Football: Kiesau returning to Cal

Cal coach Jeff Tedford announced today that Eric Kiesau is returning to Cal as the wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator. Kiesau was the Bears’ receivers coach during Tedford’s first four seasons at Cal before moving on to Colorado.

No further information at this time on just what Kiesau’s duties as passing game coordinator will entail. Kiesau replaces Kevin Daft, who was let go earlier this month. More to come (hopefully)….


Basketball: A surprise? OSU blasts ASU

We didn’t see this coming . . .

— Oregon State 80, Arizona State 58: The Beavers (6-6, 1-0) scored 46 second-half points to rout the visiting Sun Devils (7-5, 0-1), snapping a six-game drought in the series. Joe Burton had 17 points and nine rebounds for OSU and Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Freshmen Roberto Nelson and Ahmad Starks each scored 12 for the Beavers, who shot 53 percent and pounded ASU 41-22 on the boards.  Ty Abbott scored 18 points for ASU, but was scoreless over the final 24  minutes.

— Arizona 76, Oregon 57: The Wildcats (12-2, 1-0) got a career night from sophomore Kevin Parrom, who shot 8 for 9 and scored 20 points in 21 minutes, and added eight rebounds. Derrick Williams had 12 points and seven rebounds, despite attempting just three shots from the field. He was 8 for 11 from the FT line. The Wildcats led by 15 at halftime, shot 56 percent and outrebounded the Ducks 40-25. Jeremy Jacob scored 17 for Oregon, which shot an awful 1 for 17 from 3-PT.


— Washington (9-3, 1-0) at UCLA (9-4, 1-0), 1 p.m.: The Bruins ride a five-game win streak into this matinee at Pauley Pavilion. The home team has won the past nine games in this series.

— Washington State (10-3, 0-1) at USC (8-6, 0-1), 3 p.m.: The Cougars won both meetings a year ago, albeit by just a combined 11 points.


Basketball: Sanders-Frison has `setback’

Got your attention, didn’t I?

Actually, that was coach Mike Montgomery’s word after senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison was kneed in the right calf during practice by Robert Thurman on Thursday morning, forcing him to sit out the rest of the session.

“The feet were feeling better, but he had a setback today,” Montgomery said. “Came out, was ready to go, but he got kicked in the calf and left the court. His feet and his calf are related. It’s partially due to some tendinitis in his Achilles, and the Achilles has made his calf tight. It’s all related.”

Sanders-Frison was diagnosed several weeks ago as having plantar fasciitis in both feet.

Asked if he’s confident Sanders-Frison (9.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) will play Sunday in the Pac-10 opener at Stanford, Montgomery said, “Yeah, but we could be in a Brett Favre (situation).”

Forward Harper Kamp later said he is sure Sanders-Frison will play, and Sanders-Frison confirmed it. He said his feet are actually feeling somewhat better after sitting out the Bears’ win over Hartford on Tuesday night, and he laughed at the suggestion the calf would keep him off the court.

Montgomery said he hasn’t decided whether sophomore Brandon Smith will start again at point guard. He was hoping to see how a new combination worked, with Smith at the point, Jorge Gutierrez shifting back off the ball and freshman Gary Franklin coming off the bench.

But Franklin had a touch of stomach flu and played only 10 minutes, and Gutierrez said he wasn’t properly focused and had seven turnovers. Smith had five turnovers, but otherwise had a strong game, according to Montgomery.

Smith played 29 minutes, scored a career-high 15 points, was 8 for 10 from the FT line and made his only 3-point attempt, his first of the year in five tries. Gutierrez credited Smith with getting the team into its offense and controlling tempo, and added that he’s OK playing either position.


Basketball: 20 Questions with Harper Kamp

Today, we catch up with . . .

Position: Forward
Height: 6-8
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.

If you could play 1-on-1 with any player in basketball history, who would you choose? My favorite player right now is Steve Nash, but I don’t have a chance. I can’t stay with him. I would say Tim Duncan.

Hypothetically, I have $10 to bet on who wins. Tell me why I should consider you: I wouldn’t bet on me. I mean, it’s Tim Duncan. But his knees are getting a little old.

What’s your basketball career highlight so far?  High school, definitely. Winning the state title my sophomore, junior and senior years. Those will always be pretty special to me just because the group of kids, when you’re that young. The focus we had and how invested we were in that.

Who’s the best dunker on the Cal team? I’m going to give it up for Rob Thurman. He can get up. It surprises me.

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Basketball: UW, UCLA prevail on opening night

Two good games to get things started . . .

— Washington 73, USC 67, OT: The Huskies (9-3, 1-0) won on the road to open the Pac-10 schedule, getting 18 points apiece from senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning and freshman Terrence Ross, whose total was a career high. Justin Holiday added 12 points for UW, which overcame 17 turnovers by outrebounding the Trojans 40-26. Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 14 points for the Trojans (8-6, 0-1), but his teammates combined to shoot 28 percent.

— UCLA 80, Washington State 71: Down eight points at home at halftime, the Bruins (9-4, 1-0) scored 51 second-half points to pull away from the Cougars (10-3, 0-1). Malcolm Lee and Reeves Nelson each had 21 points for UCLA and point guard Lazeric Jones dished 11 assists. Klay Thompson had 26 points, including 12 for 12 from the FT line, and Faisal Aden had 19 off the bench for WSU.

Thursday’s schedule

— Arizona (11-2) at Oregon (7-5), 7 p.m.: The Wildcats have won four straight in the series, all by double digits.

— Arizona State (7-4) at Oregon State (5-6), 7:30 p.m.: The Sun Devils own a six-game winning streak in the series.


Basketball: Pac-10 picks, etc

Here is my story from this morning’s editions, projecting the Pac-10 race.

Also, my account of coach Mike Montgomery’s 600th win and a great slideshow of the game from photographer Ray Chavez.

The Pac-10 opens tonight with two games:

   — Washington (8-3) at USC (8-5), 7:30 p.m.: USC swept both meetings last season.

   — Washington State (10-2) at UCLA (8-4), 8 p.m., CSNBA: UCLA has won 12 of the past 13 in the series.


Basketball: Non-conference play ends

While Cal was beating Hartford, Stanford (7-4) closed out its pre-conference schedule with a 60-44 home victory over Yale. The Cardinal is 6-0 at Maples Pavilion, the site of Sunday’s Pac-10 opener vs. Cal.

Yale actually led 27-26 at halftime, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. The Bulldogs (5-6) own a road win over Boston College.

Stanford held Yale to 17 second-half points and got 15 points from Jeremy Green, 12 from Josh Owens.

Green sprained his ankle late in the game and did not return. 

“He rolled his ankle pretty good,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “Under different circumstances, he could have played the last three or four minutes. We’ll see how he is tomorrow, if there’s any swelling.”


Basketball: Marcus Morris loses starting job

Kansas coach Bill Self promised that junior forward Marcus Morris would be punished after being ejected at Cal on Dec. 22 for deliberately elbowing Harper Kamp in the head.

The sentence: Morris has lost his starting job.

At least for Wednesday night, when the third-ranked Jayhawks (11-0) play Texas-Arlington (5-5), whose losses include to Oregon State.

“Marcus has to be smarter than that,” Self said. “That was a very, very immature play that he made. He’s cost himself a starting position. He’ll play. But he certainly has to be more mature than that because he’s too valuable.”

Morris offered this in the way of an apology for the incident.

“I just felt like he was playing dirty,” Morris said of Kamp. “I retaliated the wrong way. I should have went to the refs and told them something was going on. But I retaliated the wrong way and got myself kicked out of the game. You can’t do those things in any sport. I apologized to him and to my team.”

Self said he’s not sure when Morris — who averages 15.5 points and 6.1 rebounds — will return to the starting lineup.

Our best guess is he’ll be back in the starting five in time for Texas or Missouri or Kansas State. Someone likely to provide a greater challenge than Texas-Arlington.


Basketball: Hartford postgame

Mike Montgomery was deliriously happy after a 74-56 win over Hartford that earned him his 600th career victory.

Yeah, right.

“Just happy to get a win. It’s an even number,” said Montgomery.

The most emotion Monty showed was smiling broadly while giving high-fives to his wife, daughter and a couple young nephews in the stands above the team bench before dashing off the court.

Asked if he could remember his first victory, in his debut season at Montana in 1978-79, Montgomery said, “It’s a good chance it was Doane College or Wisconsin-Stout.”

Yes, it was Wisconsin-Stout, and Montana prevailed 61-41. “I wonder if they’re still available,” Monty joked.

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