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Spartan defense wins another award

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Spartan defense wins another award

Another SJSU defensive player has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Safety Cullen Newsome is the newest Spartan added to the list, which now stands at five on the season.Newsome, a senior from Roseville, Calif., recorded a season-high 10 tackles and also intercepted a pass in the Spartans 31-20 win over Texas State on Saturday.We talked about how we was going to have to make a lot of individual tackles in the option, head coach Mike MacIntyre said about Newsomes preparation for Texas States tricky option offense. He made a lot of open field tackles and read eyes very well and was able to make a pick. He played a phenomenal game and Im extremely proud of Cullen.Newsomes interception came on Texas States opening drive of the second half while SJSU trailed 20-17. The SJSU defense held the Bobcats scoreless in the second half and limited them to just 98 yards in the final two quarters. I think it was a huge part in getting momentum back and finally proving our adjustments were working, Newsome said after the win. It helped the team realize that once it gets fixed its easy to stop.Newsome joins linebacker Vince Buhagiar, cornerback Bene Benwikere and defensive end Travis Johnson as Spartans recognized with the defensive award this season. INJURY REPORT Sophomores running back Tyler Ervin (right shoulder) and linebacker Derek Muaava (right knee) were hurt in Saturdays win and did not return to the game. Ervin underwent an MRI Monday and Muaava is scheduled to have an MRI done Tuesday.MacIntyre has ruled Muaava out for this Saturdays game at Idaho. We are not sure of the extent yet, he said. Theyre going to let the swelling go down first. He just made a cut and his knee gave out.Ervin, the teams main kick returner and part-time running back, suffered his injury in the first quarter of the Texas State game after breaking a 32-yard run to set up an SJSU field goal. That play was the longest play of his from scrimmage this season.If we lose those guys theyll be big losses, MacIntyre said. Well miss them if they cant play but we have to find guys to step in and play thats part of having a good football team.

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.