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Roundup: NBA free agency, video games and the circus

Jul 8, 2013

What's this, an Oregonian article concerning Stanford? While free agents can't officially sign with NBA teams until July 10, a lot of moves were made since we last spoke; one of those moves being the Portland Trail Blazers acquiring Robin Lopez in a three-team trade. Blazers fans seem pleased with the deal, saying "if Robin Lopez keeps improving, he could be a major anchor going forward."

Former Arizona Wildcat Andre Iguodala agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. Iggy had been thinking about Golden State as a possible destination for a couple of years now, but the cards fell right for Iguodala and the Warriors this time around. This might also become a sign-and-trade deal with Utah and Denver, so keep your eyes peeled (could be finalized later today).

Some good international experience for Cal women's water polo, but the Bears fell to Hungary 12-5 in a preliminary round matchup at the World University Games in Russia last weekend. Cal will play France today.


Some more international flavor for ya- Oregon State women's basketball player Jamie Weisner has been selected to Canada's Junior Women's National Team for the U19 World Championships later this month in Lithuania. Fellow Beav Ruth Hamblin is currently playing with the Canadian Senior Women's National Team for an exhibition tournament.

The Hillsboro Hops, minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, are having some major league troubles this year, but former Ducks closer Jimmie Sherfy has arrived to provide hope for the struggling team.

Here's a story you don't hear all that often: a diver leaving for the circus in China. 'Twas precisely the case for Harrison Jones, who left the circus act for a second chance at Arizona State.

Pretty impressive stuff here- the Husky men's crew reached the Grand Challenge Cup final in England but eventually fell to the Brits' record pace in the finals. Not that I know a lick about rowing, but the Grand Challenge Cup is a pretty big deal reserved mostly for national teams, not collegiate varsity eights (I hope I used that term right).

You can always count on the Daily Camera for a good Colorado feature, and Brian Howell's piece about Buff wide receiver Gerald Thomas embracing life as a father doesn't disappoint.

Check out this USC football video tribute, featuring the song "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons.

After last year's 5-7 season, NCAA Football '14 is keeping it real with Utah with respect to its ratings in the new video game.

Four Cougar baseball players are spending their summer in Newport, R.I., with the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, those Cougs being Sean Hartnett, Shea Donlin, Trace Tam Sing and Ben Roberts. Decent lineage of Cougs who spend their summer in Newport, according to this joint.

As Bruins fans await the debut of Steve Alford as UCLA head basketball coach, Bruins Nation gives us six things for Alford to immediately fix from Howland's days as head coach.