Kristin Murphy, Deseret News


The University of Utah’s new football center opened this month, as one of the finest such facilities in the country.

Among the amenities: locker rooms/showers, a hall of fame, nutrition center/cafeteria and media studio, not to mention unconfirmed reports of a barbershop.

Sources say NFL teams are considering similar facilities, complete with their own booking desks and holding cells.

Steve Helber, Associated Press

Poor Phil Mickelson.

Well, not exactly poor, but here’s the scoop: The winner of the Open Championship and the Scottish Open will pay 61 percent of his earnings to taxes, according to Forbes magazine — before travel expenses and caddie fees.

The magazine calculated that of his $2,167,500 in earnings, Lefty will only pocket about $842,700.

On the bright side, who can put a price on beating Tiger Woods?

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

A Salt Lake Tribune story last week said one of Karl Malone’s only concessions to turning 50 has been to buy a mule for hunting excursions.

The idea is to assist in carrying heavy loads and clearing pathways over rough terrain.

Sort of the way Mark Eaton did.

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Ex-Laker Metta World Peace is saying he’s going to change his name again.

Rock On sources say now that he’s in New York, he’s debating between calling himself Saturday Night Live or Phantom of the Opera.

Michael Brandy, Deseret News

In light of the Aaron Hernandez murder charges, rumors are circulating that NFL teams are looking into hiring consultants to interpret the meaning of tattoos worn by potential draftees.

Other leagues could soon follow.

Great, but how much could they really learn from Greg Ostertag’s Fred Flintstone tattoo?

Matt Slocum, Associated Press

Former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger claims he was fired in June, via Skype.

Sources say the team’s next move is to use Vine to drop the ceremonial first puck.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

Nigeria’s main soccer foundation has banned players for life after a fixing scandal that involved scores of 79-0 and 67-0.

Rock On wouldn’t punish them so quickly. After all, those could also be the scores of the BYU-Idaho State and Utah-Weber State football games this year.


There was considerable buzz last week about the possibility of college football’s big conferences eliminating games with mid-majors.

Smaller school reps have termed the plan a “zero-sum game,” pointing out that playing strictly big schools could mean seven or eight wins, rather than nine or 10.

To which Auburn’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics allegedly responded: “Zero-sum? What’s that?”

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