1:39 AM EDT, Wed October 18, 2017
5 hours ago

Hopkins brings new defense, culture to Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — First-year Washington men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins hopes to install more than the trademark zone defense he learned during his long tenure as an assistant at Syracuse. Hopkins, who worked at Syracuse for 22 years under Jim Boeheim, succeeds Lorenzo Romar, who was fired after 15 seasons. Despite having Markelle Fultz, the one-and-done guard who became the No. 1-overall pick in the NBA draft, the Huskies finished 9-22 and closed with a school-record 13 consecutive losses en route to an 11th-place finish in the Pac-12 last year. "Whatever happened last year, is last...
6 hours ago

For the Pac-12, parity is both a good and a bad thing

Big upsets in the Pac-12 Conference point to more parity across the league than perhaps ever before. That's good for the conference, right? Certainly it's good for fans. But for now only this is certain: This season the Pac-12 will have no undefeated teams. And that could mean a tougher path to the College Football Playoff for the league. "We eat each other," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "And I don't mean that rhetorically. We just gobble each other up. Every game's just a complete battle for survival." This weekend was particularly brutal for the Pacific Northwest. Previously undefeated...
8 hours ago

Tosun scores 2 as Besiktas beats Monaco 2-1 in Champions Lge

MONACO (AP) — Striker Cenk Tosun scored twice as Besiktas won 2-1 away to Monaco for a third straight win to move closer to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday. Monaco, last season's swashbuckling semifinalist, is heading the other way with one point from three matches. However, with Liepzig beating Porto 3-2 in Group G's other game, Monaco still has a chance. With three games left, Liepzig has four points and Porto three. Radamel Falcao put Monaco ahead in the 30th minute after running onto Balde Keita's well-timed pass and guiding the ball into the right corner....
Oct 16, 2017

Washington St's Leach has no plans to follow AD to Nebraska

Washington State coach Mike Leach says he was as surprised as anyone when he learned athletic director Bill Moos had taken a new job at Nebraska. But Leach said Monday he has no plans to follow Moos, noting Nebraska already has Mike Riley to lead the football program. Leach said his No. 15 Cougars are concentrating on Saturday night's game against Colorado. Leach said Moos was the best athletic director he ever worked for, in part because he was so honest. Moos hired Leach before the 2012 season to turn the Cougars program around. Washington State is preparing to launch a search for Moos'...
Oct 16, 2017

Weah's hat trick leads US over Paraguay 5-0, to U17 QFs

Six days after the U.S. failed to qualify for next year's World Cup, the Americans' Under-17 team reached the quarterfinals of its FIFA tournament for the first time since 2005. Tim Weah, a son of former world player of the year George Weah, scored three goals in a 5-0 rout of Paraguay on Monday at the Under-17 World Cup in India. Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent also scored in New Delhi for the Americans, who play England or Japan on Saturday in Goa. Sitting next to Weah at a post-match news conference, U.S. coach John Hackworth was asked whether this win would compensate for the senior...
Oct 15, 2017

Bruin scores twice in 2nd half; Sounders beat FC Dallas 4-0

SEATTLE (AP) — Will Bruin scored twice in four minutes midway through the second half and the Seattle Sounders clinched a playoff berth and a chance to defend their MLS Cup by beating FC Dallas 4-0 on Sunday. The Sounders (13-9-11) are tied for second place in the Western Conference with Portland at 50 points apiece with one game left, two points behind West-leading Vancouver. Dallas (10-10-13) still has not clinched a playoff spot and is tied with San Jose for the final position at 43 points after Sunday's games. With Seattle clinging to the lead on Victor Rodriguez's 31st-minute goal,...
Oct 15, 2017

Nebraska picks Washington State AD to head athletics program

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska football fans longing to recapture the Cornhuskers' glorious past can be assured that the school's new athletic director knows his history. One of the first anecdotes Bill Moos told at his introductory news conference Sunday was about tuning into those classic Nebraska-Oklahoma games when he was growing up on a ranch in eastern Washington in the 1960s. "Never missed one," he said. "It's a storied, storied athletic program and a very prestigious institution." Moos comes to Nebraska from Washington State, where he's been athletic director since 2010. The...
Oct 15, 2017

Sun Devils use strong defense to stun No. 5 Huskies 13-7

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Wilkins completed 29 of 41 passes for 245 yards, Arizona State's defense smothered Washington most of the game and the Sun Devils stunned the No. 5 Huskies 13-7 on Saturday night. It was the highest-ranked team the Sun Devils (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12) have beaten since they defeated then-No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 21, 1996. Washington (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) lost at Arizona State for the seventh straight time and hasn't won in Tempe since 2001. The Huskies were the fourth top-10 team to lose this weekend, joining No. 2 Clemson, No. 8 Washington State and No. 10 Auburn. Washington...
Oct 14, 2017

Australia, Honduras set dates for inter-continental playoff

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia and Honduras have agreed dates for their inter-continental World Cup qualifying playoff. The teams will meet in Honduras on Nov. 10 and in the return leg at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on Nov. 15. The kickoff time and venue for the first leg has yet to be confirmed by FIFA but it is expected to be in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. Australia qualified for the inter-continental playoff after winning a two-game series against Syria in an Asian conference playoff last week and Honduras as the fourth-team in the CONCACAF region, comprising North and Central America and...
Oct 14, 2017

No. 14 Oklahoma St sets yardage record, beats Baylor 59-16

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and quarterback Mason Rudolph took their shirts off for an adoring crowd at a Homecoming pep rally on Friday, and the good times just continued on Saturday. Rudolph passed for 459 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 14 Oklahoma State to a runaway 59-16 victory over Baylor. "I'm having fun now," Gundy said. "When we win, I'm having a good time." Rudolph guided an offense that gained a school-record 747 yards. James Washington caught six passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for a 2-yard...
Oct 14, 2017

NZ, Peru confirm dates for inter-continental playoff

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Peru have confirmed dates for their FIFA World Cup inter-continental playoff matches next month. The nations' capital cities will host the matches with the first leg in Wellington on Saturday, Nov. 11 and the second leg at the Estadio Nacional in Lima on Nov. 15. The winner progresses to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. New Zealand qualified for the playoff after winning the Oceania qualifying series while Peru finished fifth behind Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia in the CONMEBOL qualifying series, edging Chile out of the playoff on goals...
Oct 14, 2017

Flip out: Bowers' TD leap leads Cal past No. 8 Wash. St 37-3

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ross Bowers did an acrobatic flip into the end zone to cap a touchdown run for California and the Golden Bears used a dominant defensive performance to stun No. 8 Washington State 37-3 Friday night for their first win in 14 years against a top 10 team. Camryn Bynum had two of California's five interceptions against Luke Falk, and the Bears (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) used seven turnovers and nine sacks to top the Cougars (6-1, 3-1) for a signature win under first-year coach Justin Wilcox. Cal was just 1-52-1 against top 10 teams since 1978 with the only win coming over No. 3...
Oct 13, 2017

No. 5 Huskies look for 1st win at Arizona State since 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington coach Chris Petersen isn't happy about all the late starts his team has had this season. His fifth-ranked Huskies have another one Saturday night in Tempe. Kickoff is 7:45 Pacific time. That's 10:45 p.m. in the East. "This will be the toughest game we've had this year," Petersen said. That's probably not just coach-speak. The Huskies (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) have rolled through three Pac-12 opponents by a combined score of 117-24. Arizona State (2-3, 1-1) is no powerhouse but the Sun Devils, coming off a bye week, should put up more resistance than Colorado, Oregon...
Oct 13, 2017

Italian luxury villa seized in FIFA, World Cup bribery case

A villa valued at seven million euros ($8.3 million) on an Italian island was allegedly how a Qatari television executive bribed a top FIFA official. Italian police said Friday they seized the luxury property in Sardinia they claim Nasser al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris Saint-Germain, made available to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. Details of the alleged corruption were revealed one day after Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw evidence-gathering raids in four European countries for a widening investigation of FIFA and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests won by...
Oct 13, 2017

Arena resigns as US coach of after World Cup bid fail

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Arena resigned as U.S. national team coach, three days after the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The U.S. Soccer Federation made the announcement Friday and did not say who will take over the team for planned exhibition games next month. A 66-member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, Arena coach the U.S. to its greatest success in the modern era from 1998-2006, then was fired by USSF president Sunil Gulati. Arena was brought back last November after a 0-2 start in the final round of qualifying in the North and Central...