Heisman Trophy: Could Stanford’s Bryce Love pull a McCaffrey? (Probably not: Bad timing)

* First in an occasional series on Pac-12 players in the Heisman Trophy race … The performances were identical, save for a few points on the scoreboard and 20 yards on the ground. Two year ago, Stanford tailback Christian McCaffrey tore through UCLA’s defense for 243 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 56-35 victory. Saturday night, Stanford tailback Bryce Love ripped the Bruins for 263 yards in a 58-34 victory. McCaffrey’s performance catapulted him into the Heisman Trophy conversation. Will Love’s breakout game do the same? Get Pac-12 Conference news in your inbox. Sign up for the Pac-12 Hotline newsletter. The junior is rapidly building a case. He’s averaging… Read More

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Dixie State soccer: Darian Murdock and Bailey Kroll earn PacWest women’s soccer weekly awards

Dixie State senior forward Darian Murdock and sophomore defender Bailey Kroll were named Pacific West Conference Women’s Soccer Player and Defender of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the Trailblazers’ two league wins last week. Murdock (5-foot-4; Herriman, Utah/Herriman HS), who was voted 2017 PacWest Preseason Player of the Year and earned player of the week honors Sept. 4, recorded her second hat trick of the season and third of her career in DSU’s 5-1 victory over Chaminade last Thursday. Her first goal of the night also turned into her third game-winning goal of the year, which ranks her sixth nationally. In addition, she enters this week as the… Read More

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Prep football rankings: Week 6 Bay Area News Group Top 20

We had some this week in the Bay Area News Group Top 20. Valley Christian is right back where it started the season, at No. 2, after beating then-No. 2 ranked St. Francis 28-21 on Friday. Related Articles High school football: Weekend scoreboard, how Top 20 fared High school football: De La Salle survives Central-Fresno’s upset bid High school football: Elimination game, in September? High school football roundup: Around the Bay High school football: Mitty scores late, beats Bellarmine Pittsburg jumped up to No. 3, where it will likely be when it plays its next game, Oct. 6 at seventh-ranked Freedom. Nobody last week dropped out this week, although Bellarmine… Read More

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UVU golf: Utah Valley sits in fifth after two rounds at ORU Shootout

After posting the third-best 36-hole team score in program history on Monday, the Utah Valley University women’s golf team finds itself in fifth place out of 17 teams at the ORU Shootout, presented by Mark Allen Auto Group at Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Wolverines put up a two-round score of 32-over-par 608 en route to notching the third-lowest 36-hole score in school history. UVU recorded rounds of 306 and 302 on its way to sitting just two strokes back of fourth place and eight back of first with just one more round to play. The host Oral Roberts Golden Eagles lead the tournament at 24-over par (298-302—600),… Read More

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Nouveau riche PSG takes on 5-time champion Bayern Munich

PARIS — Five years ago, playing Bayern Munich at home would have been a season highlight for most of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad. Now that PSG has transformed into a team of mega stars, the French league club is the favourite ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game at the Parc des Princes. “We need to enjoy this game, because this is one of the first times that I feel we are on an equal foot with Bayern Munich,” PSG midfielder Marco Verratti said. “It’s the result of five years of work.” In many ways, the Champions League meeting between PSG and Bayern in Group B can be summed up as a… Read More

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Toro Rosso drops Kvyat, promotes Gasly for F1 Malaysian GP

SEPANG, Malaysia — Pierre Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at the Malaysian Grand Prix this week after Daniil Kvyat was dropped. Team principal Franz Tost says Kvyat’s poor performances led to them “standing him down for the next races.” The 23-year-old Russian driver has four points from 14 races. Tost says Kvyat “has not really shown his true potential so far this year,” citing technical problems and “mistakes of his own making.” Gasly, a 21-year-old Frenchman on the Red Bull junior drivers’ program, has been racing in Japan in the Super Formula category. Toro Rosso is a feeder team for Red Bull. The Malaysian GP… Read More

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Oakland cuts Warriors NBA title parade bill by $29K

OAKLAND — The city’s bill for the Golden State Warriors title parade has been reduced by about $29,000, or the approximate cost of one Steph Curry jumper. The final invoice sent to the Golden State Warriors by the city of Oakland for this year’s NBA title parade. The only change from the first bill was Item 6 “Equipment & Supplies.” The team promised to pay for the parade earlier this year, but questioned why the city’s bill for the event was more than three times higher than the original estimate. The city’s finance department has since reduced the equipment charges to reflect three days — the day before, day of… Read More

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Might Joel Ward end up as the Sharks’ comeback kid?

SAN JOSE — Joel Ward’s route to becoming an everyday NHL player was an unconventional one at best. Ward played four years of Canadian university hockey, was in the American League for basically three full years and was nearly 28 years old before everyone realized that he truly belonged. Related Articles Will NHL players take a knee during the national anthem? Did early playoff exit, Marleau’s departure affect Sharks’ ticket sales? DeBoer sees Sharks’ goaltending as a ‘position of strength’ this year Was the Sharks early playoff exit a blessing in disguise? Three takeaways: Sharks’ Tierney shines in preseason debut Now 36, Ward finds himself in a familiar position, hoping… Read More

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Mourinho hopes Fellaini recovers in 2 weeks for Man U

MOSCOW — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Marouane Fellaini will be out for about two weeks. Fellaini was hurt by a hard tackle from Southampton’s Shane Long during United’s 1-0 win on Saturday in the English Premier League, and his absence has left a hole in the midfield heading into the Champions League game against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. Mourinho says, “Fellaini was lucky, it could be a much worse situation. It’s a difficult situation for us, but I expect Fellaini not to be out for a long time.” With Fellaini’s Belgium team already qualified for the World Cup, Mourinho hopes Fellaini will be rested during the international break… Read More

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Gentler Jacob Markstrom ready to take next step in Canucks’ crease

VANCOUVER — It’s not hard to get a read on Jacob Markstrom when things aren’t going well. The goalie for the Vancouver Canucks will sometimes bristle at questions from the media he doesn’t like after a poor outing, firing back brief answers with a piercing glare that leaves little doubt as to what’s on his mind. Set to become the No. 1 netminder in a market with a long history of controversies at the position, and on a rebuilding team expected to again struggle in 2017-18, the Swede is also aware of his past shortcomings off the ice. “‘If you don’t like a question, it shows,”‘ Markstrom recounted a member… Read More

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