Salt Lake Bees
The Bees continued their recent run of success, beating the Las Vegas 51s 11-5 on Wednesday for their third consecutive victory and their sixth in the past seven games. Salt Lake (51-46) scored six runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth to take a commanding 9-2 lead, adding insurance runs in the fifth and seventh. Eric Young Jr. went 4-for-5 at the plate, finishing a home run short of the cycle with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Luis Rengifo was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored, and Matt Thaiss also drove in a pair of runs. On Tuesday night, the Bees edged Las Vegas 5-4, with Dustin Ackley’s RBI double in the sixth inning providing the eventual game-winning run. Jose Fernandez had a two-run single in the fifth, while Jared Walsh and Francisco Arcia also had RBIs. Entering Thursday’s series finale against Las Vegas, the Bees trail first-place El Paso by a single game in the Pacific Southern Division standings.
Utah Royals FC
Three Utah Royals FC players have been selected for the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp leading into the Tournament of Nations that begins next Thursday. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn and forwards Amy Rodriguez and Christen Press are among the 25 players who will take part in the camp, with the roster to be trimmed to 23 for the tournament opener against Japan. Sauerbrunn and Press were both members of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team, while Rodriguez has gold medals from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics to her credit. The three players have combined to make 370 appearances for the United States.
University of Utah football
The University of Utah announced that several players have been named to preseason national award watch lists as the Utes prepare to celebrate their 125th year of football. Junior running back Zack Moss is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award as America’s college player of the year, as well as the Doak Walker Award as the top running back. Cornerback Julian Blackmon and defensive end Bradlee Anae are both on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the college defensive player of the year. Linebacker Chase Hansen is on the watch lists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the AFCA Good Works Team. The Utes kick off their season Aug. 30 against Weber State.
Brigham Young University football
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum has been nominated for the AFCA Good Works Team as one of 169 nominees nationwide. According to a BYU press release, nominees “not only demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them, but they also show tremendous perseverance as well as the ability to overcome personal struggles and come out victorious against all odds.” Eleven players from the Football Bowl Subdivision, as well as 11 from the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and the NAIA, will be selected for the final team in September. BYU also announced that senior Squally Canada has been named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. BYU will face Arizona on Sept. 1 in Tucson, Arizona, to open its season. The Cougars’ first home game is Sept. 8 against California.
Utah State University football
Junior defensive end Jacoby Wildman was nominated for the AFCA Good Works Team, becoming the sixth Aggie nominated for the award. Last season, Wildman led all USU defensive linemen with 45 tackles, and also had one sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and a fumble recovery in 13 games (four starts). Wildman and the Aggies will open their 2018 season Aug. 31 at Michigan State before playing their home opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 8.