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Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win

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Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win

Jan. 13, 2011BOX SCORE NCAA SCOREBOARDSTANFORD PAGE

STANFORD (AP) Washingtonlooked frantic and out of sync, a team dearly missing injured pointguard Abdul Gaddy and the rhythm he brings.
RELATED: Huskies lose Gaddy for season with knee injury
Stanford pushed the tempo and pulled off a surprise.Josh Owens scored the go-ahead basketon a left-handed tip-in with 29 seconds left and the Cardinal stunnedthe 17th-ranked Huskies 58-56 on Thursday night to stay unbeaten athome this season."I just went up and tried to make aplay. I personally thought the shot was going in, and then the guardgot a position on my man under the basket and I got a portion thatrolled," Owens said.Scott Suggs missed a baseline3-pointer moments later for Washington after he knocked down a tying 3with 1:08 left. Stanford's Jeremy Green was whistled for a foul againstJustin Holiday on the rebound, but Holiday missed both free throws with2.5 seconds on the clock - the second on purpose with hopes of givinghis team another chance.The Huskies (12-4, 4-1 Pac-10) caughta break when Dwight Powell was called for traveling on the rebound,giving them the ball back for one final try. Holiday missed a longjumper from the right wing as the buzzer sounded."I wanted the ball. The plan was forme to get a lob, but when they helped, I didn't get that much time toshoot it," Holiday said.Owens had 14 points and Green added12 for Stanford (10-5, 3-1) in the biggest victory yet for third-yearcoach Johnny Dawkins. It was the Cardinal's first game against a rankedopponent this season."I hadn't thought about that. I don'treally look at them that way," Dawkins said of where this win ranks forhim on The Farm. "I'm just really proud of our guys' effort for 40minutes. I thought we played hard. I think we protected the home courtvery well."Stanford is 8-0 in Maples Pavilionfor the program's best start on its home floor since going 14-0 duringa 26-0 start in 2003-04.Powell had 11 points and seven rebounds for Stanford, including a key putback with 1:44 to play.Holiday finished with 15 points,including eight straight early in the second half after going 0 for 5in the opening 20 minutes. Isaiah Thomas added 14 points and sevenassists for the Huskies, who couldn't hold an 11-point lead with 8:55left and had their six-game winning streak snapped.The Cardinal beat a ranked opponentfor the first time since a 74-64 victory against No. 21 Arizona Stateon March 5, 2009. It was their first home victory against a Top 25 teamsince a 75-69 win over rival and No. 22 California on Jan. 17, 2009.Stanford had lost the last six to the Huskies and seven of 10. All three Washington wins last season were by double digits."It just feels good to finally beatthem. Ever since I was a freshman, we haven't got the win," Green said."I'm proud of our team, glad that we were able to come out here andcompete."Venoy Overton's layup with 8:55remaining put Washington ahead 51-40, but Stanford kept chipping awayby creating second and third opportunities on offense.Jarrett Mann's dunk with 6:02 leftpulled the Cardinal within 51-48. Anthony Brown followed with a putbackand Green hit a go-ahead 3 the next time down to make it 53-51 with3:47 left. Washington called timeout, then tied it on Holiday's jumperat 3:23."They didn't quit when we were up 11with 10 to go," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We failed to box outat the end. We missed free throws and layups and had some turnoversthat were very costly at the 7- or 8-minute mark. We weren't able toturn it around at the end."The cold-shooting Huskies had theirPac-10 winning streak snapped at 11 games, held to their lowest scoringtotal of the season and 36.2 percent shooting from the field.Washington lost Gaddy for the seasonlast week to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He hadbeen scheduled for surgery Friday.Thomas' three-point play with 10:37left put Washington ahead 49-38 for its first double-digit lead.Washington never looked in sync early and couldn't convert when itcounted. Stanford ended a six-game skid in the rivalry.This marked Washington's first gamesince Romar acknowledged one of his players is being investigated bypolice following an allegation last weekend.
RELATED: Romar says Huskies aware of police investigation
Romar and his players have tried to keep all the focus on basketball this week."I don't think that was an issue atall," Romar said. "Both teams played hard the whole game. We bothmissed a lot of layups. Things don't go the way you want sometimes."The Huskies failed to come throughin crunch time on their first stop of the always-tough trip to the BayArea. Washington also had its road winning streak in Pac-10 play end atsix.The Huskies, who play at defendingconference champion California on Sunday night, were off to their bestconference start since beginning 6-0 in the 1983-84 season.Washington, with its three previouslosses coming at the hands of ranked opponents in Kentucky, MichiganState and Texas A&M, began a stretch with five of seven games onthe road.Stanford hadn't faced a Top 25 team since Dec. 22, 2009, in a 100-87 loss to 23rd-ranked Texas Tech.The Huskies shot 35.7 percent - including 3 for 10 from long range - in the first half and trailed 29-28 at the break.

Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

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Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

The Warriors will be without their starting forwards Friday night when they return to Oracle Arena not only to face the struggling Chicago Bulls but also in search of good habits.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Kevin Durant is out with a sprained ankle and Draymond Green will be resting.

The Warriors (13-5) are coming off a 2-2 road trip during which they blew a 17-point third-quarter lead in one of the losses and had to overcome a 24-point third-quarter deficit to earn one of the victories.

The rebuilding Bulls (3-13) are concluding a four-game swing through the Western Conference, having lost the first three games by an average of 15.7 points.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 15.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Omri Casspi & Co. vs. Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls this season. The 7-foot rookie from Arizona shares the team lead in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while leading in rebounds at 8.3 per game. The only Chicago rookies to score more points in their first 16 games are Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose and Elton Brand. With Green and Durant out, the task of defending Markkanen falls to Casspi, who will start at one forward, with rookie Jordan Bell also taking a few turns.

INJURY LIST

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) and F Draymond Green (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (L ACL rehab), F Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures), G David Nwaba (R ankle sprain) and G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Bulls: 2-8.

GAME OFFICIALS

Bennie Adams (lead), Mark Ayotte and JT Orr.

SERIES HISTORY

The teams split the two-game series last season, each winning on its home court. The Warriors have won five of the last eight overall and 14 of the last 18 in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE INTENSITY METER: The Warriors believe, justifiably, that their biggest worry is about themselves. When they’re properly focused, they are the best team in the NBA. When they are not, they are susceptible to most any quality team. Insofar as Chicago doesn’t appear pose an explicit challenge, the Warriors must not only manufacture intensity but also maintain it.

KEEP ‘EM OFF THE LINE: The Bulls are dead last in the NBA in offensive rating (94.4), field-goal percentage (41.0), field goals made per game (35.7). The one thing they do well is shoot free throws, which they shoot at a league-leading 92.9 percent. The Warriors can be prone to fouls (only eight teams commit more), so they’ll have to play it smart against this opponent.

THE BENCH BUNCH: With Durant and Green out, along with this being the second game of a four-games-in-six-nights stretch, the Warriors will have to lean on their bench, which has been quite good. Its 54-percent shooting leads the league, as is its 4.2 blocks per game. The net rating 10.2 is second in the NBA.

NASL-champion San Francisco Deltas fold after one season

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NASL-champion San Francisco Deltas fold after one season

The dream is no more. 

San Francisco Deltas' CEO Brian Andres Helmick ended speculation on Friday when he released a statement announcing the end of the team after one season in the North American Soccer League -- a DII professional league in the USSF pyramid. 

The Deltas are fresh off claming the NASL's championship in front of a sold-out crowd at Kezar Stadium, But even that wasn't enough to save a franchise who admittedly was struggling to stay afloat. 

"We are closing down the San Francisco Deltas," Helmick wrote. "As many of you have said, this journey that started in 2015 has the makings of a movie with character-defining struggles, heroic moments, painful defeats, and overcoming seemingly impossible hurdles all culminating in a dream come true on Sunday, November 12th when the SF Deltas were crowned the national champions after defeating the New York Cosmos — arguably the most storied brand in U.S. Soccer history. I’ll never forget the scene of thousands of fans storming the field. Now that the celebration has come to an end, players and coaches have been released from their contracts. We will not leave any loose ends and everybody will be paid what they’re owed for 2017 — including players, coaches, staff, partners and vendors."

In 32 league games, the Deltas amassed a 14-12-6 record and advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament where they lost to the San Jose Earthquakes. 

"In hindsight we have not been perfect," Helmick said. "Far from it. We have learned so much from this adventure and we will begin organizing our thoughts and learnings that led to us to make this decision. Our hope is to share them for the benefit of others who are interested in developing the sport here in San Francisco or in other cities. I firmly believe that via transparency and collaboration we can improve the sport we all love."

In response to the Deltas news, the NASL released the following statement: 'In San Francisco, it’s unfortunate that the Deltas’ business plans did not materialize in the way they had hoped. We remain a big believer in the market, as evidenced by the atmosphere and crowd at The Championship Final earlier this month, and we still believe that the city deserves a professional soccer team. We are in active discussions with potential ownership groups and we aim to keep professional soccer in San Francisco in the future."

The Deltas experiment is the latest to test the viability of professional soccer in San Francisco. Last Fall, another group fronted by Zappos.com founder NIck Swimurn -- San Francisco Football Club -- attempted to start a team using AT&T Park as its home stadium as part of the United Soccer League. The project and application was pulled.