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Key storylines for Utah State men’s basketball as it begins summer workouts | Sports

LOGAN — Utah State men’s basketball began its summer workouts on Monday, bringing together (almost) all 14 players on the roster for the first time to begin preparing for its defense of the 2023-24 Mountain West regular season championship. Day one saw the position groups divided up into guards, wings and forwards. The guards consisted of Drake Allen, Braden Housley, Jordy Barnes and Jaxon Smith — Deyton Albury noted as absent from this group because he’s competing for a spot on The Bahamas men’s national team which will be competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics. The wings group, arguably the most talented on the team, had Mason Falslev, Dexter Akanno, Tucker Anderson and Ian Martinez. The forwards, or bigs, practiced third and featured Isaac Johnson, Aubin Gateretse, Karson Templin, Isaac Davis and Pavle Stosic. As practices go along, the groups will obviously come together for larger practices. It’s a process. But for all the work that needs to be done, it’s still the start of a brand new season, and that’s an exciting prospect for many. “Couldn’t wait to get out here with these guys, especially the new guys,” Martinez said. “It’s going to be a whole new process. But

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Utah Hockey Club names agency veteran Chris Armstrong president of hockey operations | Sports

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Hockey Club named Chris Armstrong president of hockey operations Tuesday, making him the latest agency veteran to run an NHL team. Armstrong spent nearly 14 years at Wasserman, most recently serving as executive vice president of talent innovation and strategic development. He takes over control of the NHL team bought by Ryan Smith’s Smith Entertainment Group and relocated from Arizona to Salt Lake City. Smith said Armstrong “has cultivated strong relationships with top players, agents, and executives across the hockey world throughout his career, and his unique background and diverse skillset will be crucial as we establish the greatest possible hockey experience for our community, fans, players, coaches and front office.” The two teams in the Stanley Cup Final are each led by someone who went the agency route: Florida president of hockey operations Bill Zito and Edmonton CEO of hockey operations Jeff Jackson. Zito was assistant general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets before the Panthers hired him. Jackson went right into his job with the Oilers last year after being the longtime agent of Connor McDavid and several other players. Armstrong helped found Wasserman’s Canadian business in 2010 and was part

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Neemias Queta, Sam Merrill and Aggies in the NBA Finals | Sports

Former Utah State star center Neemias Queta celebrated winning the NBA Finals as a member of the Boston Celtics, becoming the the second Aggie in four years to win an NBA championship, joining his college teammate Sam Merrill who won a title with the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2021. Neemias Queta: “I can’t describe it. Guys worked all year round just to get to this point, so I guess we just get to celebrate now.” “Hopefully I get to (bring the trophy to Portugal).” Full interview: https://t.co/sVyKq63Kx8 pic.twitter.com/5o2zOXG6TP — Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) June 18, 2024 Queta and Merrill etched their names into Aggie lore by winning two Mountain West Tournament titles and one regular season conference championship with Utah State in two years as teammates. They also reached high levels of individual success, Merrill winning the Mountain West Player of the Year award in 2019 and becoming Utah State’s second all-time leading scorer alongside being top five in 10 other statistical categories. Queta earned Mountain West Freshman of the Year and two Defensive Player of the Year awards and set new USU records at USU for career blocks (219) and blocks per game (2.5). The pair combined for six All-MW

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Logan Hammer, two former Aggies, qualify for U.S. Olympic trials | Sports

LOGAN — Three Utah State athletes, current and former, have qualified for the United States Olympic Team Trials and a chance to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Logan Hammer, the one current student, qualified in pole vault with former Aggies Chari Hawkins (heptathlon) and Dillon Maggard (5,000 and 10,000 meters) all posting qualifying marks in their respective events. Hammer set a new personal, Utah State, and Mountain West record in pole vault by clearing 5.62 meters at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. He later finished 16th at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn Second-Team All-American honors. Earlier this week, Hammer joined the Full Court Press with Eric Frandsen and Jason Walker for an interview about his recent accomplishments and goals for the future. Your browser does not support the audio element. Utah State pole vaulter Logan Hammer joins the Full Court Press to discuss his stellar sophomore season. He won five meet titles this year including the Mountain West Outdoor Championships and took 16th at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. Cache Valley Media Group Hawkins is competing in her third Olympic trials for the heptathlon, having done so in 2016 (placing 15th) and 2020 (sixth). According

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Utah Hockey Club will be the name of the NHL team in Salt Lake City for its inaugural season | Sports

Utah Hockey Club will be the name of the NHL team playing its games in Salt Lake City beginning this fall, with a long-term identity still to come. Smith Entertainment Group announced the move Thursday and unveiled the initial logos and jerseys that will be used in 2024-25 in concert with the $1.2 billion sale closing. Ryan Smith’s company, which also owns the NBA’s Utah Jazz, bought the team formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes in April. “Today is a monumental day for the state of Utah as we officially close on the establishment of a new NHL franchise,” Smith said. “The NHL has been incredible to work with throughout this process, providing us with invaluable guidance and support. We have a ton of work to do — training camp starts in less than 100 days — and could not be more excited about what’s to come.” Commissioner Gary Bettman on behalf of the Board of Governors said he was delighted to welcome Utah to the league. “Congratulations to Ryan and Ashley Smith, their entire organization, the state of Utah and the fans as the club continues its exciting march toward puck drop in October,” Bettman said. The puck drops

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Full Breakdown of Gonzaga to Utah State transfer Pavle Stosic | Sports

The roster building for first-year Utah State men’s basketball head coach Jerrod Calhoun is inching toward its conclusion as the 14th member of the 2024-25 roster formally committed to USU just a few short days ago. Former Gonzaga power forward and Serbian international, Pavle Stosic will join the Aggies and create an interesting offseason battle for playing time in the frontcourt. Stats for European prospects are often difficult to find and usually don’t come in large volume. Stosic played sparingly for most of his teams or in shorter competitions such as the 2021 U18 European Challengers (only five games played). But here’s the full sample size of available statistics from 2020 until his most recent season at Gonzaga (small note on the table, the season at Gonzaga is split in two to separate the two exhibitions he appeared in — the team’s inter-squad preseason scrimmage and exhibition against a lower division school). Those aren’t exactly mind-blowing numbers. In addition to not having a ton of volume (the only two rows that represent him playing volume minutes were the U18 FIBA and the 2022-23 Levitec Huesca), the numbers themselves aren’t all that great. His shooting splits of 35.7 / 15.9 /

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Report: Utah State men’s basketball to play in ESPN Events Invitational | Sports

According to reports form college basketball reporter Rocco Miller, Utah State men’s basketball team will be a participant in the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando this November. Eight teams are part of the event, although Miller’s report indicates a change in the typical format of the event. They will apparently be split into two brackets with four teams in each. USU’s half will include North Texas, Northern Iowa and St. Bonaventure as potential opponents. The Aggies will not play all three teams due to the bracket format. The winners of the two games will play each other with the losers facing off in the other. In the other bracket, the four teams are Florida, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Wichita State. NEWS: The ESPN Events Invite in Orlando will include Florida, Minnesota, Wake Forest, and Wichita State, per sources. Two-game bracket.ESPN will host a second event in Orlando featuring Northern Iowa, North Texas, Utah State, and St. Bonaventure. Two-game bracket.Nov. 27-29. pic.twitter.com/s7oIiZqRU2 — Rocco Miller (@RoccoMiller8) June 13, 2024 The event will reportedly take place in late November. Per Miller, the bracket USU is in would start on Nov. 27 with the other bracket on either Nov. 28 or 29. No report

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Possible 2026 World Cup training camps include sites in non-tournament cities | Sports

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Possible team training camps for the 2026 World Cup include sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Cincinnati; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Louis; Salt Lake City and Herriman, Utah; San Antonio; and Westfield, Indiana. FIFA announced more details of the tournament Wednesday, one day after the two-year mark before the kickoff on June 11, 2026, at Mexico City, The first World Cup to be played in three nations and the first with a field expanded to 48 nations will have 78 of 104 games in the United States and 13 each in Mexico and Canada. The final will be July 19 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, FIFA announced on Feb. 4. All games from the quarterfinals on will be in the U.S. Proposed training sites in the areas of U.S. game venues are in Chester, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco, Texas; Kansas City and Riverside, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas; Marietta, Georgia; and St. Louis. There also are possible training camps in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Toluca, and Monterrey but none were listed in Canada. FIFA said more possible training camps will be added. In addition, FIFA listed specific site matchups for games

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Ridgeline’s status as Utah softball power confirmed with second title in three years | Sports

In the wake of the COVID-19 shortened spring season, Ridgeline softball stood at a crossroads though no one quite yet knew. An elite program would soon be born in Millville. Four years into the program’s existence, the Riverhawks were by no means in dire straits. They owned a 57-36 overall record with a 16-7 mark in region games with a top three finish in the region standings every year (except 2020 which didn’t have region games due to being shortened). Ridgeline was a good team. But good teams don’t do what the Riverhawks accomplished last month — complete a 30-1 season by appearing in a third straight title game and winning the 4A state championship for a second time in those three years. Getting to the top in Utah softball is no short or simple task, with a host of great teams standing between getting to a single championship series, let alone three straight. But the Riverhawks are on the cusp of becoming the next dynasty of 4A softball. Oddly enough, though, arguably Ridgeline’s biggest rival to becoming a softball powerhouse, Bear River, also served as the model for success. For decades, the Bears have been ascendant in Utah softball,

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Salt Lake City Olympic bid projects $4 billion in total costs to stage 2034 Winter Games | News

Organizers for the proposed 2034 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City released their first budget estimate Monday, projecting total costs of just under $4 billion, with $2.84 billion of that slated for operational costs. The committee said even though there will be 40% more events than the last time Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics, the number for operational costs for 2034 is 1% lower than that for 2002 when adjusted for inflation. FILE – The scoreboard at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium promotes Salt Lake City’s bid to host another Winter Olympics in 2034 as International Olympic Committee members prepare to tour the stadium and other venues on April 10, 2024, in Salt Lake City. Organizers of the Salt Lake City Olympic committee will reveal on Monday, June 10, 2024, the estimated budget for hosting the 2034 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Rick Bowmer The IOC will study the numbers later this month and is expected to officially award the 2034 Games to Utah’s capital at a meeting on July 24 in the lead-up to the Paris Olympics. Salt Lake City has been focused on using many of the venues that were in play for 2002. It

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