Roundup: Nancy Bowling's return to Arizona softball makes big impact
Here’s your read of the day – Zack Rosenblatt’s feature on Arizona softball’s Nancy Bowling. After leaving the team in 2015 to get treatment for anorexia, Bowling has returned to make a serious impact for the ‘Cats and was recently named Pac-12 Player of the Week. She and her teammates are in Knoxville for regional play in the NCAA Softball Tournament.
Utah softball junior Hannah Flippen was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, it was announced Thursday. All Flippen did was hit a modest .542 with an OPS of 1.701; that’s all.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks of Yahoo Sports report that Jaylen Brown will not hire an agent, instead opting to consult with the NBPA on his rookie contract. He won’t have to dole out that commission money, yo.
Now here’s a juicy headline – Doug Haller gives us an oral history of how Arizona State nearly landed Russell Westbrook. The Thunder superstar (yeah -- superstar, Mark Cuban) really enjoyed his visit to ASU, but UCLA swooped in with a late scholarship offer.
Stanford women’s tennis defeated Florida 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, getting the clinching point from Taylor Davidson. Cal will be joining the Cardinal in the quarterfinals.
USC will play Syracuse in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament quarterfinals Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The undefeated Trojans are the first MPSF women’s lacrosse team to reach the NCAA quarterfinals.
Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the Los Angeles Daily News tells us that UCLA softball is entering the postseason with a “team-first attitude.” The Bruins are hosting a regional as the No. 12 seed in the tournament (CSU Bakersfield, Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton are also in their regional).
Kevin Gemmell examines how Davis Webb’s decision to join the Cal football team instead of Colorado affects both the Golden Bears and Buffs.
Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey talks about the Beavers’ pitching issues, as reported by Danny Moran. After a 16-2 start to the season, Oregon State has lost six of its last seven and might miss out on the postseason altogether if it doesn’t bounce back in its last two weekend series.
Janie McCauley of the Associated Press opines that Klay Thompson has “carried” the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs this year. He certainly had to shoulder more of a load when Steph Curry was out for much of the first two rounds.
Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports believes Oregon is one of eight schools with the most at stake at the NBA Draft deadline. Both Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks are contemplating whether or not to turn pro.
David Lombardi looks at the toughest stretch of the 2016 season for Washington football. The Sept. 24-Oct. 8 stretch with games at Arizona, home against Stanford and at Oregon doesn’t sound too easy.