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Stanford finds no answers for Colorado in blowout loss

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Stanford finds no answers for Colorado in blowout loss

BOX SCORE

BOULDER, Colo. -- Passing the ball with aplomb and showing a zeal for sharing the load offensively brought out the best in Colorado.

Lucas Siewert, George King and Xavier Johnson each scored 15 points and Colorado pulled away in the second half to beat Stanford 91-72 Thursday night.

Wesley Gordon, Deleon Brown and Tory Miller added 10 points apiece as part of a balanced offense that carried the Buffaloes (17-13, 7-10 Pac-12) to their eighth consecutive victory against Stanford (14-15, 6-11).

"When you have 25 assists and six turnovers, you're hopefully going to win a lot of game," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "We really shared the ball tonight. Togetherness on offense was big-time. I think this team showed when we play together, because we don't have one guy that can carry this squad, when we play together and share it offensively and play with energy and passion defensively, this team can be as good as they want to be and beat any team in our league. But we've also shown when we don't, we're very average."

The Buffaloes were anything but average against the Cardinal, outshooting Stanford from the floor 56 percent to 45 percent. They did it by being patient and getting the ball to the open man.

"We've been talking all week about sharing the ball, getting the best shot," said Derrick White, who had eight of Colorado's assists to go with his nine points. "When we're moving the ball like that and no one has an agenda and no one is hunting their shots, we're hard to guard and getting easy looks. It's something we need to continue to do."

Stanford coach Jerod Haase said the Cardinal had all kinds of problems with Colorado, especially defensively.

"They outplayed us in every statistical category," he said. "It definitely started on the defensive end with the inability to guard. We weren't guarding their three-point shooters and they were able to spread out and have their way."

Marcus Allen had 15 points to lead the Cardinal. Reid Travis added 14 points.

Up by six at the half, Colorado seized control of the game with a stunning barrage of baskets starting the second half.

The 3-1/2 minute flurry in which Colorado outscored Stanford 16-5 carried the Buffaloes to a 57-40 lead and featured a driving dunk by Gordon and 3-pointers King and Johnson.

Stanford trailed 65-49 when Colorado took off again on a 10-2 run, ignited by Brown's 3-pointer and the Buffaloes' lead mushroomed to 23 points with 9 minutes remaining. Stanford did not threaten the rest of the way.

Colorado took a 41-35 lead at halftime, breaking away from a 28-all tie by outscoring Stanford 13-7 in the last four minutes of the period. Brown, King and Siewert all hit 3-pointers for Colorado in that span.

HOME COOKING

Colorado coach Tad Boyle registered his 100th win at the Coors Events Center, where he has gone 100-18 in seven seasons.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal's inconsistent play this season again came to the fore against Colorado, absorbing a 19-point loss after pushing No. 6 Oregon to the limit before losing 75-73 last week. Stanford played the Buffaloes close for most of the first half but crumbled in the second half.

Colorado: The Buffaloes moved into a seventh-place tie with Arizona State in the conference standings and will go into the Pac-12 tournament anywhere from the No. 7-10 seed. Colorado has recovered nicely from its 0-7 start in Pac-12 play, going 7-3 in its last 10 games with one regular season game remaining.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Rounds out the regular season by visiting Utah on Saturday.

Colorado: Hosts California on Saturday afternoon in a regular season finale.

Ex-Cal football player Eric Stevens fighting for ALS cure after diagnosis

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Ex-Cal football player Eric Stevens fighting for ALS cure after diagnosis

Former Cal Bears fullback Eric Stevens now is a Los Angeles City firefighter. He knows what it's like to put others' lives ahead of his own. 

Now, his family hopes those will return the favor.

Stevens was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 29, soon after getting married to the woman of his dreams.

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"The diagnosis and subsequent education they received about the horrific disease was the worst news one could ever imagine," a Facebook post dedicated to "Team Stevens Nation," described.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a debilitating and incurable disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. With a life expectancy between two and five years, paralysis comes much quicker. And there is much unknown about it. 

While there are many treatments going through clinical trials that are showing promise, there is still a 50 percent chance those could receive a placebo over the actual treatment.

"There is NO reason why a person with a terminal diagnosis should receive placebo over the actual treatment," the Facebook page explains. "Another downside to these clinical trials is they are a year-long process, and time is the one thing ALS patients don't have. Every single day without treatment is a day lost."

Those can donate to and share the family's GoFundMe page here

Stevens, now 30, totaled 14 carries for 53 yards, and 13 catches for 82 yards and one touchdown in his career at Cal that spanned from 2008-2012. But despite playing sparingly, he was voted team captain.

He was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but never played a snap in the NFL.

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"Given his strong determination and success in anything he puts his mind to, Eric has chosen to fight and advocate for getting drugs and treatments available to patients NOW," the Facebook group wrote. "Eric's goal with the help of his family and friends is to raise awareness for ALS and act now toward getting treatments available."

Gavin Newsom signs 'Fair Pay to Play' act with LeBron James on 'The Shop'

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Gavin Newsom signs 'Fair Pay to Play' act with LeBron James on 'The Shop'

Monday was a monumental day in college athletics.

California Governor Gavin Newsom went on HBO and Uninterrupted's "The Shop" to formally sign California's "Fair Pay to Play" act alongside Lakers star LeBron James.

The law will allow college athletes in the state of California to profit off the use of their name, image and likeness, and will make it illegal for universities to revoke a student's scholarship for accepting money. The bill will not pay athletes to play, but it will allow them to sign agents and seek out business deals.

"[Signing the bill] is going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation," Newsom said on "The Shop" prior to signing the bill. "And it’s going to change college sports for the better by having now the interests, finally, of the athletes, on par with the interests of the institutions. Now we’re rebalancing that power arrangement."

The bill will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.

Warriors forward Draymond Green has been a vocal proponent of the bill, and he gave Newsom props after the signing.

Newsom's bill has faced blowback from both California schools and the NCAA, as it would make it impossible for those schools to follow the NCAA's amateurism rules. The NCAA has called the bill unconstitutional and will challenge it in court.

The NCAA responded with a statement.

The Pac-12 also issued a statement. 

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The signing of the bill is expected to cause an avalanche of states to pass similar legislation and fundamentally change how amateurism and college athletics are viewed.

Well done, Gov. Newsom.