Former Atlanta Braves star Dale Murphy, a Utah County resident, will join Joe Torre’s U.S. baseball team’s coaching staff for the World Baseball Classic in early 2013.
According to USA Baseball, other former Braves on the staff include Greg Maddux and Gerald Perry. The rest of the staff includes Larry Bowa, Willie Randolph and Marcel Lachemann.
Strike a pose
Former Weber State standout Damian Lillard continues to take the NBA by storm, and reporters across the nation are eating it up.
Of course, good material helps too.
Lillard told USA Today recently that he is afraid of statues, and in his unique way, talked about his first trip to Washington, D.C., and all the national landmarks.
It’s going to be a fun year for D-Lill fans.
Weber State’s men’s basketball squad has made a 3-pointer in 600 straight games. ...
The WAC added Grand Canyon University to its roster, a move to replace the U. of Denver, which is leaving for the Summit League after just one year in the WAC. The WAC still needs to add a school soon to keep its NCAA tournament berths. ...
Utah golfers Dusty Fielding and Dean Wilson each shot 67s on Friday are still quite a ways back at PGA Tour Q-School at La Quinta, Calif. There are three rounds left. ...
Sacramento Kings guard Aaron Brooks was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands immediately following the Kings 104-102 road loss to the Utah Jazz on Nov. 23. Or as a co-worker said, “shooting off his mouth came back to bite him.” ... Snowbird Ski Resort and the Utah Olympic Park have been hosting the U.S. Freestyle Team for some preseason training this week. ... BYU will be part of the 2014 Maui Invitational field. The Cougars will be joined by Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Arizona, San Diego State and host Chaminade.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.