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Sports briefs: Novak Djokovic rebounds from injury with win at Italian Open
First Published May 13 2014 08:09 pm • Last Updated May 13 2014 10:04 pm

Tennis • Novak Djokovic marked his return from a wrist injury by beating Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Italian Open. In first-round women’s play, Italian wild-card entry Camila Giorgi upset ninth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 7-6 (2) and 10th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy eliminated Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 7-5, 6-3.

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Sprint speedskating coach steps down

Speedskating • The national sprint coach for U.S. Speedskating has quit, joining an exodus of coaches in the wake of the Americans’ shutout at the Sochi Olympics. Ryan Shimabukuro announced Tuesday on his Facebook page that he was stepping down after 16 years. Shimabukuro had been based at the Olympic Oval in Kearns, where the national team trains.

Utah hoops adds Highland’s Connor

College basketball • Utah announced Tuesday the addition of walk-on Jake Connor, a Highland High standout who has a close relationship with one of the Utah coaches.

His dad.

Assistant Tommy Connor was a four-year starter at point guard for the Utes and led them to four straight Western Athletic Conference championships.

"Jake has always been someone around our program since Tommy is a member of our staff. Now, Jake officially joins our basketball family," coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

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Connor led the Rams to the quarterfinals of the 4A tournament in March. Connor was an honorable mention 4A coaches’ team selection and shot 45 percent from long range.

"He is a driven, hard worker that will enhance our program because he represents everything we want in a student-athlete," said Krystkowiak. "We’re excited to have him join us."

Connor joins Austrian center Jakob Poeltl, Idaho point guard Isaiah Wright, Roy small forward Brekkott Chapman, Michigan small forward Kyle Kuzma and Citrus College junior transfer power forward Chris Reyes as new Utes.

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