Andre Agassi to speak at April awards

Feb 8 2013 - 10:42pm

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Tennis great Andre Agassi will be the keynote speaker at the Governor's State of Sport Awards Lunch on April 16 at Zions Bank Basketball Center.

But before that, Utah sports fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite athletes, coaches, players, plays and events of the past year. The nominees were selected by a committee comprised of members of the media and community at large.

Beginning March 1, fans can visit www.stateofsportawards.com and select their favorite nominee in each category. The winners will then be honored at the April 16 ceremony.

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement in Sport award will be presented to Spencer F. Eccles, financier, athlete and philanthropist.

Shoe drive

The Weber State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is holding a shoe drive for local charities at tonight's WSU men's basketball game.

The SAAC will be collecting new and old shoes of any size to be donated to the local women's shelter and Striders, which also has a shoe drive to benefit the Odyssey House, Ogden Rescue Mission, Davis County Women's Shelter, and third world countries.

The collections will continue for the next four home games, with monetary donations also accepted.

Tidbits

The Western Athletic Conference added the University of Missouri-Kansas City to its league, effective July 1. ...

Utah State football will hold its end of the season banquet on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., at the Riverwoods Conference Center at Spring Hill Suites in Logan. Cost is $28 per person. To attend, call 1-888-USTATE-1 or at 435-797-0305, or register at www.UtahStateAggies.com. ...

The eighth annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships is under way this weekend on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, Wis. A record 341 teams, including a Utah entry, featuring 2,400 players will take to the ice to participate in 612 games on 28 rinks. For coverage, visit adulthockey.usahockey.com.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor of the Standard-Examiner.

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