F1 in talks over second China GP, road race on cards

first_imgA second grand prix — most likely on the streets — to go with the existing one on the $450 million Shanghai International Circuit would make China the only country to have two races.Formula One’s landmark 1,000th race took place in Shanghai on Sunday, underlining China’s growing role as the sport’s US-based owner looks to Asian markets.A source with knowledge of the matter told AFP that a race on the streets of the Chinese capital Beijing has been raised as one idea.Sean Bratches, Formula One’s managing director of commercial operations, did not confirm or deny the road-race plan for Beijing when approached by AFP.“In terms of interest, we would be highly interested in a street race,” he said.“It would be a nice juxtaposition to the purpose-built, extraordinary facility that we have here,” Bratches told AFP in Shanghai.“Our intent is to bring our show to the people.”Bratches said Formula One chiefs are this week visiting six potential host cities in China.“There’s meetings set up in each with government officials to talk about identifying a second city to host a grand prix,” Bratches said.“We think there’s an opportunity to grow from that perspective.”– ‘Elevate the brand’ –Liberty Media, which took over Formula One in early 2017 in a multibillion-dollar deal, is also eyeing a second race in the United States.Formula One bosses are determined to have more street races on the calendar, believing that is the best way to attract new fans.Next year, the bustling Vietnamese capital Hanoi will host an F1 road race, while on Saturday crowds watched China’s Zhou Guanyu drive a Formula One car in central Shanghai.“If you want to elevate the brand to the casual fan and the non-fan to move them up the ladder to become avids, you’re going to need to… demonstrate and show to them what this sport is about,” Bratches said. The shift to China, the world’s most populous country and home to a growing number of motorsport fans, has angered some traditionalists.There was talk of moving the milestone 1,000th race to Silverstone, in England, the unofficial home of Formula One and which staged the first race back in 1950.But staging it in Shanghai was apt, said Bratches, who says it will not be long until there is a Chinese driver and team in the sport.“It did not take us long to land on Shanghai (for the 1,000th race),” he said.“We have no regrets about it and we’d make the same decision (again).”last_img read more

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Federer, Nadal braced for Wimbledon epic

first_imgRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal battle for a place in the Wimbledon final on Friday, 11 years after they mesmerised Centre Court in a Grand Slam championship match widely regarded as the greatest ever played.Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic of fluctuating fortunes that stretched out over seven hours because of constant, momentum-shifting rain interruptions.The Spaniard won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (8/10), 9-7 as the clock ticked past 9pm and with the famous stadium in near-darkness.Over a decade later, the sport’s two most successful players now have 38 Grand Slam titles between them and more than $100 million in prize money each.Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at Wimbledon, has the edge overall, leading his great rival and friend 24-15 and 10-3 at the Slams.However, it is eight-time champion Federer who just edges their Wimbledon head-to-head 2-1 after winning the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously broke the spell in 2008.Nadal, who demolished Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals at Roland Garros last month on his way to a 12th title in Paris, admits his game has developed since 2008.Mostly, that’s due to his age as well as the desperate need to protect his creaking knees which so often conspired against him on the low-bouncing lawns of the All England Club.“I am running less so I need to serve better. I probably cannot play 20 weeks a year any more,’ said 33-year-old Nadal.“I am serving better. I am hitting the backhand better. Maybe volleying better, slicing better.”In terms of the bare statistics, there is little to choose between them.Nadal has served up 47 aces so far and been broken just four times; Federer has 42 aces, dropping serve on only three occasions.The Spanish third seed has yet to face a seeded player and has only been truly tested once, in his four-set second round victory over Nick Kyrgios in what was comfortably the tournament’s most bad-tempered match.Federer, 37, is the oldest man in the semi-finals of a Slam since 39-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.He is in his 13th semi-final at the tournament and 45th at the majors.In a career illuminated by landmarks, he became the first man to register 100 match wins at a single Slam when he came back from a set down to beat Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.Federer is wary of the dangers presented by Nadal.His loss in Paris, which took place in what he described as “insane” windy conditions, was his heaviest at the Slams in 11 years.“Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface,” said Federer.“He’s serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he’s serving, how much faster he finishes points.”The eager anticipation of their 40th clash has relegated defending champion Novak Djokovic’s push for a fifth title to second billing.The top seed and world number one reached the semi-finals for the ninth time, racking up his 70th career win at the All England Club by sweeping past David Goffin in straight sets, reeling off 15 of the last 17 games.In his 36th Grand Slam semi-final, the 15-time major winner faces Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut who is in his maiden last-four at the majors at the 27th attempt.Djokovic leads the 31-year-old 7-3 in career meetings, including 3-0 at the majors.However, the unheralded Spaniard, who had to cancel plans for his stag party in Ibiza as a consequence of his run to the semi-finals, has defeated Djokovic twice in 2019, in Doha and Miami.“He’s got amazing consistency,” said Djokovic.“Very flat from both forehand and backhand. He has improved his backhand. I think he’s got more depth on his backhand.“The ball bounces lower on the grass, which is I think more suitable to his style of game.”Should Djokovic win, it would be the 22nd occasion that a Grand Slam final has been contested by two of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.For the second straight year, all four of the men’s semi-finalists are aged 30 or over.This year’s final four have also set the record for the oldest combined age of Grand Slam men’s singles semi-finalists in the Open era.They have a combined age of 134 years 160 days -– 23 days older than the previous record, which was set at Roland Garros in 1968, when Pancho Gonzales (40), Ken Rosewall (33), Andres Gimeno (30) and Rod Laver (29) had a combined age of 134 years 137 days.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Semenya to miss Doha worlds after Swiss court ruling

first_imgCaster Semenya will not defend her world 800m title in Doha in September after a Swiss judge overruled a temporary suspension on the IAAF’s controversial testosterone-curbing rules, her representatives said on Tuesday.The ruling means the 28-year-old can no longer compete in events between the 400m and mile, as she did in June and July. The World Championships are scheduled between September 28-october 6 in the Qatari capital.“I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned,” said the South African who is also a two-time Olympic gold medallist.Semenya’s representatives said in a statement that, on Monday, “a single judge of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court reversed prior rulings that had temporarily suspended the IAAF regulations pending the outcome of Caster’s appeal against the CAS award”.“In this latest decision, the Supreme Court emphasised the strict requirements and high thresholds for the interim suspension of CAS awards and found that these were not fulfilled.”Dorothee Schramm, the lawyer leading Semenya’s appeal, added that the judge had made a “procedural decision” that has no impact on the appeal itself.“We will continue to pursue Caster’s appeal and fight for her fundamental human rights. A race is always decided at the finish line.”Semenya is locked in a bitter dispute with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which should be settled by a final ruling from Switzerland’s supreme court on Semenya’s appeal against the regulations.Semenya is classified as a woman, was raised as a woman and races as a woman.But for the IAAF, women like Semenya, with certain masculine attributes due to differences of sexual development (DSD), are classified, biologically, as men. It is a position hotly contested by South African officials.The IAAF, seeking “to ensure fair competition for all women”, argues that DSD athletes, like Semenya, born with the “46 XY” chromosome rather than the XX chromosome most females have, would have an advantage in all events based on their levels of testosterone that are in the male range.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Crusaders win Super Rugby NZ title with trademark late surge

first_imgThree tries in the final quarter, two to George Bridge, secured their fourth successive Super title, but coach Scott Robertson immediately shut down talk of extravagant celebrations, citing the Liverpool experience of winning a championship before the end of the season.“It’s a celebration with curfews tonight,” he said, as he also refused to perform the trademark breakdance he has produced after previous title wins.“It doesn’t feel quite right. We haven’t finished the job yet. There’ll be another time for that.“We’re very mindful that’s the awkwardness of winning it as we’ve done. We understand what Liverpool went through when they took the trophy early,” he said.Liverpool were whipped 4-0 by Manchester City in their first game after securing the English Premier League with seven matches remaining, and Robertson warned the Crusaders would not ease up when the face the Auckland Blues in the final round next weekend.“It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t do the job next week,” added veteran lock Sam Whitelock.The little-fancied Highlanders led for the first 60 minutes against the Crusaders but could not hold back the red wave as the Crusaders took control in the final quarter — a period which has produced 40 percent of their points in the competition.Bridge scored two tries in two minutes for the Crusaders to be ahead for the first time in the 62nd minute and Brayden Ennor cemented the win with a try five minutes from time.– ‘We were on the ropes’ –“It was a true final. It had everything in it. We were on the ropes for a lot of the game,” Robertson said.“And bang, bang, you score two good tries and that was it.”Crusaders won three Super Rugby titles in a row before the coronavirus crushed this year’s competition, replaced by New Zealand’s hastily-arranged domestic Aotearoa tournament between the country’s five Super Rugby sides.The gutsy Highlanders had the better of the first half and were ahead 22-13 before the Crusaders put the hammer down.Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has put his famous breakdancing celebration on hold until after their final match next week in Auckland. AFP/CHRISTIAAN KOTZEThe four-tries-to-three victory snuffed out the faint title hopes held by the Wellington Hurricanes and Auckland Blues and effectively ended the competition a week early.It was the Highlanders who looked most like a champion side in the opening stanza.Jack Whetton won turnover ball which paved the way for the opening try to Shannon Frizell in the second minute.After a series of fumbles and costly turnovers, the Crusaders clicked in the 12th minute with a long cut-out pass from Bryn Hall to spark a long-range attack involving Sevu Reece, Hall and Bridge before Richie Mo’unga touched down.But the Highlanders refused to lie down.They came back with a Josh Ioane penalty and an 80-metre intercept try to Jona Nareki to open up a 10-point margin.Two penalties to Mo’unga reduced the Highlanders lead to 17-13 at half-time.A Michael Collins try pushed the Highlanders lead out to nine points before the Crusaders wrested control with their three late tries.last_img read more

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NASCAR starting lineup at Martinsville: Denny Hamlin wins pole, field set for First Data 500

first_imgDenny Hamlin is in great position once again to win.Hamlin took home his third pole of the year after beating out fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr., who will start in second. What channel is the First Data 500 on?The First Data 500 will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The race also can be live-streamed on the NBC Sports App.First Data 500 schedule, how to watchHere’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the First Data 500.(All times Eastern)Sunday, Oct. 13TimeEventChannel3 p.m.Cup Series First Data 500NBCSN/NBC Sports App/MRN/TSN “I’m pretty happy with it and look forward to 500 more laps of this,” Hamlin told NBCSN after winning his 33rd career pole.Hamlin will get the No. 1 pit stall which he was happy with after his round saying, “We’ll take it.”He will be going for his sxith win of the year Sunday.Also of note, Chase Elliott, who sits in sixth in the playoff standings, qualified second, but he will start from the back after blowing his engine in practice and subsequently changing it. However, because he qualified there, he will be able to pick a favorable pit stall.Aric Almirola will start third while Michael McDowell will be fourth.NASCAR at Martinsville starting lineup, qualifying resultsStartingDriverNumberNo. 1Denny Hamlin11No. 2Martin Truex Jr.19No. 3Aric Almirola10No. 4Michael McDowell34No. 5Ryan Blaney12No. 6Clint Bowyer14No. 7Erik Jones22No. 8Daniel Suarez41No. 9Joey Logano22No. 10William Byron24No. 11Matt DiBenedetto95No. 12Kyle Busch18No. 13Kyle Larson42No. 14Brad Keselowski2No. 15Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 16David Ragan38No. 17Daniel Hemric8No. 18Alex Bowman88No. 19Chris Buescher37No. 20Ryan Preece47No. 21Kevin Harvick4No. 22Austin Dillon3No. 23Jimmie Johnson48No. 24Kurt Busch1No. 25Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43No. 26Ryan Newman6No. 27Corey Lajoie32No. 28Ty Dillon13No. 29Paul Menard21No. 30Matt Crafton36No. 31Landon Cassill00No. 32Reed Sorenson27No. 33J.J. Yeley53No. 34Ross Chastain15No. 35BJ McLeod51No. 36Timmy Hill77No. 37Garrett Smithley52No. 38Chase Elliott9 (Changed Engine)What time does the First Data 500 start?The First Data 500 will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27. Live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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Rory McIlroy claims playoff win at WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai

first_imgMcIlroy was two strokes in front with four to play but gains at 15 and the last kept Schauffle in the hunt to defend his title before falling just short.Louis Oosthuizen finished in third spot on 17 under after a three-under final round of 69, having been joint-leader with McIlroy when he drained a birdie putt at the eighth.Dropped shots at nine and 11 cost the South African, while Matthas Schwab and Victor Perez finished with magnificent rounds of 66 to share third place along with Abraham Ancer. Rory McIlroy came out on top in a play-off with Xander Schauffle to win the WGC-HSBC Champions and complete a historic hat-trick in Shanghai.Four-time major champion McIlroy birdied the first extra hole to dethrone defending champion Schauffle at Sheshan International Golf Club on Sunday. McIlroy’s dramatic triumph made him the first European to win three World Golf Championship titles and took his tally of tournament victories this year to four.The Northern Irishman started the day with a one-shot advantage and that is how he finished it after carding a bogey-free four-under 68, before a magnificent approach shot got him on the green in two on a second trip down 18.FedEx Cup champion McIlroy missed a putt for an eagle, but his fifth birdie of the day was enough to win the tournament for the first time.He’s done it!! @McIlroyRory makes history by becoming the 1st European to win 3 WGC titles.#WGCHSBCChampions pic.twitter.com/tQ3mQ45sjR— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 3, 2019Schauffle, winner of a playoff at this event last year, birdied 18 to card a closing six-under 66 and join McIlroy on 19 under, but his tee shot in the playoff found thick rough at the side of a bunker and he me missed a birdie putt from 12 feet after having to lay up.The American, suffering with the flu all week, reeled off three birdies in a row after a bogey at six to hit the turn in 32, trailing McIlroy by just a shot.last_img read more

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Wyoming has slowly turned it around

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com A little less than a month ago, Wyoming hit rock bottom.Playing Utah at home, the Cowboys were atrocious, missing their first 10 shots and falling behind by an unheard of, and embarrassing score of 16-0.It never got any better from there. By the end of the night, the Cowboys had suffered a humiliating 74-49 defeat, their worst loss to Utah in 30 years.Now, following a one-point win over BYU in Provo Saturday night, the Cowboys stand in third place in the Mountain West Conference, just a half-game behind Air Force, at 6-3.They have won six of their last seven games to improve to 14-8 overall and next to Utah are the hottest team in the league. The team picked to finish last in the MWC has the second best RPI in the league and could end up in the postseason the way they are playing.The 15th-ranked Utes (21-3) will still be big favorites to improve to 10-0 tonight for the 7 p.m. game at the Huntsman Center (no TV). But they’ll need to be on their toes and not expect another runaway like the game in Laramie.The Utes will also need to play a little more under control. The Utes turned the ball over 14 times against Colorado State with Bryant Markson and Marc Jackson each accounting for five turnovers.Utah coach Ray Giacoletti wasn’t pleased with the Utes’ overall game Saturday, aside from Andrew Bogut, who scored 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.”We got a little bit complacent,” Giacoletti said. “We are the hunted and there’s no time to relax. Teams are going to try a number of different things at this time of the season to try to stop Andrew. We’ve just got to be creative to try to find a way to get him touches so he can be successful.”In the earlier meeting in Laramie, the Cowboys did a pretty good job of limiting Bogut’s touches as he had a season-low six field goal attempts (making five). But others picked up the slack as Markson scored 15 and Jonas Langvad scored 19 off the bench.”We’ll try to get refocused and regroup,” said Giacoletti. “We were successful up in Laramie and this is our next objective.”The Cowboys are led by senior guard Jay Straight, who averages 17.6 points and 5.5 assists per game. The second top scorer is Dion Sherrell, who scores 11.2 points per game. The front line consists of 7-foot Alex Dunn in the middle (9.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg), and forwards Justin Williams (9.3 ppg) and Jerry Webb (6.1 ppg).Utah will be trying to extend its 16-game winning streak, which ranks as the second-best winning streak in the nation. During its recent winning streak, Utah has won by an average of 17.4 points per game. In nine MWC games, no team has scored more than 58 points in a game.The 7-foot Bogut leads the Utes in scoring (20.0 ppg), rebounding (11.9 rpg) and blocked shots (1.9), and is shooting 64.5 percent from the field. Bogut has 16 double-doubles this season and is tied for first in the nation in that category. Jackson (10.8 ppg), Markson (10.6 ppg), Justin Hawkins (8.1 ppg) and Tim Drisdom (5.3 ppg) will join Bogut in the starting lineup. After tonight’s game, the Utes head out on their final road trip of the regular season with games against Air Force Saturday at 1 p.m. and Monday night at New Mexico. Utes on the air Wyoming (14-8, 6-3) at Utah (21-3, 10-0)Huntsman CenterMonday, 7 p.m.Radio: KALL 700TV: none last_img read more

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Mike Sorensen: Don’t be surprised if MWC gets 2 bids

first_imgI’ve been hearing it since November, how the Mountain West Conference is a one-bid league. That the MWC is so bad, it will only get one team into the NCAA tournament next month.I haven’t believed it all season and I still don’t believe it. Come March 12, the MWC will have two teams in the Big Dance.OK, there’s no question the MWC is down this year, with no standout teams like Utah a year ago, and a bunch of mediocre teams. But what people fail to realize is that 65 teams are invited to the NCAA tournament. And even on a down year, the MWC is one of the 10 or so multiple-bid leagues.In the six-year history of the league, only once has it failed to get at least two teams in — 2000-01, when BYU got the lone bid. In three of the six years, three MWC teams made it to the NCAAs.This year, the Mountain West is likely to end up with three 20-win teams, which is a benchmark, though not necessarily a guarantee for getting into the NCAAs.Air Force is already there, getting win No. 21 on Saturday night at Utah, while San Diego State and BYU should get to 20 wins if they keep playing like they have lately.The Falcons had a pretty weak nonconference schedule, but it does own wins over a pair of ACC teams, Miami and Georgia Tech, neither at home. With two home games this week and a road game against 2-10 Colorado State, the Falcons could very well be 24-5 heading into the MWC tournament. Even if they don’t win the tournament, but pick up a win or two in the tourney, can you imagine the NCAA committee passing on a 26-6 or 25-6 Air Force team?San Diego State and BYU are also building at-large cases for themselves.The Aztecs are 18-7 with a couple of upcoming road games at BYU and New Mexico, a home game against Wyoming before finishing with a gimme nonconference game against South Dakota State. If the Aztecs win at home and grab one of those road games, they’ll be 21-8 heading into the tourney. The fact that one of their top players, Mohamed Abukar, didn’t join the team until midseason helps their cause.The Cougars are 16-7, but have three home games left, plus a road game against MWC doormat TCU. Four wins would put them at 20-7 heading into the tournament.What if one of the other six teams gets hot and wins the MWC tournament? Then one of the aforementioned teams, probably Air Force, will get an at-large berth.But what about the RPI, you say? Well, Air Force has been in the mid-40s the last couple of weeks and could move up this week after a couple of wins. BYU and SDSU were 60 and 62, respectively, last week, but they too should move up a few notches this week and could be in the 40s in a couple of weeks if they keep winning. Teams in the top 50 of the RPI usually have a pretty good shot of making the tourney.So what do the experts think? Well, right now they agree with me.ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, who might be the most well-known of the tournament prognosticators with his “bracketology,” has two MWC teams in the tournament in his latest brackets — San Diego State as a No. 10 seed and Air Force as a No. 11 seed.Not only does Lunardi give the Mountain West two teams in the Big Dance, but also two from the WAC, Nevada and Utah State. There are more spots out there than you think, folks.CBS Sportsline also projects two MWC teams making the field, as does Fox Sports, which projects Air Force as an at-large right now. So let’s give the league a break and stop saying how bad it is. Unless the top three teams somehow go in the tank the next two weeks, a couple of them should be dancin’ in the third weekend of March. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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U. to name Jim Boylen as new basketball coach

first_imgMichigan State assistant coach Jim Boylen will be named as the new head coach of the University of Utah men’s basketball team, the Deseret Morning News has learned.He will likely be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.University of Utah sports information director Mike Lageschulte would not comment whether Boylen was the choice, but other sources confirmed he would be named head coach.The 41-year-old Boylen will take over for Ray Giacoletti, who resigned March 2.Boylen has been an assistant under Tom Izzo for the past two years after 13 years as an assistant in the NBA for Houston, Golden State and Milwaukee.last_img read more

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Utah Utes basketball: Krystkowiak introduced to local media

first_img U. players cautiously optimistic U. coach’s priority is asst. coaches Related SALT LAKE CITY — Larry Krystkowiak was introduced as the new head basketball coach at the University of Utah Monday afternoon, a day after his hiring was announced.Wearing a dark suit and a red tie and barely fitting under the ceiling of the room in the Huntsman Center, the 6-foot-9 Krystkowiak talked about his excitement to have the job in a place he called “special.””I can’t tell you how honored and excited I am to be chosen as the next coach at the University of Utah,” Krystkowiak said. “The opportunity given to me means a lot to me and I understand the challenges that lie ahead. I want to get the pride back in University of Utah basketball.”Krystkowiak grew up in Montana and played four years for the University of Montana and also coached there as an assistant and a head coach, in 2004-06. He also played a year for the Utah Jazz in 1992-93.”This reminds me very much of home,” he said. “When I played here for the Utah Jazz I knew this place was special.”Utah athletics director Chris Hill said he had been impressed with his new coach in “many ways” and specifically mentioned his “leadership, toughness and intelligence and the way he cares about people around him.”Hill said he wanted to get Utah basketball tradition back and specifically mentioned coach Rick Majerus and the success he had in the 1990s.”There are tremendous challenges ahead as we go in the Pac-12,” Hill said. “We’ll have a competition level we’ve never had and I can’t think of anybody better that would bring that toughness and discipline to make us be successful.”Krystkowiak talked about leadership and making players better and said he had three main goals for his team — not to be outworked, to play smart and to play together. He also said he was confident he could recruit Top-100 players to Utah.He said he wanted to get the best players out of the state of Utah and also said he would look internationally for players.”I think there’s an awful lot of kids abroad and I know a number of people overseas that want to send players over here,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind we can get Top-100 players. The institution will sell itself and the tradition that’s been here and now we’re in the Pac-12, the best league on the West Coast. We’re certainly going to make a run for some of the top players in the country.”Several Ute players were on hand for the announcement, standing along the south side of the room and most said they planned to stay on at the U.The one exception was the Utes’ leading scorer, Will Clyburn, who said he hadn’t made up his mind and talked about using his redshirt year, which might mean he wouldn’t mind sitting out a year before his senior season, perhaps at another school.”I need to find 15 guys, 13 on scholarship, that are willing to make some sacrifices,” said Krystkowiak, who planned to meet with the players later in the afternoon. “If they bring that passion and commitment, I’m confident we can get to a place we’re all very proud of.”Krystkowiak’s wife, Jan, was on hand for the press conference, along with their five children.”We are all so excited to be in a position where we can call Utah our home and look forward to spending many years here,” Krystkowiak said.e-mail: sor@desnews.comcenter_img Rock: U. coach brings solid resume U. coach will pour ‘soul’ into programlast_img read more

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