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A steap climbing wall is brightly lit in a dark room.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

Rock climbing is making its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the U.S. national team is training in Salt Lake City. For the eight elite athletes who make up the team, the games will represent a high point in their career.

Photo of Running Utes alum Arnie Ferrin and Wat Misaka.
Mae Miya / Utah Sports Hall of Fame

Updated 11:41 a.m. MDT, 11/22/19

Editor’s note: During impeachment inquiry hearings, KUER is offering news roundups from around the state and audio of those stories as a resource for our audience.

Photo of Wataru "Wat" Misaka from the film, "Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story"
From film "Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story"

Wataru “Wat” Misaka, who died Wednesday, became the first person of color to play professional basketball in 1947.

Photo of athletic directors and Sen. Mitt Romney at the event.
Jon Reed / KUER

Debate is heating up on how universities should move forward after the NCAA’s recent announcement that college athletes may be paid for the rights to use their name, image and likeness. 

Photo of a skateboarder practicing at Salt Lake City's new skatepark.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk remembers coming to Utah in the 1990s, when Park City was one of the few places that allowed snowboarding.

Courtesy University of Utah

The University of Utah Women’s basketball team broke into The Associated Press top 25 list last week for the first time in a decade and then moved up seven spots to No. 14 in this week’s poll after upsetting No. 6 Stanford. KUER’s Diane Maggipinto spoke with Head Coach Lynne Roberts about the team’s success, recruiting and what it’s like to play in the Pac-12 Conference.

Nicole Nixon

Salt Lake City hosted four games on the opening day of the NCAA college basketball tournament. Fans came from all over the country to see their teams in action.  

Brian Grimmett

The 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games kicked off in Salt Lake City Monday.

FLickr: Ken Lund

During the annual BYU Football media day on Wednesday, head coach Bronco Mendenhall gave his take on the state of the Cougars program as it enters its fifth year as an independent.

U of U Introduces New Offensive Coordinator

Jan 7, 2014
Brian Grimmett

The University of Utah football team introduced new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen today. Christensen comes to the University of Utah after spending the past five years as the head coach at the University of Wyoming.  Before that, Christensen spent eight years as the offensive coordinator for Missouri. He says he plans on using an offensive system that runs as many plays as possible.

Tsutomu Takasu

New data from the Utah Department of Health show more than a third of high school students who played all kinds of high school sports, including football, say they had symptoms of a concussion and didn’t report the injury.

The latest findings from an ongoing study by the University of Utah’s Center for Public Policy and Administration show that the U’s move to the PAC-12 conference continues to financially benefit the state and university.

World Class Beach Volleyball Coming to Salt Lake City

Aug 13, 2013
Brian Grimmett

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour is coming to Salt Lake City this weekend for the first time. Participants kicked off the events today by joining forces with a local asphalt and paving company to donate more than 1,800 tons of tournament quality sand to refurbish existing courts at Liberty Park.

Andrea Smardon

A Utah teen accused of punching a soccer referee who later died was charged Wednesday with homicide by assault. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he will seek to try the teen as an adult in the death of 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo. In the meantime, the community is mourning the loss of Portillo at a memorial service and viewing in Salt Lake City. 

A team made up of individuals from Utah and Idaho won the top award at the Transplant Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Monday the team re-united in Murray.