FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The owner of a Utah minor league baseball team has backed out of a deal to move the team to Pueblo, Colorado.The Pueblo Chieftain reports Orem Owlz owner Jeff Katofsky announced his plans to relocate the team last month. Pueblo County had planned to build a $25 million multi-purpose stadium for the team.Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority Director Jerry Pacheco confirmed the change of plans in an email to officials involved in the project, saying Katofsky declined to proceed with a plan to move the team and develop three hotels. Pacheco says Katofsky cited his frustration about the way the project was progressing.Katofsky did not immediately return phone calls from the newspaper.Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, a proponent of the project, declined to comment on Katofsky’s decision. Written by July 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Owner backs out of plan to move baseball team to Colorado Tags: Orem Owlz Associated Press
Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Reno, NV) — Luis Rengifo singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Bees folded the Aces 8-7 in Reno.Rengifo also homered for Salt Lake in the win. Jose Briceno also went deep and Jeremy Rhoades earned the win.The Bees are off tonight and visit Las Vegas tomorrow. August 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Fold Aces
Tags: Arizona Wildcats/Brandon Randolph/Jake Toolson/McKale Center/Tucson/Utah Valley Men’s Basketball December 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Faces Arizona Thursday; Northern Arizona Saturday Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTUCSON, Ariz.-The Utah Valley University men’s basketball team takes a foray into the Grand Canyon State this week, battling the Arizona Wildcats Thursday at Tucson, Ariz. and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Saturday at Flagstaff, Ariz.Thursday’s game is only the second in history against the Wildcats for the Wolverines with Arizona prevailing 87-56 December 9, 2014 at the McKale Center in Tucson.The Wildcats have currently won 51 straight non-conference home games with the Wolverines nursing a 2-8 record against the Pac-12 all-time.The only victories against the Pac-12 Utah Valley has earned were a 75-71 win over Arizona State in 2005 and a 70-68 triumph at Corvallis, Ore. against Oregon State in 2010.The Wolverines come into their game at Tucson with a record of 6-3 and they post 75.9 points per game and only give up 71.3 points per contest. Jake Toolson leads Utah Valley by averaging 15.3 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per contest.The Wildcats come into this game at 6-2 and average 80.6 points per game, while only giving up 65.4 points per contest.Arizona’s leading scorer is guard Brandon Randolph, who posts 17.1 points per contest. Center/forward Chase Jeter averages 7.9 rebounds to pace the Wildcats on the glass.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailstevanovicigor/iStock(PHOENIX) — One day after reports that he had threatened to move the the team elsewhere, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said Thursday he is fully committed to keeping the team in place.“I am 100 percent all-in in keeping this team right here where we stand,” Sarver said in a video message posted to Twitter. “And I want to make sure that message comes across crystal clear to every one of you.”Earlier in the week, the Phoenix City Council delayed a vote on more than $200 million in renovations to the team’s stadium. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Sarver had recently contacted a member of the council threatening to move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if the renovation deal wasn’t approved.On Friday, Suns president Jason Rowley released a statement that indicated the team has had no discussions with any other city about potential relocation. Sarver has said he is looking to build a “first-class” practice facility in addition to improving the arena. The vote on those renovations will now be held on January 23.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. December 14, 2018 /Sports News – National Suns owner Robert Sarver affirms commitment to keep team in Phoenix Written by Beau Lund
Written by June 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah’s Mitchell May Join Team USA Robert Lovell Tags: Donovan Mitchell/Joe Ingles/Rudy Gobert/Team USA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a candidate to join Team USA for the FIBA World Cup later this summer.The New York Times reports that Team USA is assembling their roster and Mitchell is among the candidates.Two Jazz players have already committed to play in the World Cup. Rudy Gobert is suiting up for France and Joe Ingles will play for Australia.
June 10, 2019 /Sports News – National David Ortiz arrives at Boston hospital after getting shot in Dominican Republic FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChristian Petersen/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — Red Sox legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz arrived in Boston on Monday night from a hospital in the Dominican Republic after he was shot in the back at a nightclub by a man who police say confessed to the ambush attack. The bullet entered Ortiz’s back and exited through his abdomen, according to Ortiz’s father, Americo Enrique Ortiz, who spoke to reporters outside the hospital in Santo Domingo where his son was being treated. He said his son got out of surgery just after midnight on Monday and was in stable condition. Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox president and chief executive officer, said Monday afternoon that the team sent a medical air ambulance to pick up Ortiz and jet him back to Boston to be treated at Massachusetts General Hospital. He said he hoped Ortiz would be back in Boston “sometime later tonight.”Ortiz arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital around 9:30 p.m. on Monday.“David Ortiz is one of the most celebrated and beloved members of the Red Sox family,” said Kennedy, adding that the shooting was jarring news to the team, from the front office to the players, coaches and fans.In the Dominican Republic, Dr. Abel Gonzalez said the shooting left Ortiz, the married father of three children, with significant injuries.“The wound caused damage to the liver [and] small intestine. We had to remove part of the intestines as well as [part of] the liver,” Gonzalez said at a news conference Monday afternoon.The shooting unfolded Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in the nation’s capital. Security camera footage acquired by ABC News shows a crowded bar with people scattering after shots are fired and Ortiz, sitting at the bar, appear to grab his side and then collapse.The man who allegedly shot Ortiz was identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia.Garcia reportedly confessed to shooting Ortiz, according to Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police. Duran declined to elaborate on what the suspect told the police.In a brief statement, police said they do not believe robbery was the motive.Garcia apparently tried to flee the nightclub after the shooting but onlookers immediately stopped and attacked him before he was turned over to the police and taken to a hospital for treatment. He was treated and released into police custody.Garcia suffered a head contusion, trauma to his thorax and injuries to his left knee and right leg when the crowd detained him, according to the Dominican Republic National Health Service.Duran said Garcia appeared to be under the influence when police took him into custody. He said police are awaiting a toxicology report to determine if Garcia was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.Duran said Garcia has a criminal record, including minor drug trafficking arrests.Kennedy, the Red Sox president, said a medical team in Boston has been in communication with physicians treating Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. He said Ortiz’s condition is “still serious.”“But he is stable enough to be transported back here to Boston to continue care,” Kennedy said.Dr. Gonzalez said Ortiz was conscious on Monday afternoon and his blood pressure was good.“Today, his tubes were removed, he opened his eyes and the first thing he asked was to see his family,” González said of Ortiz. “He is in good spirits, waiting to travel to Boston this afternoon to see his physician and his wife.”Americo Ortiz also attended the news conference and personally thanked the doctors and staff at the Abel González Center for Advanced Medicine in Santo Domingo who treated his son and likely saved his life.He said he wanted to make it clear that his son, who was born in Santo Domingo and is one of the most famous baseball players in the country’s rich history of the sport, was not being taken back to the U.S. because of lack of service in the Dominican Republic.“We are very satisfied with the service,” said Americo Ortiz, explaining that his son’s family and personal doctors are in Boston.David Ortiz left the hospital by ambulance just after 5 p.m. local time on Monday and was driven to an airport to be placed on the medical ambulance jet.“Our thoughts are with David Ortiz, who is reportedly hospitalized after being shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,” MLB tweeted on its official Twitter account.News of Ortiz being shot reached some Boston officials, including Mayor Marty Walsh, as they were helping to launch a new gun violence prevention effort in the city.“It’s a tough situation. Hopefully, he’s OK. He’s such a big Boston icon and part of our city, part of our life here in Boston,” Mayor Walsh told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she is praying for Ortiz to make a full recovery.“There’s nobody who’s a bigger fighter who knows how to step up in a time of crisis than Big Papi,” Healey said told WCVB.Ortiz was part of three Red Sox World Series championship teams — in 2004, 2007 and 2013. He’s credited with helping to break the so-called “Curse of the Bambino,” derived from the Red Sox sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1918 and, according to superstition, led to Boston’s 86-year championship drought.Lovingly known as “Big Papi,” he was a 10-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger winner and finished in the top 5 in MVP voting five times. He was also the World Series MVP in 2013.Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, a legend in the Dominican Republic in his own right, and a former teammate with Ortiz on the 2004 champion Red Sox team, tweeted, “I’m at peace knowing you out of danger, you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice.”Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016. He hit .315 and led the American League in doubles and runs batted in during his final season, but held fast in his decision to walk away from the game as he had announced months earlier.He finished his career with 541 career home runs, 17th all-time, and was eighth all-time in extra-base hits (1,192) and 12th all-time in doubles (632).Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls Soccer2A SouthGUNNISON, Utah-The Gunnison Valley Bulldogs steamrolled the Beaver Beavers 9-2 in 2A South Region girls soccer action Tuesday.Region 12CASTLE DALE, Utah-Alexis Winter posted a pair of goals and the Emery Spartans routed South Sevier 5-0 in Region 12 girls soccer action Tuesday.RICHFIELD, Utah-Melissa Crane amassed a hat trick and the Richfield Wildcats pounded Grand 8-2 Tuesday in Regino 12 girls soccer action. Brittan Tait and Holly Torgersen added two goals apiece and Katelyn Busk also scored for the Wildcats.Region 14NEPHI, Utah-Josephine Kay scored twice and Alexa Walker also found the net as the Juab Waps edged the Delta Rabbits 3-2 Tuesday in Region 14 girls soccer action. Savannah Nielson scored twice for the Rabbits in defeat.MANTI, Utah-Brynlee Golding amassed a hat trick and the Manti Templars pounded North Sanpete 5-0 in Region 14 girls soccer action Tuesday. Megan Olson and Sharie Alder also scored for Manti in the win. Katie Larsen posted the shutout for the Templars.VolleyballRegion 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-The North Sanpete Hawks clobbered Maeser Prep 3-0 Tuesday in Region 14 volleyball action. The Hawks prevailed over the Lions 25-16, 25-8 and 25-8.ROOSEVELT, Utah-The Union Cougars downed Delta 3-0 in Region 14 volleyball action Tuesday. The Cougars won 25-16, 25-17 and 25-15 as they prevailed in straight sets over the Rabbits.MANTI, Utah-The Manti Templars got past American Leadership 3-0 in Region 14 volleyball action Tuesday. The Templars prevailed 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19 over the Eagles.Region 16SALINA, Utah-The Gunnison Valley Bulldogs outlasted North Sevier 3-0 Tuesday in Region 16 volleyball action. The Bulldogs downed the Wolves 25-20, 25-16 and 25-16 in prevailing in straight sets.Region 20ESCALANTE, Utah-The Escalante Moquis earned a 3-0 sweep over the Wayne Badgers in Region 20 volleyball action Tuesday.Non-RegionMONROE, Utah-The South Sevier Rams dismantled Panguitch 3-0 in non-region volleyball action Tuesday. The Rams bested the Bobcats 25-18, 25-22 and 25-19 in straight sets.Girls TennisRegion 12MONROE, Utah-The South Sevier Rams won a close match with Carbon 3-2 in Region 12 Girls Tennis action Tuesday. The Rams won in 2nd singles with Gabby Carter 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Hannah Gay in 3rd singles 6-1, 6-1; and in 1st doubles with Brecken Bradshaw and Aubree Robinson 6-4, 6-4. Tags: Roundup September 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 9/24 Brad James Written by
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSefa Kart/iStock(MIAMI) — During his 13-year NFL career, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was known for his aggressive, down-hill running that often punished opponents.He would even carry several defenders on his back. His running style and a win at all costs mentality would earn him the nickname of “the Bus,” famously coined by the Notre Dame student newspaper where Bettis played college football.Now it’s only fitting the Bus would help some Hertz customers get to this weekend’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in style. Bettis recently spoke to ABC News Radio about his collaboration with the car rental company’s “Extra Mile Campaign.”Going the extra mile is something Bettis epitomized throughout his playing career.After losing to the eventual Super Bowl XXIX champion New England Patriots in the 2004 AFC Championship game, Bettis found himself at a crossroads: would he decide to hang up the cleats after 12 seasons, or would he kick the tires for one last run at a title that was so elusive to the two-time All-Pro running back?Ultimately, a sideline conversation with then-rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would seal the final decision for Bettis.“While we were losing, Ben (Roethlisberger) came over to me and said ‘give me one more year and I’ll get you to the Super Bowl,’” Bettis recalled of the conversation.“I heard what he said, but the moment was so much bigger than that situation. I knew I still wasn’t ready to retire.”At 33, Bettis would return for the 2005 season. Despite splitting time in the backfield, Bettis would still play a vital role for the Steelers, finishing with the second-most touchdowns on the team with nine, and leading them to the playoffs.Bettis would score at least one touchdown in the three consecutive road wins rattled off by the Steelers to reach Super Bowl XL against the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.The game took on a much more significant meaning for “The Bus.” Not only was this Bettis’s first ever Super Bowl, he would also have the opportunity to play in front of family and friends in his hometown of Detroit.Pittsburgh would go on to beat the Seahawks, 21-10. “It was an incredible honor to have the opportunity to play hometown, much less, win in my hometown. It was really special.”Bettis wouldn’t be the only future Hall of Famer to leave the game on his own terms shortly after the win. His coach, Bill Cowher, retired from coaching following the team’s Super Bowl run.It’s also only fitting that the former coach Bettis so revered will finally be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this summer.“He (Cowher) was largely the reason why I was in the Hall of Fame,” said Bettis, who was elected in 2015.“To be able to welcome him into the Hall will be really, really special because he has more than deserving.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. January 31, 2020 /Sports News – National Hall of Fame running Jerome Bettis recalls nearly missing out on a Super Bowl run Written by Beau Lund
Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBojan Bogdanovic had 27 points and Donovan Mitchell scored a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds left as the Utah Jazz overcame a 42-point performance by Damian Lillard and beat the Portland Trail Blazers 117-114.Mike Conley added 18 points for the Jazz, who snapped a five-game losing streak.C.J. McCollum scored 27 points, Gary Trent added 16 and Mario Hezonja 11 for Portland. Associated Press February 8, 2020 /Sports News – Local Jazz snap 5-game skid, rally to beat Trail Blazers 117-114 Written by
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRegion 14 Cross Country ChampionshipsOREM, Utah-Tuesday, Manti, North Sanpete, Delta and Juab’s boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Region 14 cross country championships at Lakeside Park in Orem.The North Sanpete girls took the Region 14 title with a score of 46 with Manti placing third with a score of 58. Delta placed fourth with a score of 84 and Juab placed sixth with a score of 145.Hawks star freshman Mari Briggs took the Region 14 title in a time of 20:04.00.Her North Sanpete teammates finished as follows:Junior Rachael Jones (9th place, 21:38.30), junior Aubry Cook (10th place, 21:40.80), senior Tamsin Stewart (12th place, 21:53.90), sophomore Madelyn Christensen (14th place, 22:26.80), freshman Jocelyn Stewart (15th place, 22:46.10), sophomore Tylee Henrie (24th place, 23:57.90), freshman Brooklyn Larsen (26th place, 24:08.10), freshman Mariah Cook (36th place, 26:51.10), freshman Hallee Henrie (49th place, 28:55.30).Manti junior Fiel Woods placed second (20:06.70). Her Templars teammates finished as follows:Sophomore Keltsy Fowles (5th place, 20:52.20), sophomore Isabella Knudsen (13th place, 22:01.80), freshman Cami Merrill (18th place, 23:13.90), sophomore Kaylee Gowans (20th place, 23:19.40), senior Savannah Winters (25th place, 24:06.20), junior Bethany Christensen (29th place, 24:51.70), junior Alice Grover (30th place, 25:12.70), junior April Christensen (31st place, 25:17.50), junior Aireal Mower (33rd place, 25:55.20), freshman Janey Christensen (37th place, 26:51.70), freshman Rebeckah Bishop (39th place, 27:20.30), freshman Lina Rascon (40th place, 27:40.60), junior Sydney Merrill (46th place, 28:04.90), sophomore Cynthia Bishop (47th place, 28:26.20), junior Sarah Peterson (48th place, 28:46.40), junior Katelyn Norfeldt (53rd place, 31:07.00) and sophomore Brielle Bratton (61st place, 36:06.50).Delta senior Kayli Baker placed third (20:13.70).Her Rabbits teammates finished as follows:Sophomore Paige Curtis (4th place, 20:36.70), sophomore Brynnleigh Goodwin (17th place, 23:03.90), sophomore Summer Owens (27th place, 24:38.00) freshman Saydie Anderson (52nd place, 29:44.80), freshman Vanessa Rowlette (55th place, 32:15.40), freshman Julie Carcamo (56th place, 32:31.70).Juab senior Cambree Olsen placed 22nd (23:48.20) leading the Wasps.Her Juab teammates finished as follows:Junior Michelle Bunker (34th place, 26:24.70), junior Macie Slater (41st place, 27:43.20), junior Gen Cannell (43rd place, 27:53.50), junior Evelyn Roundy (51st place, 29:16.00).For the boys, Union took the team title with a score of 35. Manti placed second with a score of 63. Juab placed third with a score of 101. North Sanpete placed fourth with a score of 107 and Delta placed sixth with a score of 149.Juab senior Dason Day won the individual Region 14 title in a time of 16:30.60.His Wasps teammates finished as follows:Sophomore Talmage Day (10th place, 17:59.30), sophomore Jackson Hanks (35th place, 19:43.40), junior Thomas Covington (36th place, 19:47.20), sophomore Luke Bender (48th place, 20:38.70), junior Jackson Baxter (49th place, 20:39.40), senior Alex Bronson (57th place, 21:09.10), sophomore Levi Covington (58th place, 21:10.30), sophomore Reid Vernon (59th place, 21:10.90), sophomore Taylor Clyde (60th place, 21:11.50), junior Kaleb Bunker (63rd place, 21:44.00), freshman Nathan Bonzo (69th place, 22:24.10), junior Jared Bradley (72nd place, 22:29.90), sophomore Asher Kretchmer (76th place, 22:34.00), junior Joshua Youngblood (80th place, 22:55.40), junior Kolten Manning (83rd place, 23:12.90), sophomore David Samuelson (89th place, 23:54.10), freshman Adam Bunker (90th place, 23:54.70), freshman Brandon Christensen (91st place, 23:56.90), sophomore Cayden Chidester (96th place, 24:46.60) and junior Ben Cannell (97th place, 25:05.40).Delta senior John McLaws placed third overall (17:05.70).His Rabbits teammates placed as follows:Sophomore Gage Smith (16th place, 18:17.90), senior Samuel Labaron (54th place, 20:59.10), freshman Hunter Dotson (79th place, 22:47.80), junior Cody Stephenson (82nd place, 23:11.50), freshman Robert Jacobs (101st place, 27:19.20), freshman Ranger Jacobs (102nd place, 31:10.50).Manti junior Josiah Carter placed seventh overall (17:29.00).His Templars teammates finished as follows:Senior Jace Sweat (11th place, 18:05.00), sophomore Brayden Braithwaite (12th place, 18:05.50), sophomore Kaystan K. Larsen (13th place, 18:12.60), senior Ben Johnson (20th place, 18:26.60), sophomore Tyler Taggart (21st place, 18:26.90), junior Hunter Powell (24th place, 18:44.00) freshman Tyler Norris (34th place, 19:16.60), sophomore Trevor Taggart (37th place, 20:04.40), freshman Lowe Rasmussen (38th place, 20:04.70), sophomore Tyler Bradley (39th place, 20:14.60), sophomore Ryan Peterson (40th place, 20:15.20), sophomore Brannigan Cheney (41st place, 20:15.60), junior Dyson Winsor (42nd place, 20:17.50), sophomore Neils Grover (53rd place, 20:53.10) senior Jack Gilbert (67th place, 22:10.00), sophomore James Narciso (84th place, 23:41.50) freshman Kye Lewis (92nd place, 24:01.80) sophomore Jacob Cox (93rd place, 24:15.90), junior Donald Southworth (94th place, 24:16.10), sophomore Hyrum Southworth (100th place, 27:06.10).North Sanpete senior Gage Cox placed sixth (17:28.70).His Hawks teammates finished as follows:Junior Morgan Bowles (19th place, 18:26.10), sophomore Tezra Fisk (30th place, 19:00.20), sophomore Ryland Cook (31st place, 19:08.30) senior Jared Strait (46th place, 20:27.50), freshman Jerry Jones (62nd place, 21:33.10), sophomore Thayne Smith (75th place, 22:33.50)Region 15 ChampionshipsSPANISH FORK, Utah-Wasatch Academy’s boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Region 15 championships Tuesday at Spanish Fork Sports Park.For the girls, Wasatch Academy sophomore Corinne Thelen (21:24.30) took the Region 15 individual championship.For the boys, Wasatch Academy senior Christopher Korir took the Region 15 individual championship in 15:48.50. October 13, 2020 /Sports News – Local Cross Country Roundup: 10/13 Tags: Cross Country Brad James Written by