Real Salt Lake
RSL extended its home unbeaten streak to nine consecutive matches, but the Claret and Cobalt were left to lament a missed opportunity after squandering an early two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw against the rival Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Damir Kreilach and Joao Plata had RSL (9-9-3) in front by a pair of goals just 17 minutes into the match, but Colorado’s Jack McBean converted on a penalty kick to pull the Rapids (4-11-5) within one before the half. Dillon Serna then scored the equalizer in the 88th minute, preventing RSL from picking up three valuable points in the standings against the Western Conference’s second-worst team. Real is in sixth place in the conference, but is within three points of third place. They will hit the road Saturday to face the West’s worst team, the San Jose Earthquakes.
Utah Royals FC
URFC was outshot 21-4 by the North Carolina Courage on Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium, but managed to escape with a 0-0 draw against the National Women’s Soccer League’s top team. The Royals (5-6-7) are the only team in the nine-team league that the Courage (14-1-4) haven’t beaten this season, having upended North Carolina 1-0 on June 16. The Courage, who lead the league in goals, have only been shut out twice this season — both times by the Royals. URFC is off until an Aug. 5 road match against the Houston Dash.
Brigham Young University football
Cougars tight end Matt Bushman has been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the country’s top collegiate tight end. Bushman, a sophomore, had 49 receptions for 520 yards to lead all freshman tight ends in 2017, and earned Freshman All-America honors from USA Today, the Football Writers Association of America and 247Sports. It marked the best season by a BYU tight end since former All-American Dennis Pitta recorded 62 receptions for 829 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009.
Utah State University football
Senior center Quin Ficklin has been named to the Fall Watch List for the Dave Rimington Trophy, awarded to the top offensive center in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Ficklin was also selected to the Preseason All-Mountain West Conference team, and the BYU transfer is the fifth Aggie in the past 14 seasons named to the Rimington Trophy watch list.
Salt Lake Bees
The Bees completed a three-game sweep against Tacoma on Sunday on the road, beating the Rainiers 3-2. Joe Hudson and Michael Hermosillo each had RBI singles in the seventh inning to put Salt Lake (54-47) in front, and the Bees kept the Rainiers (51-50) off the board for the final five innings to improve to 9-2 since the All-Star break. Sunday’s win came on the heels of another one-run thriller, as Salt Lake beat Tacoma 2-1 in 10 innings on Saturday on Nolan Fontana’s go-ahead RBI groundout. The Bees’ other run came in the second inning when Luis Rengifo drew a bases-loaded walk. The Bees opened the series with a 6-0 win on Friday, scoring four runs in the fourth inning on a pair of RBI doubles by Jared Walsh and Kaleb Cowart and an RBI single by Fontana. Dustin Ackley added an RBI single in the sixth and Cowart hit a solo home run in the eighth. Before heading to Tacoma, the Bees wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 6-4 loss to the Las Vegas 51s at Smith’s Ballpark on Thursday. The game was tied 2-2 through five innings before the 51s took a 6-2 lead in the eighth, and a late Salt Lake rally fell just short. However, the Bees’ recent strong play has them deadlocked with El Paso for the top spot in the Pacific Southern Division, with a six-game homestand set to begin with Tuesday’s 6:35 p.m. game against the Memphis Redbirds.