Dick Harmon: Sitake praises BYU O-line work; Empey explains progress and emphasis

If spring football gives BYU’s offense just one thing, it would be a more mature understanding of what offensive coordinator Ty Detmer expects. And none of that works if the offensive line doesn’t make itself a force come fall. After exchanging the mobile Taysom Hill for pocket passer Tanner Mangum, protecting Mangum will be a premium. Can this O-line get it done, meaning give Mangum time? “Oh, yeah, definitely,” head coach Kalani Sitake told reporters over the weekend. “They’ve been doing some good things. I’ve been really impressed with the young guys. We already know what the returning starters can do. We lost one O-lineman. The other four are going… Read More

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U.S. women’s hockey players say negotiations were productive

The U.S. women’s national team says discussions with USA Hockey over an ongoing wage dispute were productive and will continue this week. The team released a statement Monday night after a lengthy meeting that included almost 20 players and top executives from USA Hockey. Players announced last week they’d boycott the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan, unless significant progress was made toward a labour agreement. In the statement, players said the goal was to reach an agreement this week that would still allow them to get to training camp and play in the tournament. Camp was set to begin Wednesday with the tournament beginning March 31. More from Sportsnet… Read More

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Closure of trash incinerator may help with air quality

OGDEN — Environmental advocates say the upcoming closure of a northern Utah incineration facility will help improve air quality. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment board President Brian Moench says the May 31 closure of the Davis Energy Recovery Facility will mean clearer air for nearby communities. Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, which manages the facility, says air quality may improve but the closure could also indirectly result in higher greenhouse gas emissions because the trash burned at the Layton plant produces steam that’s used for heating at nearby buildings. Executive Director Nathan Rich told The Standard-Examiner that those buildings may instead use a different power source, such as natural… Read More

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Source: Free agent LB Zach Brown meeting with Dolphins

MIAMI — A person familiar with the situation says free agent linebacker Zach Brown is visiting with the Miami Dolphins. The person confirmed the meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the Dolphins have not commented. Brown led the Bills last season with 149 tackles. He also had four sacks, one interception, 11 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. The five-year veteran spent his first four seasons with the Titans. Brown met last week with the Raiders, but they signed former Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins on Monday. More from Sportsnet Patrick Dumas …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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A’s still waiting on results of tests on Sonny Gray’s arm

MESA, Ariz. – The A’s likely will not get results on the exam starter Sonny Gray underwent Monday in Chicago until Tuesday. Gray, who was surprised by an MRI last week that showed a late strain in his right arm, met with orthopedic specialist Dr. Anthony Romeo to have his right arm checked out. “We haven’t heard anything back yet,” manager Bob Melvin said before the A’s night Cactus League game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The A’s shut Gray down for three weeks back on March 9, and have scratched him from his expected opening day start, which will now go to Kendall Graveman. It’s the continuation of injury troubles… Read More

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Michelle Obama Celebrates First Day of Spring with Bo and Sunny

Michelle Obama has spring fever — and so do Bo and Sunny! The former First Lady marked the spring equinox on Monday with a stroll around her Washington D.C. neighborhood with the family’s two Portuguese Water Dogs. “Look who has a spring in their step! Celebrate the #FirstDayofSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving,” Obama, 53, captioned the photo of the former First Dogs on Instagram and Twitter. Look who has a spring in their step! Celebrate the #FirstDayOfSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving. pic.twitter.com/yQTb0sQgCc — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 20, 2017 Much like their famous parents, Bo, 8, and Sunny, 4, have… Read More

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Oakland office tower planned on historic site, university tabbed as a tenant

OAKLAND — Downtown Oakland will gain a new office tower and a refurbished historic building, executives with a joint venture that have bought a key development site in the city’s urban core said Monday. The University of California’s Office of the President is expected to be a major tenant in the office project, which is known as the 1100 Broadway site, where the historic Key System Building is located. “This is a very significant deal for Oakland,” said James Ellis, managing principal with Ellis Partners, a realty firm that is one of the partners in the development venture for 1100 Broadway. Ellis said his firm is looking forward to be… Read More

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BYU men’s volleyball: Cougars take on Princeton before heading into 2 critical matches vs. Long Beach State

PROVO — The No. 3-ranked BYU men’s volleyball team plays a rare Tuesday match against Princeton on Tuesday, just as the regular season and MPSF conference play are coming to a close. The Tigers (9-8, 6-3 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) are the last non-conference opponent on the schedule for BYU (19-2, 13-1 MPSF) before it turns attention back to MPSF play in hopes of securing a conference regular season championship. Right after facing off against Princeton, No. 1-ranked Long Beach State comes to Provo for consecutive matches Friday and Saturday in what will likely determine who hosts the MPSF tournament. The 49ers have a 14-1 MPSF record and will finish… Read More

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WeWork is raising $3 billion from SoftBank and its massive tech fund

WeWork, the fast-growing office leasing startup, has raised $300 million from Japan’s SoftBank and could rake in a total investment of $3 billion in a massive funding round, reports the Wall Street Journal. The deal could be among the first from SoftBank’s $100 billion technology Vision Fund, which was announced last October and is being described as the largest fund of its kind in the world. WeWork has just received an investment of $300 million from SoftBank itself, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is expected to raise a further $2.7 billion from SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Private investors currently value WeWork’s business at $17 billion, and the latest… Read More

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Seahawks sign offensive lineman Oday Aboushi

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks added depth on the offensive line by signing former Houston guard Oday Aboushi. Seattle announced the deal with Aboushi on Monday. Aboushi spent his first two seasons with the New York Jets and the past two years with Houston. Aboushi made eight starts and appeared in 11 games during his time with the Texans. He started 10 games in his two seasons with the Jets. Aboushi joins former Jacksonville offensive lineman Luke Joeckel as Seattle’s two signings this off-season looking to bolster a line that was among the worst in the league last season. Aboushi’s strength has been in pass protection, and he’s had… Read More

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