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Reid Travis powers Stanford past Utah

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Reid Travis powers Stanford past Utah

STANFORD  — Reid Travis scored 13 of his 26 points in the final 8-plus minutes as Stanford pulled away to beat Utah 81-75 in a seesaw Pac-12 Conference game Saturday.

The Cardinal (12-11, 4-7) snapped a three-game losing streak in a contest that featured 16 lead changes and nine ties.

Travis shot 11 for 15 from the field and had his highest-scoring game since posting a career-best 29 against Kansas on Dec. 3. Limited by fouls to eight minutes in the first half, he dominated in the second half, scoring on an assortment of spinning drives and power moves.

Stanford took the lead for good when Robert Cartwright hit a 3-point shot for a 63-60 advantage with 7:15 left. Cartwright finished with 14 points while teammates Dorian Pickens and Marcus Allen scored 14 and 13, respectively.

Stanford shot 64 percent from the field in the second half and won despite missing five free throws in the final 1:18.

Tyler Rawson scored 20 points and Kyle Kuzma had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Utah (15-8, 6-5), but the Utes missed nine free throws and had 17 turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: The Utes arrived in the Bay Area ready to move into the upper echelon of the Pac-12 standings, but lost to Cal and Stanford to skid back toward the middle of the pack.

Stanford: The Cardinal played their best game in a couple weeks and avoided sliding into 10th place in the conference standings. The Cardinal limited its turnovers to 10, tightened its interior defense in the second half and made 50 percent (7 of 14) from the 3-point arc.

UP NEXT

Utah: Return home Thursday to play Washington State, which they beat 88-47 in Pullman, Washington, last month.

Stanford: Travels to face No. 5 Arizona on Wednesday night. The Cardinal have lost 14 straight games to the Wildcats, including 91-52 at Maples Pavilion last month and by 32 points in their meeting last season at Tucson, Arizona.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

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Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

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The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
 
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
 
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
 
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
 
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
 
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.