence County grand jury declined to indict th... 58343193@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:02 MDT Crystal Palace hires Warnock for 2nd spell as manager http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343192-77/palace-warnock-club-manager.html.csp Four years after leaving Crystal Palace with the club in financial disarray, Neil Warnock returned for a second spell as manager of the Premier League team. The 65-year-old Warnock, who is one of the most outspoken, colorful characters in the English game, joined Palace on a two-year deal Wednesday to resume a coaching career that began in 1980 and has included 13 different clubs. He has been out of work since leaving Leeds in April 2013. In his two previous managerial stints in the Premier Leag... Four years after leaving Crystal Palace with the club in financial disarray, Neil Warnock returned for a second spell as manager of the Premier League team. The 65-year-old Warnock, who is one of the most outspoken, colorful characters in the English game, joined Palace on a two-year deal Wednesday to resume a coaching career that began in 1980 and has included 13 different clubs. He has been out of work since leaving Leeds in April 2013. In his two previous managerial stints in the Premier Leag... 58343192@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:59:01 MDT