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Stanford's season ends with loss to Arizona State in Pac-12 tourney

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Stanford's season ends with loss to Arizona State in Pac-12 tourney

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LAS VEGAS -- Obinna Oleka had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Arizona State dominated in overtime to beat Stanford 98-88 Wednesday in the opening game of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Arizona State (15-17) shot 56 percent and made 10 of 22 from 3-point range, yet couldn't shake the Cardinal (14-17) in regulation.

Stanford's Michael Humphrey hit a jumper with 3.3 seconds left to send the game into overtime tied at 81-all. Once overtime started, the Sun Devils pulled away to win in the Pac-12 Tournament for the third time in 16 seasons.

Arizona State moves on to play No. 5 Oregon in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Reid Travis led Stanford with 23 points and Humphrey finished with 18.

Tra Holder had 21 points and Torian Graham 17 for the Sun Devils. Oleka's double-double was his 16th this season, most in school history since the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10 in 1978.

Arizona State won two regular-season meetings behind a barrage of 3-pointers. The Sun Devils made 25 in the two victories and Graham led the way, making 11 of 19 while averaging 27 points.

Arizona State again shot well against the Cardinal, hitting 15 of 25 shots and 15 of 17 free throws in the first half. The Sun Devils led by up 14, but Travis led Stanford back, scoring 15 points to pull the Cardinal within 50-42 at halftime.

The Sun Devils maintained their cushion for most of the second half before a short run by the Cardinal brought it to a one-point game with five minutes left, setting up the close finish.

BIG PICTURE:
Stanford: Loses its starting backcourt of Christian Sanders and Marcus Allen to graduation this offseason, along with backup center Grant Verhoeven.

Arizona State: Shot well and will need to do it again in the quarterfinals to have any chance against the deep, athletic Ducks.

UP NEXT:
Stanford's season is over.

Arizona State plays top-seeded Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.

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

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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.