Winter Olympics participation a potential roadblock in NHL CBA talks

first_imgIn the weeks since the NHL and NHL Players Association opted against re-opening the current collective bargaining agreement, negotiations have continued between the two sides.Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported Saturday the league and the PA held conference calls aimed at working toward a CBA extension in the coming months. He indicated they have shared business interests to address, including the establishment of a clear calendar of international events. The players’ willingness to take part in future Olympic tournaments could be a potential sticking point in the current CBA extension talks. However, it’s probably not the hill they’re willing to die on.Escrow deductions remain the biggest issue for the players. After several years of having up to 15 percent clawed back from their paychecks and getting little of it back by season’s end, they want a different system to lessen escrow’s bite. Post-career health care and revisiting how hockey-related revenue is determined are also among their concerns.It’s difficult to believe the players would derail real progress toward long-term labor peace by making the Olympics their line in the sand. Ultimately, more money in their bank accounts will likely trump the pursuit of Olympic glory. Johnston claims the players still have a strong interest in best-on-best international competition. They’re willing to take part in another World Cup of Hockey tournament, but only if it’s part of a larger plan that includes the Winter Olympics.Top 25 under 25​​: Ranking hockey’s best young stars for 2019-20The league remains keen to hold another World Cup, as well as staging future Global Series of regular-season games outside North America. But according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the team owners have no interest in Olympic participation.Daly told NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman the owners don’t see the Olympics as useful to their business.“It’s highly disruptive to our season, puts our players in jeopardy of injury with no financial benefit to the NHL or its clubs,” he said.The same arguments could be made against the World Cup of Hockey. Granted, that preseason tournament doesn’t disrupt the regular-season schedule. However, it takes each teams’ best players out of training camp at a time when coaches and general managers attempt to evaluate their respective rosters for the coming season. The players still face the same risk of injury regardless of which international tournament they’re skating in.Financial benefit is the biggest reason behind the owners reluctance. Being a preseason tournament, the World Cup of Hockey doesn’t affect hockey revenue related to the regular-season schedule. Furthermore, all revenue derived from that tournament is divided between the league and the players.Since NHL players first appeared in the 1998 Winter Olympics, the league hasn’t seen any significant increase in the popularity of its product. The owners grew increasingly unhappy over shuttering the league at mid-season for two or three weeks to allow their players to participate.MORE: Who will win the 2019-20 Calder Trophy?Perhaps the biggest reason behind the owners’ unhappiness was because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stopped covering travel, insurance, accommodations and other costs for NHL players taking part in Olympic action. The league declined a $20 million offer from International Ice Hockey Federation to cover those costs for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.As Johnston noted, the league would not only have to change its stance, but also conduct separate negotiations with the IOC regarding those cost.last_img read more

In somewhat surprising move, Maple Leafs send down Rasmus Sandin

first_imgBabcock also noted that he wanted to look out for the young defenseman, especially after he got hit in the head in Saturday’s game against the Red Wings.Babcock on Sandin: “I didn’t like it last game when he got hit in the head … a (19)-yr-old, I didn’t have much appreciation for that … but I also say to myself, ‘What am I doing?’ … you have to look after him the best way you can & sometimes you got to be a prudent parent” https://t.co/CABYmmjIUq— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 14, 2019At the AHL level with Toronto, Sandin has impressed; in 44 games in 2018-19, the 5-11, 187-pound defender registered 28 points and a plus/minus rating of minus-10. He also added 10 points in 13 playoff games for the Marlies.In his place, the Leafs have called up defenseman Kevin Gravel, who has played in three AHL games with Toronto, going without a point while recording a plus/minus rating of minus-1. With 109 NHL games under his belt, the 6-4, 212-pound blueliner has more NHL experience and can be a bottom-pairing or extra defenseman for the Leafs moving forward. As per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnson, Sandin will likely not return to the NHL this season, pending no significant injuries. “We can’t get him on the power play in front of the guys we got, can’t get on the penalty kill. So in the end, a real good night (is just) 14 minutes,” Babcock told reporters on Monday, as per TSN’s Kristen Shilton.THE LINEUP: Oilers vs. Flyers highlights Week 3, Stamkos and Co. closing in on milestonesWith Travis Dermott eventually coming back into play after undergoing shoulder surgery in May, the Leafs had to make changes with a crowded battle on the bottom pairing. And at the end of the day, ending down Sandin was likely the logical answer. The 19-year-old isn’t getting much playing time, and can benefit from more ice time and responsibility — as well as a bigger role — at the AHL level. Maple Leafs fans didn’t necessarily see this move coming; defenseman Rasmus Sandin, the Leafs’ 2018 first-rounder who made the team out of training camp after an impressive preseason, was loaned to the AHL-affiliate Marlies on Monday after a six-game trial.Sandin, who is likely to develop into a top-4 and lead the next wave on the Leafs’ blue line, racked up two assists in six games. While he wasn’t necessarily playing terribly — and showed that he could keep up at the NHL level — coach Mike Babcock had different thoughts.last_img read more

College football’s biggest November storylines, by conference

first_imgMORE: LSU in envious Playoff position after win over AuburnSEC: Will LSU and Alabama both get in?We have the stage for a regular-season “Game of the Century” on Nov. 9 between undefeated LSU and Alabama — the first of its kind since the two teams met in a 9-6 fistfight in 2011. With LSU’s Joe Burrow — and hopefully Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa — the best-case scenario for both teams is to live up to the game of the year billing in a shootout where both quarterbacks shine. The winner goes on to win the SEC championship. The loser has the best 11-1 record in the country and snags the final Playoff spot. Don’t think it can happen? The BCS found a way to squeeze Oklahoma State out in 2011 to let the Crimson Tide and Tigers play in a second rock fight. Alabama got in without winning its division again in 2017. The Tide won the national championship in both seasons. There’s no reason to suggest it can’t happen again, with some help.Group of 5: App State or SMU? Take your pickAppalachian State and SMU are the lone unbeaten teams among the Group of 5, and either one would generate an intriguing storyline with an unbeaten season. The Mountaineers, of course, made the climb from FCS powerhouse to Sun Belt champion, and this would be their biggest stage since beating Michigan at The Big House since 2007. Could App State pull the same trick in a New Year’s Day 6 bowl against an SEC powerhouse? SMU has a tougher road in the American Athletic Conference and would have the inside track with an unbeaten season. The Mustangs — the only program in FBS history to be given the “Death Penalty” — would be back on that stage for the first time since the “Pony Express.” Sonny Dykes might get another shot in the Power 5 as a result. This would be a redemption story worth following. MORE: SN Week 10 college football rankingsDon’t just assume the chalk will hold throughout November; Oklahoma’s shocking 48-41 loss to Kansas State on Saturday proved that anything can happen.With that, looking at the biggest storyline for each of the Power 5 conferences — and Group of 5 — heading into November.ACC: Will Clemson avoid disaster?Imagine being the defending national champion — one that happens to be on a 23-game win streak — and still being held to an undefeated-or-else-standard with the rest of the FBS. That is the predicament for Clemson, and that’s mostly a byproduct of a conference that can’t cobble together a worthy challenger out of the ACC Coastal. The Tigers must mow through Wofford, N.C. State, Wake Forest and South Carolina — which pulled an upset against Georgia — before the ACC championship against what could be a three-, four- or five-loss Coastal champion. Clemson has no choice but to run that winning streak up to 28 if it wants to be guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma’s loss certainly helped. Speaking of the Big 12. …Big 12: Can Baylor (yes, Baylor) carry the banner?Oklahoma’s 48-41 loss to Kansas State was devastating for the conference’s Playoff hopes. Even if the Sooners were to run the table from here on out, would that be enough to make the committee forget it was once down 48-23 to the Wildcats? It’s not an easy question to answer. Preseason darling Texas has three losses, so the possibility of the Sooners and Longhorns having a rematch in the Big 12 championship game doesn’t have as much shine as last season. That leaves Baylor as the lone unbeaten team in the conference, and the Bears face the Sooners and Longhorns in the final month of the season. If Baylor was able to sweep those two and win the Big 12 championship, then would the committee be willing to turn away an unbeaten Power 5 conference team? Remember, the Bears finished No. 5 in 2014 with one loss.MORE: Week 10 College Football Playoff pictureBig Ten: Will Ohio State close the deal?The Buckeyes have a strong case to the No. 1 team in the country right now. Ohio State is the only team with a point differential better than 300 after outscoring its opponents 386-63. They have three viable Heisman candidates among Justin Fields, J.K. Dobbins and Chase Young, and Ryan Day has yet to lose a game as head coach. The Buckeyes also have two huge games to keep that focus with Penn State and Michigan in the final two weeks of the season. Urban Meyer was 13-1 against those teams, and those will be the big-money games for Day. Ohio State has been left out of the Playoff each of the last two seasons with one loss. This team knows that, and there are no indications it will place itself in a similar scenario. If the Buckeyes finish 13-0, then there is a decent chance they will be the No.1 seed in the final College Football Playoff rankings.Pac-12: What’s the fallout from Oregon-USC?The biggest game remaining on the Pac-12 schedule is Oregon at USC on Saturday. The Ducks remain the conference’s best bet to claw back into the Playoff argument, and the regular-season matchup against a reeling USC is their best remaining game. Oregon needs to win that one, and by a lot, before running the table and beating Utah in the Pac-12 championship game. As for USC: Could Clay Helton beat Oregon and Utah to take the conference’s Playoff hopes with him if the Trojans show him the door? It would prove the national narrative on the conference remains a talking point for another season. October is in the books, and there are five November weeks left in the college football season. Those five weeks will shape the course of the conference championship and College Football Playoff hunts, and the anticipation is building toward the first unveiling of Playoff rankings on Nov. 5.That said, each Power 5 conference faces at least one question that, for better or worse, will be answered heading into the final leg of the season.last_img read more

Ute backup QBs offer a variety of talents

first_imgFor a change, there’s no quarterback controversy at the University of Utah.Unlike past years when it was Lance Rice or Brett Elliott, Darnell Arceneaux or T.D. Croshaw, the Utes have no doubt who is No. 1.Alex Smith is the man for the Utes and the preseason pick to earn all-Mountain West Conference honors at the quarterback position. In fact, Smith is seemingly so far ahead of the competition, that many Ute fans wake up in a sweat at night worrying what will happen to their team if Smith ever goes down.After all, it only takes one good hit, as Elliott discovered last year against Texas A&M when he broke his wrist, sat out for several games and never made it back into the lineup.While some believe the Utes’ season will basically be over if something drastic happens to Smith, as the season gets closer and closer, Utah’s coaches are feeling better and better about the other quarterback prospects if the unthinkable happens.Although the depth chart lists three backup quarterbacks — with Brian Johnson listed above Adam Madsen, who is listed above Fano Tagovailoa — there is an “or” between their names. That means one player is not necessarily ahead of the other.Coach Urban Meyer did say last week that Johnson had emerged as the No. 2 quarterback and the youngster from Texas has been working with the second team most of the time in practice.But Madsen, who earned the backup job coming out of spring, has taken a lot of snaps this fall in a backup role and does have two years of junior college experience.As for Tagovailoa, he’s considered the Utes’ “wild card” who will play in certain situations, not necessarily when the starter goes down for any reason. Quarterback coach Dan Mullen said Tagovailoa is the most likely of the three to see action this week.Overall, Mullen is pleased with the progress the three backups have made but doesn’t want to commit to one QB as No. 2.”I don’t know if we’ll ever have a true backup this year,” said Mullen. “We’ll try to use a collage of guys. If you combine the other three quarterbacks, they might equal Alex. We’ll try to use each guy’s strength to fill that role if we have to.” Here is a brief look at each of Utah’s “other” quarterbacks: BRIAN JOHNSON, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, freshman, Baytown, Texas: The first thing to remember about Johnson is that he doesn’t turn 18 until February. He skipped first grade and has played with older athletes his whole life. Coming out of Robert E. Lee High School, where he passed for 2,900 yards and 33 touchdowns last year, he had other favorable options out of high school, including Illinois, Mississippi State and Houston, but chose Utah.”The coaches are all great and Salt Lake is a great town to be in,” Johnson said. “I really felt the love from everybody. That was a big reason for me being here.” Mullen calls Johnson “tremendous talent potential” who comes from a great high school program. “He’s way ahead of where anybody else his age would be,” he said. “He’ll only improve as he gets older and grows. He’s going to be a really good player.” ADAM MADSEN, 6-0, 210, junior, Vernal (Dixie College): He turns 25 next week, making him one of the oldest players on the team. Look at it this way: When Madsen was a senior in high school, Johnson was just 10 years old.Maturity is one of the left-hander’s strengths. “He’s a winner,” said Mullen. “He won in high school. He won at Dixie. He’s a tough kid and a leader. He has the maturity that Brian doesn’t have.”Madsen was going to walk on at BYU but changed his mind after a visit to Utah. “The difference in the excitement here was like night and day,” he said.Since eighth grade, Madsen says he’s only lost a total of five football games. “I hate to lose,” said Madsen. “I think my leadership and ability to get the job done (are my strengths). I have a strong arm. I’m not 4.3, but I’m not slow. I’m pretty balanced.” FANO TAGOVAILOA, 6-0, 191, junior, American Samoa (Coffeyville CC): He was originally supposed to play safety, but after coming to the U. as a mid-year transfer, Tagovailoa was switched back to quarterback toward the end of spring camp. He is an excellent running QB but also possesses a strong arm.”He’s just a natural guy, a phenomenal athlete,” Mullen said. “He’s such a great weapon. He can do so many things.”Mullen said Tagovailoa has been working as the scout team quarterback because he’s similar to the Texas A&M quarterback in his abilities.Tagovailoa doesn’t feel comfortable talking with the media yet, but instead will let his game do the talking on the field. “He’ll be the first one in the game, even if Alex is healthy,” Mullen said. “He can bring in a change of pace right away.” E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Ganther transforms from goat to hero, scores 3 TDs

first_imgLAS VEGAS — A week earlier, Quinton Ganther was the goat, or at least one of them, after he fumbled into the end zone, ending a late Ute rally in a home loss to San Diego State.In Saturday’s 42-32 win over UNLV, Ganther was the man after scoring three touchdowns, two on long runs, and piling up 155 yards rushing and catching a pair of passes for 66 yards.”Quinton had a big night and we need him to do that,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.Afterward as he stood outside in the warm Nevada air without a shirt on, Ganther was trying to direct most of the attention toward the Ute line and receivers who made blocks downfield to help spring him.”It was great blocking on the perimeter and on the offensive line,” Ganther said. “I give them all the credit. They sprung me and I just opened it up. That’s all I had to do because everyone else did the rest.”Ganther showed some serious speed down the left sideline in front of the Utah bench on both of his touchdown runs. Both plays were options from Brian Johnson and once be got the ball he outran the Rebel defenders.The first long run, covering 63 yards, came midway through the third quarter with the Utes leading 28-13. Ganther took a pitch from quarterback Brian Johnson on the option around the left end and sprinted up the sideline virtually untouched.Later in the quarter after UNLV cut the lead to 35-20, Ganther got loose for a 40-yard run, almost retracing his steps down the east sideline.”It was same plays, same results,” said Ganther. “Brian made a good read. You’ve got John Madsen blocking down field, Derrek Richards blocking and Brent Casteel blocking. When you get guys like that blocking downfield, that’s how you get the big runs.”Ganther is known as a bruising, bowling ball-type back who gets it done between the tackles. But press box observers were impressed with how he turned on the jets and outran everyone to the end zone.When asked if he was surprised by Ganther’s display of speed, Johnson said no.”He’s got great acceleration and a great burst and he knows how to finish a run,” Johnson said. “I’m not surprised at all. He’s a very talented running back and he just did his job tonight.”In the first half, the Utes went to their passing game often as Johnson found John Madsen with a pair of scoring strikes. A 26-yard run by Ganther helped set up the second score, which put Utah ahead for good.On Utah’s next drive, Ganther got loose out of the backfield and caught a 27-yard third-down pass from Johnson. He capped the drive with a one-yard run off left tackle to make it 21-13.A flair pass to Ganther on Utah’s first drive of the second half nearly resulted in a touchdown as the play covered 39 yards before Ganther was tackled on the 4-yard line. On the next play, Johnson hit Brent Casteel with a four-yard TD pass. “Quinton was huge,” said Johnson “He made the big plays tonight and also caught the ball well tonight and did a good job running between the tackles. Quinton is the complete back.” Related E-mail: sor@desnews.comcenter_img Utes down UNLV to halt loss streaklast_img read more

Bruins’ QB has no regrets

first_imgLOS ANGELES — If things had worked out differently, Ben Olson might be playing against Utah in the last game of this season rather than the first.However, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound highly touted quarterback will lead the UCLA Bruins against the Utes on Saturday at 5 p.m. MDT at the famed Rose Bowl in the season opener for both teams.Olson was a big deal four years ago, spending a year at BYU after being the top prep recruit in the nation the year before.Soon after the 2002 season ended, Olson left on an LDS mission to Canada. But instead of returning to BYU, where he could possibly be the starter now, Olson transferred to UCLA, where he’ll make his first college start against the Utes in front of a crowd of 70,000-plus.The affable Olson said he is happy with his decision to move to UCLA and claims he has no hard feelings toward BYU. He’s just excited to be making his college debut Saturday afternoon.”Things have been going really well,” he said. “I’ve been preparing myself to be the starter since last year. I’m looking forward to playing Utah.”When he came out of Thousand Oaks, Calif., as the top quarterback recruit in the country and enrolled at BYU, Olson could have gone anywhere he wanted. Everyone was after his services, and after narrowing his choices to Michigan, Tennessee, USC, UCLA and BYU, he decided on BYU.”I felt that was the place for me to go at the time,” Olson said. “They were 12-2, No. 1 in the nation in offense and I’d grown up watching BYU.”Olson came within an eyelash of playing in 2002 and losing a year of eligibility and, who knows, perhaps continuing his career in Provo if he’d finished the season at QB.The Cougars went up to Utah State in early October and fell behind 34-7 at halftime. BYU coaches decided at the half they would let starter Bret Engemann play one more series and then give their freshman a try if things didn’t improve.However, Engemann promptly led his team on a touchdown drive and stayed in the rest of the half as the Cougars rallied to a 35-34 victory. Olson stayed on the bench that night and for the rest of the year. But he harbors no hard feelings toward his former school.”I loved it,” Olson said of his time at BYU. “I have nothing but good things to say about BYU. It’s a great place, a great school.”So why did he leave Provo?Olson said the coaching change had something to do with his decision — Gary Crowton being replaced by Bronco Mendenhall — but that wasn’t the main factor.”I tried to re-evaluate when I came back from my mission,” Olson said. “I grew up watching UCLA and decided UCLA was the place for me.”While he points out that he played in two games last year, throwing four passes, Olson acknowledges, “it’s been awhile” since he played a full season.It was 2001 to be exact, when Olson threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns for Thousand Oaks High, where he was the CIF IV Offensive Player of the Year, a first-team USA Today all-American and the No. 1-rated prep player in the country.After his redshirt season at BYU, Olson left on his mission, which he calls “such a rewarding experience. I’ll never regret that decision for the rest of my life.”He said he never thought about football on his mission and it wasn’t until returning in November 2004 that he decided to transfer.Last year, as a freshman in Westwood, Olson was battling senior Drew Olson (no relation) for the starting job when a small fracture in his throwing hand sidelined him for the first month of the season. He only played in two games against Oregon State and Arizona, where he completed two of four passes for 11 yards.The big left-hander could surpass those numbers on his first series or at least by the end of the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Olson is eager to perform in the Bruins’ offense.”We’re going to have a pretty balanced attack,” he said. “We’re using the West Coast offense, which is multi-dimensional with a variety of looks.”As for Utah, Olson is expecting a tough game. “We know they’re a well-coached team and they like to bring a lot of pressure,” he said. “We’re not underestimating them in any sense. They’re a very solid team and we have a lot of respect for them.” E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Mike Sorensen: How about those 2008 Olympics?

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com Aren’t you glad the Olympics are over so you can start getting to bed at a decent hour and stop having to try to avoid listening to the news and looking at the Internet during the day? Actually, the Olympics were a lot of fun for the last couple of weeks. A few final observations …The story of the Games to me, wasn’t Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals. Sure that was remarkable, but not that unexpected. The biggest story was the way the U.S. Olympic men’s volleyball team came back from the adversity of the shocking stabbing death of their coach’s father-in-law on opening weekend to claim the gold medal. The projections I saw had the U.S. out of the medals, so winning the gold was quite the accomplishment for Hugh McCutcheon’s team and amazing under the circumstances …I thought the second biggest story was the incredible running of Jamaican Usain Bolt. The way he won the 100- and 200-meter races was astounding. Setting three world records in the process (he also was on the 4×100 relay team) was something we may not see for a long time …As obnoxious as Bolt can be with his pre- and post-race antics, he is an awe-inspiring runner who may get a lot better. And how about his gesture of donating $50,000 to the Red Cross to help victims of the Chinese earthquake? He makes a fraction of the money of many of the professional athletes at the Games, which makes his generosity even more extraordinary …Didn’t you get tired of how the Chinese gymnasts kept getting favored by the biased judges over the Americans? I did. Or was it just a case of biased American commentators who constantly made us believe our side was getting the shaft? …Then there were those cheating Chinese, who apparently weren’t playing by the rules in allowing gymnasts outside of the age limits to compete. But isn’t it kind of funny to be complaining about athletes having an advantage because they’re too young when in most sports being older is such an advantage? …It wasn’t surprising that the U.S. men’s basketball team won the gold medal, although I was surprised they couldn’t put away Spain earlier in the finals. What was the most suprising was seeing how poorly some of the best players in the world shoot free throws …Utah’s Deron Williams looked good in helping the U.S. to the gold medal with some key shots and all-around strong floor play. Let’s just hope Carlos Boozer hasn’t lost confidence after being relegated to end-of-the-bench status by his former college coach, Mike Krzyzewski …The one good thing about the time difference between here and China was that we could see Phelps’ races live, well, an hour later than they happened. However, the second week with track and field events, it was almost impossible to keep from finding out results before they happened since most of the main events were held in the morning our time. Of course, as poorly as the U.S. performed in track and field, it just saved us time by not watching the events they failed in …I don’t understand why so many runners wear chains around their necks during their races. Maybe they do it for religious reasons or for good luck, but I don’t think I’d like getting hit in the face all the time by a piece of metal … Finally, on a non-Olympic related note, how about Bruce Summerhays winning the Utah Open Sunday at age 64? Sixty-four, are you kidding me? It was incredible to watch and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. last_img read more

Utah Utes football: 12,000 watch low-scoring spring game

first_img Ngata says the Utes will do well Related SALT LAKE — Fans expecting some offensive fireworks at Utah’s annual Red-White game Saturday might have gone home a little disappointed.In what was likely the lowest-scoring spring game ever, the Reds beat the Whites 7-0 in front of 12,000 or so fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium in 65-degree weather.The only score in the abbreviated game came on a 15-yard pass from freshman Tyler Shreve to Dexter Ransom late in the first half. The second half went by quickly with a running clock for two 10-minute quarters.The lack of scoring was due to a combination of a strong Ute defense and an offense that was not only missing its starting quarterback, but was also using three running backs that had never played Division I football before and had just seven offensive lineman to share between the two teams.Coach Kyle Whittingham felt his team moved the football well enough, but just couldn’t put it in the end zone.”I saw some good things,” Whittingham said. “We saw some guys flying around on defense, the running backs were encouraging, and I thought Harvey Langi ran the football well.”Langi, the freshman from Bingham High School, was the offensive star as he rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries, bulldozing his way through defenders for extra yards. John White led the White team with 36 yards on six carries, while Lucky Radley ran for 28 yards for the Reds and Thretton Palamo had just four yards on two carries for the Whites.”He played well today,” offensive coordinator Norm Chow said of Langi. “He was given more opportunities because the Red team had the ball a lot more, but I thought Harvey did a real nice job.”Ransom, a lanky senior receiver from Texas, was one of the offensive stars, leading all receivers with four catches for 57 yards, including the only touchdown of the game.”He had a drop or two but he did some good things, his best day as a Ute probably,” said Whittingham. “He’s got the big frame, he’s 6-foot 3, 220 pounds, he’s a big target and he will have a role this fall for us.Ransom, who didn’t join the team last year until late in fall camp, was Shreve’s favorite target, getting all four catches in the first half.Of the touchdown, he said, “It was a play where I had to read the two safeties. One of them stayed back a little bit and the middle of the field was wide open so I took it.”The Red team dominated the first half, keeping the ball for 36 plays compared to 15 for the White side.However, it only resulted in a 7-0 lead as one long drive was stopped by an interception by Joseph Smith on a tipped pass and the other on a missed 35-yard field goal by Nick Marsh.One of the top defensive players was defensive end David Rolf, a transfer from Michigan State who played in all 26 games in his two years in East Lansing. Rolf had a sack for nine yards, a tackle for a loss and two pass breakups.Also, Trevor Reilly had 2.5 sacks for the White team, and Terrell Reese had a 20-yard interception return for the Red team.For the game, Shreve finished with 9-of-20 passing for 122 yards, while Griff Robles was 11-for-23 for 74 yards. Jordan Wynn, the starter for the past season and a half, is expected to start throwing later this month and be ready for fall camp in August.Chow said the three running backs — Langi, White and Palamo — have yet to separate themselves, but he is hopeful they’ll be ready for the fall.”We made good progress, but are they ready for Pac-12 football? I don’t know,” Chow said. “We need a good fall camp, we need a good summer and I think they will be ready and we’ll have to make a decision.”Overall, Whittingham was happy with spring camp and Saturday’s game, despite the lack of scoring.”We feel good about our progress, but have a long ways to go,” said Whittingham. “This summer’s going to be critical to our development and what the players take it upon themselves to do.”email: sor@desnews.com It’s clear Utes fans are psyched Utah Utes football notebooklast_img read more

Spence Eccles praised for his contributions to sports in Utah in advance of Hall of Fame induction

first_img“I had many thrills in my life, but this one is broad-based and long-standing and for the right purpose. Education for young people and sports, that’s my deal.” – Spence EcclesSALT LAKE CITY — Spence Eccles could be worthy for induction to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame for his exploits on the ski slopes alone, but it’s his influence on sports in Utah makes him an obvious honoree for the Hall.Eccles and BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe are this year’s inductees for the 50-year Gala Celebration, which will be held Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel. More than 200 former athletes, coaches and administrators from Utah have been honored over the past five decades, and many former inductees will be on hand for this year’s banquet.Eccles, whose name is all over buildings in the state for his philanthropic contributions, was honored at a reception in downtown Salt Lake Tuesday evening in advance of next month’s induction.“For me to be part of the illustrious former inductees is a big thrill,” Eccles said. “I had many thrills in my life, but this one is broad-based and long-standing and for the right purpose. Education for young people and sports, thats my deal. After growing up in Ogden, Eccles was a member of the University of Utah ski team for four years and was named as an all-American. In 1957-58, he was selected to represent the United States at the FIS world championships.He was the chairman and CEO of First Security Corporation until 2000 when it was sold to Wells Fargo Corporation. He began donating to the U. ski program in the 1960s and funded several athletic facilities at the University of Utah, including Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Utah indoor football facility and, most recently, the Utah Ski Team Building.Kem Gardner, a prominent real estate developer and philanthropist, praised Eccles for his role in two of Utah’s biggest sporting accomplishments, the 2002 Winter Olympics and bringing the Utah Jazz to the state.“More than anyone else in the state, he has done more for sport,” Gardner said. “He helped bring the Jazz to Utah. He helped bring the Olympics to Utah. He helped build the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. There would not have been an Olympics without Spence. Can you imagine what this state would be without Spence? I don’t want to imagine it.”Former Utah Jazz coach and team president Frank Layden called Eccles’ impending induction “well-deserved and long overdue.”“Spence Eccles is Michelangelo,” Layden said. “He’s a creator. He takes something that ordinary and he makes it so much better. Let’s face it, where would this state be if it wasn’t for the Olympics? How about the Jazz? the Jazz wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for his hand in keeping them here. He is one of the giants in this state.”Former Utah and Weber State coach Ron McBride praised Eccles for helping Utah football to advance to its present position as a top Pac-12 program and noted that he also funded an indoor football facility for Weber State.last_img read more

Shirley ‘Skippy’ Robinson, 81, Wellington: March 3, 1936 – Aug. 3, 2017

first_imgShirley “Skippy” Robinson, of Wellington, died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 81.Shirley “Skippy” RobinsonShirley was born on Tuesday, March 3, 1936 in Neosho, Mo. Following the death of her mother, Shirley was adopted and raised by Joe and Laura (Layton) Oliver. On May 3, 1966, Shirley and Bryant Robinson were united in marriage in Vinita, Okla. Together they celebrated 59 years of marriage before his passing in 2016.Shirley retired from USD 353 after a 17 year career as an audiologist. She enjoyed her summer stays at Table Rock Lake, a tradition she has carried on and shared with her family for 48 years. Shirley was a proud member of the First United Methodist Church where she served in the Bellaires Bell Choir for 30 years and served as the director for 20 years. Shirley loved the Lord and lived out her faith daily in all that she did.Survivors include her daughter, Amy Gambill and her husband John of Eldon, Missouri; son, David Robinson and his wife Jennifer of Wellington, grandchildren: Laura Wilson and her husband Joel of Eldon, Missouri, Lyndsey Gambill of Columbia, Missouri and Logan Robinson of Wellington; two great-grandchildren, Grace and Norah Wilson of Eldon, Missouri, nephews: Keith Oliver, Kent Oliver and Kaleb Oliver and a close cousin, Helen White and her husband Wayne of Wellington.   She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Stults; adopted parents, Joe and Laura Oliver and brother, Wendell Oliver.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 6, 2017 with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.Funeral services for Shirley will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 7, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church, Wellington.Private interment will be held at a later time.A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to the First United Methodist Church Bell Choir. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more