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Is Cal-Stanford destined for a revived rivalry?

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Is Cal-Stanford destined for a revived rivalry?

Somebody tell Jorge Gutierrez that a rivalry is about to be born. Again.You might recall the Cal guard opining after the Bears' win over Stanford on January 29th that he didn't think this was a rivalry because, "Whoever is on top is our rival." I'm guessing the Cardinal gleaned some motivation from that last Sunday, when they beat Cal at Maples and denied the Bears a regular-season conference title.Now, it's the Bears who will be motivated by revenge when the two rivals - yes Jorge, it's true - meet for a third time this season on Thursday. Cal will also be playing to secure its status as an NCAA tournament team. Personally I think the Bears are in regardless, but losing three straight to end the season is not the best way to announce your presence with authority to the selection committee.Expect an all-out war at Staples.PAC-12 Tournament notes:
Stanford is supremely confident right now, having won three of the last four in impressive fashion. Perhaps nobody is feelings it more than Chasson Randle, whose 27 points in the first half against ASU were a tournament record for points in a half. Randle finished with a career-high 30.At the other end of the confidence spectrum is Josh Owens. The fifth-year senior - and all conference performer - has scored a total of six points in the last two games. He's committed eight fouls during that stretch.Former Stanford coach - and current Cal coach - Mike Montgomery looked awfully calm as he sat courtside during Wednesday's game, enjoying a tub of popcorn. I am guessing Monty will be substantially less calm before tipoff.The crowd at Staples was modest at best, even for the battle of hometown teams! UCLA and USC. The crowd at the MGM Grand will likely be much more impressive next season, if the tournament moves to Vegas as expected. That topic has been by far the most buzzworthy this week.One team nobody seems to want a part of right now: Oregon. The Ducks have won four straight and six of seven, and with an RPI of 51 might well be one win away from an at-large NCAA bid. And for what it's worth, they pass the eyeball test.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

BOX SCORE

PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

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Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report