The demonic, bone-chilling steel structure makes its return at WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 taking place on Sunday, October 6 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.Several matches including ones for the WWE Universal championship and for the “RAW” women’s championship will take place inside the unforgiving Hell in a Cell that night along with other bouts that will be announced. — Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) for the women’s tag team titles— King Corbin vs. Chad Gable— Lacey Evans vs. Natalya (kickoff show) It will be part of a busy week for WWE with “SmackDown” debuting on Fox just two days earlier on that Friday night along with NXT airing both hours of its expanded show on USA Network that Wednesday.The card is coming together and should be solidified in the coming weeks. Until then, here’s all you need to know about WWE Hell in a Cell 2019.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhat time does WWE Hell in a Cell start?Date: Sunday, Oct. 6Time: 6 p.m. ET (preshow) | 7 p.m. ET (main card)Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CATV channel: WWE Network (PPV)Live stream: WWE.com/livestream+WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 will air live on Sunday, Aug. 11. The preshow is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and the main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET.WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 PPV price, how to watchWWE Hell in a Cell 2019 will be available for purchase on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network.The WWE Network is available at WWE.com or by downloading the app on certain smart TVs – including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic – as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.It costs $9.99 per month to sign up to watch the WWE Network online.WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 matches— Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match for the Universal championship— Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks in a Hell in a Cell match for the “RAW” women’s championship— Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in a Tornado tag team match— Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair for the “SmackDown” women’s championship— The OC (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) vs. Viking Raiders and a mystery partner
“I was stunned and saddened to read the inflated and misleading headlines and the accusations directed at me this past Wednesday, and again in an editorial in Friday’s Hartford Courant, by an ex-USJ employee and an all-too-eager click-driven media,” Calhoun said Saturday in a released statement to the Hartford Courant.”I am angry and hurt that the reputation that I’ve worked so hard to achieve for over 50 years — actually, for more than 77 years — was so easily dismissed and thrown aside in return for headlines or eyeballs or whatever the appropriate term is here. And I’m especially angry that my career and my name are being used for legal grandstanding instead of in support for the victims of discrimination.” Related News On Wednesday, Jaclyn Piscitelli filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against Saint Joseph, which is a small Catholic school in Connecticut that just recently started admitting men in 2018.Piscitelli said in the filing that he was fired in June after complaining about the conduct of men in the athletic department, which included Calhoun. She claimed the 77-year-old coach helped create “a boys club” atmosphere and that she was subjected to menial tasks, such as opening doors for Calhoun when he had his keys in his hand and stomping on coffee K-cups, then having Piscitelli clean them up.She also said that Calhoun referred to her as “hot.” Calhoun has denied all the allegations.”I’m not sure when asking a colleague if they would mind opening the door because my hands were full became discrimination or when self-deprecation for being an aging, clumsy husband became an insult,” Calhoun wrote in his statement. “And call me old-fashioned in this regard … I use the word ‘hot’ to describe the weather and the temperature of my morning coffee. And the only woman I openly compliment is my wife of 53 years and frankly, I call her ‘beautiful’ or ‘pretty’ … because she is.” Jim Calhoun has broken his silence after he was accused of sexual discrimination by a former employee earlier this week.The Hall of Fame basketball coach, who currently works at Saint Joseph, said he didn’t knowingly discriminate against any woman and he has “never treated any woman inappropriately.” Calhoun also said he while he isn’t perfect, he believes in treating people fairly and was proud of his reputation at Saint Joseph.”I have made mistakes throughout my life and I know that I will continue to do so. However, I firmly and unequivocally, at no time, knowingly treated any woman unfairly because of her gender. In addition, let me be clear, I have never treated any woman inappropriately,” he wrote.Calhoun won three national championships as UConn men’s basketball coach before he retired in 2012 after a 26-year tenure with the Huskies. He decided to come out of retirement in 2018 to serve as Saint Joseph’s first-ever head coach of the men’s basketball team. Kansas coach Bill Self dismisses ‘narrative’ that promo video was aimed at NCAA Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun named in sex discrimination lawsuit Villanova 5-star freshman Bryan Antoine, coach Jay Wright quell redshirt speculation
Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 8: Cam Newton, Derrius Guice, Kareem Hunt among free agent pickups worth stashing
Week 8 DFS Lineups: Y! Cash | Y! GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPPBenjamin Watson, TE, Patriots. Watson had just three catches for 18 yards in his 2019 season debut, but he ran well and received five targets, showing he’s part of the offense. Watson isn’t going to be consistent, but at TE, he still has value. With Mark Andrews and Jason Witten on bye this week and Jared Cook and Delanie Walker ailing, Watson has some fill-in potential against a Browns team allowing 8.5 standard-league fantasy points per game to TEs. Check out our full Week 8 waiver list for additional waiver and free agent ideas, including potential starting RBs Chase Edmonds, Ty Johnson, Benny Snell Jr. and Mark Walton, WR3s like Kenny Stills, Olabisi Johnson and Corey Davis, and a ton of Week 8 QB, TE, and D/ST streamers. WEEK 8: Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsThere will definitely be waiver claims used this week, and you could really go a variety of directions depending on what you need. Edmonds and Johnson are the easy calls for the top claims since they’re RBs who could see relatively high-volume roles in the coming weeks, but Snell is in a similar spot considering James Conner left Pittsburgh’s last game early because of a quad injury. Even if Conner is healthy for Week 8, it’s worth noting that Jaylen Samuels was seeing heavy volume before his injury, so Snell could be in line for double-digit touches against Miami on Monday night. Either way, RBs tend to rule the wire, but Stills is also worth a high claim given Will Fuller’s upcoming multi-game absence. If you need WR help more than RB help, it wouldn’t be crazy to use a higher claim on Stills than any of the backs.LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 8 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWEEK 8 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups and free agent adds for Week 8Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Newton is purely a speculative add, as he won’t start in Week 8 and likely won’t see the field again as long as Kyle Allen and the Panthers keep winning. However, Newton’s foot injury is reportedly feeling better, so he should be ready to go if called upon. Newton hasn’t done much since the middle of 2018, so perhaps it’s foolish to expect him to start putting up vintage Newton numbers again, but if he plays, we know he has upside. He’s available in more than half of Yahoo leagues, so if you have room, stashing him isn’t a bad option. Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins. Guice has been out since Week 1 because of a knee injury, but Redskins coach Bill Callahan implied Guice could return to practice this week. He would likely still be at least a few weeks away from playing in actual games even if that were to happen, but since most leagues have a designated IR slot, you could grab Guice and stash him without wasting a roster spot. Considering Guice has just played only one game in his NFL career, the Redskins will likely want to get him reps even in a lost season as they try to determine what they have in him. Even if Guice were to return just for the fantasy playoffs, he has two nice matchups (at Packers in Week 14, vs. Giants in Week 16) sandwiched around a tough one (vs. Eagles) in Week 15. WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endKareem Hunt, RB, Browns. Hunt’s suspension is up after Week 9, so he still has a couple games to go before he can even officially be allowed to attend team meetings. It will likely be a slow burn once he is back on the practice field, and obviously he’s not going to simply unseat Nick Chubb for the starting job. Clearly, you can wait a few weeks before stashing Hunt if you want, but given how talented he is, he has the potential to be a difference-maker down the stretch, especially if something were to happen to Chubb. Starting in Week 12, Cleveland has a mostly favorable schedule that features the Dolphins, Steelers, Bengals, Cardinals, and Ravens. WEEK 8: Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsPhillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots. Dorsett returned from what was essentially a two-week absence because of a hamstring injury and caught all three of his targets for 46 yards and a score. Dorsett has played four full games without Antonio Brown, scoring in three and averaging 4.8 targets, three catches, 51 yards and a touchdown overall. The only team to really stop him was Buffalo, which boasts an elite pass defense. You could do a lot worse for your WR3, especially during bye weeks. (Update: With Mohamed Sanu now in New England, Dorsett’s value takes a hit.) Make no mistake, the top Week 8 fantasy waiver wire pickups are WR and RB handcuffs like Chase Edmonds, Ty Johnson, Benny Snell Jr., Kenny Stills, and Olabisi Johnson, but when it comes to free agent adds after waivers clears around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning in Yahoo and ESPN leagues, there are plenty of deeper options. Whether you’re playing the matchup game for Week 8 streamers or looking for injured/suspended players to stash who could pay off a month from now, we have you covered with our full free agent list.Even with only two teams on bye this week (Dallas, Baltimore), the need for streamers is likely being felt by more than a few teams in your league because of injuries. Thankfully, there are a host of potential receivers, quarterbacks, tight ends, and defenses who can fill in and get you points this week. The QBs, TEs, and D/STs streamer recommendations can be found at the end of our free agent list. If you hate yourself and don’t value your own time, you can also check out our Week 8 kicker rankings.
What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the Cup Series’ second visit to the track this season and the seventh race of the 2019 playoffs, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The race at Martinsville will start at 3 p.m. ET. The winner of the Martinsville playoff race has gone on to win the Cup Series championship six times. Jimmie Johnson did it during his title runs in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2016. Tony Stewart did it in 2011, and Logano did it last season.A non-playoff driver has won the Martinsville playoff race just twice: Jeff Gordon in 2005 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014. The worst finish in the Martinsville playoff race by a driver who went on to win the title was 33rd by Kevin Harvick in 2014.MORE: Current NASCAR playoff standingsNASCAR schedule 2019DateRaceTrackTime/TV info/winnerFeb. 10Advance Auto Parts ClashDaytona International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonFeb. 14Gander RV Duel 1 at DaytonaDaytona International SpeedwayKevin HarvickFeb. 14Gander RV Duel 2 at DaytonaDaytona International SpeedwayJoey LoganoFeb. 17Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayDenny HamlinFeb. 24Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMarch 3Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy LubeLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayJoey LoganoMarch 10TicketGuardian 500ISM RacewayKyle BuschMarch 17AutoClub 400Auto Club SpeedwayKyle BuschMarch 24STP 500Martinsville SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMarch 31O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinApril 7Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschApril 13Toyota Owners 400Richmond RacewayMartin Truex Jr.April 28Geico 500Talladega SpeedwayChase ElliottMay 5Cup Series Race at DoverDover International SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.May 11Cup Series Race at KansasKansas SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMay 18Monster Energy OpenCharlotte Motor Speedway—May 18Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor SpeedwayKyle LarsonMay 26Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.June 2Pocono 400Pocono RacewayKyle BuschJune 10FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International SpeedwayJoey LoganoJune 23Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma RacewayMartin Truex Jr.June 30Camping World 400Chicagoland SpeedwayAlex BowmanJuly 6Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International SpeedwayJustin HaleyJuly 13Quaker State 400Kentucky SpeedwayKurt BuschJuly 21Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayKevin HarvickJuly 28Gander Outdoors 400Pocono RacewayDenny HamlinAug. 4Go Bowling at The GlenWatkins Glen InternationalChase ElliottAug. 11Consumers Energy 400Michigan International SpeedwayKevin HarvickAug. 17Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinSept. 1Bojangles’ Southern 500Darlington RacewayErik JonesSept. 8Big Machine Vodka 400Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKevin Harvick2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoff scheduleDateRaceTrackTime/TV info/winnerSept. 15South Point 400Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.Sept. 21Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond RacewayMartin Truex Jr.Sept. 29Bank of America ROVAL 400Charlotte Motor Speedway Road CoarseChase ElliottOct. 6Cup Series Race at DoverDover International SpeedwayKyle LarsonOct. 131000Bulbs.com 500Talladega SuperspeedwayRyan BlaneyOct. 20Hollywood Casino 400Kansas SpeedwayDenny HamlinOct. 27First Data 500Martinsville Speedway3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTVNov. 3AAA Texas 500Texas Motor Speedway3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTVNov. 10Cup Series Race at ISMISM Raceway2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTVNov. 17Ford EcoBoost 400Homestead-Miami Speedway3 p.m., NBC/fuboTV The 3 p.m. ET start time for the Martinsville race Sunday is the first of three such start times for the Cup Series playoffs (Texas and Homestead) this season. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the 12th time this year. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, moreSunday’s race at Martinsville, which will consist of three stages (130 laps, 130 laps and 240 laps), is the 34rd race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (33rd when not counting the All-Star Race). There are just four races left this season and three races to go before the final cut-off point of the playoffs.Martinsville Speedway is a 0.526-mile oval with just 12-degree banking in the turns and no banking on the straights. Brad Keselowski won the spring race this year at Martinsville, and his Penske teammate, Joey Logano, won the fall Martinsville race last year in dramatic fashion on his way to the Cup Series championship.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville.What channel is NASCAR on today?TV channel: NBCSNLive stream: NBC Sports AppRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioSunday’s race at Martinsville is the 12th of 13 races this season scheduled to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at Martinsville is available via live stream on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.NASCAR at Martinsville: What time does today’s race start?Date: Sunday, Oct. 27Time: 3 p.m. ETLocation: Martinsville SpeedwaySince the Cup Series playoff inception in 2004, Martinsville has occupied two different positions on the playoff schedule. Until 2010, the Martinsville playoff race was the sixth race in the postseason. It has been the seventh race on the playoff schedule since 2011.
MORE: Famed trainer was banned from track in June after horse deaths”The death of Mongolian Groom is a loss to the entire horse racing community,” Breeders’ Cup Ltd. said in its statement. “We have worked closely with Santa Anita leading up to the World Championships to promote enhanced equine safety.” Mongolian Groom is the 37th horse to die at Santa Anita since last Dec. 26. The fatalities have brought the track into the national spotlight and posed serious questions about racing there in the future.U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called last April for racing to be suspended at the track. This week, she called the two-day Breeders’ Cup a “critical test for the future of horse racing in California.”Racing was temporarily suspended at Santa Anita in February and again in March as an investigation into horse deaths at the track was launched. Vino Rosso’s victory Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park was overshadowed by the death of Mongolian Groom.The 4-year-old gelding suffered an injury to its left hind leg while racing in the homestretch and was later taken off the track via horse ambulance. Breeders’ Cup Ltd., which operates the Breeders’ Cup, announced Saturday night that Mongolian Groom had been euthanized.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After seeing Utah center Luke Nevill average 24 points and 14 rebounds in the Utes’ first two games, Mississippi thought it had a good game plan coming into Friday night’s game against the Utes.Slow down Nevill — win game.The Rebels got the first part right, holding Nevill to just 10 points on eight shots. However, it didn’t result in a victory, because the Utes found their shooting range and bombarded the Rebels with an array of 3-pointers to run away with an 83-72 victory.Friday night’s game was part of the Glen Wilkes Classic, which involves six other teams in a semi-round robin format. Today at 2:15 p.m., the Utes, now 2-1, will take on Morgan State (2-2) at the Ocean Center.The win over Mississippi was a big one for the Utes, who began the year with a disheartening one-point loss to Southwest Baptist before beating Green Bay Tuesday night. The Rebels were picked high in the SEC preseason polls and expected to make the NCAA Tournament this year.However, Utah took control, hitting 3-pointers early and often and never let up. The Utes built up a 10-point halftime lead and never allowed the Rebels back in the game.”I’m proud of my team,” said Ute coach Jim Boylen. “Depth and bench-scoring — that’s what I envisioned this team would be.”Indeed, the Ute bench outscored the starters 44 to 39 as Shaun Green scored 19, Tyler Kepkay 13 and freshman Jordan Cyphers 12. The trio also combined for 10 of 17 from 3-point range as the Utes overall hit 12 of 25 from behind the line.”I feel we’re a good-shooting team,” Boylen said. “My guys work at it, they care about it.”The outside opened up because the Rebels were double- and triple-teaming Nevill nearly every time he got the ball inside.”Like a lot of teams, their main concern was Luke and we just took the open shots that we got,” said Green. “They just happened to be threes and we hit them tonight.”Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy acknowledged his team was most worried about Nevill.”Obviously coming into the game we were very concerned about Nevill,” he said. “We had no one who could match up with him, so we made a conscious choice to not let him get any rhythm. We were pretty successful, but unfortunately Utah did an unbelievable job of their ball movement and spacing and they had guy after guy after guy step up and make shots.”The first guy was Green, who hit five 3-pointers in the first half including a couple from behind the NBA 3-point line on the court. The next guy was Lawrence Borha, who hit a pair of threes in the first half, on his way to 19 points for the game. Finally it was Cyphers, the true freshman, who sank four 3-pointers, including three during a 1:13 stretch in the second half when the Utes extended an 8-point lead to 13.”Cyphers plays four minutes all year and against us he makes four threes,” lamented Kennedy.Utah broke away from a 19-19 tie midway through the first half as Green, then Borha, then Green again, sank 3-pointers to push the lead to nine. The lead got as high as 12 before Utah settled for a 46-36 halftime lead.Green was better covered after getting 17 first-half points, so he just looked for the open man. A couple of key baskets were Kepkay’s high floater on the baseline to barely beat the shot clock with the Utes up seven and Borha’s drive to make it 77-69 with 5:02 left.”They have a swarming defense and I was open on perimeter,” Borha said. “I saw them rushing me, so I just drove to the rack and hope to get fouled.”Nevill finished with 10 rebounds, giving him his third double-double of the year and the 21st of his career. Carlon Brown led the Utes with 6 assists and also had 6 points and 8 rebounds.The Rebels, who outrebounded Utah 31-30, got 22 points from guard Chris Warren and 18 from David Heurtas. When they play Morgan State today, it will be the first-ever meeting between the Utes and the Baltimore-based school. E-mail: email@example.comUtah 83Mississippi 72Utes on the airUtah (2-1) vs. Morgan St. (2-2)Saturday, 2:15 p.m. MSTTV: None; Radio: 700 AM
For Utah’s Daniel Summerhays, it was a bittersweet Sunday at the Albertsons Boise Open at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise.Summerhays was hoping to win his first professional tournament on the Nationwide Tour where he led by two shots going into the final round. However, Summerhays was passed up by Hunter Haas, who shot a final-round 64 to win the Nationwide’s most lucrative regular-season tournament with a $130,500 first prize and beat Summerhays by one shot.However, by finishing second and earning a check of $78,300, Summerhays clinched a spot on next year’s PGA Tour as he upped his season earnings to $260,992 and No. 8 on the Nationwide money list. The top 25 money-winners from the Nationwide Tour earn exemptions to the PGA Tour the following year.”I felt like I played my best golf today. I really did,” said Summerhays. “I drove it the best I drove it all week, hit a lot of good wedge shots and I skimmed the edges on probably four or five putts. One of these Sundays is going to be mine.”The 26-year-old Summerhays had contended at three different tournaments on the Nationwide Tour, in Georgia, Ohio and Kansas, where he had a chance to win on the final day. In those tournaments he finished in a tie for second, third and fourth places.This time it wasn’t a matter of Summerhays losing it as much as Haas winning.Summerhays took a two-shot lead into Sunday’s final round and immediately increased his lead with birdies at 2, 3 and 4. However, Haas, playing two groups in front of Summerhays made birdies at 1, 2, 5, 7 and 9 to pull within one shot at the turn.Then Haas birdied No. 10 to pull even at 20-under par and then went ahead with a birdie at the par-5 16th hole. However, Summerhays couldn’t make another birdie the rest of the day and finished with 14 straight pars after his initial birdie barrage.Summerhays grew up in Farmington and was a top amateur golfer, winning the Utah State Amateur at the age of 16 and again the following year. He took his talents to BYU, where he played a year before going on an LDS mission to Chile. He played two more years in college, but decided to turn professional after winning a Nationwide Tour event in Columbus, Ohio in July of 2007, while still an amateur.He has played on the Nationwide Tour ever since and will get the opportunity to play on the PGA Tour beginning in January.Clay Ogden, another Utah native who played for BYU, finished in a tie for 43rd place and earned a paycheck of $2,741.Jhonattan Vegas (66), Keegan Bradley (68), Kirk Triplett (69) and John Mallinger (69) tied for third at 17 under.e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SALT LAKE CITY — Imagine the following resume for the new coach of the Utah Jazz:NBA assistant for 17 years. … Coached under Rudy Tomjanovich, including two NBA championship seasons. … Top assistant for Gregg Popovich when Popovich won NBA Coach of the Year honors and had best record in NBA. … Coached at Michigan State for seven years, five under Jud Heathcote and two under Tom Izzo. … Four years as a head coach at a major university with an overall winning record and an NCAA tournament appearance.Most Jazz fans would be ecstatic to get such a coach to replace Tyrone Corbin, who had just seven years as an NBA assistant and no head coaching experience before becoming the Jazz’s coach.Except there’s one more thing to add to the resume — the name.Jim Boylen.If you haven’t noticed by now, Boylen’s name is being thrown around by various media folk as a top candidate for the open Jazz head coaching job. Most of the talk comes from out-of-state journalists. Fueling the rumors are Boylen’s seven-year working relationship with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and his long NBA history.An online gambling service lists several candidates for the Jazz job, with Boylen at the top at 2-to-1 odds. The next candidate is 4-1.Around here, a lot of folks are scratching their heads. Jim Boylen? Really? For others, it’s, Jim Boylen, are you kidding me?Didn’t he get dismissed as the University of Utah basketball coach in 2011 following consecutive losing seasons? Isn’t he the coach that some say ran the once-proud Ute program into the ground?Yes, it’s that Jim Boylen.After being unceremoniously dismissed from Utah in March 2011, Boylen landed back on his feet in the NBA, where he had coached for 14 seasons before becoming the Utes’ coach in 2007. He coached for two years at Indiana under Frank Vogel, helping the Pacers’ resurgence before going to San Antonio this season, where he became Popovich’s top assistant after Mike Budenholzer and Brett Brown left to become head coaches at Atlanta and Philadelphia, respectively.People tend to think the Ute program was a total disaster under Boylen, which it wasn’t. He got players going to class and his team’s overall GPA was even better than the teams of Rick Majerus, who used to brag about his players’ great academics. In his second year, Boylen won the Mountain West Conference title and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament. After that season, Boylen was actually a finalist for the open Arizona job, which went to Sean Miller, and he was rewarded with a new contract.However, things turned south the next season and several players, including Carlon Brown and Marshall Henderson, left the program. Boylen scrambled to get some replacements, such as Jiggy Watkins and Will Clyburn, but they couldn’t fashion a winning season and he was let go right before the Utes embarked on their Pac-12 journey.I knew Boylen as well as any media person in the state when he coached at Utah, covering his program for all four years he was here, and I liked him. I interviewed him over a hundred times, sat in his office dozens of times, and found him to be very personable and accommodating. He is a God-fearing man with a wife and two daughters who seems to sincerely care about others. Personally, I’ll never forget the time when I received some bad news and the first person who called me was Jim Boylen.All that said, I don’t think Boylen will be picked as the next Jazz coach. For one thing, you have to consider the public relations angle — whether it’s right or not.Most sports fans in Utah are Jazz fans, but they’re split when it comes to BYU or Utah. Boylen wouldn’t be a popular pick for either Jazz/BYU fans, who didn’t like him when he was at Utah, or Jazz/Utah fans, many of whom blame him for the program’s recent demise. Do the Jazz want a polarizing coach when they’re trying to start over and attract fans back to EnergySolutions Arena?Unless Boylen came in and knocked everyone’s socks off with 50 wins in his first year, he’d have a hard time getting the community to rally behind him.There’s also the uncertainty of his head coaching ability. Would he be a better coach in the NBA than he was in college? Perhaps, perhaps not.So who will the Jazz choose as their next head coach?I doubt it will be an older coach who has been around the league like George Karl or Lionel Hollins or Jeff Van Gundy.It’s not going to be a high-profile college coach like John Calipari or Rick Pitino, who have already failed in the NBA, or Tom Izzo, who is 59 and already makes money in the $4 million range.I doubt it will be a former NBA player, of which there are several currently in the NBA head coaching ranks.My guess is that it will be some coach out of the Erik Spoelstra/Vogel/Budenholzer mold, a non-NBA player who started off as a video coordinator and worked his way up as assistant coach in the NBA. Perhaps Phoenix assistant Mike Longabardi or Chicago assistant Andy Greer or Atlanta assistant Quin Snyder will be candidates.Really, I have no idea who the next Jazz coach will be.But I would be very surprised if it turns out to be Jim Boylen.
He’s in a position where the less you hear about him the better. If you don’t hear about him, he’s doing his job just right. – Kyle WhittinghamSALT LAKE CITY — The most anonymous player on any football team is the long snapper. At least it should be. Even the largely unknown offensive linemen get occasional praise for good blocks, but you never hear about the long snapper unless he goofs up.That’s why you’ve never heard about the Utah football team’s long snapper, Chase Dominguez. He never goofs up. He has one job — to deliver a perfect snap to Tom Hackett, the Utes’ punter and holder, every time. And so far in his two years at Utah with 189 snaps on punts, field goals and PATs, Dominguez has done his job perfectly.“He’s the man,’’ says Hackett. “Me and Chase work very well together. If I ever need anything, if I ask him to hit me on the left hip or the right hip, he can do it. On field goals he snaps to me perfect as I hold for Andy. Every play he’s in, I’m in and that helps a lot to have a relationship with a teammate like that. It makes my life a lot easier.’’Head coach Kyle Whittingham, who oversees the special teams, says Dominguez makes his job easier also, never having to worry about an errant snap costing his team points or field position.“Chase is huge for our special teams,’’ said Whittingham. “He’s in a position where the less you hear about him the better. If you don’t hear about him, he’s doing his job just right. So far — knock on wood — ever since he arrived on campus, he’s been a very consistent snapper for us.’’In past years, college teams, including Utah, would try a few guys already on scholarship to see who could get the ball back to the punter or holder on a regular basis. But now it’s become a specialty and Dominguez was actually recruited to come to Utah last year from Lutheran High School in Orange, California, and was put on scholarship right away.The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Dominguez started playing football in ninth grade as a receiver and cornerback, but a year later became interested in long snapping because his best friend was a kicker. As a sophomore he started his long snapping career and that summer he attended a camp in Southern California put on by Chris Rubio, a long snapping expert who lives in Lewiston, Idaho.“He does camps all over and is the best long snapping instructor in the world,’’ said Dominguez. “He’s taught me everything I know and I’ve stuck with it.’’Out of high school, Dominguez was recruited by several major colleges and chose Utah over UCLA, this week’s Ute opponent, and Washington State, last week’s opponent. He chose Utah because of the “great atmosphere” and “the great family program’’ and said so far “it’s been a great ride.’’So what is the key to being a great long snapper?According to Dominguez, it’s really not much more than practice, practice, practice. He said he used to spend hours snapping the ball through an old tire hung from a goalpost and got to the point where he could put the ball through the small opening 10 out of every 20 times from 14 yards out.He says his stance is slightly wider on PAT and field goal attempts and that he aims for Hackett’s hand on the short snaps and his hips on the long ones. Unlike some snappers, Dominguez looks at his target the whole time, which means he has to hurry and get his head up to avoid onrushing linemen.“I’m reasonably athletic, so I can maneuver my way around them,’’ he says with a smile.To be an effective long snapper, you also have to have ice in your veins and not worry about missing your target. Also, it helps to be able to accept the fact that you’ll be perhaps the least-noticed player on the field if you do your job right.“I’m fine with that,’’ Dominguez says. “Players know my role on the team and I know my role. It’s a good way to stay under the radar. As long as Tom makes his kicks and Andy puts them through the uprights, I’ve done my job correctly.’’If this is the last time you hear Chase Dominguez’s name this season, it’ll be all right with him. It just means he’s still doing his job exactly as he’s supposed to.
Utah Jazz game analysis and highlights: Why the Jazz ran out of gas Horrible start dooms Jazz in third loss in three games of road trip Related If we don’t win it, our losing streak extends, but I don’t want to look at it that way. I want to look at it like a team that’s focused on getting better. – Quin SnyderATLANTA — After a promising 4-2 start to the season, the Utah Jazz have lost three straight games, the latest a 102-93 defeat to the Orlando Magic Friday night at the Amway Center.Just don’t call it a three-game losing streak, even if it is.Coach Quin Snyder took umbrage to the term “losing streak” when it was mentioned by a reporter after Friday’s loss“I can’t even go that we’re on a losing streak when we’ve played the last couple of games without Rudy and we lost to Cleveland in a one-possession game and lost to Miami in a one-possession game,’’ Snyder said. “It’s a losing streak for sure … but I’m not going to be despondent about these games, I just won’t do it.”Snyder was feeling a little defensive because his team came close to winning the first two games of the road trip at Cleveland and Miami, against two of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Friday’s loss was never close, but the Jazz were playing without starters Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood and on the second night of a back-to-back.“That doesn’t mean I don’t want to win more than anyone, but to characterize these last three games as a losing streak — it’s correctly characterized as a losing streak, absolutely, we’ve lost — but that implies a sky-is-falling, woe-is-me, and I’m not for feeling sorry for ourselves.’’Before the four-game road trip, the Orlando game looked to be the most winnable, since the Magic have been down for a few years. But this year’s Magic team under Scott Skiles is .500 at the latest time since the 2011-12 season, and they took it to the Jazz right from the start, building up a 22-point lead early in the second quarter.It doesn’t get easier for the Jazz, who face Atlanta Sunday at 4 p.m. MST at the Phillips Arena.The Hawks with former Jazzmen Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver lead the Central Division at 8-3 and may be extra motivated after losing to Boston 106-93 Friday night.In that game, the Hawks only shot 30 percent from 3-point range (6 of 20), were outrebounded 50-35 and had 16 turnovers, including six by Millsap.“We’re going to have another chance against Atlanta, and they’re really, really good and it’s going to be hard, hard, hard for us to win that game,’’ said Snyder. “If we don’t win it, our losing streak extends, but I don’t want to look at it that way. I want to look at it like a team that’s focused on getting better and we’ve got to keep doing that and sometimes if we have to lose to do that, it’s painful, but hopefully it can result in us being better.’’It is not known yet if the Jazz will have Gobert or Hood for Sunday’s game. Gobert would look likely since he got taped up and warmed up for a few minutes before Friday’s game before deciding he wasn’t able to go.For Hood, the hope is that his “right foot soreness” that kept him out Friday isn’t a repeat of last season when he missed 32 of 82 games, mostly due to injuries to one of his feet.The Jazz went with rookie Trey Lyles in Gobert’s place, with Derrick Favors moving over to the five spot, while Alec Burks started in Hood’s place at Orlando. Both Favors and Burks struggled at Orlando after playing well the previous night as Favors scored just five points with seven rebounds with foul trouble in 19 minutes, while Burks was 2 for 13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds and an assist.After Sunday’s game, the Jazz return home for a home game Wednesday against Toronto before going to Dallas Friday night. Jazz among NBA’s slowest teams, but that’s OK with coach