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Section B | The Union | Thursday, October 7, 2010 | B3 SPORTS Pac-10 weighs scheduling issues to bump exposure


BY JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer


PHOENIX — Oregon coach


Chip Kelly liked the idea of moving the start of his team’s game against Stanford up three hours because fans in Eugene didn’t have to wait all day to see the game, then face a drive home late at night.


Other than that, Kelly could have


cared less; he’ll play anytime. “I have absolutely no say in the


scheduling,” he said. “If you want to play at 3 a.m., I’ll play at 3 a.m. I don’t care.”


The Pac-10’s new leadership had a


different perspective.They were thrilled with the time change because of the exposure it gave the conference. Had the game gone off at its orig-


inal time of 8:15 p.m. PDT, it would have started after some East Coasters were already in bed and ended well after last call. By moving kickoff up to 5:15 p.m.,


AP photo


Oregon’s running back LaMichael James celebrates after scoring against Stanford in the second quarter of their NCAA college football game Saturday in Eugene, Ore.


No. 9 Stanford at No. 4 Oregon became a prime-time showcase — one not involving those Trojans — that


served as the capper to a day filled with premier games. “A year ago when I started in this


role, I was told by a lot of people that nationally people see USC and don’t see the depth of the conference after that,” Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “To have a year later, Stanford and


Oregon be the game that has the most interest in a week with the Red River Rivalry, Florida-Alabama and other important games makes a big statement of where the Pac-10 is at, how it’s seen and the fact that we have two potential national contenders playing.” The late-night game has been an


issue for the Pac-10 for years. The benefit of playing after dark is


the lack of competition for TV viewers; Saturdays are full of clutter and there aren’t as many options for people to switch off to at night in the West. The downside is that some viewers


on the East Coast might not be willing to stay up into the wee hours to watch a college football game. That hurts the TV ratings and the Pac-10’s recogni- tion in the East, which could be damaging in poll and award voting.


So as the conference heads into a


new era, transforming into the Pac-12 with the addition of Colorado and Utah, its leaders are looking into ways of getting its marquee games in front of bigger audiences. The Pac-10’s TV deals expire at


the end of the current school year and the starting times for football games are sure to be part of the conversation. “There’s a lot of factors that go into


making sure we’re visible nationally for our biggest games, but it’s something that’s a high priority, something that we’re spending a lot of time on and something that will receive a very high priority as we’re looking at our future broadcast agreements,” Scott said. The Pac-10 has already had its


share of big games on the late-night slate this season. On Sept 18, a matchup between


No. 9 Iowa and No. 24 Arizona, one of the biggest games in the Wildcats’ recent history, started at 7:30 local time. UCLA’s upset win over No. 23 Houston started at the same time and the Wake Forest-Stanford game was even later, kicking off at 8:15.


Underdog USC finds itself in unfamiliar role as underdog


BY RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer


If there was still any doubt


the days of Southern California dominating the Pac-10 are over — at least for the near future — there’s proof positive this week. USC is a 9 1/2-point under-


dog at Stanford on Saturday. It’s just the third time since


2004 that USC has been an underdog, according to the odds maker RJ Bell of Pregame.com. The last time was when USC played at Oregon in 2007. The Trojans were three-point under- dogs to the Ducks that day and lost 24-17 in quarterback Mark Sanchez’s third career start. He was replacing an injured John David Booty. The last time the Trojans


were a double-digit underdog was 1998 — pre-Pete Carroll — when they were getting 14 points at Florida State.Considering the


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to four points. “It’s motivating for them,”


Freitas said. “It shows us that our girls are improving.” The boys also find them-


What’s NextBEAR RIVER BRUINS


Today: Football — Bear River (Frosh) at Placer, 5:30 p.m.; Golf (Girls) — Lincoln at Bear River, 3 p.m.; Soccer (Boys) — Bear River at Colfax, 5 p.m. (JV-3:30 p.m.) Friday: Football — Bear River at Placer, 7:30 p.m. (JV-5:30 p.m.) FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN FALCONS


Today: Volleyball (Girls) — Cornerstone Christian at FLC, 5 p.m. Friday: Soccer (Boys) — FLC at Victory Christian, 4 p.m. NEVADA UNION MINERS


Today: Tennis (Girls) — NU at Granite Bay, 3:30 p.m.; Volleyball (Girls) — NU at Roseville, 6:30 p.m. (JV-5 p.m.; Frosh-4 p.m.); Water Polo (Boys) — Roseville at NU, 3:45 p.m.; Water Polo (Girls) — Roseville at NU


Friday: Football — Granite Bay at NU, 7:15 p.m. (JV-5 p.m.); Soccer (Boys) — Rocklin at NU, 3:30 p.m. (JV-5 p.m.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS


Oct. 10: vs. Eagles, 5:20 p.m.; TV: NBC; Radio: 830 AM Oct. 17: vs. Raiders, 1:05 p.m.; TV: CBS; Radio: 830 AM


OAKLAND RAIDERS


Oct. 10: vs. Chargers 1:15 p.m.; TV: CBS; Radio: 950 AM Oct. 17: at 49ers, 1:05 p.m.; TV: CBS; Radio: 950 AM


SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Today: vs. Braves, 6:37 p.m.; TV: TBS;


Cardinal crushed USC 55-21 at the Coliseum last season, maybe Stanford should be favored by more this week. Both the Trojans and


Cardinal are coming off Pac-10 losses. USC lost to Washington on a last-second field goal for the second straight season and Stanford couldn’t contain Oregon, losing 52-31 after hold- ing an early 18-point lead. Behind Toby Gerhart, the


Cardinal ripped up USC’s defense last season. Gerhart is gone, but quarterback Andrew Luck and the Stanford offense have been just as potent and pow- erful in 2010. Meanwhile, the USC defense has gotten even worse, allowing 418 yards per game.


What’s your deal,Trojans? That’s not just the question


this year, it was last year’s, too. After Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh went for a 2-point


selves in a good place, said coach Gene Gilligan. “I think they did a really


good job today,” Gilligan said. “We definitely feel we’re a top five team in the section (Division I).We’re shooting for top two.”


Radio: 680 AM Friday: vs. Braves, 6:37 p.m.; TV: TBS; Radio: 680 AM


Sports on TV


Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts Today AUTO RACING 10 p.m. SPEED — Formula One, practice for Japanese Grand Prix, at Suzuka, Japan COLLEGE FOOTBALL 4:30 p.m. ESPN — Nebraska at Kansas St. GOLF 5:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, first round, at St. Andrews and Carnoustie, Scotland 10 a.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Senior Players Championship, first round, at Potomac, Md. Noon TGC — PGA Tour, The McGladrey Classic, first round, at Sea Island, Ga. 3:30 p.m. TGC — Navistar LPGA Classic, first round, at Prattville, Ala. (same-day tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11:30 a.m. TBS — Playoffs, American League Division Series, game 2, Texas at Tampa Bay 3 p.m. TBS — Playoffs, American League Division Series, game 2, N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota 6:30 p.m.


conversion with the outcome decided last year, Carroll asked his counterpart, “What’s your deal?” during a chilly postgame meeting at midfield. Harbaugh responded, “What’s YOUR deal?”


Clearly, no Christmas cards


were swapped between the Carroll and Harbaugh families. Carroll is gone for the NFL


but new USC coach Lane Kiffin practically owes his career to the man he replaced and once worked under. Both coaches, of course, brushed off any lingering, “What’s your deal?” tension. “That horse has been beaten


pretty well,” Harbaugh said. “I think it couldn’t be any more irrelevant to what’s going on this weekend and what we’re trying to accomplish.” Kiffin put it this way: “I


think it’s irrelevant unless they have the Seahawks on the sched- ule.”


But Lambert is clearly the


team’s leader. As his teammates sur-


rounded him after he finished, they seemed to agree in saying he was “the main man.” Lambert was followed by Thomas McAtee (13), Sam


TBS — Playoffs, National League Division Series, game 1, Atlanta at San Francisco NBA BASKETBALL 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 — Exhibition, L.A. Lakers at FC Barcelona NHL HOCKEY 9 a.m. VERSUS — Carolina vs. Minnesota, at Helsinki 4 p.m. VERSUS — Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. VERSUS — Chicago at Colorado SOCCER 5 p.m. ESPN2 — MLS, Los Angeles at Philadelphia


Hockey


National Hockey League Today’s Games Carolina at Minnesota, Noon Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. Montreal at Toronto, 4 p.m. Chicago at Colorado, 7 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games Minnesota at Carolina, 9 a.m. Columbus at San Jose, Noon Dallas at New Jersey, 4 p.m. Anaheim at Detroit, 4 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Phoenix at Boston, 9 a.m. San Jose at Columbus, Noon


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The picks: THURSDAY


No. 7 Nebraska (minus 12) at


Kansas State Daniel Thomas can become a legit


Heisman contender with big game in K- State victory ... NEBRASKA 31-14.


FRIDAY No. 22 Oklahoma State (minus 24)


at Louisiana-Lafayette T. Boone Pickens couldn’t buy the


Cowboys out of this trip? ... OKLAHOMA STATE 49-20.


SATURDAY No. 1 Alabama (minus 6 1/2) at


No. 19 South Carolina Stephen Garcia, Giant Killer. Can’t


say it with a straight face, can you? ... ALABAMA 33-21. Indiana (plus 22 1/2) at No. 2 Ohio


State If Buckeyes need to protect Terrelle


Pryor, this is the team to do it against ... OHIO STATE 42-17. No. 3 Oregon (minus 36) at


Washington State Ducks have already had one 70-


point game. Maybe another? ... OREGON 60-14. Toledo (plus 38 1/2) at No. 4 Boise


State Broncos will try to keep pace with Oregon ... BOISE STATE 60-14.


Asher (16), Dominic Castro- Wehr (17) and Joey Rodriguez (25) to round out the team’s top five.


In the girls’ race,Arnett and


Brink were followed by Sara Marshall (25), Jessica Boutte (27) and Peggy McBride-


N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 4 p.m. Ottawa at Toronto, 4 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, 4 p.m. Montreal at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 4 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis, 5 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville, 5 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 5:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver, 7 p.m.


Basketball


National Basketball Association Preseason EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division


Boston


New Jersey Toronto


New York Philadelphia Orlando


Washington Atlanta


Charlotte


Central Division Cleveland


Milwaukee Chicago Detroit Indiana


Memphis


New Orleans San Antonio Dallas


Houston


W L Pct GB 1 0 1.000 — 1 0 1.000 — 1 0 1.000 — 0 1 .000 1 0 2 .000 1 1/2


Southeast Division Miami


W L Pct GB 1 0 1.000 — 1 0 1.000 — 1 0 1.000 — 0 0 .000 1/2 0 2 .000 1 1/2


W L Pct GB 1 0 1.000 — 1 0 1.000 — 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000 1


WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division


W L Pct GB 1 0 1.000 — 0 0 .000 1/2 0 0 .000 1/2 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000 1


Northwest Division Minnesota


W L Pct GB 2 0 1.000 —


Oklahoma City 1 0 1.000 1/2 Portland Denver Utah


1 0 1.000 1/2 0 0 .000 1 0 0 .000 1


Pacific Division Sacramento


Golden State L.A. Lakers L.A. Clippers Phoenix


W L Pct GB 1 0 1.000 — 0 0 .000 1/2 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000 1 0 2 .000 1 1/2


Tuesday’s Games Cleveland 87, Charlotte 72 New Jersey 103, Philadelphia 96 Miami 105, Detroit 89 Milwaukee 92, Chicago 83


TCU


Wyoming (plus 34 1/2) at No. 5 Horned Frogs need to make some


statements, too ... TCU 48-10. No. 8 Auburn (minus 6) at Kentucky Wildcats won 21-14 at Auburn last


year. Two in a row? .... KENTUCKY 31- 24.


Oregon State (plus 7 1/2) at No. 9


Arizona Before last season’s Wildcats win,


Beavers had won nine of 10 in series ... ARIZONA 34-24. No. 10 Utah (minus 6) at Iowa


State Cyclones coming off big win, but ....


UTAH 31-21. BEST BET No. 11 Arkansas (minus 6) vs.


Texas A&M at Arlington, Texas Stats say A&M defense is improved.


Ryan Mallett will be judge of that ... ARKANSAS 42-24. No. 12 LSU (plus 6 1/2) at No. 14


Florida Can Les Miles pull another one out


of his hat? ... FLORIDA 20-10. No. 23 Florida State (plus 6) at No.


13 Miami Most interesting ’Noles-’Canes game


in a while, with both trending in right direction ... MIAMI 38-28. Southern California (plus 9 1/2) at


No. 16 Stanford


Henslee (30). The freshman-sophomore


boys finished in fifth place and were led by David French with a 12 minute flat finish.Freshman- sophomore girls finished third and were led by Kali Arvidson with a 15:03 finish.


Orlando 97, Houston 88 Washington 97, Dallas 94 Portland 115, L.A. Clippers 86 Sacramento 109, Phoenix 95 Wednesday’s Games Minnesota 106, New York 100 Oklahoma City 97, Charlotte 93 Boston 93, Philadelphia 65 Memphis 87, Indiana 85 Toronto 129, Phoenix 78 Today’s Games Memphis at Atlanta, 4 p.m. Washington at Cleveland, 4 p.m. Boston at New Jersey, 4 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 5:30 p.m. San Antonio at Houston, 5:30 p.m. Portland at Utah, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games Orlando at Indiana, 4 p.m. Milwaukee at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 5 p.m. Oklahoma City vs. Miami at Kansas City, MO, 5:30 p.m. Portland at Denver, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.


Transactions BASEBALL


American League TEXAS RANGERS — Designated RHP Rich Harden for assignment. Claimed RHP Ryan Tucker off waivers from Florida. National League FLORIDA MARLINS — Assigned LHP Taylor Tankersley, RHP Tim Wood, INF Hector Luna and C Mike Rivera outright to New Orleans (PCL). MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Extended their player development contract with Huntsville (SL) through the 2012 season. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Exercised their 2011 contract option on 1B Albert Pujols. Announced the 2011 contract vesting option for LHP Trever Miller has been met. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Claimed INF Jarrett Hoffpauir off waivers from Toronto. Designated C Chris Stewart for assignment. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association CHICAGO BULLS — Waived F Chris Richard. MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Waived F Keith Gallon. NEW JERSEY NETS — Waived G Eddie Gill. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS — Signed RB Andre Anderson from their practice squad. Released TE Joe Klopfenstein from injured reserve. Signed DE Ra’Shon Harris to their practice squad. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Waived DB


Here’s the deal: Cardinal poised for


another romp through Trojans ... STAN- FORD 45-28.


UPSET SPECIAL No. 17 Michigan State (plus 4 1/2)


at No. 18 Michigan Denard Robinson will have to score


every time he has the ball. Not saying he can’t, but .... MICHIGAN STATE 48-38. Minnesota (plus 22) at No. 20


Wisconsin Gophers have lost six straight in


series overall and seven in a row in Madison ... WISCONSIN 45-14. San Jose State (plus 39) at No. 21


Nevada Wolf Pack had NCAA-record four


players top 100 yards rushing vs. SJST last season ... NEVADA 58-14. Colorado (plus 13) at No. 24


Missouri Time to find out if Buffaloes are real-


ly ready for turnaround season ... MISSOURI 38-21. Colorado State (plus 25) at No. 25


Air Force AFA has won four straight Ram-


Falcon Trophy games ... AIR FORCE 35-17. Last week: 11-4 (straight); 7-8 (vs.


points). Season: 82-14 (straight); 44-39-3 (vs. points). Nevada Union’s cross coun-


try teams next competition is Friday and Saturday when they head to the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno.


Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at gmoberly@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4234.


Derrick Roberson. DETROIT LIONS — Claimed OT Jamon Meredith off waivers from Buffalo. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Signed QB Keith Null to their practice squad. Waived DT Kommonyan Quaye. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Traded DE Jayme Mitchell to Cleveland for an undisclosed 2012 draft pick. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Traded WR Randy Moss to Minnesota for an undis- closed draft pick. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Signed RB Javarris James and RB Keiland Williams to their practice squad. Released LB Mike Balogun from their practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League ATLANTA THRASHERS — Placed F Jim Slater on the injured/non-roster list and F Andrew Kozek on the injured reserve list. BUFFALO SABRES — Assigned G Jhonas Enroth to Portland (AHL). Announced F Matt Ellis cleared waivers and has been assigned to Portland. DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned F Kirk Maltby and D Derek Meech to Grand Rapids (AHL).


EDMONTON OILERS — Loaned D Sheldon Souray to Hersey (AHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS — Assigned G Erik Ersberg and F Rich Clune to Manchester (AHL). Signed C Jordan Nolan to a three- year contract. MONTREAL CANADIENS — Assigned G Curtis Sanford, D Alex Henry, D Yannick Weber, F Ben Maxwell and F Ryan White to Hamilton (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Placed D Bryce Salvador on long-term injured reserve. Designated D Anssi Salmela as injured-non- roster player. Assigned D Matt Taormina to Albany (AHL). Recalled C Adam Henrique from Albany. OTTAWA SENATORS — Assigned D David Hale to Binghamton (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES—Assigned D Maxim Goncharov to San Antonio (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Assigned D Matt Roy to Norfolk (AHL). VANCOUVER CANUCKS — Traded F Darcy Hordichuk to Florida for F Andrew Peters. Recalled D Lee Sweatt from Manitoba (AHL) Sent G Cory Schneider, LW Jeff Tambellini and C Alexandre Bolduc to Manitoba. COLLEGE MICHIGAN — Promoted David Ablauf to associate athletic director for media and public relations, Kristin Orlowski to chief tal- ent officer, Lisa Savoury and Brian Townsend to assistant sport administrators and moved Bruce Madej to associate athletic director for special projects.


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