Killian Tillie, who almost became a Ute, could be key player in Gonzaga’s NCAA run

SALT LAKE CITY — Killian Tillie broke out in a big grin when asked about Utah and the trips from France he used to make out here when he was a kid. “Yeah, I came here a lot, I knew this place when I was way younger,” said Gonzaga’s 6-10 forward, who is expected to be a big part of the Bulldogs’ NCAA run, which begins Thursday against Fairleigh Dickinson (4:27 p.m.) at Vivint Arena. The reason for Tillie’s frequent visits to the Beehive State was that his older brother, Kim, was a member of the University of Utah basketball team under coaches Ray Giacoletti and Jim Boylen. In fact,… Read More

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Kansas-Northeastern notes: Jimmer left an impression on Northeastern guard

SALT LAKE CITY — Northeastern guard Shawn Occeus has fond memories of watching the NCAA Tournament as a kid. At the top of his list is former BYU star Jimmer Fredette. Occeus said that Fredette’s college run was “special.” In 2011, Fredette scored 98 points over three games in leading the Cougars to the Sweet 16. The Northeastern junior also mentioned Kemba Walker, who guided Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA title. “I used to try and be like him,” Occeus said. QUITE A JOURNEY: Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji has come on strong for Kansas. He’s made 14 consecutive starts and played in 20 games since being pulled out of a… Read More

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Preview: No. 9 UW Huskies, No. 8 Utah State have opposite momentum entering NCAA Tournament

Utah State will make its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, but it will be entering uncharted territory on two fronts when it meets the UW Huskies in a first-round, Midwest Region contest in Columbus, Ohio. UW in NCAAs: Hopkins interview | UW’s turnaround | Look at Utah St The Aggies’ No. 8 seed is their highest ever, and they also jumped into the polls Monday at 25th – the first time they’ve been ranked since the 2010-11 season. Not bad for a team that was picked ninth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll, then won 17 of its last 18 games. That includes a 64-57… Read More

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Utah Valley enters NCAA wrestling nationals with big expectations

OREM — Utah Valley head wrestling coach Greg Williams, now in his 10th year at the helm of the Wolverine program, has high expectations for his grapplers as they compete at the NCAA wrestling tournament this weekend in Pittsburgh. Williams is quite candid in the team’s goals going into the biggest meet of the season. “To get where we want to go as a program, we have to put people on the podium, and multiple guys,” Williams said. The program qualified a school record six wrestlers to the nationals. All six were seeded in the top 20 as 33 wrestlers compete in each of the 10 weight classes that college… Read More

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LHP Marco Gonzales talks opening day ‘jitters’ in Mariners’ 9-7 win over A’s

Fresh off his first ever opening day start, Mariners left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales joined Brock Huard and Mike Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle to break down Seattle’s 9-7 win over the Oakland Athletics. Drayer: Plenty to like from M’s opening day win over A’s “Throughout the day today I was kind of expecting to be a little overwhelmed emotionally,” the 27-year-old Gonzales said of his start. “And leading up to the game I felt great, I didn’t feel any of that, I was locked in and ready to go. The moment I stepped on the mound in the first, I was very aware of where I was and what I… Read More

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Drayer: Plenty to like from Mariners’ season-opening win over A’s

TOKYO – Throughout spring training, Mariners manager Scott Servais made it a point to emphasize to the media that Seattle’s two season-opening games in Japan would not define the Mariners’ year. While the Mariners’ 9-7 win over the A’s was far from perfect, in retrospect Servais would perhaps take what he saw at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday most nights this season. Santana hits slam, Ichiro cheered as Mariners top A’s 9-7 in opener The ‘good’ included what we saw at the plate, with Mitch Haniger the only Mariners starter to not reach base safely in the game. While the Mariners amassed only seven hits in the game, they did… Read More

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Why Utah AD Mark Harlan felt Kyle Whittingham deserved a new deal

SALT LAKE CITY — It didn’t take long for new Utah director of athletics Mark Harlan to develop an extreme appreciation for football coach Kyle Whittingham. The process, which led to Whittingham receiving a raise and a contract extension, began one day last August when Harlan arrived early for a practice. There he met up with a friend who is an NFL scout. The scout shared some startling insight. Harlan’s friend told him the Utes had NFL guys in almost every position group. “That was a surreal moment for me,” said Harlan, who recalls digging in and watching Whittingham work. He liked what he saw. As the months followed, Whittingham… Read More

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Morning Links: BYU, Utah make hypothetical college football tournament; Utah State’s Craig Smith ranked amongst tournament coaches

SALT LAKE CITY — What would March Madness look like if it were a college football tournament? That was the question ESPN staff writer Adam Rittenberg broached early Tuesday morning and his answer took March Madness to a whole new level. Rittenberg created a 64-team college football bracket, based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index. As he put it, “March Madness is here, as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins with the First Four on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio, followed by the first- and second-round matchups at sites around the country. It’s time to revisit one of our favorite hypotheticals: What would a 64-team college football field look… Read More

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See the Mariners’ lineup for Game 1 of 162 vs the Oakland A’s in Japan

The Seattle Mariners’ first lineup of the 2019 Major League Baseball season is here. Mariners set 28-man roster for opening series vs Oakland A’s It’s been a long offseason, so let’s get right to it. Mariners (0-0) Dee Gordon, 2B Mitch Haniger, CF Jay Bruce, 1B Edwin Encarnación, DH Domingo Santana, LF Omar Narváez, C Ryon Healy, 3B Tim Beckham, SS Ichiro, RF Marco Gonzales, LHP It sure has a different look than a season ago. Only four players remain from the Mariners’ 2018 Opening Day lineup, and none of them are playing the same position they did last year. • Mitch Haniger is in center field instead of right… Read More

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