SA promises IAAF a fight over Semenya issue

first_imgWith Caster Semenya’s elite athletics career potentially hanging by a thread, local officials broke their silence yesterday, revealing they would continue to challenge new gender rules by taking their battle against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) back to court.Sport and Recreation Minister Tokozile Xasa said government had backed a decision by Athletics SA (ASA) to appeal a recent judgment after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had cleared controversial new IAAF regulations last month which sideline Semenya from the track.“ASA will appeal the judgment of the CAS and lodge its papers within the prescribed and stipulated period,” the department of sport said.The national athletics body had applied for two of the three arbitrators on the CAS panel to be recused, claiming they were conflicted after being involved in a previous case between the IAAF and Indian sprinter Dutee Chand in 2015.ASA also insisted the outcome of the arbitration case it had jointly filed with Semenya was “inconceivable”, calling on CAS to address some of the concerns it had raised in its judgment, including implementation of the IAAF regulations and potential ethical issues.In an effort to gain further support in the landmark case, ASA said it would approach other national federations and petition to have the regulations rescinded.It was also planning to launch a political attack on its mother body’s hierarchy by lobbying against the IAAF executive.The department said: “The minister has also directed that the department of sport and recreation should work with other organs of state to intensify the international lobby and to approach the United Nations General Assembly to sanction the IAAF for violating international human rights instruments.”The IAAF regulations, which came into effect last week, forced athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) to take medication in order to reduce their natural testosterone levels if they wanted to compete internationally against women over distances ranging from 400m to the mile (1.609km).The CAS panel said it had been unable to establish that the DSD regulations were “invalid”, and though it did admit the rules were discriminatory, it felt such discrimination was “necessary and reasonable” in order to preserve the integrity of women competing in restricted events.While the IAAF had been applauded by some for the stance it had taken by restricting DSD athletes, it had also been widely criticised, with the UN Human Rights Council claiming the athletics body was in danger of violating the rights of DSD athletes.Following the release of the CAS judgment, the World Medical Association also warned doctors that they could be in breach of their code of ethics if they were involved in enforcing the rule by administering medication.While Semenya’s legal team has not reacted to the announcement from government, the 28-year-old Olympic champion took to social media this week, sharing brief but emphatic statements, including “resist” and “aluta continua [the struggle continues]”.– wesleyb@citizen.co.za For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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It’s official: Federer and Nadal will play in Cape Town

first_imgCape Town will have the pleasure of hosting two legends, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in a charity match next year.Speculation had been rife earlier in the week after Federer revealed in an interview with Vogue that he and his Spanish compatriot wanted to break the attendance record for any tennis match in history.That battle will now become a reality.The two stars will be in action at Cape Town Stadium on February 7 2020.“He’s an intense guy on the court,” Federer told the publication.“He’s super honest and open off the court. And he’s got a heart of gold. He’s also going to help me with my foundation again next year. We’re going to try to break the record for most attendance, in Cape Town, South Africa for my foundation. I’m so looking forward to it so thank you Rafa.”Federer’s foundation is particularly active in the Eastern Cape and his mother, Lynette, was born in Johannesburg.More information can be obtained at www.match-in-africa.com.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Packers forgo late TD, cost one bettor almost $50K, report says

first_img Barry Sanders slams ‘sickening’ calls that ended Lions-Packers game in controversy Jamaal Williams could have scored… but he didn’t.A heads-up play by @jswaggdaddy. #GoPackGo📺: #DETvsGB on ESPN #MNF📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/kc6zw37CNI pic.twitter.com/W7Ryx4BK11— NFL (@NFL) October 15, 2019The decision had implications for the betting world as one bettor at PointsBet Sportsbook needed the Packers to cover four points to close out a five-leg parlay and win $48,600, according to SportsLine. Related News Rodgers kneeled twice before Mason Crosby kicked the field goal to secure the win. Three takeaways from the Packers’ narrow win over the Lions Cowboys downplay Eagles’ Doug Pederson vowing to win in Dallas: ‘That’s fine’ The Packers passed up a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Lions as Green Bay won, 23-22, a margin that ultimately cost a bettor nearly $50,000 on a big parlay.With 1:36 to play, the Packers were had first down at the Lions 11-yard line when quarterback Aaron Rodgers handed the ball off to running back Jamaal Williams. It looked as if Williams had an easy path into the end zone, but he opted to slide down at the 1 instead of scoring a touchdown, putting the Packers in position to run out the clock while also kicking the winning field goal as time expired.  A bettor at @PointsBetUSA had a 5-leg parlay and just needed the Packers to cover -4 to win $48,600.Jamal Williams went down at the 1 instead of taking the free touchdown from Detroit.Green Bay wins 23-22.He loses.— SportsLine (@SportsLine) October 15, 2019The Action Network notes Williams’ decision to stop on the 1-yard line swung the over/under and possibly even the spread as 61% of the betting tickets landed over before the game.“Most of the money was on Green Bay, minus the points,” Westgate SuperBook’s John Murray told The Action Network as he explained the outcome was good for his book.last_img read more

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Nationals owner Mark Lerner on President Trump attending World Series: ‘He has every right to come’

first_img“We felt there are many other candidates that should be considered before [Trump],” Lerner added. “The 2005 guys will be awesome (Friday). Our scholar from the baseball academy (Saturday). Jose, who I think is being considered for a Nobel Peace Prize. That’s three pretty good selections. We just wanted to have the right people. I think we got a nice mix of people.”However, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred insisted Trump turned down the option to throw the first pitch because he doesn’t want to interrupt the flow of fans coming in. Instead, Trump will arrive after Game 5 begins.  Astros owner Jim Crane releases statement, declines to answer questions on Brandon Taubman firing: ‘We’ll play baseball’ “Well, he has every right to come,” Lerner said. “He’s the president of the United States whether you like him or not. It’s a special event.”Lerner went on to explain that the Nationals, who played their first World Series game in Washington since 1933 on Friday, that the team has the opportunity to choose who throws the ceremonial first pitch. Lerner said the Nationals opted to go with chef Jose Andres. Related News “We actually had a conversation with him about first pitches,” Manfred told reporters. “His view was that in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible, he would arrive at Game 5 sometime after the game began so it wouldn’t interfere with fans getting into the stadium. Quite frankly, we were very grateful for that. We thought it was a great decision on the President’s part.”Trump was asked Thursday if he was going to throw out the first pitch to which he responded: “I don’t know. They gotta dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. I’ll look too heavy. I don’t like that.”The Nationals will host the Astros for Game 4 on Saturday at 8:07 p.m. ET. MLB analyst Eduardo Perez emerging as ‘frontrunner’ for Mets’ manager job, report says Nationals owner Mark Lerner commented on President Donald Trump’s intentions to attend the World Series, saying, “He should be at it.” Trump told reporters Thursday that he plans to attend Game 5 on Sunday as long as Washington didn’t sweep. After losing the first two games, Houston came back with a 4-1 win Friday to stay in the series. Three takeaways from Astros’ Game 3 World Series win over Nationalslast_img read more

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson teases special announcement ahead of UFC 244

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”It’s something I wanted to tell the UFC fans and the MMA community first and I can’t wait,” Johnson said Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has already been confirmed to strap the $50,000 BMF belt around the waist of the winner of Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 244 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.Now, the superstar actor is taking it a bit further. Johnson said in an Instagram Live session with UFC president Dana White on Tuesday that he would make a special announcement at the UFC 244 press conference Friday. While he wouldn’t drop any hints about what that announcement might be about, Johnson also refrained from picking a winner in Saturday night’s main event.”I just want to see a great fight,” Johnson said. “I think this addition to the company and the brand and to this sport — this BMF belt — I think it’s brilliant, I think it’s so smart and I think it’s fun. It’s fun for the fighters. It gives them some juice.”What do you think The Rock will tell the millions — and millions — of fans tuning in to his announcement?last_img read more

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Mike Sorensen: UVSC’s win over ASU is big news

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com The local sports story of the week, maybe of the past few months, has to be Utah Valley State’s improbable basketball win over Arizona State.In case you didn’t notice, Utah Valley State — are you kidding me — went down to Tempe Saturday afternoon and knocked off the Sun Devils 75-71.Sure, Arizona State has been a mediocre program in recent years, but even Utah and BYU would have been doing cartwheels to come away with a road victory over a Pac-10 school.Many local fans probably didn’t even know UVSC was a Division I program and perhaps thought it was still a junior college. That’s understandable considering the fact that the school is in just its second year as an official Division I team.Most of the credit has to go to coach Dick Hunsaker, who has done an amazing job in his three-plus years at the Orem-based school.Of course, there’s never been any doubt that Hunsaker can coach.He took Ball State to the Sweet 16 in his first year as a head coach and came within a hair of upsetting eventual champion UNLV. In four years there during the early ’90s, he won 20 games every season and took his team to the NCAA or NIT every year. In 2000-01, he took over for Rick Majerus, a game into the season and after a slow start, righted the Ute ship and won a share of the Mountain West Conference title and captured coach of the year honors.Hunsaker always wanted to get back to being a Division I coach after getting ousted at Ball State for marginal NCAA violations that were less serious than the ones Majerus survived at Utah. The best he could find was down the road at UVSC, which was just making the giant leap to Division I status in 2002.Except for his troubles at Ball State, Hunsaker would have been a good choice for the Utah job when Majerus left or even the BYU job last year, although the Utes and Cougars are happy with the choices they made. However, UVSC is certainly glad to have Hunsaker is on its side. Now the question is whether or not Utah or BYU will ever dare play the Wolverines after what happened to Arizona State. Even though Utah and BYU are not at their best this year, each could end up contending in the Mountain West Conference basketball title this winter, thanks to the below-average standing of the competition.A month into the season, the MWC is looking as weak as it ever has in its seven-year history.League favorite San Diego State and UNLV, picked to finish high in the standings, have been the biggest disappointments so far with 4-4 and 2-5 records, respectively. The Aztecs lost at home to Washington State the other night and have also lost to Illinois-Chicago and San Diego. At least the Rebels have lost to pretty good teams, but you’d think they could have won one of their last five after opening the season with two wins.New Mexico (4-3) gave Washington a decent game Saturday, but has losses to New Mexico State and Kansas State. Wyoming (4-4) lost to Princeton Saturday and has also lost to North Carolina-Wilmington.TCU looks terrible at 2-6 with its only wins coming against Jackson State and Texas-Arlington. You knew it would be a tough year for the Horned Frogs when they opened with a home loss to Tarleton State.Air Force (8-1) and Colorado State (7-1) are doing the best in preseason action, although both have enjoyed pretty soft schedules.The Falcons did beat Miami, while the Rams’ best wins were over Colorado and Auburn at home. While the Utes and Cougars, both 5-2, aren’t looking that great with their young teams, they seem to be good enough to take the MWC tournament title in March, which might be the only way anyone from the MWC will make the NCAA Tournament this year. Otherwise, the Utes and Cougars both should end up with enough wins to make the NIT and look ahead to big years in 2006-07. last_img read more

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Utah Utes basketball: Nevill becomes force on boards, blocks

first_imgAfter getting named tournament MVP of the Glenn Wilkes Classic last week, Luke Nevill topped it off by being named Mountain West Conference Player of the week.Nevill started off with 20 points and 14 rebounds against Green Bay and followed it with a 10-point, 10-rebound performance against Mississippi. Then he came up with 16 points and six rebounds in a Saturday win over Morgan State.”I expect Luke to score, but what he’s done is he’s rebounded and he’s blocked shots and become a force in the middle,” said coach Jim Boylen. “He’s been very coachable and has embraced his teammates more this year. I expect him to continue to learn and grow as a player.”For the season, Nevill is leading the MWC in rebounding with 11.0 per game and in blocked shots at 2.25 per game. He also ranks third in scoring at 18.5 and ninth in field goal percentage at 64.4 percent.ANOTHER TOP TEN TEAM: It means little at this time of the year, but Utah is not only in the top 10 in football, but in basketball as well.A Web site called RealTimeRPI.com list Utah as the No. 7 team in the country right now. For one thing, Utah’s loss to Southwest Baptist doesn’t count because it isn’t a Division I school. For another, Utah’s strength of schedule is 22nd.On the other hand, BYU, which is 5-0, is ranked just 97th because its SOS is 228.THAT LOSS: Boylen said he was “disappointed” but “not discouraged” after the loss to Southwest Baptist to open the season.He said his team played parts of that game well, winning the free-throw game and the rebound game, but not doing well in transition defense. He also gave Southwest Baptist credit for making 16 3-pointers.Boylen acknowledged he got some hate mail from Ute fans, but shook it off. “Did I feel negativity from the fans? Of course,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to come here because people do care and there is pressure to win here. “NO RESENTMENT: You might think there might be some resentment from the basketball team that the Utah football team is getting so much attention, both locally and nationally.However, you’ll never hear that from Boylen.”I’ve never looked at this like a competition between us and football,” he said. “If football is great, that helps our program immensely with national exposure and recruiting. We recruit Texas real hard and football’s real big in Texas.”HISTORIC TOURNEY WIN: As we reported Sunday, this is the first early-season tournament a Utah basketball team has won since 1977 when the Utes won the Volunteer Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. That came a year after the Utes won the Kentucky Classic in Lexington.Among the 17 tournaments the Utes have played in and failed included three Maui Classics and two Preseason NITs under Rick Majerus and the Rainbow Classic, Golden Gate Invitational, Far West Classic, Rochester Classic, Fiesta Classic and Suntory Ball Classic under Jerry Pimm.Other tournaments the Utes didn’t win were last year’s Preseason NIT under Boylen, a Great Alaska Shootout under both Lynn Archibald and Ray Giacoletti, a Puerto Rico Shootout under both Majerus and Giacoletti, and the Tribune Classic in Illinois under Archibald.When Boylen heard that his team was the first in 31 years to win a preseason tournament trophy he said, “I was shocked because of the tradition of this program.”UTE NOTES: The next Utah home game is Dec. 3 against Oregon. … The Utes will fly out Wednesday afternoon for their game Friday night against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. The Utes will practice Thanksgiving Day and then celebrate the holiday with a dinner in the late afternoon. … The Missouri State game was originally scheduled to be televised, but was dropped by The mtn. Utah tried to work something out with an affiliate in Missouri and The mtn., but it didn’t work out. … Carlon Brown is off to a great start for the Utes, leading the team in field-goal shooting at 73.7 percent (14-of-19), assists (3.8 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.8-1). He’s also scoring 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. … Lawrence Borha, who was named to the all-tournament team in Florida, is averaging 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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Utah Utes basketball: Boylen fired after four seasons at U.

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Less than four years after it began, the Jim Boylen Era has ended at the University of Utah.Boylen was “relieved of his duties” as men’s head basketball coach on Saturday, following his second straight losing season. The Utes finished 13-18 this year and lost in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament for the second straight year on Thursday night.He was informed by Utah athletics director Chris Hill on Saturday morning and met with his team shortly afterward to tell them the news.Boylen said he was too busy coaching his team to worry about his job status, but wasn’t oblivious to the rumors about his job status.”I had a pretty good idea,” he said. “I’m OK. I’m mostly concerned about my staff and my players.”Boylen took two hours Saturday afternoon to meet with any media that wanted to talk to him and was classy to the end.”I’m thankful to have been the head coach here and to have had this opportunity,” he said. “I’m thankful to President (Michael) Young and Dr. Hill. We won a league championship and a tournament championship. We were building with a group of guys that have grown. This core group of guys are good players and I felt if we kept this core together, we were going to have some success. I was hoping for one more year and it didn’t come about.”When asked the reasons why he felt he was let go, Boylen said, “I think Dr. Hill looks at the wins and losses for the last two years. It certainly wasn’t our academics, our compliance or anything off the floor. We’ve run a clean program and academically we’re as good as anyone in the country.”Hill was vague about any reasons for making the decision to let Boylen go.”I can’t list a bunch of reasons,” he said. “But as you add everything up, it didn’t appear we were heading in the right direction with the program. There’s no one particular thing can be pinpointed.”When pressed, Hill did say the lack of winning was a major factor.”There’s no question winning is a part of what we do in athletics — you can’t deny that,” he said. “We have a really proud basketball tradition here and there’s no question how successful the team is competitively is a big part of that. As you look at it, you just have to make a decision.”Hill said the university would pay Boylen $2 million as part of a buyout clause in a contract the coach signed two years ago. That was in 2009 after the Utes had won the Mountain West Conference regular-season and conference championships.However, Hill claims no university or donor funds will be used to pay Boylen a monthly salary of $30,000-plus for the next three years.Hill said it will be taken care of in three ways: through contingency funds in the athletic department, anticipated revenues from joining the Pac-12 and what kind of job Boylen gets. Whatever Boylen is paid in his next job, it will be subtracted from what the U. owes him.”It’s not insignificant, but we have a plan in place so that it doesn’t hurt other programs,” Hill said.The university just finished paying off the remaining four years of the contract of former coach Ray Giacoletti. When asked if it was a mistake to give Boylen a 5-year, $4 million contract in 2009 on top of the money owed to Giacoletti, Hill said, “The reality is we won the league and the tournament and other people were courting Jim.”Some of the Ute players took the news of their coach’s firing hard.”I’m speechless because of all the things that coach Boylen has done for us,” said Ute center David Foster. “It’s like losing a father figure. He just didn’t prepare us for basketball games, but prepared us for life. It hurts to lose such a great person and friend as coach Boylen. But I know he’s going to do well and wish him the best of luck.”Foster said he plans to return to the team but doesn’t know if any other players might leave due to Boylen’s dismissal.”I sure hope (everyone returns) because coach Boylen brought such a great class in and we could do a lot of damage next year,” Foster said. “We’ve just got to stay together.”Boylen, who brought in JC transfers Will Clyburn and Josh Watkins this year along with freshman J.J. O’Brien, doesn’t know if any players might want to transfer.”I’ll stay out of it unless they want my help or advice,” he said.As for his immediate plans, Boylen said he does plan to stay in coaching.”You hope you have some value out there,” he said. “My body of work in my career is pretty good as an NBA assistant and in college. What you want to have is options to provide for your family.””Jim’s a talented guy and I’m sure he’s going to find something,” said Hill.Hill said a search for a new coach would begin immediately, but he had no timetable on when it might be completed. e-mail: sor@desnews.comThe Boylen YearsSeason Overall MWC Finish Postseason2007-08 18-15 7-9 6th CBI 2nd round2008-09 24-10 12-4 1st NCAA 1st round2009-10 14-17 7-9 T-5th None2010-11 13-18 6-10 7th NoneCareer 69-60 32-32last_img read more

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Men’s State Amateur Golf Tournament: Horner has edge, but State Am is wide open

first_imgMIDWAY — For the second straight year, the Utah Men’s State Amateur will not have a defending champion playing in the longtime tournament.Last year, it was Zac Blair who didn’t defend his title because he was in North Carolina playing in the U.S. Public Links Tournament. This year Joe Parkinson won’t be defending his title because he is serving an LDS mission in Tampa Florida.That leaves Dan Horner, the 2008 champion as the most recent champion in this year’s tournament. Horner should probably be the favorite based on the fact that the State Am is being contested at Solider Hollow, the same venue he won at three years ago and because he is having an outstanding season.Already this year, Horner has won seven tournaments, including the Rose Park Open, the Valley View Amateur and the UGA Winterchamps tournament. The New Jersey native is playing well coming into the tournament and likes the two courses at Soldier Hollow.Because the Gold and Silver courses are both available for medal play, the normal field of 156 has been expanded to 288 this week. Each amateur will play each course either on Wednesday or Thursday with the low 32 players advancing to match play on Friday.Then all matches will be played on the Gold Course with two rounds of match play being held on Friday, the quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday and a 36-hole final on Sunday.Besides Horner, a host of top golfers will be trying to earn the trophy of the longest continuously-held golf tournament in the world.Stu Gold last year’s runnerup is playing well, having tied for first at the Eaglewood Open last month with a 66. Sandy’s Andrew Barton is the only player besides Horner to make match play the past three years.Cedar City’s Jeff Evans was the medalist at the Green Spring qualifier and won the Bloomington Amateur this year with a 63. Kirk Siddens is a former runnerup, who has made match play seven times in the past decade, more than any other player.The last two years, a golfer just out of high school has gone on to win the State Am title and this year there are several candidates, led by Devon Purser, Brandon Kida and Patrick Fishburn. Purser recently competed in the U.S. Public Links in Oregon.Collegiate players usually contend for the State Am title and among those playing this year are recently-graduated Mike Branca (Utah), Daniel Reid (BYU), Cole Ogden (BYU), Chanse Godderidge (Utah State), Brendan Dennis (Utah State), Alex Sutton (Weber State) and Casey Halliday (Weber State).Several ex-professionals are playing this week, including Eric Rustand, Scott Hailes, Brady Stanger and Scott Clark, who won the Richard Kramer SLC Amateur last month.Other former champions who are playing, include Tommy Sharp (2003), Gregg Oliphant (2002), Darrin Overson (1998), Todd Barker (1997), Jason Wight (1995), Steve Borget (1985) and three-time champion Doug Bybee (1990-91-96),Medalists from this year’s qualifiers include former runnerup Carl Jensen, Taylor Haws, Stratton Schultz, Brennan Coburn, Justin Labrum, Guy Child, Nick Drost, Curtis Cook as well as Ogden, Stanger, Branca and Evans.STATE AM NOTES: The State Am was played at Soldier Hollow in both 2004 and 2006. It was scheduled to be played here in 2012, but when the course was awarded the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links, it was moved up to 2011 . . .. Thirteen-year-old Rhett Rasmussen is the youngest player in the field, while 64-year-old Eric Anderson is the oldest . . . The first tee time is 7 a.m. with players going off at 9-minute intervals until 8:39 a.m. with another wave going off between noon and 1:39 p.m.Email: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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Utah Jazz: Jazz cruise to win over Suns behind Gordon Hayward’s near triple-double

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — It’s no secret that Gordon Hayward had been struggling. Before Wednesday night, the Jazz guard had made less than half his shots in 13 straight games and was shooting just 28 percent from the field since the All-Star break.His parents, Gordon and Jody, have spent the last week in town, catching four Jazz games, and they had to suffer through one of his poorer games Saturday night when he scored five points and had no rebounds or assists against Minnesota.Just four nights later, however, Hayward turned in perhaps his best game of the season with his parents smiling 12 rows behind the Jazz bench. He came within a whisker of a triple-double, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists in a comfortable 109-86 Utah victory over Phoenix at EnergySolutions Arena.Hayward looked a bit relieved after his terrific game, which included a 7-of-13 performance from the field, as the media horde converged on his cubicle. He was also glad to send his parents off on a positive note.“Anytime they’re in town and you play well you love to see that because they don’t get to come out here as much as they like,” Hayward said. “So I like to do my best when they’re here. It’s always cool when they can see me play well.’’Hayward would have certainly gotten his first triple-double of his career — and the first by a Jazz player since 2008 — if Utah hadn’t had such an easy time with the Suns in securing its biggest margin of victory of the season.He picked up assist No. 9 with 7:45 left when he hit Diante Garrett at the top of the key for a 3-point basket. Most everyone in the arena knew he was one short of the triple-double, including his teammates, who let him know about his numbers.But with the Jazz up by 22, he was replaced by Trey Burke at the 6:15 mark, which drew a few muffled boos from the crowd, who were rooting for Hayward to get one more assist.“It was close, but it didn’t work out. I’m just happy we got the win,’’ Hayward said. “Yeah, all my teammates told me to get one more assist, so I knew. But it was one of the those things where it was a blowout game and we had the win, so you don’t want to risk anything.’’Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin was aware of the near-milestone, but he couldn’t justify letting Hayward play much more for one assist.“I left him in a little longer, but he still played 37 minutes,’’ Corbin said. “I was trying to let him get that last one, but I didn’t want to take a chance. He’s good about it. He had a good game for us. We love the guy to death and we want to keep lifting him up and make sure he knows how important it is for him to play well.’’Hayward wasn’t the only Utah player to have a good game on a night when most things were clicking for the Jazz.Seven Utah players finished in double figures as Richard Jefferson matched Hayward with 17; Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Garrett each scored 15; and Jeremy Evans and Trey Burke added 11 and 10, respectively. The Jazz shot 56.8 percent from the field and had 22 assists.“We were sharing the ball and trying to play the basketball game the right way,’’ said Corbin. “We shared the ball really well.’’It helped the Jazz that the Suns were missing their leading scorer, Goran Dragic, who was out with a sprained ankle, which he suffered in a loss to Minnesota the night before. Dragic is having an All-Star season — even if he wasn’t chosen to compete in New Orleans earlier this month — averaging 20.2 points and 6.2 assists.He was replaced by Ish Smith, an unheralded third-year pro out of Wake Forest, averaging 4.0 ppg and 2.5 apg, who was making his first start of the season. He ended up playing well with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but the Suns clearly missed Dragic. Gerald Green led the Suns’ scoring with 17 points.“Obviously Goran didn’t play and we were short-handed,’’ said Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek. “That’s when you almost have to try to win the game defensively and we didn’t do that. We played last night and being short-handed, it looked like we ran out of gas.’’The Jazz led from the start, taking a 26-23 first-quarter lead. After falling behind briefly in the second quarter, they stretched their lead to 53-44 at halftime. After three quarters it was 78-64 and the Jazz didn’t let up in the final quarter when they outscored the Suns 31-22.The Jazz head out on a nine-day, six-game road trip beginning with a contest in Cleveland Friday night. They won’t be home until March 10 against Atlanta. Related Utah Jazz instant analysis: Utah’s balanced attack sinks the Suns Report card: Gordon Hayward one assist away from triple-double as Jazz blow out Suns 109-86 Move over McEnroe, here come Hayward and Lucas III Garrett gets career high, last laugh vs. former team Jazz will play some of NBA’s worst on 6-game road triplast_img read more

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