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A little yesterday catch up

Check out my story on #23 USC's victory over Fresno State last night, including a slide show.In the meantime, Washington Coach Kevin McGuff's debut went sour, as the Huskies dropped the game to Pacific.Today's scores…

Recruiting recap

Some players waited until the last minute to committ, and seven schools benefited in particular.Baylor made out like bandits.Rutgers landed a second big fish this week.Thinking way ahead of the curve, for the classes of…

The first day is in the books

#5 Stanford beat #20 Texas 72-59, despite Cardinal forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike sitting with an upper body injury.Villanova upset #25 Michigan State, 75-64.#1 Baylor pummeled Howard 82-28.#7 Miami won their 25th straight at home, beating Texas-Pan…

Loyola Marymount reloaded and ready to go

Check out my story on this year's Loyola Marymount team. They're looking powerful.

Penn State has a history of deficient leadership, Mechelle Voepel says

Remember Rene Portland, who had a "no lesbian" policy for the basketball team she coached at Penn State? The school has had a long history of leadership that has allowed poor practices to continue, ESPN…

Toppa the first day of the season morning

Opening day overview.Opening day top 25 schedule.Key games for the season.Hitting the road is different for freshmen vs. upperclasswomen.

The night before the season starts!!

Let's gooooooo!ESPN's Graham Hays offers his mid-major predictions:1. Gonzaga2. Temple3. Dayton4. Green Bay5. Florida Gulf Coast6. Duquesne7. Marist8. Oakland9. Oral Roberts10. PrincetonCollegeinsider's list is different:1. Green Bay 2. Gonzaga 3...

Sparks win the draft lottery

The Los Angeles Sparks will have the first pick in the 2012 draft after today's draft lottery. Here's the first-round order:1. Los Angeles2. Chicago3. Minnesota4. Tulsa5. San Antonio6. Phoenix7. New York8. Washington (from Atlanta)9. Connecticut10.…

Cali High School Showcase 2011 is Saturday

The annual Cal Sparks Cali High School Showcase is Saturday at California State University, Dominguez Hills: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, Calif., 90747. As usual, some of the region's best high school teams will be…

Two days before the season starts

I feel like Tyrone the crack addict, waiting for this season to pop off.Preview:ESPN names the top five players at each position. What do you think about this list??The NCAA lists their players and teams…

National signing day

Athletes have been signing on the dotted line today, and it looks like UConn will come out on top in the recruiting battle.#13 Brianna Butler chose Syracuse.#96 Kuaneshia Baker signed with LSU, and gives first-year…

Pre-season just about done…….

Three of my favorite Southern California Division I teams had their final exhibition game last night, and all came out on top.USC defeated Westmont, 77-65, behind 23 points from #23, senior Jacki Gemelos. Tugce Canitez…

Injury roll call

This is NOT a fun entry for me:Oregon freshman Janitah Iamaleava will miss the season after sustaining a knee injury last week. She was to be the Ducks' center.Iowa center Anna Prins will miss two…

Mercury realign, Israel cancels

The Phoenix Mercury switched up the duties of its top people today: Amber Cox is now President and Chief Operating Officer; Ann Meyers Drysdale is Vice President; and Corey Gaines is now only head coach…

More committments

#8 Rachel Hollivay has chosen Rutgers:"I was crying and I called coach (C. Vivian) Stringer and she was screaming. She stopped practice and all the players were screaming too." Rutgers has had a good signing…

ESPN previews the season

ESPN's pre-season top 25 includes great mini-summaries of each squad, and players to watch. Baylor is #1.Mechelle Voepel elaborates on the list.Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins is changing the game.But don't be too quick…

NCAA ball running deeper now

Last year's championship seems to have opened the door to all teams, one newspaper says.Other college:Missouri will join the SEC.Green Bay is not an "under-the-radar team" anymore.WNBA:Swin Cash is pissed, and she's speaking up. (Go…

Kara Lawson raises $17,000 for Alzheimer’s research and to honor Pat Summitt

Three miles and some yards, $17,000:"She's doing great," Lawson told The Associated Press. "She's excited about the season and this team. Getting back into the routine of the season is really good for her. She's…

Pat Summitt on 20/20

The full broadcast from last night is here - just skip to the 27:10 mark.A lot of great gems in there.Sure, she could wake up one day and just want to hang out at the…

Young Cal Bears make big impression in debut

The freshmen showed out in Cal's first exhibition game last night - especially Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray, who had 18 and 13 points, respectively. Coach Lindsay Gottlieb thinks it's a sign of the future:“Somehow,…

Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidates announced

Feast your eyes on the list below:LaSondra Barrett, LSUDenise Beliveau, New HampshireBrogan Berry, HarvardCierra Bravard, Florida StateKaitlyn Burke, NebraskaBrittany Carter, MemphisJalana Childs, Kansas StateLauren Edwards, PrincetonAdaora Elonu Texas...

On the way to National Signing Day, committments flow

Confirming what I heard last weekend, #6 Jordan Adams of Mater Dei has committed to USC.#10 Imani Stafford has narrowed her choices to USC and Texas.The Pac-12 is raking them in so far.Maryland is riding…

Some inspiration, some news, and a few updates

Extremely inspirational:Big ups to New York City prep basketballer (and other sports) Jacquie Kennedy, who excels despite a learning disability.Euro update:So much news in this update.......Lindsay Whalen needed an ankle operation recently. (What?) So ...

Mo’ drama

The NCAA's plan to increase the scholarships of college athletes by $2,000 has raised concerns over whether or not schools will be able to afford it. Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush compared the NCAA to the…

More of "As the Basketball World Turns"

Oh, the drama:West Virginia really wants to accept that wedding invitation from the Big 12, but it needs a quick divorce from the Big East. Hence, WVU's lawsuit.Downer news:Notre Dame sophomore post Natalie Achonwa will…