May 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Volleyball Faces UCLA Thursday Written by Tags: Brenden Sander/BYU Men’s Volleyball/Gabi Garcia Fernandez/Leo Durkin/Price Jarman/UCLA FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES-Thursday, BYU men’s volleyball, the #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament nationally, finds itself in the odd position of being the higher seed in a matchup in enemy territory.By virtue of UCLA’s 3-1 win over Harvard in the first round Tuesday at their home arena, Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins remain there as the “road team” against the Cougars.Nevertheless, the Cougars still have many things going for them.These include four All-Americans on the roster as determined by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Gabi Garcia Fernandez, Brenden Sander, Price Jarman and Leo Durkin.Fernandez was named as a second-team All-American, leading the Cougars in kills per set (3.44), aces per set (0.48) and digs per set (1.32). Additionally, the native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, adds 0.83 blocks per set for good measure.Sander, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., made the first-team and amasses 3.43 kills per set, 0.96 digs per set and 0.39 aces per set.Jarman, a Las Vegas product, also made the second-team and contributes 1.15 blocks per set and 1.45 kills per set, hitting at a clip of .421.Durkin, also a native of Las Vegas, received honorable mention for the third consecutive season and boasts a .312 hitting percentage. He also contributes 10.11 assists per set, 1.30 digs per set and 0.70 blocks per set.Should the Cougars vanquish the Bruins Thursday, they would play the winner of the matchup between top-seeded Long Beach State and Ohio State May 5 at 7:00 pm MDT. The BYU-UCLA matchup will be streamed on NCAA.com Brad James
Written by Tags: All-Mountain West/Football/Utah State Aggies May 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Has 13 Football Players Named to Athlon Sports 2018 Preseason All-Mountain West Teams FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s football team has 13 players named to the Athlon Sports 2018 preseason all-Mountain West teams, it was announced Wednesday by the publication. The Aggies had five players recognized on offense, four players on defense and four specialists.Boise State had the most preseason selections with 16, followed by Utah State (13), Fresno State (12), San Diego State (11), Wyoming (11) and UNLV (9). Colorado State and Nevada had eight selections apiece, while New Mexico had six. Air Force and Hawai’i each had five selections and San José State had four.Senior offensive center Quin Ficklin, junior placekicker Dominik Eberle and junior tight end Dax Raymond were all named to the preseason all-Mountain West first team, while senior punter Aaron Dalton, senior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver and junior nose guard Christopher ‘Unga were all named to the second team. Aggies named to the preseason third team include senior offensive lineman Roman Andrus, senior safety Gaje Ferguson, senior linebacker Suli Tamaivena and sophomore punt returner Jordan Nathan, while senior offensive lineman Rob Castaneda, senior linebacker Chase Christiansen and sophomore kick returner Savon Scarver were tabbed to the Athlon Sports Preseason all-Mountain West fourth team.Ficklin, a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder from Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain HS/BYU), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and honorable mention all-MW honors from the league’s coaches after starting all 13 games at center last season. In 2017, he had an overall performance grade of 93 percent, which ranked first on the team and played 911 snaps, which also ranked first on the team among offensive linemen. For the season, he graded out at 96 percent in effort, 89 percent in assignment and 82 percent in technique as he allowed just one sack on the season. He also recorded a team-best 56 knockdowns during the year, including a season-high 11 against Wyoming.Eberle, a 6-2, 190-pounder from Nuremberg, Germany (Redondo Union (Calif.) HS), earned third-team All-America honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and honorable mention All-America honors from SB Nation as he served as the team’s placekicker in all 13 games as a sophomore. He was also named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is awarded annually to the top placekicker in college football, and garnered first-team all-Mountain West honors as he finished the season scoring a team-best 101 points as he was a perfect 47-of-47 on extra points and 18-of-24 (.750) on field goals. During the 2017 season, he set a single-game school record for points scored by a kicker with 19 at San José State as he was 4-for-4 (23, 52, 20, 27) on field goals and 7-for-7 on extra points. Those 19 points scored are the second-most by a kicker in Mountain West history and the most by a non-senior. Additionally, he kicked off 73 times for 4,405 yards (60.3 ypk) with 38 touchbacks during the year.Raymond, a 6-5, 245-pounder from Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and honorable mention all-MW honors from the league’s coaches after starting 12 games at tight end and catching 41 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown. He finished the 2017 season ranked second among all tight ends in the conference in both receptions and receiving yards and ranked second on the team in both categories as well. Of his 41 receptions, 28 resulted in a first down, with seven of those receptions being on third down. He also finished the season catching at least one pass in all 12 games he played in, including multiple receptions in 10 contests and had a streak of five or more receptions in four-straight games. He led the Aggies in receptions five times during the year, including a career-high six catches against Colorado State.Dalton, a 6-4, 220-pounder from Bountiful, Utah (Viewmont HS), punted in all 13 games in 2017 and finished the season averaging 42.0 yards as he punted 76 times for 3,193 yards. On the season, he had 10 punts of at least 50 yards with 26 of his punts being downed inside the 20-yard line, while 34 of his punts were fair caught and only nine of his punts resulted in a touchback. In all, he had at least one 50-yard punt in six different games during the year.Tarver, a 6-3, 215-pounder from Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS/Fort Scott CC), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine as he started all 13 games in 2017 and finished the season by leading the team in every receiving category. On the year, he caught 48 passes for 569 yards (11.9 ypr) and seven touchdowns, logging at least one reception in all 13 games. Overall, he ranked tied for fourth in the conference and tied for 60th nationally with his seven receiving touchdowns (0.6 pg), and ninth in the conference in receptions (3.7 pg). In all, his seven total touchdowns ranked second on the team.‘Unga, a 6-0, 300-pounder from Rochester, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS), played in nine games as a sophomore, starting seven. Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 32 tackles (16-solo, 16-assist), including 4.5 tackles for loss, to rank third on the team, while adding two quarterback hurries. In all, he recorded at least two tackles in every game he played in, including a season-high five stops against both Colorado State and Hawai’i, while adding a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss against the Rams.Andrus, a 6-4, 300-pounder from El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oakridge HS/Snow College), earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors after starting all 13 games at left tackle during his junior season. In 2017, he had an overall performance grade of 91 percent, which ranked second on the team and played 880 snaps, which also ranked second on the team among offensive linemen. In all, he graded out at 94 percent in effort, 92 percent in assignment and 84 percent in technique, and recorded 33 knockdowns, which included a season-high seven against Wyoming.Ferguson, a 6-0, 205-pounder from Mendon, Utah (Mountain Crest HS/Snow College), played in all 13 games as a junior, making 12 starts, and finished the season third on the team with 90 tackles (40-solo, 50-assist), which included 1.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss. For the season, he ranked 19th in the Mountain West with an average of 6.9 tackles per game. He also added one forced fumble and one pass breakup during the year and had two double-digit tackle outings, recording a career-high 13 stops against Colorado State and 10 tackles at Wake Forest. In all, he finished the season by recording at least four tackles in 12 of the 13 games he played in and had eight or more stops in five games.Tamaivena, a 6-0, 230-pounder from Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita HS/Mt. San Antonio JC), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine after starting all 13 games and leading the team with 111 tackles (43-solo, 68-assist) as a junior. He also led the team with 6.5 tackles for loss, tied for second with his 3.0 sacks, led the team with four quarterback hurries and tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries, while adding two pass breakups. Overall, he ranked eighth in the conference and 46th in the nation in tackles per game (8.5), and was tied for fourth in the conference and tied for 26th in the nation in fumble recoveries per game (0.15). On the season, he was one of five Aggies to record at least one tackle in every game and finished the year with six double-digit outings, which were the most by an Aggie since 2015. He also recorded double-digit tackles in five-straight games, which was the longest streak by a USU player since 2011, including a season-high 14 tackles in back-to-back games against Colorado State and Wyoming.Nathan, a 5-8, 180-pounder from Monrovia, Calif. (Monrovia HS), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine as a punt returner in 2017, as he returned 23 punts for 196 yards (8.5 ypr) to rank third in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation with his average of 8.5 yards per return. He also started 12 games at wide receiver as a redshirt freshman and finished the year third on the team with 324 receiving yards and fourth in receptions with 25, averaging 13.0 yards per catch.Castaneda, a 6-4, 300-pounder from Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS/Ellsworth CC), started all 13 games as a junior, including 11 at right guard and two at right tackle. In all, he played 837 snaps, which ranked third on the team among offensive linemen, and had an overall performance grade of 90 percent, which also ranked third on the team. Overall, he graded out at 94 percent in effort, 90 percent in assignment and 81 percent in technique, and recorded 51 knockdowns during the year, including a season-high seven against both San José State and Hawai’i.Christiansen, a 6-1, 230-pounder from Stansbury, Utah (Stansbury HS), started all 12 games he played in as a junior and finished the season fourth on the team with 71 tackles (32-solo, 39-assist). He was also tied for fourth on the team with 4.0 tackles for loss, while adding 1.0 sacks, as he ranked 32nd in the Mountain West in tackles per game (5.9), and was fifth in the conference and 32nd nationally in forced fumbles per game (0.25). His best game of his junior season was against BYU as he had a career-high 10 tackles for his first-career double-digit tackle outing, to go along with a forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and tackle for loss. In all, he finished the season by recording at least one tackle in all 12 games he played in and had at least five stops in nine different games.Scarver, a 5-11, 185-pounder from Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS), played in all 13 games as a true freshman as he returned 26 kickoffs for 625 yards (24.0 ypr) and one touchdown, which is the most return yards by an Aggie since 2011. He also scored his first career kickoff return for a touchdown against New Mexico State in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on a 96-yard return, which ranks tied for the sixth-longest kickoff return in school history and the first-ever in a bowl game. As a wide receiver, he caught 11 passes for 240 yards (21.8 ypr) and one touchdown and carried the ball five times for 14 yards (2.8 ypc).Utah State, which returns 18 starters (O-9, D-9) and 50 letterwinners (O-20, D-28, S-2) from last year’s NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl team, will open the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 31, at Michigan State and begins its home season the following weekend against New Mexico State on Saturday, Sept. 8. Mountain West play begins for USU two weekends later as it hosts Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 22.For Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on Facebook at Utah State Football, as well as on Instagram atinstagram.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics. Robert Lovell
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailskynesher/iStock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — The NHL will track player and puck movement next season, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Friday from All-Star Weekend in San Jose.Currently, the NFL is the only pro sports league in North America that uses wearable tracking technology.It’s unclear when the league will implement this technology. Bettman says testing continues and the league is gathering feedback from players, teams and broadcasters.ESPN reports that the technology involves micropchips created by German company Jogmo World Corp., which are inserted into players’ shoulder pads and encased in specially designed pucks. Antennas use radio frequencies to track the motion of the microchips. Ideally, the technology would allow broadcasters to have more detailed real-time statistics. The league has tested this technology at the 2018 All-Star Game and will test it again this weekend. Testing has also been done at the New Jersey Devils and Las Vegas Golden Knights arenas. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by January 25, 2019 /Sports News – National NFL plans to use player and puck tracking technology next season Beau Lund
January 28, 2019 /Sports News – National Survey estimates Americans will bet $6 billion on Super Bowl LIII Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJustin Heiman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Americans are expected to wager a huge sum of money on the biggest football game of the year, according to a survey by the American Gaming Association.The survey results released Monday say Americans will bet an estimated $6 billion — legal and illegal — on Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court made it possible for states outside Nevada to authorize sports betting when it struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. This year’s Super Bowl will be the first NFL title game since legal sports books began showing up in states other than Nevada, according to ESPN.“The interest in legal, regulated sports betting in the United States has never been higher,” said Bill Miller, the American Gaming Association’s president and chief executive officer. “More Americans than ever before will be able to place their bets with legal sportsbooks now operating in eight states, generating valuable revenue for state, local and tribal governments and increasing fan engagement with the game.”But even with the existence of more legal betting pathways (eight states now offer legal, regulated sports betting), the trade group’s survey results say 1.8 million people still plan to bet illegally through a bookie. Almost 10 percent of Americans surveyed generally plan to bet on the Super Bowl, with 52 percent of that group betting on the Rams and 48 percent planning to put their money on the Patriots. Despite the survey’s indication that more betting Americans are backing the Rams, ESPN reports the Super Bowl at Las Vegas sportsbooks show more “betting action” for the Patriots. On Sunday afternoon, more than 80 percent of money wagered on the Super Bowl at Caesar’s Palace was on the New England Patriots. Other Las Vegas sportsbooks, including MGM Resorts also report the Patriots are receiving the lion’s share of the Super Bowl wagers.Super Bowl LIII kicks off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAndrew Redington/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It’s a sports kind of day at the White House. For the second year in a row, President Trump will present the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy to the Army football team on Monday. The West Point squad once again came out on top in a round robin competition against the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy. Later, the president will turn his attention to his favorite sport — golf. Monday night, President Trump will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods, just weeks after the golf star won the Masters tournament. The president said he was awarding the medal to Woods because of his “incredible success and comeback in sports [golf] and, more importantly, life.”The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest honor a civilian can receive.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 6, 2019 /Sports News – National Trump to present top awards to Army football, Tiger Woods at the White House Beau Lund
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah.-As confirmed Wednesday, Utah State men’s basketball will face Florida December 21 at Sunrise, Fla. as part of the 26th annual Metro by T-Mobile Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.This will be the second game for the Aggies this upcoming season against an SEC foe as they will face the LSU Tigers November 22 at Montego Bay, Jamaica as part of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic.This will also be the second all-time meeting between the Aggies and the Gators as Florida escaped with a 60-58 victory November 22, 1999.The Aggies also represent the 12th NCAA Tournament team from 2018-19 that the Gators will face this upcoming season. Written by Tags: Florida/LSU Tigers/T-Mobile Orange Bowl Basketball Classic/USU Men’s Basketball July 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball To Face Florida December 21 Brad James
October 8, 2019 /Sports News – National High school football player’s 1-handed catch goes viral Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — This high school football player just pulled off a pro move that would make Odell Beckham Jr. jealous. Craig Richardson Jr. from North East High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, pulled off an impressive outstretched one-handed catch during a home game against Dundein on Friday.His older brother Keith Harrington, who currently plays college football for Washington State University, filmed the play and shared the video on Twitter with the caption, “I swear my lil brother might be the best player in high school football.” Since he posted it, the video has been viewed over 31,000 times and retweeted by athletic film site Hudl and House of Highlights.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFSWORLD SERIESLA Dodgers 4, Tampa Bay 2NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEBuffalo 18, NY Jets 10Pittsburgh 27, Tennessee 24Green Bay 35, Houston 20Cleveland 37, Cincinnati 34New Orleans 27, Carolina 24Detroit 23, Atlanta 22Washington 25, Dallas 3Tampa Bay 45, Las Vegas 20Kansas City 43, Denver 16San Francisco 33, New England 6LA Chargers 39, Jacksonville 29Arizona 37, Seattle 34 (OT)MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERLos Angeles FC 2, LA Galaxy 0Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. October 26, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard Roundup — 10/25/20 Written by Beau Lund
Tags: Pac-12 November 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local The Pac-12 Approves Plan For Non-Conference Football Games Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO-In a Thursday statement released by the Pac-12 Conference, its CEO group has approved the flexibility for Pac-12 universities to schedule non-conference football game opponents.These potential games are subject to certain parameters. They are as follows:All Pac-12 testing and related protocols must be adhered to by the non-conference opponent.The non-conference game will, in all cases, be a home game for the Pac-12 team and be broadcast by a Pac-12 television partner.If a Pac-12 opponent becomes available by the end of day Thursday in any given week, the conference game must be played in lieu of any non-conference game.As a Pac-12 institution, the University of Utah is affected by this ruling.
US commits $33m for natural gas pipeline retrofitting projects. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay) The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $33 million in funding for 10 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) program. REPAIR teams will develop natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast iron and bare steel pipes by creating new, robust pipes inside of old ones.“Enhancing America’s energy infrastructure, particularly for our abundant, reliable and affordable natural gas, is one of the highest priorities of this Administration,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. “The United States is now the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, and natural gas exports have quadrupled since President Trump took office. In order to keep up with this growing industry, it is imperative we modernize and build out infrastructure to safely and efficiently bring this product to market.“Natural gas is a crucial energy source for 75 million American households and businesses,” said ARPA-E Director Lane Genatowski. “REPAIR teams will develop technology that enables gas utilities to update their distribution systems at low cost and continue to reliably service commercial and residential gas delivery needs nationwide.”The selected REPAIR teams are developing smart coatings, robotic systems to line the inside of pipes, inspection tools to verify the integrity of the pipes, and mapping tools to enable 3D renderings of pipes and adjacent underground infrastructure. Technologies developed through these projects are working to extend the life of rehabilitated pipes by a minimum of 50 years and ensuring they have sufficient material properties to operate without reliance on the exterior pipe, all while meeting utility and regulatory requirements for use in natural gas distribution pipes.Legacy pipes are still in use today and make up roughly 3% of distribution pipes in use. These legacy pipes account for a disproportionate number of leaks compared to modern infrastructure. REPAIR teams are developing technologies to address deficiencies while also working toward a 10-to-20-times reduction in cost per mile. Source: Company Press Release REPAIR teams will develop natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast iron