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Boulder, Colo. • It was familiar but not in the comforting way. Sophomore Sedrick Barefield was smothered by three Colorado defenders after an inbounds pass. He turned for teammates, then seeing none, he turned for the ref. Timeout. In a …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Tiffani Lewis reacts after her performance on the floor for the Utes, in gymnastics action, Utah vs UCLA, at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Utah gymnastics: Utes shake off worries about letdown vs. Arizona State
    If a team’s maturity is graded in part by its attitude, Utah’s gymnastics team would earn a high mark. The Utes, with one senior and a combined nine f...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 05:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah forward Kyle Kuzma reacts after hitting a key basket against Colorado late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game late Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. Utah won 86-81. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah basketball: Kyle Kuzma’s 25 points leads Utes past Colorado, 86-81
    Boulder, Colo. • Trigger warning: With a minute to go, Utah found itself in a close game. That hasn’t gone well lately. But in hostile confines, the U...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 12:42 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes guard Devon Daniels (3) had 8 rebounds and 16 points. University of Utah’s men’s basketball team defeated University of Washington, 85-61 during their game, February 11, 2017 at Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah basketball: Freshman guard Devon Daniels suspended indefinitely
    Boulder, Colo. • The Utah basketball team has suspended the player who has made the most starts for the team this season. Freshman wing Devon Daniels,...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • UTAH SPORTS
    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah center Jayce Johnson gets tied up for a jump ball with Colorado’s   Tory Miller in the first half of a game against the Colorado Buffaloes on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. Utah basketball game guide: Utah looks to break road slump against on-the-rise Colorado
    Utah started in Pac-12 play 5-2. Colorado started 0-7. Here’s how far apart they are in the standings now: two games. And a Utah loss tonight could ma...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:54 am   |     |   Share


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  • Oregon State’s Stephen Thompson Jr. (1) is stopped by Utah’s Kyle Kuzma (35) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Oregon State won 68-67 for their first win in a Pac-12 Conference game this year. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez) Utah basketball: Utes struggle to contain Beavers star Stephen Thompson
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Baely Rowe is greeted by her teammates after her performance on the beam for the Utes, in gymnastics action, Utah vs UCLA, at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Utah gymnastics: Key to beating UCLA was showing on balance beam
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  • UTAH SPORTS
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  • UTAH SPORTS
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