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


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


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.

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”