VanDerveer gets win No. 800, Stanford beats USF

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VanDerveer gets win No. 800, Stanford beats USF

Dec. 22, 2010BOX SCORENCAA SCOREBOARD
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SANFRANCISCO (AP) Stanford's Tara VanDerveer became the sixth women'scoach to reach the elite 800 wins mark Wednesday night, doing so in herthird try as the eighth-ranked Cardinal routed San Francisco 100-45 andformer Stanford stars turned coaches Jennifer Azzi and Katy Steding.

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Kayla Pedersen scored her team'sfirst eight points of the second half on the way to 16 and grabbed acareer-high 20 rebounds to lead Stanford (7-2), which was coming offlosses last Thursday at No. 16 DePaul and then at fifth-rankedTennessee on Sunday.VanDerveer is 800-197 in 32 seasonsas a head coach, 25 of those years at Stanford - where she is 648-146.Azzi embraced the Hall of Fame coach after the final buzzer sounded,then fans and players held up 800 signs reading "Congratulations Tara."Azzi and Steding presented VanDerveer with flowers and the game ball ina ceremony at midcourt."Eight hundred's a lot of games,"VanDerveer said. "It's a little ironic with Jennifer and Katy. It'sapropos it's with them. Jennifer's taken part in a lot of these wins.I'm just a little bit blown away about Jennifer and Katy being here andthe large number."VanDerveer joins fellow 800-gamewinners Pat Summitt of Tennesse, former Texas coach Jody Conradt,Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer, Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina andBarbara Stevens - who won her 800th just this past Sunday for DivisionII Bentley University in Massachusetts.VanDerveer beat a pair of familiarfaces to reach the milestone, facing first-year USF coach and Hall ofFamer Azzi and her associate head coach, Steding. The two women werepart of Stanford's first NCAA title in 1990 and on theVanDerveer-coached 1996 Olympic team that won gold in Atlanta.Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Joslyn Tinkle andSara James all scored 14 points for Stanford, which held the Dons to24.3 percent shooting. The Cardinal played without starting freshmanforward Chiney Ogwumike, who turned her left ankle during the morningshootaround.Kelly Jo Mullaney scored 13 points but the Dons went 11 minutes, 7 seconds without scoring spanning halftime.Azzi, the Pac-10 player of the yearin that 32-1 title run in '90, and Steding received a rousing ovationfrom the Stanford section when introduced. The coaches from both sideschatted before tipoff and planned to catch up over dinner afterward.Azzi didn't schedule this game,which was on the calendar before she was hired in April to take overthe struggling Dons program. Her team is 2-10 - eight of those defeatsblowouts - and lost its seventh straight game. USF dropped its 15th ina row against Stanford in the series dating back to Dec. 15, 1984.VanDerveer's Cardinal, who havereached the Final Four the past three seasons, dropped five spots fromthird in this week's rankings after the two losses.After USF pulled within 23-21 onVania Singleterry's 3-pointer at the 8:16 mark of the first half,Stanford answered with a 25-0 run the rest of the way in which Jamesscored eight points and Ogwumike seven in a row. The Cardinal led 48-21at the break.Stanford plays No. 4 Xavier onTuesday afternoon at Maples Pavilion, several hours before top-rankedConnecticut goes for its 90th straight victory at Pacific in nearbyStockton. Then, the Huskies visit Stanford on Dec. 30 in a highlyanticipated rematch of last season's national title game won 53-47 byUConn after Stanford led 20-12 at halftime.The Cardinal are the last team to beat the Huskies, in the 2008 national semifinals in Tampa, Fla.Nobody expected the overmatched Donsto stay with Stanford for long. Azzi said beforehand she just hoped herplayers gained some valuable experience playing against a top programin the country, but they hung tough early.Stanford is 21-9 all time againstSan Francisco, which finished seventh in the eight-team West CoastConference the past four seasons and went 5-27 overall and 1-13 in WCCplay last season.Former major league pitcher VidaBlue sat in the front row. Elementary students from the Oakland schoolwhere he volunteers sang the national anthem.

Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres

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Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres

WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s graduation.

Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker’s offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres.

Baker’s son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He’s committed to play college baseball at Cal.

As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker’s Giants and the Angels.

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”