Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win


Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win


STANFORD (AP) Washingtonlooked frantic and out of sync, a team dearly missing injured pointguard Abdul Gaddy and the rhythm he brings.
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Stanford pushed the tempo and pulled off a surprise.Josh Owens scored the go-ahead basketon a left-handed tip-in with 29 seconds left and the Cardinal stunnedthe 17th-ranked Huskies 58-56 on Thursday night to stay unbeaten athome this season."I just went up and tried to make aplay. I personally thought the shot was going in, and then the guardgot a position on my man under the basket and I got a portion thatrolled," Owens said.Scott Suggs missed a baseline3-pointer moments later for Washington after he knocked down a tying 3with 1:08 left. Stanford's Jeremy Green was whistled for a foul againstJustin Holiday on the rebound, but Holiday missed both free throws with2.5 seconds on the clock - the second on purpose with hopes of givinghis team another chance.The Huskies (12-4, 4-1 Pac-10) caughta break when Dwight Powell was called for traveling on the rebound,giving them the ball back for one final try. Holiday missed a longjumper from the right wing as the buzzer sounded."I wanted the ball. The plan was forme to get a lob, but when they helped, I didn't get that much time toshoot it," Holiday said.Owens had 14 points and Green added12 for Stanford (10-5, 3-1) in the biggest victory yet for third-yearcoach Johnny Dawkins. It was the Cardinal's first game against a rankedopponent this season."I hadn't thought about that. I don'treally look at them that way," Dawkins said of where this win ranks forhim on The Farm. "I'm just really proud of our guys' effort for 40minutes. I thought we played hard. I think we protected the home courtvery well."Stanford is 8-0 in Maples Pavilionfor the program's best start on its home floor since going 14-0 duringa 26-0 start in 2003-04.Powell had 11 points and seven rebounds for Stanford, including a key putback with 1:44 to play.Holiday finished with 15 points,including eight straight early in the second half after going 0 for 5in the opening 20 minutes. Isaiah Thomas added 14 points and sevenassists for the Huskies, who couldn't hold an 11-point lead with 8:55left and had their six-game winning streak snapped.The Cardinal beat a ranked opponentfor the first time since a 74-64 victory against No. 21 Arizona Stateon March 5, 2009. It was their first home victory against a Top 25 teamsince a 75-69 win over rival and No. 22 California on Jan. 17, 2009.Stanford had lost the last six to the Huskies and seven of 10. All three Washington wins last season were by double digits."It just feels good to finally beatthem. Ever since I was a freshman, we haven't got the win," Green said."I'm proud of our team, glad that we were able to come out here andcompete."Venoy Overton's layup with 8:55remaining put Washington ahead 51-40, but Stanford kept chipping awayby creating second and third opportunities on offense.Jarrett Mann's dunk with 6:02 leftpulled the Cardinal within 51-48. Anthony Brown followed with a putbackand Green hit a go-ahead 3 the next time down to make it 53-51 with3:47 left. Washington called timeout, then tied it on Holiday's jumperat 3:23."They didn't quit when we were up 11with 10 to go," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We failed to box outat the end. We missed free throws and layups and had some turnoversthat were very costly at the 7- or 8-minute mark. We weren't able toturn it around at the end."The cold-shooting Huskies had theirPac-10 winning streak snapped at 11 games, held to their lowest scoringtotal of the season and 36.2 percent shooting from the field.Washington lost Gaddy for the seasonlast week to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He hadbeen scheduled for surgery Friday.Thomas' three-point play with 10:37left put Washington ahead 49-38 for its first double-digit lead.Washington never looked in sync early and couldn't convert when itcounted. Stanford ended a six-game skid in the rivalry.This marked Washington's first gamesince Romar acknowledged one of his players is being investigated bypolice following an allegation last weekend.
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Romar and his players have tried to keep all the focus on basketball this week."I don't think that was an issue atall," Romar said. "Both teams played hard the whole game. We bothmissed a lot of layups. Things don't go the way you want sometimes."The Huskies failed to come throughin crunch time on their first stop of the always-tough trip to the BayArea. Washington also had its road winning streak in Pac-10 play end atsix.The Huskies, who play at defendingconference champion California on Sunday night, were off to their bestconference start since beginning 6-0 in the 1983-84 season.Washington, with its three previouslosses coming at the hands of ranked opponents in Kentucky, MichiganState and Texas A&M, began a stretch with five of seven games onthe road.Stanford hadn't faced a Top 25 team since Dec. 22, 2009, in a 100-87 loss to 23rd-ranked Texas Tech.The Huskies shot 35.7 percent - including 3 for 10 from long range - in the first half and trailed 29-28 at the break.

Kings exercise option on Willie Cauley-Stein


Kings exercise option on Willie Cauley-Stein

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings announced today the team has exercised its third-year option on center Willie Cauley-Stein, according to Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac. 

Cauley-Stein is entering his second season with the Kings after being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. An All-Rookie Second Team honoree last season, Cauley-Stein registered 7.0 points (.563 FG%, .648 FT%), 5.3 rebounds and 1.00 blocks in 21.4 minutes per contest over 66 games played (started 39) in 2015-16.

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NFL places Giants' Brown on 'exempt' list amid domestic abuse case


NFL places Giants' Brown on 'exempt' list amid domestic abuse case

LONDON -- The NFL placed Josh Brown on paid leave Friday hours after coach Ben McAdoo struggled to answer questions about how the New York Giants might discipline the kicker for abusing his wife.

In a letter to the 14-year veteran, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch said Brown was being placed on the league's "exempt list" while the league investigates whether he should be suspended as punishment for several alleged acts of spousal abuse. Birch said the move "does not represent a finding that you have violated the personal conduct policy," but does pave the way toward potential further sanctions.

Being placed on Commissioner Roger Goodell's "exempt" list means Brown cannot attend practices or Giants games but can go to Giants headquarters for meetings and workouts. It also means Brown continues to be paid and his presence won't be counted on the Giants' 53-man roster. Brown could appeal the decision.

"The NFL has the ability to place a player on the exempt list and the player has the right to appeal that decision, if he chooses," the NFL Players Association said in a statement. "The League office wanted unilateral control of this process and accordingly, their system lacks transparency."

The action on Brown came hours after McAdoo had trouble explaining the Giants' intentions toward Brown, their kicker since 2013. The questions about how much the Giants knew about Brown's off-field troubles have overshadowed preparations for Sunday's game in London against the Los Angeles Rams.

Brown did not travel to London following Wednesday's release of police records which contained the player's written admissions that he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in the documents released by the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington state that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

In May 2015, Molly Brown sought and was granted a temporary protection order against her husband. A King County Superior Court commissioner issued the temporary restraining order on May 27, 2015. The order was reissued several times until July 24, 2015 when the order was terminated by the court at Molly Brown's request.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he had pounded on their hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the local investigating detective, Robin Ostrum.

Brown's former wife did not respond to messages seeking comment from The Associated Press. A law firm representing the kicker declined to comment.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information on the 9-month-old event. Finally, he said: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments in August suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a "man of faith" who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants provided this or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The NFL's official policy is to suspend players guilty of domestic abuse for six games on their first offense. Brown was suspended for one game, the Giants' season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys, in punishment for his May 2015 arrest at his family home in Woodinville, Washington, on suspicion of assaulting his wife by grabbing one of her wrists as she tried to reach for a phone, leaving an abrasion and bruising. No charges were filed but the detective, Ostrum, gathered detailed statements from Molly Brown who also provided her husband's written admissions of abuse in diary and email entries.

The NFL said its investigators asked to see these records but were denied.

Earlier Friday, Goodell suggested in a BBC interview that Brown could face further punishment now that league officials can see the full King County evidence file detailing Molly Brown's allegations of more than 20 episodes of abuse and other threatening behavior to herself, her two sons from a previous relationship and the couple's daughter.

"We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that's been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren't able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have," Goodell said in a transcript of the London interview provided by the BBC.

"We take this issue incredibly seriously. ... When it happens we're not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we'll evaluate that in the context of our policy and we'll take it from there," Goodell said.

The Giants in April re-signed Brown to a two-year contract valued at $4 million. When facing his one-game suspension, Brown in August said he was divorced from his wife, although police documents released Wednesday suggested that civil proceedings remain incomplete.

The Giants have signed kicker Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old is expected to practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him (Gould) make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," McAdoo said.