Roundup: More Pac-12ers qualify for Rio
Cementing his spot in his FIFTH Olympic games, Washington State Hall of Famer Bernard Lagat won the men’s 5000m race at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene. Lagat, 41, turned in his last 400 meters at a time of 52 seconds – that’s un-freaking-believable.
Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen qualified for the Rio Olympics by winning the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials Saturday in Eugene. That’s one way of getting out of fall camp.
Future Utah gymnast MyKayla Skinner is an alternate for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It’s only right for a Red Rock to represent the red, white and blue.
Former Stanford track and field athlete Ekaterini Stefanidi won the women’s pole vault at the European Championships Saturday in Amsterdam, setting a meet record in the process.
Danny Moran reports that Oregon State men’s soccer defender John Chambers died Friday night at the age of 19. The cause of death was not disclosed; he was listed in critical condition at a hospital earlier in the week.
Awesome – former Colorado quarterback and longtime NFL signal caller Kordell Stewart finished his last class to get his degree from CU. He’ll walk at the university’s graduation ceremonies in May.
The Portland Trail Blazers matched the Brooklyn Nets’ 4-year, $75 million offer sheet for Allen Crabbe, meaning Crabbe will remain in P-Town. Adrian Wojnarowski has more.
Finally, after 22 years, USC’s copy of O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy has been returned to the school (CBS Sports). An Apple Valley, Calif., man pleaded no contest to one count of receiving stolen property (the trophy), and the trophy was returned to USC in three pieces (the same condition it was in when the authorities initially got it in 2014).
Arizona State men’s basketball finalized its non-conference schedule late last week, and boy it’s a doozy – Kentucky (in the Bahamas), Purdue (in NYC), Creighton, UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico State, not to mention the Puerto Rico Tip Off. Doug Haller has his takeaways in the link.
NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is in full swing, and Norman Powell had 29 points to lead the Raptors to a win over Minnesota and highly-touted rookie Kris Dunn. Powell is going to be a factor next season as long as he stays healthy.
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has Arizona as a No. 3 seed in his early 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket. Palm also has Oregon as a No. 2, UCLA as a 4-seed, Cal as a No. 6, USC as a 10 and Oregon State as an 11. How about Sean Kent’s Saint Mary’s Gaels getting a nod as a 4-seed though?
Ted Miller discusses Washington football’s three best defensive players (at different levels of the defense), whom he considers to be the best three-tiered troika in the Pac-12. Elijah Qualls, Azeem Victor and Budda Baker for the win.