Roundup: Pac-12 talent aplenty at FIFA Women's World Cup
Don’t forget that the FIFA Women’s World Cup begins Saturday, and Alex Morgan hypes up the Women’s World Cup in this California Golden Blogs link (along with other “Golden Nuggets,” as they call ‘em). Team America begins group-stage play against Australia Monday.
While we’re at it, here’s your Stanford soccer guide to the Women’s World Cup. There are five former Cardinal players doing work in the World Cup – Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara for the United States, Alina Garciamendez and Teresa Noyola for Mexico and Ali Riley for New Zealand.
Staying on this note for a conference-wide link, we have a pretty tight video of how Pac-12 alums are shaping the USWNT roster. Seven Pac-12ers are on the American side.
Oh yeah – Utah men’s basketball will play Duke at Madison Square Garden in December, giving the Utes a chance at sweet revenge against the defending champs (though Larry K doesn’t see it as a revenge game). Utah lost to the Dukies in the Sweet 16 in March.
Exciting Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night, with Golden State edging out Cleveland in overtime. Getting his Roberto Nelson on, Arizona basketball alum Andre Iguodala hit a three with one shoe on in the fourth quarter (great overall game for Iggy). Deadspin has the video with the Spanish broadcast.
Sweet – James Harden will be featured on the NBA2K16 cover along with Anthony Davis and Steph Curry. #ForkEm
USC named Jeff Nygaard its head coach for men’s volleyball Thursday. Nygaard was an assistant with the Trojans the previous five years and is a three-time Olympian in indoor and beach volleyball.
Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar has hired former Husky Will Conroy as an assistant coach. Dude used to hold the D-League record with 53 points in a game, among other career highlights.
Brian Howell writes that Colorado basketball forward Wesley Gordon will be featured more on offense next season.
Coolio – Oregon State freshmen KJ Harrison and Drew Rasmussen have been invited by USA Baseball to try out for the 2015 Collegiate National Team, which will play 17 games against teams like Chinese Taipei and Cuba.
Let’s Czech out an MLB draft profile of UCLA pitcher James Kaprielian, y’all (video). Dude led the Pac in strikeouts the last two years and boasted a 1.94 ERA in 2015.
David Lombardi digs into Washington State football’s non-conference schedule for 2015. Portland State, Rutgers and Wyoming are on the pre-Pac slate for the Cougs in September.
The Oregonian ranks the 2015 Oregon football schedule, going from easiest (Georgia State) to toughest (Michigan State).