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Kurt Kragthorpe

Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 05:15PM

Geography undoubtedly played a part in Danny Ainge’s decision to bring the Boston Celtics to town for next week’s four-team Utah Jazz Summer League, considering his ties to the state. Beyond that element, these teams belong together. I remain intrigued …

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  • Kragthorpe: Adversity keeps coming for Utah State football program
    While trying to make a clear distinction between a horrific auto accident and an undisclosed violation of team rules, I would conclude that this past ...
    Updated Jun 29 2015 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, right, makes a point to guard Gordon Hayward as they talk during a timeout against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 27, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Jazz have more work to do in playoff push
    So the draft is over, and now the Jazz will move into the phase of the offseason when they traditionally work toward acquiring a future MVP of the NBA...
    Updated Jun 27 2015 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Jazz rookies converge from different basketball cultures
    By blending unselfishly into a talented team, Trey Lyles helped Kentucky win 38 straight games before the Wildcats were upset in the Final Four. Doin...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Giant holes are OK, as a golf alternative
    Midway • Some golf courses stage tournaments or other one-day events that offer the toughest possible challenge, with the tee markers placed all the w...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 09:21 am   |     |   Share


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  • A young basketball fan shouts for an autograph from Trey Lyles after Lyles was selected 12th overall by the Utah Jazz during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kragthorpe: If Jazz pick Trey Lyles is another Carlos Boozer, that’s good (with video)
    The Carlos Boozer comparison? That’s a compliment. Personally, I would have preferred Devin Booker over Kentucky teammate Trey Lyles, whose offensive...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 12:31 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall answers interview questions on live TV program Tuesday June 24 for BYU football media day in Provo. Kragthorpe: September will define BYU’s 2015 football season
    Provo BYU administrators staged another impressive Football Media Day production Wednesday, celebrating the program’s history with Ty Detmer and oth...
    Updated Jun 24 2015 08:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (44) blocks a shot by Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Kragthorpe: Frank Kaminsky would give Utah Jazz an Okur-style dimension
    In seemingly every NBA Draft, one player surfaces as a potential polarizing choice for the Jazz. This year, with the Jazz picking 12th in Thursday’s f...
    Updated Jun 24 2015 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Real Salt Lake forward Sebastian Jaime (23) celebrates his goal with teammates. Salt Lake Real and Sporting Kansas City are tied 1-1 at the half, Saturday, June 21, 2015, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake’s victory comes at just the right time
    Real Salt Lake’s biggest victory of the season required some combination of Olmes Garcia’s right foot delivering a kick and Sporting Kansas City defen...
    Updated Jun 22 2015 06:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Daniel Summerhays hits out of the bunker on the second hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Kragthorpe: Utahns can take pride in U.S. Open showings
    Considering where they stood when they teed off Saturday afternoon, Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays could have finished much better in the U.S. Open....
    Updated Jun 22 2015 10:31 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Randy Dodson, Fairways Media

Boyd Summerhays and Tony Finau. Kragthorpe: Boyd Summerhays has big stake in U.S. Open as brother, teacher
    The calls of celebration came from two venues in Ohio, 45 miles apart. Thrilled to have qualified for the U.S. Open, Daniel Summerhays dialed his brot...
    Updated Jun 15 2015 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) blocks the shot of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Kragthorpe: Andrew Bogut’s benching won’t diminish his role in Warriors’ season
    Two minutes, 46 seconds. One rebound, one assist. That covers Andrew Bogut’s contribution to what likely will be viewed as the pivotal victory of the ...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Kragthorpe: LeBron, Delly making NBA Finals potentially epic for Cavs
    Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova twisted and turned, ducked and squirmed, then launched a shot that somehow banked into the basket as Golden State’...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Danny Pawelek, right,  talks baseball alongside his son Mark as the two have many interesting baseball stories to tell. Danny still pitches regularly in national tournaments at age 62; Mark was a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs 10 years ago and never made the major leagues, but has not entirely given up the dream. Kragthorpe: Cubs’ top pick looks back, 10 years later
    Springville Ten years have gone by since Mark Pawelek breezed into Chicago, intending to own the town. The 18-year-old pitcher from Springville took h...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune

Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni argues a call with the referee during their match against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Kragthorpe: RSL facing fight just to make MLS playoffs
    Sandy The worst play of the day evoked the biggest roar. Thanks to Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers’ shanked penalty kick late in the game, the Ri...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) blocks the shot of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Kragthorpe: Andrew Bogut’s benching won’t diminish his role in Warriors’ season
    Two minutes, 46 seconds. One rebound, one assist. That covers Andrew Bogut’s contribution to what likely will be viewed as the pivotal victory of the ...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Kragthorpe: LeBron, Delly making NBA Finals potentially epic for Cavs
    Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova twisted and turned, ducked and squirmed, then launched a shot that somehow banked into the basket as Golden State’...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Danny Pawelek, right,  talks baseball alongside his son Mark as the two have many interesting baseball stories to tell. Danny still pitches regularly in national tournaments at age 62; Mark was a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs 10 years ago and never made the major leagues, but has not entirely given up the dream. Kragthorpe: Cubs’ top pick looks back, 10 years later
    Springville Ten years have gone by since Mark Pawelek breezed into Chicago, intending to own the town. The 18-year-old pitcher from Springville took h...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune

Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni argues a call with the referee during their match against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Kragthorpe: RSL facing fight just to make MLS playoffs
    Sandy The worst play of the day evoked the biggest roar. Thanks to Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers’ shanked penalty kick late in the game, the Ri...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) dunks against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. The Warriors won 108-100 in overtime. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Pool via AP) Kragthorpe: Warriors’ Bogut trying to join Ferrin, Doleac as Utes’ NBA champions
    A thick layer of smoke hovered above them as the Minneapolis Lakers took the court for Game 2 of the 1950 NBA Finals in Syracuse, N.Y. When the serie...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak speaks during the Utah interview session, Friday, March 20, 2015. 
Kragthorpe: Mystery basketball team gave Larry Krystkowiak a ‘First Tee’ moment
    With his mother dying of cancer, 8-year-old Larry Krystkowiak joined his family in a Christmas trip from Montana to Las Vegas, where his career path s...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James poses for a selfie with fans after the Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals for a sweep, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Kragthorpe: Ute coach likes Warriors, but I’m cheering for Cleveland
    Larry Krystkowiak visited the old Salt Palace for the first time in December 1986, playing with Klay Thompson’s father and against Stephen Curry’s fat...
    Updated Jun 19 2015 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Rebels line up against the Yellowjackets. Utah Girls Tackle Football League played two games at Mountain Shadows Elementary in West Jordan Saturday, May 30, 2015. Kragthorpe: Utah girls playing tackle football ‘because they love it’
    West Jordan The rain kept coming on a May afternoon in the southwest Salt Lake Valley, and the Yellow Jackets’ coaches were wet and cold. They were ...
    Updated Jun 01 2015 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tony Finau watches his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament, Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Kragthorpe: Utah junior golf products enjoying PGA Tour success
    Last May, Sandy resident Mike Weir extended his PGA Tour eligibility for another season, thanks to a second-place finish in the AT&T Byron Nelson Cham...
    Updated Jun 01 2015 09:42 am   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) reacts after making a three point basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of Game 1 in a second-round NBA playoff basketball series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: Jazz have contributed to Warriors’ success
    In one major transaction, the Jazz were co-conspirators with the Golden State Warriors. In another Golden State acquisition, they were interested byst...
    Updated May 31 2015 10:17 am   |     |   Share
  • Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts to a call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Cleveland. Chicago lost to the Cavaliers 108-94. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Kragthorpe: Tom Thibodeau’s story in Chicago has Jazz, USU ties
    The biggest news of the NBA offseason, even though this is technically the postseason, is the Chicago Bulls’ firing of coach Tom Thibodeau. The local ...
    Updated May 29 2015 08:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Salt Lake Bees

Frank Herrmann Kragthorpe: Harvard, Stanford grads turn Salt Lake Bees bullpen into think tank
    As the game moves into the middle innings, the conversations among the relief pitchers evolve in the bullpen down the right-field line of Smith’s Ball...
    Updated May 27 2015 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
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