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No. 24 Cal tops UCSD in exhibition

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No. 24 Cal tops UCSD in exhibition

BERKELEY (APCSN) -- Allen Crabbe scored 12 points in the second half and No. 24 California overcame a sluggish start to beat UC San Diego 88-53 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.Crabbe, the Pac-12's freshman of the year last season, missed three of his first four shots and had only two points at halftime. He responded with eight points in a quick burst following the break, and later scored on consecutive trips down the court when the Golden Bears built a 67-39 lead.Reserve Justin Cobbs had 17 points for the Bears, who open the regular season next week against Irvine. Harper Kamp added 10 points and Jorge Gutierrez, Cal's leading scorer a year ago, had seven points and four assists.Coach Mike Montgomery's team, which returns four starters from last year, looked sharp after a rough start.The Division II Tritons held early leads of 17-12 and 21-14, but couldn't keep Cal from climbing back to take a 25-24 lead.The Bears led by nine at halftime, then went on a 22-4 run after intermission. Crabbe sparked the surge, and Kamp and Richard Solomon added five points apiece during the burst.Jeff Powers, who finished with 12 points, made a jumper with 1:34 left to give Cal its biggest lead at 88-50 before Dylan Bohanan made a 3-pointer for UC San Diego.Christian Hatch, UCSD's leading scorer last season, had 14 points and seven rebounds. San Diego, which lost to Utah State in an exhibition game last Friday, played without injured starters Justin Brue and James McCann.Before Crabbe took over in the second half, Cal leaned heavily on Cobbs.A sophomore who sat out last year after transferring from Minnesota, Cobbs scored 16 of Cal's final 24 points before halftime and punctuated his strong debut at Haas Pavilion by driving the length of the floor and scoring on a three-point play with 3.9 seconds left.Robert Thurman, who played sparingly last season, added eight points and three rebounds to help the Bears to a 41-32 lead at the break.

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

BOX SCORE

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.