Utah Jazz reportedly to play Portland Trail Blazers on Christmas Day

The news Tuesday morning that the Utah Jazz will play the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Dec. 15 was seemingly an indicator that the Jazz are gaining interest around the league.

On Tuesday night, that indicator appeared to be strengthened in a big way as ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported that Utah and the Portland Trail Blazers will square off in one of five NBA games on Christmas Day this winter.

Haynes reported that the game will be played at Vivint Arena.

Portland Trail Blazers will face the Utah Jazz on the road in one of the five Christmas Day games, league sources tell ESPN.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 8, 2018

Earlier Tuesday, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported three of the other matchups for Christmas Day: the Boston vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Golden State Warriors.

A vintage dose of Celtics/Sixers, Giannis and the Bucks at MSG against the Knicks and (you guessed it) LeBron’s Lakers in Oakland to face the Warriors are the highlights of the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule that will be announced Wednesday afternoon, league sources tell @NYTSports

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 8, 2018

The national TV schedule for Christmas Day, the first week of the regular season, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be released on Wednesday at noon MT.

The Jazz have played on Christmas Day six times in franchise history, with the last time having come in 1997. It was a rematch of the thrilling 1997 Western Conference Finals, and Utah beat the Houston Rockets 107-103.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

Cyclist killed in traffic accident in Delta

A cyclist is dead following a traffic collision in Delta on Tuesday afternoon.

Delta police say the accident happened at around 1:30 p.m. near Boundary Bay Airport. A vehicle travelling south on 72nd Street struck a cyclist who had been travelling on 36th Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene, and is cooperating with police.

“Emergency Health Services attended, but unfortunately the cyclist did not survive the collision,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police

No name was released.

Leykauf said the cyclist’s immediate family have been contacted, but says Delta Police won’t be providing any further identifying information to allow extended family and loved ones to be notified.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene, and is cooperating with police.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

Hall of Famer Jim Brown says he would never kneel during anthem

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says he would never kneel during the national anthem.

The 82-year-old Brown, who championed civil rights during his NFL career and became a social activist in retirement, said Tuesday night that he respects players’ rights to do what they want but his preference is they would stand during the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” said Brown, who spoke before an HBO premiere of “Hard Knocks,” which is chronicling the Browns in training camp.

Protests during the anthem have enveloped the league over the past two seasons, beginning when former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest social injustice.

The NFL modified its anthem protocol in May, prohibiting demonstrations for 2018, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The players’ union filed a grievance, and the change has been tabled while the NFL and NFLPA work on a resolution.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

High school football: Springville Red Devils 2018 preview

Note: Springville finished with a 9-4 overall record in 2017 and was first in Region 8 with a 5-0 record. It lost to Lehi 41-21 in the 5A semifinals.

Springville 2017 Offensive and Defensive Stats

SPRINGVILLE — A walk around Springville, and its football facilities pretty much tells you what kind of program it is. Compared with the gleaming facilities often presented by newer programs, the Red Devils’ workout rooms and field are relatively spartan and completely old school.

Those facilities reflect the way the program plays and how Springville coach Willy Child prefers things.

And it works very well, as it were.

The Red Devils have proven one of the state’s most consistent programs in recent years. Three years in a row Child has guided his team to Rice-Eccles Stadium and the state semifinal round and once to the championship round, with every expectation set for Springville to be there again this season.

“We want to get there for a fourth time, obviously, but we want to finish out on top, obviously,” Child said. “That’s the goal of any team, and it’s a tough thing to get to, but we’ve been close enough that we feel it’s something we’re capable of.”

In order to achieve a state championship, or even a deep run in the postseason, Child understands it’s a process and part of that process entails not having postseason thoughts prevalent.

“You have to grind it out and just make sure to take care of what’s in front of you,” Child said. “Hopefully we can get those two home games in the playoffs and then make another good run. That’s the goal and we feel confident we can get there again. Kids believe in what we do.”

Springville’s system is very much old-school with its base formations and approach.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News