Utah Jazz front office as efficient as ever in planning for 2018 NBA draft

SALT LAKE CITY — Over a five-week stretch, a total of 66 NBA prospects have been in and out of the Zions Bank Basketball Campus. From national champions (Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson) to local stars (Justin Bibbins, Elijah Bryant) to prep school studs (Anfernee Simons), the Utah Jazz staff has welcomed all styles throughout this stretch. After 11 sets of pre-draft workouts, the organization is ready to see how things will play out in Thursday’s NBA draft. “For the most part, I think in all my years of doing this, this has probably been the most efficient in terms of getting the guys in at our spot and getting them… Read More

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Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs

ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night. Flaherty allowed just two hits while striking out seven in five innings, but he walked three and hit two batters and was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. He escaped a jam in the third inning when he struck out Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless. John Brebbia (1-1) worked around two hits in a scoreless sixth inning to earn his first major league win. Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris each pitched a hitless inning to… Read More

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Blue Jays’ Curtis Granderson honours dad by wearing softball jersey pre-game

TORONTO — Curtis Granderson stepped out of the home team’s dugout and on to the field at Rogers Centre, but he wasn’t wearing the familiar blue and white of a Jays uniform. Instead, he had on a yellow, white and black “Hot City All-Stars” jerseys, as a tip of his cap to his dad, Curtis Sr., who couldn’t make the trip to Toronto for Father’s Day on Sunday because he was playing in his weekly softball game. “I snuck a little bit of the baseball skills from him,” said the younger Granderson, a three-time MLB all-star who has hit 325 career home runs over 15 years in the bigs. “A… Read More

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Blue Jays’ Curtis Granderson honours dad by wearing softball jersey pre-game

TORONTO — Curtis Granderson stepped out of the home team’s dugout and on to the field at Rogers Centre, but he wasn’t wearing the familiar blue and white of a Jays uniform. Instead, he had on a yellow, white and black “Hot City All-Stars” jerseys, as a tip of his cap to his dad, Curtis Sr., who couldn’t make the trip to Toronto for Father’s Day on Sunday because he was playing in his weekly softball game. “I snuck a little bit of the baseball skills from him,” said the younger Granderson, a three-time MLB all-star who has hit 325 career home runs over 15 years in the bigs. “A… Read More

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Cubs’ Javier Baez departs game after being hit by pitch

ST. LOUIS — Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez left Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch from St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty in the top of the third inning. Baez, who leads the Cubs with 14 home runs, was replaced by Addison Russell. Chicago is looking to sweep the three-game series. St. Louis has lost four straight. …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca       

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Former BYU QBs offer advice to true freshmen vying to become a starter

Editor’s note: Seventh in an occasional series exploring the pros and cons of starting a true freshman at quarterback, and the experiences of the six freshmen who started for BYU. PROVO — It’s a small fraternity. Those who have started as true freshmen at BYU comprise an exclusive club of sorts. Because they lived it, Drew Miller and Jake Heaps have plenty of advice for future quarterbacks who may add their names to that list. “The biggest thing is to focus on what’s important, what you can control. That’s all that matters,” Heaps said. “When you focus on those things, everything falls into place. When you listen to outside noises,… Read More

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Bautista, Mets Rally in 9th to beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — For the first time in nearly two months, the New York Mets have won two in a row. And they did it with style. “The way we won,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said, “is probably more significant than just getting a back-to-back win.” Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and the Mets rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday. The Diamondbacks led 3-1 entering the ninth and Boxberger (1-3), with his third blown save in 20 tries, struck out the first two batters. Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single, which Boxberger said “kind of threw the rhythm… Read More

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Tony Finau makes his birdies, but too many bogeys leave him with fifth-place finish at U.S. Open

Tony Finau made enough birdies to win the U.S. Open Sunday, but too many bogeys kept the Utah native from capturing a major championship. Finau, who went into the final round tied for the lead, playing in the final group with Daniel Berger, shot a 2-over-par 72 to finish at 285 in fifth place, four strokes behind winner Brooks Koepka. It marked the best U.S. Open finish by a Utah native since Jay Don Blake tied for sixth at Pebble Beach in 1992 and followed Finau’s tie for 10th at the Masters in April. The 28-year-old Lehi resident made five birdies at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, but also had five… Read More

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Raceline Radio Weekend Wrap-Up and Show Guest Schedule – Week of June 17

Raceline Radio Weekend Wrap-Up, and Show Guest Schedule Compiled By Erik Tomas, The Raceline Radio Network. Week Of: June 17, 2018 The Big 3 had Father’s Day weekend off. Biggest event: The 86th LeMans 24 Hours Classic: Toyota finally took its maiden victory with F-1’s Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima leading a team 1-2. Both Gazoo and Rebellion Racing Toyota Hybrids were locked in a private battle for the win, well clear of the other privateer LMP-1 entries for most of the around-the-clock marathon. Other class winners: LMP-2: the G-Drive Racing Oreca of Rusinov, Vergne and Pizzitola)… . GTE-Pro: taken by the Porsche GT Team 911 RSR of… Read More

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Mariners settle for series split as Red Sox win 9-3 behind 3 HRs

By ERIK ERICKSON Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) – Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all homered and the Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday. Box score | Updates on injuries to Vincent, Nicasio Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4). de·mol·ish (v.) pic.twitter.com/pOlbUZupMV — Red Sox (@RedSox) June 17, 2018 Andrew Benintendi and Bogaerts began Boston’s rally with a pair of singles. J.D. Martinez drew a nine pitch walk to load the bases before Mitch Moreland drove in two with a single to centerfield, and Devers followed with a blast off… Read More

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