Amy Donaldson Sports for August 14th, 2017

Luis Silva fires RSL to 3 points against D.C. United

RSL beats D.C. United 1-0 thanks to a beautiful goal by Luis Silva in the 64th The game was supposed to be played Saturday, but after a 90-minute rain delay, the teams resumed the game Sunday night. (RSL now in 8th place in west) NEXT UP: Montreal Impact, Saturday, August 19 at 5:30 p.m.

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UTAH: Utes still looking to establish a 1-2-3 at quarterback

According to Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, the Utes still have options at quarterback. “We’ve got three guys that we think can get in there and win games for us,” he said after Saturday’s scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium. “But, right now, we’re still 19 days out. Fortunately we have a little bit more time to keep sorting through this.” However, Whittingham then acknowledged that sometime in the near future a hierarchy between Troy Williams, Tyler Huntley and Cooper Bateman needs to be defined.

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BYU: BYU’s Kaufusi focuses attention on being a full-time football player

These are exciting times for the Kaufusi family. Bronson, a former BYU defensive line star, missed his NFL rookie season after suffering a season-ending ankle injury a year ago. Now, Bronson’s back with the Baltimore Ravens. On Thursday, he recorded a sack in an exhibition game. Younger brother Corbin is looking to make a big impact at defensive end this season for the Cougars.

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WEBER STATE: Weber State football: Defensive line looks to establish dominance for Wildcats

Last season, Weber State’s defensive line had no seniors, but still managed to contribute to a defense that allowed the fourth-least amount of yards per game in the Big Sky. Juniors at the time, Rayshawn Henderson and McKay Murphy were thrust into leadership positions in a hurry. While the line wasn’t as strong as it was in 2015 when the team touted the strongest defense in the league, progress was made and the group helped the team ultimately make its appearance in the FCS Playoffs.

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UTAH STATE: USU football: Aggies looking to replace three starters on offensive line

Utah State’s football team held its seventh practice of the 2017 season Friday afternoon, and the offensive line continues to build chemistry among its group as the Aggies are less than three weeks away from kicking off the regular season. “We obviously have a long way to go after losing three starters from last year’s team and then trying to get this thing rolling again,” said offensive line coach Steve Farmer. “It’s a work in progress. It’s a little bit up and down right now. We’ve had our days where we have come out and played really well, and we’ve had our days, such as today, where we’ve taken a step back.”

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Runnin’ Utes lose to Paris All-stars 74-67…Utah women win in Rome 96-25

Utah’s David Collette (16 points), Sedrick Barefield (13) and Justin Bibbins (12) each scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Runnin’ Utes fell 74-67 to the Paris All-Stars on Saturday afternoon. The Paris All-Stars, who drained 14 3-pointers to Utah’s seven 3-pointers, used a 12-0 run through the first and second quarters and later registered a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach. Despite trailing by as many as 12 points late in the contest, the Utes managed to close out the day with a 4-for-5 effort from the field and close the gap to just a seven-point loss.

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Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship. With eight holes to go Sunday, five players were tied atop the leaderboard.

The ball hung there on the lip of the 10th hole, three seconds, five seconds, ten seconds. Justin Thomas paced, knowing that he needed it to fall, knowing that he had no room for error at a PGA Championship where half a dozen other golfers lurked all around him.

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Lynch may be making a statement by sitting for the National anthem. Or he was just hungry. And, as usual, he’s not talking.

Late last month, when Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was asked about the franchise’s eventual move to Las Vegas, he simply wasn’t having it. Didn’t care to think about it. Didn’t want to waste time addressing it again. “I’m pretty good at putting my energy and my attention, my state of being, on where I am and what I’m doing,” Del Rio said. “That’s what I want our guys to do. That’s it.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a beautiful goal for Real Madrid, then back-to-back yellow cards (removing his shirt and flopping), which meant red card (ejection) and then he shoved a ref. Madrid won 3-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pretty special goal to put Real Madrid up 2-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Then his evening went south, and it went south very, very quickly.

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Army vet Chris Rowley won his MLB debut, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-2 win over the Pirates.

In the minutes leading up to Saturday’s game between the Blue Jays and Pirates, Chris Rowley stood at the top of the dugout trying to compose his thoughts and ease his nerves. A little more than two hours later, he walked off to a standing ovation that will be burned into memory for the rest of his life. Rowley became the first graduate of United States Military Academy to pitch in the Major Leagues when he debuted Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. More important, Rowley left a lasting impression by tossing 5 1/3 strong innings in Toronto’s 7-2 victory over the Pirates.

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Amy’s Column 8/14: Rosen, Carrington illustrate Issues that are more easily judged than solved

Is college football the celebration of the best in amateur athletics? Or is it big business? Do college football players see the game as a way to earn a degree, an education, and a future for themselves? Or do they see college football as a path to a career in professional sports? Are college coaches trying to develop quality young men or win championships? And, if you believe it’s possible to do both, what happens when there is a conflict between the two purposes?

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