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Gaels' Dellavedova questionable vs. Murray State

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Gaels' Dellavedova questionable vs. Murray State

Saint Marys, which entered the week ranked No. 21 in the AP poll, could be playing considerably short-handed at the guard position on Saturday when they play a high-profile game at 16th-ranked Murray State.Coach Randy Bennett said junior guard Matthew Dellavedova as "questionable" for the Bracketbuster game (ESPN, 3 p.m.) against the guard-powered Racers while appearing on 95.7 The Game on Friday morning.Dellavedova, a leading candidate for West Coast Conference player of the year, sustained an ankle sprain in the Gaels' 75-60 loss to Loyola Marymount on Thursday. The Gaels are 23-4 overall entering the non-conference game against Murray State."He might be able to play in this game, but I don't know it's the smart move long term," Bennett said. "The two games next week are conference games (at Portland and San Francisco), and they're more important in the conference race and where we're seeded in our conference tournament."One thing I don't want to do is bang him up any more. He might not be able to go. If he's not all the way, there, I'm probably not going to play him."Guard Stephen Holt sustained a right knee injury against Loyola and did not make the trip to Murray State. Holt told Comcast SportsNet that he sustained a partially torn medial collateral ligament and bone bruise. He is expected to miss at least two weeks. Doctors have informed Holt that an injury of this nature normally takes six weeks to heal.
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Dellavedova, one of 11 national finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, leads Saint Mary's with averages of 15.7 points and 6.4 assists in 37 minutes per game. Holt ranks third on the team at 10.8 points. Holt is also the team's best perimeter defender.The only healthy guards listed on the Gaels' roster are Jorden Page, who averages 8.3 points a game, and redshirt freshman Zach Sanchez, who has played seven minutes all season.Murray State (25-1) is strong at the guard position behind 6-foot Isaiah Canaan (19.2 points per game) and 6-3 Donte Poole (14.2).

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