Roundup: Russell Westbrook named NBA MVP

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Former UCLA Bruin Russell Westbrook was named NBA MVP Monday night after averaging a triple-double for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2016-17 season. Westbrook received 69 of 101 first-place votes, with former Sun Devil James Harden receiving 22 first-place votes.

Washington State

Sweet – Washington State volleyball middle blocker Jocelyn Urias will play for the Mexican National Team at the FIVB World Grand Prix in July.


Josh Adam was named USC women’s rowing head coach, AD Lynn Swann announced Monday. He spent the last seven years at Washington State as an assistant or associate head coach.


Arizona volleyball libero Laura Larson was named Arizona’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee for 2017, Arizona Athletics announced Monday. Larson was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball in 2016 and the 2016-17 Arizona female Tom Hansen Medal Award winner on Tuesday morning.


Stanford grad Kori Carter qualified for the IAAF World Championships in the 400 after running a personal-best 52.95 in the event (Palo Alto Online).


Richard Deitsch gives us the behind-the-scenes story on how Outsports got the Ryan O’Callaghan coming out story (Sports Illustrated). Good stuff as always from Deitsch.

Arizona State

Former Arizona State and NFL kicker Luis Zendejas is offering free kicking sessions to local high schoolers, and read Richard Obert’s story for The Arizona Republic to learn more about it.

Oregon State

Sure, the Beavs didn’t win it all this year, but Oregon State baseball looks like it can return to the College World Series in 2018, writes Danny Moran.


Despite a rise in national profile with a trip to the College Football Playoff, Chris Petersen is still searching for underrated guys to bring to Washington. That said, he has gotten a good batch of four-star guys and his 2018 recruiting class is currently ranked 15th nationally by Scout.


Brian Howell dives into Colorado football’s cornerback situation for 2017, as the Buffs have some big shoes to fill there with Akhello Witherspoon and Chidobe Awuzie no longer around.


Jordan Bell was the steal of the NBA Draft, writes Zach Regelin of Pacific Takes. The Warriors thought Bell was a first-round talent but got him well into the second round at No. 38.


Shereen Rayan of Lake Show Life gives us three reasons why Kyle Kuzma was a good pick for the Lakers.

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