Morning links: Ziggy Ansah plays big in big games; Jazz will fight to keep Hayward; Jamaal Williams a top-10 back

Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press looked at the play of former BYU Cougar Ziggy Ansah in big games heading into the Detroit Lions’ playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

After talking about Ansah’s play of late after a slow start, Pasche wrote, “The Lions defensive end could make a huge difference in the Lions’ wild-card game at Seattle when the defense tries to contain quarterback Russell Wilson.”

She then quoted Ansah talking about how the Lions where successful when the two teams met in 2015 in a game where he finished with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He said, “It was just executing, we just came out there to play as hard as we can and we were just executing the plays.”

Jazz won’t give up on keeping Gordon Hayward

Sean Deveney of Sporting News broke down how all the Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics talk started and what it means in free agency.

After looking at Hayward’s connection to Boston coach Brad Stevens and Hayward’s first foray into free agency, Deveney wrote, “To date, at least, the Hayward-to-Boston story has been more myth than reality. But the Celtics will have their best shot at him in the coming months, with Hayward hitting unrestricted free agency this summer and Boston easily able to clear enough cap room to make him a max offer.”

Continue reading at DeseretNews.com.

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