Mike Sorensen: Utah Jazz: At least pick didn’t get booed

first_img Related All of a sudden we have a little bit of everything going on in the world of sports …It’s probably a good thing the Jazz didn’t invite the fans for draft night at the EnergySolutions Arena like they have in the past. The reaction to the pick of Kosta Koufos would likely have been similar to the reaction at Madison Square Garden when the Knicks chose Italian Danilo Gallinari. Which was similar to the one at my house by my Jazz-fan son when the Jazz chose Koufos …There’s something about unknown big guys with funny names that makes fans wary. Sometimes they work out (Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobli) and sometimes they don’t (Darko Milicic, Niciloz Tskitishvili, Oleksiy Pecherov, Greg Ostertag) …The Jazz brass certainly were excited to get a player projected to be picked as high as 13 or 14 at No. 23. However, the simple fact is, Koufos fell to 23 for a reason or else a bunch of teams would have taken him. You can’t say the Jazz got a lottery player. He’s still a No. 23 pick …I’m not saying Koufos won’t be a good player. He’s been compared favorably by some to Mehmet Okur, so perhaps he can take the Turk’s place in four or five years. By then he’ll only be 23 or 24 …Good for BYU’s Trent Plaisted to get drafted after a lot of folks thought he wouldn’t. I’ll still be surprised if he sticks on Detroit’s roster, but then again I’m still surprised former BYU center Greg Kite lasted for 12 seasons in the NBA …Speaking of Kite, did you know he started 225 games during his career, including all 82 in 1990-91 with Orlando? At least Plaisted is a slightly better free-throw shooter than Kite, who shot an abysmal 48.6 percent from the foul line in his NBA career …Once again, no American male players made it to the second week of Wimbledon. This year was one of the worst ever, however, with only one American male player making it as far as the third round, the worst U.S. showing since 1926. With Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova both eliminated last week, the Williams sisters are on a collision course for the finals, unless they start playing like the American men …How about former Salt Lake pitcher Jered Weaver becoming just the fifth pitcher in Major League history to be the losing pitcher in a no-hitter pitched by his own team. Weaver pitched the first six innings of the Angels 1-0 loss to the Dodgers Friday, but his error contributed to L.A.’s only run in the fifth inning …Just when local fans were getting excited about the Blaze, they go and blow a lead and lose a playoff game at home. While it was disappointing, give Danny White and the Blaze credit for recovering from that awful 0-9 start all the way to hosting a first-round playoff game …Just when local fans are getting excited about Real Salt Lake after five straight games without a loss, the team goes and loses in the worst possible way — an own-goal in the 89th minute to one of the league’s worst teams. At least RSL still has more than three months left on its schedule, unlike the Blaze, who are done for the year …Not that an American has to win the U.S. Women’s Open, but it was too bad to see Stacy Lewis fade badly Sunday with a 78. The winner, in case you didn’t see, was 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park, not to be confused with Angela Park, a 19-year-old Brazilian-born 19-year-old of Korean descent, who lives in California. She finished in a tie for third place with Lewis and In-Kyung Kim, not to be confused with Mi Hyun Kim, who finished in a tie for sixth, and Song-Hee Kim, who tied for 24th …Who’s the best player on the PGA Tour now that Tiger Woods is out for the season? It’s got to be 47-year-old Kenny Perry, who won for the second time this year at the Buick Open and moved into third place on the FedEx points list. Kenny Perry? Yikes … Finally, for all you diehard college football fans, the season begins exactly two months from today for BYU, Utah and Utah State (Weber State starts two days earlier), with training camps a little more than a month away. Utah Jazz notes: Williams making himself at home in Utah — all yearcenter_img E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

CHAO NAMED U SPORTS ALL-CANADIAN

first_img F Erika Crouse Ryerson Kirkland Lake, Ont. Criminology Story Links G Tory Micklash UBC 3 East St. Paul, Man. Kinesiology Pos. First Name Last Name School Elig. Hometown Program First Team F Breanne Trotter Mount Royal Okotoks, Alta. University Entrance option All-Rookie Team F April Clark Western 4  St. Mary’s, Ont. Kinesiology F Jessica Cormier Montreal 5 Cap-Aux-Meiles, Que. Business For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Version F Katryne Villeneuve Moncton 5 Casselman, Ont. Leisure, Sport & Tourism  Management D Lindsey Donovan StFX 3 Miramichi, N.B. Arts F Autumn MacDougall Alberta 4  Cole Harbour, N.S. Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation G Kendra Woodland UNB Kamloops, B.C.  Arts Pos. First Name Last Name School Elig. Hometown Program D Cristine Chao Toronto 4 Toronto, Ont. Commerce D Claudia Fortin Concordia 4 Quebec City, Que. Exercise Science F Tyra Meropoulis StFX Edson, Alta. Business Admin. Fourth-year University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey defenceman Cristine Chao was named a second team all-Canadian at the 2019 U SPORTS awards gala on Wednesday night (March 13) in Charlottetown, P.E.I.Chao becomes the first Varsity Blue to earn all-Canadian honours since standout goaltender Nicole Kesteris in 2013-14.”Cristine has been solid for us this season, both defensively and on the attack,” said Varsity Blues head coach Vicky Sunohara. “She worked hard on her fitness during the off season and it has definitely paid off. We call on her to play in all situations and shut down our opponent’s top line.”The Toronto native was named both the OUA defenceman of the year and the most sportsmanlike player, while also earning OUA first team all-star honours this season.A commerce major, Chao led all OUA defencemen in goals (7) and points (17) in 24 regular season games this year. Now a three-time OUA all-star, Chao quarterbacked Toronto’s powerplay to a No. 1 rating, all while amassing only four penalty minutes all season.The Blues open the 2019 U SPORTS championships versus the top-seeded Alberta Pandas on Friday at 2 p.m., EST. The game will be streamed live on USPORTS.live.BRODRICK TROPHY (Player of the Year): Alex Poznikoff, AlbertaROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Erika Crouse, RyersonMARION HILLIARD AWARD (Student-Athlete Community Service): Jenna Gray, YorkFOX 40 COACH OF THE YEAR: Howie Draper, Alberta2019 U SPORTS WOMEN’S HOCKEY ALL-CANADIANS D Jenna MacLean UNB Wilcox, Sask.  Kinesiology D Rylind MacKinnon UBC Cranbrook, B.C. Kinesiology Pos. First Name Last Name School Hometown Program F Alex Poznikoff Alberta 4 Edmonton, Alta. Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation Second Team F Jade Downie-Landry McGill 3 St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. Psychology D Erica Rieder Manitoba 5 Regina, Sask. Environment, Earth & Resources G Tricia Deguire McGill 3 Sherbrooke, Que. Kinesiologylast_img read more

Jermain Defoe hails Wayne Rooney and says he will be missed by England

first_imgJermain Defoe feels Wayne Rooney has retired from England duty with “nothing to prove”.Rooney called time on his international career last week, informing Gareth Southgate when the Three Lions boss phoned him to say he wanted to recall him to a squad he had not featured in since last NovemberThe 31-year-old, who left Manchester United to return to his boyhood club Everton over the summer, has 119 caps, more than any other outfield England player, and is his country’s record goalscorer, having netted 53 times.A common criticism of his England career is that after lighting up the group stage of Euro 2004 as a teenager, Rooney failed to deliver at subsequent major tournaments.Fellow forward Defoe, who is part of Southgate’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, has nothing but praise for the former captain.“He has done so much and has nothing to prove, and that’s for club and country – he has nothing to prove,” Defoe, 34, said of Rooney, who is also United’s record goalscorer.“I just want to wish him all the best for the future. He’ll be missed.“As a striker you get judged on scoring goals and to be the record England goalscorer, that is something special.“From a young age, when he got into the squad, the pressure that was on his shoulders was probably more than for a lot of the boys, which is never easy.“So to be that consistent for all those years, he deserves a lot of credit.”Asked what he made of Rooney opting to quit representing England despite being three years younger than Defoe, the Bournemouth frontman said: “Everyone’s different.“Some players get into their thirties and might feel like they would rather concentrate on club football. Maybe physically they might feel like not playing so much football would help them play better for their clubs.“There are different players and different reasons. I don’t think the age thing really matters to be honest.”He added: “It feels strange (that Rooney will no longer be an England player), because I was in the squad with Wayne for a number of years.“But you have to respect his decision. In terms of international goals and records like that, he is at the top. So in a way you can understand it.“He has done so much for England. He’s had a great career.”Defoe, who has scored 20 goals in 57 caps, made a return to former employers over the summer himself when he departed Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League and joined Bournemouth, the club he spent time on loan with aged 18.The Cherries have made a poor start to the season, losing each of their opening three top-flight games, but Defoe is “100 per cent” confident they will not be involved in a battle to beat the drop this term.“It is not going to happen, 100 per cent – not with just how it is there,” Defoe said.“Since I’ve been there I’ve been so impressed with how hard the boys work, not just on the training pitch but in the gym.“I think the whole set-up is amazing and that it’s a matter of time before we start getting results. I think, with what I’ve seen since I’ve been there, we’ll be fine.”Regarding what lies immediately in front of him, with Group F leaders England playing Malta away on Friday before hosting Slovakia three days later, Defoe said: “People expect us to win both games.“We look at it and feel we should, and that’s what we want to do.“But at the same time you can’t take any team lightly. You can’t look at the fixtures and think it is an easy game.“You have to prepare exactly the same, as if you are playing France or Spain or whoever it is, and that is what we are doing.“We met up on Sunday evening and we are doing everything right, ticking every box, to make sure we get the two wins.” Wayne Rooney has a record 53 goals in 119 appearances for England 1last_img read more