As we wait another three days for the NBA Finals to start another week for more Blaze and Real victories and another day or two for the lone remaining American to be eliminated from the French Open, we're talking fighting, football, a fantasy baseball World Series and golf ...

So I turn on the news Saturday night at 10 o'clock and what do I see but a big guy getting his ear "popped" by a guy named Kimbo with the ear nearly falling off as blood gushes from it. What the heck? I thought it was bad enough seeing Friday night fights when I was a kid, but MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting with guys pummeling each other with fists on prime time on Saturday night? I realize we had a front-page story in our paper about it last week, but let's hope this sport is just a passing fad and not a regular occurrence on a major network during prime time ...

News of Utah likely playing Notre Dame in a couple of years is exciting news for the Ute program, even if the Irish are coming off one of their worst seasons ever. They should be back to prominence by 2010. I know BYU has played a half dozen games against Notre Dame over the past 15 years, but this will be a first for the Utes, who have brought their program up to BYU's level in recent years.

Apparently the only thing holding up finalizing the game is figuring out how to get the Utes another home game so they don't have an unbalanced schedule with five home and seven away games. The logical game to change is the Utah State game at Logan. Considering how the Utes have treated the Aggies in recent years (10 straight wins by average score of 34-12), USU should happily let the Utes out of the game and find a I-AA school it can beat up on ...

It must be a slow sports week when the transfer of an average quarterback from a lousy football program to BYU dominates sports talk and sports sections for several days. I know we've all had a gutful of the Riley Nelson story by now. My take is that I don't have a problem with anybody changing their mind on their missions as long as they're not recruited. It's not fair to the missionary to have that distraction. But if a missionary does decide to change his mind, mission presidents throughout the world are going to have to make sure they're fair and allow their athlete/missionaries to talk to any school besides church-owned BYU ...

How about a Chicago Cubs-Tampa Bay Devil Rays World Series. It'll probably never happen, but the Cubbies and Rays currently have the best records in their respective leagues. I'm betting on the Cubs to make it for the first time in my lifetime, probably against the Red Sox, which will cause a major dilemma for this lifelong Cubs and Red Sox fan ...

Daniel Summerhays continues to do well on the Nationwide Tour. On Sunday he made seven birdies en route to a final-round 66 and jumped from a tie for 45th to a tie for 13th. That helped Summerhays, who came into this week ranked No. 32 on the money list to move up to 29th, closer to the all-important Top 25 ...

Daniel's uncle, Bruce, has battled some injuries this year at age 64, and dropped to 103rd on the Champions Tour money list, while playing just eight tournaments. But Sunday he had his best round of the year, rebounding from a 76 to shoot a 68, only his second sub-70 round of the year ...

After winning the Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament Sunday, Kenny Perry is one of the hottest golfers heading into next week's U.S. Open. However, Perry will not be playing at Torrey Pines with the rest of the world's top golfers. And not because he can't qualify. Perry is skipping the U.S. Open because he wants to concentrate on making the U.S. Ryder Cup team in September.

It's easy to criticize Perry for skipping the U.S. Open and many people have already. But even though the U.S. Open has double the points for Ryder Cup qualification, Perry will play at Memphis this week and Hartford the week after the top golfers tee it up in San Diego. He said he's never played well at Torrey Pines and he'd rather rack up some points at the other events. I say let him do what he wants. He's 47 and would dearly love to play in the Ryder Cup in his home state of Kentucky. I hope you make it, Kenny ...


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