BYU fans: Is he Dellave-dirty?

LeBron James played defense on Sunday – and not just on the court. He did the same in the post-game press conference, by backing up Cleveland teammate Matthew Dellavedova. While the Atlanta Hawks intimated the former St. Mary’s guard is borderline dirty, James called him competitive but fair, after an incident involving Dellavedova and Atlanta’s Al Horford.   Horford got a flagrant two foul and Dellavedova a technical. … Continue reading»

Sympathy for Tyson? Too soon?

  I’ve known some people who were abused in some form when they were children, but went on to become counselors, therapists and advocates. They have my unmitigated respect for rising above their histories. Which has me struggling to come to grips with Mike Tyson, who tells GQ magazine that he was severely abused as a kid. “I was abused any way a human being could be abused … Continue reading»

Boxing’s shady side still showing

Some said the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight could save boxing. Some said it was the last big hurrah for a dying sport. All I know is this week’s controversy can do nothing but hurt the sport. I admit, boxing is a brutal endeavor. But at least the people that showed up in interviews seemed honest, back when I was a boxing writer. They were usually unpolished and unedited. … Continue reading»

Got a dime? Utah, BYU say they’re not rich

Utah athletics director Chris Hill wanted to make something clear at his roundtable meeting with the media on Wednesday. “Everybody thinks we’re loaded,” he said. “We’re not loaded.” Before we get into whether or not the Utes are rich, remember, running big-time programs is expensive. BYU’s Tom Holmoe recently admitted the ESPN money BYU gets is not nearly as much as power conference money. Meanwhile, Hill is appealing … Continue reading»

Britt McHenry, towing and the Golden Rule

Britt McHenry is a personality on ESPN. According to her, you should know that. McHenry was recently caught on video, berating a parking lot attendant. Among the gems: the attendant was told she works in a trailer, is uneducated, has bad teeth and needs to lose weight. McHenry was suspended for a week by the network. Advanced Towing released this statement on behalf of Gina Michelle:               … Continue reading»

USU lucky to keep Barnes 7 years

The goal of any athletics director should be to leave his program in better shape than when he arrived. Scott Barnes did that at Utah State. News broke today that Barnes is leaving Utah State to take the job at Pitt. But like Urban Meyer turning the Utah football program over to Kyle Whittingham, Barnes is leaving USU on a high note. Just two Saturdays ago, he was … Continue reading»

Loving LeBron…or at least not hating

I’m pretty sure the LeBron Haters Club is still going strong. You know, the fictional or sometimes real clubs that came into being shortly after LeBron James announced he was going to Miami in a TV special. The ones that love to see basketball’s best player lose. At the same time, I figure if LBJ wins a championship this year, people should finally give the guy a break. … Continue reading»

Before Steph Curry, there was Buzz

When I was in junior high, we had a P.E. coach named Buzz something. I know. Convenient name for a coach. Aside from being a reputed tough guy, he could shoot. He was a middle-aged guy – at least it seemed that way to a 13-year-old. Rumor was he could make 100 free throws in a row. I never saw that. But I believed it because I did … Continue reading»

Is stitting stars good idea for Jazz?

Quin Snyder sat his two best players out on Saturday at Portland, as well as guard Trey Burke, who didn’t make the trip due to a sore back. Yet Snyder got a bonus: his team won anyway. Snyder let Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors sit out. It gave them an early start on rehabilitation from a long season. But second, it moved them out of harm’s way. Jerry … Continue reading»

The likable, candid Danny Ainge

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge always entertained me as a player. He entertained me even more as a coach and executive. Ainge is a funny guy, but he’s also more enlightening than 90 percent of the league, just because he’ll say what he’s thinking. In 1999, while coaching the Suns, he looked on as Karl Malone threw an elbow at Joe Kleine, causing the Phoenix center to require … Continue reading»