Missed FG Keeps Cal from Upset of No. 1 Ducks


Missed FG Keeps Cal from Upset of No. 1 Ducks

Nov. 13,2010

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) One small step helped No. 1 Oregon avoid one big upset.Jeff Maehl caught a 29-yard touchdownpass for the Ducks' only offensive touchdown, and Oregon got a stellareffort from its defense and a huge break on a missed field goal to beatCalifornia 15-13 on Saturday night.Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio erasedhis 24-yard own field goal, which would have put the Golden Bears aheadby one early in the fourth quarter, by committing an illegal motionpenalty by taking a stutter step forward before the snap. The juniorthen missed a 29-yard try on the next play.Cliff Harris returned a punt 64 yardsfor the only touchdown in the first half for the Ducks (10-0, 7-0Pac-10), who wobbled on the road to the BCS title game but are stillheading in the right direction."It feels really good to come throughfor the offense this time," linebacker Casey Matthews said. "We didpretty good, but we should do that every week, no matter what theoffense does."Darron Thomas passed for 155 yardsand led a final drive that chewed up the last 9 12 minutes. It was astrange sight to see the high-speed Ducks down shift into super-slowmotion, but it worked to perfection. Kenjon Barner and LaMichael Jamestook turns with the ball while Thomas milked the play clock on an18-play, 65-yard drive.The Bears held the nation's mostpotent offense to a season-low 317 yards, but couldn't get the Ducks'offense off the field when they most needed a stop.Cal defensive tackle Derrick Hillforced a fumble and recovered it in the end zone for the Bears (5-5,3-4), who lost in Strawberry Canyon for the first time all season - butonly after putting a mighty scare into their first top-ranked opponentin five years.James rushed for a season-low 91yards in a tentative performance by the Heisman Trophy hopeful, butOregon's defense shut out Cal's offense for the final 55 minutes.Shane Vereen rushed for 105 yardsand scored a touchdown on Cal's opening drive. Brock Mansion went 10for 27 for 69 yards in his second career start.The Ducks had played just threescoreless quarters all season long until Cal shut them out in the firstand fourth quarters. Oregon kicker Rob Beard also missed two fieldgoals after going 8 for 8.Oregon, which hadn't won by fewerthan 11 points all season, will find out Sunday how its struggles willaffect its position in the ranking and BCS standings, where the Duckslead fellow unbeatens Auburn, TCU and Boise State.But after surviving Berkeley, justtwo hurdles remain between the Ducks and an unbeaten regular season: avisit from Arizona on Nov. 26, followed by the Civil War at OregonState.The Bears began a three-gamehomestand to close the season on a postcard-perfect afternoon atMemorial Stadium, but their future got much chillier by the fourthquarter. If Cal loses the 113th Big Game to No. 7 Stanford nextSaturday, the Bears must beat Washington in their finale to gain bowleligibility and a chance to avoid their first non-winning season incoach Jeff Tedford's nine years in Berkeley.Oregon's offensive strugglescertainly weren't for a lack of nerve: The Ducks went for it twice onfourth down on their opening drive, but turned over the ball atmidfield. After an incomplete pass, Cal handed the ball five straighttimes to Vereen, who barreled in from 1 yard out just 4 12 minutesinto the first quarter.The rest of the first half was afast-paced game of field position until midway through the secondquarter, when Harris broke down the Oregon sideline for his fourth TDpunt return of the season.Defensive end Dion Jordan took the 2-point conversion in for a score on a trick play, putting the Ducks up 8-7.Vereen fumbled at the Cal 29 on theBears' first drive of the second half, and Thomas hit Maehl in stridefor a score on the next play, finally showing off the quick-strikeoffense that has captivated college football.But Hill's tremendous play punishedthe Ducks moments later. He swatted the ball out of Thomas' hand as thequarterback drew back to pass before recovering it in the end zone,with the play upheld by video review.Cal failed on the 2-point conversionpass, but mounted another clock-chewing drive to the Oregon 7 momentslater. That led Tavecchio's crucial misstep.

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.                             

During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.

The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.

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Rewind: Kings start fast in Dallas, snap losing streak

Rewind: Kings start fast in Dallas, snap losing streak

Sometime you just have to take care of business. That is exactly what the Sacramento Kings did Wednesday night when they walked into the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and handed the Mavericks a 120-89 smackdown.

For one of the few times in recent memory, the Kings got off to a quick start. Sacramento took a 26-23 lead into the second quarter. They pushed their advantage to as many as 13 before the break, before settling for a 56-52 lead heading into halftime.

And then the Kings dropped the hammer.

Dallas was on the ropes from the start of the third. The Kings opened the second half with an 11-0 run to get separation and then kept pounding away on the Mavericks to take a 85-64 lead into the fourth where the Mavs waived the white flag early.

“I felt like we were good on both ends,” Omri Casspi told reporters following the game. “We were covering for one another on the defensive end and we were sharing the ball on offense and when we play like this, we’re tough to beat, not just in Dallas, but on any given night.”

The Kings held the Mavs to 41 percent shooting for the game, but in the second half, Dallas hit just 13-of-37 from the field (35.1 percent) and they turned the ball over 10 times.

Sacramento took advantage of the Mavericks miscues, scoring 34 points off of 23 total turnovers for the home team. They ran at every opportunity, outscoring Dallas 33-13 on fastbreak points on their way to the 31-point victory.

“I think we did a good job of playing together, good team defense, good ball movement, everybody got involved, so it was a good team effort all around,” DeMarcus Cousins told CSN California’s Kayte Christensen following the game.

Cousins got it going early, drawing fouls on the injury depleted frontline of the Mavericks. With starting center Andrew Bogut unavailable, Dallas had no choice but to send multiple bodies at Cousins and the big man made them pay.

With all of the attention focused his way, Cousins’ teammates cut to the hoop or found open spots on the perimeter leading to a team-high seven assists for the All-Star center. But he wasn’t the only one sharing the ball.

Six Kings players finished the night with three or more assists as Sacramento totalled 28 dimes in the drubbing. Not only did the Kings move the ball, but they hit their shots as well, finishing the night at 56 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from long range.

Cousins dropped in a team-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Rudy Gay and Darren Collison each finished the night with 19 and Garrett Temple went a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc on his way to 17 points off the bench.

The win snapped Sacramento’s three game losing streak and helped them finish the five-game trip at 2-3. While the Mavericks are a last place team missing plenty of rotational players, there are no easy games for the Kings, who are still in search of an identity on the court.

“Honestly, we’re just focused on playing the best basketball as a team,” Cousins said. “We’ve got our own problems on, we can’t really be focused on the next team, we’ve got to focus on ourselves right now.”

The team flew home following the game, landing in Sacramento overnight. They face the New York Knicks on Friday night at Golden 1 Center before heading back out on the road Saturday to face the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Ben McLemore sighting

It has been an up and down season for plenty of the Kings players as new head coach Dave Joerger searches for the right combination of players. Coming into Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks, fourth-year guard Ben McLemore had been buried on the bench, receiving three straight DNP-CDs and five in Sacramento’s first 20 games.

In an attempt to mix things up, Joerger turned to the 23-year-old guard to start the game, leaving veteran Arron Afflalo out of the rotation for the first time this season.

“It’s just an opportunity, I think he’s been waiting patiently, he’s worked his tail off, he’s kept his confidence,” Joerger said of McLemore. “He’s a pretty good athlete. He deserved this opportunity.”

McLemore struggled to find his rhythm, but still managed to score nine points on 3-of-11 shooting in 21 minutes of action. The high-flying shooting guard is averaging career-lows across the board, posting just 6.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game this season, but it appears he’s going to get another shot to figure things out on the court.

“Let’s take a look at him with this group for a little bit,” Joerger said of McLemore following the game.