Roundup: Arizona's Joey Rickard shines in MLB debut
With a new baseball season here, Joey Rickard is the 83rd Arizona baseball alum to play in the big leagues, notes Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star. Hitting in the No. 9 spot for Baltimore, Rickard went 2-for-4 in his MLB debut Monday night in the Orioles’ 3-2 walk-off win over Minnesota.
How ‘bout that game last night, huh? Now that the men’s college basketball season is over, Jon Wilner gives us his early top 25 for 2016-17 and ranks Oregon men’s basketball at No. 9. Arizona (No. 13), UCLA (19th) and Colorado (22nd) are also ranked by Wilner. Congrats to Villanova – best finish of all time.
Interesting read from John Canzano about where the Oregon State women’s basketball program goes from here after this historic season.
Kareem Copeland of the Associated Press details the three-man race to be Utah’s starting quarterback – Troy Williams, Tyler Huntley and Brandon Cox are all sharing first-team snaps in practice. A starter isn’t expected to be named until the fall.
Kyle Bonagura takes us inside Ishmael Adams’ position change from cornerback to wide receiver for UCLA. Dude is dynamic with the ball in his hands – remember that 2014 game against Arizona State?
Percy Allen features converted Washington tight ends Jeff Lindquist and Will Dissly. Lindquist was a quarterback; Dissly was a defensive lineman (but was a TE in high school).
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated whips up a Jared Goff NFL Draft scouting report. He thinks Goff will go in the top 10 and compares him to Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill.
David Lombardi writes that Zach Hoffpauir hopes to follow in Tyler Gaffney’s footsteps by returning to Stanford football after a stint in baseball’s minor leagues.
Colorado spring football practice was postponed Monday as a result of too many Buffs suffering from injuries (Pat Rooney). The team is back on the field Tuesday with the spring game coming Saturday.
Jacob Thorpe features Washington State running back James Williams and how he benefits from the coaching of RBs coach Jim Mastro. ‘Tis a crowded backfield in Pullman with Gerard Wicks, Jamal Morrow and Keith Harrington also back there.
Doug Haller tries to give us some context on former Sun Devil defensive back Damarious Randall’s Twitter rant against Arizona State.
USC women’s track and field is No. 2 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, just like the Oregon men. Linked is the conference release on national rankings for Pac-12 teams.