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  • softball Softball: Aggies drop series

    In a three-game series with Boise State on Tuesday and Wednesday at home, the Utah State softball team was swept by the Broncos. The Aggies lost the first game 5-1, the second game 11-9 and the final game 10-1. With the three losses, USU drops to 17-27 overall and 5-10 in the Mountain West.

  • Makelky State your case: Would you rather draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker in June's NBA draft?

    Andrew Wiggins No one has a higher ceiling than Wiggins in this draft. Period. While he started his collegiate career slow, Wiggins caught fire once he became comfortable. After mid-February, he scored 15 points or more in every game — minus a blowout.

  • Jeff State your case: Would you rather draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker in June's NBA draft?

    Jabari Parker While I would be happy if I were an NBA franchise with almost anyone who will go in the top-10, the best player in the draft is Jabari Parker. In all seriousness, Parker is good — like, really good. Parker averaged 19.1 points per game and 8.

  • jen schlott Handing out end-of-year accolades

    Playing in its inaugural year in the Mountain West Conference, Utah State Athletics saw a handful of high-quality performances resulting in a number of postseason accolades. Here’s a look back at the Aggies’ first season in the conference with the annual Utah Statesman Sports Awards.

  • Curtis My journey through NBA free agency

    Livin' the dream

    Back in December, I posted the following status to Facebook: “I’ve made a decision. As much as I hate the NBA, I am now officially on the market for an NBA team. This decision won’t be made prematurely. All options will be weighed. Whatever team picks me won’t be getting just another one-and-done guy.

  • Manziel NFL mock draft

    Houston: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Houston wants to trade this pick. It may be tempting to go for Clowney if they don’t, but they are more in need of a quarterback than anybody in this draft. It is a deep QB class, but they have to take one who can immediately make an impact, and I think that is Johnny football.

  • doyle Baseball: Doyle builds from the ground up

    Utah State’s 2012 club baseball team wasn’t built like a championship team. They held open tryouts in the fall, recruiting 15 players to their roster by spring — barely enough to qualify as a full squad. They had no scholarships to offer players and no paycheck to offer first-year head coach Norm Doyle.

  • best moments The moments of the year in athletics

    A look back at the most memorable plays and achievements of the 2013-14 seasons

    Over the course of the 2013-14 academic year, Aggies across 12 sports experienced a multitude of highs and lows. Some of the greatest moments came about through late victories, heart-breaking defeats and personal achievements. Shootout in the desert The Utah State women’s soccer team was the first team to experience Mountain West tournament play.

  • softball Softball splits double-header

        Utah State softball returned to the home diamond Tuesday against rival Weber State for a doubleheader. The Aggies split the two games, winning the first 6-2, but dropped the second game 8-3. After the doubleheader, the Aggies are now 16-22 on the season, while Weber State stays at .

  • State your case:

    Which team will hoist Lord Stanley's Cup?

    Homer alert here: I’m a Chicago sports nut. Bears, White Sox, Bulls — the Cubs don’t exist — are the teams I proudly sport the colors of, so I’ll probably come off as one of Bill Swerski’s Superfans by saying the Blackhawks will repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

  • State your case:

    Which team will hoist Lord Stanley's Cup?

    When it comes to winning, the Bruins of Boston have made it their science. This year for the Bruins has been plagued with the most consistent play, strong line after strong line, 12-game win streaks, and a bald-headed coaching master sensei that is Claude Julien.

  • Tennis wraps up season

    The Utah State men’s tennis team will conclude its season with two home matches this weekend. The Aggies host UNLV on Friday for senior day and Fresno State on Sunday. Andrew Whiting, Fredrik Peterson and Matt Thatcher will play their final matches in front of the home crowd.

  • Chuckie Keeton 5 things we learned from spring

    Utah State spring football started off with a lot of questions. However, over the last month or so of play from the Aggies, a handful at least appear to be answered. Here are five things we learned from spring football. 1. The Aggies need Chuckie. The play from the quarterbacks was underwhelming overall.

  • Schlott Schlott invited to WNBA training camp

    The call came early Wednesday morning from both the head coach and the general manager of the Indiana Fever. Former USU star point guard Jennifer Schlott is heading to WNBA training camp. “It was pretty much a surprise,” Schlott said. “I kind of thought I might get invited to one or two, but I didn’t think it’d be so soon.

  • Lacross What is at stake?

    Lacrosse can clinch its first ever playoff berth on Saturday

    Utah State's men’s lacrosse club is one win away from its first playoff berth in school history. The Aggies return home to play conference rival Utah Valley University on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a battle for a spot in the postseason. The team started the 2014 season with a 19-6 loss to Westminster.

  • Logan COLUMN: Passionate fans begat successful teams

    Trail blazing

    There’s a certain feeling an athlete gets before a big game. It’s a blend of nervousness and adrenaline-fueled anticipation, which too often goes misdiagnosed as simply “anxiety.” It begins when cleats are laced up and uniforms are donned, gradually building throughout pregame warmups and eventually peaking about halfway through the national anthem.

  • Cassidy Aggies set individual and team records

    In its inaugural year in the Mountain West Conference, the Utah State women’s tennis team has raised the bar. The Aggies have set a new school record for team wins in a season at 13. Coming off of a disappointing three-win season last year, USU has exceeded expectations set by many.

  • Ben Like father, like son

    Utah State hires younger Finkbeiner to serve as assistant to head coach

    Utah State’s women’s basketball head coach Jerry Finkbeiner will be joined on the bench by his son, Ben Finkbeiner, in the 2014-15 basketball season. The announcement that Ben Finkbeiner would be hired as an assistant coach came on Thursday. Ben Finkbeiner spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Aggies’ in-conference opponent Boise State.

  • Spring football Players that helped themselves in spring ball

    There were a lot of questions to be answered going into the spring football season and the spring game. Some players lived up to expectations for open positions and some simply came out of nowhere. “Performances by individuals in the spring game will go a long way in defining roles as we head into the summer,” said head coach Matt Wells before the spring game.

  • Conclusion of spring training Conclusion of spring season

    Offense wins scrimmage on last-second field goal

    The Utah State football team concluded its spring season with the annual Blue and White spring game Saturday at Romney Stadium. The game was ultimately won by the offense, or blue team, with a last second, 39-yard field goal by senior placekicker Nick Diaz.

  • NCAA State your case: Which program had a more dominant decade? UCLA MBB or UConn WBB?

    UCLA MBB We’re comparing apples to oranges here. But despite that, when you win nine national titles in 10 seasons — including seven consecutive — you can’t really argue against a “decade of dominance.” Include the 88-game winning streak and four undefeated seasons and it is case closed.

  • football Football: Playing Sunday

    Aggies announce 2014-15 schedule changes

    The Utah State football team’s opening game has been delayed one day from Saturday Aug. 30 to Sunday Aug. 31. It will be the “first known” football game played for the Aggies on a Sunday, according to USU Athletics media relations. The game will be the first time the Aggies play in the iconic Neyland Stadium in Tennessee and the first ever meeting between USU and the University of Tennessee.

  • sweet tennis Tennis: How sweet it is

    Matt and Katie Sweet compete in turnaround season for the Aggies

    The Utah State men’s and women’s tennis teams have found a way to hit the sweet spot this year. Although many things have changed since last year, USU has found some consistency between the two teams. Both teams have first-year head coaches, Clancy Shields for the men’s team and Sean McInerney for the women.

  • hurd A hurting Hurd? How USU students stack up

    Some think they make the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum the best home-court in the Mountain West Conference, even ranking them among the top-five best student sections in the nation. Others believe they’re merely fair-weather fans who have lost their once-proud swagger.

  • attendance Record-setting attendance

    Football, men's basketball set new marks

    As of the 2013-14 season, both Utah State football and men’s basketball have left their mark on history. A surprising, record-setting year for Aggie fandom has led to a new high for attendance in both venues. According to usustats.com and the recently released 2013 USU football media guide, Romney Stadium and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum have both set records for the highest average percentage of attendance in USU history this year.

  • Jeff The best basketball game you won't watch, but should

    The Cardinal Rule

    76 wins, no losses. That is the combined record of the two teams playing in Tuesday’s NCAA women’s basketball national championship game. Connecticut has gone unblemished through 39 games and Notre Dame through 37. It’s a championship of titans — and it will have less viewership than your average second-round matchup in the men’s NCAA Tournament.

  • Dogs top 'Cats

    It’s a dog eat cat world in Texas. Capping off an improbable NCAA tournament run, the University of Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 Monday in Arlington, Texas. “I said it in the beginning, 18 months ago. The last will be first,” said UConn head coach Kevin Ollie.

  • Marcel Davis to leave basketball team

    Marcel Davis’ father, Rodney Davis, announced last week that his son will leave the Utah State men’s basketball team after this semester. He initially made the announcement on USUfans.com and later confirmed it to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Marcel just felt because he will be graduating a year early he wanted to start medical school as soon as possible and unfortunately USU wasn't an option,” Rodney Davis wrote on the website.

  • Football Aggies near conclusion of spring ball

    The Utah State football team is entering its final week of spring football. The team held its final public scrimmage on April 4, about a week before the spring game. Five plays into the scrimmage, the offense showed some trickery. Junior receiver Bruce Natson took the ball to the sideline and launched a long touchdown pass.

  • stew Men's basketball: Looking back at the Aggies

    A rundown of Utah State's tournament history

    Utah State and basketball have been synonymous since the first men’s basketball club was formed in 1904. Since then, the Aggies have made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, college basketball’s biggest stage. Of the 20 times USU has been invited to the tournament, the Aggies have totaled six wins and 22 losses, with their deepest run being to the Elite Eight two times — the first in 1939 and second in 1970.

  • softball ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Softball avoids weekend sweep with offensive explosion

    After sweeping Colorado State and getting swept by Fresno State in Mountain West play, the Aggies were pounded by San Jose State’s offense in all three games, but Utah State’s offense caught fire Sunday to avoid being swept. The series brought the Aggies to 4-5 in the Mountain West with a 15-20 overall record.

  • State your case: Who should the Houstan Texans take with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft?

    The Houston Texans should draft Johnny Manziel. There are many reasons why this is a suitable choice for their franchise. First of all, the local Manziel will bring fans to a Houston franchise starving for attention. Jersey sales, ticket sales and media coverage will all increase with the drafting of Johnny Football.

  • gymnastics Gymnasts conclude successful season under new coach

    “Lucky.” That was the first word that came to the mind of Nadalie Walsh when she thought back about the success of her first season as head coach of the Utah State gymnastics team. Walsh came to USU with a vision of building a strong gymnastics program that the school could get behind and be proud of.

  • Chari Chari Hawkins raises the bar for Aggies

    The 2013-14 Utah State track and field team has posted some of the most impressive numbers in its indoor history. The team’s success has led to multiple new school records, but more impressively, nearly all of those record-setting times and jumps came from a single athlete.

  • pro day NFL hopefuls make final impression

    Utah State held its pro day on Tuesday in front of scouts representing 20 teams from the National Football League and one from the Canadian Football League. It was the last chance for the 18 former USU football players performing to make an impression on professional football teams before the NFL Draft.

  • Paige Jones Flying high

    Senior Paige Jones soars in final season

    After four years competing on the Aggie gymnastics team, senior Paige Jones is graduating from USU with a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. “It’s tough,” Jones said. “It’s tough when you do a sport for so many years. I don’t remember my life before gymnastics basically, but it’s definitely time, and to have ended on this season is more than I could have asked for.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Softball swept by Fresno

    Despite a strong performance on Sunday, the Utah State softball team was swept in its first Mountain West road series by conference power Fresno State. Game 1: FSU 6 USU 0 Fresno State’s Jill Compton silenced the Aggie bats Friday, throwing a three-hit complete game shutout.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Men's soccer falls to Idaho in first game of spring season

    The Utah State men’s soccer team played its first game of the spring season Saturday against BYU-Idaho, suffering a 1-0 loss. “I think it served its purpose,” said senior captain Joseph Burt. “We were able to work in a lot of new guys that we haven’t played with before, and I think that we kind of got a better idea for what system best fits our team.

  • MLB logo Taking a swing: staff MLB pre-season picks

    There will be 2,430 games, at least 21,870 innings and at least 131,220 outs over the course of the summer. When all of that is done, MLB postseason play will ensue. There will be home runs, strikeouts, walk-offs and maybe even a perfect game or two over the course of the summer.