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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (11) is sacked by Utah Utes defensive tackle Leki Fotu (99) as BYU and Utah play at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Utah won 35-27.

NAME GAMES

Utah and BYU, or vice versa, have extended their football series through 2024.

The announcement was made via identical press releases, except BYU’s began with “BYU and Utah …” while Utah’s started out “Utah and BYU …”

No truth to the rumor the Utes wanted to begin with “Utah and the Team Down South …”

A QUIET PLACE

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Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig instructs players during an NCAA college football practice Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Utes have hired Andy Ludwig as their offensive coordinator — the same position he held 10 years ago.

Sources say Ludwig, who has since worked at four other colleges, just wanted to land where he didn’t have to pay attention to, you know, offense.

PAIN ON PAIN

A viral video last week showed an already-injured Brazilian soccer player being run over by the team’s medical cart.

It strangely resembled Utah scoring only three points in the Pac-12 championship game and then blowing a 20-3 halftime lead in the Holiday Bowl.

FOOD CHANNELING

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter jokes with teammates during a timeout the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Enes Kanter says he downed seven burgers — three of them triple patties with a fried egg on top — plus a baking tray of french fries during his “cheat day,” last week.

The next day he got sick and left practice.

That’s such a Knicks thing to do.

A ton on their plate, but it never goes down well.

CHECKMATE, EVERYONE!

Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen is reportedly a celebrity in his home country.

He edged out curling, ice fishing and fjord-yodeling champions for the honor.

CASH CRASH

Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller serves up salad during the annual Christmas dinner to more than 800 homeless Utahns at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018.

Studies say one-fourth of Americans expect to die in debt.

Who knew 81 million people owned pro sports teams?

WHAT MOVES YOU

Saints coach Sean Payton’s motivational pitch last week included wheeling $225,000 cash and the Lombardi Trophy into the locker room.

Rock On gets fired up over free pizza and the promise of quote sheets after the game.

SLEEP COMFORT

An Italian journalist caught dozing during a press conference got the razzberry from tennis star Rafael Nadal.

Upon seeing him, Nadal pointed it out.

“It’s not interesting today,” Nadal teased.

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To be fair, are they ever?

GRIDLOCK GAMES

Utah had seven shots blocked in the first half of its men’s basketball game against Washington last week, nine for the game.

How bad was it?

Fans say lane congestion was even worse than the construction bottleneck on Wasatch Drive.

STAR SHOW

Bill Walton claims the obvious replacement for Steve Alford at UCLA should be Barack Obama.

What, Gene Hackman was busy?

EBB TIDE

From Sports Pickle: “Alabama announces it will skip national title game to prepare for NFL draft.”