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Stanford claims 18th straight Sports Directors Cup

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Stanford claims 18th straight Sports Directors Cup

Stanford Athletics has done it again and earned its 18th consecutive Division I Learfield Sports Directors Cup for the 2011-2012 season. The Learfield Sports Directors Cup award, which was developed in 1993 by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA) and USA Today, is presented annually to the nations best overall collegiate athletics program.

Points are awarded based on each institutions finish in 20 sports, including 10 each in mens and womens. This past season, Stanford finished with an overall 1,384.25 points. Trailing the Cardinal was Florida (1,241.00), Ohio State (1,104.25), UCLA (1,064.75) and Texas (1,032.50).

Three Stanford teams claimed national championships, including womens soccer, womens water polo and womens lightweight I eight (rowing), adding to Stanfords overall total of 103 NCAA team titles, the second-highest total among all NCAA institutions.

Seventeen of the programs 35 intercollegiate programs finished their seasons ranked in the Top 10 nationally, while seven teams were ranked first in the nation at some point during the year.

Additionally, six individuals were recognized as the national player of the year in their respective sports. These players include Andrew Luck, a No. 1 overall in the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who went first in the WNBA draft to the Los Angeles Sparks; Mark Appel (baseball); Nicole Gibbs (women's tennis); Kiley Neushul (women's water polo); Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor (women's soccer).

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