Man found dead in beer cooler at Atlanta Braves’ stadium

first_imgJune 27, 2018 /Sports News – National Man found dead in beer cooler at Atlanta Braves’ stadium Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailogan Riely/Beam Imagination/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Police are investigating after a man was found dead inside SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Tuesday.Cobb County Police told ABC affiliate WSB-TV that a third-party contractor was found dead by another worker in a walk-in beer cooler at the stadium, home of the Atlanta Braves.Police told WSB-TV they believed the man had arrived earlier for an overnight shift.The man was found hours before the Braves were scheduled to host the Cincinnati Reds.Police told WSB-TV it was too early to indicate if foul play was involved, and that they were working with the Braves in the investigation.“There’s many avenues that it could go, but at this time, we’re just gathering information,” Sarah O’Hara of the Cobb County Police Department told WSB-TV.The game between the Braves and the Reds was played as scheduled.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah State’s Jacoby Wildman Named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State junior defensive end Jacoby Wildman has been named to the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.Wildman is one of eight Mountain West players named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List and one of 106 players from college football’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) nominated for the award.The formal announcement of the 2018 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City on Dec. 4. The presentation of the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 50th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 15, 2019, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.Wildman, a 6-foot-2, 265-pounder from Logan, Utah (Logan HS) played in all 13 games with four starts last season as a sophomore and finished the year with 45 tackles (14-solo, 31-assist), which included 1.0 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss, while adding two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. He concluded the season ranking first on the team for tackles among defensive linemen. During the 2017 season, he recorded a career-high nine tackles against Boise State and had seven tackles and one quarterback hurry against Colorado State. He also had five tackles, which included a career-best 1.0 sacks and a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss, while adding his first-career fumble recovery at San José State, and had five tackles each against UNLV and Air Force. Overall, Wildman recorded at least one tackle in 11 of the 13 games he played in.For his career, Wildman has appeared in 24 games, making four starts, and has recorded 47 tackles, which includes 1.0 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss, while adding three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.Off the field, Widlman earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honors, academic all-Mountain West honors and was a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete this past year, along with earning academic all-Mountain West honors as a redshirt freshman during the 2016-17 academic year. He also spends countless hours working with various groups/organizations on campus and in the community.Utah State, which returns 18 starters (O-9, D-9) and 48 letterwinners (O-19, D-27, S-2) from last year’s NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl team, will open the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 31, at Michigan State and begins its home season the following weekend against New Mexico State on Saturday, Sept. 8. Mountain West play begins for USU two weekends later as it hosts Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 22.For Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on Facebook at Utah State Football, as well as on Instagram at instagram.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics. July 26, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Jacoby Wildman Named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List Written by Robert Lovell Tags: Football/Jacoby Wildman/Utah State Aggies/Wuerffel Trophylast_img read more

FiveThirtyEight: The NBA’s small guys are getting bigger, and that’s bad news for Isaiah Thomas

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDon Juan Moore/Getty ImagesBY: Chris Herring and Dimitrije Ćurčić(NEW YORK) — Of all the shocking NBA free-agency moves this summer, Isaiah Thomas’s deal with Denver — for just one year, at the minimum salary for a veteran player — might have been the most telling, in terms of where the league is heading.This time last year, Thomas — one of the NBA’s most underpaid players even then, at just over $6 million — was saying openly that the Celtics “know they’ve got to bring the Brink’s truck out,” a reference to the nine-figure max contract he felt he deserved. And on some level, it would have been difficult to argue with him. At 28 years old, the diminutive point guard was coming off a banner season in which he finished fifth in MVP voting while averaging almost 29 points per game (on one of the league’s best true shooting percentages) and led the Celtics to the East’s best record.It’s no secret that much of the market collapse for Thomas’s services stemmed from questions about the torn labrum in his hip, which cost him months of rehab time before he ever suited up for the Cavs, then required surgery in March (while he was playing for the Lakers). But it also appears that the ever-changing NBA flipped its script entirely just before Thomas could cash in on a deal that scorers of his caliber generally get. The about-face highlights the fear teams have about committing big money to someone as short as Thomas, given the challenges his height creates in yet another league where an increasing number of players are roughly the same size.Point guards and centers were closer in height last year than they’ve ever been, separated by an average of just 8.3 inches — down 21 percent from the 10.5 inches or so that stood between them during the mid-to-late 1990s, according to data from Basketball-Reference.com.Basketball-Reference.comThose shifts affect Thomas in two meaningful ways. First, the Tacoma, Washington, native — who, at just 5-foot-9, is the shortest player in the NBA — isn’t even close to the average size for a point guard of 6 feet, 2.5 inches. Which brings up the second issue: As such an outlier, the undersized Thomas becomes an even bigger liability on defense when his team is forced to switch on screens at that end of the floor — something that’s become far more common in the past five years alone. The median number of switches leaguewide has more than doubled over that span, from 4.3 per 100 possessions in 2013-14 to 9.1 switches per 100 possessions this past season, according to Second Spectrum.“To even have a chance against a team like Golden State, you have to make a point of not being put into rotations,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told me in May. “They’ll kill you that way.”Certain teams are better equipped to play that kind of defense than others — the Rockets and Warriors, widely considered the league’s best teams, led the NBA in switch frequency — but the process doesn’t always work as well when Thomas is in the midst of it. The Celtics were 5 percent more efficient defensively in switch scenarios when Thomas was off the floor than on in 2016-17, according to Second Spectrum. And while Thomas’s departure coincided with a slew of other changes in Boston prior to last season, the team’s jump to from No. 12 to No. 1 in defensive efficiency after dealing Thomas supports the notion that a merely solid defensive team can become great on that side of the ball once it removes its weakest link.With teams vying to become switchier in an increasingly versatile league (and some clubs perhaps having pushed the envelope too far on that front), it raises the dilemma of how to integrate Thomas into a defensive gameplan without torpedoing it altogether.Even on offense, where Thomas is undoubtedly a boon, his greatest strengths are ones accentuated by a particular style of play. With Boston, he made use of direct-dribble handoffs more than anyone — a play that worked well alongside screen-setter Al Horford in part because coach Brad Stevens was committed to building an offense in which Thomas could thrive. The plays didn’t work as well in Cleveland, where the Cavs ran them about half as often and with less efficiency. (The same was true during his stint with the Lakers, according to Second Spectrum.)Taken together, this suggests that Thomas — like most players but perhaps unlike most stars — needs a specific ecosystem around him in order for him to thrive, or for him to be the max-level talent he believes himself to be. He could be that player in Boston, where the Celtics had good defenders and players that could not only screen but also space the floor for him. The likelihood of that being true on a team with far less talent seems remote.Thomas’s new situation in Denver splits the middle from that standpoint. He will be in an up-tempo system with an abundance of talented players, including Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap and FiveThirtyEight favorite Gary Harris, among others. Thomas has also played previously for coach Michael Malone, the first NBA head man to coax 20 points per game out of him. But there’s a catch: The Nuggets, like last year’s Cavs, play almost no D, meaning Thomas won’t be able to expect much help on that end as he works to rebuild his value as a sixth man.Again, the tactical constraints of Thomas’s size are far from the only question marks surrounding him. The health of his hip is key, obviously. The Cleveland situation — a particular challenge because of the win-now pressure created by LeBron James’s pending free agency — was disastrous for Thomas: The team’s awful defense made him a bad fit, and his penchant for taking shots at either teammates or coaches became problematic. His difficulties were compounded by the seesaw nature of the free-agent money that’s changed hands in recent years.When Thomas began talking about being paid handsomely, it was during the summer of a massive salary-cap increase, when players like Evan Turner, Bismack Biyombo and Nicolas Batum — who’ve never been All-Stars — got $70 million, $72 million and $120 million, respectively. Mistakes from 2016 are still being felt by certain teams, and it doesn’t help that some are keeping the books clear ahead of next year, when several stars are expected to hit the market. So, much of this boils down to Thomas’s free agency coming at the worst time.“You can always play the what-if game, but man, I’ve been F’ed over so many times,” Thomas told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, while acknowledging that potential suitors were undoubtedly concerned about the health of his hip. “But of course I think about [the money]. I’m human.”If there’s a bright side, or at least a glass-half-full equation, it’s that Thomas can still redeem himself. He is, or at least can be, a supremely gifted scorer. Yes, he gets his shots blocked often, but Thomas has learned how to use angles as leverage, and he displays bursts of quickness to outsmart defenders. Prior to his truncated 2017-18, he was driving to the basket more than almost anyone, and he connected on a high percentage of his shots around the rim. He’s still proven to be automatic from the line. And in the past, Thomas has shown he can catch fire from deep.As he’s done so many times before, Thomas, famously the last player picked in the 2011 draft, will have to overcome the odds. He may not even need the absolute perfect fit to begin building his value again. Instead, Thomas may just need the ever-shifting NBA to sit still just long enough for him to find a new normal.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 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‘What bothers me is that he has time’: LeBron James says of Trump taking shots on him

first_imgSeptember 20, 2018 /Sports News – National ‘What bothers me is that he has time’: LeBron James says of Trump taking shots on him Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — LeBron James has never been one to hold back his disapproval on the actions and remarks of President Donald Trump, and he criticized the president again in his most recent interview, expressing worry that the president can even find the time to take shots at him.“What bothers me is that he has time to even do that,” James told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Thursday. “Like, you really got this much time that you can comment on me?”On Aug. 3, Trump appeared to make a dig at James’ intelligence after CNN anchor Don Lemon interviewed him. In a tweet, Trump described Lemon as “the dumbest man on television” who “made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”James laughed when asked if it bothered him when Trump calls him dumb, according to The Reporter.“No, because I’m not,” he says. “That’s like somebody saying I can’t play ball. That doesn’t bother me at all.”The NBA star has a long history of railing against the president.When Trump withdrew the Golden State Warriors’ invitation to the White House in 2017 after point guard Stephen Curry said he would skip the traditional championship visit, James tweeted at the president, calling him a “bum” and highlighting that Curry “already said he ain’t going!”“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James wrote.During the NBA finals in June, James told reporters that neither team wanted to visit the White House.“I mean, I know no matter who this series, no one’s … no one wants the invite anyway,” he said.In August 2017, after the Charlottesville protests turned violent, James tweeted that “hate has always existed in America,” but “Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!”James, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has also spoken out on Trump’s immigration policies and rejected the characterization of Trump’s comments to Billy Bush in the 2005 Access Hollywood video as “locker room talk.”“That’s not locker room talk,” James told reporters in October 2016. “That’s trash talk.”James spoke to the reporter on his recent move to Los Angeles to join the Lakers roster and his role to 1990s hit “Space Jam.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/lebron-james-conquers-los-angeles-hollywood-1145452center_img Written bylast_img read more

Utah Baseball Visits #1 UCLA This Weekend

first_img Written by The Bruins come into this series as the top-ranked team in the nation for the sixth consecutive week. Junior infielder Michael Toglia (a team-best 6 home runs and 37 RBI) bolsters the UCLA offense as well. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES-Friday through Sunday, Utah baseball (12-22, 4-14 in Pac-12 play) has a tall order as they visit #1 UCLA (31-7, 11-4 in Pac-12 play) at Jackie Robinson Stadium for a weekend series. The Bruins have traditionally dominated the Utes, leading the all-time series 25-5. April 25, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Visits #1 UCLA This Weekend Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Garcia (a 4-0 record, a 1.35 ERA and 55 strikeouts) is the Bruins’ best overall pitcher. Freshman right-handed hurler Jesse Bergin (a 5-0 record and a team-best 61 strikeouts) has also been spectacular for head coach John Savage’s squad. Additionally, senior outfielder Erick Migueles (6 home runs, 34 RBI) leads the Utes in both of those categories.center_img Offensively, junior infielder Jack Stronach (a .380 batting average) and freshman catcher Noah Cardenas (a .375 batting average) provide a consistent presence for the Bruins’ offense. The Utes, who are coming off of a disappointing 6-3 defeat to non-conference foe Utah Valley Tuesday, continue to be led on the season by junior infielder Oliver Dunn (.370 batting average, also 3 home runs/20 RBI). The Bruins’ pitching staff is among the best in the nation, sporting a collective ERA of 2.71, the fourth-best in the country. Tags: Erick Migueles/Jack Stronach/Jackie Robinson Stadium/Jesse Bergin/Joshua Tedeschi/Michael Toglia/Noah Cardenas/Oliver Dunn/Pac 12/Ryan Garcia/UCLA Baseball/Utah Baseball Senior left-handed pitcher Joshua Tedeschi is the ace of the Utes’ staff as his 5-3 record is the best on the squad as are his 30 strikeouts. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Women’s hockey players are protesting playing professionally — but don’t call it a boycott

first_imgWe may represent different teams, leagues and countries but collectively we stand as one. #ForTheGame pic.twitter.com/pjWDw8xG4T— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) May 2, 2019“This isn’t a boycott,” Schofield said. “This is a gap year.”For years, women have been calling for “one league” — a professional league of local teams between the United States and Canada that would function like the National Hockey League, and, preferably, under the NHL’s umbrella.Instead, they have competed in two separate professional leagues: the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) in America. Last month, the CWHL announced it was folding, and players saw it as an opportunity to form a unified North American league.The NHL, however, has been refusing to step in while the NWHL still exists, although they do offer some financial support.“There is a lot more we need to know before we would be prepared to weigh in at this point,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement to ABC News on Friday. “The NWHL is an existing league with an existing organization and business plan. We do not intend to interfere with their business or their objectives.”“At the same time, we continue to support the objective of allowing for the opportunity of the best Women Hockey Players in the world to play the sport at the professional level,” Daly continued. “We will further explore the situation privately before taking any affirmative position on next steps.”For their part, the NWHL released a statement saying they “are among the players’ biggest fans” and reflecting an offer of “increased salaries and a 50-50 revenue split from league-level sponsorships and media rights deals.”But the players simply aren’t invested in the NWHL. This refusal to play is the culmination of years of unmet demands for better infrastructure for women’s and girl’s hockey, which, Schofield said, is the fastest growing sport in the nation. Female athletes deserve to live the life they envisioned as kids: playing the sport they love, and making a living doing it. I stand with all female athletes in their pursuit of equal pay and a sustainable future. #ForTheGame #OneVoice https://t.co/hLY9HgcIJa— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) May 2, 2019Many demands have been directed at USA Hockey, which manages the national team that competes in the Olympics and international tournaments. In 2017, national team players threatened a boycott of World Championships to push USA Hockey negotiations for fair wages and support. They ultimately competed after a positive agreement was signed.Now, the professional league players are using their collective efforts to force the issue of creating “one league.”A popular argument against a unified North American women’s professional hockey league has been that there’s a lack of interest from fans. To that, Schofield says, noting the Canadian and American’s international dominance and 2018 ESPY for Best Game, “Do your homework.”“They always say if you build it they’ll come, and this is a situation where if a sustainable professional league is built, fans will come,” she said. “But fans haven’t had an opportunity to see the best product on the ice for professional women’s hockey — yet.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kendall Coyne Schofield refused to move from Los Angeles to play for the Minnesota Whitecaps, a National Women’s Hockey League team.Instead, the two-time Olympic medalist would fly in for Whitecaps games and fly back to L.A. afterwards, “because I wasn’t packing up my life and moving to Minnesota for the money I was getting,” she told ABC News.“The treatment of the players, the way the players are compensated, it’s not possible for women to train and prepare to be professional athletes,” she said. “And in the current state of the game, there’s nothing professional about it.”So on Thursday, Schofield joined over 200 fellow athletes — including stars Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux — in announcing that they will not be playing for a professional hockey league this season.“We cannot make a sustainable living playing in the current state of the professional game,” the players wrote in a statement posted across social media. “Having no health insurance and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can’t adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level.” May 3, 2019 /Sports News – National Women’s hockey players are protesting playing professionally — but don’t call it a boycottcenter_img Beau Lund Written bylast_img read more

Juab Wasps Tennis Summer Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEPHI, Utah-The Juab High School tennis team has announced its summer schedule for the season.There will be open courts on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.Boys and girls in 6th-9th grade throughout the community are invited to participate.The open court time is 7:00-8:00 am for those wanting to hone their skills on the court.Rackets are available if needed. Written by June 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local Juab Wasps Tennis Summer Schedule Tags: Juab Tennis/Summer Schedule Brad Jameslast_img

Savon Scarver, Leki Fotu, Named To CBS Sports Preseason All-American Team

first_img Written by Tags: CBS Sports Preseason All-American Team/Leki Fotu/Savon Scarver/USU Football/Utah Football Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEW YORK-Tuesday, Utah State junior wide receiver/kick returner Savon Scarver and senior defensive tackle Leki Fotu were named to the CBS Sports preseason All-American team.Scarver, a 5-11 190-pound speedster, was named as only the third Aggies All-American in program history in 2018 and was named to the CBS Sports’ preseason All-American first team.Scarver led the nation in kick returns, averaging 33.7 yards per return and tied for second nationally with two returns for scores.Fotu made the second team and posted three sacks in 2018 and 5.5 sacks in 2018. August 13, 2019 /Sports News – Local Savon Scarver, Leki Fotu, Named To CBS Sports Preseason All-American Teamlast_img read more

Weber State Football Ranked No. 3 In Nation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-In the midst of a five-game winning streak, Weber State football (6-2, 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play) is now the No. 3 team in the nation in both the STATS FCS and AFCA Coaches’ polls as confirmed Monday.The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 10 nationally for a school-record 17 straight weeks and 20 of the past 21 weeks.Weber State has been nationally ranked in at lease one poll every week since November 2016, a streak of 39 straight weeks.The Wildcats will visit No. 6 Sacramento State Saturday as they vie with the Hornets for the top spot in the Big Sky Conference. October 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Ranked No. 3 In Nation Brad James Written by Tags: AFCA Coaches Poll/Big Sky/Sacramento State Hornets/STATS FCS/Weber State Footballlast_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball’s Todd Simon Signs Extension Through 2024

Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, Southern Utah University’s athletic department announced an extension for men’s basketball head coach Todd Simon which runs through the 2023-24 season.Simon is presently in his fourth season running the Thunderbirds’ program and has netted a record of 40-67 (.374).SUU men’s basketball has achieved several noteworthy things in Simon’s tenure, including the first postseason tournament win in program history last March. In this game, the Thunderbirds hosted Drake in the collegeinsider.com postseason tournament and bested the Bulldogs 80-73 in overtime.2018-19 was also the first team the Thunderbirds finished at .500 or better (17-17) since the 2006-07 season while the program also won a program record nine Big Sky Conference games, a feat they will seek to surpass this season.SUU also excels off the court as they netted a perfect 1.000 Academic Progress Rate score in 2017. December 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball’s Todd Simon Signs Extension Through 2024 Brad James Tags: Drake Bulldogs/SUU Men’s Basketball read more