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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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Eight USU Football players honored on Phil Steele’s preseason All-Mountain West teams | Sports

Phil Steele’s long-running college football preview magazine is making its way around the country following its recent release. Among many, many other things it contains Steele’s picks for four preseason All-Mountain West teams. It comes shortly after Athlon Sports released their own last week, which also included four full all-conference teams. Steele doesn’t appear as optimistic about the Aggies, only featuring eight players who earned nine overall selections. One notable reason for this is his inclusion of players from the “Pac-2,” Washington State and Oregon State whereas they were not included in Athlon’s teams. As such, the Aggies rank T-5th among the 14 teams accounted for with these teams, behind Boise State (15), UNLV (14), Fresno State (12) and Colorado State (12), being tied with Wyoming and San Diego State (both at nine), and coming in ahead of Hawaii (eight), Air Force (six), Washington State (six), Oregon State (five), San Jose State (four), Nevada (four) and New Mexico (three). Three USU players were named to the First Team, those being wide receiver Jalen Royals, safety Ike Larsen and long-snapper Jacob Garcia. All are pretty obvious choices, especially Royals and Larsen who were named All-MW First Team at the end of

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ESPN ranks Utah State’s QB room at top of Mountain West | Sports

Considering the quarterback position is universally seen as the single most important one on the football field, each team’s signal caller (or group of them) gets extra attention. So ESPN, more specifically staff writer David Hale, naturally went and divided all 134 Division I football teams into 20 tiers based on their situation at quarterback. We’ll take a look at where Hale placed Mountain West teams in his various tiers while analyzing the placement and adding a bit of context for each situation. At the end, I’ll give my own rankings for every team in the Mountain West. Tier 11 Utah State (Spencer Petras, Bryson Barnes) Boise State (Malachi Nelson, Maddus Madsen) Both the Aggies and Broncos were placed in Tier 11 (technically, it was 11-B, which also means there were 21 tiers, not 20). There’s an interesting contrast between the two QB rooms. Utah State has experience with Petras and Barnes combining for more than 20 starts at the Division I level, but neither were exactly dominant since neither has thrown for more than 1,800 yards in a single season. Boise State is also pivoting to a degree as the expected full-time starter, Taylen Green, transferred. Though unlike Utah State,

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National media predicting middle-of-the-pack finish for USU football | Sports

Preseason rankings and predictions are gradually coming out, with preseason all-conference team season already underway and awards watch list season visible on the horizon. To that end, it’s worth taking a look at what some of the national outlets predict for the order of finish in the Mountain West and Utah State specifically. The three examined here from Kelley Ford, Phil Steele, and Bill Connelly. All three project USU roughly in the middle but with some variance, none actually have the Aggies in the exact same spot in a projected order of finish. The theme is the same though, Utah State is not expected to be among the best and has a lot of room to improve in the eyes of the national media. Kelley Ford (K-Ford Ratings) This is the projected order of finish in the MW standings from Kelley Ford, the number in parenthesis is the average number of conference wins (out of seven possible) according to the model used. Boise State (5.9) Fresno State (5.2) Air Force (4.3) Wyoming (4.0) UNLV (3.8) Utah State (3.3) San Diego State (3.2) Colorado State (3.2) San Jose State (3.0) Hawaii (2.9) Nevada (1.7) New Mexico (1.6) BOISE STATE and FRESNO

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