Roundup: Trump reportedly intervenes on behalf of UCLA trio


The Washington Post reported on Monday that President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA men's basketball players who are under investigation for alleged theft while in Hangzhou for the Pac-12 China Game last week.


By defeating Colorado on Saturday, USC clinched the Pac-12 South and will play in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game against either Washington, Washington State or Stanford. In men’s basketball news, the school announced prior to Friday’s season opener against Cal State Fullerton that guard De’Anthony Melton has been indefinitely suspended because of potential eligibility issues.


Huge victory for the Cardinal Friday night at home against No. 9 Washington, and Kyle Bonagura writes that Stanford’s 30-22 win over Washington knocked the Huskies out of College Football Playoff consideration (along with keeping alive its own hopes of winning the Pac-12 North).

Washington State

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk set the Pac-12 passing touchdowns record in the Cougars’ 33-25 win at Utah, surpassing Matt Barkley in the first half of Saturday’s game.

Oregon State

Danny Moran looks back at Oregon State’s loss to Arizona, starting out with Cory Hall’s postgame comments about the defense and how players on that side of the ball “deserve better.”


Despite losing and allowing Luke Falk to become the Pac-12 passing touchdowns career leader, Utah’s defense “stood tall,” according to Lynn Worthy of The Salt Lake Tribune.


Check out these tidbits from Arizona football’s 49-28 win over Oregon State to get to 7-3 on the season, courtesy of Michael Lev. How about this one for starters? Lev points out that the Wildcats have scored 35 or more points in six straight games, which is the longest streak by a Power Five school this year.

Arizona State

Here are Doug Haller’s takeaways and grades from Arizona State’s loss to UCLA Saturday night. The Sun Devils, like the Bruins, are 5-5 and need to win one of its final two games to achieve bowl eligibility.


Some good news after a scary incident, as New Orleans Saints running back Daniel Lasco has feeling in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury while tackling Brandon Tate of the Buffalo Bills on a kickoff return. The former Golden Bears running back was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital following the hit in the second quarter.


Colorado women’s soccer advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament by defeating Denver 2-1 Sunday, and Pat Rooney has the game recap in the preceding link. The Buffs got a pair of goals within 2:19 of each other in the second half and will face North Carolina Friday in the second round.


Sabrina Ionescu posted a triple-double to lift Oregon women’s basketball to a 110-77 win over Drake Sunday with her 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Andrew Greif has the gamer.


Larry Stone, a columnist for The Seattle Times, wonders whether Mike Hopkins’ passion and personality can spark a turnaround for the Washington men’s basketball program. The Huskies are 2-0 so far with wins over Belmont and Eastern Washington.

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