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Kurt Kragthorpe

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    MyKayla Skinner reacts after her bars routine, for the Utes, in gymnastics action, Utah vs UCLA, at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utes’ MyKayla Skinner rises to Olympic level vs. UCLA
    University of Utah gymnast MyKayla Skinner forever will be known as the sixth member of the Final Five. In Saturday night’s reunion with one of those ...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 11:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Weber State Wildcats guard Jeremy Senglin (30), in basketball action, Weber State Wildcats vs Utah Valley Wolverines, in Ogden, Saturday, December 17, 2016. Weber State basketball: Wildcats beat Northern Colorado, 69-63
    Ogden The league-leading Weber State Wildcats know the toughest part of their Big Sky Conference basketball schedule remains ahead of them. Thursday...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin (32) receives a high-five from teammate Jamal Crawford (11) after scoring against the Utah Jazz in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Clippers won 88-72. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kurt Kragthorpe: Jazz’s home-court aura is gone, as Clippers illustrate
    Now that the Jazz have fallen to No. 5 in the NBA’s Western Conference standings, they’ve lost their temporary hold of home-court advantage in the fir...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 04:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Joe Johnson drives around Boston’s Marcus Smart in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s home-court advantage is overrated
    The winner of Monday night’s game between the Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers at Vivint Smart Home Arena will own the No. 4 spot in the Western Conferen...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 08:48 am   |     |   Share

  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Gordon Hayward motions after he scored a three-point basket in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Kragthorpe: Good news for Jazz? Celtics look fine without Gordon Hayward
    The Jazz’s only consolation emerging from Boston’s performance against them Saturday night is that the Celtics suddenly seem less likely to pursue Gor...
    Updated Feb 11 2017 11:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah’s David Foster, 7 foot 3 inches and 255 pounds, left, battles for position against San Diego State’s Brain Carlwell, six foot nine inches and 300 pounds during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in  San Diego, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. (AP Photo) Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute David Foster happy to be back on the court in D-League
    Taylorsville • Like any player in the NBA Development League, former University of Utah center David Foster is hoping this is just the beginning for h...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 10:52 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) puts in a basket as the University of Utah hosts Oregon State, NCAA basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 28, 2017. Kragthorpe: Bleak winter for Beehive college hoops, but it will get better
    When longtime Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill announced his retirement, then-USU president Stan Albrecht thanked him for making Cache Valley’...

    Updated Feb 17 2017 05:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   On the night Real Salt Lake won the Rocky Mountain Cup,in the 88th minute, Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman became the all time minutes played leader in MLS history. Real Salt Lake defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 during their Rocky Mountain Championship Cup game at Rio Tinto Stadium Friday, August 26, 2016. Kragthorpe: RSL captain Kyle Beckerman ‘excited’ about 2017 outlook
    Sandy Kyle Beckerman bounced into the interview room, concluding Real Salt Lake’s preseason Media Day with enough enthusiasm to last all season. Th...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 10:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • New England Patriots’ Kyle Van Noy celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Kragthorpe: BYU, Utah alumni team up for Super Bowl victory
    Five thoughts about Super Bowl LI: A rare winning collaboration for BYU and Utah • Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and ex-Utah cornerback Eric Row...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 10:02 am   |     |   Share

  • Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, rear, of China, watches as Utah Jazz forward Matt Harpring (15) is congratulated by a teammate during the fourth quarter of an NBA playoff basketball game Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz beat the Rockets 81-67. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson) Super Bowl Tale of Two Cities: Atlanta vs. Boston
    NFL franchise stars from Utah schools Atlanta • Jamal Anderson, from the University of Utah, became a Falcons mainstay for eight seasons and rushed f...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 03:49 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after defeating the Miami Dolphins 41-13 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Belichick and Brady not only are the NFL’s most successful coach and quarterback duo, they’ve nearly lapped their closest competition. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) Super Bowl: ‘Patriot Way’ is NFL’s modern standard
    Houston • The last time New England played in a Super Bowl in Houston, singer Janet Jackson famously experienced a “wardrobe malfunction” during the h...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 04:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan throws during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Kragthorpe: Orangutan likes Falcons, and so do I
    Always looking for a local angle, as we all do, The New York Post made a major issue of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning texting Atlanta’s Matt...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 05:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • New England Patriots outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy before an NFL football game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini) Super Bowl: Ex-BYU Cougar Kyle Van Noy finds a home in New England
    Houston • Kyle Van Noy craned his neck toward the NFL Network platform above him, conversing with analyst Kurt Warner. “Long way from the grocery stor...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 10:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, speaks to defensive back Eric Rowe at midfield following an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Super Bowl: Ex-Ute Eric Rowe earns major role in Patriots’ secondary
    Houston • When his University of Utah coaches suggested Eric Rowe switch from safety to cornerback in the spring before his senior season of 2014, the...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 05:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • Baltimore Ravens tight ends coach Wade Harman, left, speaks with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe during NFL football training camp at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Super Bowl: USU alum Wade Harman makes impact on Falcons’ staff
    Houston • Drake University dropped football temporarily in the mid-1980s, long enough for Wade Harman to launch a 20-year NFL coaching career. Here’s...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 11:08 pm   |     |   Share

  • Atlanta Falcons tight end D.J. Tialavea (86) warms up before an NFL pre season football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Super Bowl: Utah State alum D.J. Tialavea shares record catch with family
    Houston • D.J. Tialavea dropped the football in the biggest moment of his professional career. Atlanta’s tight end was so concerned about his planned ...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 06:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • Boston College quarterback Paul Peterson (18) unloads a pass while being pressured by Connecticut tackle Deon McPhee during the second half in Boston, Friday Sept. 17, 2004.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Kragthorpe: Super Bowl QB Matt Ryan once couldn’t displace a Utahn
    In all but two of the 17 football seasons of this century, Matt Ryan has been his team’s starting quarterback. Paul Peterson is proud of those two ye...
    Updated Jan 30 2017 10:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    George Hill shoots a three pointer over James Ennis III in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kragthorpe: Jazz lack Memphis’ toughness in another home defeat
    In the nine seconds that Jazz center Rudy Gobert officially needed to grab a rebound, dribble the basketball 94 feet and attempt a scooping layup, all...
    Updated Jan 30 2017 07:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • Newly-named Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black poses for photographers on the diamond in Coors Field following a news conference to introduce him as the new skipper Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Denver. Black succeeds Walt Weiss, who left after four seasons as manager at the conclusion of the regular season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Bud Black, Colorado Rockies mark their territory in SLC
    Bud Black is forever thankful to Salt Lake City. The Colorado Rockies’ new manager came to town Thursday during the team’s annual Winter Caravan, hitt...
    Updated Jan 27 2017 11:38 am   |     |   Share

  • (A yearbook photo of Dave Rose in his first year as a teacher at Millard High School.  Courtesy photo)  ‘I gotta get outta here’: BYU’s Dave Rose grew a thick skin during first job at tiny Millard High
    Provo • Dave Rose trudged through the snow to the entrance of Manti’s gym. The woman staffing the ticket table asked him to pay the admission cost, ev...

    Updated Feb 03 2017 10:25 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the second quarter during a NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s loss to Thunder a reminder that challenges remain
    According to the script of the day, Alec Burks’ 3-pointer from the left corner was supposed give the Jazz a seventh straight victory Monday night as f...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 09:03 am   |     |   Share

  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Gail Miller, owner and chairman of The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies announces she will transfer ownership of the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena to a family-owned legacy fund Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz remain “all yours,” in Larry H. Miller’s words
    The basketball brought it all back for me. To fully appreciate the impact of a trust designed to effortlessly pass the Utah Jazz to future generation...
    Updated Jan 30 2017 05:54 pm   |     |   Share

  • New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) hauls in a pass during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Kragthorpe: Super Bowl rosters include BYU, Utah, USU players
    For the first time in six years, all three of Utah's FBS programs will be represented in the Super Bowl. That statement comes with an asterisk, becaus...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 09:51 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Quinn Cook, (2), Canton Charge, guards Salt Lake Stars guard Marcus Paige (4), in NBA D League action, at Salt Lake Community College, Saturday, January 7, 2017. Salt Lake City Stars: Chasing a dream, one shot at a time
    Taylorsville • These kids have come to play. Anyone spending an evening with the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League is struck by the c...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 10:29 am   |     |   Share

  • Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) walks off the field following an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Steelers won 18-16. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) Steelers won’t be fazed on road in AFC championship game
    Compared with the miraculous throw that Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers made to set up a game-winning field goal against Dallas, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben ...

    Updated Jan 20 2017 06:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney (62) and quarterback Tom Brady (12) signal touchdown after running back Dion Lewis scored against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Kragthorpe: Patriots deserve praise for annual AFC title game appearances
    These guys, again? Of course. It wouldn’t be a genuine AFC championship game without the New England Patriots, who are playing at this stage for a six...

    Updated Jan 19 2017 09:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after winning an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 34-31. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) Led by Rodgers, Packers have come a long way since November slump
    The NFC’s hottest team will try to complete an unlikely march to the Super Bowl, requiring another upset of a top-two playoff seed on the road Sunday....
    Updated Jan 18 2017 07:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) walks off the field after an NFL football divisional football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 36-20. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Kragthorpe: Falcons hope to close Georgia Dome in style
    The Georgia Dome’s football existence is extended for another Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons will host the NFC championship game vs. Green Bay before mov...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 09:16 am   |     |   Share

  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) walks off the field after talking with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) at the end of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Steelers won 18-16. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Kragthorpe: Alex Smith may be out of chances to lead a team to the Super Bowl
    One of the most impressive touchdown drives of Alex Smith’s NFL career took too long and ended badly, thanks to a penalty that took away a tying two-p...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 07:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes guard Lorenzo Bonam (15) puts up a shot as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA mens basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 14, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU, Utah fans consoled by the other team's defeat
    Losses come in different varieties, as basketball fans of Utah and BYU were reminded Saturday. The same is true of schadenfreude, karma or whatever de...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 12:46 pm   |     |   Share