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Utah’s gymnastics team insisted it could stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 and NCAA titles despite the loss of two key gymnasts to season-ending injuries. It turns out the Utes were right. Utah, which upended Pac-12 rival UCLA 197.875-197.5 …

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  • Oregon State’s Drew Eubanks (12) grabs a rebound away from Utah’s Jayce Johnson (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez) Utah basketball: Mental errors in close games have become an unfortunate theme for Utes
    Corvallis, Ore. • Among his many columns of numbers, Salt Lake City-based statistician Ken Pomeroy measures a metric he calls “luck.” It’s not his inv...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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
    Corvallis, Ore. • They knew going in: Keep eyes on Stephen Thompson. He was the guy who beat the Utes last year at the free throw line. Only last mont...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon State’s Drew Eubanks (12) grabs a rebound away from Utah’s Jayce Johnson (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez) Utah basketball: Utes choke on the road against lowly Oregon State
    Corvallis, Ore. • For the second straight year, the Utes found themselves under a strange spell within the walls of Gill Coliseum. For almost four and...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 06:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Women’s basketball: Utah puts up a fight before falling to No. 11 Oregon State 63-49
    Critics might say it was just another loss in a Pac-12 schedule that hasn’t really gone very well for the Utah women’s basketball team this year. On t...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share


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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
    Technically, Utah didn’t beat UCLA until the final rotation Saturday when the Utes closed out the Pac-12 showdown with a strong performance on the flo...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (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 19 2017 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    MaKenna Merrell performs on the floor for the Utes, in PAC-12 gymnastics action, Utah vs. UCLA, at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Utah gymnastics: Red Rocks beat UCLA in highly charged meet
    There were the season-ending injuries, the subpar performances on some events, then the loss to Oregon State. To Utah fans, it might have seemed as if...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 06:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • UTAH SPORTS
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars guard Makenzi Pulsipher (23) guards Utah Utes guard Paige Crozon (14), in Basketball action, Brigham Young Cougars vs. the Utah Utes, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Utah women's basketball: Paige Crozon ready to cap off resilient career
    Paige Crozon has been searching a little bit lately, as a graduating senior will toward the end. She’s looked at her performances from last year, when...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes guard Sedrick Barefield (2) keeps the ball as Washington Huskies forward Matisse Thybulle (4) tries to steal.  University of Utah’s men’s basketball team leads University of Washington, 44-28 at halftime, February 11, 2017 at Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah basketball: Utes focused on finishing strong with Oregon State ahead
    Portland, Ore. • Sedrick Barefield has now played in 18 games in his career, and he’s scored in double-digits only five times. And yet, the sophomore ...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 10:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Salt Lake Tribune sports writer Kyle Goon works out for Ernie Rimer, a PhD student at the U., who has been hired to be a sports scientist for Utah athletics. Working with football, volleyball and men’s basketball, he’s introduced data-driven changes into how the Utes train, potentially giving them an edge that they can’t otherwise achieve against bigger budgeted programs, Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Utah athletics: Led by Ernie Rimer, Utes have embraced sports science as competitive edge
    This morning, I was worried about my legs burning, not growing stiff. I’m sitting on a stationary bike in a basement lab, as Ernie Rimer squats beside...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 10:35 am   |     |   Share
  • Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey, center left, goes to the basket against Utah’s Jayce Johnson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) Utah basketball: Utes have struggled to sync up
    Eugene, Ore. • There have been games where the Utes have emerged from the locker room angry or defeated or frustrated. They weren’t consumed by any of...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s MyKayla Skinner on the bars as the University of Utah hosts Cal, NCAA Gymnastics at the Huntsman Center, Saturday February 4, 2017. Utah gymnastics: Utes eager to return to winning ways against rival UCLA
    The Utah-UCLA gymnastics rivalry long has been one of the strongest in the sport, with the teams battling for national titles on a regular basis. But...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 11:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon’s Dillon Brooks, right, dunks over Utah’s David Collette during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) Utah basketball: Shorthanded Utes get worked at Oregon, 79-61
    Eugene, Ore. • Dillon Brooks had finished putting David Collette on a poster, rising over him for a dunk no one could have stopped. Utah’s junior forw...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 04:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Kyle Kuzma (35) is fouled in the final minute. Oregon State Beavers forward Drew Eubanks (12) and Oregon State Beavers guard Jaquori McLaughlin (0) in on the play as the University of Utah hosts Oregon State, NCAA basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 28, 2017. Utah basketball: Kyle Kuzma sits out against Oregon with ankle injury
    Eugene, Ore. • For an ESPN-televised contest against No. 7 Oregon — a game Utah hoped could turn its fortunes for a long-shot NCAA Tournament bid — th...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 10:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • UTAH SPORTS
    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) signals a first down after a big third down conversion run during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California  Wednesday December 28, 2016. The Pick-6: Joe Williams opens up about his retirement, struggles with tragedy and mental illness
    In one sense, it was the defining question of Utah football’s 2016 season: Why did Joe Williams retire only to return weeks later? The most definitive...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 04:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah players celebrate their 12-8 win over Washington, NCAA baseball, in a series for the Pac-12 title at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 28, 2016. From left, Hunter Simmons (9), Dallas Carroll (23), Kyle Hoffman (2), Kody Davis (3). Utah baseball: After winning Pac-12 title, Utes out to prove it wasn’t a fluke
    After four straight last-place finishes, the Utah baseball team last year captured the program’s first Pac-12 championship since joining the conferenc...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 08:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • UTAH SPORTS
    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Oregon Ducks guard Casey Benson (2) finds himself on the floor as Utah Utes guard Sedrick Barefield (2) moves in during the first half of the NCAA college basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Utah basketball game guide: Last chance for Utes splash at No. 7 Oregon
    It seems that in a reactionary time of instant judgement, everyone rushes to stick a fork in a team that is down. The Runnin’ Utes’ NCAA Tournament ho...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 10:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Utes forward Tanaeya Boclair (32) blocks the passing lane for California Golden Bears forward Penina Davidson (12) during first half play. Utah beat Cal 63-57, Sunday, January 15, 2017.  Utah women’s basketball: Tanaeya Boclair embraces many on- and off-court roles
    It took a year and a half, but Tanaeya Boclair saw her words pass into changes that will affect athletes across the country. In January, the NCAA auto...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 11:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak talks with his team during the first half. The Utes played their 6th straight game with at least 13 turnovers. University of Utah’s men’s basketball team leads University of Washington, 44-28 at halftime, February 11, 2017 at Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah basketball notes: Slow starts dogging Runnin’ Utes
    When needed, Larry Krystkowiak said he doesn’t have a problem “blowing a gasket” in front of his team. On Saturday, down 18-10 to lowly Washington, it...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Maddy Stover on the beam as the University of Utah hosts Cal, NCAA Gymnastics at the Huntsman Center, Saturday February 4, 2017. Utah gymnastics: Maddy Stover battles pain, finds ways to contribute to team
    She tried to ignore the pain at first, believing the aches in her wrist joints had something to do with a previous surgery. But the pain became so fie...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 07:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s MyKayla Skinner on the beam as the University of Utah hosts Cal, NCAA Gymnastics at the Huntsman Center, Saturday February 4, 2017. Utah gymnastics: Utes look inward after loss at Oregon State
    Utah’s fifth-ranked gymnastics team faces its toughest opponent of the regular season when Pac-12 rival UCLA comes to town Saturday, but the Utes are ...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 08:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    University of Utah tennis player Azat Hankuliyev, redshirt freshman, born in Turkmenistan, practices for a match against BYU at the BYU indoor tennis facility in Provo, Wednesday February 8, 2017. As U.S. foreign policy shifts, Utah athletes from abroad deal with increasing anxiety
    He filed the paperwork two weeks ago. In many ways, the United States is home for Azat Hankuliyev. He’s lived in Utah for a decade, and it’s where he...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 07:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Tyler Rawson (21) hits the deck after Washington Huskies forward Devenir Duruisseau (24) charged the lane. 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: Larry Krystkowiak says sluggish Utes need an extra day off
    The Runnin’ Utes need a pit stop. Larry Krystkowiak was driving to work on Saturday morning when he realized that he felt tired. Dead tired. Just plai...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 07:43 pm   |     |   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: Devon Daniels works his way back from slump
    It was a long, unpleasant trek for Devon Daniels between games against Washington. Since a career night against the Huskies on Jan. 21, the freshman e...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 07:43 pm   |     |   Share