Roundup: Tiger Woods back on his game heading into the Masters

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Stanford

The Masters begins Thursday, and Karen Crouse of the New York Times looks at Tiger Woods’ road back to becoming a favorite to win the Masters in 2018.

USC

Shams Charania reports that former USC men’s basketball star O.J. Mayo has signed with a team in Puerto Rico and will report to the team, San German, in mid-April. The 30-year-old has been out of the NBA since receiving a two-year suspension in 2016 for violating the anti-drug program. He can apply for reinstatement into the NBA in the summer.

Arizona

Caitlin Schmidt of the Arizona Daily Star reports that lawyers for Arizona and former head football coach Rich Rodriguez denied many claims made in a federal lawsuit originally filed by a woman who was abused by former Arizona running back Orlando Bradford and later amended in February after claims of sexual harassment and hostile work environment were filed by Rodriguez’s former administrative assistant.

Washington State

Brent Schrotenboer of USA TODAY Sports writes about how Washington State football is dealing with Tyler Hilinski’s suicide.

Oregon State

Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal tells us what we should look for as Oregon State football begins spring practice. The Beavers opened spring practice on Wednesday with first-year head coach Jonathan Smith at the helm.

Washington

Adam Jude gives us some Washington football spring practice notes, highlighting that redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Haener has continued to improve as he works with the No. 2 offense.

Utah

Lya Wodraska of The Salt Lake Tribune features Utah gymnast Tiffani Lewis as the Red Rocks get ready to host NCAA Regionals on Saturday. No. 9 Cal, No. 16 Auburn, No. 21 BYU, Stanford and Southern Utah will be in town (top two of the six advance to the NCAA Championships).

UCLA

UCLA beach volleyball defeated Long Beach State and USC Wednesday on Pac-12 Networks (recap), running the top-ranked Bruins’ winning streak to 21 matches.

Colorado

Colorado men’s basketball freshman McKinley Wright was named the Chauncey Billups team MVP at the team’s year-end awards banquet on Wednesday (BuffZone.com).

Oregon

Tyson Alger gives us an outlook on Oregon men’s basketball as it heads into the offseason after what the team considered a “very average” 2017-18 that ended with a second-round NIT loss to Marquette.

Arizona State

Nick Sheehy of the State Press gives us the story of Arizona State diver Youssef Selim, who made his way to Tempe from Egypt.

California

Cal softball thrashed Saint Mary’s 13-0 in five innings Wednesday, improving the 24th-ranked Golden Bears’ record to 26-11 overall.

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