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USU Coach Craig Smith Prepares For His First Basketball Camp

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, the Craig Smith basketball camp commences with walk-up registration available at noon on June 11.His position and shooting camp is the first of three camps to be offered by the men’s basketball program this summer.Additionally, there will be a team camp and a day camp with online registration for the day camp set to close on Sunday June 17.The position camp runs June 11-13 and will focus on instruction in fundamentals and will include activities and team awards.This camp is for youths from kindergarten-9th grade while Smith and all of his staff will be on hand involved with all instruction. June 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Coach Craig Smith Prepares For His First Basketball Camp Written by Tags: Awards/Basketball Camp/Craig Smith/Fundamentals/Instruction/USU Men’s Basketballlast_img read more

Mike Needham Finds a Home With the Minnesota Vikings

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMINNEAPOLIS-Per the official Twitter account of the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday afternoon, the franchise announces it has signed former Southern Utah University football star, linebacker Mike Needham.Needham, who was signed by the Arizona Cardinals this past April as a rookie free agent but was subsequently released, will likely have a chance to go to training camp with the Vikings, which commences July 24 for rookies.Needham amassed 100 tackles and 7 pass breakups last season for the co-Big Sky Conference champion Thunderbirds.At 6’3″ and roughly 235 pounds, Needham has the size NFL teams seek after in their linebacking corps.If nothing else, Needham has come into a propitious situation as the Vikings were the NFC runners up in 2017 and are considered among the more talented teams in the NFL. Written by Brad James Tags: Arizona Cardinals/Mike Needham/Minnesota Vikings/NFC/Rookie Free Agent June 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Mike Needham Finds a Home With the Minnesota Vikingslast_img read more

Major League Baseball announces all-star selections

first_img Beau Lund July 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Major League Baseball announces all-star selections FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstcok(NEW YORK) — The 2018 MLB All-Star Game takes place on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. On Sunday night, Major League Baseball revealed the rosters for the 89th annual Midsummer Classic.The American League starting infield includes Tampa Bay Rays’ catcher Wilson Ramos, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, and Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez. In the outfield, the American League starters include Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, and Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was voted into the same role for the All-Star Game.In the National League, the Chicago Cubs will send two players to start: second baseman Javier Baez and catcher Wilson Contreras. The Atlanta Braves will also have two representatives starting the game: outfielder Nick Markakis and first baseman Freddie Freeman. Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado will start in the infield, as well as San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers round out the starting outfield along with the Braves’ Markakis.Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, who is managing the National League roster, will select a designated hitter for the game.A full list of reserves selected can be found here.It has not been decided who will be the starting pitchers for each team, but candidates for the National League include Nationals’ pitcher Max Scherzer and Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom. For the American League, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, Luis Severino of the New York Yankees, and Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox are a few of a number of potential candidates.Roberts and A.J. Hinch, the manager of the Houston Astros and American League all-stars, will select the starting pitchers.Fan voting closes on Wednesday, July 11 at 4p.m. ET as one player from each league will be awarded the final spot on each roster.Players can choose not to participate in the All-Star game for various reasons, such as if they are injured or pitched in a regular season game in the days before. Those players would be replaced by other potential all-stars.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

More young athletes apologize for offensive comments on social media

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmoodboard/Thinkstick(NEW YORK) — Young athletes have been stepping forward to apologize to the public over past social media posts that many have found offensive or even vicious, saying they regret the comments they posted when they were much younger.Major League Baseball All-Star Josh Hader, 24, who admitted tweeting various racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets in 2011 and 2012, expressed remorse over the comments that had surfaced earlier this month. Hader was 17 and 18 years old at the time he wrote many of the offensive tweets.“As a child I was immature and obviously I said some stuff that was inexcusable,” Hader told reporters in the locker room after the major league all-star game. “That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today.”“There’s no excuse for what was said and, ya know, I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said,” he said.Major League Baseball responded, as well, describing the tweets as “highly offensive and hurtful language.”“During last night’s game we became aware of Mr. Hader’s unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns,” MLB said in a statement at the time. “After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr. Hader and participation in MLB’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.”Lauren Walsh, who runs a publicity company that helps athletes clean up their images, said she has assisted 40 NFL athletes with image control in the past several years.She told ABC News she goes through every post the athletes have ever put up since they started their social media accounts.“They really have to stop and think before they put anything out there because there are more people watching other things that they do,” Walsh said. “Again, you don’t just go to show up and play the game, people want to know more about you, connect with you and one of the biggest things is through social media.”A lot of athletes have posted offensive comments when they were kids or teenagers, according Walsh, but nasty comments can lead to the loss of their careers.Sean Newcomb and Trea Turner are the latest high-profile athlete whose offensive tweets from years past have backfired. Apparently homophobic and racially insensitive tweets that Turner posted from 2011 and 2012 reappeared recently on the internet. The 25-year-old, a shortstop for the Washington Nationals, apologized in a statement released by the team.“I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am,” Turner said, according to the Associated Press. “But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”The Atlanta Braves released a statement saying that it is aware of the past tweets from Newcomb and that the organization was working with the player.“We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today’s game and have spoken to Sean who is incredibly remorseful,” the statement read.“Regardless of how long ago he posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and is taking full responsibility,” the statement continued. “We find the tweet hurtful and incredibly disappointing and even though he was 18 or 19 years old when posted, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable. We will work together with Sean towards mending the wounds created in our community.”But Walsh said it can take years to restore a player’s name after posting offensive comments because their “entire brand” is out there.“It’s important that it’s up to you to make sure that you are … putting the right stuff out there,” Walsh said. “The biggest thing is definitely acknowledging that it was that and acknowledging that it happened.”The next step is to start doing more positive things.“Start to put things out there in a positive light or you start to go out in the community or give back to the next generation, but they have to do in a way that authentic to themselves,” she added.Some colleges, like Creighton University, teach their student athletes about good decision-making on social media.Creighton also brings in guest speakers to help the athletes learn about public relations matters such as interviews, social media and public speaking, according to university spokesman Rob Anderson.Like Walsh, Anderson agreed that athletes can be held up as examples and fans are following their activities.“Whether they want to accept it or not, athletes are role models to many within the community and sport they play,” Anderson told ABC News via email. “Having offensive words/actions attributed to them or their social media accounts generates unwanted publicity that casts the athlete into a negative light, and certainly can disrupt the harmony of a locker room or fan base (or worse).”What athletes post on social media can have the same impact as what they say and last even longer.“Posts on social media should be considered to have the same weight as the spoken word in a newspaper or television interview,” Anderson said, “but carry an even bigger risk to go viral in the days and years to come.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund July 30, 2018 /Sports News – National More young athletes apologize for offensive comments on social mediacenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Cross Country State Championship Roundup

first_img Tags: Abigail Holman/Adam Bunker/Aimee Thurman/Akaydeh Livingston/Ashley Lagat/Audrey Camp/Avery Smith/Benjamin Hill/Cross Country Championships/Diego Ruiz Osorio/Ember Moat/Emma Beesley/Felicity Williams/Fiel Woods/Hannah Koyle/Hayden Harward/Jaren Camp/Joelle Werlinger/John McLaws/Katy Kelly/Kelby Bosh/Kinley Spaulding/Koleman McInnis/Kylah Ricks/Linzy Flinders/Luke Reeder/Mary Degraffenreid/Mason Bartlett/Maura Williams/Miles Guerrero/Nathan Bowman/Orange Peel/Porter Schoppe/Porter Whitworth/Sam Cox/Savannah Wood/SeOnna Southwick/Shade Woodard/Sheilah Cheruiyot/Tavy Gale/Taylia Norris/Tyler Dinkel FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Wednesday, the state championship cross country meet occurred at Sugar House Park, with numerous athletes from the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network coverage area schools excelling.At this competition, a standard 3-mile run race was run by all boys and girls competitors.For the 1-A girls, Panguitch won the team title netting a score of 21. Milford also netted a score of 21 but the Bobcats won the team title by virtue of having seven runners place. The Tigers only had six. Bryce Valley’s girls placed fifth with a score of 85. Wayne’s girls posted a score of 114 and Valley’s girls placed ninth with a score of 149.Panguitch’s Taylia Norris is the 1-A state champion, posting a time of 19:54.70. Milford’s Kinley Spaulding and Akaydeh Livingston placed second and third respectively while Abigail Holman of Panguitch placed fifth.Emma Beesley led Bryce Valley by placing 12th with Wayne’s Felicity Williams leading the Badgers by finishing 15th overall. Savannah Wood of Valley led the Buffaloes, finishing 29th overall.For the 1-A boys, Monticello won the team title with a score of 10 with Panguitch’s boys finishing second, netting a score of 46. The Wayne boys finished third, with a score of 66 while Valley finished fifth, posting a score of 93. Milford’s boys checked in the standings by placing ninth overall with a score of 142.Monticello’s Adam Bunker won the state title in a time of 16:32.80. Panguitch’s Porter Schoppe and Luke Reeder finished fifth and sixth, respectively.Valley’s Koleman McInnis finished ninth overall and Miles Guerrero of Wayne finished 10th overall, pacing the Badgers.In 2-A, the girls championship was won by Millard as the Eagles netted a score of 22. Parowan placed third overall with a score of 66.The 2-A girls’ individual champion is Katy Kelly of Millard in a time of 18:58.40. Her teammate, Audrey Camp, finished third overall.Wasatch Academy’s Sheilah Cheruiyot and Ashley Lagat placed fourth and fifth, respectively.Rounding out the top 10 were Millard’s Ember Moat, Aimee Thurman, Mary Degraffenreid and Hannah Koyle, respectively.North Sevier’s Avery Smith paced the Wolves by placing 12th overall and Tavy Gale of Beaver finished 14th overall. Additionally, Kanab was led by Joelle Werlinger who finished 25th overall.For the 2-A boys, North Summit took the team title with a score of 29 and Millard finished second, scoring a 67. Kanab was fifth with a score of 132 and Beaver was eighth with a score of 181.Individually, David Fine of North Summit took the 2-A state title in a time of 16:12.90. Millard’s Jaren Camp placed fourth in a time of 17:07.80.Millard’s Shade Woodard finished eighth overall and Nathan Bowman of Kanab placed 11th.Kelby Bosh of North Sevier paced the Wolves by finishing 14th and Mason Bartlett of Beaver placed 17th overall.Gunnison’s Benjamin Hill placed 21st overall, leading the Bulldogs and Diego Ruiz Osorio finished 38th overall to lead Wasatch Academy.For the 3-A girls, Morgan took the team title with a score of 62 and Richfield finished third, posting a score of 93. Juab was seventh with a score of 177.Kylah Ricks of Grand took the individual state title for the 3-A girls in a time of 19:09.80.Juab’s Maura Williams placed sixth overall and SeOnna Southwick of Richfield led the Wildcats by placing 11th.Manti’s Fiel Woods led the Templars by placing 21st overall and Linzy Flinders of North Sanpete paced the Hawks by placing 37th overall.For the 3-A boys, Morgan’s boys also took the team title, posting a score of 61. North Sanpete’s boys finished sixth with a score of 149. Richfield’s boys placed eighth with a score of 182 and Juab’s boys placed ninth with a score of 203.Grantsville’s Porter Whitworth won the individual state title in a time of 15:43.60. Richfield’s Hayden Harward finished third overall in a time of 16:16.80.North Sanpete’s Orange Peel finished 12th overall and Tyler Dinkel of Juab led the Wasps by posting an 18th place finish.Sam Cox of Manti finished 40th overall and John McLaws of Delta checked in by placing 54th overall. October 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Cross Country State Championship Roundup Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Bills Hall of Famer Kelly cancer free

first_img Beau Lund Kelly was initially diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his upper jaw in 2013. The cancer then returned in 2014 and again 2018.He played in Buffalo from 1988-1996 and led the team to four straight Super Bowl appearances between 1991-1994.A five-time Pro Bowler, Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 2002.Kelly was selected as the Jimmy V Award winner at last year’s ESPYs on ESPN.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. View this post on Instagram Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRich Barnes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is cancer free once again.His wife Jill announced the news on Instagram, writing “We finally got the results from Jim’s recent MRI…CLEAN! We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI…CLEAN! Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good… This extra waiting has been a reminder for me. A reminder to remember the WHO and not the what. The bigger picture and not the present outcome. Although God is in all of it, I needed to be reminded (yet again) that this is not the end of the story. It’s a page. A chapter. It’s part of the greater story. Hope this reminds you that THIS (whatever your “this” is) is NOT the end of the story. Immeasurably more is always in store for those who hope in the Lord! AMEN!A post shared by Jill Kelly (@jillmkelly) on Jan 18, 2019 at 10:49am PST January 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Bills Hall of Famer Kelly cancer freelast_img read more

Reactions from Super Bowl LIII after Patriots defeat Rams 13-3

first_imgFebruary 4, 2019 /Sports News – National Reactions from Super Bowl LIII after Patriots defeat Rams 13-3 Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The New England Patriots captured their sixth championship on Sunday, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII.“You know, it was an unbelievable year,” Tom Brady, New England’s quarterback, said after the game. “We just fought through … this is a dream come true for all of us.”Brady said “the Rams played their butts off” but that New England’s defense played its best game all year, with the Rams becoming only the second team in Super Bowl history not to score a touchdown.The final score is the lowest in Super Bowl history.“It’s unbelievable,” Brady added, “to win this game.”The game appeared to swing the Patriots’ way after a touchdown by running back Sony Michel late in the fourth quarter gave New England a 10-3 lead.Los Angeles tried to answer, but a Jared Goff interception inside the Patriots’ 5-yard line with only a couple minutes remaining killed the Rams’ drive.The Patriots, off the turnover, drove down and added a field goal with 1:12 left to take a commanding 13-3 lead.The Rams, trying to make it a one-score game, missed a 48-yard field goal with eight seconds left.New England wide receiver Julian Edelman, with 10 receptions for 141 yards, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.“It just matters that we won. It was a crazy year,” said Edelman, when asked about winning the award.Donnie Donahue of Milford, Massachusetts, a Patriots’ season ticket holder for 26 years, told ABC News the victory was “awesome.”“It’s unbelievable,” Donahue said. “Number six? Can you believe it?”The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only other team with six Super Bowl wins.At halftime, the teams went to the locker room with the Patriots leading 3-0, but Rams fans were still optimistic.“The defense is playing darn good!” said Rams fan Doug Trebtoske, whose face was painted blue and gold. “And the second half here is going to open it up.”Other Rams fans agreed.“The defensive battle is insane,” said Sean Bellott, who’d traveled from Auburn, New York, to attend the game.“So far I’m enjoying it,” he added.Patriots fan Christine Carrano, from Milford, Massachusetts, said she was hopeful her team could keep its lead.“I think the game is awesome,” she said. “We knew it was going to be tough but still believe in the Patriots.”  Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Cluff’s Triple Leads BYU to Victory

first_imgUVU loaded the bases in the fourth, but senior Blake Inouye came in and ended the inning with no runs scored. Inouye went a total of 3.0 innings, tying a career high with four strikeouts and allowing no runs. BYU got even with UVU in the fifth, when senior Keaton Kringlen’s RBI single scored Cluff from third after the third baseman had reached on a triple the at-bat before. Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/Jackson Cluff/UCCU Crosstown Clash/UVU Wolverines Baseball “Kudos to Jackson,” said BYU head coach Mike Littlewood. “He got a swing on a pitch that he liked; it was good to see him get that.” McLaughlin earned the win, going to 3-0 on the season after pitching 1.1 innings with no runs. The Wolverines got on the board first with an RBI single to go up 1-0 early in the third inning. The Cougars got a double play soon after, however, to keep the Wolverines at bay and end the inning. Cluff finished going 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run; his two triples tied a BYU record and made him the first Cougar with two triples in a game since Kelton Caldwell against Utah on March 4, 2014. Jackson Cluff: 2-5, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 2 RReid McLaughlin: W (3-0), 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 KBlake Inouye: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K March 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local Cluff’s Triple Leads BYU to Victory Freshman Carson Matthews singled and seniors Brian Hsu and Brock Hale loaded the bases after both getting hit by a pitch with two outs and the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth. Sophomore Jackson Cluff followed with his second triple of the night to score all three runners, then tacked on a run himself after an error by the Wolverines to put BYU up 5-1. The Cougars stay at home to take on Milwaukee in a four-game series starting Thursday, March 7, at 6 p.m. MT before playing a doubleheader on Friday and final game on Saturday. The highlight play of the night on defense came on the third out of the sixth on a rapid-fire relay from Hale in deep right field to freshman Zack Peterson in shallow right and on to Cluff at third to throw out the Wolverine runner attempting to stretch out a triple. Sophomore Drew Zimmerman came on to relieve freshman Reid McLaughlin on the mound in the ninth following the Cougars’ offensive burst and closed out the game in the top of the ninth with two strikeouts. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah — BYU baseball scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 stalemate and win the UCCU Crosstown Clash 5-1 on Tuesday at Miller Field. Player Highlights BYU scored four runs in the eighth, including a three-run triple by Jackson CluffCluff had two triples on the night, tying the BYU record and becoming the first to do so since Kelton Caldwell against Utah on March 4, 2014Six BYU pitchers combined to allow no earned runs and finish with 10 strikeouts against the Wolverines Game Summary Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 5/27/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUENY Yankees 5 San Diego 2Houston 6 Chi Cubs 5Milwaukee 5 Minnesota 4AMERICAN LEAGUEBaltimore 5 Detroit 3Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 3Boston 12 Cleveland 5Oakland 8 L-A Angels 5Seattle 6 Texas 2Kansas City at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m.NATIONAL LEAGUEMiami 3 Washington 2Pittsburgh 8 Cincinnati 5Colorado 4 Arizona 3, 11 InningsCincinnati 8 Pittsburgh 1LA Dodgers 9 NY Mets 5NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSSTANLEY CUP FINALS, GAME 1Boston 4 St. Louis 2Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img May 28, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 5/27/19last_img read more

Alex Rodriguez uses a fake Instagram or ‘burner’ account to follow his daughters

first_imgAugust 20, 2019 /Sports News – National Alex Rodriguez uses a fake Instagram or ‘burner’ account to follow his daughters Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailbigtunaonline/iStock(NEW YORK) — Um, we have a feeling this won’t go over so well at home.While on the “Chicks in the Office” podcast this week, Alex Rodriguez dropped a bombshell that his two daughters, Natasha and Ella, are sure to roast him for at home.He not only revealed that his daughters screen what he posts on Instagram but that he uses a “burner,” or fake Instagram account, to follow their activity. He said they won’t let him follow them or see what they post.“I have ways,” he said of seeing what his girls post. When asked if he has the “dad burner,” he replied, “Oh yeah.”The former ball player-turned-investor said that his girls “are like the COO and the CEO of my social media.” They even have a “contract” with him to approve what he puts online.He said they send him direct messages about his posts, writing, “Dad, are you serious?”He admitted that he has no formula to his social media and “most of the time, I kind of cringe” after he posts something. But not as much as his beloved daughters.Rodriguez also joked about how his daughters used to love it when he’d walk them to school. Now they make him drop them off “two blocks” away.“Soon, they’ll be walking to class,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more