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Is not a question ... Beijing • Rafael Nadal is back in form on the tennis court — and in his sharp-tongued critiques of the ATP tour. The second-seeded Spaniard reached his first quarterfinal since capturing his record ninth French Open title in June with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk at the China Open on Thursday, then blasted the choice of tennis balls at the tournament. “The ball is so bad here,” Nadal said. “If you throw the ball on the floor, the bounce goes everywhere. Is not a question ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58481063@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:29:01 MDT USU football: Odds are against them, but Aggies believe they can win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58480586-77/aggies-cougars-offense-utah.html.csp On Monday when BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall called the matchup with Utah State a huge game, the Aggies understood he was taking more of a dig at the Utah Utes for not scheduling the Cougars rather than giving the Aggies credit for being an improved program. Yet the Aggies believe they can indeed be a huge opponent for the Cougars. Sure, the Cougars are undefeated, have a quarterback who is gaining a national reputation and are 6-1 against the Aggies under coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Aggies, mean... On Monday when BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall called the matchup with Utah State a huge game, the Aggies understood he was taking more of a dig at the Utah Utes for not scheduling the Cougars rather than giving the Aggies credit for being an improved program. Yet the Aggies believe they can indeed be a huge opponent for the Cougars. Sure, the Cougars are undefeated, have a quarterback who is gaining a national reputation and are 6-1 against the Aggies under coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Aggies, mean... 58480586@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:28:05 MDT David Beckham’s earnings drop 10 percent, but still in the millions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58481018-77/beckham-million-david-percent.html.csp London • David Beckham’s income from personal sponsorship deals dropped by around 10 percent in the year the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star retired from football. The 2013 accounts for the company that handles Beckham’s personal endorsements, Footwork Productions, showed that revenue dropped to 14.8 million pounds ($24 million) from 16.5 million pounds (then $27 million) in 2012. The former England captain stopped playing in May 2013 after five months at Paris Saint-Germain, havin... London • David Beckham’s income from personal sponsorship deals dropped by around 10 percent in the year the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star retired from football. The 2013 accounts for the company that handles Beckham’s personal endorsements, Footwork Productions, showed that revenue dropped to 14.8 million pounds ($24 million) from 16.5 million pounds (then $27 million) in 2012. The former England captain stopped playing in May 2013 after five months at Paris Saint-Germain, havin... 58481018@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:23:01 MDT Soccer: Messi 3 goals from Spanish league’s top scorer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58480952-77/messi-goals-league-barcelona.html.csp Barcelona, Spain • Lionel Messi is three goals away from equaling the Spanish league’s all-time scoring record, a milestone that has stood untouched for almost 60 years. Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra scored 251 goals in 271 games from 1940-55. Since netting his first goal for Barcelona in 2005, Messi has 248 goals in league play. Saturday’s match at Rayo Vallecano will be his 284th league appearance. “Right now, I am not thinking about the record,” Messi said on Thursday. “But it will be nic... Barcelona, Spain • Lionel Messi is three goals away from equaling the Spanish league’s all-time scoring record, a milestone that has stood untouched for almost 60 years. Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra scored 251 goals in 271 games from 1940-55. Since netting his first goal for Barcelona in 2005, Messi has 248 goals in league play. Saturday’s match at Rayo Vallecano will be his 284th league appearance. “Right now, I am not thinking about the record,” Messi said on Thursday. “But it will be nic... 58480952@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:07:01 MDT MLB: Mike Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58479368-77/trout-angels-mike-game.html.csp Anaheim, Calif. • Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball’s best young player. “He told me to just be myself, and not try to hit that home run when you don’t need it,” Trout said. “Just keep that same swing that got you here, and go from there. (But) it’s definitely a bigger game, for sure. All eyes are on you.” Trout r... Anaheim, Calif. • Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball’s best young player. “He told me to just be myself, and not try to hit that home run when you don’t need it,” Trout said. “Just keep that same swing that got you here, and go from there. (But) it’s definitely a bigger game, for sure. All eyes are on you.” Trout r... 58479368@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:41:17 MDT BYU football: Cougars hope Kaufusi’s return will bolster pass rush http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58477175-88/byu-kaufusi-pass-rush.html.csp Provo • Of all the crazy numbers that came out of BYU’s 41-33 win over Virginia on Sept. 20, perhaps the most troubling to the Cougar defense was the lowest one. Zero. That’s how many sacks BYU’s defense got, despite seeing Virginia quarterbacks drop back to pass no fewer than 58 times. Given plenty of time to throw the ball, Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns combined to complete 35 passes for 327 yards with just one interception. It’s a deficiency defensive coordinator Nick Howell hopes to fix as ... Provo • Of all the crazy numbers that came out of BYU’s 41-33 win over Virginia on Sept. 20, perhaps the most troubling to the Cougar defense was the lowest one. Zero. That’s how many sacks BYU’s defense got, despite seeing Virginia quarterbacks drop back to pass no fewer than 58 times. Given plenty of time to throw the ball, Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns combined to complete 35 passes for 327 yards with just one interception. It’s a deficiency defensive coordinator Nick Howell hopes to fix as ... 58477175@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:39:05 MDT Utah football: California connections run deep on Utes’ roster http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58477646-89/california-utah-utes-ucla.html.csp If he was allowed to wander outside of the Rose Bowl and into the maze of UCLA tailgaters, Kaelin Clay would eventually find a welcoming crowd. The senior receiver and returner is expecting at least 50 family members and friends to attend Utah’s game Saturday against No. 8 UCLA. He said he’s excited for his little sister to watch the game. There’s also his cousin, Randall Goforth, who will be across the field on UCLA’s sideline. He’s out with a shoulder injury, “but you know, he’s still talking ... If he was allowed to wander outside of the Rose Bowl and into the maze of UCLA tailgaters, Kaelin Clay would eventually find a welcoming crowd. The senior receiver and returner is expecting at least 50 family members and friends to attend Utah’s game Saturday against No. 8 UCLA. He said he’s excited for his little sister to watch the game. There’s also his cousin, Randall Goforth, who will be across the field on UCLA’s sideline. He’s out with a shoulder injury, “but you know, he’s still talking ... 58477646@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:39:05 MDT Utah State football: Keeton could be done for the season, Aggies announce http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58478969-77/keeton-season-aggies-state.html.csp The question of who will start at quarterback for the Utah State Aggies against BYU on Friday has been resolved, and the answer isn’t good news for the Aggies. Senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton may miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to the injury he suffered against Wake Forest on Sept. 13, the school announced in a release Wednesday. In his absence, the Aggies are expected to start sophomore Darell Garretson, who was Keeton’s replacement last season and went 6-1 as a starter. The news co... The question of who will start at quarterback for the Utah State Aggies against BYU on Friday has been resolved, and the answer isn’t good news for the Aggies. Senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton may miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to the injury he suffered against Wake Forest on Sept. 13, the school announced in a release Wednesday. In his absence, the Aggies are expected to start sophomore Darell Garretson, who was Keeton’s replacement last season and went 6-1 as a starter. The news co... 58478969@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:39:05 MDT MLB playoffs: Tigers hope starters can outdo Orioles’ stellar bullpen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58479379-77/orioles-detroit-starters-tigers.html.csp Baltimore • The Detroit Tigers’ starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience. Baltimore’s starters carry less impressive credentials, yet they don’t necessarily have to outpitch their Detroit counterparts for the Orioles to advance. All they have to do is keep it close, then hand the baseball over to one of the best bullpens in major leagues. Detroit (90-72) didn’t win as many games as t... Baltimore • The Detroit Tigers’ starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience. Baltimore’s starters carry less impressive credentials, yet they don’t necessarily have to outpitch their Detroit counterparts for the Orioles to advance. All they have to do is keep it close, then hand the baseball over to one of the best bullpens in major leagues. Detroit (90-72) didn’t win as many games as t... 58479379@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:34:02 MDT MLB playoffs: Madison Bumgarner delivers gem to help Giants advance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58479333-77/pittsburgh-san-francisco-.000.csp Pittsburgh • The San Francisco Giants know what it takes to win this time of year. The Pittsburgh Pirates are still learning. Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Crawford provided a powerful lesson on the difference in the National League wild-card game. Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the Giants routed the Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night. After silencing a black-clad crowd hoping for another Pittsburgh pla... Pittsburgh • The San Francisco Giants know what it takes to win this time of year. The Pittsburgh Pirates are still learning. Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Crawford provided a powerful lesson on the difference in the National League wild-card game. Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the Giants routed the Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night. After silencing a black-clad crowd hoping for another Pittsburgh pla... 58479333@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:23:01 MDT NFL: Ravens’ Smith says Panthers ‘stabbed me in the back’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58479237-77/smith-carolina-gettleman-rivera.html.csp Charlotte, N.C. • Steve Smith took some parting shots at the Carolina Panthers, three days after the outspoken wide received led the Baltimore Ravens to a 38-10 win over his former team. Smith, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina before being cut in March, called into a Charlotte radio station Wednesday and said the Panthers “stabbed him in the back.” Smith took direct aim at Dave Gettleman, saying on WFNZ-AM’s Bustin’ Loose that Carolina’s second-year general manager said he was “a shadow of the p... Charlotte, N.C. • Steve Smith took some parting shots at the Carolina Panthers, three days after the outspoken wide received led the Baltimore Ravens to a 38-10 win over his former team. Smith, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina before being cut in March, called into a Charlotte radio station Wednesday and said the Panthers “stabbed him in the back.” Smith took direct aim at Dave Gettleman, saying on WFNZ-AM’s Bustin’ Loose that Carolina’s second-year general manager said he was “a shadow of the p... 58479237@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:47:02 MDT Recreation: Outerbike is the in place to be http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/outdoors/58474311-117/outerbike-event-moab-trail.html.csp Unconventionalists have Burning Man, music fans have Coachella … and mountain bikers? Well, they’ve got Outerbike. It is that time of year again when mountain bikers, or at least the lucky ones, head to Moab for three days of rad riding on all the best bikes 2014 and 2015 have to offer. In between taking turns on the Bar M trails, bikers can take in clinics with pros, bike parties, beer gardens and movie and music events. What could be better? Not much, is the general belief, which is why the dr... Unconventionalists have Burning Man, music fans have Coachella … and mountain bikers? Well, they’ve got Outerbike. It is that time of year again when mountain bikers, or at least the lucky ones, head to Moab for three days of rad riding on all the best bikes 2014 and 2015 have to offer. In between taking turns on the Bar M trails, bikers can take in clinics with pros, bike parties, beer gardens and movie and music events. What could be better? Not much, is the general belief, which is why the dr... 58474311@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:39:07 MDT Women’s soccer: Wambach teams up with international players in filing lawsuit over World Cup turf http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58479139-77/turf-players-fifa-artificial.html.csp American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite international players filed a lawsuit in Canada on Wednesday challenging plans to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. Led by U.S. national team forward Wambach, the players filed the suit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto, attorney Hampton Dellinger told The Associated Press. The women claim that playing the sport’s premier tournament on fake grass amounts to gender discrimination under Canadian law. Their male... American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite international players filed a lawsuit in Canada on Wednesday challenging plans to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. Led by U.S. national team forward Wambach, the players filed the suit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto, attorney Hampton Dellinger told The Associated Press. The women claim that playing the sport’s premier tournament on fake grass amounts to gender discrimination under Canadian law. Their male... 58479139@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:24:01 MDT NFL: Brady works to keep even keel during sluggish start http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58479003-77/brady-season-team-loss.html.csp Foxborough, Mass. • Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. The winner of two MVP awards in both the regular season and the Super Bowl is ranked 27th in completion percentage, 29th in passer rating and 33rd in the 32-team NFL in average gain per attempt. Now, coming off the second most lopsided loss in his 15 NFL seasons, he’ll face the team tha... Foxborough, Mass. • Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. The winner of two MVP awards in both the regular season and the Super Bowl is ranked 27th in completion percentage, 29th in passer rating and 33rd in the 32-team NFL in average gain per attempt. Now, coming off the second most lopsided loss in his 15 NFL seasons, he’ll face the team tha... 58479003@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:27:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Burke looks to build upon rookie season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58477852-87/burke-rookie-season-jazz.html.csp Trey Burke looked calm and unaffected by the crush of people surrounding him. He confidently chewed on a piece of gum, looked straight ahead and answered each question with the patience of an NBA veteran. He looked like a guy ready for an expanded role with the Jazz. No longer is Burke the wide-eyed rookie point guard, feeling his way through the league. Instead, Burke is coach Quin Snyder’s floor general, and one of the players looked upon to lead the way. If the Jazz are going to surprise this... Trey Burke looked calm and unaffected by the crush of people surrounding him. He confidently chewed on a piece of gum, looked straight ahead and answered each question with the patience of an NBA veteran. He looked like a guy ready for an expanded role with the Jazz. No longer is Burke the wide-eyed rookie point guard, feeling his way through the league. Instead, Burke is coach Quin Snyder’s floor general, and one of the players looked upon to lead the way. If the Jazz are going to surprise this... 58477852@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:52:39 MDT Sports briefs: Oslo pulls its bid for 2022 Winter Games http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58478977-77/athletes-oslo-games-bid.html.csp OLYMPICS • The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates. Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing for the project on Wednesday amid concerns the games were too costly. Oslo’s exit leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two contenders. Oslo is the fourth city to pull out of a race that has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, where the ove... OLYMPICS • The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates. Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing for the project on Wednesday amid concerns the games were too costly. Oslo’s exit leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two contenders. Oslo is the fourth city to pull out of a race that has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, where the ove... 58478977@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:47:01 MDT NFL notes • Suspended Blackmon checks himself into rehab http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58478686-77/blackmon-suspended-season-bears.html.csp Jacksonville, Fla. • Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has checked into a voluntary treatment program and seems to be doing well. Coach Gus Bradley told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former Oklahoma State star and 2012 first-round NFL draft pick “is doing very well and he’s learning a lot.” Bradley says he is getting updates from Blackmon’s agent. Bradley adds that Blackmon is “healing and taking time for himself. The great thing is he has chosen this for ... Jacksonville, Fla. • Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has checked into a voluntary treatment program and seems to be doing well. Coach Gus Bradley told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former Oklahoma State star and 2012 first-round NFL draft pick “is doing very well and he’s learning a lot.” Bradley says he is getting updates from Blackmon’s agent. Bradley adds that Blackmon is “healing and taking time for himself. The great thing is he has chosen this for ... 58478686@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:02:02 MDT USU football: Aggies’ defense ready to dig deep against Cougars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58477666-77/aggies-hill-yards-defense.html.csp Logan • As a competitor, Utah State linebacker Zach Vigil says he has a lot of respect for BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and the way he plays, believing the quarterback should be one of the stronger Heisman candidates. “He’s really smart and he can throw the ball,” he said. “I think he’s underrated. He’s pretty accurate with the football and he makes some really good long throws.” While Vigil has admired Hill in his film sessions this week, he has no intention of giving any highlight clips to the ... Logan • As a competitor, Utah State linebacker Zach Vigil says he has a lot of respect for BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and the way he plays, believing the quarterback should be one of the stronger Heisman candidates. “He’s really smart and he can throw the ball,” he said. “I think he’s underrated. He’s pretty accurate with the football and he makes some really good long throws.” While Vigil has admired Hill in his film sessions this week, he has no intention of giving any highlight clips to the ... 58477666@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:24:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Jeremy Evans hopes to take another step forward http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58478122-87/evans-hayward-coach-step.html.csp Jazz forward Jeremy Evans established himself as a legitimate NBA player under former head coaches Jerry Sloan and Tyrone Corbin. Can he take the next step for Utah’s new regime? Evans, of course, is a former second-round draft pick from Western Kentucky. He averaged career-highs in points (6.1), rebounds (4.7) and minutes (18.3) last season. Evans hopes to continue his progress under coach Quin Snyder, who likes what he’s seen during the opening two days of training camp. “One of the things he ... Jazz forward Jeremy Evans established himself as a legitimate NBA player under former head coaches Jerry Sloan and Tyrone Corbin. Can he take the next step for Utah’s new regime? Evans, of course, is a former second-round draft pick from Western Kentucky. He averaged career-highs in points (6.1), rebounds (4.7) and minutes (18.3) last season. Evans hopes to continue his progress under coach Quin Snyder, who likes what he’s seen during the opening two days of training camp. “One of the things he ... 58478122@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:19:02 MDT