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Then, in July, doctors will decide whether current starting quarterback Travis Wilson is fit for c... Now that Utah’s spring camp is in the books, the countdown to meaningful action begins: T-minus three-and-a-half months. Er — make that one-and-a-half months. Fall camp starts Aug. 4, but NCAA rule changes will give coaches unprecedented access to players who arrive for summer work in June. One of those players, Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson, will vie for the reins of the Ute offense this fall. Then, in July, doctors will decide whether current starting quarterback Travis Wilson is fit for c... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57841494@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:38:15 MDT Kyle Goon: Seeing athletes grow up is its own reward http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57838631-77/football-utah-athletes-faces.html.csp Starting a new job for a reporter is an exercise in putting names to faces, which has never been the greatest strength of mine. Luckily for me, the Utah football team already has a few familiar faces. It was the first Utes practice when I squinted across the practice field at a hulking, broad-shouldered 6-foot-6 defensive tackle, and mentioned to my colleague Matthew Piper that he looked an awful lot like Daniel Nielson, an offensive lineman I covered on one of Hurricane’s great football teams.... Starting a new job for a reporter is an exercise in putting names to faces, which has never been the greatest strength of mine. Luckily for me, the Utah football team already has a few familiar faces. It was the first Utes practice when I squinted across the practice field at a hulking, broad-shouldered 6-foot-6 defensive tackle, and mentioned to my colleague Matthew Piper that he looked an awful lot like Daniel Nielson, an offensive lineman I covered on one of Hurricane’s great football teams.... 57838631@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Utah Jazz sure of destination, unsure how they’ll get there http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57837093-200/jazz-lindsey-season-team.html.csp The Utah Jazz said their goodbyes and parted ways for the summer this past week. They’ll spread out in every direction, leaving Salt Lake City for the likes of California and France, Texas and Turkey. As for the franchise itself, the direction it will take this summer is somewhat less certain. After the team’s locker room at EnergySolutions Arena had been emptied Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, the man entrusted with remaking this community’s most beloved franchise, spent the bett... The Utah Jazz said their goodbyes and parted ways for the summer this past week. They’ll spread out in every direction, leaving Salt Lake City for the likes of California and France, Texas and Turkey. As for the franchise itself, the direction it will take this summer is somewhat less certain. After the team’s locker room at EnergySolutions Arena had been emptied Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, the man entrusted with remaking this community’s most beloved franchise, spent the bett... 57837093@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT NBA playoffs: Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840729-77/raptors-points-game-nets.html.csp Toronto • The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series. Playing in his 137th career postseason game, Pierce connected on four of his five shot attempts in the fourth as the Nets kept the Raptors at bay. “You just get that feelin... Toronto • The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series. Playing in his 137th career postseason game, Pierce connected on four of his five shot attempts in the fourth as the Nets kept the Raptors at bay. “You just get that feelin... 57840729@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT NBA playoffs: Hawks surprise No. 1 seed Pacers with Game 1 road win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840842-77/atlanta-hawks-pacers-teague.html.csp Indianapolis • Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Game 2 is Tuesday in Indianapolis. Indiana, which spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third qua... Indianapolis • Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Game 2 is Tuesday in Indianapolis. Indiana, which spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third qua... 57840842@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT NBA playoffs: Warriors overcome slow start to beat Clippers in Game 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840882-77/griffin-paul-clippers-points.html.csp Los Angeles • The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble ... Los Angeles • The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble ... 57840882@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT RSL notebook: Rimando returns to starting lineup against Portland http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840343-77/rimando-rsl-games-injury.html.csp Sandy • “The Wall of the Wasatch” is back where he so often stands. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando returned to the starting lineup Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium after missing the club’s previous two matches with an injured left knee. Rimando suffered a strained MCL in his left knee while away with the U.S. men’s national team for an international friendly against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Backup Jeff Attinella manned the spot between the posts for RSL in Rimando’s absen... Sandy • “The Wall of the Wasatch” is back where he so often stands. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando returned to the starting lineup Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium after missing the club’s previous two matches with an injured left knee. Rimando suffered a strained MCL in his left knee while away with the U.S. men’s national team for an international friendly against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Backup Jeff Attinella manned the spot between the posts for RSL in Rimando’s absen... 57840343@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake gets even with another win over Timbers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57841056-77/rsl-season-timbers-cassar.html.csp Sandy In the 78th minute of the seventh game of the 10th season, Real Salt Lake finally got even. RSL’s 1-0 victory over Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium lifted the franchise’s all-time record to 108-108-77. That’s another remarkable achievement for an expansion team that started so inauspiciously and now is a Major League Soccer model. Ned Grabavoy’s left-footed, bouncing shot into the corner of the net and a series of huge saves from goalkeeper Nick Rimando gave RSL (3-0-4) a nice win Saturday... Sandy In the 78th minute of the seventh game of the 10th season, Real Salt Lake finally got even. RSL’s 1-0 victory over Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium lifted the franchise’s all-time record to 108-108-77. That’s another remarkable achievement for an expansion team that started so inauspiciously and now is a Major League Soccer model. Ned Grabavoy’s left-footed, bouncing shot into the corner of the net and a series of huge saves from goalkeeper Nick Rimando gave RSL (3-0-4) a nice win Saturday... 57841056@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Real Salt Lake: Healing RSL needs to start racking up points http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57841810-77/points-rsl-start-cassar.html.csp Sandy • It took seven matches, more than a dozen early-season injuries which resulted in over 30 games missed by players battling various knocks, before Jeff Cassar and his staff had the sudden luxury of facing tough game-day decisions. Real Salt Lake still isn’t there as a few players continue to work their way back, but Saturday’s 1-0 win over Portland was perhaps a view of what Cassar, RSL’s first-year head coach, has at his disposal. “It’s great,” said captain Kyle Beckerman, “but we still h... Sandy • It took seven matches, more than a dozen early-season injuries which resulted in over 30 games missed by players battling various knocks, before Jeff Cassar and his staff had the sudden luxury of facing tough game-day decisions. Real Salt Lake still isn’t there as a few players continue to work their way back, but Saturday’s 1-0 win over Portland was perhaps a view of what Cassar, RSL’s first-year head coach, has at his disposal. “It’s great,” said captain Kyle Beckerman, “but we still h... 57841810@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Holes in one at Wingpointe, Mountain Dell http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840112-77/dell-iron-lake-mountain.html.csp • aces Wingpointe • Ed Adair. No. 4, 147 yards, 7-iron. With Al Tokunaga, Bruce Wagstaff, Larry Williams. Mountain Dell (lake course) • Chuck Travis. No. 9, 149 yards, 7-iron. With Mike Bicker, Donn Peters. • aces Wingpointe • Ed Adair. No. 4, 147 yards, 7-iron. With Al Tokunaga, Bruce Wagstaff, Larry Williams. Mountain Dell (lake course) • Chuck Travis. No. 9, 149 yards, 7-iron. With Mike Bicker, Donn Peters. 57840112@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Golf: Luke Donald takes lead at RBC Heritage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840173-77/donald-lead-heritage-rbc.html.csp Hilton Head Island, S.C. • Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links. The Englishman has done just about everything on Harbour Town the past five times he’s played — except win. He fell in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker here in 2011, part of a run of four top-3... Hilton Head Island, S.C. • Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links. The Englishman has done just about everything on Harbour Town the past five times he’s played — except win. He fell in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker here in 2011, part of a run of four top-3... 57840173@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT College gymnastics: Florida, Oklahoma tie for title http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840607-77/florida-oklahoma-title-alabama.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Georgia had the throwback leotards and Alabama had the home crowd, but in the end it was a mix of old and new that won the NCAA Gymnastics Championships here at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Florida, which won its first national title last year, finished in a tie with Oklahoma for the championship on Saturday. The meet came down to the final rotation, where Alabama led 148.7, Oklahoma was second with 148.625 and Florida was third with 148.55. Georgia, which started with a... Birmingham, Ala. • Georgia had the throwback leotards and Alabama had the home crowd, but in the end it was a mix of old and new that won the NCAA Gymnastics Championships here at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Florida, which won its first national title last year, finished in a tie with Oklahoma for the championship on Saturday. The meet came down to the final rotation, where Alabama led 148.7, Oklahoma was second with 148.625 and Florida was third with 148.55. Georgia, which started with a... 57840607@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Monson: Utah buoyed by new hope at quarterback on the horizon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57839916-89/quarterbacks-roderick-yards-hope.html.csp At the collision of pomp and pigskin in Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, the Utes trying to dress up their Red-White spring game into the football celebration it should be, there were all kinds of things to see, from new faces in the secondary to new looks across the offense to new influences by new coaches to new hope that this time of year naturally brings. But the view that snagged almost everyone’s attention was … the quarterbacks. A whole lot of quarterbacks. Attendance was announced at 12... At the collision of pomp and pigskin in Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, the Utes trying to dress up their Red-White spring game into the football celebration it should be, there were all kinds of things to see, from new faces in the secondary to new looks across the offense to new influences by new coaches to new hope that this time of year naturally brings. But the view that snagged almost everyone’s attention was … the quarterbacks. A whole lot of quarterbacks. Attendance was announced at 12... 57839916@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Utah football notes: Devontae Booker stands out at running back http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57839965-77/yards-booker-game-embed.html.csp Even before halftime, Devontae Booker needed some stitches — well, for his jersey. Small bands of fabric looped together the section of his white top that had been ripped by a defender trying to bring him down. It was a tough task to drag Booker to the turf in Saturday’s spring game as he ran 103 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdowns, highlighting a position the Utes have come to see as a strength this spring. “Every game I’m playing, I’m looking forward to making a statement,” he said. ... Even before halftime, Devontae Booker needed some stitches — well, for his jersey. Small bands of fabric looped together the section of his white top that had been ripped by a defender trying to bring him down. It was a tough task to drag Booker to the turf in Saturday’s spring game as he ran 103 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdowns, highlighting a position the Utes have come to see as a strength this spring. “Every game I’m playing, I’m looking forward to making a statement,” he said. ... 57839965@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Utah gymnastics: Super Six too painful to watch for most Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57840131-89/team-american-utah-utes.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah coach Greg Marsden didn’t add to his team’s misery of failing to advance to the Super Six finals by making his team watch Saturday’s event. Instead, he left it up to the gymnasts to decide if they wanted to attend. “A few wanted to go but for most of them it was too tough,” he said. “We are still really devastated and disappointed. This team worked so hard, and to think we are right where we were last year is tough to take.” The Utes finished seventh overall, only two not... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah coach Greg Marsden didn’t add to his team’s misery of failing to advance to the Super Six finals by making his team watch Saturday’s event. Instead, he left it up to the gymnasts to decide if they wanted to attend. “A few wanted to go but for most of them it was too tough,” he said. “We are still really devastated and disappointed. This team worked so hard, and to think we are right where we were last year is tough to take.” The Utes finished seventh overall, only two not... 57840131@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Utah gymnastics: Individuals hope to salvage Utah’s NCAA experience http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57839661-89/utah-finals-damianova-floor.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s gymnasts admitted following their devastating failure to reach Saturday’s Super Six finals that it would take a while to get over the disappointment. But a few must put aside the hurt do their best to salvage the NCAAs for the Utes in the NCAA Individual Championships on Sunday here at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Utah’s Georgia Dabritz qualified on the vault with a 9.925 and Becky Tutka and Nansy Damianova made the cut for floor finals by scoring 9.925. Each of ... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s gymnasts admitted following their devastating failure to reach Saturday’s Super Six finals that it would take a while to get over the disappointment. But a few must put aside the hurt do their best to salvage the NCAAs for the Utes in the NCAA Individual Championships on Sunday here at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Utah’s Georgia Dabritz qualified on the vault with a 9.925 and Becky Tutka and Nansy Damianova made the cut for floor finals by scoring 9.925. Each of ... 57839661@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:24:17 MDT NBA playoffs: Kevin Durant scores 33 to lead Thunder over Grizzlies in Game 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840902-77/points-thunder-memphis-oklahoma.html.csp Oklahoma City • Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round series. Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who nearly squandered a 25-point lead but recovered from a dismal third quarter to make 10 of 16 shots in the fourth. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 21 points and 11 rebo... Oklahoma City • Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round series. Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who nearly squandered a 25-point lead but recovered from a dismal third quarter to make 10 of 16 shots in the fourth. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 21 points and 11 rebo... 57840902@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:06:01 MDT ECHL playoffs: Utah Grizzlies beat Bakersfield 2-1 to even series http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840471-77/utah-bakersfield-game-grizzlies.html.csp West Valley City • The celebratory music blaring from the Utah locker room told the story Saturday night. Michael Pelech scored the tie-breaking goal with 10:33 remaining, lifting the Grizzlies to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Bakersfield in Game 2 of their ECHL playoff series at the Maverik Center. Pelech’s rebound goal gave Utah its first lead in two games and the Grizzlies held on to even the best-of-seven series, 1-1. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Bakersfield. The game-winning goal in another ph... West Valley City • The celebratory music blaring from the Utah locker room told the story Saturday night. Michael Pelech scored the tie-breaking goal with 10:33 remaining, lifting the Grizzlies to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Bakersfield in Game 2 of their ECHL playoff series at the Maverik Center. Pelech’s rebound goal gave Utah its first lead in two games and the Grizzlies held on to even the best-of-seven series, 1-1. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Bakersfield. The game-winning goal in another ph... 57840471@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:54:02 MDT NHL playoffs: St. Louis beats Chicago in overtime http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840483-77/game-louis-goal-series.html.csp St. Louis • Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues. That little crack was all St. Louis needed to put another dent in the Blackhawks’ bid for a second straight Stanley Cup title. Seabrook’s blow to the head of David Backes led to a 6-on-4 power play for St. Louis that ended with Tarasenko’s tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, and low-scoring defenseman Barret Jackman ended t... St. Louis • Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues. That little crack was all St. Louis needed to put another dent in the Blackhawks’ bid for a second straight Stanley Cup title. Seabrook’s blow to the head of David Backes led to a 6-on-4 power play for St. Louis that ended with Tarasenko’s tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, and low-scoring defenseman Barret Jackman ended t... 57840483@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:50:02 MDT Ned Grabavoy’s goal lifts Real Salt Lake over Timbers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57840283-77/rsl-portland-timbers-grabavoy.html.csp Sandy • Ownage is ownage. Real Salt Lake has had it since the Portland Timbers entered Major League Soccer in 2011. RSL knows it, and if the Timbers don’t know it by now, someone’s going to have to explain the meaning. In yet another showdown between the Western Conference rivals, RSL again laughed last — as it so often has against the Timbers — in the 1-0 win Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL, still the lone unbeaten club in Major League Soccer at 3-0-4, ran another unbeaten str... Sandy • Ownage is ownage. Real Salt Lake has had it since the Portland Timbers entered Major League Soccer in 2011. RSL knows it, and if the Timbers don’t know it by now, someone’s going to have to explain the meaning. In yet another showdown between the Western Conference rivals, RSL again laughed last — as it so often has against the Timbers — in the 1-0 win Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL, still the lone unbeaten club in Major League Soccer at 3-0-4, ran another unbeaten str... 57840283@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:06:56 MDT