Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III drove into masses of player, then sprinted around them, leaving defenders to pound the turf in frustration.

Less than a week of preseason camp, each run affects the depth chart, and Atkinson is battling Amir Carlisle for carries.

"We both want to eat," said Atkinson, a former Granada High star who for two years toiled behind Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood. "We both want to make plays."

  • The Saint Mary's men's basketball team opened its exhibition tour in Australia against Manley Warringah Sea Eagles on Sunday (Australian time). They will also play Wollongong Hawks (Monday), Dandenong Rangers (Wednesday), Melbourne Tigers (Thursday) and Cairns Taipans (Aug. 19).

  • Brad Wick and Kelley Watson, who combined to coach three conference championship teams, accepted assistant positions with the San Jose State men's and women's cross country and women's track programs, head coach Jeff Petersmeyer said. Wick was head of the Boise State men's and women's cross country program from 2008-12. Watson was the Broncos' men's and women's assistant track coach from 2008-13. She's a Milpitas native.

  • The Cal track and field program add two veteran assistant coaches -- Mohamad Saatara and Lissa Olson -- director of track and field Tony Sandoval announced.

    Horse racing


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    Ain't No Other, ridden by Juan Hernandez edged Starboardlights by a neck to win the $65,000 Jess Jackson Owners' Handicap at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Ain't No Other ran five furlongs on turf in a track-record 56.47 seconds.

    Motor sports

    World of Outlaws sprint cars will make their second visit of the year to the Antioch Speedway on Sept. 8, it was announced On April 5, the Outlaws played to a packed house at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval. Shane Golobic, a 21-year-old San Jose State student, held off Outlaws veteran Joey Saldana for the win.

    Softball

    Led by former Cal star Valerie Arioto, the U.S. women's team earned its first gold medal of the summer at the Mayor's Cup in Puerto Rico. After bouts of rainy weather continued into Friday, the Americans were awarded the gold by default. They went 4-0 with wins over Canada, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Arioto hit .500 (3 for 6, including a home run) with five runs and five RBIs.

    Wire services contributed to this report.