May 6, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU/Utah Compete At Sacramento State Open FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSACRAMENTO, Calif.-Saturday, Brigham Young and Utah’s track and field squads competed at the Sacramento State Open, if, for nothing else, because the NCAA West regionals will be here later this month.It’s always wise, if you have the opportunity, to prepare yourself for a track surface and land for field events where you will prepare to contend for a national championship.The Cougars appeared to adapt just fine as the Cougar men won the title with 180 points, besting host Sacramento State, who finished second with 157 points. The Brigham Young women dominated the field, posting 182 points and Sacramento State was far behind with 156 points. Utah’s women placed sixth with 21 points.To start things off, Brigham Young’s Dallin Farnsworth won the men’s 5000-meter dash in a time of 14:23.43. His teammate, Connor Weaver, finished close behind him at 14:24.98.The Cougars also swept the men’s and women’s 3000-meter steeplechases as Sara Musselman won the women’s event in 10:25.99 and the men’s winner was Porter Reddish, posting a time of 8:53.00.The men’s 1500-meter run saw Marcus Dickson win the individual crown for the Cougars, posting a time of 3:46.67.The women’s 4 x 100 relay was won by the Cougars in a time of 45.61 seconds, while Keesha Miller, Haley Rogers, Ellie Quackenbush and Madie Mathews were on this winning squad.The women’s 100-meter hurdles title was won by the Cougars’ Nicole Lord in 14.03 seconds.The women’s 400-meter dash saw Brigham Young’s Lauren Rawlinson place second, while Jackie Martin and Mesa Weidle of Utah placed fifth and sixth, respectively.The men’s and women’s 100-meter dashes were both won by Cougar athletes with the women’s title being won by Keesha Miller in 12.01 seconds and Clark Brown was first with 10.48 seconds.In the women’s 800-meter run, Brigham Young’s Karina Haymore placed second and Utah’s Grace Englund placed fourth with the Cougars’ Taylor Cox placing sixth overall.David Graham of Brigham Young placed second in the boys’ 800-meter run and the Cougars swept both 400-meter hurdles titles. The women’s winner was Brenna Porter in 58.20 seconds and Colten Yardley won the men’s title in 52.18 seconds.The women’s high jump title was won by Brigham Young’s Andrea Stapleton with a leap of 5 feet and 9-75 inches. Her teammate, Ellyana Long placed second.In the women’s pole vault, Brigham Young’s Sierra Hansen won the women’s pole vault crown with a leap of 13-01.75 feet.The men’s long jump title was also won by a Cougar as Tomi Adegoke had a leap of 24-07.25 feet.Finally, the Cougars also won the men’s shot put title with Jefferson Jarvis posting a toss of 57-06.5o feet Tags: BYU/Sacramento State/Utah Written by Brad James
That might not be enough. Scott has two years left on his contract worth around $8.5 million. Though he is guaranteed salary for the 2016-17 season, financial concerns have not stopped the Lakers from experiencing splits from recent coaches.The Lakers fired Mike Brown five games into his second season (2012). Mike D’Antoni also resigned following his second year (2014). Yet, Bryant downplayed the scrutiny Scott has received in developing the team’s core young players. “I’ve seen Phil (Jackson) win 67 games here and get criticized,” Bryant said. “What does that tell you? It doesn’t make a difference. People are always going to criticize. You just continue to do the job the best way you know how.” The fanbase mostly has become frustrated with coach Byron Scott’s every move. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak also has declined this week to offer any vote of confidence. But with Scott serving both as his rookie mentor and strong advocate during his 20th and final NBA season, Kobe Bryant offered some sympathy for the Lakers’ embattled coach.Bryant credited Scott for “channeling his inner Zen” while overseeing the Lakers (11-45) field the Western Conference’s worst record entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls (28-26) at United Center. “It’s been very tough. But I think he’s managing it very well,” Bryant said of Scott. “He’s remaining consistent and continuing to try to bring the best out of these young guys and demanding the best from them. He’s doing the best he can in the situation.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Memory laneThe Lakers technically listed Bryant as probable to play on Sunday in Chicago after dislocating the middle finger of his right hand. But it seems all but certain Bryant would play. X-rays turned out negative and revealed no fracture. Bryant has “many great memories” in playing in the arena that Michael Jordan built. “There’s an energy to the arena and unbelievable history that they have there,” Bryant said. “It’s a special significance to me personally growing up watching Michael, Scottie (Pippen) and all those guys play and having learned so much watching them perform there.”• RELATED: Who’s better? Breaking down Kobe vs. MJThat included when Bryant attended an NBA Finals game in 1996 between the Bulls and Seattle Supersonics with Jermaine O’Neal following rookie camp. “Somebody tricked us and said they had great tickets,” Bryant said. “We were up in the nosebleeds. I felt like we were going to fall. That’s how high up we were. We needed binoculars to see.”Rave reviewThe antsy feeling grew for Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. for two reasons. He became frustrated he sat out of the NBA’s Dunk Contest last weekend amid soreness in his right knee. Nance could not keep his eyes off the screen as Minnesota guard Zach LaVine and Orlando forward Aaron Gordon kept trading jaw-dropping dunks.“It was obviously very impressive. But I’m biased. 1984 is the best dunk contest,” said Nance, mindful that his father won that contest. “But they were up there. They were flying.”That left Nance eager to top that presuming he appears in the NBA dunk contest next year.“I’ve been brainstorming for a while,” Nance said. “I have a pretty good repertoire. But after that last dunk contest, I got to tune it up.”
It didn’t take long for Charles Clay to find a new team.The Cardinals on Tuesday announced they have signed the free-agent tight end to a one-year deal. According to ESPN, Clay’s contract is worth up to $32.5 million and includes a $350,000 signing bonus. Welcome to AZ, @C42Clay!https://t.co/tesoxgMvp1— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) February 19, 2019Clay, who turned 30 last week, was initially selected by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2011 draft but agreed to a deal with the Bills in 2015 after Miami elected not to match Buffalo’s offer.The Bills released Clay last week.Clay caught 21 passes for 184 yards and no touchdowns in 2018.