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Cal drops first game at home, falls out of first place

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Cal drops first game at home, falls out of first place

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BERKELEY -- Kyle Fogg hit a go-ahead 3-pointer under pressure with 1:19 to play and finished with 23 points, Jesse Perry added a key basket with 45.2 seconds left and Arizona knocked California out of the Pac-12 lead with a wild 78-74 victory Thursday night.Harper Kamp scored a season-high 22 points for the Golden Bears (17-6, 7-3), who were handed their first home loss of the season at raucous Haas Pavilion a few days short of a year after the teams went to triple overtime in Arizona's 107-105 win.Cal's Jorge Gutierrez, who scored 18 points, had to be held back from the Arizona bench with 4:46 remaining after landing hard trying to chase down a loose ball. Gutierrez could be seen yelling at Wildcats assistant coach Joe Pasternack - a former Cal assistant - and was pushed away as Arizona players stepped in to defend their side. Both head coaches came to midcourt to speak with Gutierrez.

Several police officers ran onto the court after the final buzzer as a precaution with the crowd of 9,690 especially feisty and frustrated with the officiating crew, which made a quick exit.Arizona might have lost backup point guard Jordin Mayes for the season after re-injuring his left foot that he broke previously. An X-ray was scheduled for Friday, coach Sean Miller said.Washington is now alone atop the conference standings after rallying for a 71-69 home win against UCLA earlier Thursday.Nick Johnson added 11 points for Arizona (15-8, 6-4) in the lone meeting of the season between the rivals under the new Pac-12 schedule. The Wildcats, who led by as many as 14 in the second half, shot 54.9 percent to help overcome being outrebounded 37-27.Cal leading scorer Allen Crabbe, who was wearing a walking boot on his right foot Tuesday and sat out that day's practice, hit a 3-pointer with 7:50 left to get the Bears back within 66-60. Gutierrez followed with four straight points to make it a two-point game before Fogg hit the first of two important 3s in crunch time.Cal used a 16-3 run to take a 22-9 lead midway through the first half, a span in which Arizona's Perry missed four straight free throws. But the Wildcats then used a 13-2 burst to stay close, getting dunks from Solomon Hill and Brendon Lavender and five straight points by Fogg.After several close calls in the final minutes of the first half, the officiating crew was booed for more than a minute once the halftime buzzer sounded. Cal coach Mike Montgomery stayed on the court to argue after his players had headed for the locker room.Arizona earned a pair of two-point victories against the Bears last season, including the triple-overtime triumph last Feb. 5 that was still plenty fresh - among the Wildcats' most memorable games in recent memory and the Bears' toughest defeats.Arizona is 7-4 on the tough Bay Area road trip over the last six seasons, with a game at Stanford on Saturday.The Wildcats have won 22 of the last 27 matchups in the series with Cal overall.

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.