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Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. “This is actually the big formal coming out,” Palmer said. “We are saying to the world, to everyone, here’s my wife of 20 years. This is the big coming out.” Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58246111@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:46:02 MDT Tennis: China’s Li Na pulls out of U.S. Open because of knee http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58246101-77/open-knee-tennis-china.html.csp New York • Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title also withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks. The second-ranked Li wrote in a posting on Facebook that she has “been struggling” with her knee since March “and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest lev... New York • Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title also withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks. The second-ranked Li wrote in a posting on Facebook that she has “been struggling” with her knee since March “and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest lev... 58246101@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:44:02 MDT NFL: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith focusing on football, not contract http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58243960-77/smith-chiefs-alex-contract.html.csp St. Joseph, Mo. • The moment when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will no longer discuss his contract situation is rapidly approaching, even though he makes it seem as if the deadline has already passed. Sure, Smith politely answers every question about his uncertain future, but he also makes it clear that he would rather not. The Chiefs have been talking to his representatives for months about a contract extension, but the sides remain far apart in their negotiations. “You’re getting to the point... St. Joseph, Mo. • The moment when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will no longer discuss his contract situation is rapidly approaching, even though he makes it seem as if the deadline has already passed. Sure, Smith politely answers every question about his uncertain future, but he also makes it clear that he would rather not. The Chiefs have been talking to his representatives for months about a contract extension, but the sides remain far apart in their negotiations. “You’re getting to the point... 58243960@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:35:19 MDT AP source: A’s acquire Lester, Gomes from Sox for Cespedes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58245971-77/lester-cespedes-oakland-boston.html.csp Oakland, Calif. • The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the swap, another blockbuster by A’s general manager Billy Beane to win the Lester sweepstakes. Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also receives cash from Boston... Oakland, Calif. • The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the swap, another blockbuster by A’s general manager Billy Beane to win the Lester sweepstakes. Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also receives cash from Boston... 58245971@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:35:19 MDT BYU basketball: Collinsworth ‘ahead of schedule’ with ACL recovery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58237476-88/collinsworth-byu-tournament-cougars.html.csp Provo • The devastating knee injury that Kyle Collinsworth suffered in the West Coast Conference basketball championship game last March robbed him of the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, ruined many of his summer plans and has meant countless hours of rehabilitation for BYU’s best playmaker in 2013-14. Yet the rising junior has a surprising description of the ordeal four and a half months into what he hopes is a six-month recovery process. “It has been a blessing in disguise,” Collin... Provo • The devastating knee injury that Kyle Collinsworth suffered in the West Coast Conference basketball championship game last March robbed him of the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, ruined many of his summer plans and has meant countless hours of rehabilitation for BYU’s best playmaker in 2013-14. Yet the rising junior has a surprising description of the ordeal four and a half months into what he hopes is a six-month recovery process. “It has been a blessing in disguise,” Collin... 58237476@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:35:19 MDT Recreation: Is hoverboarding the next big water sport? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/outdoors/58229652-117/hoverboard-flyboard-hall-sports.html.csp The riders soar high into the air on what appears to be a hybrid of a snowboard and skateboard, a jetstream of water flowing behind them and crystal clear blue water shimmering underneath. &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/gMaDhkNJA2g?rel=0” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; The video from June has long since gone viral, a showcase of the potential future of water sports where aerial tricks and flying replace longstanding sports o... The riders soar high into the air on what appears to be a hybrid of a snowboard and skateboard, a jetstream of water flowing behind them and crystal clear blue water shimmering underneath. &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/gMaDhkNJA2g?rel=0” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; The video from June has long since gone viral, a showcase of the potential future of water sports where aerial tricks and flying replace longstanding sports o... 58229652@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:24:31 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Tacoma rallies to win 6-3 in Salt Lake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58243627-77/bees-lake-salt-tacoma.html.csp Offensively and defensively, the Bees couldn’t have asked for a better start at unseasonably cool, windy Smith’s Ballpark on Wednesday night in front of 4,736 fans. The ending, however, left a lot to be desired — again. Blowing an early lead and wasting starter Caleb Clay’s gem through the first five innings, the Bees fell 6-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers in the second game of a four-game homestand. Salt Lake dropped to 46-66 and now has the worst record in the entire Pacific Coast League after 45-64 ... Offensively and defensively, the Bees couldn’t have asked for a better start at unseasonably cool, windy Smith’s Ballpark on Wednesday night in front of 4,736 fans. The ending, however, left a lot to be desired — again. Blowing an early lead and wasting starter Caleb Clay’s gem through the first five innings, the Bees fell 6-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers in the second game of a four-game homestand. Salt Lake dropped to 46-66 and now has the worst record in the entire Pacific Coast League after 45-64 ... 58243627@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:51:09 MDT Real Salt Lake: RSL, Red Bulls draw 1-1 at Rio Tinto http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58244049-77/rsl-lake-plata-salt.html.csp Sandy • One of the best the game has ever seen did precisely what is expected of him when a ball rolled harmlessly at his feet atop the 18-yard box. When Tim Cahill received a cross to notice a defender on his back, he saw Thierry Henry. The superstar, in his 21st year as a professional, settled over the ball and did what he’s done tens of hundreds upon hundreds of times to clubs and defenses all over the world for the last three decades. He unleashed a ball into the back of the net. Through tr... Sandy • One of the best the game has ever seen did precisely what is expected of him when a ball rolled harmlessly at his feet atop the 18-yard box. When Tim Cahill received a cross to notice a defender on his back, he saw Thierry Henry. The superstar, in his 21st year as a professional, settled over the ball and did what he’s done tens of hundreds upon hundreds of times to clubs and defenses all over the world for the last three decades. He unleashed a ball into the back of the net. Through tr... 58244049@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:51:09 MDT Real Salt Lake: Joao Plata scores again in draw against N.Y. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58244349-77/plata-rsl-goal-lake.html.csp Joao Plata’s stats didn’t blow anyone away last year. The Ecuadorian striker tallied four goals in 29 appearances during his first season in Salt Lake. But Chris Wingert knew to expect more. “I told my dad last year this guy’s a goal scorer,” the RSL defender says. “He didn’t have big numbers last year, but you can just see the way he finishes in practice. He hits the heck out of the ball. He’s sharp around the goal. He has an unbelievable fighting spirit. … The guy competes like crazy - even wh... Joao Plata’s stats didn’t blow anyone away last year. The Ecuadorian striker tallied four goals in 29 appearances during his first season in Salt Lake. But Chris Wingert knew to expect more. “I told my dad last year this guy’s a goal scorer,” the RSL defender says. “He didn’t have big numbers last year, but you can just see the way he finishes in practice. He hits the heck out of the ball. He’s sharp around the goal. He has an unbelievable fighting spirit. … The guy competes like crazy - even wh... 58244349@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:51:09 MDT Correction http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58242029-77/amet-ceo-comnietur-consed.html.csp Dan Shaw is the president and CEO of the Days of ‘47 Rodeo. A story published July 27 misidentified his title. Dan Shaw is the president and CEO of the Days of ‘47 Rodeo. A story published July 27 misidentified his title. 58242029@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:22:01 MDT Major League Soccer: Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58244262-77/england-vancouver-chicago-colorado.html.csp Bridgeview, Ill. • Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire’s 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night. Vancouver’s Erik Hurtado had the Whitecaps’ best chance of the game in the 49th minute. He broke free of the defenders and cut to the center of the box, but his right-footed effort was knocked aside by Johnson. It was Johnson’s third shutout of the season and Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted’s fifth. They each made two saves. Chicago is 3-5-1... Bridgeview, Ill. • Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire’s 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night. Vancouver’s Erik Hurtado had the Whitecaps’ best chance of the game in the 49th minute. He broke free of the defenders and cut to the center of the box, but his right-footed effort was knocked aside by Johnson. It was Johnson’s third shutout of the season and Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted’s fifth. They each made two saves. Chicago is 3-5-1... 58244262@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:26:01 MDT Sports briefs: UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion drying out after flood http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58244091-77/court-guard-ucla-basketball.html.csp College Basketball • The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said workers were busy cleaning up and assessing damage. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play i... College Basketball • The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said workers were busy cleaning up and assessing damage. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play i... 58244091@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:48:02 MDT Cowboys sign OT Smith to eight-year extension http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58244090-77/smith-cowboys-million-nfl.html.csp Oxnard, Calif. • Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo. The Pro Bowl left tackle signed an eight-year, $98 million extension Wednesday that pushes the total value of his deal to $110 million over 10 years, locking him up through 2023. The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 mill... Oxnard, Calif. • Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo. The Pro Bowl left tackle signed an eight-year, $98 million extension Wednesday that pushes the total value of his deal to $110 million over 10 years, locking him up through 2023. The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 mill... 58244090@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:22:01 MDT Thursday’s TV/radio sports programming http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58243466-77/round-tgc-radio-barracuda.html.csp Television Golf • WGC, Bridgestone Invitational, first round, noon, TGC • PGA Tour, Barracuda Championship, first round, 3:30 p.m., TGC MLB • Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 11 a.m., WGN Soccer • Exhibition, Bundesliga/Liga MX, Bayern Munich vs. Guadalajara, at Harrison, N.J. Radio Minor league baseball • Tacoma at Salt Lake, 8 p.m., 1280 AM, 960 AM • Ogden at Orem, 7 p.m., 97.5 FM The Big Show • Hosted by Tribune columnist Gordon Monson, 3 p.m., 1280 AM, 960 AM, 97.5 FM Television Golf • WGC, Bridgestone Invitational, first round, noon, TGC • PGA Tour, Barracuda Championship, first round, 3:30 p.m., TGC MLB • Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 11 a.m., WGN Soccer • Exhibition, Bundesliga/Liga MX, Bayern Munich vs. Guadalajara, at Harrison, N.J. Radio Minor league baseball • Tacoma at Salt Lake, 8 p.m., 1280 AM, 960 AM • Ogden at Orem, 7 p.m., 97.5 FM The Big Show • Hosted by Tribune columnist Gordon Monson, 3 p.m., 1280 AM, 960 AM, 97.5 FM 58243466@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:20:01 MDT UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58242576-77/pauley-wooden-ucla-basketball.html.csp Los Angeles • The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after its court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood. The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago. It has hosted some of college basketball’s grea... Los Angeles • The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after its court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood. The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago. It has hosted some of college basketball’s grea... 58242576@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:44:58 MDT BYU football: Cougars to play No. Illinois in 2018, 2020 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58241697-88/byu-football-illinois-state.html.csp Provo • BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe made a football scheduling announcement on Wednesday, but it was not the one many Cougar fans were hoping for. Holmoe said BYU has agreed to a future football series with Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies will travel to Provo on Oct. 27, 2018 and BYU will travel o DeKalb Ill., on Oct. 24, 2020. The 2018 matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Northern Illinois played Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl las... Provo • BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe made a football scheduling announcement on Wednesday, but it was not the one many Cougar fans were hoping for. Holmoe said BYU has agreed to a future football series with Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies will travel to Provo on Oct. 27, 2018 and BYU will travel o DeKalb Ill., on Oct. 24, 2020. The 2018 matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Northern Illinois played Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl las... 58241697@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:55:02 MDT ’Out of nowhere’: Twins add undrafted 24-year-old http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58241429-77/poulson-twins-baseball-league.html.csp San Francisco • In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitching prospect who has thrown 100 mph fastballs but never has been drafted. Brandon Poulson was pitching earlier this month for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. His manager was Joey Gomes, the brother of big leaguer Jonny Gomes. Now the Twins are about to give him $250,000. “It’s a great story,” Twins West Coast scouting supervisor Sean Johnson s... San Francisco • In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitching prospect who has thrown 100 mph fastballs but never has been drafted. Brandon Poulson was pitching earlier this month for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. His manager was Joey Gomes, the brother of big leaguer Jonny Gomes. Now the Twins are about to give him $250,000. “It’s a great story,” Twins West Coast scouting supervisor Sean Johnson s... 58241429@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:35:01 MDT MLB: Cubs catcher earns win on mound in marathon game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58241198-77/baker-cubs-rockies-colorado.html.csp Chicago • Both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies ran out of relief pitchers in a marathon game. The Rockies then turned to a starter. The Cubs used a catcher — and won. John Baker scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after pitching a scoreless top half, and the Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to beat Colorado 4-3 on Tuesday night. Baker scored on Starlin Castro’s fly to end a game that lasted 6 hours, 27 minutes, a record for longest game by time for both teams. “It’s re... Chicago • Both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies ran out of relief pitchers in a marathon game. The Rockies then turned to a starter. The Cubs used a catcher — and won. John Baker scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after pitching a scoreless top half, and the Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to beat Colorado 4-3 on Tuesday night. Baker scored on Starlin Castro’s fly to end a game that lasted 6 hours, 27 minutes, a record for longest game by time for both teams. “It’s re... 58241198@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:07:37 MDT