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Utah State runs all over SJSU in 49-27 romp

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Utah State runs all over SJSU in 49-27 romp

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Seventeen second-quarter points looked to keep SJSU within reach of Saturdays game against Utah State, but the Aggies played a convincingly dominant game on both sides of the ball through all four quarters and outscored the Spartans 21-7 in the second half to claim a 49-27 victory.With Western Athletic Conference standings implications on the line for both teams, Utah State came into Spartan Stadium and showed all in attendance why they are the better team. The Aggies (5-2, 1-0 WAC) sacked SJSU (4-2, 0-1 WAC) quarterback David Fales 13 times for a loss of 102 yards and out-gained the Spartans 212-4 on the ground.We have to find a way to fix it, said head coach Mike MacIntyre about the alarming number of sacks in the game. We knew they had a good front but it should not have been like that. I thought they would have a few sacks but not that many.Fales, who finished the game with 467 yards on 38-of-50 passing and three touchdowns, said the high number of sacks was a communication issue.Obviously the sacks were a big part of this game, he said, but if you get sacked 13 times you got to communicate better and make adjustments. Well look at the film and come back better next week.They threw a couple different looks at us, but it was all similar stuff. They just kept getting good jumps at us.With the score at 28-20 in favor of Utah State at halftime, the Aggies began the second half with a vigor that showed they didnt want to let SJSU climb back into the game whatsoever. An 86-yard touchdown run from running back Kerwynn Williams on the Aggies third play of the second half a 3rd-and-1 situation set the tone for the rest of the game for Utah State.Neither Williams nor the Aggies looked back from the instance Williams was handed the ball for the long touchdown run. The conference-leading rusher finished the game with 176 yards on the ground on 15 rush attempts and added three touchdowns.Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton also had a substantial input on the outcome of the game. Keeton passed for 273 yards and rushed for another 47. The main ingredient for Utah States and Keetons success no sacks allowed.I knew it coming in that 16 (Keeton) and 25 (Williams) would make plays so we worked and worked to stop them but we didnt do enough, MacIntyre said.Despite coming back from a 28-3 deficit with 9:26 remaining in the first half to bring the score to 28-20 at halftime, the Spartans second-half performance looked like the team that allowed Utah State to jump out the early lead.Keeton tacked on a 28-yard touchdown run on Utah States second possession of the second half, adding to the ferocious ground game Williams exhibited with his 86-yard strike. Williams also added a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to close the games scoring at 49-27. By games end, Williams had 176 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns.Theyre good together, said defensive end Travis Johnson. They are tricky with the handoffs and have good communication and execution. We just didnt do it today.SJSUs only glimmer of hope came from scores on three straight possession to close the first half as strongly as the team played through the first two quarters. A three-yard touchdown pass from Fales to wide receiver Kyle Nunn brought the score to 28-10. A defensive three-and-out stop lead to a SJSU drive that resulted in a 26-yard field goal by Austin Lopez followed on the teams following possession to make it a 28-13 score.With 1:18 left in the first half, SJSU took over and methodically moved the ball down the field, attacking the right sideline with passes that allowed receivers to get out of bounds and stop the clock.Fales finished the drive on 8-of-8 passing to four different receivers with a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Noel Grigsby wit 0:24 left in the first half. By halftime, Fales was 21-for-24 passing for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns.Utah State came out in the first quarter firing with all cylinders on both sides on the ball, and thats putting it lightly. SJSU was able to move the ball into the Utah State red zone, gaining 67 yards on its opening drive but was held to a field goal by Austin Lopez. The Spartans accumulated just six more net yards the rest of the quarter, due mainly to three first-quarter sacks by the Aggies on Fales.Utah State scored on each of their first two possessions both on passes from Keeton. The first went to wide receiver Chuck Jacobs for a 17-yard strike, the second to wide receiver Matt Austin on a five-yard pass.The start of the second quarter was just as grim if not, worse for the Spartans. On Utah States first play from scrimmage of both its drive and the second quarter resulted in a 50-yard touchdown run by Williams, who went nearly untouched on his way to the end zone.The Aggies kept pouring it on as they scored on their fourth consecutive play to begin the game, the first time the team has done so this season. A 21-yard pass from Keeton to wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen brought the score to 28-3 with 9:26 left in the second quarter.It wasnt happening today, said defensive end Travis Johnson. Were going to keep working and come back next week.Wide receiver Noel Grigsby, who caught 11 passes for 181 yards and vaulted into number one on SJSUs all-time receiving yards list, called the loss a slap in the face.We need to get better we have a group of guys that all think that way, he said. We dont want to ride the roller coaster, wed come back the same even if we won. Well be OK.

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu makes NCAA history by reaching 2K-1K-1K club

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu makes NCAA history by reaching 2K-1K-1K club

Sabrina Ionescu made NCAA basketball history Monday night. 

The Oregon Ducks senior guard became the first Division I player, man or woman, to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 career rebounds when she pulled down her ninth rebound of the game in a 74-66 win over Stanford on Monday at Maples Pavilion.

With just under two minutes left in the third quarter and the Ducks up 53-35, Ionescu grabbed a Stanford airball and etched her name in the history books. 

Ionescu, who starred at Miramonte High School in Orinda before going to Oregon, came into Monday night's contest averaging 17.1 points, 8.8 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Ducks.

Curry, his wife Ayesha, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara all witnessed Ionescu make history. 

Ionescu spoke earlier Monday at Kobe Bryant's memorial service, and she was the only active player to speak during his "Celebration of Life." Bryant was Ionescu's mentor, and Curry tweeted that Ionescu's record-breaking night was the perfect tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers legend. 

The presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft added to an NCAA record she already owned, too, picking up her 26th career triple-double. Ionescu scored 21 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Ducks clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title. 

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."