A handful of top runners have entered the eighth annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5-kilometer race Thursday starting and finishing in downtown San Jose.

The University of Arizona's Stephen Sambu will highlight the event after finishing second last weekend at the NCAA cross-country championships in Louisville, Ky. The Kenyan placed second at the Turkey Trot last year.

Also expected to compete in the men's division that starts at 10:30 a.m. is Diego Estrada of Salinas, a Mexican Olympian in the 10,000 meters. Estrada finished third in San Jose last year in his professional road race debut.

Danville's Scott Bauhs, a member of the Mammoth Track Club, also has entered the race.

The women's field includes defending champion Jackie Areson of Beaverton, Ore., and 2012 Olympians Kim Conley of UC Davis (5,000 meters) and Bridget Franek of Oregon (steeplechase). The race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Earthquakes

Five players, including star strikers Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart underwent successful surgeries in the past two weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

Starting fullback Steven Beitashour had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury.Rookies Sam Garza had a fractured wrist whereas Diaz Pizarro had a torn meniscus repaired.

Miscellany

Brittany Howard had 15 kills, and the Stanford women's volleyball team beat Colorado 21-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-16.

  • Tickets to Stanford's NCAA women's soccer quarterfinal showdown against UCLA on Friday are sold out.

  • Stanford senior Becky Dru has been named a Longstreth/NFHCA first-team All-American in field hockey, earning the sport's highest honor for a second consecutive season.

  • Cal junior golfer Brandon Hagy has accepted an invitation to be one of three Americans to play at the 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship.

    The 72-hole stroke-play event will be played Jan. 8-11 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.