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Football: Mohamed, not Vereen, takes honor

Cal linebacker Mike Mohamed has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week for defense. Mohamed becomes the first conference player this season to win the defensive award twice.

Cal running back Shane Vereen, despite his 193 yards and three touchdowns, was not named the winner for offense. That honor went to Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for three other scores in the Ducks’ 44-41 double-overtime win over Arizona.

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Basketball: Not the Big Game, but . . .

You know it’s a tough Saturday for Pac-10 hoops when a Stanford win over Florida A&M is the only bright spot:

AROUND THE PAC-10

 – Stanford (2-2) squared its record with a 99-69 rout of winless Florida A&M. Jeremy Green scored 21 points, one of six Cardinal players who reached double digits. Landry Fields filled the boxscore with 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. 

– Loyola Marymount, which entered the game just 1-3 and was 3-28 a year ago, stunned USC  67-59 at the Galen Center. Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans (1-1), but standout guard Dwight Lewis shot just  3-for-12 and scored 11 points.

 – This one was even harder to believe – a Sacramento State team that was 2-27 last year knocked off Oregon State 65-63 in Corvallis, Ore. The Hornets had dropped 29 consecutive games to Pac-10 opponents and were 1-30 all-time against the conference until Saturday. The Beavers (1-3) trailed 44-22 at halftime and shot just 4-for-15  from the 3-point arc.

– You have to wonder if Oregon ever will be willing to visit Portland again. Ex-Stanford assistant Eric Reveno’s Pilots (3-0) upset the Ducks 88-81. Nik Raivio scored 24 points for host Portland. Sophomore Malcolm Armstead had a career-best 21 for the Ducks (3-1).

THE NATIONAL SCENE

 One night after Arizona State set a school record with 18 3-pointers, Duke (4-0)  tied its school mark with the same number in a 104-67 rout of Radford . . . Maybe you can’t go home: Jeff Capel returned to his old stomping grounds of Richmond, Va., and Virginia Commonwealth upset his Oklahoma squad 82-69. Star guard Willie Warren shot 0-for-8 from 3-point range for the Sooners (2-1) . . . Freshman guard John Wall had 21 points and 11 assists, leading Kentucky (4-0) to a 92-63 win over Radford .

LOCAL HEROES

Richmond HS product Eli Holman had career-high totals of 20 points and 14 rebounds and Detroit (3-1) beat Albnay 66-54. Holman is averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds . . . Former Mt. Diablo HS standout Antonio Flaggs contributed 10 points to Sacramento State’s upset win at Oregon State . . . Ethan Niedermeyer, the one-time De La Salle HS standout, had 11 points and six rebounds for Portland in its win over Oregon.