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Basketball: OSU’s Starks transferring to Illinois

Oregon State guard Ahmad Starks is transferring to Illinois, and will request a waiver to become immediately eligible. The Chicago native said one of the reasons he is transferring back closer to home is to be near his grandmother.

Starks averaged 10.4 points as a junior this past season.

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Rowing: Cal women win 6th straight Pac-12 title

The No. 2-ranked Cal women’s rowing team won its sixth straight Pac-12 title on Sunday, with victories in the varsity four and second varsity at Lake Natoma.

The Bears totaled 39 points to edge second-place and top-ranked USC (37.5) and third-place and fourth-ranked Washington (36.5) in the team standings.

Cal, which has won nine of the past 10 conference titles, awaits Tuesday’s seeding for the NCAA championships, to be held May 31 through June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.

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Track and field: Stewart wins Pac-12 hurdles title

Senior Ray Stewart, sidelined all last season by a knee injury, won the 110-meter hurdles at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships on Sunday at USC.

Stewart, a James Logan HS product, won the title in 2011, then missed the 2012 campaign. He ran a lifetime-best mark of 13.43 seconds on Sunday, to beat defending champ Johnathan Carbral of Oregon.

Stewart remains No. 2 on Cal’s career list, behind only Larry Cowling’s 1982 mark of 13.39. By becoming the first Cal hurdler to win the event twice at the Pac-10 meet, Stewart also moved to No. 10 on the all-time confererence list.

Meanwhile, Hammed Suleman finished second in the triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 50 feet, 6 inches, barely missing a sweep of the long jump/triple jump events.

Charnell Price was third in the 100 meters (11.60), fifth in the 200 (23.55) and helped the Cal women to a fourth-place finish in the 4×100 relay (45.24).

 

 

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Basketball: Ducks to get lift from transfer Moser

Forward Mike Moser, who grew up in Portland, Ore., began his college career at UCLA, and spent the past two seasons at UNLV, apparently will play his senior campaign next year at Oregon.

Moser told the Oregonian he plans to transfer to Oregon, and will be eligible to play immediately if he completes one online class to finish his undergraduate degree.

This is a huge boost for the Ducks. Moser averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2011-12, then struggled with elbow and hip injuries this season.

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Basketball: Rush resigns as Pac-12 ref boss

This ended the only way it could have, with Ed Rush offering his resignation as Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials.

Whether he was “encouraged” by his bosses to resign or simply came to the decision on his own, Rush could not remain in the position after offering a bounty to game officials if they hit Arizona coach Sean Miller with a technical foul or ejected him.

Rush said he made the comments in jest, and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believed him.

It’s not the point. Perception is everything when it comes to the credibility of game officials, and the Pac-12 was not easily going to put this matter in the rear view mirror as long as Rush remained at his post.

Here’s the story.

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Basketball: Aaron Gordon to Arizona

Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty HS-San Jose — perhaps the Bay Area’s best prospect since Jason Kidd — committed this morning to Arizona.

All signs had pointed to the Wildcats for more than a week now, so this was no surprise. The only question was whether Steve Alford’s arrival at UCLA might complicate things. Alford successfully coached Gordon’s older brother, Drew, at New Mexico after he transferred out of UCLA.

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 forward, apparently has been assured by Sean Miller that he will get the chance to play the small forward position vacated by departing senior Solomon Hill.

Combined with PFs 6-8 Brandon Ashley and 6-10 Grant Jarrett and 7-foot C Kaleb Tarczewski, the Cats may boast the nation’s most imposing frontline next season.

Nick Johnson is expected back at SG, leaving only PG as a question after the exit of senior Mark Lyons. 

T.J. McConnell, a transfer from Duquesne University who sat out this season, becomes eligible as a redshirt junior next season and is expected to handle the PG spot. McConnell averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 2011-12. Combo guard and senior-to-be Jordin Mayes also is available.

Click here for staff writer Darren Sabredra’s story on Gordon’s decision.

– Gordon will play in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-America game along with Cal signee Jabari Bird of Salesian HS.

The game will be shown live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

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Basketball: USC hires Dunk City’s Andy Enfield

USC hired the hottest name to emerge from this year’s NCAA tournament, filling its coaching vacancy with Andy Enfield of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Prior to the start of the NCAAs, Enfield was perhaps best known outside Ft. Myers, Fla., as being married to a former Victoria’s Secret model.

But when his high-energy “Dunk City” team scored a pair of tournament upsets — including over No. 2 seed Georgetown — Enfield became a coaching star on the rise in just his second season at the school.

“Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden.

USC has long been considered something of a sleeping giant in hoops, but always has been overshadowed by rival UCLA … and it’s own football team.

Whether or not Enfield can change the formula, it’s certain his arrival will be interesting.

Enfield, 43, will be formally introduced on Wednesday. His hiring comes just days after UCLA hired Steve Alford from New Mexico.

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz reported Enfield signed a six-year deal with more than $1 million per. He earned $157,000 at FGCU.

Here’s more on the story.

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Basketball: Pac-12 ref boss offered officials incentives to deliver “T” or eject Arizona’s Miller

This one sounds like an April Fools Day joke, but it’s not.

The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that Pac-12 director of officials Ed Rush offered his referee crew “inappropriate incentives” if they gave Arizona coach Sean Miller a technical foul or ejected him from a Pac-12 tournament game.

CBSSports.com originally reported the story and the Pac-12 office confirmed the essense of the report today in a statement.

Rush is saying he made the remark as a joke, but Miller received a technical one day later in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.

Here’s the story from the Daily Star.