Stanford received a top seed in the 64-team NCAA women's soccer tournament and opens with a home match Friday against Sacramento State as part of a first-round doubleheader at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

The Cardinal (18-0-2) plays the Hornets (9-9-1) at 7 p.m., preceded by Santa Clara (12-6-2) against Long Beach State (14-5-2) at 4:30. The winners meet Sunday at 1 p.m.

For tickets, go online at gostanford.com, call 1-800-782-6673 or go to Stanford's ticket office (9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Pac-10 champion Stanford, Portland, Maryland and North Carolina are the top seeds.

"We've got to take the momentum from the regular season into the playoffs," Cardinal coach Paul Ratcliffe said.

Stanford reached the NCAA College Cup the past two years but lost in the semifinals to Notre Dame in 2008, and in the 2009 final 1-0 to North Carolina.

Cal (9-5-5) earned an at-large bid and faces Duke (10-7-3) on Friday in Gainesville, Fla. The winner will play either host Florida (18-2-2) or Mercer (10-8-1) on Saturday.

"I'm very pleased for the players," Bears coach Neil McGuire said. "They've worked extremely hard."

The Pac-10 had seven bids -- Stanford, Cal, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Football

Stanford: Jim Harbaugh is a semifinalist for the inaugural Joe V. Paterno Award, which honors a coach for achievements on and off the field. The award is from the Maxwell Football Club.


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San Jose State: The Spartans (1-8, 0-4 WAC) had hoped to welcome back starter Kyler O'Neal after the bye week. But he didn't practice Monday. The sophomore linebacker from McClymonds High has a knee injury. San Jose State hosts Utah State on Saturday.

Washington: The Huskies (3-6, 2-4 Pac-10) still may be without Jake Locker when they take on UCLA on Nov. 18. "He'll be off this whole week, then we'll assess it," coach Steve Sarkisian said. Locker missed last week's 53-16 loss to Oregon with a cracked rib. ... Athletic director Scott Woodward issued an apology for comments he made about Oregon. During a radio show Saturday, Woodward said Oregon as an academic institution has became "an embarrassment."

Colorado: Multiple media outlets reported coach Dan Hawkins will be fired today. He's been on the hot seat since last year. The cries for his ouster grew louder Saturday when the Buffaloes blew a 28-point lead at Kansas with less than 12 minutes left and lost 52-45. Hawkins is 19-39 in five seasons in Boulder. A school spokesman said he couldn't confirm the reports that athletic director Mike Bohn would replace Hawkins with assistant Brian Cabral for the final three games. Hawkins didn't respond to text messages.

Michigan: Quarterback Denard Robinson was knocked out of Saturday's 67-65 triple-overtime win against Illinois with a headache and dizziness. Coach Rich Rodriguez said Robinson since has passed a series of tests necessary to be cleared to play after having symptoms of a concussion. Robinson left in the third quarter, replaced by Tate Forcier. The Wolverines (6-3, 2-3 Big Ten) play Purdue on Saturday.

Wisconsin: Coach Bret Bielema said running back John Clay is questionable for Saturday against Indiana with a sprained knee suffered during a 34-13 win over Purdue. The Badgers (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) already were missing running back James White and relied on third-stringer Montee Ball against the Boilermakers.

Nebraska: Coach Bo Pelini expects Taylor Martinez to be the starting quarterback against Kansas on Saturday. Martinez (sprained ankle) was on the sideline for the Cornhuskers' 31-30 overtime win at Iowa State last week. Cody Green started. Backup quarterback Zac Lee (hand) also missed the game but is expected to play Saturday.

Men's basketball

No. 5 Pittsburgh 83, Rhode Island 75: Brad Wanamaker had 24 points, and the host Panthers survived a scare in the nation's first Division I game of the season, rallying from eight points down to beat the Rams. Pitt ended a sluggish first half in the 2K Sports Classic opener by scoring nine straight points over the final 1:21 to take the lead for good.

No. 13 Illinois 79, UC Irvine 65: Brandon Paul scored all of his 18 points on 3-pointers to lead the Illini over the visiting Anteaters in the 2K Sports Classic. Darren Moore led Irvine with 18 points, and freshman guard Chris McNealy (San Ramon Valley High) had eight points off the bench.

Women's basketball

Cal: The Bears' opener against Rutgers on Friday will be televised by CSNCA. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Bay Area News Group and The Associated Press contributed to these notes.