800 delayed -- No. 22 DePaul routs No. 3 Stanford

800 delayed -- No. 22 DePaul routs No. 3 Stanford


CHICAGO(AP) Stanford's Tara VanDerveer's will have to wait for that milestone800th coaching victory. DePaul made sure Thursday night there nocelebrations on their home floor at the McGrath Arena.The No. 22 Blue Demons took over inthe second half with tough defense and torrid shooting and routed thethird-ranked Cardinal 91-71.VanDerveer - 799-196 in her 32ndseason as a head coach - had hoped to join Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt,C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell as women's college coaches with800 wins."It's really totally irrelevant as far as I'm concerned," VanDerveer said.
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"We're disappointed in how we played.We really needed more different people to step up ... They've had a lotof success, it is their 14th game and they are ahead of us right now.We need to learn from it and get better."Keisha Hampton scored 23 of her 27points in the second half and Felicia Chester had a career-high 24 tohelp DePaul (13-1) run its winning streak to 10 games.DePaul's win was especially pleasing for coach Doug Bruno. Both Stringer and Summitt got their 800th victories against DePaul."I think Tara is absolutely one of the greatest coaches to ever have coached," Bruno said."When you go to Tennessee and you sitthere as sacrificial lamb for coach Summitt winning her 800th and thenyou sit there as a a sacrificial lamb for coach Vivian Stringer withher 800th. There comes a place and a point. I told alums before thegame if we get beat tonight they should throw hats on the floor for mebecause I would have just scored the hat trick, been three-for-threeand the answer to a great trivia question."Stanford (6-1) has an even biggerchallenge ahead to get VanDerveer her 800th. The Cardinal must beatSummitt at Tennessee on Sunday.Jeanette Pohlen led Stanford with 23points. The Cardinal played without senior Kayla Pedersen, who was keptout because of a head injury."They were more aggressive than us.Tennessee won't be a piece of cake. We have to be aggressive if we wantto win," Pohlen said.Pedersen, the No. 10 scorer and No.4 rebounder in Stanford history, bumped her head while taking a chargein the first half Sunday against Fresno State and did not return.VanDerveer said she wasn't told that Pedersen had a concussion but that the guardforward was experiencing headaches.When Pedersen didn't take the floorThursday night, it ended a string of 121 straight starts dating to the2007-08 opener. The 6-foot-4 senior is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5rebounds. Joslyn Tinkle started in her place."We were never into an offensiveflow and I thought defensively we did not do a good enough job,"VanDerveer said. "They hit a lot of 3s in the second half. ... WithoutKayla, we were playing a lot of young kids who were a step slow."After leading by only two at the half, DePaul broke away in the second with a 17-2 run early in the second.Sam Quigley's 3-pointer ignited thespurt and Hampton scored seven straight points at one juncture asDePaul opened up a 61-45 lead and coasted from there.The Blue Demons were 7 for 12 on3-pointers in the second half and shot 59.6 percent from the field forthe game. Hampton was 8 for 14 from the field and Chester 8 for 9. AndDePaul made 19 of 27 free throws."My teammates found me and I gotgood shots and got to the free throw line," said Hampton. "I had arough first half. All of a sudden, you got to do the little things toget yourself started."

Melancon wastes Blach's gem, Giants fall to Padres in 12 on Myers' homer

Melancon wastes Blach's gem, Giants fall to Padres in 12 on Myers' homer


SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in the top of the 12th inning to send the San Diego Padres past the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

Myers' seventh home run and second in two games came on a 1-0 fastball from reliever George Kontos (0-2). Cory Spangenberg singled against Kontos leading off the inning, and Erick Aybar singled two batters later.

Hector Sanchez, who played parts of five seasons with the Giants, had a pinch-hit, two-run homer off San Francisco closer Mark Melancon in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

Sanchez turned on a 1-1 cut fastball over the heart of the plate for his first home run of the season and third career pinch-hit homer.

It was Melancon's second blown save in seven chances.

Sanchez represented the tying run after shortstop Eduardo Nunez booted Luis Sardinas' leadoff grounder for an error.

Ryan Buchter (2-1) pitched two shutout innings for the Padres. Jose Torres worked a scoreless 12th for his first save.

Melancon's flop followed a full meltdown by the Giants' bullpen Saturday, when the Padres tagged San Francisco relievers for 11 runs in three innings of a 12-4 win that included Myers' three-run homer.

Giants starter Ty Blach pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, retiring 10 of his last 11 batters in his second start for San Francisco since taking injured ace Madison Bumgarner's spot in the rotation. Bumgarner is expected to miss three months with a separated left (pitching) shoulder he sustained in a dirt-bike crash.

The Giants, who were hitting a league-worst .217 against lefties going into Sunday, took a 2-0 lead against southpaw Clayton Richard, who pitched 5 1/3 innings of six-hit ball.

Joe Panik, who was hit by a pitch leading off the fourth, scored on Blach's sacrifice fly. Michael Morse doubled in Hunter Pence in the fifth.

The Padres have won 12 of 16 games against the Giants dating to last season.

San Francisco (9-17) has the National League's worst record and is 39-59 since going into last year's All-Star break 24 games over .500 with the best record in the majors.

Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart, on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, tentatively plans to pitch for Class A Lake Elsinore on a rehab assignment Tuesday, manager Andy Green said. Cosart will throw three innings or about 45-50 pitches.

Giants: RHP Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment and the Giants called up RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A Sacramento. . CF Denard Span, on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, tentatively plans to take batting practice in Los Angeles on Monday.

Padres: After an off day, RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 4.50 ERA) will pitch the home series opener against Colorado on Tuesday. Cahill is 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in his career against the Rockies.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (3-1, 5.10) starts the series opener against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday. The two-time All-Star gave up three runs in six innings vs. the Dodgers last week and was 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA against them last season.

A's have their work cut out as they welcome back Sonny, Rajai

A's have their work cut out as they welcome back Sonny, Rajai

HOUSTON — If the A’s eventually want to return to the American League West mountaintop, they got a good look at the team they’ll have to conquer.

The Astros boast one of the majors’ most talented and athletic rosters, with enough of a youthful core to suggest they’ll be battling for division supremacy for years to come. They took two of three from Oakland at Minute Maid Park, capped by Sunday’s 7-2 decision in which left-hander Dallas Keuchel held the A’s to just three hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The loss ended a season-opening stretch in which the A’s played 22 of their first 25 against AL West foes. They saw every team in the division at least once, going 9-13 in that stretch and 11-14 overall for the month of April.

It’s tough to glean too much from one month of play, but the Astros (16-9) so far are living up to the hype that stems from several notable offseason additions they made. They hold a three-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Angels, with Oakland and Texas both five games back and Seattle 5 1/2 back.

Before the A’s bother worrying about who they have to knock off at the top, there are baby steps to conquer.

They need to generate some consistent offense, which has been lacking in their 1-5 start to this nine-game road trip. With that in mind, they’ll gladly welcome back center fielder Rajai Davis, who is expected to return from a strained left hamstring and rejoin the lineup Tuesday in Minnesota.

Also Tuesday, Sonny Gray will make his 2017 debut after missing the first four weeks with a strained lat muscle in his right side. One of the primary April storylines for the A’s involved the players they lost to injury. Now, they at least draw some optimism from the ones they’ll welcome back.

“We need to get these guys back,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve been leaning on (backup center fielder) Jaff Decker a little harder than we need to. You get Raj back doing his thing at the top of the lineup and get your No. 1 pitcher back, hopefully this is a trend on an upward swing as far as getting players back, as opposed to losing them like we have been.”

Jesse Hahn, who took Sunday’s loss, could eventually be out of a rotation spot with Gray’s return. But that decision gets delayed with fellow starter Sean Manaea having just joined the 10-day disabled list with a strained shoulder.

Hahn was solid Sunday, going six innings and allowing four runs (two earned). But he got a taste of the diverse ways that Houston can beat a pitcher. The Astros have speed, as they showed in the first inning when George Springer beat out an infield single and scored all the way from first on Carlos Correa’s double.

They also have run producers up and down the batting order. Evan Gattis, who clubbed 32 homers last season, hit seventh Sunday and drove an RBI double to left that just missed being a two-run homer.

“One through nine, it’s a solid lineup over there,” Hahn said. “You can’t take any pitches off, any at-bats off. You’ve almost got to treat every guy the same or they can hurt you.”

Catcher Josh Phegley says the A’s have a good read on the rest of the division and the challenge that sits before him and his teammates.

“We’ve seen the teams we’re gonna face most of the year. We get a feel for their bullpen, some of the subs they make during the game,” he said. “I like the way our team stacks up against everyone else.”

But the A’s have their work cut out. Last year, they were 13-12 at the end of April, just 1 1/2 games out of first place before eventually finishing in the cellar. As they begin this May, they are three games under .500 and already five games out.

Help is on the way with the return of Gray and Davis. Now the A’s need to parlay that into some victories.