Brian Cook had 19 kills and third-seeded Stanford beat No. 2 BYU 3-2 on Thursday in the NCAA men's volleyball semifinals in Chicago.

Stanford (24-8) won the final set 15-12 after rallying to win the fourth 29-27. Stanford won the first set 25-18, but BYU (21-9) took the next two, 25-21 and 25-22.

It was BYU's first loss in four matches against Stanford this season. The Cougars swept the Cardinal 3-0 on Saturday for the MPSF title.

"Our serving and passing took over in a tight ballgame," Stanford coach John Kosty said.

Top-seeded Loyola of Chicago (28-1) beat Penn State 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11 in the second semifinal. The final is Saturday.

  • Quarterback David Olson, a member of Stanford's scout team for four seasons, is transferring to Clemson. The South Carolina native will have a year of eligibility left and can play next season.

  • The Saint Mary's College men's basketball program landed another graduate transfer from the Pac-12. Desmond Simmons, a 6-foot-7 forward, said he'll use his final year of eligibility in Moraga after spending four years at Washington. He's a former Salesian High-Richmond star. Coach Randy Bennett has already signed point guard Aaron Bright, a Stanford transfer. As graduate transfers, both will be eligible next season. Also, Saint Mary's signed guard Joe Rahon to a letter of intent. Rahon is transferring from Boston College after two seasons and must sit out next season.


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  • The Cal softball team (23-24, 4-13 Pac-12) was limited to six hits in an 8-0 six-inning loss at Utah.

    Stephanie Fisher hit a two-run homer, but Santa Clara (7-31) lost to Cal State Fullerton 12-4 in five innings.

  • San Jose State men's golfer Cody Blick, the Mountain West stroke average leader at 70.76, was named all-conference by the coaches.

    Boxing

    Oakland-based super-middleweight champion Andre Ward said his legal fight with promoter Dan Goossen is just beginning. After the California State Athletic Commission upheld Goossen's promotional contract with Ward for the second time in 10 months, Ward's camp shot back.

    Ward has a pending lawsuit against Goossen in California Superior Court. His lawyer, Josh Dubin, and manager, James Prince, said in a statement that's where the dispute will be settled. "It is only after a California judge or jury speaks that the legal issues will be resolved," the statement said.

    Ward's contract with Goossen was declared valid until Nov. 8, 2016, according to the latest ruling by arbitrator Andy Foster, executive officer of the SCAC. Derailed by injuries and legal wranglings with Goossen, Ward (27-0) has fought just twice since December 2011.

    San Jose Giants

    The Giants squandered an 8-0 lead, falling 10-8 at Modesto. Blake Miller hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, giving San Jose that eight-run lead.

    Miller's homer came after three straight walks to begin the inning. The Giants scored three times in the third, keyed by Alberto Robles' steal of home on a double steal. He also stole third.

    AFL

    The SaberCats activated defensive lineman Joe Sykes from the exempt list. Sykes played in San Jose in 2012. The SaberCats (4-3) host Orlando (5-2) on Saturday night at SAP Center.

    Staff writers Stephanie Hammon and Jeff Faraudo contributed to this report.