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BYU women's volleyball faces No. 2 Texas in the Final Four, three Cougars honored

The No. 12 ranked BYU women’s volleyball team’s magical season continues Thursday night vs. No. 2 seeded Texas in Oklahoma City, OK.

BYU won its first four games of the NCAA Tournament to reach this point, defeating Seton Hall, Arizona, Florida St. and Nebraska. Over the course of those four games, BYU only lost two sets, going 12-2 in that time, sweeping Nebraska and Seton Hall. Texas has been on a similar tear, only losing one set in its first four matches.

Texas finished the regular…

BYU heads to Final Four after wins over Florida State and Nebraska

The BYU women’s volleyball team continued its impressive run in the NCAA tournament by defeating Florida State in the Sweet 16 in four sets (25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 26-24) and sweeping Nebraska in the Elite Eight (25-21, 25-20, 25-21).

“First of all, hats off to Nebraska for an outstanding season,” BYU coach Shawn Olmstead said. “Coach Cook has done an outstanding job over there. I can’t say enough about these kids. I don’t have the words to describe what these kids have done. I think Jen br…

Cougars' comeback falls short against Utah

Delon Wright and the No. 13 ranked Utah Utes beat the Cougars 65-61 before a soldout crowd Wednesday night, winning in the Marriott Center for the first time since 2005.

Wright paced the Utes with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and added 2 blocks and 2 steals to cap his impressive night. Tyler Haws scored 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting to lead the Cougars, who suffered their third loss on the season.

“We just didn’t make buckets,” a deflated Haws said. “They slow the game down and ki…

Eight great moments from the 2014 women's soccer season

The BYU women’s soccer season came do a disappointing end a couple weeks ago, losing to Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. However, it was the end to a terrific and exciting season for the Cougars. Here’s a look back some of their finest moments this season, ordered by date.

(1) Sept. 13. BYU snaps a three-game losing streak by taking down ranked Long Beach State 2-0. This win was the first of a 13-game unbeaten streak for the Cougars, and a crucial game in the complete turn-around of the season for BYU.

(2) Sept. 20. Niki Fernandes scored a beautiful header goal to record her first goal of her season. Fernandes went on to score a career-high two goals as BYU beat Colorado College 4-0.  Fernandes’ header goal came from a Marissa Nimmer cross that was headed by Bi…

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfers, including Jordan Leslie, Nick Kurtz and Devon Blackmon.

Feb. 10: BYU student Kate Hansen takes 10th place overall in the women’s luge in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Feb. 16: BYU running back Jamaal Williams is arrested for underage drinking. He was later suspended for the first ga…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team ended the season with a 16th place finish at the national meet in a year coach Ed Eyestone believed was a rebuilding season for the team.

“Any program is going to go through kind of a rebuild, and I think it’ll hopefully lead towards good things for 2015,” Eyestone said, reflecting on the men’s c…

Harvey Unga's NFL aspirations featured on 'Undrafted'

The chances of getting into the NFL are slim, and oftentimes it takes a player years of trial and error before he get his break.

Thousands of football players leave college with dreams of being drafted in the NFL, but only 256 are selected each year, according to the NFL Network. For those who aren’t picked, there are only two options: stick around for the following year’s draft, or give up a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.

Harvey Unga, former BYU running back and all-time leading rusher, has been working with the Chicago Bears for years but hasn’t yet been able to secure his p…

3 seniors deserve credit for BYU football's turnaround

After four straight losses and injuries to quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams, three seniors have stepped up for BYU football. The increasing roles of quarterback Christian Stewart, receiver Jordan Leslie and running back Paul Lasike have been key in the Cougars’ four-game winning streak.

Here’s how the three seniors have increased their yardage output during the win streak:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More importantly, this graph shows the seniors’ in…

Rams, police differ on Ferguson protest apology

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis Rams official and a county police chief differed Monday about whether the team had apologized for the actions of five players who raised their hands during pregame festivities in a show of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

Kevin Demoff, the executive vice president of football operations for the Rams, denied in an email to the Associated Press that he’d apologized.

“I expressed regret for any perceived disrespect of law enforcement,” Demoff said. “Our players’ goal was to show support for positive change in our community. I do believe that supporting o…

Cougars' comeback falls short against Utah

Delon Wright and the No. 13 ranked Utah Utes beat the Cougars 65-61 before a soldout crowd Wednesday night, winning in the Marriott Center for the first time since 2005.

Wright paced the Utes with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and added 2 blocks and 2 steals to cap his impressive night. Tyler Haws scored 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting to lead the Cougars, who suffered their third loss on the season.

“We just didn’t make buckets,” a deflated Haws said. “They slow the game down and kind of take the air out of the ball a little bit. We just didn’t make shots when we needed to.”

Th…

Rivalry Edition: BYU's Tyler Haws vs Utah's Delon Wright

 

The argument for Tyler Haws, by Alex Clark:
@alclark35

The BYU-Utah rivalry is fast slipping out of our reach, which is why this year’s increasingly rare matchup between the Cougars and Utes serves as a special treat to fans starved for the endangered rivalry. Adding extra sizzle to the game are two of the nation’s top senior guards: BYU’s Tyler Haws and the Utes’ Delon Wright.

But who really has the patience to wait until Dec. 10 to find out which team is better? Why not start off the rivalry hype by comparing the state’s two best guards?

I’ll start off by admitting th…

Eaton's big game pushes BYU past Colorado State

BYU women’s basketball defeated Colorado State 69-58 in Salt Lake City Saturday behind a monster game from Lexi Eaton.

The Cougars came into the game riding high after a big win against UNLV in the Smith Fieldhouse. The team started the game hot but ended the first half poorly, shooting only 13-for-32 through the first 20 minutes of play. BYU turned things on in the second half, as the bench came up big with 15 second-half points.

Eaton recorded her fifth straight game scoring in double figures, tallying 30 points on 10-of-18 from the field, including five 3-pointers on the game. The…

BYU surfs past Hawaii, 90-70

Kyle Collinsworth put up a triple-double for BYU in a 90-70 win over Hawaii on Saturday. Collinsworth had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, only the third triple-double in the NCAA this season and the first from a BYU player since 1988.

Tyler Haws scored 30 points in his 34 minutes of play. Haws shot 10 for 10 on free throws and went 2-of-5 on 3-pointers. Chase Fischer contributed 20 points in the Cougars’ win.

The Cougars (7-2) trailed the Rainbow Warriors (7-3) early in the first half but took the lead and entered halftime with the score at 37-30.

BYU out-rebounded Hawaii 4…

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfers, including Jordan Leslie, Nick Kurtz and Devon Blackmon.

Feb. 10: BYU student Kate Hansen takes 10th place overall in the women’s luge in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Feb. 16: BYU running back Jamaal Williams is arrested for underage drinking. He was later suspended for the first ga…

BYU women's volleyball faces No. 2 Texas in the Final Four, three Cougars honored

The No. 12 ranked BYU women’s volleyball team’s magical season continues Thursday night vs. No. 2 seeded Texas in Oklahoma City, OK.

BYU won its first four games of the NCAA Tournament to reach this point, defeating Seton Hall, Arizona, Florida St. and Nebraska. Over the course of those four …

BYU heads to Final Four after wins over Florida State and Nebraska

The BYU women’s volleyball team continued its impressive run in the NCAA tournament by defeating Florida State in the Sweet 16 in four sets (25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 26-24) and sweeping Nebraska in the Elite Eight (25-21, 25-20, 25-21).

“First of all, hats off to Nebraska for an outstanding seaso…

BYU women's volleyball advances to the Sweet 16

The No. 12 BYU women’s volleyball team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year after wins over Seton Hall (25-16, 25-18, 25-17) and No. 11 Arizona (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23) in Tucson, Arizona.

“First and foremost, hats off to Arizona for a great tournament,” coach Shawn Olmste…

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfer…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team …

Eight great moments from the 2014 women's soccer season

The BYU women’s soccer season came do a disappointing end a couple weeks ago, losing to Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. However, it was the end to a terrific and exciting season for the Cougars. Here’s a look back some of their finest moments this season, ordered by date.

(1) Sept. 13. BYU snaps a three-game losing streak by taking down ranked Long Beach State 2-0. This win was the first of a 13-game unbeaten streak for the Cougars, and a crucial game in the complete turn-around of the season for BYU.

(2) Sept. 20. Niki Fernandes scored a beautiful header goal to record her first goal of her season. Fernandes went on to score a career-high two goals as BYU beat …

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfer…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team …

BYU soccer offense powered a winning season

High-intensity, high-scoring and powerful are all accurate descriptions of the offense of the 2014 BYU women’s soccer team. The Cougars scored an impressive 47 goals this season in 21 games. They also averaged 2.24 goals scored and 19.3 shots per game and led the conference in goals scored.

S…

BYU women's soccer season recap: Defense

The BYU women’s soccer team experienced an early loss in the NCAA tournament, and the season ended earlier than expected, leaving the team to look back on the highlights and positive points of the year. Here are some of those highlights and things to know as the team heads into its preparation for n…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team …

BYU racquetball a well-oiled machine

Coach Paul Snyder can’t remember a time in the past 20 years when the BYU racquetball team didn’t place in the top five teams at nationals.

The coed team and women’s team have combined to take 13 national championships since 1995. To say BYU racquetball carries a tradition of excellence would be …

BYU women's golfer Lea Garner named WCC Player of the Month

Junior BYU golfer Lea Garner was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for October last week.

She finished in the top 10 in the two tournaments that the women’s golf team played last month. The Cougars finished the October tournaments in sixth and fourth place, with Garner leading the squad with a scoring average of 71.83 in October. This is the first time she has won WCC Player of the Month.

The first tournament was the New Mexico Aggie Invitational, in which Garner shot a 69 in the first two rounds and a 72 in the third. She took fourth place at the NM Invitational. The Cougars finished with their lowest total team score of the season with a 877.

Garner shot a 69 in …

How hockey saved the life of a young man

Jared Bussell starts in the BYU hockey season opener against Weber State as goaltender. As he hears the crowd cheering, he thinks back on his life and realizes how grateful he is to still be playing the game he loves and representing the university he has always wanted to represent.

Looking a…

BYU men's golf finishes fourth in final tournament of fall season

STOCKTON, California – The BYU men’s golf team took fourth place at the Stockton Pacific Invitational on Saturday. Senior Cole Ogden also finished in fourth place as an individual in the tournament.

“Cole came in and had a pretty good tournament,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “For him to finish fourth the we he hit the ball today, kudos to him. Now that it’s the offseason, the guys have to go to work. I think we’re capable, but we’re going to have to figure some stuff out in the next few months.”

This was the last tournament of the fall. BYU shot four-over-par as a team. Washington State took won the tournament (-11).
Ogden took took fifth place shooting a season-low of a 209….

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfers, including Jordan Leslie, Nick Kurtz and Devon Blackmon.

Feb. 10: BYU student Kate Hansen takes 10th place overall in the women’s luge in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Feb. 16: BYU running back Jamaal Williams is arrested for underage drinking. He was later suspended for the first ga…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team ended the season with a 16th place finish at the national meet in a year coach Ed Eyestone believed was a rebuilding season for the team.

“Any program is going to go through kind of a rebuild, and I think it’ll hopefully lead towards good things for 2015,” Eyestone said, reflecting on the men’s c…

BYU swimmers to compete at upcoming Texas Invite

A select group of swimmers from the BYU men’s and women’s swim team will compete in the Texas Invite Dec. 4–6, while another group will compete in the Colorado Mesa Invite.

“We’re expecting season-best, if not lifetime-best, times from a few of our swimmers,” head coach John Brooks said. “They’re prepared and rested for the meet. We want as many people swimming at night, and we want people to p…

IOC opens door to joint bids and new sports events

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Breaking from the tradition of awarding the Olympics only to a single host city, the IOC is opening the door to possible wider bids – including bids from an entire country, joint bids from more than one city and even the possibility of events held in more than one country.

The possibility of new types of bids was among the 40 recommendations released Tuesday as part of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s reform agenda, his drive to make the bidding process and the games themselves more attractive and less costly.
“We want to create more…

BYU women's swim looking to win

The BYU women’s swim and dive team will be in Northern California this weekend taking on the UC Davis Aggies in a dual meet.

“It should be a tough meet. They were the conference champions last year, and they’re the team to beat,” head coach John Brooks said. “We are swimming outdoors, and we had a rough time adjusting to that in Santa Barbara because it’s a little different environment.”