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Utah fires coach Amy Rodriguez as part of organizational shakeup in struggling season | Sports

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Utah Royals first-year coach Amy Rodriguez was fired after less than a season leading the revived NWSL club. The move on Sunday was part of an organizational shakeup for the struggling team, which is 2-11-2 and in last place in the league. Rodriguez, a former U.S. national team member, is the Royals all-time career goal scorer with 16 when she played there from 2018-20. Along with Rodriguez, the Royals released goalkeeper coach Maryse Bard-Martel and said that team president Michelle Hyncik is moving into a new legal role with the Blitzer Family Office. Jimmy Coenraets was appointed Utah’s interim head coach. Real Salt Lake president John Kimball will oversee business operations for the Royals during the search for a new club president. He thanked Rodriguez, Bard-Martel and Hyncik for their efforts. “While we have faced adversity this season, we are focused on building a team off and on the field that can compete at the highest levels for years to come,” he said in a statement. Utah plays at Seattle on Sunday. The Royals played in the NWSL from 2018 to 2020 before halting operations. Real Salt Lake owners Ryan Smith and David Blitzer re-established the

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Utah Hockey Club debuts Oct. 8 against Chicago, the same night Panthers raise Stanley Cup banner | Sports

The Utah Hockey Club will play its first regular-season game Oct. 8 against Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks, marking the debut of the NHL in Salt Lake City following the team’s move from Arizona. That same night, the Florida Panthers will raise their first Stanley Cup banner to the rafters in Sunrise, Florida, before facing off against the Boston Bruins. The NHL released the list of home openers for each of its 32 teams Monday with the full 1,312-game regular-season schedule expected this week. Utah, which is expected to have a permanent name in time for the 2025-26 season, will play at the Delta Center, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, an arena that will undergo renovations to provide more unobstructed views for NHL games. The capacity is 16,200 for the inaugural season, with not all directly facing the ice, but the demand has been high with 30,000 season-ticket deposits. “We are thrilled to play the first regular season game in franchise history, at home, in front of our amazing fans,” president of hockey operations Chris Armstrong said. “The eyes of the hockey world will be on Utah when we host the Blackhawks on that historic night, and we

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Mountain West signs TV deal with TNT Sports, Utah State vs New Mexico to be on TruTV | Sports

The Mountain West Conference and TNT Sports announced a multi-year TV broadcasting agreement this morning which will begin this year. The deal will include 14 broadcasts of Mountain West football games for the 2024 season, one of which includes Utah State as the Aggies’ Oct. 19 matchup with New Mexico will be on TruTV with a now-announced kickoff time of 2 p.m. All 14 of the Mountain West games will air on TruTV and streamed on HBO’s Max. It’s tru‼️The Mountain West and @tntsports have teamed up on a multi-year agreement to bring #MWFB to @truTV and @StreamOnMax 📺🏈 pic.twitter.com/NhhwcDm4YM — Mountain West (@MountainWest) July 1, 2024 TNT Sports, formerly known as Warner Bros. Discovery Sports and earlier as Turner Sports, is expanding back into broadcasting college football games for the first time in more than a decade. It had already agreed to sublicensing deals with ESPN that will let them air College Football Playoff games. This agreement runs alongside the current agreement between the Mountain West and both Fox Sports and CBS which signed a media rights deal in 2020 that runs through the end of the 2025-26 academic year. The majority of Mountain West games will still air

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Neemias Queta re-signs with Boston Celtics on multi-year contract | Sports

Former Utah State men’s basketball star center Neemias Queta seems to have found a longer-term home in the NBA after re-signing with the NBA champion Boston Celtics in the early hours of free agency and the start of the new league year. The deal, first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, is reported to be a two-year contract worth an estimated $4.5 million. A little more than 24 hours before the start of the free agency period, the Celtics technically waived Queta, though reports did indicate mutual interest in re-negotiating a new deal. The contract Boston opted out of was likewise a multi-year agreement. Queta had initially signed a two-way contract on Sept. 17 shortly after being waived by the Sacramento Kings. That two-way deal was later converted to a rest-of-season contract worth just under $2.3 million for the rest of the 2023-24 season, including playoffs, and a team option for Boston to keep Queta for the 2024-25 season. Boston chose to decline the option for 2024-25 but re-signed Queta for a very similar salary but with one more year attached to the end of it. It hasn’t been reported if the second year is a team option, which would

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Utah Hockey Club makes NHL draft splashes by trading for Sergachev and Marino | Sports

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Utah Hockey Club stole the show on the second day of the NHL draft by making two big trades in a matter of minutes, fast-tracking a rebuild for the team looking to make a splash in its new city. Utah acquired two-time Stanley Cup champion Mikhail Sergachev from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster and got fellow defenseman John Marino from New Jersey in separate trades completed Saturday. A buzz rippled through the crowd at Sphere when NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly announced the Sergachev trade early in the second round. Utah sent defenseman J.J. Moser, forward prospect Conor Geekie, a 2025 second-rounder and the 199th pick in this year’s draft. Daly was back at the microphone not long after to inform fans and the rest of hockey that Utah was not done, getting Marino and the 153rd pick from the Devils for No. 49 and Edmonton’s second-rounder in 2025. Owner Ryan Smith and general manager Bill Armstrong cautioned that the team would not spend wastefully in free agency, but these moves with potentially more coming when free agency opens Monday could make Utah a contender sooner than later. The club entered the draft with 13 picks, and

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Darius Brown signs Exhibit-10 contract with Cleveland Cavaliers | Sports

One day after the conclusion of the 2024 NBA Draft, former Utah State star point guard Darius Brown has found a home with an NBA franchise. First reported by Jon Chepkevich of Draft Express and later Sam Amico of Hoops Wire, Brown is signing an Exhibit-10 contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, home of another former Aggie star, Sam Merrill. An Exhibit-10 deal is not a full-time contract with an NBA team. During the offseason, teams are allowed to have roster sizes up to 21, as opposed to the usual 15. During the time of expanded rosters, Brown will be on what is effectively a one-year contract at the NBA minimum salary. He will likely play for the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League. Then, if Cleveland staff so choose, they can invite Brown to training camp for a shot at potentially converting the contract into a Two-Way contract. If the Cavaliers chose not to do so, they would waive Brown’s contract but would have the option to exercise exclusive rights to sign him to their G-League team Brown did a pre-draft workout with the Cavaliers, one of four he took part in (also worked out for the LA Clippers,

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Former Aggie star Chari Hawkins earns Olympic bid at U.S. Trials | Sports

A lifelong dream became a reality Monday evening for the former Utah State and five-time All-American track & field star Chari Hawkins as she crossed the finish line in the 800 meters, the final leg of the seven-event heptathlon. She will be going to Paris to compete in the 2024 Olympic games. Hawkins finished seventh among here competitors in that 800-meter race, but throughout all seven events she finished with the second-best score of 6,456, the lone athlete ahead of her being Anna Hall who is ranked first in the world in the category. Hawkins’ score is just shy of the Olympic Standard of 6,480, the number that would have fully guaranteed entry into the Paris games. As things stand now, Hawkins will have to rely on her world ranking to get in. But with her ranking of No. 12 overall (and No. 2 among U.S. athletes by the same metric), Hawkins is all but assured a spot in this year’s Olympic games. Throughout the several days of events, Hawkins never fell outside the top three. The first three events, the 100 hurdles, high jump and shot put, were her stronger ones and following that trio, Hawkins stood atop the

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USU women’s basketball releases non-conference schedule, begins summer workouts | Sports

LOGAN — On the same day that first-year Utah State women’s basketball head coach Wesley Brooks officially began summer workouts for the Aggies, his team’s non-conference schedule was released to the public. The 13-game non-conference slate is split into four home games (plus a home exhibition), six road games and two neutral site contests, but they are not evenly distributed. The Aggies will play their home exhibition against Westminster on Oct. 25 for the unofficial start, then open the regular season with three home games against Kansas City (Nov. 4), CSU Northridge (Nov. 8) and CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 14) before a very, very long road trip. Following the initial three home games, Utah State will not play another home game for 43 days. That long stretch will see some of USU’s toughest games of the year and includes road games against Northern Colorado (Nov. 17), Colorado (Nov. 19), Omaha (Nov. 26), Utah (Dec. 5), Grand Canyon (Dec. 8) and Idaho (Dec. 15). “As a first-year (coach in a) program, it kind of happens,” Brooks told media following the practice. “We’ll build a toughness. We’ll build a callus. And then we’ll continue to just get better. You’ve got to win on

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GALLERY: Utah State Women’s Basketball first practice 2024 | Multimedia

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Utah State University athletics announces $125 million ‘Reach and Rise’ fundraising campaign | Sports

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Friday its first-ever comprehensive capital campaign, which is the largest and most ambitious fundraising effort in the University’s history. As part of the University-wide Create Your Aggie Impact Initiative, the Reach and Rise campaign was officially announced during a USU-hosted VIP Event at the Bastian Agricultural Center in South Jordan, Utah. “Athletics is an important part of the Utah State University experience,” said USU President Elizabeth Cantwell. “The impact that championship-level athletics can have on the profile of the university, the student body experience, with our alumni and in the Cache Valley community is immeasurable.” The campaign, which aims to raise $125 million over the next five years for Aggie Athletics, is committed to positioning USU’s over 400 student-athletes and 16 varsity programs for success in modern day college athletics. “This is a historic moment for Utah State Athletics,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics Diana Sabau. “The Reach and Rise campaign is ambitious and bold, signaling our commitment toward the future. The opportunity to solidify ourselves as a premier athletics program in the west is within our reach and it is time for Aggies nationwide to

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