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.

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Los Angeles sent Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and a conditional pick to Tampa Bay for Bishop and a 2017 fifth-round pick.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the trade Sunday night, less than four days before the trade deadline.

Bishop, a pending unrestricted free agent, helped the Lightning reach the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings now have Bishop and 2012 and 2014 Cup winner Jonathan Quick, who returned Saturday from a long-term lower-body injury that had sidelined him since October.

The 6-foot-7 Bishop, 30, is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Kurt Busch breaks through in 16th try, wins first Daytona 500

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Kurt Busch breaks through in 16th try, wins first Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kurt Busch had a monster start to the season with a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500.

Busch is sponsored by Monster Energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for NASCAR's top series Sunday with the season-opener. It wasn't NASCAR finest moment, though, as multiple accidents pared down the field and had a mismatched group of drivers racing for the win at the end.

"The more that becomes unpredictable about Daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability," Busch said. "This car's completely thrashed. There's not a straight panel on it. The strategy today, who knew what to pit when, what segments were what. Everybody's wrecking as soon as we're done with the second segment.

"The more that I've run this race, the more that I just throw caution to the wind, let it rip and just elbows out. That's what we did."

It appeared to be pole-sitter Chase Elliott's race to lose, then he ran out of gas. So did Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Paul Menard. As they all slipped off the pace, Busch sailed through for his first career Daytona 500 victory.

It also was the first Daytona 500 win for Stewart-Haas Racing, which is co-owned by Tony Stewart. The three-time champion retired at the end of last season and watched his four cars race from the pits.

"I ran this damn race (17) years and couldn't win it, so finally won it as an owner," Stewart said.

Ryan Blaney finished second in a Ford. AJ Allmendinger was third in a Chevrolet, and Aric Almirola was fourth for Richard Petty Motorsports.

The win was a huge boost for Ford, which lured Stewart-Haas Racing away from Chevrolet this season and celebrated the coup with its second Daytona 500 victory in three years. Joey Logano won in a Ford in 2015.

The first points race of the Monster era was run under a new format that split the 500 miles into three stages. Kyle Busch won the first stage, Kevin Harvick won the second stage and neither was a contender for the win. NASCAR also this year passed a rule that gave teams just five minutes to repair any damage on their cars or they were forced to retire.

But the race was slowed by wreck after wreck after wreck, including a 17-car accident at the start of the final stage that ended the race for seven-time and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick. It was a particularly rough incident for Patrick and her Stewart-Haas Racing team, which had all four of its cars collected in the accident.

"Just seems like that could have been avoided and was uncalled for," Johnson said of the aggressive racing behind him that triggered the accident.