Pro motocross event
The best motocross racers in the world, including Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac, will be at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday, Aug. 23 as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series returns to Utah for a second consecutive year. This year’s Zions Bank Utah National, Round 12 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will be the motocross season finale, with all of the top motocross teams and riders scrambling for last-chance championship points and glory on the series’ most unique motocross track, located in the infield of the Miller Motorsports Park facility.
A new season of bowling is about to begin at All Star Lanes in Tooele. Bowlers are needed for the Tuesday Morning Bowling Belles. The Bowling Belles will begin league play on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 9:15 a.m. This is a ladies handicap league. For more information call Nina Park at 435-837-2290. A meeting will be held at the bowling alley at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
There will be tryouts for a 12U accelerated softball team on Aug. 27-28 at Deseret Peak Complex upper field. For more information contact Wayco Cowan 830-5190 or Steve Snow 775-224-2402.
Utah Jazz schedule
The Utah Jazz announced Wednesday the team’s 2014-15 regular season schedule. The Jazz will tip off its 41st NBA campaign against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 29 at EnergySolutions Arena, opening at home for the third-straight season. Utah’s road opener comes the following night at the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30. The regular season will conclude at Houston on April 15. The Jazz will start the season against the Rockets for the third time in franchise history and first since 2006-07. The only other previous season opener against Houston was the 1985-86 season, with all meetings taking place in Utah. Other Jazz games of note include two home games against the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs (Dec. 9, Feb. 23), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ only appearance in Salt Lake City on Nov. 5, visits twice each by the L.A. Clippers on Nov. 29 and Jan. 28 and the L.A. Lakers on Jan. 16 and March 19, and the Northwest Division rival Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 18 and March 28. Utah will play all Eastern Conference teams twice each and Western Conference teams four times apiece, with the exception of four out-of-division Western Conference teams which it will face just three times. The four teams include: the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs (two home, one road) and Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings (two road, one home).
The Utah Jazz announced Wednesday that the team has named Dean Cooper as head coach of the Idaho Stampede, the team’s D-League affiliate, pending league approval. Cooper becomes the 10th head coach in Stampede history and the sixth since the organization became a member of the NBA Development League. “We are pleased to welcome Dean to our organization,” said Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “The D-League is a critical component in building teams and it begins with each affiliate’s head coach. Dean’s addition is another step in the continued expansion of our basketball operations, and his experience and teaching ability will be a tremendous asset to both the Idaho Stampede and Utah Jazz.” Cooper spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets on Kevin McHale’s staff. He began his NBA career with the Rockets in 1999 as a video coordinator, eventually becoming an assistant coach to Rudy Tomjanovich. When Jeff Van Gundy succeeded Tomjanovich, Cooper transitioned to the front office as a personnel scout for one season before eventually becoming the Director of Scouting (2004-07) and Vice President of Player Personnel (2007-08).
Jazz holding anthem auditions
The Utah Jazz are holding auditions for national anthem singers for the 2014-15 NBA season. Auditions will be held Friday, Oct. 10 at EnergySolutions Arena from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. The audition is open to the general public, for individuals and very small groups. If you cannot make the live audition, a recorded CD version of you singing the anthem may me mailed to:
Utah Jazz National Anthem Auditions
C/O Meikle LaHue
301 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
All participants in the audition will be notified by e-mail whether they have been invited to perform the national anthem. For questions, contact LaHue at 801-325-2553.