The No. 1 Stanford women's volleyball team lost 25-19, 25-20, 27-29, 25-22 at No. 8 USC on Thursday, ending the Cardinal's winning streak at 22 matches.
Freshman Jordan Burgess led Stanford (24-3, 16-1 Pac-12) with 15 kills and 25 digs. The Cardinal had a season-high 117 digs but hit just .187 overall.
Stanford led 8-4 in the fourth set, but six straight points by USC (25-4, 13-4) gave the Trojans the lead for good.
Archbishop Mitty power forward Aaron Gordon, ESPN's No. 7 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, is down to three schools, according to ESPN.com. "Aaron has narrowed his list to Arizona, Washington and Kentucky in no particular order," his mom, Shelly Gordon, wrote in an email. There's no timetable on a final decision, but gone from Gordon's list are Cal, Kansas and Oregon.
San Jose State senior tight end Ryan Otten was invited to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. On Monday, Otten was named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, which honors the nation's top tight end. Another semifinalist was Stanford's Zach Ertz.
Top-ranked Stanford (18-1-1) and Santa Clara (12-3-6) will meet in the NCAA women's tournament for the ninth time. The second-round match at Laird Q Cagan Stadium is the nightcap of a doubleheader. Denver (16-2-4) plays Maryland (14-6-2) at 4:30 p.m. Stanford is the defending national champion. The winners meet Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Stanford women's team announced the signing of Lia Neal, who won a bronze medal in the 400-meter relay at the London Olympics. New coach Greg Meehan's first class also includes Kassidy Cook, who missed qualifying for the London Games in synchronized diving by one point.
Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski is a finalist for the league's MVP award. The others are New York's Theirry Henry and Kansas City's Graham Zusi. Wondolowski led MLS with a record-tying 27 goals this year.
Others Quakes' finalists are Frank Yallop (Coach), Alan Gordon (Comeback Player) and Victor Bernardez (Defender and Newcomer).
The announcement of awards will begin Monday with Rookie of the Year and end Nov. 29 with MVP.
The Golden State Warriors plan to use their new D-League team in Santa Cruz for more than the traditional development of future NBA players.
General manager Kirk Lacob said the team can also serve as a testing ground for everything from business practices to the Xs and Os on Golden State coach Mark Jackson's drawing board.
"Maybe we'll try some things that Coach Jackson wants to see if they'll work, but he doesn't want to try in an NBA game for the first time," Lacob, the 24-year-old son of Golden State majority owner Joe Lacob, said in a media day interview.
The Santa Cruz Warriors begin the season Nov. 30 with a seven-game road trip while work is completed on their 2,700-seat downtown arena. The home opener is Dec. 23. The team, again coached by Nate Bjokrgren, played last season in Bismarck, N.D.
Staff writers Elliott Almond, Jimmy Durkin and David Pollak contributed to this report.