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Jeremy Evans can fly and a backward punt for a safety



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SALT LAKE CITY — The defending NBA dunk champion is still king. Jazzman Jeremy Evans can still fly. And while most think of Evans as a high-flying athlete that can dunk the ball is spectacular fashion, few think of him as the high-flying defender.

On Wednesday night, the Jazz were in Los Angeles taking on the Clippers in a preseason game. In the second quarter, Clippers center Ronny Turiaf attempted a 15-foot jumper as Evans ran towards him. In a leap of faith, Evans blocked Turiaf, grabbed the rebound and dunked over Turiaf on the fast break. Words cannot describe the scene (so watch it). Although it's only preseason, it's hard to see anything beating this on the highlight reel.

A backward punt

Utah college football teams have struggled this year with special teams and kicking, usually with field goals. But at least it's not like a backward punt in a high school game in Texas. In a game between Byron Nelson and Denton Guyer, the wind was credited for a safety.

Byron Nelson High was punting from its own 27-yard line when a gust of wind altered the direction of the football, pushing it backward into the end zone. After a moment of confusion, a Byron Nelson player recovered the ball to save Denton Guyer from getting a touchdown, but the recovery resulted in a safety and another punt attempt by Byron Nelson.

LeBron's top secret decision

It's been a few years now since LeBron James made his "decision" to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and take his "talents to South Beach" to play for the Miami Heat. An article published Tuesday by Reuters brought to light the seriousness of LeBron's decision for those held at Guantanamo Bay.

Navy Lieutenant Commander Kevin Bogucki, a defense lawyer for a former CIA captive Muhammed Rahim, said his client wrote a note criticizing James' decision to leave Cleveland, which was given Top Secret classification for at least two months before being determined as not a threat.

"LeBron James is a very bad man. He should apologize to the city of Cleveland," Bogucki said, quoting the note.

Bogucki said the note is an example of the strict security restrictions at Guantanamo, where anything spoken or written by those held is treated as classified.

USA Today jokingly wrote: "The irony is, a CIA terror suspect will never agree with Americans more than when criticizing LeBron in 2010. Those sentiments were shared by nearly everybody, Miami Heat fans excluded. Can you imagine if the prisoner had said something controversial, like ‘Lance Armstrong is really getting a bad rap.' They'd have stuck that note in the file cabinet along with Roswell and the Kennedy Assassination."

Josh Furlong

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