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A safety? A linebacker? Utah has had some success with players who can play a bit of both. That’s the hope the Utes have for Marquise Blair, a junior college linebacker/safety who committed to the program this weekend on his …

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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward David Collette (13), forward Kyle Kuzma (35), and guard Devon Daniels (3) react to the loss as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA mens basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 14, 2017. Utah basketball: After loss to UCLA, Utes face tougher task in building NCAA Tournament résumé
    After an evening of attacking the rim relentlessly, Lorenzo Bonam stayed aggressive even after the 83-82 loss to UCLA. His final target on Saturday ni...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Utes forward Malia Nawahine (3) and Utah Utes forward Wendy Anae (21) sandwich California Golden Bears forward Kristine Anigwe (31) during first half play as Utah beat Cal 63-57, Sunday, January 15, 2017. Utah women’s basketball: Utes lead from the start in upset win over No. 24 California
    Having a depleted lineup already at the center position, the last thing the Utah Utes needed on Sunday was to have their two remaining posts get into ...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 08:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes guard Devon Daniels (3) shoots the ball as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA mens basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 14, 2017. Utah basketball: Sedrick Barefield shows up big in second half
    One-on-one with future NBA Draft pick Lonzo Ball? No big deal. Sedrick Barefield has been in those shoes before. What might’ve surprised in Utah’s 83...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 05:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward David Collette (13), forward Kyle Kuzma (35), and guard Devon Daniels (3) react to the loss as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA mens basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 14, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utes miss their shot at memorable win vs. UCLA
    The No. 8 basketball team in the Pac-12’s preseason media poll could have, and maybe should have, beaten the No. 4-ranked club in the country, leaving...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 05:42 pm   |     |   Share


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    The Runnin’ Utes fell in a thrilling contest to No. 4 UCLA, 83-82, at the Huntsman Center Saturday afternoon. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, along with...
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Kyle Kuzma (35), defended by UCLA Bruins forward Gyorgy Goloman (14) as the University of Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA mens basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 14, 2017. Utah basketball: End of game errors add up in slim loss to No. 4 UCLA
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes forward Malia Nawahine (3) goes to the hoop, as Brigham Young Cougars guard Makenzi Pulsipher (23) defends, in Basketball action, Brigham Young Cougars vs. the Utah Utes, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Utah women’s basketball: Malia Nawahine leans on her competitive fire
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Mykayla Skinner competes on the beam during the gymnastics meet against Brigham Young University at the Marriott Center Friday January 13, 2017. Video: Utah beats BYU in a gymnastics rivalry meet
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Tiffani Lewis celebrates with her teammates after competing on the vault during the gymnastics meet against Brigham Young University at the Marriott Center Friday January 13, 2017. Utah gymnastics notes: Red Rocks clean up landings
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Mykayla Skinner competes on the floor during the gymnastics meet against Brigham Young University at the Marriott Center Friday January 13, 2017. Gymnastics: MyKayla Skinner leads Utes over Cougars
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Utes cheer on their team during the final moments on their way to beating USC 86 to 64 during the second half of the NCAA college basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Utah basketball game guide: Utah looking to dig deep to upset No. 4 UCLA
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Utah Muss expresses their support for Mitt Romney in 2020 as he watches the basketball game against USC during the second half of the NCAA college basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Utah basketball notes: As Mitt Romney watches, Devon Daniels heats up from the perimeter
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Kyle Kuzma (35) sails to the basket past USC during the first half of the NCAA college basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Utah basketball: Balanced offense the difference as Runnin’ Utes blow out Southern California 86-64
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    California center Kameron Rooks (44) guards Southern California guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. California won 74-73.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) Utah basketball game guide: Runnin' Utes look to knock off No. 25 USC at home
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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah forward David Collette defends a shot by 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: David Collette a reliable finisher for Utes offense
    All the talk of “soft rims” at Arizona State mattered little to David Collette. The junior forward wreaked havoc on the student-side basket in the sec...
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   MyKayla Skinner celebrates her 9.9 floor routine as the University of Utah hosts Michigan, NCAA gymnastics at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 7, 2017. Utah gymnast Skinner earns two Pac-12 weekly awards
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah coach Megan Marsden looks on as a gymnast warms up, as the University of Utah hosts Arizona, NCAA gymnastics at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Monday February 1, 2016. Utah gymnastics notes: Utes’ focus on the little things paying off already
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