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Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) lays up the ball as Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert, left, and Donovan Mitchell (45) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Should Kemba Walker sign the with Jazz this summer?

The answer, per Sportskeeda contributor Jason Hirsch, is a resounding yes.

That was his argument in the column Opinion: Kemba Walker should sign with the Utah Jazz this summer.

In it, Hirsh looks at Walker's many attributes that cause him to be considered among the best point guards in the NBA, not to mention a candidate for a spot on an All-NBA team.

Hirsch also detailed Walker’s rise from a struggling rookie to that of All-Star, a transformation Hirsch called “incredible.”

Ultimately, he believes Walker is the missing piece for the Jazz, as far as their championships aspirations go.

“As of right now,” Hirsch wrote, “the Jazz are one of the top five teams in the Western Conference, and with the future of the Golden State Warriors really up in the air with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, and Draymond Green all set to become free agents within the next two summers, the Jazz should look towards the free agency window this summer to add a high profile to complement their already terrific core of players. Signing a player with the ability to score at will like Kemba Walker would convert the Jazz from a team that can win a playoff series to a team that can actually win an NBA title.”

BYU baseball one of the more consistent programs in the West

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BYU's Ryan Brady pitches against Utah in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

In spite of the Cougars’ performance a season ago, when the team finished 22-28 with an 11-16 record in the WCC, BYU boasts one of the most consistent and competitive college baseball teams in the western United States.

That at least was the premise of a piece penned by D1 Baseball’s Kendall Rogers.

In the column Under The Radar: BYU Surging At The Right Time, Rogers argues that under head coach Mike Littlewood, BYU has been as good as any team west of the Mississippi over the past few seasons, thanks to strong campaigns in 2016 and again in 2017.

More than that, thanks to a hot start BYU appears to be primed for one of, if not its best season under Littlewood.

“The Cougars were returning several key pieces both on the mound and at the plate this season, and (Littlewood) thought this club had a chance to be in the mix for the WCC title,” wrote Rogers. “To this point, not only do the Cougars look like a WCC title contender, they look like a team that could be a force to be reckoned with should they reach the NCAA tournament.”

AAF champions

A pair of legendary college football coaches, not to mention former Alliance of American Football headmen, got into a bit of a back and forth on Twitter on Tuesday.

With the league’s collapse, there officially is no champion, which simply wasn’t acceptable as far as Orlando Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier was concerned. As such, the Ol’ Ball Coach claimed the title for the 7-1 Apollos.

Arizona Hotshots head coach Rick Neuheisel wasn’t about to take that declaration lying down, however, and was quick to remind Spurrier which team dealt the Apollos their only loss this season.

Of course, Spurrier didn't let Neuheisel have the last word.

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On Wednesday, FanDuel came out in support of Spurrier’s title claim, for betting purposes at the very least.

Other links

Indiana Football: Jack Tuttle Granted Immediate Eligibility by NCAA (Hoosier State of Mind)

Ranking all 12 defenses BYU will face in 2019 (SBNation)

Chicago Bears re-sign long snapper Patrick Scales (247Sports)

‘Complete and utter chaos’: A look inside the final days of the AAF (The Athletic)

And finally…

BYU running backs coach AJ Steward might love his infant son, but he doesn’t love the lack of ball security. Not yet anyway.