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Sports briefs: Winter sports, Tour of Utah to return, Real Salt Lake's 2 in top 3 for award

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 9 2011 11:21 p.m. MST

TOUR OF UTAH TO RETURN IN 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling event will return for a eighth year of competition next year, Aug. 7-12, 2012. The Tour of Utah will continue for a second season as a top-rated, international stage race, designated 2.1 by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

RSL HAS 2 IN TOP 3 FOR MLS AWARD

NEW YORK — Omar Gonzalez of the MLS Cup finalist Los Angeles Galaxy has been voted the league's defender of the year. Gonzalez, who turned 23 on Oct. 11, became the youngest player to win the award. In voting by players, media and club officials announced Wednesday, Gonzalez received 94.5, followed by Real Salt Lake's Jamison Olave (50.7) and Nat Borchers (21.5). The total equals the percentage of votes received from each of the three groups added together.

U.S. SKIER NYMAN OUT FOR SEASON

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Sundance, Utah, skier Steven Nyman tore his left Achilles tendon in training and will miss the 2011-12 season. A two-time Olympian, Nyman was injured in a crash Tuesday at Copper Mountain, but not on the U.S. Ski Team's newly designed Speed Center course that officially opens early next week.

GRIZZLIES NEARLY SHUT OUT EAGLES

LOVELAND, Colo. — For the fourth time this year, Utah Grizzlies goaltender Andrew Engelage (7-2) took a shutout into the final five minutes in a 2-1 Grizzlies victory over the Colorado Eagles. Andrew Favot and Jeff LoVecchio scored for Utah (8-2).

LOCAL TO PLAY FOR U-15 USA SQUAD

WHARTON, N.J. — Atlas Armstrong, a ninth-grader from Layton, has been selected to play at the 2012 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, taking place Jan. 8, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Armstrong, of the Wasatch Wolfpack, will play as a running back for the U-15 USA team and will be honored with a jersey presentation during a pep rally taking place at Legacy Junior High School on Friday at 12:15 p.m.

SUU'S WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH RESIGNS

CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah Athletic Director Ken Beazer announced the resignation of women's soccer coach Brian Stock Wednesday. Stock has led the Thunderbird soccer program since its inception in 2001, compiling a career record of 48-125-20.

—Deseret News staff and wire reports

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