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Past articles by Christopher:

To expose the coldest, battiest college football takes, you have to be devoted. Meet Pete and Message Board Geniuses

The desire to be in the know in college football is second-to-none. Just ask Pete. → Read More

Utah to hire Utah State's Craig Smith as next men's basketball coach: Source

Smith had a 74-24 overall record at Utah State and qualified for the NCAA Tournament twice. → Read More

UVU wrestler Taylor LaMont wants to represent the U.S. on the grandest stage, at the Tokyo Olympics

Craig LaMont bought all five of his children a yo-yo one Christmas. As each kid unwrapped their gift, they each transitioned from elated to eventually moving onto the next thing. Some lasted an hour before finding something else to entertain them. All of them except young Taylor. He took the yo-yo and then pulled up YouTube videos to see just how much he could do with this new toy. → Read More

As Smith’s Ballpark hits its 25th year, the memories come fast and furious for Bees president and baseball lifer Marc Amicone

Ask Marc Amicone for a baseball memory based in downtown Salt Lake City and he will give you more than a few. But the first one that springs to mind — and after all these years and games how could it not — is walking the concourse back when now Smith’s Ballpark was just about halfway completed. The ballpark on 1300 South turned 25 this spring, so it’s hard for Amicone, a baseball lifer in this… → Read More

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro World Games are returning to Utah this summer

For Travis Pastrana, it’s about doing stuff no one else dares to do. Beyond that, it’s about taking the risks some don’t even have the brain space to think up. Multiple back-flips on motorcycles, rally cars soaring through the air, you name it, one of the Godfathers of action motor sports has thought of it. And he’s incorporated it all in the annual Nitro World Games, where the world’s most… → Read More

Jae Crowder plans to go to work this summer for the Jazz — this time playing the role of free agent recruiter

A disclaimer to all free-agents-to-be: There could be an in-home visit in your future this summer. Or a FaceTime call. Or a text message. And one of the primary recruiters could be Jae Crowder, Utah’s in-your-face forward who welcomes all trash-talkers and, like all Jazz fans, wants to see his team upgrade at necessary positions this offseason. → Read More

Jazz’s Royce O’Neale draws the toughest assignment in the postseason — trying to make life tough for James Harden

Royce O’Neale has had the most difficult homework assignment possible throughout this first-round series. And he knows that when Quin Snyder calls for No. 23 to spring off the Jazz bench, No. 23 knows exactly what he’s being sent into the game to do: that’s do his absolute best to try and pester the most talented offensive basketball player on the planet. → Read More

No. 5 seed Auburn blitzes No. 4 Kansas 89-75, punches ticket to Sweet 16

Their motto from the outset has been “unfinished business.” This group of veterans have remained on task all season. It continued Saturday night inside Vivint Smart Home Arena. And yes, there’s still plenty of work to be done. The No. 5-seeded Auburn Tigers blitzed the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks from the opening whistle and never relented in the 89-75 victory. The win was Auburn’s ninth consecutive… → Read More

The intensity is dialed up during March Madness. So what happens when coaches lose their voice during the most important time of year?

There is a system that follows the many screams. For some, who have zero trepidation of wearing out their own vocal chords, it involves asking players to read lips in real time or even turn to an assistant coach to finish a sentence. The madness of March has infinite layers, but it’s also near the end of the road for college basketball’s best. And that means head coaches have yelled. A lot. In… → Read More

Can’t stop the music: Pep bands in Salt Lake City for March Madness are the heart and soul of the NCAA Tournament experience

The wide-open look was so clean, just a few feet away from Steven Smyth, a shot that had it gone in, would’ve been One Shining Moment-worthy on Day 1. But the 3-point attempt fell short, suddenly ending a special season for New Mexico State, but there was no time for Smyth or his group to bow their heads. The one-point loss was a bummer, no doubt. But Smyth’s band played on. They had to. → Read More

Aggies recognized: USU wins MWC Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year award honors

When he was introduced last spring, Craig Smith stood at the podium and told the Utah State faithful he was going to work his hands to the bone to get the Aggies back to prominence. It didn’t even take a full season in Logan, and on Tuesday afternoon, the USU men’s basketball program was recognized for its stellar 2018-19 season. → Read More

U.S. speedskating star Brittany Bowe aims to continue banner year in World Cup finale at Utah Olympic Oval

She’d felt all the symptoms before, known the unfortunate reality of everything that happens after a sustained concussion. After all, they nearly derailed her entire career, kept her away from the ice, nearly kept her from persevering and returning to eventually win an Olympic medal last February. After a training collision in the summer of 2016, Bowe dealt with lingering aftereffects of the… → Read More

‘I think his play kind of speaks for itself': New midfielder Everton Luiz has added some bite to RSL midfield

Sandy • The offseason wish list at Real Salt Lake stretched beyond the goal-scoring forward the fan base has yearned for. RSL had to strengthen its starting lineup in order for the style and approach head coach Mike Petke wants to be more effective, more doable, so the club had to go out and find a no-nonsense player to man the midfield next to a club legend. → Read More

Utah State alone in first place in the MWC after 81-76 victory over No. 12 Nevada at the Spectrum

Logan • If the revival isn’t complete, it’s certainly near completion. It’s what Craig Smith set out to do when he was hired less than a year ago, to convince Cache Valley that there is a reason to return to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and to transform it back into what it was for decades: an ear-piercing, headache-inducing, student-section swarming sort of event. And above all, a place where… → Read More

Is fleet-footed Sam Johnson the striker Real Salt Lake has been looking for all along? We’ll soon find out.

Herriman • He was always fast, a blur, since he was young, trying to get to top-end speed as quickly as possible by sprinting alongside the beach, outrunning the crashing ocean waves. Growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, there were no state-of-the-art facilities Sam Johnson explains standing outside the gym in Real Salt Lake’s state-of-the-art soccer complex. There were no treadmills to increase… → Read More

Atlanta United raised the bar for everybody in MLS last season; can the rest of the league keep up? That plus preseason MLS power rankings

The perceived notion of haves and have-nots in Major League Soccer has been quashed quickly by a club that has changed the complexion of the league in just two short seasons. So when Atlanta United rocked Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the 2018 season, all the way to an MLS Cup final win that seemed almost pre-determined, it officially put the rest of the league on notice. → Read More

Salt Lake Stallions win their first AAF home game, beating the Arizona Hotshots, 23-15

A 15-play, 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter earned the Salt Lake Stallions their first win in franchise history. → Read More

Year 2 is booked: Utah Royals FC release their 2019 NWSL regular season schedule

Spring is around the corner, meaning the rest of 2019 is promised to be jam-packed with matches at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. On Thursday, the NWSL announced full-season schedules for each of its clubs, including Utah Royals FC. → Read More

American skier Aaron Blunck repeats as FIS world champ in ski halfpipe

Park City • He grasped the red, white and blue in his right hand, even as he looked on at arguably the greatest freeski halfpipe skier ever having just dropped into the pipe. There was nowhere else to be but where Aaron Blunck found himself Saturday afternoon, in first place, another world championship so close, but at the same time so far away. Because when his friend and U.S. teammate David… → Read More

Superstar snowboarder Chloe Kim dominates at FIS World Championships, furthering her reign at the top of the sport

Park City • Another gold medal was already guaranteed, another dominant win, another day in which nobody could come close to Chloe Kim. So as the 18-year-old American snowboarding phenom prepped for her victory lap, she took a bit longer at the top of the massive, world-renowned Eagle Superpipe at the base of Park City Village. There, Kim skipped song after song, waiting for the perfect one to… → Read More