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Notoriously a fan favorite and locker room presence with RSL during the club’s rise to prominence in Major League Soccer, Johnson still captains a rival on the rise in the Portland Timbers. “It isn’t as strange to see him on the other side of the pitch now when we’re playing those g... Sandy • The sting of the loss has worn off, as has the awkwardness of seeing a close friend suddenly sporting forest green. But that doesn’t mean Will Johnson’s days at Real Salt Lake have been abandoned from memory. Notoriously a fan favorite and locker room presence with RSL during the club’s rise to prominence in Major League Soccer, Johnson still captains a rival on the rise in the Portland Timbers. “It isn’t as strange to see him on the other side of the pitch now when we’re playing those g... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57833071@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:24:44 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes ready for the final push http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57831859-89/season-utes-utah-final.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • A big smile spread across Mary Beth Lofgren’s face when asked what this season has been like for Utah’s gymnastics team. “It has been crazy,” she said. “With the exception of the Stanford meet, we’ve been building with every meet and we just want to keep that going.” They only need to make one final push. Finally, the fifth-ranked Utes are at the culmination of all their hard work as the NCAA championships begin Friday in Birmingham, Ala. Shortly after they finished ninth last... Birmingham, Ala. • A big smile spread across Mary Beth Lofgren’s face when asked what this season has been like for Utah’s gymnastics team. “It has been crazy,” she said. “With the exception of the Stanford meet, we’ve been building with every meet and we just want to keep that going.” They only need to make one final push. Finally, the fifth-ranked Utes are at the culmination of all their hard work as the NCAA championships begin Friday in Birmingham, Ala. Shortly after they finished ninth last... 57831859@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:24:44 MDT NHL playoffs: St. Louis beat Chicago in triple overtime http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57835136-77/game-overtime-beat-scored.html.csp St. Louis • Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. “It’s big. We want to start this series off on a good note,” Steen said. “Especially at home in front of our fans.” Ryan Mi... St. Louis • Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. “It’s big. We want to start this series off on a good note,” Steen said. “Especially at home in front of our fans.” Ryan Mi... 57835136@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:12:02 MDT Monson: Great news! The Jazz are exactly who we thought they were http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57832959-87/jazz-players-season-corbin.html.csp All is well in Zion. No, no, really. Buck up. It’s OK. As Jazz players and coaches put punctuation on a 25-57 season by packing up and clearing out on an occasion so magnificently utilitarian in its name — locker-clean-out day — there was good news. This team is exactly where it figured to be at this point in the plan. You could have put the whole thing in the books last October. Even Ty Corbin uttered these words: “It was what I expected.” Where precisely are the Jazz? Right here: in fine posi... All is well in Zion. No, no, really. Buck up. It’s OK. As Jazz players and coaches put punctuation on a 25-57 season by packing up and clearing out on an occasion so magnificently utilitarian in its name — locker-clean-out day — there was good news. This team is exactly where it figured to be at this point in the plan. You could have put the whole thing in the books last October. Even Ty Corbin uttered these words: “It was what I expected.” Where precisely are the Jazz? Right here: in fine posi... 57832959@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:51:03 MDT Utah basketball signs top junior college power forward Chris Reyes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57829818-89/reyes-junior-utah-basketball.html.csp He signed with Saint Mary’s out of high school. He took a detour to Citrus Junior College, and became one of the best JUCO power forwards in the country. Now, Chris Reyes is back playing Division I basketball. The 6-foot-7 rising junior officially signed with Utah on Wednesday morning, becoming a Ute when he faxed over his letter of intent. With his signature, Reyes becomes the fourth member of Larry Krystkowiak’s recruiting class. “I’m really excited to join Utah,” Reyes said. “It’s an excellen... He signed with Saint Mary’s out of high school. He took a detour to Citrus Junior College, and became one of the best JUCO power forwards in the country. Now, Chris Reyes is back playing Division I basketball. The 6-foot-7 rising junior officially signed with Utah on Wednesday morning, becoming a Ute when he faxed over his letter of intent. With his signature, Reyes becomes the fourth member of Larry Krystkowiak’s recruiting class. “I’m really excited to join Utah,” Reyes said. “It’s an excellen... 57829818@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Utah football: Filipo Mokofisi following in dad’s footsteps http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57830397-89/mokofisi-says-defensive-coach.html.csp He has been sizing up this man his whole life. Filipo Mokofisi stands 6-foot-3, 265 pounds — square-jawed and broad-shouldered. At 19, he already possesses the moves of a wily vet. His high school coach compares his talent to that of Star Lotulelei, now mauling interior offensive linemen in a Sunday time slot. But the question looms: Can Mokofosi Jr. take Mokofisi Sr.? Junior thinks so. Senior? Not so much. “Maybe in five years or so,” says Mokofisi Sr., laughing. Sooner than that, though — at... He has been sizing up this man his whole life. Filipo Mokofisi stands 6-foot-3, 265 pounds — square-jawed and broad-shouldered. At 19, he already possesses the moves of a wily vet. His high school coach compares his talent to that of Star Lotulelei, now mauling interior offensive linemen in a Sunday time slot. But the question looms: Can Mokofosi Jr. take Mokofisi Sr.? Junior thinks so. Senior? Not so much. “Maybe in five years or so,” says Mokofisi Sr., laughing. Sooner than that, though — at... 57830397@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Utah gymnastics: Wilson, others have shot at individual titles http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57833894-89/utes-wilson-utah-beam.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • While the Utes’ main goal for Friday’s competition is to qualify for the Super Six, there are other rewards available for the Utes on Friday. The individual all-around champion will be crowned from Friday’s competition and the top four gymnasts in each event from each session will advance to Sunday’s individual event finals. Utah’s best hope for the all-around title lies in junior Tory Wilson, who won the Pac-12 all-around crown and finished the regular season ranked 12th. Bei... Birmingham, Ala. • While the Utes’ main goal for Friday’s competition is to qualify for the Super Six, there are other rewards available for the Utes on Friday. The individual all-around champion will be crowned from Friday’s competition and the top four gymnasts in each event from each session will advance to Sunday’s individual event finals. Utah’s best hope for the all-around title lies in junior Tory Wilson, who won the Pac-12 all-around crown and finished the regular season ranked 12th. Bei... 57833894@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT State colleges: Utah baseball team loses 3-1 to UCLA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57835016-77/utah-runs-byu-pac.html.csp The Utah baseball team broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark, but the visiting UCLA Bruins plated three runs in the final two innings to escape with a 3-1 win in the series opener. U. starting pitcher Dalton Carroll had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning. He gave up an unearned run in the eighth, allowed just three hits and walked one while striking out a career-high nine. Wyler Smith and Cody Scaggari each had two hits for the Utes. The teams will p... The Utah baseball team broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark, but the visiting UCLA Bruins plated three runs in the final two innings to escape with a 3-1 win in the series opener. U. starting pitcher Dalton Carroll had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning. He gave up an unearned run in the eighth, allowed just three hits and walked one while striking out a career-high nine. Wyler Smith and Cody Scaggari each had two hits for the Utes. The teams will p... 57835016@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:02 MDT Prep softball: Freshman Addie Gillespie strikes out 13 to lift Timpanogos over Orem http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/57834878-190/gillespie-orem-timpanogos-addie.html.csp It seemed fitting that Addie Gillespie finished her complete game 3-hit shutout with a strikeout. For seven innings Gillespie kept Orem guessing with the combination of a fastball, changeup, curveball and riser; just which pitch she decided to throw when was anybody’s guess. Gillespie, a freshman, fanned a career-high 13 in Thursday’s 4-0 victory. “Addie was just incredible today. When you have 13 strikeouts, that’s a pretty good day,” said Timpanogos coach Frank Bramall. “She threw strikes and ... It seemed fitting that Addie Gillespie finished her complete game 3-hit shutout with a strikeout. For seven innings Gillespie kept Orem guessing with the combination of a fastball, changeup, curveball and riser; just which pitch she decided to throw when was anybody’s guess. Gillespie, a freshman, fanned a career-high 13 in Thursday’s 4-0 victory. “Addie was just incredible today. When you have 13 strikeouts, that’s a pretty good day,” said Timpanogos coach Frank Bramall. “She threw strikes and ... 57834878@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:17:02 MDT College basketball: Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57834810-77/freshman-parker-duke-sophomore.html.csp Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP. Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first na... Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP. Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first na... 57834810@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:11:01 MDT Football briefs: CFL’s Alouettes welcome Chad ‘HuitCinq’ Johnson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57833900-77/nfl-thursday-alouettes-cozart.html.csp • Former NFL star Chad Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League. The veteran receiver who spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes after impressing the team in minicamp. He last played in the NFL in 2011 with New England. The club tweeted, “Bienvenue à #HuitCinq,” French for Ochocinco, which is Spanish for Eight Five. Johnson used to h... • Former NFL star Chad Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League. The veteran receiver who spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes after impressing the team in minicamp. He last played in the NFL in 2011 with New England. The club tweeted, “Bienvenue à #HuitCinq,” French for Ochocinco, which is Spanish for Eight Five. Johnson used to h... 57833900@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:46:01 MDT Golf: Kuchar shares first-round lead at the RBC Heritage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57834564-77/kuchar-lead-round-heritage.html.csp Hilton Head Island, S.C. • There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt. The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links. Kuchar and Spieth both spent much o... Hilton Head Island, S.C. • There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt. The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links. Kuchar and Spieth both spent much o... 57834564@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:29:02 MDT Video: Salt Lake City Marathon in 210 seconds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57832767-77/marathon-race-com-lake.html.csp Running a marathon takes long hours of training, and let’s not forget what happened to the first guy to finish one. According to Running USA’s 2013 Annual Marathon Report, there was an estimated 487,000 U.S. marathon finishers in 2012. That was down from the all-time high of 518,000 in 2011. The website statisticbrain.com put the percentage of the U.S. population who has run a marathon at 0.5 percent. So it’s safe to say few accomplish the feat. With that in mind, The Tribune set out to showcase... Running a marathon takes long hours of training, and let’s not forget what happened to the first guy to finish one. According to Running USA’s 2013 Annual Marathon Report, there was an estimated 487,000 U.S. marathon finishers in 2012. That was down from the all-time high of 518,000 in 2011. The website statisticbrain.com put the percentage of the U.S. population who has run a marathon at 0.5 percent. So it’s safe to say few accomplish the feat. With that in mind, The Tribune set out to showcase... 57832767@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz GM says Corbin decision coming ‘in short order’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833596-87/corbin-decision-season-lindsey.html.csp A decision on the future of Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin is coming “in short order,” general manager Dennis Lindsey said Thursday afternoon. Addressing the media after the team’s annual end-of-season meetings at EnergySolutions Arena, Lindsey declined to say whether a decision regarding Corbin has already been made. “When we spoke to Ty and his representation during the year, we laid out [that] we wanted to take the full season,” Lindsey said. “We want to take a small period now for all of... A decision on the future of Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin is coming “in short order,” general manager Dennis Lindsey said Thursday afternoon. Addressing the media after the team’s annual end-of-season meetings at EnergySolutions Arena, Lindsey declined to say whether a decision regarding Corbin has already been made. “When we spoke to Ty and his representation during the year, we laid out [that] we wanted to take the full season,” Lindsey said. “We want to take a small period now for all of... 57833596@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz: Kanter, Burks eligible for extensions this summer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833682-87/kanter-burks-season-jazz.html.csp As always, Enes Kanter was borderline hilarious with the media on Thursday afternoon, cracking jokes, smiling and generally being comfortable in front of a crowd. But locker room clean-out day for the Jazz yielded a more serious side to Utah’s third-year center. He was clearly miffed at not receiving more playing time this season. He stated that the five younger guys on the roster should’ve played more frequently together, and made it clear that he wants that rectified next season. “They told us... As always, Enes Kanter was borderline hilarious with the media on Thursday afternoon, cracking jokes, smiling and generally being comfortable in front of a crowd. But locker room clean-out day for the Jazz yielded a more serious side to Utah’s third-year center. He was clearly miffed at not receiving more playing time this season. He stated that the five younger guys on the roster should’ve played more frequently together, and made it clear that he wants that rectified next season. “They told us... 57833682@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Kragthorpe: GM Dennis Lindsey believes Jazz can ‘get it right’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833806-87/lindsey-jazz-pick-record.html.csp Atheists are convening downtown, Comic Con’s costumed enthusiasts are worshiping on the site where the Jazz once played and Dennis Lindsey is trying to inspire belief in his rebuilding project. Just another April week in Salt Lake City. Lindsey, the Jazz’s general manager, presided over a 25-57 season that ended Wednesday with a double-overtime win at Minnesota, as the Jazz barely topped the worst record in the franchise’s 35-year Utah era. They finished 24 games behind Dallas, the Western Conf... Atheists are convening downtown, Comic Con’s costumed enthusiasts are worshiping on the site where the Jazz once played and Dennis Lindsey is trying to inspire belief in his rebuilding project. Just another April week in Salt Lake City. Lindsey, the Jazz’s general manager, presided over a 25-57 season that ended Wednesday with a double-overtime win at Minnesota, as the Jazz barely topped the worst record in the franchise’s 35-year Utah era. They finished 24 games behind Dallas, the Western Conf... 57833806@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz notes: Burke has handful of offseason goals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833905-87/burke-think-finger-season.html.csp Trey Burke has one offseason goal that is unique among his teammates. He wants to straighten out his right index finger. Burke, the Jazz’s rookie point guard, fractured the finger during a preseason game against the L.A. Clippers in October. He missed 12 games. Burke ended up averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. But he disclosed during the team’s annual end-of-the-season meeting at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday that his surgically-repaired finger has been problemat... Trey Burke has one offseason goal that is unique among his teammates. He wants to straighten out his right index finger. Burke, the Jazz’s rookie point guard, fractured the finger during a preseason game against the L.A. Clippers in October. He missed 12 games. Burke ended up averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. But he disclosed during the team’s annual end-of-the-season meeting at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday that his surgically-repaired finger has been problemat... 57833905@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz: Nowhere to go but up for young Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57834076-87/jazz-lindsey-corbin-coming.html.csp It had been 187 days since Trey Burke threw a preseason bounce pass, hitting his finger against a defender in such a way that the bone fractured. But as the rookie point guard cleared out his locker on Thursday morning, it wouldn’t bend normally. As the Jazz gathered at EnergySolutions for one last time before parting ways, the stiffness in Burke’s finger wasn’t the only lingering memory of a 25-57 season — one of the worst in franchise history. “I know it’s tough. Nobody likes losing, especiall... It had been 187 days since Trey Burke threw a preseason bounce pass, hitting his finger against a defender in such a way that the bone fractured. But as the rookie point guard cleared out his locker on Thursday morning, it wouldn’t bend normally. As the Jazz gathered at EnergySolutions for one last time before parting ways, the stiffness in Burke’s finger wasn’t the only lingering memory of a 25-57 season — one of the worst in franchise history. “I know it’s tough. Nobody likes losing, especiall... 57834076@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz: GM Lindsey wants Hayward to be ‘a career Jazz member’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57834159-87/hayward-jazz-lindsey-career.html.csp Next week, Gordon Hayward will be in the Philippines, hosting a basketball camp. Sometime “soon” after that, he’ll be getting married. As for his plans as an unrestricted free agent? Well, the 24-year-old wing might not want to make too many of them. Speaking at the team’s locker cleanout day Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey stopped short of promising the team would bring Hayward back. But Lindsey made it clear Hayward is in the plans. “We look forward to him being a career Jazz mem... Next week, Gordon Hayward will be in the Philippines, hosting a basketball camp. Sometime “soon” after that, he’ll be getting married. As for his plans as an unrestricted free agent? Well, the 24-year-old wing might not want to make too many of them. Speaking at the team’s locker cleanout day Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey stopped short of promising the team would bring Hayward back. But Lindsey made it clear Hayward is in the plans. “We look forward to him being a career Jazz mem... 57834159@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT NBA playoff preview: Can Spurs get back at Heat? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57833869-77/april-tbd-antonio-heat.html.csp To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak. “There’s definitely that burning desire in the back of your mind that really wants to get back there,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said. They get started on Sunday, right before James and the Heat begin what they hope is a run to a third straight cha... To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak. “There’s definitely that burning desire in the back of your mind that really wants to get back there,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said. They get started on Sunday, right before James and the Heat begin what they hope is a run to a third straight cha... 57833869@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT