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NCAA Tournament denies Bay Area showcase

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NCAA Tournament denies Bay Area showcase

The fallout for the St. Marys basketball team from Cals horrific 65-54 beatdown from South Florida Wednesday is ...

... well, none, really. Doesnt matter a jot.
RECAP: Cal's season comes to ugly end

This seems easy if you assume as most right-thinking folk do that teams go into tunnel vision-mode as the NCAA Tournament begins. The Galloping Gaels, other than a presser Thursday afternoon expected to reveal no secrets or sterling insights from the particulars, are all into Purdue, except for the assistants breaking down Kansas and Detroit on the just-in-case plan.

But fans think differently. They think in terms of defending the honor of the Bay Area (as if there was some), or the Pacific-12 (big in the NIT, not so much where people are looking), or the WCC (BYU has already made it a big tournament).

And nothing could be less interesting to the performers. Their world is about themselves; Rob Jones isnt talking about Victor Rudd (South Florida), hes talking about Robbie Hummel. He may also be talking about studies, or girls, or a million other things, but on the list of things that are on his list, Victor Rudd is way down it either way.

Thats why players tend to be so impatient the day before a tournament game. The waiting and not knowing has killed them, and though like fans they tend to pay attention to the big teams or the ones they know, in this case Cal and St. Marys may as well be Neptune and Mercury.

Too bad, too. Both are programs that by clashing shields become better for the experience, and their fans would get a kick-start out of it as well. In fact, a Bay Area tournament (a non-starter of an idea from long ago) would be ideal.

But coaches are risk-averse, especially the higher you go on the reputational food chain, and Cals version is that St. Marys cant help them but could certainly hurt them, while St. Marys version is that Cal cant hurt them and certainly help them.

Thats the bigger picture. The smaller picture is, St. Marys plays tomorrow, and Cal plays in November. Ships not even passing in the night, and honor aint got nothin to do with it.

Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

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