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Deseret News: Pope unplugged: Relentless new BYU coach outlines vision for future of basketball program
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
PROVO -- On a warm spring day in mid-May, new BYU basketball coach Mark Pope hosted three local reporters for a question-and-answer session on the back patio of his home away from home, the Marriott Center Annex.
Pope folded his 6-foot-10 frame into a chair and for nearly an hour, he fielded a wide array of questions about the program and how he is approaching this job.
The main takeaway? Pope's enthusiasm, energy and relentlessness know no bounds.
His message to the media, fans, recruits and his players is drenched with optimism, leaving everyone listening with the impression that Pope believes anything is possible.
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Salt Lake Tribune: This summer could be make-or-break for Jazz big man Tony Bradley
This offseason will be absolutely pivotal for determining just how good the guy that the Jazz traded up to grab in the 2017 draft can be in the NBA.
But while the Louisville product will looking to ascend to superstardom, his fellow draftee of two years ago, center Tony Bradley, is still fighting to prove he belongs at all.
In two seasons, he has appeared in a total of just 12 NBA games, and has career averages of 2.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting just 40.7% from the field -- numbers which don't exactly move the needle.
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Vanquish the Foe: What will BYU basketball's roster look like for the 2019-20 season?
With official news coming in Friday afternoon that former BYU Cougar and reigning WAC player of the year Jake Toolson will be back in Provo, BYU's roster is nearly set for the upcoming season.
Emphasis on the word nearly as BYU still has one scholarship to give away. BYU took its self-imposed one-scholarship reduction last season, so the team will have the full allotment of 13 this upcoming season.
So, what will Mark Pope decide to do with vacant slot? Here's where the roster currently stands.
Jake Toolson - G
Richard Harward - F/C (must sit out and redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules)
Trevin Knell - G
If you notice, BYU is VERY thin in the frontcourt.
Salt Lake Tribune: Utah man gets 15 years to life for 2016 murder
Provo, Utah * A Utah man will spend 15 years to life behind bars for killing a 22-year-old man who was forced to dig his own grave.
The Daily Herald reports 22-year-old Raul Vidrio of Mount Pleasant was sentenced Thursday for the first-degree murder of Wesley Nay.
According to court documents, Vidrio burned Nay's body in a shallow grave in September 2016.
Authorities arrested Vidrio in a stolen truck where they found shovels, gas jugs and a knife with blood matching Nay.
Investigators found a video on Vidrio's phone showing Nay digging a hole in the grassy meadow near Indianola where his body was found.
Deseret News: Top-seed, weak-hitting BYU eliminated from WCC Baseball Tournament
SALT LAKE CITY -- The BYU baseball team claimed its first regular-season conference championship in 30 years this season but the top-seeded Cougars, ranked No. 24 by Baseball America, crumbled in the West Coast Conference Tournament at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, California.
After falling to No. 4 Loyola Marymount in Thursday's opener, BYU dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 2 Gonzaga Friday afternoon and was eliminated.
Now the Cougars will have to wait until Monday morning to find out if they've done enough in the regular season to earn an at-large berth to the 64-team NCAA Tournament.
Deseret News: LMU's Paiva dominates BYU in 4-1 win in WCC Tournament opener
Suddenly, top-seed BYU is hoping history repeats itself.
The Cougars dropped their West Coast Conference Tournament opener to No. 4 Loyola Marymount, 4-1, Thursday at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, California.
Two years ago, BYU lost its opening game to LMU, then improbably won four consecutive elimination games to capture the WCC Tournament title and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
For the Cougars to capture another tournament title, they will have to follow the same path in the double-elimination tournament.
On Thursday, LMU pitcher Codie Paiva threw a complete game five-hitter and struck out 11 BYU batters.
Salt Lake Tribune: Monson: We say goodbye to a Utah Jazz icon. Sylvia Orton was unknown to most, but loved by everybody who knew her.
A lot of fans think they know the Jazz because they watch Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert play, they see Quin Snyder coach, they hear Dennis Lindsey speak, and they're aware of and appreciate Gail Miller sitting court-side as the team's owner.
All of that is part of the picture, but not the full measure of it.
There are hundreds of people, some of them who do their work completely behind the scenes, who make up the Jazz mosaic -- in offices, in team headquarters at the practice facility, at the arena, in the aisles, in the suites, in the kitchens, in the stat rooms, on the concourses, on duty and on watch in and through the bowels of the venue where the Jazz play.
Salt Lake Tribune: Red All Over: Ute baseball team needs some help to avoid a last-place finish in the Pac-12
Something like this happened in Pac-12 basketball in January 2013, when USC fired its coach the day after the Trojans beat Utah by 17 points in Salt Lake City. Washington State dismissed its baseball coach this week, not long after the Cougars beat Utah 8-4 at Smith's Ballpark.
The move immediately affects the Utes in this sense: They need WSU to lose one of three home games vs. Arizona this week, enabling them to stay above last place in the 11-team conference. WSU is 3-23-1 in Pac-12 play; Utah finished 6-24, after taking two of three games in a series with the Cougars.
Salt Lake Tribune: Riverton and Herriman, starting their own police forces, demand a $600K share of Unified Police Department assets
Riverton and Herriman have filed a lawsuit against Unified Police Department, saying it has not shared assets owed to the cities as they reestablish their own police departments.
The 3rd District Court lawsuit, filed Monday, is asking for at least $300,000 for each city.
Herriman and Riverton were founding members of the Unified Police Department when it was created by an interlocal agreement in 2009. According to the suit, the cities transferred equipment and supplies to the UPD and began paying quarterly fees for police coverage.
Because the cities were members of UPD for over five years, the suit said, they are entitled to receive a proportionate share of its assets and liabilities when they withdraw.
Deseret News: Top-seeded BYU Cougars have work cut out for them in first game of conference tournament
PROVO -- For the first time since joining the West Coast Conference, BYU is the top seed in the league's four-team baseball tournament.
"It means we get to wear white uniforms and face the best pitcher in the league," said coach Mike Littlewood.
Yes, the Cougars will confront No. 4 Loyola Marymount's ace, senior Codie Paiva, the WCC Pitcher of the Year, when they collide with the Lions in the first game of the WCC Tournament on Thursday (4 p.m. MDT, TheW.tv) at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, California.
The loser of that game will drop into the consolation bracket, making it more difficult to win the tournament and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA regional.
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Deseret News: BYU baseball captures 1st outright conference title in 30 years but sights are set on winning conference tournament, getting to NCAAs
PROVO -- When the BYU baseball program found out it had won its first outright regular season conference championship in 30 years and earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming West Coast Conference Tournament for the first time, the celebration was somewhat subdued.
The Cougars finished the regular season with a victory over Santa Clara last Saturday. That night, BYU was flying back home when Loyola Marymount defeated Gonzaga, which meant that the Cougars had clinched the outright title.
"There was no dog pile when we won the (outright) championship. Of course, we found out while we were on an airplane -- that would have been awkward," joked coach Mike Littlewood, who was sitting near the front of the plane that night.
Salt Lake Tribune: Dana Milbank: Trump paved the way for Alabama's abortion law
Washington * The ship has sailed, the train has left the station, the horse is out of the barn, the genie is out of the bottle, and the toothpaste is out of the tube.
"As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions -- Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother -- the same position taken by Ronald Reagan," Trump tweeted on the weekend.
He was trying to distance himself from Alabama's new law begging the Supreme Court to ban abortions even for victims of rape and incest.