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Last Updated Jul 22, 2017 05:36PM

De’von Hall’s former Utah State football teammates worried about him when he called and said he was walking from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City to visit them. When the Aggies played USC four years ago, Hall appeared at the …

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sara Hill and her husband, Weber State football coach Jay Hill, talk about her battle with Hodgkins lymphoma and how the Wildcat family has rallied around her and her husband at Stewart Stadium, Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Weber State football players, coaches and family and friends shaved their heads in support of her chemotherapy treatments. Kragthorpe: Cancer fight continues for Sara Hill, wife of Weber State football coach Jay Hill
    The problem with this subject is it never really fits into a nice, tidy package. Not that I should be complaining, because I'm not among those who are...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Southern Utah celebrates after defeating Northern Arizona 49-41 and winning the Big Sky Conference title, after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Cedar City, Utah. (Jordan Allred/The Spectrum & Daily News via AP) Kragthorpe: Big Sky football teams want to show they can hang with Utah, BYU and other FBS foes
    Rice-Eccles Stadium stood empty Tuesday afternoon when North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert and defensive back Cole Reyes visited a venue they...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     midfielder Luis Silva (20) celebrates after scoring a goal for Real Salt Lake, as Real Salt Lake played Manchester United in a friendly game at Rio Tinto Stadium, Monday, July 17, 2017. Kragthorpe: Timing is the only trouble with Man U’s visit to Utah, limiting RSL starters’ playing time
    Sandy Manchester United’s American tour will continue with games against international powers Manchester City, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Instead...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 08:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks the shot of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the Utah Jazz versus Portland Trailblazers NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday April 4, 2017. Kragthorpe: Who cares if the Jazz have a boring offense, so long as they win?
    The Jazz received some validation in June when center Rudy Gobert was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team. The Jazz have gone to a whole other leve...
    Updated Jul 16 2017 04:59 pm   |     |   Share


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  • FILE - In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward arrives for Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Salt Lake City. Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens, making the announcement Tuesday evening, July 4, on The Players’ Tribune site. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward begins life as a Celtic, and tries to clean up mess he created in Utah
    Gordon Hayward finally became a Celtic, only not in Boston. A week after arriving in Boston and being pictured shopping for a discount suit and a des...
    Updated Jul 15 2017 11:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz center Boris Diaw (33) walk off of the court during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 7, 2017. Kragthorpe: Rudy Gobert sounds like he’s ready to lead the Jazz to a surprising level in the post-Hayward era
    Rudy Gobert’s words came at just the right time, comforting people in need. That’s a fair description for the Jazz fan base, which has been reeling f...
    Updated Jul 15 2017 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    San Antonio Spurs Bryn Forbestakes tries to slow down, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) after a steal, in Utah Jazz summer league action, Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, Monday, July 3, 2017.   Kragthorpe: Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has the talk to back up his game, for my benefit
    Everyone is telling me to keep summer league basketball in perspective and not get too excited about Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, but that’s not easy....
    Updated Jul 10 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully poses for a photo prior a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. His final game at Dodger Stadium _ where he has described nearly 5,000 games over the years _ will be Sunday against the Rockies.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Baseball's 'voices' tell the stories in BYU graduate's book about the game's people and places
    BYU graduate Kirk McKnight loved visiting Major League Baseball stadiums in his youth. He once thought a guide to the ballparks would be fun to write,...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots a free throw during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward’s timing really leaves Utah Jazz in a lurch in overloaded West
    The Jazz’s defeat came in the 92nd hour of free agency, the NBA’s equivalent of stoppage time. Gordon Hayward’s move to Boston was tough enough for t...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz try to move on without Gordon Hayward, but it’s not easy
    The next day, the Jazz’s old No. 20 appeared at the Huntsman Center during the Utah Summer League, greeting fans and remembering his good times in Sal...
    Updated Jul 08 2017 06:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) walks off of the court after the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward’s messy breakup with Jazz will be tough to overcome
    The vigil started in late September, when I reminded Gordon Hayward that everything he said or did would be studied over the next nine months for clue...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) lays the ball as San Antonio Spurs’ Derrick White, rear, and Cory Jefferson (55) defend during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Worries about Gordon Hayward’s future pervade Jazz summer league
    As Boston rookie Jayson Tatum launched the winning shot against Philadelphia, Celtics executive Danny Ainge stood in the Huntsman Center tunnel, talki...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 11:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz player Gordon Hayward contemplates an answer on the season in exit interview in front of the sports media in Salt Lake City Tuesday May 9.  The team cleaned out their lockers after their loss to the Golden State Warriors last night. Kragthorpe: Could the Jazz miss the playoffs if Gordon Hayward is gone?
    Part of Gordon Hayward’s dilemma about staying with the Jazz or moving to the NBA’s Eastern Conference involves the level of competition in the West a...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 1, 2017, file photo, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, left, talks with Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens before an NBA basketball game in Boston. The Celtics will keep their streak of not selecting No. 1 in the draft after moving down to No. 3 in a trade with Philadelphia. But Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge believes he can still get the player they want, which could be Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum. The Celtics also have three picks in the second round.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) Kragthorpe: Ex-BYU star Danny Ainge fighting with Jazz for Gordon Hayward
    Boston Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach always loved his one-word label for players like Danny Ainge: “instigator.” No better description could exist f...
    Updated Jul 01 2017 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) walks off of the court after the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward’s messy breakup with Jazz will be tough to overcome
    The vigil started in late September, when I reminded Gordon Hayward that everything he said or did would be studied over the next nine months for clue...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) lays the ball as San Antonio Spurs’ Derrick White, rear, and Cory Jefferson (55) defend during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Worries about Gordon Hayward’s future pervade Jazz summer league
    As Boston rookie Jayson Tatum launched the winning shot against Philadelphia, Celtics executive Danny Ainge stood in the Huntsman Center tunnel, talki...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 11:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz player Gordon Hayward contemplates an answer on the season in exit interview in front of the sports media in Salt Lake City Tuesday May 9.  The team cleaned out their lockers after their loss to the Golden State Warriors last night. Kragthorpe: Could the Jazz miss the playoffs if Gordon Hayward is gone?
    Part of Gordon Hayward’s dilemma about staying with the Jazz or moving to the NBA’s Eastern Conference involves the level of competition in the West a...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 1, 2017, file photo, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, left, talks with Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens before an NBA basketball game in Boston. The Celtics will keep their streak of not selecting No. 1 in the draft after moving down to No. 3 in a trade with Philadelphia. But Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge believes he can still get the player they want, which could be Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum. The Celtics also have three picks in the second round.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) Kragthorpe: Ex-BYU star Danny Ainge fighting with Jazz for Gordon Hayward
    Boston Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach always loved his one-word label for players like Danny Ainge: “instigator.” No better description could exist f...
    Updated Jul 01 2017 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio (9) looks up at the scoreboard during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 115-102. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s trade for Ricky Rubio is a move GM Dennis Lindsey had to make
    The Jazz traded Enes Kanter for Ricky Rubio, so how could anyone not endorse this deal? All of this stuff is more complicated, especially when everyt...
    Updated Jul 01 2017 09:14 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the first half during Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Utahns' self-image is too closely tied to Gordon Hayward
    If Gordon Hayward goes elsewhere, Utahns should not take his move personally. Professionally, though? Hayward's departure would be a big loss for the ...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 10:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum is joined by his mother Karen as he gets ready for Football Media Day at the BYU Broadcast Building on Friday, June 23, 2017.  Mangum posted on Instagram in the Spring that he has dealt with depression and has taken medication for it. Kragthorpe: By publicizing his struggles, Tanner Mangum may accomplish more off the field than on it
    Provo Steve Young went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an anxiety disorder known only to those within his circle. Tanner Mangum has gone pu...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 06:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz C Rudy Gobert speaks at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Kragthorpe: Runner-up finish will drive Jazz’s Rudy Gobert to bigger things
    Rudy Gobert’s 25th birthday gifts were the right mix of validation and motivation. The Jazz center was a nearly unanimous choice for the NBA’s All-De...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Skyline’s Rebekah Moon drives in the rain on the first day of the of the 4A girls’ golf tournament on the Lake Course at Wasatch Mountain State Park Monday May 16. Kragthorpe: Wasatch Mountain Golf Course is still a beauty after 50 years
    Midway If one of the the finalists in a community contest to name the venue had been selected 50 years ago, Utah’s most popular public golf course wou...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 12:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward enters Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 28, 2017 as the Utah Jazz prepare to meet the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 6 during the NBA’s first-round playoff series. Kragthorpe: Jazz have a good story to tell free agents ... if Gordon Hayward is in it
    Gordon Hayward helped make Utah attractive to veteran Joe Johnson in free agency last summer. He’s a symbol of the Jazz’s ability to develop players. ...
    Updated Jul 08 2017 06:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A sample jersey at BYU Football Media Day shows the patch BYU football players will wear this upcoming season to honor former coach LaVell Edwards on Friday, June 23, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Ty Detmer balances LaVell Edwards’ legacy with practicality
    Provo The patches will be prominent, yet understated. BYU’s tribute to the late LaVell Edwards during the 2017 football season is just the right tou...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 06:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Donovan Mitchell reacts after being selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 13th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Kragthorpe: Jazz hope Donovan Mitchell’s defense justifies move to get him
    When he worked out for the Jazz in late May, Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell stopped short of comparing himself to the some of the NBA’s elite guard...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:44 am   |     |   Share