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Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranked every NFL head coach, and former BYU Cougar Andy Reid came in at No. 3 on the list.

Speaking of Reid’s career in the NFL, Prisco wrote, “He has had three losing seasons in 18 as a head coach, one of those in his first with the Eagles in 1999. He has had 11 seasons of 10 or more victories, including the past two seasons with the Chiefs.”

After talking about Reid’s struggles in the playoffs, Prisco continued, “I know he doesn’t have a ring, but he has done some amazing things, which is why he’s in this third spot, above some guys who have won rings.”

Marcus Williams a great backup plan; Bolles to the Seahawks

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated released his latest mock draft with a backup plan for each team if they miss out on the guy they really need in the first round.

Burke had Utah safety Marcus Williams as the backup plan for the Chargers if they don’t land Malik Hooker of Ohio State at the No. 7 overall pick.

Of Williams, Burke wrote, “A Day 2 steal waiting to happen, Williams is cut from the same free safety mold as Hooker — both players can track the ball like they have built-in radar.”

Garett Bolles also made the mock draft, but not as a backup plan, as Burke had him going to the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 26 pick, saying, “Bolles needs to play with more power, but he’s still a ready-made NFL starter. The Seahawks could run behind him all day.”

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It was a year of ups and downs for the players in the NBA and D-League who played their high school or college ball in Utah. There were big minutes and amazing performances for some, while others suffered through injuries, inconsistent minutes or minimal chances to shine.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League during the last few weeks of the regular season.

Note: Dakarai Tucker is listed on the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but has not played in a game.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

While he didn’t always play regular minutes, Foster was a valuable piece of the D-Fenders as a second unit rim protector. His best recent showing came in a 127-117 loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors when he totaled six points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor. He added six rebounds, four blocks and a steal in 11 minutes.

In 30 games, he averaged 2.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Wright has been a regular rotation player for the Raptors since he returned from shoulder surgery and has had some nice results. His most productive recent outing came in a 111-100 win over the Indiana Pacers when he recorded 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor and 2 for 4 from the foul line. He added six assists and a pair of rebounds in 20:50.

In 27 games with the Raptors, he averaged 5.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting with 2.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.5 minutes.

In five games in the D-League, he averaged 12.6 points on 51.2 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 5.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks in 29.6 minutes.

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We have come to the start of another baseball season, and there are plenty of players with Utah ties playing at all levels of the sport. There are pitchers and fielders playing in single-, double- and triple-A as well as a handful of key contributors who are on major league rosters.

Here is a list of the players with Utah ties who are suiting up on major league or minor league teams to start 2017.

Christian Colon, Taylorsville High School, Kansas City Royals

Colon is back with the Kansas City Royals where he hit .231 with 34 hits and 13 RBIs in 54 games in 2016. He made his first appearance of the season on Saturday where he went 0 for 2 in a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Jeremy Guthrie, BYU, Washington Nationals

Guthrie, who had been with the Nats’ single-A team was called up to the big club for a spot start — on his 38th birthday. The party did not go as planned. He had a difficult night in a starting appearance for the Washington Nationals on Saturday as he gave up 10 earned runs on six hits and four walks in just two-thirds of an inning of work in a 17-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

He has since been designated for assignment.

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