As Briana Stewart tore up the track at James Logan High School in Union City, scholarship offers poured into her mailbox. The star hurdler received letters from top Division I programs, including Oregon, LSU and Kansas.
But on decision day, she chose a school that had never participated in an NCAA track meet: Division II Academy of Art University.
“I wanted a career that I’d actually be interested in for the rest of my life,” said Stewart, who fell in love with the school’s fashion merchandising program. Read More
No. 1 Cal fired a school and course-record 23-under-par score of 265 in Thursday’s opening round at the NCAA Pullman Regional to take the lead after the first 18 holes of the 54-hole event hosted by Washington State. Cal leads the regional by two strokes over second-place St. Mary’s (267).
Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver paced the Bears with matching 7-under-par 65s.
Elsewhere, Stanford sits in third place in the Columbus Regional after a first-day 7-over 291. The Cardinal trail Charlotte by four shots. Cameron Wilson led the Cardinal with a 1-under 70. Read More
San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby will host Old Pugent Sound Beach in the West semifinal of USA Rugby’s Elite Cup competition, which features the top clubs across the nation, on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Treasure Island.
A victory by SFGG would put it in the championship game against the East’s top squad on May 25 in Glendale, Colo.
San Francisco has yet to lose this season and is led by Cal alum Chris Biller. Other Cal alums on the squad include Tom Rooke and Neil Barrett. Read More
STANFORD — In a fast-moving NFL, the big-play tight end is becoming a trump card in the deck of offensive coordinators around the league. They’re too quick for linebackers to cover and too big for defensive backs to handle. They can act as a fourth receiver against traditional 4-3 defenses or serve as run blockers when coaches bring in the nickel.
“The tight end is that mismatch position,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “If you don’t have [a versatile tight end], you miss it — you have to coach around it. But if you have one, defenses have to account for him.” Read More
BERKELEY — California's new look on the football field will go beyond first-year coach Sonny Dykes' innovative Bear Raid offense.The Golden Bears unveiled new uniforms, graphics and logos for all sports on Wednesday in an attempt to standardize the look for the school's sports teams. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut are back on top. With freshman Breanna Stewart leading the way, it might be a while before they give it up, too.Stewart scored 18 of her 23 points in a dazzling first half and Connecticut won its eighth national championship with a 93-60 rout of Louisville on Tuesday night. It was the most lopsided victory in a title game, and it put the Huskies back atop college basketball after missing the title game the past two years. Read More
ATLANTA — The last of the Louisville players to get the scissors, Kevin Ware stood in front of the basket as it was lowered to him. Grinning from ear to ear, he cut what remained of the net.
"It's not about me, I've never been that type of guy," Ware said. "These are my brothers. They got the job done."
They always do. Read More
ATLANTA — Rick Pitino got the phone call of a lifetime and an incredible text at the same time.Last Wednesday, John Doleva, the president of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, called seven people to tell them they'd in the class of 2013.Pitino was one of the seven. Read More
Geno Auriemma has never lost an NCAA championship game.Of course, his UConn Huskies haven't had to face a team like upstart Louisville, which is making an unprecedented run through the women's tournament. A victory Tuesday night over the Cardinals would be UConn's eighth title, matching them with Tennessee for the most ever in women's basketball.Auriemma didn't want to think about it."Talking about things that haven't happened yet is never a good idea," Auriemma said. Read More
A record-breaking season for the Cal women’s basketball team ended in agonizing defeat Sunday, but the Bears’ first Final Four appearance is just the first rung in a high ladder for Lindsay Gottlieb’s program.
Throughout the season, Gottlieb said one of her team’s goals was to “put Cal in the conversation of the most elite teams in the country.” Cal succeeded.
The Bears won a record 32 games, a share of the Pac-12 Conference title and even President Barack Obama recognized them as one of the country’s top teams in his presidential bracket. Read More