SALT LAKE CITY — Three more stories from the world of sports in today’s From Left Field.
1. Former Jazz player dunks hard on another former Jazzman
NBA Summer League action continues to heat up in Vegas, and Thursday’s dunk of the night came courtesy of former Utah Jazz forward Carrick Felix.
Felix won the other battle too, as his Dallas Mavericks squad defeated Cooley’s Sacramento Kings, 83-76. Both ended up with double-figures in scoring. Felix dropped 11 points in 20 minutes and Cooley racked up 10 points in 11 minutes of action.
The Jazz acquired Felix in a 2014 trade. He was later waived before ever playing a game. Cooley played 16 games for the Jazz in the 2014-15 season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. He hasn’t played an NBA game since.
2. Tim Tebow hits walk-off homer; extends hitting streak
Many, including this writer, were baffled when former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow got promoted within the New York Mets organization on June 26. Yes, the superstar appeal is there, but he was batting just .220 with three home runs and 23 RBIs in 64 games for Class-A Columbia at the time.
Since that promotion, Tebow has done his best to silence his baseball critics. He’s batting a robust .327, he’s on an 11-game hitting streak, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio has dramatically improved in 16 games with advanced Class-A St. Lucie. On top of that, he already matched his Columbia total in homers on Thursday with his first career walk-off home run.
Yes, check out of the Tebow magic here, leading the minor league Mets to a 5-4 win over Daytona:
3. Hundreds of job seekers fooled by fake Raiders stadium flier
The Las Vegas Raiders are still a few years away from existence, but the thrill of the having an NFL team in Vegas left many misled Thursday.
More than 700 people crowded a board meeting for the new Raiders stadium based on a flyer that promised union and nonunion jobs, according to the Associated Press. The flyer turned out to be a fake.
When the board members told the crowd there were no jobs yet, police were called as people became upset.
“If folks were brought to the meeting under a false pretense, I think that’s too bad, that obviously shouldn’t happen,” Las Vegas Stadium Authority board chairman Steve Hill told the crowd, according to the Associated Press.
He reportedly added the incident “exhibits a real desire on the part of a number of people in the community to go to work.”