No. 2 Stanford women roll past Arizona in Pac-10


No. 2 Stanford women roll past Arizona in Pac-10


LOS ANGELES (AP) The Ogwumike sisters proved too much inside, and if a lost contact lens and a chipped tooth couldn't stop them, Arizona surely had no chance.Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 32 points, her younger sister Chiney Ogwumike added 21 and No. 2 Stanford routed the fourth-seeded Wildcats 100-71 in the Pac-10 tournament semifinals on Friday."They're pretty dang good," Arizona coach Niya Butts said.Freshman Chiney had 13 rebounds and junior Nnemkadi had 10 to help the top-seeded Cardinal (28-2) win its 22nd in a row overall and 56th consecutive league game. The Cardinal reached the 100-point mark for the third time this season and their points were the most scored in a Pac-10 tourney game."It's like when Chiney gets a rebound, and it's like I get a rebound. When Chiney scores, it's like I scored," Nnemkadi said. "We have an invisible extension between us. It's a lot of fun to play with her. We are definitely feeding off each other. We give each other energy during the game."Stanford advanced to Saturday's championship game at Staples Center against either second-seeded UCLA or No. 6 seed California, which met later. The Cardinal is seeking its fifth straight Pac-10 tourney title and eighth overall.Kayla Pedersen added 16 points and Sarah Boothe 12 as the only other Cardinal players in double figures. The Ogwumike sisters helped Stanford dominate the boards, 41-29, and own a 64-18 edge in the paint."Sometimes it's just natural for a sister to look for a sister," Chiney said. "I usually know where she is, I know where she's probably thinking about going, and sometimes that really makes it easy in the sport of basketball."The only suspense occurred after Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored the game's first two baskets and her left contact lens popped out, something that happens often to both sisters. The game stopped while she went to the bench to put it back in.Chiney briefly left the game in the second half after getting hit in the mouth. She chipped a tooth, the same one that's been dinged before, and she returned to help Stanford extend its lead to 30 points."I've been known to get the butt of hits to the mouth," she said. "I should be wearing my mouth guard more, which I will."Soana Lucet scored 17 points and Ify Ibekwe added 15 - making all nine of her free throws - for Arizona (21-11), which lost its 20th straight to the Cardinal. The Wildcats had their five-game winning streak end.Stanford shot 53 percent in the first half, when the Cardinal led 45-24. Only two players other than the Ogwumike sisters scored, with Pedersen getting seven and Joslyn Tinkle two.The Cardinal opened the game on a 13-3 run and later scored nine in a row as part of a 19-5 spurt that ended the half. Chiney already had a double-double at the break."The sisters are really, really big, and big post players," said Lucet, who tangled with them down low. "It was pretty tough."The Wildcats cut their second-half deficit to 68-45 with nine straight points, including seven in a row by Lucet. Boothe and Chiney Ogwumike scored four straight, followed by Nnemkadi Ogwumike with five straight that pushed Stanford's lead back to 30 points with 8:18 remaining."We didn't have an answer for them today, but no one has really had an answer for them all year long," Butts said.The Cardinal ran through the league regular season schedule with an 18-0 record for the second straight year.After playing the first two rounds at USC's Galen Center, the women's tournament moved to Staples, where Arizona-Stanford was the first women's college basketball game played in the nearly 11-year-old arena.

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered


Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.


Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious


Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

On Friday morning, the Warriors announced that Draymond Green is going to play on Friday night against the Pelicans.

After shootaround, Draymond talked about the left knee strain he sustained on Tuesday.

"It didn't lock up. I tweaked it. I was concerned. I honestly thought it was my meniscus. It was a big relief," Draymond told reporters in New Orleans. "The next day when I woke up, the pain was a little better.

"As that day went on -- once I got the MRI, I got it early - -and then I went and got treatment and it felt a lot better.

"I hadn't even got the results but I was pretty confident at that point."

Draymond sustained the injury late in the third quarter against Houston and did not play in the fourth quarter.

He registered nine points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before exiting.