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February 14, 2014 | By David Kelly
BLUFF, Utah - Darkness was falling like a starry curtain as I pulled into this dusty town along the San Juan River. It was mid-November, and a cold wind was blowing in from the desert. The lights of a lone café illuminated a sign ahead. "Bluff, Utah Est. 650 AD. " My search had led me here, to a place where American history stretches deep into antiquity. I was chasing the Anasazi, Navajo for "Ancient Ones," the mysterious people who occupied these harsh lands from the 12th century BC until vanishing 700 years ago. I'd stood in their magnificent Great Houses in Chaco Canyon, N.M., and palatial cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colo.
February 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Much to USC's dismay, Utah forward Jordan Loveridge got hot from three-point territory in the first half Thursday night, sinking three shots from long range. Then his Utes teammate Brandon Taylor got in on the three-point act. And so did yet another Utah forward, Dakarai Tucker. Their long-distance display proved too much for USC, despite a late-game comeback attempt by the Trojans, and Utah defeated USC, 79-71, at the Galen Center. It was the 10th loss in the last 11 games for USC, which is 10-14 overall and 1-10 in Pac-12 play, which is why the Trojans are last in the conference standings.
February 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
When: 7:30. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 10-13, 1-9 in Pac-12; Utah 16-7, 5-6. Update: USC has lost nine of its last 10 games, including a loss to the Utes in Utah, 84-66, on Jan. 16. Utah is coming off a home sweep of the Washington teams, first defeating Washington, 78-69, and then Washington State, 81-63. However, Utah is 0-6 on the road this season. Byron Wesley leads the Trojans with an average of 17.3 points a game.
February 12, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Prosecutors in Utah have charged a San Diego tech executive with assaulting Ariane Bellamar, a model and one of the pampered mothers on reality TV show "Beverly Hills Nannies. " The Summit County prosecutor on Tuesday accused Patrick Henry, chief executive of Entropic Communications Inc., of assaulting Bellamar on Jan. 23 at his vacation home near Park City, Utah, after a night of drinking. When Bellamar tried to call police from her cellphone, Henry snatched the device from her and threw it to the ground, smashing the glass screen, said Summit County Atty.
February 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Utah Jazz 96 - Lakers 79 (end of regulation) The good news for the Lakers -- they gained in the lottery chase to one of their direct competitors.  The bad news -- Steve Nash couldn't get through a full game (back) and the Lakers lost at home to the Utah Jazz, 96-79. After pulling ahead in the first quarter by 15, the Lakers were out-scored by 22 in the second.  While they closed the gap slightly in the third, Utah had little trouble putting the Lakers away at Staples Center on Tuesday night.
February 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
For the second straight game, Steve Nash was forced to leave early because of discomfort in his leg and back, related to nerve root irritation. After playing 16 minutes 35 seconds in the first half, which ended with the Lakers trailing the Utah Jazz, 48-37, Nash sat out the second half. He was replaced by Kendall Marshall. On Sunday, Nash was hurt during a game against the  Chicago Bulls , after getting hit in the knee close to same spot where he suffered a fracture in the second game of last season against the  Portland Trail Blazers . The collision triggered a chain reaction, irritating nerves from the knee to his back and hamstring.
February 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The oldest player in the NBA isn't worried about staying in front of quicker counterparts or piling up assists or leading his team to the playoffs. Steve Nash just wants his body to cooperate so he can get through a game. It was too much to ask again Tuesday night, the Lakers point guard departing prematurely because of discomfort in his leg and back. He was done at halftime after 17 unremarkable minutes, leading one to wonder just how many are left on the odometer of a 40-year-old who continues to creak his way toward the Hall of Fame.
February 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Home bitter home. The Lakers used to consider Staples Center a haven of victories, a bedrock of five championship runs since the building opened in 1999. Now they might as well play at a local park. They lost to the lowly Utah Jazz on Tuesday, 96-79, falling to 8-15 at home and losing six consecutive games at home for the first time since 1992-93. BOX SCORE: Utah 96, Lakers 79 It's the cherry on top of several scoops of problems. Steve Nash left the game for good at halftime, felled again by the same nerve irritation in his back that sidelined him almost three months.
February 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was a busy day Monday for arguments over same-sex marriage's legality at the state level across the country. Perhaps the biggest news came out of Nevada, where the attorney general and governor announced that the state  would no longer defend its 2002 ban on same-sex marriage in federal court. The law had been challenged by an LGBT legal advocacy group, Lambda Legal, which appealed after a federal judge upheld the law in 2012. "The state's argument cannot withstand legal scrutiny," Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada's attorney general, said in a motion filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, asking to withdraw Nevada's legal argument against same-sex marriage.
February 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? "Blaze, it's Sage," said the scratchy voice on the other end. "Hey everybody, shut up, it's my brother calling from the Olympics!" Blaze shouted to his friends.
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