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

Pique’s serious celebration after scoring against Czechs

first_img Despite this, all the attacks that a large part of the Spanish fans have been throwing at him disappeared when the Barça man beat Petr Cech. Then, and only then, the whistles have changed to an ovation and the criticism to praise. “And now what?” Pique must have thought to himself after the goal. It is probable that this will now change. The truth is, fair or otherwise, a goal in football changes everything. And many of those who jumped in delight at the defender’s header are the same people that accused him of not giving his all when wearing the Spain shirt. CEST Upd. at 19:39 Football is so great that it can shut mouths in a matter of seconds. To be exact, the three seconds that transpired while Iniesta put in a marvellous cross and Pique headed the ball into the back of the net to give Spain a vital win in their Euro 2016 debut against the Czech Republic. 13/06/2016center_img To celebrate the winner, the Barcelona centre-back immediately ran to the area of the stadium where the Spanish support was situated, behind Cech’s goal. Gerard stood in front of them stoically, with a serious and determined expression. It isn’t too difficult to interpret what was going through his mind at that moment. A mix of joy and frustration took over Pique, a man who has been treated very unfairly.  Toni Juanmarti Not Woody Allen, nor Quentin Tarantino nor any other renowned scriptwriter would have been able to draw up a better scene for Gerard Pique, a player that has had to endure all sorts of criticism over the past months: that he is not committed to the cause, that he is controversial, that he provokes… The fact he is favour of the Catalan society’s right to vote on their own future and his various verbal confrontations with Real Madrid players have put Pique in the eye of the storm during many months. last_img read more

India vs Australia 2nd ODI Preview: India look to continue their dominance over Aussies

first_imgAdvertisement wo619NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs43s2u9zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7kxWould you ever consider trying this?😱yb1oCan your students do this? 🌚bofz3Roller skating! Powered by Firework After registering an emphatic win in the first ODI at Hyderabad, India will look to continue the momentum when they take on Australia in the second ODI in Nagpur. Following the T20I series loss, the Virat Kohli led- team ticked all the boxes to thrash Australia by six wickets in the series opener on Saturday. The team chased down a moderate total of 237, thanks to the efforts of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav both of who struck 50s and were involved in a mammoth 141-run fifth wicket stand.Advertisement The two teams are still looking to fix their squads for the ICC World Cup and Nagpur could witness a heavily rotated playing XI from both the sides.The second ODI is scheduled to be played in Nagpur on March 5.India could look to give KL Rahul a go at top of the order replacing Shikhar Dhawan who did not get runs in the first face-off. In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav is expected to retain his place in the XI, having snapped up two wickets for 46 in the first match. There could be a flip between Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal for the second spinner’s spot.  The Indian team management may also look to give Rishabh Pant a chance and the flamboyant batsman could replace Ambati Rayadu at number 4. Other selections are straightforward.Advertisement In the opposite camp, Aaron  Finch, who had scores of 0 and 8 in the T20 series, continued his bad run in the first ODI, will be hoping to get some runs under his belt on Tuesday . Shaun Marsh, who has arguably been Australia’s most consistent ODI performer post the ball tampering scandal could walk in the XI in to replace Ashton Turner. Zampa’s show at Hyderabad would keep Nathan Lyon out. Australia could bring in Andrew Tye to support Zampa, ahead of Jason Behrendoff.Talking about the pitch, it is likely to be flat and might get slower as the game progresses while weather in Nagpur is likely to be clear during the match.Advertisement Teams (from):India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon. Also read:ICC wants to have a say in the running of the IPL Advertisementlast_img read more

First off the magazine mark

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The people behind history

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