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Illinois fires coach Tim Beckman 1 week before season opener

David Mercer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:12pm

A week before the start of the football season, a difficult summer for the University of Illinois became chaotic as coach Tim Beckman was fired after an investigation found he tried to influence medical decisions and pressure players to play with injuries.

Prep football: Week 2 schedule and scores

KSL.com  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:30pm

Check back here for the latest scores from all the Week 1 prep football games across the state.

Brighton's Jensen among notable season-ending injuries after first week

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:02pm

Brighton quarterback Drew Jensen returned for his senior season after barely playing one game a year ago with a knee injury. But it didn't last as long as he wanted.

Lone Peak, Timpview looking for early statement wins

Rod Zundel and Jeremiah Jensen  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:48pm

Lone Peak is on the road and considers itself an underdog at defending Class 4A champ Timpview. The Thunderbirds feel the pressure of three-straight state titles. Both teams like their role in Friday's KSL Game of the Week.

Utah State football: wide receiver preview

Parker Robertson  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 2:06pm

Utah State has the weapons on the outside to make life easy for Chuckie Keeton. A mix of experience and depth make this group one of the best the Aggies have ever seen, even with the dismissal of JoJo Natson.

Jazz will have $20M to use or lose by next offseason

Andy Larsen  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 11:15am

In the offseason of 2016, the Utah Jazz could have around $20 million to spend just to get to the NBA's salary cap floor. Where will they use that money?

New uniforms unveiled; MLB mascot shows up Beyonce

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 11:08am

College football season is almost upon us, which means one thing: time for new uniforms and unreal prep and middle school plays. Additionally, we'll take a look at Under Armour's new ad campaign and an MLB diva.

RSL owner Hansen promotes Waibel to GM, Zarkos to VP

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:42pm

Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen promoted technical director Craig Waibel to general manager and named USL Monarchs president Rob Zarkos as team vice president of soccer administration Thursday in an expansion of the club's soccer operations.

Miller leads 2A Summit Academy to home-opening win over defending 1A champs Rich

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 9:50pm

Justin Miller completed 20-of-31 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns to help the Bears pick up their first win of the season, 35-21, over defending Class 1A state champion Rich.

Podcast: Utah, Michigan, cupcakes and gambling on 8-4

KSL.com  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:41pm

On today's podcast, hosts talk about a recent Popular Mechanics story labeling Utah as a "cupcake" game for Michigan. New Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh comments on the game.

Former BYU QB Heaps released by NY Jets

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:07pm

Jake Heaps, a Sammamish, Wash., native who started his college career at BYU before stops at Kansas and Miami (Florida), was released by the Jets to make room for veteran journeyman signal caller Josh Johnson.

Spieth stumbles at Barclays; Finau among co-leaders

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:50pm

The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months.

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:34pm

NBA star Darryl Dawkins died of a heart attack Thursday, according to a statement from his family. The former Sixers, Nets, Pistons and Jazz forward was 58.

Have You Seen This? Fumble turns into comedy gold

Martha Ostergar  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:12pm

An comedy troupe is unwittingly born after a fumble during a high school football game.

Pierzynski takes pitch framing too far; fantasy guru shares masterful prank

Ben Dowsett  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 11:15am

Welcome to From Left Field. Here are a few sports stories worthy of your clicks this Thursday morning.

High school football: The best of Week 1

Jeremiah Jensen  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:34am

Plenty of drama and some incredible individual performances highlight Week 1 of the high school football season.

UVU senior returns to soccer 9 months after life-altering injury

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:17am

After being hit by a motorist traveling about 35 miles per hour who didn't notice the two painted lines at the intersection last December, Utah Valley men's soccer player Tyler Brown wasn't sure if he would ever return to the pitch.

Lone Peak heads to Timpview with upset on the mind

Rod Zundel  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 10:10pm

Lone Peak's football team knows it will enter Friday night's game at Timpview as a heavy underdog. But that's fine with the Knights.

BYU D-Line expects to pursue, disrupt in 2015

Sean Walker  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:36pm

Whether with nose tackle Travis Tuiloma or defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, BYU's defensive front expects to take up residence in opposing backfields this year with big players and bigger stops.