No. 2 Stanford women roll past Arizona in Pac-10

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No. 2 Stanford women roll past Arizona in Pac-10

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Ogwumike sisters proved too much inside, and if a lost contact lens and a chipped tooth couldn't stop them, Arizona surely had no chance.Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 32 points, her younger sister Chiney Ogwumike added 21 and No. 2 Stanford routed the fourth-seeded Wildcats 100-71 in the Pac-10 tournament semifinals on Friday."They're pretty dang good," Arizona coach Niya Butts said.Freshman Chiney had 13 rebounds and junior Nnemkadi had 10 to help the top-seeded Cardinal (28-2) win its 22nd in a row overall and 56th consecutive league game. The Cardinal reached the 100-point mark for the third time this season and their points were the most scored in a Pac-10 tourney game."It's like when Chiney gets a rebound, and it's like I get a rebound. When Chiney scores, it's like I scored," Nnemkadi said. "We have an invisible extension between us. It's a lot of fun to play with her. We are definitely feeding off each other. We give each other energy during the game."Stanford advanced to Saturday's championship game at Staples Center against either second-seeded UCLA or No. 6 seed California, which met later. The Cardinal is seeking its fifth straight Pac-10 tourney title and eighth overall.Kayla Pedersen added 16 points and Sarah Boothe 12 as the only other Cardinal players in double figures. The Ogwumike sisters helped Stanford dominate the boards, 41-29, and own a 64-18 edge in the paint."Sometimes it's just natural for a sister to look for a sister," Chiney said. "I usually know where she is, I know where she's probably thinking about going, and sometimes that really makes it easy in the sport of basketball."The only suspense occurred after Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored the game's first two baskets and her left contact lens popped out, something that happens often to both sisters. The game stopped while she went to the bench to put it back in.Chiney briefly left the game in the second half after getting hit in the mouth. She chipped a tooth, the same one that's been dinged before, and she returned to help Stanford extend its lead to 30 points."I've been known to get the butt of hits to the mouth," she said. "I should be wearing my mouth guard more, which I will."Soana Lucet scored 17 points and Ify Ibekwe added 15 - making all nine of her free throws - for Arizona (21-11), which lost its 20th straight to the Cardinal. The Wildcats had their five-game winning streak end.Stanford shot 53 percent in the first half, when the Cardinal led 45-24. Only two players other than the Ogwumike sisters scored, with Pedersen getting seven and Joslyn Tinkle two.The Cardinal opened the game on a 13-3 run and later scored nine in a row as part of a 19-5 spurt that ended the half. Chiney already had a double-double at the break."The sisters are really, really big, and big post players," said Lucet, who tangled with them down low. "It was pretty tough."The Wildcats cut their second-half deficit to 68-45 with nine straight points, including seven in a row by Lucet. Boothe and Chiney Ogwumike scored four straight, followed by Nnemkadi Ogwumike with five straight that pushed Stanford's lead back to 30 points with 8:18 remaining."We didn't have an answer for them today, but no one has really had an answer for them all year long," Butts said.The Cardinal ran through the league regular season schedule with an 18-0 record for the second straight year.After playing the first two rounds at USC's Galen Center, the women's tournament moved to Staples, where Arizona-Stanford was the first women's college basketball game played in the nearly 11-year-old arena.

Washington waxes Colorado in Pac-12 championship game

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Washington waxes Colorado in Pac-12 championship game

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SANTA CLARA -- Taylor Rapp returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and Myles Gaskin ran for 159 yards to help No. 4 Washington strengthen its case for a playoff berth with a 41-10 victory over No. 9 Colorado in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night.

The Huskies (12-1, No. 4 CFP) broke open a close game when Rapp intercepted Sefo Liufau's passes on the first two drives of the second half for a touchdown and to set up a field goal that made it 24-7.

Washington rolled from there to its first conference title since 2000 with a performance likely to keep the Huskies in the top four when the College Football Playoff bids are handed out Sunday.

It was a rough day for Colorado (10-3, No. 8 CFP) and Liufau, who was knocked out of the game after injuring his right leg on a sack on the Buffaloes' first drive of the game. He returned to start the second half and threw three interceptions, including one on the first play from scrimmage that Rapp returned 35 yards for a score.

Liufau threw another interception on the ensuing drive and Colorado could never recover. Even a circus kick return in the third quarter couldn't help the Buffaloes. Anthony Julmisse returned a kick to near midfield and fumbled. Phillip Lindsay scooped up and ran down to the 2 but Colorado was held to a field goal.

THE TAKEAWAY

Colorado: From the opening kickoff that went out of bounds, little went right for the Buffaloes, who were unable to cap an impressive turnaround season with a conference title. Liufau's injury didn't help the cause. Steven Montez went 5 for 12 for 60 yards in the first half and was unable to generate any consistent offense and Liufau was even worse when he returned. He threw as many interceptions in the third quarter (3) as he had all season and was just 2 for 12 for 12 yards after coming back into the game.

Washington: The usually efficient Jake Browning struggled throwing the ball but it didn't matter as the Huskies dominated the game with 265 yards on the ground behind Gaskin and Lavon Coleman (101 yards). Browning went just 9 for 24 for 118 yards but did throw two TDs. His second touchdown was far from his prettiest throw of the season. With a defender draped all over him, Browning threw a ball up from grabs that John Ross caught in front of Chidobe Awuzie and ran in 19 yards for the score. Browning's 42 TDs are one shy of Jared Goff's Pac-12 record.

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Colorado: The Buffaloes must wait to see if they will remain ahead of No. 11 USC in the playoff rankings and get a Rose Bowl bid if Washington goes to the playoff or likely head to the Alamo Bowl if they drop behind the Trojans.

Washington: A likely berth in the playoff.

Instant Replay: Sharks score early, hang on for home win vs Canadiens

Instant Replay: Sharks score early, hang on for home win vs Canadiens

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SAN JOSE – Despite finally reaching the end of what was a frenzied portion of their schedule, the Sharks found the necessary vigor to get past the NHL’s top team on Friday night at SAP Center.
 
Martin Jones outdueled Carey Price in net, and the Sharks got first period goals from Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski in a 2-1 win.
 
The Sharks (15-9-1) improved to 6-1 in their last seven games, allowing just eight goals over that span. They lead the Pacific Division by three points, and won’t play again until Wednesday after what was their 10th game in the past 18 days.
 
Montreal remains in first place overall in the league standings with 34 points (16-6-2).
 
Two of the Sharks’ most potent goal scorers staked them a 2-0 lead before the first intermission.
 
On a power play, Burns powered a one-timer from the circle past Price at 5:22. San Jose came out of the gate buzzing, and earned the man advantage when Micheal Haley drew a holding minor on Mark Barberio.
 
Pavelski increased the San Jose lead at 19:03, storming towards the goal crease and redirecting a Joe Thornton centering pass on what was essentially a two-on-none rush. 
 
The Sharks were shorthanded late after a double minor for high sticking to Logan Couture with 4:06 left in regulation, when the Sharks forward clipped Alexander Radulov, who left the ice due to some profuse bleeding.
 
After killing off a good portion of it without allowing a shot on goal, Artturi Lehtonen swept a shot through Jones with Price pulled for an extra attacker with 1:17 to go. That was all the Canadiens would get past Jones, though, who made 31 saves.
 
Montreal made a push in the second period, particularly early, but Jones stood on his head. He snagged a Max Pacioretty shot about five minutes into the middle frame, and on the ensuing faceoff got his left pad on Brenden Gallagher’s attempt after the Canadiens forwards slipped to front of the net with the puck.
 
Jones got a bit fortunate, too, when Pacioretty missed a wide-open chance in the slot halfway through regulation.
 
The Sharks won their 10th straight game over the Canadiens in San Jose, and are 7-1-0 in their last eight overall when opposing Montreal.
 
Montreal has not won a game at the Shark Tank since Nov. 23, 1999.
 
Special teams 
 
The Sharks went 1-for-3 on the power play, and are 5-for-19 in their last seven games. Of Burns’ 10 goals, three have come with a man advantage.
 
Montreal finished 1-for-4. The Sharks have allowed one power play goal against in four of their last five games.
 
In goal
 
After getting pulled against Pittsburgh on Nov. 5, Jones improved to 8-2-1 in his last 11. He’s allowed two or fewer goals in eight of them.
 
Jones’ best save of the night came with 11:29 to go in the first period and the Sharks ahead 1-0, when he caught a Alex Galchenyuk shot while quickly shifting from his right to his left. He also denied Brian Flynn on a breakaway with 2:53 left in the opening frame.
 
Price has now lost all five of his starts in San Jose (0-4-1). It was just his third loss in regulation this season (13-3-1), as he allowed two goals on 28 shots.
 
Lineup
 
The Sharks lost defenseman David Schlemko with about eight minutes left in the second period with what looked to be a leg or ankle injury.

Thornton assisted on each of the first two goals, moving into sole possession of 25th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1356 career points, passing Brendan Shanahan.
 
Tommy Wingels returned from a three-game absence with a lower body injury, replacing Ryan Carpenter, who had played the previous three games and scored his first NHL goal on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
 
Paul Martin played in his 800th career NHL game.
 
Up next
 
The Sharks will host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for the first of two meetings this month. They will enjoy a rare two-day break over the weekend with no practices scheduled.