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AMERICAN FALLS – Standing in the American Falls common area in early June, Felippe Cataluna had one request, or rather one rule. Those in attendance could snap as many pictures as they wanted of him. He would pose, switch spots, stand next to different people — do anything except smile.

POCATELLO — After his Pocatello Razorbacks ran through the handshake line and started to clear the dugout, celebrating their 8-6 win over Wood River in the Pocatello Wood Bat Classic on Friday, Mikee Blackhawk climbed on a four-wheeler and started to drag the infield at Halliwell Park.

Idaho State University

The Big Sky Conference and ESPN have announced a new multi-year, multi-platform media rights agreement, adding hundreds of Big Sky live events to ESPN’s college sports portfolio. More than 600 Big Sky events in both men’s and women’s sports will stream on ESPN+ and the ESPN App. ESPNU will t…

Idaho State Athletics has announced the hiring of Brandon Rodewald as Assistant Director of ISU Strength and Conditioning. Rodewald comes to ISU from Western Colorado University where he worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Prep Stars

Editor’s Note: Prep Stars in College is a weekly glance at former southeast Idaho high school athletes who are now competing at the college level. If we’re missing anyone, let us know at sports@journalnet.com.

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Being a starting quarterback in the NFL is supposed to be hard — but it appears nobody told Pocatello’s Taysom Hill, who helped the New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons 21-16 on Sunday to run his record to 3-0 as a starter in the NFL.

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Longtime coach and ultra-runner extraordinaire Ty Draney is this year’s keynote speaker for the Idaho State Journal’s Sports Stars awards banquet in Pocatello. Draney is a native of Auburn, Wyoming, and attended Idaho State University and Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho).

National

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Trailing by two goals in the second period of an elimination game, the New York Islanders kept their composure. They got one goal before the end of the period, and tied it in the third.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Pete Alonso will defend his Home Run Derby title at Coors Field on July 12, but there will be no rematch with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays, who has decided not to take part.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's not simply the Los Angeles Clippers vs. the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers are fighting their own fraught playoff history.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City manager Mike Matheny warned opponents that if they act like Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi and ask umpires to check Royals pitchers for sticky substances, it would provoke his team.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics is trying to shift the narrative away from the Larry Nassar scandal. President Li Li Leung wants to talk about the progress it has made over the last three years. The safeguards it is putting in place to prevent sexual abuse. The programs that focus on educati…