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When the Utes’ offense operates inside-out, it can be potent and balanced and a royal pain to defend. When it becomes one dimensional – particularly if that means relying primarily on perimeter shooting – it can be rough sledding.

Utah bounced back from a disjointed first half in its first game of the season away from Salt Lake City to grind out an 83-74 win over Ole Miss in the opening round of the MGM Resorts Main Event at T-Mobile Arena late Monday night in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Utes (4-0) advance to play UNLV in the tournament final on Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. (MT).

Senior guard Justin Bibbins scored a game-high 23 points and led a quartet of Utes with 12 points or more. Bibbins went 7-for-11 from the floor and knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half to keep the Rebels putting the first blemish on the Utes’ record.

“Coaches just told me always be ready, be ready for the moment and tonight I was,” Bibbins said.

Freshman forward Donnie Tillman and senior center David Collette scored 13 points apiece, and junior guard Sedrick Barefield scored 12 points. Tyler Rawson added nine points and registered team highs with seven assists and 10 rebounds.

After struggling to score in the post in the first half, the Utes clearly placed their emphasis on getting the ball inside after halftime. Their first possession of the half ended with Tillman catching in the post, making a strong move toward the basket and drawing a foul. Collette scored seven points in the first nine minutes of the half.

“It was us big guys not working hard enough,” Collette said of the lack of production in the first half. “I think our guards wanted to get us the ball, and I don’t think we were helping them out too much. So we kind of changed that around in the second half.”

The Utes shot 54 percent from the floor in the second half.

The Utes led 51-41 after a 9-0 run with 15:19 remaining the second half. However, that lead was short-lived as the Rebels (3-1) charged back thanks to the hot shooting of Deandre Burnett.

Burnett scored 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, and he didn’t miss from behind the 3-point line (4-for-4) after halftime. He made five of the Rebels’ eight 3-pointers. Burnett drained a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner with 8:28 remaining to bring the Rebels within three, 62-59.

The Utes lead didn’t reach double digits for the rest of the night. The Rebels pulled within two points, 71-69, after an old-fashioned three-point play by Devontae Shuler with 4:20. Bibbins made a 3-pointer from the top of the key after an offensive rebound by Collette and a kick-out pass from Rawson to give the Utes a 74-69 lead.

Bibbins scored eight of the Utes’ final 12 points, including a pair 3-pointers and two free throws in the final minutes to close the game.

The first half lacked a flow or rhythm as the teams combined for 18 turnovers (nine each). Barefield committed six turnovers in the first half, and 18 of the Utes’ 29 first-half shot attempts came from behind the 3-point line.

Parker Van Dyke’s shooting gave the Utes an edge going into the half. Van Dyke made back-to-back 3-pointers put the Utes ahead 34-32 with 3:42 remaining before halftime. Van Dyke and freshman Tillman combined for the Utes’ final 12 points of the half as they scratched out a 40-37 advantage.

“If you play 30 games, I’ve always made the comparison with a marathon,” Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “Each game is a little less than a mile. I’ve never known anybody to win a marathon on the fourth mile. We’ve got a nice little rotation, and we depended on different people.

“Parker came in and gave us a nice boost. He hadn’t been playing a lot. Donnie and Jayce [Johnson gave us a boost] in the previous game. That’s kind of the essence of a team. That’s what I like about our guys. They’re genuinely all engaged. They’ll be some different guys on different nights, but everybody has got to get ready because it is a marathon. It’s an awful long race.”


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Nashville, Tenn. • Kyle Turris, Kevin Fiala and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators past the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Monday night.

Mattias Ekholm and Nick Bonino also scored, and P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson and Roman Josi added two assists apiece as Nashville won for the seventh time in eight games. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice and Tyler Myers had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who had won four straight.

Johansen, who gave Nashville a 2-1 lead 26 seconds into the second period, has a goal in two of his last three games after not scoring in the first 17 games of the season. The goal was his 300th career NHL point.

Devils 4, Wild 3, OT • In St. Paul, Minn., John Moore scored 52 seconds into overtime and New Jersey overcame a late letdown to cap a successful road trip with a win against Minnesota.

Rookie defenseman Will Butcher scored for the second straight game and Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots for New Jersey, which led 3-1 before Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund scored twice in the third period.

Coyotes 4, Maple Leafs 1 • In Toronto, Antti Raanta made 26 saves and Arizona ended the Maple Leafs’ winning streak at six games.

Brendan Perlini, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Max Domi and Tobias Rieder scored for the Coyotes (5-15-3), who have won three in a row for the first time this season.

Arizona rookie Clayton Keller had two assists to give him 20 points in 23 games.

James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs (14-8-0).

Blue Jackets 3, Sabres 2 • In Buffalo, N.Y., Sergei Bobrovsky made three of his 30 saves on a power play in the final two minutes, and Columbus beat the Sabres for its fourth straight victory.

Rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets. Markus Nutivaara had two assists.

Buffalo dropped its sixth straight game. Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots.

Flames 4, Capitals 1 • In Washington, Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games and Calgary beat the Capitals.

Gaudreau scored and assisted on Sean Monahan’s goal, one of two on the power play for Calgary, which has won four of its past five. Mikael Backlund and captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, who got 29 saves from Mike Smith.

Lars Eller scored the only goal for the Capitals, who took five minor penalties and lost for the third time in four games. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 39 shots.


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Kansas City, Mo. • Marcus Foster scored 23 points, Mitch Ballock added 22 in front of his boyhood fans and Creighton beat No. 23 UCLA 100-89 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic.

Khyri Thomas added 16 points and Ty-Shon Alexander had 12 for the Bluejays (4-0), who have won 12 straight in-season tournament games after titles at the MGM Grand Main Event and the Paradise Jam.

Creighton raced to an early lead, weathered the Bruins’ best effort midway through the second half, and then proved it could put things away with poise and precision down the stretch.

The Bluejays will play No. 25 Baylor or Wisconsin for the title Tuesday night, giving the freshman Ballock another big game close to home. He starred in high school in Eudora, Kansas.

Aaron Holiday had 25 points to lead the Bruins (3-1), who dealt with foul trouble much of the night. Prince Ali scored 18 points before fouling out, while Thomas Welsh had 16 and Kris Wilkes scored 15.

The teams combined to commit 45 fouls and shoot 66 free throws.

They traded runs in the first half, beginning with a 16-0 surge by the Bluejays that forced Bruins coach Steve Alford to use two timeouts. UCLA countered with 10 consecutive points a few minutes later, and briefly took the lead 38-36 shortly before the break.

But the Bluejays scored seven straight to finish the half and then kept their roll going to start the second, pushing their advantage to 50-38 with 18:02 left to play.

UCLA trimmed the lead to six on several occasions, but Alford’s young team kept making poor decisions. The Bruins twice were whistled for flagrant fouls down the stretch, giving Creighton two free throws and the ball, and some ill-advised shots wasted offensive possessions.

Alexander’s off-balance floater with 2:01 left could have trimmed the lead to 94-89, but Creighton grabbed the rebound. Thomas buried a 3-pointer at the other end to put the game away.

No. 1 Duke 92, Furman 63 • In Durham, N.C., Marvin Bagley III scored 24 points and No. 1 Duke beat Furman 92-63 on Monday night in the on-campus round of the PK80.

Trevon Duval had a season-best 18 points, Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 and a fourth freshman — Alex O'Connell — scored 10 for the Blue Devils (5-0).

They shot nearly 61 percent and outscored Furman 64-28 in the paint, and have won all four of their games at Cameron Indoor Stadium by at least 17 points.

Tougher tests await this team in the coming days in Portland, Oregon — possibly from No. 7 Florida or No. 17 Gonzaga in a later round of the event marking Nike founder Phil Knight's 80th birthday.

This rout came after Duke strengthened its grip on the top spot in the AP Top 25, adding 20 more first-place votes to give the Blue Devils 54 of them — or, all but 11 of the 65 ballots cast.

John Davis III scored 15 points and Matt Rafferty added 11 for the Paladins (2-2), who have lost two straight.

No. 6 Wichita State 92, California 82 • In Lahaina, Hawaii, Shaquille Morris scored 25 points, Landry Shamet added 23 and Wichita State got the Maui Invitational off to a wild start by rallying from an 18-point deficit to beat California.

Cal (2-2) used its pressure to harass the Shockers into mistakes and missed shots, building the lead to nine by halftime and 18 within 4 ½ minutes of the second half.

The Shockers (3-0) turned the game around by turning on their own pressure cooker, revving up the crowd by speeding up the young Bears with their full-court press. Cal handled it poorly, leading to a string of turnovers transition baskets that allowed Wichita State to pull even with 5 minutes left.

Wichita State snatched the lead with a late 8-0 run, earning a spot in Tuesday's semifinals against Marquette.

No. 8 Kentucky 70, Troy 62 • In Lexington, Ky., Kevin Knox scored 17 points and Kentucky built a big lead in the second half before having to withstand a late rally by Troy.

After having to rally in each of its previous games, the Wildcats (4-1) led throughout against the Trojans (2-3). They built a double-digit lead early and extended it to 21 twice in the second half, a needed cushion as Troy fought back to within eight on Wesley Person's three-point play with 1:08 remaining.

Knox came up with the last of Kentucky's season-high 53 rebounds that preserved its second victory in the Adolph Rupp Classic named for the legendary coach.

Person had 17 points for Troy.

No. 12 Cincinnati 73, Buffalo 68 • In Georgetown, Cayman Islands, Gary Clark scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Cincinnati held off Buffalo to close the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic.

Kyle Washington added 14 points and Jarron Cumberland 13 for the Bearcats (4-0), who had breezed in their previous games.

C.J. Massinburg scored 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (2-1). Jeremy Harris added a career-high 17 and Nick Perkins 14 as Buffalo cut a 13-point halftime deficit to four with 24 seconds left.

No. 13 Notre Dame 83, Chaminade 56 • In Lahaina, Hawaii, Matt Farrell scored 27 points and Bonzie Colson added 23, helping Notre Dame open the Maui Invitational with a rout over Division II Chaminade.

Notre Dame (4-0) was sharp from the start at the offensive end, building a nine-point halftime lead and gradually extending it in the second half by making 14 of 26 shots.

The Irish shot 54 percent and made 9 of 20 from 3-point range to earn a spot in Tuesday's semifinals against the Michigan-LSU winner.

Chaminade (2-1) kept it close early with its perimeter shooting before wearing down against the bigger Irish.

No. 15 Xavier 96, Hampton 60 • In Cincinnati, Trevon Bluiett followed his fabulous game against Wisconsin with a 21-point performance on Monday night, and Xavier turned to its reserves while pulling away to a victory over Hampton.

The Musketeers (4-0) got ahead by 32 points and took advantage of the chance to get playing time for their newcomers. Freshman Naji Marshall had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Xavier was coming off an 80-70 win at Wisconsin on Thursday night, when Bluiett led the way by scoring 21 of his 25 points in the second half. Against Hampton, Bluiett played 27 minutes.

Jermaine Marrow led Hampton (1-4) with 20 points.

No. 16 Texas A&M 72, Oklahoma State 55 • In New York, Robert Williams 11 points, 11 rebounds and a handful of alley-oop dunks to help Texas A&M beat Oklahoma State in the first game of the 2017 Progressive Legends Classic.

Williams added three steals and two blocks for the Aggies (3-0). DJ Hogg led all scorers with 18 points. Tonny Trocha-Morelos finished with 12 points and Admon Gilder had 10.

The loss was the first of the season for Oklahoma State (3-1). Brandon Averette led the Cowboys with 10.

The Aggies took a 39-22 lead into halftime, thanks to Williams and a 25-7 run over the final eight minutes of the half. Williams checked in five minutes into the game and scored nine points in the first half, eight on alley-oops.

No. 22 Baylor 70, Wisconsin 65 • In Kansas City, Mo., Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Manu Lecomte poured in 25 points and Baylor held on after blowing most of a 19-point lead to beat Wisconsin 70-65 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic.

The Bears (4-0) established a 38-26 lead by halftime and stretched it to 53-34 midway through the second half, only for the Badgers (2-2) to whittle it to 57-55 with 2:12 left in the game.

Lecomte answered with five consecutive free throws, though. After the Badgers' Aleem Ford curled in a 3-pointer, Nuni Omot added two foul shots and Lecomte made two more to put the game away, sending the Bears into a matchup with Creighton for the title Tuesday night.

Ethan Happ had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Badgers (2-2).

No. 23 West Virginia 91, Long Beach State 62 • In Morgantown, W.Va., Lamont West was a point shy of a career high with 22 and West Virginia overcame a slow start to beat Long Beach State.

For the second time in a week, the Mountaineers (3-1) started out sluggish, trailing LBSU 9-6 at the first media timeout.

WVU responded with an 18-5 run over the next 6:32 to regain the lead and create some cushion.

The 49ers (2-2) took advantage of a Mountaineer scoring drought in the second half but couldn't come within 15 points of the lead.

Sagaba Konate had a career-high 20 points and Chase Harler added 14 points, also a career high. Wesley Harris led the Mountaineers with nine rebounds.

Gabe Levin matched a career high with 23 points for the 49ers and added 11 rebounds. Bryan Alberts added a career-high 20 points.

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Dallas • Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his season-high 47 points in overtime as the Boston Celtics rallied once again from a double-digit deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 on Monday night and extend their winning streak to 16 games.

The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but as they have several times during their winning streak, the Celtics stormed back.

The winning streak ties the fourth-longest in Celtics history.

Boston tied the game at 96 when Irving stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and fed Jayson Tatum for an alley-oop layup that hung on the rim for a full second before dropping through.

Irving scored his team's first six points of overtime. Then after Jaylen Brown gave Boston a 104-102 lead with a jumper with 1:39 to play, Irving went to work on Yogi Ferrell, backing him down and drawing contact on a lay-up with 48.5 seconds to play. Though Irving missed the free throw to keep the score 106-102, Dallas never got closer.

Cavaliers 116, Pistons 88 • In Detroit, LeBron James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter, and Cleveland made 11 3-pointers in the first half in its rout of Detroit.

Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit's stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer. The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.

The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland's reserves ended up outscoring Detroit's 26-8 in the first half.

The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc. Cleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams had plenty of time to rest in the final period.

Pelicans 114, Thunder 107 • In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 36 points and 15 rebounds, and New Orleans rallied after DeMarcus Cousins' ejection to beat Oklahoma City.

Cousins had 18 points and nine rebounds before he was called for a flagrant foul on Russell Westbrook with five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Cousins raised his elbows near Westbrook's face after grabbing a rebound, and the Thunder guard dropped to the floor holding his head. Westbrook remained in the game and finished with 22 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals. However, Westbrook also missed 13 of 19 shots.

New Orleans trailed 76-72 when Cousins was ejected but surged ahead soon after with an 11-3 run during which Jameer Nelson, E'Twaun Moore and Darius Miller each hit 3s, with Nelson's banking in from near half-court as the shot clock expired.

Jrue Holiday scored 18 points for New Orleans, which snapped a two-game skid.

Spurs 96, Hawks 85 • In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio held off Atlanta.

Atlanta lost its 20th straight game in San Antonio, a skid spanning 20 years.

Manu Ginobili had 16 points and Danny Green had 14 for the Spurs, who have won four of five. Kyle Anderson added 13 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in his 17th start in place of injured All-Star Kawhi Leonard.

Aldridge powered the Spurs past the pesky Hawks, scoring 12 points with six rebounds in the fourth quarter.

Aldridge saved the ball from going out of bounds after blocking Kent Bazemore's shot and then raced downcourt for a driving, one-handed dunk that gave San Antonio a 78-71 lead with nine minutes remaining.

Green hit consecutive 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 90-79 with 3 minutes remaining.

Wizards 99, Bucks 88 • In Milwaukee, Bradley Beal scored 23 points to lead Washington over Milwaukee.

Beal helped the Wizards separate from the Bucks with a personal 7-0 run late in the third quarter. Washington then outscored Milwaukee 13-4 to start the fourth, building an 86-70 advantage.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Wizards, who were playing on back-to-back days for the first time this season.

Milwaukee has lost two consecutive games to fall back to .500 at 8-8 after rattling off a four-game winning streak following the trade for Eric Bledsoe.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points off the bench for the Wizards, and John Wall scored 15 after missing a game with knee pain. Otto Porter Jr. had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcin Gortat finished with 10 points with 15 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 23 points but was 8 for 21 from the field.

Knicks 107, Clippers 85 • In New York, Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and New York extended Los Angeles' losing streak to nine games.

Porzingis outplayed a frustrated Blake Griffin and helped the Knicks snap a 10-game skid in the series with their first victory over the Clippers in five years.

Doug McDermott added 16 points for the Knicks, including a 3-pointer that swung the momentum for good midway through the third quarter.

Griffin scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 17, picked up a technical foul and fouled out with 4:46 remaining. The Clippers (5-11) still haven't won since Nov. 1 at Dallas, when they improved to 5-2.

Patrick Beverley returned after missing five games with a sore right knee and had nine points and six rebounds. But the Clippers are still without fellow guard Milos Teodosic and the rest of their backcourt play was mostly dismal.

Nuggets 114, Kings 98 • In Sacramento, Calif., Will Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and short-handed Denver pulled away to beat Sacramento.

Barton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which played without suspended coach Mike Malone and injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.

Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets, who bounced back after losing by 21 to the Los Angeles Lakers a night earlier.

Denver couldn't shake Sacramento until a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.

Wes Unseld Jr. coached the Nuggets while Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday's loss.

Pacers 105, Magic 97 • In Orlando, Fla., Victor Oladipo had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven steals to lead Indiana past Orlando, the Pacers' fourth straight win.

Oladipo, who played his first three NBA seasons in Orlando, and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 40 points in the second half, 14 of them during a 16-3 third-quarter run that put the Pacers in command.

Bogdanovic scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half.

Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who lost their fifth straight. Aaron Gordon had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Magic finished with 22 turnovers and shot 33 percent in the second half to fall below .500 for the first time this season.

Hornets 118, Timberwolves 102 • In Charlotte, N.C., Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds, and Charlotte beat Minnesota.

Howard, acquired in an offseason trade from Atlanta, was 8 for 10 from the field and 9 of 14 at the foul line, where he has struggled all season. He outplayed Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota lost on back-to-back nights.

Howard, the NBA's active leader in 20-20 games with 49, became the first Hornets player to accomplish the feat since Al Jefferson in 2013.

Frank Kaminsky provided a huge spark off the bench, scoring nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. He shot 9 of 15 overall, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.

In an effort to come back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves repeatedly sent Howard to the foul line. He responded by shooting 6 of 10 to help seal the win.

Trail Blazers 100, Grizzlies 92 • In Memphis, Tenn., C. J. McCollum scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 21 points as Portland sent Memphis to its fifth straight loss.

Shabazz Napier added 16 points, while Noah Vonleh finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds for Portland, which won its second straight and fourth in the last five.

Mario Chalmers led Memphis with 21 points, while Tyreke Evans finished with 20. Marc Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds, but was 7 of 20 from the floor, part of the Grizzlies shooting 38 percent for the game, and 27 percent from outside the arc.

The teams were tied at 80 with 6:47 left after Gasol split a pair of free throws. But Jusuf Nurkic, who had 10 points, converted a 3-point play and put the Trail Blazers ahead for good.

Portland controlled the boards 60-35, including 15 on the offensive glass.

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Seattle • Matt Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score and the Atlanta Falcons held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 on Monday night.

Atlanta stayed in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot thanks to its second straight victory and handed Seattle a second consecutive home loss. Ryan threw TDs to Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo, while Tevin Coleman added a 1-yard TD run on Atlanta’s opening possession. But it was Clayborn’s fumble return that helped break the game open early in the second quarter and gave Atlanta a 21-7 lead. He scooped up a loose ball after Russell Wilson was crunched by Takk McKinley and Courtney Upshaw.

“I think we’re moving in the right direction. We keep proving we can finish games and beat guys. We have to take the momentum and keep rolling with it,” Clayborn said.

Seattle attempted a late rally down by 11 points. Wilson hit Doug Baldwin on a 29-yard TD with 3 minutes left, and Seattle got in range for a long field goal attempt by Blair Walsh in the closing moments, but his 52-yard attempt with 2 seconds left came up short and Atlanta escaped with the victory.

Wilson again was the entirety of Seattle’s offense, throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and running for another 86 yards and a TD.

But it was an awful night for the Seahawks, filled with more injuries and questionable decisions by coach Pete Carroll. He called for a fake field goal late in the first half rather than attempting a 35-yard kick. He also made a questionable challenge in the fourth quarter that didn’t go his way and left Seattle with just one timeout.

“As it does it comes down to some critical situations and we’ve got to come through and make some plays and make the conversion that we needed and didn’t quite get it done,” Carroll said.

That lack of timeouts came back to haunt Seattle on the final drive when seconds ticked away and rather than running one more play, Walsh was sent out to attempt the 52-yard kick. His long for the season is 49 yards.

The conclusion only amplified Carroll’s baffling decision at the end of the first half, when Seattle ran a fake field goal rather than having Walsh attempt a 35-yarder that would have pulled Seattle within 24-20. Holder Jon Ryan completed his shovel pass to Luke Willson, but Grady Jarrett read the play and tackled Willson for a 4-yard loss.

“It would have been a really good call if we had made it,” Carroll said. “Terrific opportunity right where we wanted it and the defensive tackle made a better play.”

Seattle played a game for the first time since the end of the 2010 season without Richard Sherman. His streak of 99 consecutive starts in the regular season was snapped because of a torn Achilles tendon suffered against Arizona. The Seahawks were also without safety Kam Chancellor because of a neck injury, leaving their vaunted secondary with several new faces.

Ryan was more than happy to pick on a defense without those anchors. He was 19 of 27 passing for 195 yards and rarely faced pressure. Seattle had one sack, and the Falcons went 9 of 14 on third-down conversions.

Sanu made a great one-handed grab for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Ryan found Toilolo on a 25-yard TD in the third quarter to give Atlanta a 31-20 lead. Matt Bryant added a 19-yard field goal with 3:49 left to put the Falcons ahead by 11, and Wilson’s late heroics weren’t enough.

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Whenever the possibility of hosting another Winter Olympics comes up, Utah leaders are quick to repeat their slogan, that they are “ready, willing and able.”

More importantly, though, they want to be ready, willing and profitable.

That was the common theme as roughly a dozen members of Salt Lake City’s Olympic Exploratory Committee met formally for the first time Monday since being formed last month to assess the possibility of bidding on the 2026 or 2030 Winter Games.

“We have to nail it,” said Fraser Bullock, the committee’s co-chairman and the chief operating officer for Salt Lake’s 2002 organizing committee. “Nobody around this table wants anything to do with a games that doesn’t have a surplus. … If we can’t get there, we shouldn’t do it. We don’t want to just break even.”

(Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Salt Lake Organizing Committee COO Fraser Bullock speaks during a meeting in October.

Bullock spent time at International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Switzerland earlier this month, working with officials there on ways to reduce the costs for future host cities, and making the games more sustainable going forward. Bullock has estimated that hosting the Winter Olympics could cost as much as $1.5 billion, not including federal security costs, but said Salt Lake would have to get that number down to about $1.2 billion.

At Monday’s meeting, officials touched on a few possibilities for reducing costs — ideas that ranged from reducing the numbers of tents and trailers at competition venues (at a potential savings of about $50 million) to getting the international ski jumping community to agree to use the existing jump in Park City, which is now 8 meters shorter than the current standard (at a potential savings of up to $3 million).

“We’ve got to watch every penny,” Bullock said. “… We don’t want to just host the games. We want to have a surplus to help the sports movement here, the Olympic movement.”

Perhaps the biggest issue facing Salt Lake organizers is the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Trying to host the 2026 games would force Salt Lake officials to work with organizers in L.A. to share domestic sponsorship dollars. Bullock estimated Salt Lake might see as much as $500 million less in sponsorship revenue because of that.

With the possibility of a dual award from the IOC (the organization earlier this year awarded both the 2024 games to Paris and the 2028 games to Los Angeles), officials in Utah have to consider the possibility of a bid for 2026.

“We’re focused on 2030,” said Jeff Robbins, head of the Utah Sports Commission, “but we’re ready, willing and able to do whatever is required.”

Whether it’s 2026, 2030 or perhaps even 2034, committee members are bullish on Utah’s chances to be awarded the games again.

Innsbruck, Austria, has dropped its bid for the 2026 games after a failed referendum. Sion, Switzerland, and Calgary, Canada, still have political and financial obstacles to overcome in their potential bids. And a late-comer to the table, Sapporo, Japan, faces the challenge of convincing the International Olympic Committee to pick an Asian country as host for a fourth straight games. Domestically, officials from Denver and Reno/Tahoe have also expressed interest in potential bids. Those cities, however, do not currently have the venues in place to host an Olympics, and would have deal with those added costs.

“We’re going to have to be enormously efficient just to make it work here,” Bullock said of Denver and Reno/Tahoe. “For anybody else to make it work, it would be a lot. … The numbers don’t work. They just don’t work.”

Salt Lake Olympic organizers will likely get some help from the state legislature. Utah Sens. Greg Hughes and Wayne Niederhauser on Monday reiterated their commitment to funding $48 million in maintenance and repairs for Olympic venues over the next decade.

“They’re state assets,” Niederhauser said. “They’re important to the state of Utah.”

Colin Hilton, president of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, said all of the venues that hosted events in 2002 have expressed interest in potentially hosting in 2026 or 2030. Others, including multiple ski resorts in the Cottonwood canyons, have also inquired about the possibility of hosting competitions.

The Salt Lake Olympic Exploratory Committee plans to complete its evaluations by the end of February. The United States Olympic Committee has until March 31 to submit a bid city, and the IOC is scheduled to announce a host city for the 2026 Games in 2019.

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On Star Wars night inside the Huntsman Center, a force awakened.

At this time last year, Megan Huff was on the sidelines every game, screaming in support of her teammates. But she couldn’t play. A transfer from Hawaii, Huff chose to leave the island paradise and her dual-sport student-athlete life as a volleyball and basketball player in Honolulu to join the rebuilding project started by Utah coach Lynne Roberts.

The versatile 6-foot-3 forward moved to Salt Lake City, choosing to stick with hoops.

“I feel like I had more opportunity in basketball,” Huff said.

“Thank heavens she did,” Roberts said, patting her junior forward on the back.

That decision is paying dividends. Huff busted out on a career-high evening as she scored 23 points and snagged nine rebounds in Utah’s 81-68 win over the visiting Purdue Boilermakers, handing Purdue its first loss of the season. Whatever frustrations she had missing last year have been taken out on this season.

Four games into the season, Huff leads Utah (3-1) in points per game (18) and is second on the team in rebounds per game (7.5).

Against the Boilermakers, she showcased why Roberts and the Utah coaching staff feel like they’ve found a gem. Huff sliced up Purdue down low, making timely cuts to the basket for easy layups, showed off her ability to hit midrange jumpers and even stretch the floor hitting a shot from behind the arc.

“I don’t think Purdue’s going to be unique in that,” Roberts said. “I think the game is still moving pretty quickly for her right now. She’s still getting her sea legs a little bit. The more minutes she plays, the more minutes she gets at this level, I think it’s just going to get better. I really do.”

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) goes up for a shot as Purdue Boilermakers forward Ae'Rianna Harris (32) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) goes for the ball along with Purdue Boilermakers center Nora Kiesler (12), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) is fouled by Purdue Boilermakers center Nora Kiesler (12) as she goes to the hoop, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) goes for the ball along with Purdue Boilermakers center Nora Kiesler (12), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) steals the ball from Purdue Boilermakers guard Andreona Keys (10), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes guard Tori Williams (2) drives inside with the ball, as Purdue Boilermakers guard Karissa McLaughlin (1) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) takes the ball inside, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes guard/forward Daneesha Provo (23) goes up for a shot over Purdue Boilermakers guard Tiara Murphy (3), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) steals the ball from Purdue Boilermakers guard Andreona Keys (10), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Ute's guard, Megans Jacobs (13) takes the ball inside as,  Purdue Boilermakers guard Andreona Keys (10) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes guard Tori Williams (2) drives inside with the ball, as Purdue Boilermakers guard Karissa McLaughlin (1) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) goes for the ball along with Purdue Boilermakers center Nora Kiesler (12), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Tanaeya Boclair (32) goes up for a shot, as Purdue Boilermakers guard Andreona Keys (10) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah  head coach Lynne Roberts reacts after a play by the Utes, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) goes for the ball along with Purdue Boilermakers guard Miracle Gray (5), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Maurane Corbin (25)goes to inside with the ball, as Purdue Boilermakers forward Dani Lawson (22)defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes guard/forward Daneesha Provo (23) goes up for a shot over Purdue Boilermakers guard Tiara Murphy (3), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) goes for the ball along with Purdue Boilermakers center Nora Kiesler (12), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) steals the ball from Purdue Boilermakers forward Ae'Rianna Harris (32), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) steals the ball from Purdue Boilermakers forward Ae'Rianna Harris (32), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Tanaeya Boclair (32) looks for a shot, as Purdue Boilermakers guard Andreona Keys (10) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) steals the ball from Purdue Boilermakers forward Ae'Rianna Harris (32), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) goes up for a rebound along with Purdue Boilermakers forward Ae'Rianna Harris (32), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes head coach Lynne Roberts reacts to a call by the official, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes guard/forward Tilar Clark (24) is guarded by Purdue Boilermakers guard Tamara Farquhar (25), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Tanaeya Boclair (32) high- fives fans after the Utes defeated the Boilermakers 81-68, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes forward Tanaeya Boclair (32) takes the ball to the hoop, as Purdue Boilermakers forward Ae'Rianna Harris (32) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes guard/forward Tilar Clark (24) splits defenders, Purdue Boilermakers forward Ae'Rianna Harris (32) and Andreona Keys (10), in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes center Megan Huff (5) takes a shot, as Purdue Boilermakers guard Tamara Farquhar (25) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes guard Tori Williams (2) drives inside with the ball, as Purdue Boilermakers guard Dominique Oden (11) defends, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.


(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Utes guard/forward Daneesha Provo (23) high- fives fans after the Utes defeated the Boilermakers 81-68, in basketball action Utah Utes vs. Purdue Boilermakers, at the Thomas M. Huntsman Center, Monday, November 20, 2017.

Huff paced a 16-2 second-quarter run that gave Utah a double-digit halftime lead. And when Purdue made its expected second-half run, slimming the Utes’ lead to four early in the third quarter, Huff was there to get open under the basket, drop in a layup, sprint back on defense in time to get her feet set and draw an offensive foul.

Roberts said during the year Huff had to sit out due to transfer rules, she added about 12 pounds of muscle, and worked on her jump shot and ball-handling skills.

“She was pretty raw in terms of, we knew she was a gifted athlete and long and all those things that you see,” Roberts said, “but her skills were not anywhere close to where they are today. She put an impressive amount of work in.”

Huff’s early-season portfolio is proving as much.

“Last year was a great year,” Huff said. “Every day, I tried to get better. I had some tough times, but I overcame things, and I matured a lot as a player and as a person.”

While it was Huff’s career night that pushed the Utes to the win, Utah also had three other players in double digits in freshman Tori Williams (15 points), junior Daneesha Provo (13 points) and senior center Emily Potter (10 points).

Provo’s timely 3-pointer late in the third quarter helped quell another mini-run by the Boilermakers. She’s provided a scoring punch for the Utes, and is currently second on the team in points per game at nearly 12 points per outing.

“That’s what I’m most proud of,” Roberts said. I think last year, we wouldn’t have answered. We would’ve played a little tight, and that’s the progression of the team and of our program. We’re just getting better.”


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Philadelphia • Donovan Mitchell glared at Joel Embiid, as Philadelphia’s mammoth center stood over the Utah Jazz rookie and flexed after a blocked shot.

“Get that [stuff] out of here,” Embiid exclaimed, before turning and running up the Wells Fargo Center floor. Mitchell followed Embiid, caught up to him and pushed him. Embiid fell, and Mitchell incurred a technical foul.

It was the most fight the Utah Jazz showed on Monday night.

Those who hoped the Jazz turned a corner with Saturday night’s 40 point win over the Orlando Magic had to be disappointed. Outhustled, and showing very little life, the Jazz were soundly defeated 107-86 by a young and athletic Sixers team seemingly gaining confidence by the game.

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Monday night was one of those “throw everything away” games for the Jazz, who couldn’t get much to work. They shot just 35 percent from the field. They allowed Philadelphia to shoot 51 percent. They surrendered a lead by the middle of the first quarter and never regained it. They trailed by as many as 21 points and by the end of the night, Embiid was openly taunting the Jazz with nearly every basket.

Every team in the NBA has nights like the Jazz had Monday night. Nights when nothing goes right. Nights when the legs feel like lead and playing defense is akin to running in mud.

Problem is, the Jazz are having multiple nights such as this and with frequency. Last Friday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets was an example. A blowout loss last Monday night at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves is another.

And there lies the issue. The loss to the Sixers is the eighth defeat for Utah in 10 games. The Jazz come out of their four-game trip with one win. And after a night of good feeling in a win over the Magic, Monday was a quick dive back to reality.

“We didn’t come out with a lot of energy,” Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood said. “We didn’t play well and we didn’t shoot well. Tonight was a lack of energy and a lack of focus. Being on the road can be tough. We need to take advantage of opportunities, even when we’re tired. And tonight we didn’t do that.”

As a result, the Jazz faced a conundrum Monday night. They didn’t have lively legs, and let it affect their play. Secondly, they were facing an opponent featuring two of the most dynamic talents in the NBA.

Rookie point guard Ben Simmons scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He scored 14 of those points in the third quarter when the Sixers put the game away. Time and again, Simmons found his way into the lane and either finished at the basket, or flipped home a soft floater.

The Jazz had no answer.

Embiid was a little quieter than the 46 points he scored last week against the Los Angeles Lakers. Still, he had 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Together, Simmons and Embiid were simply too much for the Jazz, especially without Rudy Gobert available to protect the rim.

“We just didn’t make shots,” Utah forward Derrick Favors said. “We were low on energy tonight and that hurt us. But we also didn’t make shots. We have to go back and see what we can do to get better individually. We have to figure out a way to get better.”

Mitchell scored 17 points to lead the Jazz, but he went 6 of 19 from the field and just 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Hood scored 13 points and Ricky Rubio scored 12 points, while Ekpe Udoh scored a season-high 10 points.

The Jazz scored 36 points in the first half and couldn’t muster enough stops defensively. For the game, they were outrebounded 55-34 and shot 32 percent from 3-point range.

“We just have to find a way to play better,” Favors said.

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The rights to FC Kansas City players will be assigned to Real Salt Lake’s new National Women’s Soccer League team, the league announced Monday.

The NWSL has re-acquired FC Kansas City’s membership interest in the league, and the club has ceased operations. The announcement comes four days after RSL announced that it is launching an NWSL team for the 2018 season.

While the Salt Lake side is technically a new club, it also will be assigned Kansas City’s 2018 draft picks, positions in the discovery and waiver tiebreakers, and distribution ranking order. The RSL-owned-and-operated team also will receive the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.

“Having lived through this, it’s not the easiest thing to go through,” general manager Craig Waibel, who was on the San Jose Earthquakes team that moved to Houston in 2005, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “But the way we as an organization plan to welcome these women here, and the way that we know the community is going welcome these women here, is what we believe is going to tip the scale in our favor in terms of the overall experience. We’re never going to eliminate all the stress, but what we can do is make this a really pleasant and positive experience for them in terms of the transition.”

Waibel described the Blues roster, which includes women’s national team players Becky Sauerbrunn and Sydney Leroux, as “very talented.” But it is not the final product for next year. The Utah-based team plans to hire a new coach before it makes any roster moves, Waibel told the Tribune. In a press conference on Thursday he said he would interview RSL’s top candidate for the position in the next couple days. He told the Tribune he hopes to hire a head coach in the next two weeks.

“We have to take the necessary steps,” Waibel told the Tribune, “hire a coach and go through the process of evaluating the roster in terms of style of play and formation and things like that.“

The 2018 NWSL Collage Draft is scheduled for January 18, and RSL general manager Craig Waibel said in Thursday’s press conference that he would also scout locally.

This past season FC Kansas City finished seventh in the 10-team league, eight points out of the playoffs. Sauerbrunn was voted to the NWSL Best XI for the fifth time this year, making her the only player to receive the honor every season of the league’s existence. Leroux led FCKC with six goals, and she logged two assists in her 23 appearances.

The Blues cease operations in Kansas City less than a year after coming under new ownership. Elam Baer, chief executive officer of North Central Equity LLC, bought the team in January.

“This is the best and necessary decision for the future of the league and the players who have impressively represented NWSL and Kansas City over the past five years,” Baer said in a league release. “I will always be a fan of the game, the league, our players and, above all, our fans. I wish the NWSL a bright future and our former FC Kansas City players continued success in their careers on and off the field. I am sure the players will add another championship to the two they already brought to Kansas City.”

Rumors of a change of ownership for the two-time NWSL champions circulated throughout the last two months of the club’s existence. Then former Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski resigned from his post with the Blues two weeks ago, opting to replace Laura Harvey as the Seattle Reign FC coach.

FC Kansas City, one of the eight original members of the NWSL, reached the playoffs in the league’s inaugural 2013 season. The Blues then turned around and won the NWSL Championship in 2014 and 2015. They have not qualified for a postseason since.

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The first time I met Della Reese, she hugged me.

It was an extraordinarily hot day in the summer of 1994. “Touched by an Angel” had not yet premiered, but the cast and crew were filming an episode at a bar on south Main Street in Salt Lake City, and I was there to do interviews.

The first thing Reese said when I went to her trailer was, “Come here and give me a hug.”

She was a rather formidable presence, and I could hardly decline.

That’s what Della Reese was like. The actress and singer died peacefully on Sunday evening, according to a statement released by her “Touched by an Angel” co-star, Roma Downey.

FILE - This October 1991 file photo shows actress Della Reese. Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died at age 86. A family representative released a statement Monday that Reese died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in California. No cause of death or additional details were provided. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Downey said. “She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years.... I know heaven has a brand new angel this day.”

When I first interviewed Downey a short time after speaking with Reese, I asked what her first meeting with her co-star was like. Downey started to answer, then paused and asked me, “Did she hug you, too?”

She didn’t always hug me, but Reese was unfailingly kind in our many encounters during the nine years she called Utah home while starring as Tess in “Touched By an Angel” (1994-2003), filmed primarily in the Salt Lake area. That included an unplanned meeting at a toy store when both of us were Christmas shopping.

Reese approached me and, yes, there were hugs.

She was best know for “Touched,” but Reese had a long list of credits, including guest-starring roles on everything from “The Mod Squad” to “McCloud,” “Police Woman” to “The Love Boat.”

She was also a regular on “Chico and the Man” (with Freddie Prinze); “Charlie and Co.” (with Flip Wilson); and “The Royal Family” (with Redd Foxx). She was on the set of “Royal Family ” when Foxx, her on-screen husband, collapsed after suffering a heart attack and died shortly thereafter.

Before “Touched,” Reese was known primarily as a singer. Born Delloreese Patricia Earlon July 6, 1931, she grew up singing gospel music. When she was just 13, she was hired to sing with Mahlia Jackson’s gospel group. Reese’s 1959 single “Don’t You Know?” was a hit, and she toured the country.

Reese recalled performing in Salt Lake City in the 1940s, when she appeared at the Hotel Utah but was not allowed to stay there because she was African-American — she had to enter and exit through the service entrance.

She sang on TV variety shows for many years, and starred in theatrical films (including “Harlem Nights” and “Beauty Shop”) and 20 TV movies.

She hosted her own syndicated talk show, “Della,” in 1969-70 — the first African-American woman to do so, 17 years before Oprah Winfrey followed in her footsteps.

Reese was also an ordained minister who led a congregation in Los Angeles. She officiated at Downey’s 2007 wedding to TV producer Mark Burnett.

Reese is survived by her husband, Franklin Lett, and three children.

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