FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Berezovsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — NBA teams are honoring the victims of the nation’s latest mass shooting, and the league commissioner Adam Silver is standing behind them. Silver showed his support from the stands Sunday as the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks acknowledged the victims of the Thousand Oaks, Calif., shooting by wearing t-shirts that displayed the message “Enough,” according to ESPN.Silver told ESPN after Sunday’s game — the Lakers’ first game since the Wednesday night shooting — that “players aren’t just ballplayers, they’re citizens.”“They have strong feelings about what’s happening in society and they react to them,” he said. “I think this was something that was a groundswell within the league. It came from the players and it spread by word of mouth from one team to another.”Silver explained that the tributes began in California, but spread when other teams joined to show their support. The Lakers and the Hawks chose to don the “Enough” shirts after the players from the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks first wore the shirts at their game Saturday, ESPN reports. The Clippers and the Bucks first wore the shirts after the Clippers noticed the Los Angeles Kings and Minnosota Wild wearing “Enough” decals at a hockey game Thursday.The names of the 12 people killed in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks also appear on the shirt worn by the NBA players. “Again, I support our players’ desire to speak out on issues that are important to them and important to society,” Silver told ESPN.The Lakers beat the Hawks 107-106 on Sunday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund November 12, 2018 /Sports News – National NBA commissioner Adam Silver supports players’ tribute to mass shooting victims Written by
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Dwight Ramos posted 26 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 8 of 16 from the field as the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos downed Dixie State 72-66 Saturday at the Burns Arena in non-conference NCAA Division II men’s basketball action.The Broncos built a 34-17 lead at the half and withstood a strong second half surge from the Trailblazers, which saw head coach Jon Judkins’ squad post 49 points in the latter 20 minutes of action.Matt Conway’s 22 points (which included a 13-17 performance at the foul line) led Dixie State in the loss.The Trailblazers are next in action November 23 as they host the Dixie State Thanksgiving Classic against the Academy of Art, a former Pac-West conference foe for a 7:30 pm tip-off. Brad James Tags: Academy of Art/Cal Poly Pomona/Dixie State men’s basketball/Dwight Ramos/Jon Judkins/Matt Conway/Pac-West Conference November 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Loses Season Opener To Cal Poly Pomona Written by
Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Sunday, new Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen added a pair of assistants in passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Jason Phillips and defensive coordinator Justin Ena.Phillips brings 20 years of coaching experience to the Aggies, including five seasons as an offensive coordinator.Phillips, a former star receiver for former Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware’s Houston Cougars, was a consensus All-America receiver in 1988. He then starred for the NFL’s Detroit Lions (1989-1990) and Atlanta Falcons (1991-1994).His professional career continued with the Canadian Football League’s Birmingham Barracudas (1995) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1996-1997).Phillips began his coaching career as a training camp intern with the Minnesota Vikings in 2001, working under the direction of head coach Dennis Green and offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis.Since then, he has most prominently served as the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach, as well as recruiting coordinator at Southern Methodist University from 2012-14.’He was most recently the wide receivers coach for the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football before Andersen hired him away in his current capacity.Ena most recently coached the linebackers and served as co-special teams coordinator at the University of Utah from 2016-2018.Ena starred as a linebacker at BYU from 1998-2001 and was a three-time Mountain West all-conference linebacker for the Cougars.He played for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles (2002-2004) and Tennessee Titans (2005).His coaching career commenced as the special teams coordinator at Southern Utah (2008-2009) and he later served as the Thunderbirds’ defensive coordinator/linebackers coach (2010-13).He served in the same capacity at Weber State in 2014 and then joined Utah’s coaching staff as the linebackers coach in 2015. Tags: Alliance of American Football/Andre Ware/Atlanta Falcons/Birmingham Barracudas/Canadian Football League/Dennis Green/Detroit Lions/Gary Andersen/Hamilton Tiger-Cats/Houston Cougars/Jason Phillips/Justin Ena/Minnesota Vikings/Philadelphia Eagles/Salt Lake Stallions/Sherman Lewis/Southern Methodist University/Southern Utah Thunderbirds/Tennessee/Titans/Utah State Football December 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Adds A Pair of Assistants Written by
June 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU’s Zach Larsen, Weber State’s Rashid Shaheed, Make Athlon Sports’ FCS Preseason All-America Team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Athlon Sports released their FCS preseason All-America team, which had a local flavor from stars in the Beehive State.Southern Utah star senior center Zach Larsen made the cut, as did Weber State junior kick returner Rashid Shaheed.They were among eight Big Sky Conference representatives to make the team.Larsen, at 6-1, 305 pounds, was first-team All-Big Sky Conference in 2018 and was also named as a Phil Steele FCS All-American and a Walter Camp FCS All-American while also earning all-Big Sky Conference academic honors.Shaheed, at 6-feet 175 pounds, is a two-time All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection. Tags: Athlon Sports/Big Sky Conference/Big Sky Conference Football/FCS/Rashid Shaheed/SUU Football/Zach Larsen Written by Brad James
January 23, 2020 /Sports News – National Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty accused of punching boy during photo shoot FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLen Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Gritty, the highly popular mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, is known for his antics both on and off the ice — but one family alleges that he may have gone too far after accusing the mascot of punching a 13-year-old boy. Philadelphia Police say that they are investigating the alleged physical assault, which the family says happened in November 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center.Chris Greenwell took his 13-year-old son to meet the mascot but when the teen had his picture taken with Gritty, the boy allegedly tapped the mascot’s head, which led Gritty to lunge out of his chair and punch the boy in the back, according to allegations reported by Philadelphia ABC station WPVI-TV. Greenwell said that his son was hit so hard that he suffered a back bruise requiring medical attention, according to documents obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer.The Philadelphia Flyers, however, say that an internal investigation found no evidence to suggest the event ever happened. Gritty debuted as the Flyers’ mascot in September 2018 and the large, furry orange creature was an instant hit. He was voted as the number one mascot in the National Hockey League just six months later in March 2019. Gritty has a Twitter account with almost 300,000 followers, as well as website that describes him as having “bully” tendencies as well as being “loyal but mischievous” and “talented but feisty.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by
February 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local Merrill scores 24; Utah State beats Fresno State 71-59 Tags: Mountain West/Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 24 points to lead Utah State to a 71-59 victory over Fresno State.Justin Bean added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Utah State, which has won seven of its last eight games. Diogo Brito had 10 points.Noah Blackwell had 13 points for Fresno State, which has lost three of four. Nate Grimes added 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Aggies never trailed. Fresno State pulled to 45-44 with 10:47 to play but didn’t get closer.
Tags: Dixie State men’s basketball/NCAA/SUU Men’s Basketball Brad James Written by May 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Announces 3-Game Series With Southern Utah FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Monday, Dixie State men’s basketball announced a three-game series against regional rival Southern Utah.The first game of this series will occur November 18, 2020 at the America First Event Center at Cedar City as the Thunderbirds will host the Trailblazers.This commemorates the first time the squads have met on the hardwood since the 1962-63 season.At this time, both programs were junior college squads.Additionally, the Trailblazers and Thunderbirds will play a home-and-home set during the 2021-22 season although the dates have not yet been finalized.The Trailblazers commence their first WAC season January 2 by facing in-state foe Utah Valley at Orem.
August 3, 2020 /Sports News – National Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes latest MLB player to opt out of season over COVID-19 concerns Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN ImagesBy MEREDITH DELISO and JOSHUA HOYOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — After Yoenis Céspedes failed to report for the New York Mets’ game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, team officials said the Mets outfielder has decided to sit out the rest of the 2020 season due to “COVID-related reasons.”Céspedes, 34, did not tell management of his decision ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game in Atlanta. In a statement, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had said that as of game time, the outfielder had not reported to the ballpark and they were unable to contact him.Following the game, Van Wagenen said during a press briefing that they learned late in the game that Céspedes had decided to opt out of the season “due to COVID-related reasons.”Céspedes has not publicly commented yet on his decision. On opening day, he had said on social media that it was an “incredible feeling” being back. “Only the beginning,” he tweeted on July 24.Céspedes is the latest MLB player to opt out of the season in recent days due to heightened concerns over the coronavirus. On Saturday, the league said Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain would not play the rest of the season.In a statement, Cain said, “With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids.” He said he plans to return to the field in 2021.The announcement came the same day a Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee was postponed for the second straight day after St. Louis team members tested positive for the coronavirus.Also on Saturday, Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz announced that he had opted out of the season as the team contends with a COVID-19 outbreak. Since the Marlins canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for July 27, 21 members of the organization have tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN.In a statement, Diaz said it had been a “tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads.”“This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it’s the best one for me and my overall wellbeing,” he said.On Saturday, the Red Sox announced that pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be out the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with the heart condition myocarditis following a bout with COVID-19.According to a tally by Baseball America, 20 MLB players have opted out of the season as of Sunday.Only players deemed high-risk can still receive their pay and service time if they opt out of the season, according to ESPN.As of Friday, 104 players and 24 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27, MLB reported. Last week, 29 tests — accounting for 20 players — were positive out of 11,895 samples, the league said.The Marlins had no new positive results in its latest round of testing, MLB reported on Saturday.Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has warned that the season could be shut down if the coronavirus isn’t better managed, ESPN reported on Friday.While some professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, National Women’s Soccer League and Major League Soccer, are competing in restricted sites called “bubbles” to limit the spread of COVID-19, Major League Baseball is not.Among MLB’s coronavirus restrictions, teams are only competing with clubs located in their regional division so that travel is limited, and fans are not allowed to attend games.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by
Tags: Utah State Football September 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Commences Fall Practices Monday Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State Football commenced practices as the Aggies prepare for an eight-week Mountain West Conference season which begins October 24.The Aggies are in the midst of their five-day acclimatization period and conducted a two-hour practice Monday.This week’s activities conclude with a Friday scrimmage.The Aggies’ participants consist of 12 returning starters (seven on offense and five on defense) and 41 returning lettermen, including 25 seniors.All fall practices are closed.Ticket information for Utah State home games this season will be announced soon.Based on recommendations from Utah State University, the Utah Department of Health and the Logan-based Bear River Health Department, a limited number of fans will be allowed inside Maverik Stadium.