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Mobile, Ala. • Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley won’t spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. District Judge George Hardesty ordered Fairley to spend one year on probation and pay $750 in fines plus court costs during a hearing Thursday. The judge’s order says the punishment is typical for first-time offenders, and the former Auburn standout must also attend driving school. The convictions stemmed from Fairl... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58251949@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:26:02 MDT Real Salt Lake: Rivalry takes back seat to points vs. Colorado http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58246848-77/colorado-rsl-rapids-lake.html.csp Sandy • Saturday’s game pitting Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be about more than a trophy. The Rocky Mountain Cup rivals both need to turn over a new leaf entering the final full month of the summer schedule. Points are there to be had as the Western Conference playoff race promises to become more crowded and convoluted. The last two months haven’t been kind to RSL and Colorado, the second- and fourth-place teams in the West, respectively. Real Salt La... Sandy • Saturday’s game pitting Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be about more than a trophy. The Rocky Mountain Cup rivals both need to turn over a new leaf entering the final full month of the summer schedule. Points are there to be had as the Western Conference playoff race promises to become more crowded and convoluted. The last two months haven’t been kind to RSL and Colorado, the second- and fourth-place teams in the West, respectively. Real Salt La... 58246848@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:51:27 MDT Florida State tops preseason coaches’ poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58247955-77/state-carolina-poll-florida.html.csp Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches’ poll. Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season. Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth... Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches’ poll. Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season. Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth... 58247955@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Sports briefs: Venus Williams advances in Bank of West tennis tournament http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58248177-77/williams-season-aubin-azarenka.html.csp Tennis • Venus Williams advanced to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night in Stanford, Calif., beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1). After the 10th-ranked Azarenka, who celebrated her 25th birthday, saved three match points to tie it 6-6, Williams won the first five points in the tiebreaker. Azarenka’s second serve was the biggest difference between the two hard-hitting players. She won just 32 percent of her second serves, handing Williams a significant advantage. W... Tennis • Venus Williams advanced to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night in Stanford, Calif., beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1). After the 10th-ranked Azarenka, who celebrated her 25th birthday, saved three match points to tie it 6-6, Williams won the first five points in the tiebreaker. Azarenka’s second serve was the biggest difference between the two hard-hitting players. She won just 32 percent of her second serves, handing Williams a significant advantage. W... 58248177@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Minor league baseball: Salt Lake loses to Tacoma on national TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58249231-77/bees-lake-salt-tacoma.html.csp Tacoma’s Xavier Avery belted the first pitch over the right-field fence Thursday night, and it was all downhill from there for the Salt Lake Bees in their first-ever nationally televised game from Smith’s Ballpark. Avery’s blast off Bees starter Chris Volstad, who otherwise pitched well, was all the scoring the Rainiers would need as they defeated Salt Lake 4-1 in front of a nice crowd of 10,752 and who knows how many viewers on CBS Sports Network. With the cable and satellite network making the... Tacoma’s Xavier Avery belted the first pitch over the right-field fence Thursday night, and it was all downhill from there for the Salt Lake Bees in their first-ever nationally televised game from Smith’s Ballpark. Avery’s blast off Bees starter Chris Volstad, who otherwise pitched well, was all the scoring the Rainiers would need as they defeated Salt Lake 4-1 in front of a nice crowd of 10,752 and who knows how many viewers on CBS Sports Network. With the cable and satellite network making the... 58249231@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT NBA: Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58250420-77/ohio-plate-lebron-james.html.csp Columbus, Ohio • An Ohio lawmaker wants to give the state’s motorists the chance to score a license plate honoring LeBron James. State Rep. Bill Patmon is planning to introduce legislation to permit the sale of a commemorative “LeBron James Witness 2.0” plate honoring the Akron native’s decision return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “When LeBron came home, it was a big deal for us,” said the Democrat from Cleveland. “It might not be for the rest of the world, but it’s a big deal for Cleveland.” Jam... Columbus, Ohio • An Ohio lawmaker wants to give the state’s motorists the chance to score a license plate honoring LeBron James. State Rep. Bill Patmon is planning to introduce legislation to permit the sale of a commemorative “LeBron James Witness 2.0” plate honoring the Akron native’s decision return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “When LeBron came home, it was a big deal for us,” said the Democrat from Cleveland. “It might not be for the rest of the world, but it’s a big deal for Cleveland.” Jam... 58250420@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT NBA: Spurs sign Tony Parker to extension http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58251209-77/spurs-parker-extension-deal.html.csp Tony Parker is by far the youngest of the San Antonio Spurs’ Big Three, a fact that could have complicated things going forward as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili get closer to retirement. As they are wont to do, the Spurs made things real easy. The Spurs signed Parker to a multi-year contract extension on Friday, ensuring that the six-time All-Star point guard will be in the fold whether Duncan and Ginobili are able to continue their careers or not. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! ... Tony Parker is by far the youngest of the San Antonio Spurs’ Big Three, a fact that could have complicated things going forward as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili get closer to retirement. As they are wont to do, the Spurs made things real easy. The Spurs signed Parker to a multi-year contract extension on Friday, ensuring that the six-time All-Star point guard will be in the fold whether Duncan and Ginobili are able to continue their careers or not. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! ... 58251209@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Seattle’s Lynch ends holdout http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58248420-77/lynch-practice-ending-holdout.html.csp Marshawn Lynch’s holdout is over, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions. Lynch arrived at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility on Thursday afternoon following the team’s morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch had reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week. Lynch was caught by television cameras talking on his phone out near the Seahawks practice fields wearing a hooded “Beast Mode” sweatshirt on an 85 degree day. He was later hanging out in the lobby of th... Marshawn Lynch’s holdout is over, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions. Lynch arrived at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility on Thursday afternoon following the team’s morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch had reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week. Lynch was caught by television cameras talking on his phone out near the Seahawks practice fields wearing a hooded “Beast Mode” sweatshirt on an 85 degree day. He was later hanging out in the lobby of th... 58248420@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT NFL: Steelers sign kicker Shaun Suisham through 2018 season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58250502-77/suisham-field-2018-season.html.csp Latrobe, Pa. • The Pittsburgh Steelers have given kicker Shaun Suisham a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season. The team made the announcement on Friday. He’s made 95-of-109 field goals and all 128 extra points for 412 points since 2010. Suisham established a team record in 2013, connecting on 30-of-32 field goal attempts for a 93.8 percent conversion rate. He ranks first in team history with an 87.2 percent field goal conversion mark and fifth in field goals made with 9... Latrobe, Pa. • The Pittsburgh Steelers have given kicker Shaun Suisham a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season. The team made the announcement on Friday. He’s made 95-of-109 field goals and all 128 extra points for 412 points since 2010. Suisham established a team record in 2013, connecting on 30-of-32 field goal attempts for a 93.8 percent conversion rate. He ranks first in team history with an 87.2 percent field goal conversion mark and fifth in field goals made with 9... 58250502@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Goodell defends NFL’s 2-game suspension of Rice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58251275-77/goodell-rice-nfl-mistake.html.csp Canton, Ohio • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league on Friday against criticism that it was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his “horrible mistake.” “We just can’t make up the discipline,” Goodell said. “It has to be consistent with other cases. And it was in this matter.” Goodell stressed that the Baltimore Ravens’ running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program follow... Canton, Ohio • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league on Friday against criticism that it was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his “horrible mistake.” “We just can’t make up the discipline,” Goodell said. “It has to be consistent with other cases. And it was in this matter.” Goodell stressed that the Baltimore Ravens’ running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program follow... 58251275@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT MLB Notes: Rays ace Price traded to Detroit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58248008-77/detroit-oakland-price-hander.html.csp Detroit • The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay’s David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday. A person familiar with the trade, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet announced, did not say for whom the left-hander was dealt for. The trade joins Price with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the rotation for the AL Central-leading Tigers, giving Detroit the last three American League Cy Young win... Detroit • The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay’s David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday. A person familiar with the trade, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet announced, did not say for whom the left-hander was dealt for. The trade joins Price with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the rotation for the AL Central-leading Tigers, giving Detroit the last three American League Cy Young win... 58248008@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Real Salt Lake willing to pay the price for minor-league stadium http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58250662-77/stadium-fairpark-league-rsl.html.csp In Real Salt Lake’s bid to build a minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark, the franchise has offered to pay the full price of the project. The stadium, which would hold between 5,000 and 8,000 people, is expected to cost between $12 million and $13 million, said Trey Fitz-Gerald, RSL’s vice president of communications. And it’s a bill the franchise is willing to foot alone, forgoing the possibility of using some public funds. While details have yet to be worked out, the deal woul... In Real Salt Lake’s bid to build a minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark, the franchise has offered to pay the full price of the project. The stadium, which would hold between 5,000 and 8,000 people, is expected to cost between $12 million and $13 million, said Trey Fitz-Gerald, RSL’s vice president of communications. And it’s a bill the franchise is willing to foot alone, forgoing the possibility of using some public funds. While details have yet to be worked out, the deal woul... 58250662@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Golf: PGA the final test against the strongest field http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58250376-77/pga-major-won-woods.html.csp The PGA Championship might be the hardest to win of the four majors, even if it seems to play the easiest. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh are the only multiple winners of the PGA Championship over the last 15 years, a testament to a major where every player — except for the 20 club pros — believe they have a realistic chance of hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy. Since the world ranking began in 1986, no other major has produced more champions outside the top 100 — John Daly, Shaun Micheel, Y.E. Yang an... The PGA Championship might be the hardest to win of the four majors, even if it seems to play the easiest. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh are the only multiple winners of the PGA Championship over the last 15 years, a testament to a major where every player — except for the 20 club pros — believe they have a realistic chance of hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy. Since the world ranking began in 1986, no other major has produced more champions outside the top 100 — John Daly, Shaun Micheel, Y.E. Yang an... 58250376@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Golf: Rose takes early lead as Woods takes step back http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58250472-77/rose-woods-early-lead.html.csp Akron, Ohio • Justin Rose missed only two greens and built on his solid play Friday to take the early lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. For Tiger Woods, it was a small step back. Rose made four birdies in his round of 3-under 67 and took a one-shot lead over Marc Leishman among the early starters in the second round at Firestone. Rickie Fowler, a runner-up in the last two majors, added another 67 and was two shots behind. Woods didn’t have much go his way. He hit only four fairways and could... Akron, Ohio • Justin Rose missed only two greens and built on his solid play Friday to take the early lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. For Tiger Woods, it was a small step back. Rose made four birdies in his round of 3-under 67 and took a one-shot lead over Marc Leishman among the early starters in the second round at Firestone. Rickie Fowler, a runner-up in the last two majors, added another 67 and was two shots behind. Woods didn’t have much go his way. He hit only four fairways and could... 58250472@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Golf: 5 things to know for the PGA Championship http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58250532-77/pga-championship-won-major.html.csp Rory McIlroy didn’t spend much time celebrating his wire-to-wire victory at the British Open. Then again, he didn’t have a lot of time. Just 18 days after the engraver etched his name into the silver claret jug, McIlroy tees off in final major of the year at the PGA Championship, which returns this year to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The PGA Championship used to be known as “Glory’s Last Shot” until it went away from that slogan. Now, the PGA of America promotes the final major a... Rory McIlroy didn’t spend much time celebrating his wire-to-wire victory at the British Open. Then again, he didn’t have a lot of time. Just 18 days after the engraver etched his name into the silver claret jug, McIlroy tees off in final major of the year at the PGA Championship, which returns this year to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The PGA Championship used to be known as “Glory’s Last Shot” until it went away from that slogan. Now, the PGA of America promotes the final major a... 58250532@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Pac-12 football: Oregon State concerned about protecting QB Mannion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58248349-89/oregon-season-state-beavers.html.csp Last season at this time, Oregon State coach Mike Riley was focusing on choosing a starting quarterback. That’s the least of his concerns as he heads into fall camp this year. Sean Mannion won the starter’s job over Cody Vaz last fall and went on to throw for a Pac-12 single-season record 4,662 yards and a school-record 37 touchdown passes. The Beavers finished 7-6, capping off the year with a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl. Mannion decided to return for his senior season, sol... Last season at this time, Oregon State coach Mike Riley was focusing on choosing a starting quarterback. That’s the least of his concerns as he heads into fall camp this year. Sean Mannion won the starter’s job over Cody Vaz last fall and went on to throw for a Pac-12 single-season record 4,662 yards and a school-record 37 touchdown passes. The Beavers finished 7-6, capping off the year with a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl. Mannion decided to return for his senior season, sol... 58248349@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:57:51 MDT Utah Jazz have plenty of cap space, decisions ahead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58247739-87/million-deal-jazz-guaranteed.html.csp They put up big bucks last fall to lock up Derrick Favors, their defensive anchor. It cost even more to bring back Gordon Hayward. And now the Utah Jazz front office is once again faced with key decisions regarding the futures of two fourth-year players, as they begin extension talks with shooting guard Alec Burks and big man Enes Kanter. This is the reality of life in the lottery, where the Jazz have made five picks in the last five seasons, while acquiring a sixth (Favors) via a trade. There i... They put up big bucks last fall to lock up Derrick Favors, their defensive anchor. It cost even more to bring back Gordon Hayward. And now the Utah Jazz front office is once again faced with key decisions regarding the futures of two fourth-year players, as they begin extension talks with shooting guard Alec Burks and big man Enes Kanter. This is the reality of life in the lottery, where the Jazz have made five picks in the last five seasons, while acquiring a sixth (Favors) via a trade. There i... 58247739@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:45:19 MDT Kragthorpe: St. George summer golf requires beating heat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58240650-77/george-golf-holes-alice.html.csp St. George Exhausted, I hit a 90-yard wedge shot that fell woefully short as the ball landed in the lake fronting St. George Golf Club’s No. 9 green. The course was practically deserted, so no one could hear me when I angrily shouted, “Alice!” Yeah, Alice Cooper is to blame for this entire episode. The legendary rock star and golf addict once told me about playing in ultra-hot conditions in Phoenix, which triggered this summer’s annual golf adventure. In the tradition of Tribune staff members p... St. George Exhausted, I hit a 90-yard wedge shot that fell woefully short as the ball landed in the lake fronting St. George Golf Club’s No. 9 green. The course was practically deserted, so no one could hear me when I angrily shouted, “Alice!” Yeah, Alice Cooper is to blame for this entire episode. The legendary rock star and golf addict once told me about playing in ultra-hot conditions in Phoenix, which triggered this summer’s annual golf adventure. In the tradition of Tribune staff members p... 58240650@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:29:32 MDT BYU football: Cougs want to hit ground running — and improve passing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58246451-88/byu-camp-cougars-ground.html.csp Provo • BYU plays at Connecticut in its 2014 football season opener four weeks from Friday, but as the Cougars begin training camp in coach Bronco Mendenhall’s 10th season at the helm, another East Coast program dominates their mindset. That would be Virginia. The Cavaliers don’t visit Provo until Sept. 20, but BYU’s rallying cry in camp could very well be “Remember Virginia” as the Cougars vow to start better in 2014 than they did in 2013 when they traveled to Charlottesville for an opener and... Provo • BYU plays at Connecticut in its 2014 football season opener four weeks from Friday, but as the Cougars begin training camp in coach Bronco Mendenhall’s 10th season at the helm, another East Coast program dominates their mindset. That would be Virginia. The Cavaliers don’t visit Provo until Sept. 20, but BYU’s rallying cry in camp could very well be “Remember Virginia” as the Cougars vow to start better in 2014 than they did in 2013 when they traveled to Charlottesville for an opener and... 58246451@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:25:14 MDT U. to move Hoberman Arch, transfer ownership to Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58248350-89/arch-com-hoberman-olympic.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; Motorists passing Rice-Eccles Stadium on 500 South may have been alarmed to see part of Utah’s Olympic legacy being disassembled Thursday. Their eyes weren’t deceiving them: The Hoberman Arch is being moved, again. But indications are that the 36-feet-high, 72-feet-wide web of bent aluminium will be back on display, eventually. The University of Utah tweeted adieu to the structure Thursday evening: &lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”&gt;&lt;p&gt;Bidding farewell to a... &lt;freeform&gt; Motorists passing Rice-Eccles Stadium on 500 South may have been alarmed to see part of Utah’s Olympic legacy being disassembled Thursday. Their eyes weren’t deceiving them: The Hoberman Arch is being moved, again. But indications are that the 36-feet-high, 72-feet-wide web of bent aluminium will be back on display, eventually. The University of Utah tweeted adieu to the structure Thursday evening: &lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”&gt;&lt;p&gt;Bidding farewell to a... 58248350@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:04:18 MDT