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Sports briefs: Utah hires former Wyoming offensive line coach Jim Harding
First Published Jan 14 2014 05:06 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:34 pm

college football • Utah’s football staff continues to evolve. The Utes added offensive line coach Jim Harding to the staff on Tuesday. Harding coached with Utah’s new offensive coordinator, Dave Christensen, at Wyoming and Missouri.

Harding replaces Dan Finn, who was let go after spending two years as Utah’s offensive line coach.

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Wyoming finished 22nd in the country in total offense last year, averaging 472.8 yards a game, with Harding serving as the co-offensive coordinator and line coach.

Utah’s offensive line was supposed to be the team’s strength in the 2013 season but instead it was one of the weak areas. Utah gave up 23 sacks on the season.

"We’re excited to bring Jim Harding on board as our offensive line coach," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "Jim is a bright young coach with a solid background and an extensive knowledge of our offensive system."

American Shiffrin triumphs in slalom

skiing • American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin cemented her status as the best slalom skier in the women’s World Cup in Flachau, Austria, winning a night race just 38 days before the same event at the Sochi Olympics. Shiffrin held on to a commanding 0.90-second first-run lead to earn her third victory this season and seventh overall.

The 18-year-old racer from Eagle-Vail, Colo., overcame two mistakes in her final run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 45.83 seconds and beat Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.83. Another Swede, Maria Pietilae-Holmner, was 1.14 back in third.

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Columbus acquires midfielder from L.A.

soccer • The Columbus Crew have acquired midfielder Hector Jimenez and a first-round pick in the MLS draft from the L.A. Galaxy for the Crew’s second-round pick and allocation money.

The first-round pick is 14th overall, while the selection sent to the Galaxy is the 23rd. The draft is Thursday.

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