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NCAA Super Regional capsule: Stanford vs. UNC

NCAA Super Regional capsule: Stanford vs. UNC

June 8 2011COLLEGE PAGE

CSNBayArea.com staffPREVIEW: NCAA Super Regional: Cal vs. Dallas Baptist

The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Super Regional after winning the Fullerton Regional. The Cardinal will travel to Chapel Hill for a best-of-three series with the winner going on to the College World Series.

When: Game 1 Friday, June 10 at 12 p.m.
Game 2 Saturday, June 11 at 12 p.m.
Game 3 Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m

Where: Chapel Hill, N.C. at Boshamer Stadium

Records: Stanford Cardinal (35-20)
University of North Carolina Tar Heels (48-14)

Key Players:
Stanford -- Stephen Piscotty: The sophomore third baseman was named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2011. Piscotty is currently hitting .370 with 3 HR and 40 RBIs.
North Carolina -- Patrick Johnson: The senior right-hander was named to the 2011 ACC All-Tournament team. Johnson has a 12-1 record on the year with a 2.36 ERA and 113 strikeouts.

How they got here:
Stanford -- The Cardinal defeated Illinois 14-2, to win the Fullerton Regional. Senior Ben Clowe led the way with 2 HR on four hits while Danny Sandbrink pitched seven strong innings. This will be Stanford's eighth Super Regional appearance. North Carolina -- The Tar Heels defeated James Madison 9-3 to complete their sweep through the Chapel Hill Regional. Sophomore Chaz Frank drove in three runs in the victory.

Jack Cooley gets an All-Star vote

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Jack Cooley gets an All-Star vote

The player(s) have spoken. They want Jack Cooley at All-Star weekend.

Hidden amongst the NBA’s All-Star balloting there is always a nugget or two that catches your eye. According to the final tallies, Cooley got some love in the player voting for the NBA All-Star team.

Cooley has played a total of two minutes for the Sacramento Kings this season. Maybe it’s the way he hustles all over the court or his debonair throwback look during a media day photo shoot. Something about Jack Cooley draws you in.

The 26-year-old big man took to Twitter to thank the anonymous voter Thursday evening.

Playing on a two-way contract for the Sacramento Kings, the former Notre Dame star is currently posting 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Reno Bighorns this season.

In addition to the single vote he received from the players, Cooley also garnered 956 votes from the fans and finished with a weighted score of 79.5 in the voting process.

Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings in fan voting with 33,842 votes. Georgios Papagiannis was second with 20,082 votes.

H/T to Andy Larsen of KSL.com.

UPDATE (10:12 p.m.): Cooley had some more fun on Twitter after this story's initial publication.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.