Sports briefs: USF picked second in WCC

Returning seven starters from a team that made its third straight NCAA appearance, the USF men’s soccer team has been picked to finish second in the West Coast Conference this year. The Dons, who open the season Aug. 31 at home vs. Vermont, are led by defender Rob Valentino, last year’s WCC Player of the Year. Santa Clara is the favorite.

Umps cry foul on deeper checks

Umpires and Major League Baseball are at a standstill in negotiations after contentious negotiations over the proposal to give the league more access to personal records to ensure avoiding a scandal similar to what the NBA is dealing with. The World Umpires Association called baseball’s response a “knee-jerk” reaction, while MLB insists it is trying to uphold the game’s integrity.

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