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."

Cubs' Epstein: 'History doesn't really weigh on this club'


Cubs' Epstein: 'History doesn't really weigh on this club'

The Cubs are going to the World Series.

Yes, you read that right.

The Cubs are going to the World Series.

The Curse of the Billy Goat is broken. 

The 71-year drought is over. 

The truly once-in-a-lifetime moment has finally come to Chicago.

Holy cow.

The Cubs punched their ticket to the promised land with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Best Pitcher on the Planet in front of 42,386 fans in the most euphoric moment in Wrigley Field's history.

Theo Epstein's vision is one step closer to coming to fruition.

"History doesn't really weigh on this club," Epstein said before Saturday's Game 6. "Just trying to win tonight's game. 

"These guys - a lot of them are in their early 20s and they're not burdened by that stuff. The organization isn't. It's just about trying to win and keeping it simple."


Rewind: Sharks slow, sloppy and undisciplined in loss to Wings

Rewind: Sharks slow, sloppy and undisciplined in loss to Wings

DETROIT – The Sharks had just one scheduled practice on their 10-day road trip, set to take place on Friday in Detroit prior to the fifth and final game against the Red Wings. It was canceled, though, as the coaching staff opted for rest rather than work.

The result was a 3-0 loss to the Red Wings in which the Sharks were sloppy in their own zone, were smoked in the faceoff circle, surrendered a plethora of odd-man rushes, and took eight minor penalties. They just couldn’t keep pace with a Detroit team that was playing its second game in as many nights. 

San Jose looked like a club that has held just a single solitary practice since the season began on Oct. 12.

“Some breakdowns, guys not being above [the puck], some giveaways in our own end, we’re kind of leaving [the defensive zone] early,” Logan Couture said. “We just don’t seem like we’re dedicated to defense like we were at the end [of] last year.”

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“It wasn’t very good tonight,” added Martin Jones, who lost his third in a row in goal. “Too many penalties, too many turnovers. Just wasn’t very good tonight.”

The start was actually a decent one, as the Sharks were attempting to put Thursday’s third period collapse in Pittsburgh behind them, but Detroit eventually took over. Gustav Nyquist broke the scoreless tie four minutes into the second period, and added to the Red Wings’ lead with a second marker about 11 minutes later.

On the first, Paul Martin was caught flat-footed in the offensive zone, leading to a two-on-one rush by Detroit. Nyquist abruptly stopped on the faceoff dot in front of Justin Braun, and rifled a shot though. On the second, Matt Nieto had control of the puck and was headed up the ice before he stumbled and turned it over to Ryan Sproul, who found Nyquist in the slot. 

A bad line change resulted in Andreas Athanasiou powering a slap shot to Jones’ far side six minutes into the third period, giving Detroit a commanding three-goal lead. 

“We were late everywhere tonight,” Pete DeBoer said. “When you’re a step behind a good team they expose you, and I think that was the story. We’ll have to go back and figure out why, and get our game back in a better place.”

“We played into their hands. They’re a transition team, a speed team, and if you’re going to play east-west and turn the puck over they’re going to make you pay for it. We talked about it, but we still fell into that trap. Obviously the penalties didn’t help, and we’re playing catch up all night.”

Among those penalties was a double minor to Joe Pavelski for spearing Steve Ott, just a few seconds after Athanasiou’s goal. The captain seemed agitated for much of the night.

Pavelski said he didn’t think he got a whole lot of Ott with his stick, but “it’s a play you don’t want to make.”

DeBoer didn’t take issue with the play which nullified what would have been a Sharks power play after a Drew Miller interference.

“Pav is a competitor. He was probably our best player tonight. He’s competing right until the final buzzer,” DeBoer said. “I don’t have a problem with that. It doesn’t bother me.”

The power play, though, is one area that the coach may need to focus on when the Sharks finally get a practice in on Monday at home. Despite being together for so many years, the top unit seems tentative with the puck and is misfiring on passes that are typically routine.

On one power play in the second period when the game was still scoreless, Pavelski was open in front of the net, but Patrick Marleau missed him on what would have been a tap-in goal. The Sharks finished 0-for-4 with a man advantage and have just one goal in a manned net this season during five-on-four play.

What has to change?

“Quite a few things,” Couture said. “We’re breaking in fine, [but] we’re too stationary, I think. I don’t know if we’re moving the puck well enough. Not attacking holes, not shooting the puck and getting it back.”

The Sharks will open up a three-game homestand on Tuesday with the Ducks. There is work to do before that.

“We’re 3-3. That’s the good news,” DeBoer said. “I think we’ve played some good hockey, but we have a lot of things we’ve got to clean up, too.”

Jones said: “Obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted to end the road trip. We’ll bounce back, and we’ve got a lot of games left.”