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Saint Mary's G McCoy could miss season with knee injury

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Saint Mary's G McCoy could miss season with knee injury

Gaels guard Paul McCoy injured his knee in practice earlier this month and may miss the entire 2011-12 season.

The 5'11" redshirt junior sat out last season after spending two seasons at Southern Methodist University in Conference USA.

As a freshman with the Mustangs in 2008-2009, McCoy averaged a team-high 13.4 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

McCoy missed the final month of his sophomore season after suffering a season-ending knee injury to the same knee that may sideline him the duration of this season.

Coach Randy Bennett was counting on McCoy to provide the Gaels depth in the backcourt after losing WCC Player of the Year Mickey McConnell to graduation.

The Gaels will now lean heavily on Matthew Dellavedova and Stephen Holt.

Dellavedova averaged 13.4 points and 5.3 assists per game as a sophomore last season and was an All-WCC selection. He spent this past summer helping Australia earn an automatic bid for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Holt averaged 6 points and 3 rebounds as a freshman last season, and led the WCC with 1.8 steals per game despite averaging just 22 minutes a contest. His 61 steals were good for the second-highest single season total in Saint Mary's history.

Saint Mary's opens the regular season Friday November 11 at home against Fresno Pacific.

The Gaels shared the WCC regular season championship last season with Gonzaga, and CSNBayArea.com will be covering the team all season as they look to defend their title.

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.