Roundup: James Harden makes NBA history with 60-point triple-double
Former Arizona State star James Harden became the first player in NBA history to have a 60-point triple-double, going for 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the Houston Rockets’ 114-107 win over the Orlando Magic. His 60 points also broke the Rockets’ single-game scoring record (Calvin Murphy scored 57 in 1978).
One other pro sports note – the Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement to trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, with the Chiefs receiving a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star has more.
Arizona football coach Kevin Sumlin finalized his coaching staff Tuesday, with Noel Mazzone serving as offensive coordinator and Marcel Yates being retained as defensive coordinator.
Former Stanford offensive lineman Casey Tucker is transferring to Arizona State, he announced Tuesday (The Arizona Republic). Tucker is an Arizona native.
Cal outside linebacker Cameron Saffle announced his retirement from football for medical reasons on Tuesday. Rusty Simmons notes that Saffle is expected to remain with the Cal football program in some capacity.
Oregon softball is ranked third in the preseason polls released Tuesday, Andrew Greif reports. The Ducks open the 2018 campaign Feb. 8 in Tempe, Arizona.
Washington’s Stacey Fung was named Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. She is currently ranked sixth in the nation (Evan Zhu of UCLA earned the conference honor on the men’s side).
Andy Staples and Chris Johnson of Sports Illustrated believe that USC should be the most interesting team to follow on National Signing Day. The Trojans always seem to get at least a couple of big unsigned guys ever year on National Signing Day.
Check out this USA TODAY story on Don MacLean’s son, Kyle MacLean, who scored 43 points in a varsity game in December. Kyle is a sophomore at Westlake High.
Speaking of Don MacLean, check out his Arizona-Washington State men’s basketball preview. You can catch this game Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks.
Pat Rooney lets us know that Colorado men’s basketball sophomore Deleon Brown has been battling the flu the last couple of weeks, and it has considerably affected his game.
Writing for The Oregonian/OregonLive, Ron Richmond pens this piece on how Oregon State baseball is handling the No. 2 preseason ranking. They don’t care much about it, it sounds like.