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Stanford beats UNC Pembroke in exhibition

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Stanford beats UNC Pembroke in exhibition

STANFORD, Calif.-Josh Huestis notched a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Stanford past UNC Pembroke 85-71 in an exhibition game at Maples Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.Aaron Bright poured in a game-high 21 points, dishing out five assists while connecting on 8-12 attempts from the foul line.Chasson Randle added 16 points and six assists, while John Gage chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds. Stanford shot 42.0 percent overall, making 29-69 from the field in a balanced offensive attack that saw 10 different players break into the scoring column. The Cardinal finished with 19 assists while forcing UNC Pembroke into 17 turnovers. Four players scored in double figures for the Braves, who shot 42.4 percent overall and were led by Shahmel Brackett's 20 points.Stanford held a slim 44-42 edge in the rebounding department, with five players grabbing at least four boards.The Cardinal opened the game slowly, with Huestis' lay-up at the 18:35 mark accounting for the only scoring until a basket from Randle five minutes later.Stanford grabbed its first lead of the game with 11:45 remaining in the first half following the second of back-to-back dunks from Randle.A three-point play from Gage made it 26-16 at the 7:23 mark, giving the Cardinal its first double-digit lead of the contest. Stanford took a 38-31 lead into halftime.After a putback fromGrant Verhoeven stretched Stanford's lead to 59-47 with 12:18 remaining in the second half, UNC Pembroke embarked on a 10-2 scoring run over the next three minutes to trim the deficit to 61-57.The Cardinal countered by scoring 11 of the next 14 points, increasing its lead back to 12 at 72-60 following a three-pointer from Bright.Stanford struggled from beyond the arc, making only 6-30 attempts. The Cardinal finished 21-33 from the foul line.Head coachJohnny Dawkins employed a starting lineup of Bright, Randle, Anthony Brown, Huestis and Gage. Statistics from the exhibition game do not count toward regular-season totals.Stanford squares off against San Francisco in its season opener on Nov. 9, with the game to be played at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The neutral site contest represents the first meeting between the two Bay Area programs since Nov. 23, 2005, when the Cardinal defeated the Dons 71-56 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford leads the all-time series 44-21. Originally built in 1966, Oracle Arena has been home to the NBA's Golden State Warriors since 1971.
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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