Roundup: OSU has history on its side
With UCLA's 2-1 defeat of NC State last night, the Bruins are now one win away from the College World Series national championship series. After the game, our Sam Strong caught up with senior Cody Regis, who is looking to capture a title on his third and final trip to Omaha.
Oregon State, on the other hand, is three victories away from the CWS championship series. As the team gets ready to face Indiana in an elimination game tonight at 5 p.m. PT, the Beavers have history -- and pitching -- on their side.
Seriously, if you are in the Seattle area this Sunday at 2:30 p.m., you need to go to Washington's alumni basketball game. As if watching guys like Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Isaiah Thomas and Terrence Ross hoop wasn't enough, Lenny Wilkens and Warren Moon will coach the star-packed UW alumni game.
Because Arizona fans need another reason to get hyped for the 2013-14 hoops season: Watch Aaron Gordon flush this sick alley-oop. If it were an And-1-sponsored game, the crowd would have rushed the court and the game would have been called. Nas-tay.
Steve Gleason is a better man than I -- Gleason responded to a classless radio bit in a typically classy fashion. If you didn't hear the news earlier this week, two Atlanta radio hosts were fired for mocking him on air.
Marqise Lee is No. 5 on CBS Sports' freaks list of the 20 craziest athletes in college football (freaks and crazy in a good way, of course). Finishing just ahead of Johnny Football, Lee is joined by Pac-12 companions Colt Lyerla of Oregon (No. 15) and Carl Bradford of Arizona State (No. 16), with Arizona's Jared Baker getting an honorable mention nod.
It's time for Kevin Gemmell of ESPN's Pac-12 Blog to put Arizona State on the spot, and he says that improvement in the wide receiving corps could really help the Forks go far this year.
So the Pac-12 released its men's soccer TV schedule yesterday, and Cal will be playing nine games on Pac-12 Networks. Six Pac-12 teams in men's soccer: UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon State, Washington and San Diego State (yes, San Diego State).
Oregon golfer Caroline Inglis saluted her dad in style by winning medalist honors at the Oregon Amateur Championship at Eugene Country Club. Her father passed away two weeks ago and Inglis was debating whether or not to even compete in the tournament (good thing she did).
Steeplechase U steeplechaser and cross country-er Shalaya Kipp looks to make headlines at the USA Championships in Des Moines this week. Kipp was the Pac-12 and NCAA champ in the 3,000m steeplechase in 2012 and competed in the Olympics last year before redshirting in track this year.
I'm liking the sound of this -- Utah is conducting planning meetings for a new basketball practice facility. Current price tag: $24 million. Coach K and Sir Levrets are gonna have their teams dancing very soon; great coaches.
There is never a dull moment for Maggie Steffens -- winning an Olympic gold medal, starting up at Stanford, helping the Card to the national championship match against USC, playing for Team USA at the FINA World League Super Final; she is impossible to keep up with, unless you're The Cardinal Channel or Mark Soltau.