Cal Held to Five First-Half Points in Loss to Irish

Cal Held to Five First-Half Points in Loss to Irish

Nov. 26, 2010

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LAKEBUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Carleton Scott had 16 points and 10 rebounds,and Notre Dame held California to five points at halftime to move intothe Old Spice Classic championship game with a 57-44 victory Fridaynight.

The Irish (6-0) took a 21-5 lead in asloppy first half for both teams, went ahead by 18 points and held onto hand the Golden Bears (3-1) their first loss of the season. NotreDame will play Wisconsin in the final Sunday.

Allen Crabbe had 10 points and 10rebounds and Harper Kamp scored 10 for California, which couldn'trecover from its horrendous first half. The Golden Bears trimmed thedeficit to 10 late but never mounted a seriously comeback.

The first half was as sloppy as acollege game gets - even the Old Spice Classic logo at midcourt cameunglued. Small patches of the emblem had to be taped down for thesecond straight day with far more area to cover Friday. The logo didn'tappear to have any holes after it was repaired, and never seemed toeffect any plays.

The teams did that on their own.

Cal turned the ball over on almostevery way possible: players bounced balls off their legs, threw passesto the wrong team and sometimes not even to anybody. When the GoldenBears actually did shoot, their attempts weren't any prettier: Theywent 2 for 25 before the break, including 0 for 8 on 3-pointers.

Not that the Irish were much better.

They were 9-for-32 shooting,including 0 for 13 from beyond the arc, with five turnovers in theopening half. But they eventually found their rhythm, taking a 17-pointlead early in the second half to pull away.

Notre Dame will take a win any way it can get it.

There wasn't much expected this yearwith mainstays Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson gone. But now a teamthat was supposed to be in transition has a chance to do somethingspecial already this year.

Cal, meanwhile, got its first reality check.

Five seniors from last season'sPac-10 title team are gone, including conference player of the year andleading scorer Jerome Randle, second-leading scorer Patrick Christopherand top 3-point shooter Theo Robertson. All played key roles in theschool's first title in 50 years.

A young, inexperienced rosterfeaturing six freshmen for a team that earned back-to-back NCAAtournament berths in coach Mike Montgomery's first two seasons finallylooked like it.

The Golden Bears will play the loser of Temple-Georgia in the losers' bracket Sunday.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

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Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

WASHINGTON – Albert Almora Jr. didn’t use Wednesday’s Oval Office photo op as a subtle form of political protest, but it did sort of look like the Cubs outfielder gave President Donald Trump the middle finger, at least from that angle in an image that went viral on Twitter.    

“There was two fingers! Look closely, there was two fingers!” a veteran player yelled across the room as reporters gathered around Almora’s locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. 

“Guys were giving me a hard time about it,” Almora said, “but I pointed out the second finger. We’re all good.”

In another White House visit that didn’t look nearly as unofficial or informal as the Cubs said it would be, one snapshot became Almora with part of his left hand in his pocket. Almora stood near Kris Bryant – who held a 45 Wrigley Field scoreboard panel – and Trump at his desk with the World Series trophy.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” Almora said with a laugh. “I’m getting ready to take a picture and I’m posing there. But you guys know that I would never do that to the president of the United States. 

“I respect everybody. It is what it is. We laugh about it now, but there’s definitely two fingers out there.”

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