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Stanford, Santa Clara advance in NCAA women’s soccer

Kyra Carusa and Catarina Macario scored second-half goals Friday night to lift top-ranked Stanford to a 2-0 win over visiting Auburn and into the third round of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament. The [Read entire story]

Calvin Hermanson leads St. Mary’s over Cal State Fullerton

Calvin Hermanson scored 22 points as St. Mary’s took care of Cal State Fullerton 76-57 at McKeon Pavilion on Wednesday night. The 21st-ranked Gaels improved to 3-0. What bothered St. Mary’s head [Read entire story]

Cal guard Mi’Cole Cayton is out for season with torn ACL

One game into the season, No. 20 Cal has encountered a setback, losing sophomore starting guard Mi’Cole Cayton for the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered in Friday night’s opener. “My [Read entire story]

No. 21 St. Mary’s throttles New Mexico State

St. Mary’s 92-74 victory over visiting New Mexico State on Monday evening bore striking similarities to the Gaels’ season-opening win over St. Francis (Pa.) two nights earlier. St. Mary’s, now [Read entire story]

Cam Newton throws 4 TD passes as Panthers rout Dolphins

Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, rookie Christian McCaffrey of Stanford scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and Carolina crushed the visiting Dolphins 45-21 on Monday night for its third straight [Read entire story]

No ATP Finals title for ailing Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP Finals. The world No. 1 withdrew from the elite, season-ending tournament after losing his opening match to David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 [Read entire story]

No. 3 Arizona rolls in men’s basketball opener

Third-ranked Arizona was shorthanded for its season opener. It hardly mattered Friday night. The Wildcats still had Allonzo Trier, Deandre Ayton and plenty more talent to overwhelm Northern Arizona [Read entire story]

U.S. women play to a 1-1 draw against Canada

Alex Morgan scored and Alyssa Naeher had a late stop to help the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 1-1 draw with Canada in an exhibition match Thursday night in Vancouver, British Columbia. The U.S. had [Read entire story]

USA Gymnastics hires new leader in wake of sex-abuse scandal

USA Gymnastics is reaching outside the sport in an effort to move forward after a sex-abuse scandal. The organization hired Kerry Perry as its president and CEO on Tuesday. She was the vice president [Read entire story]

9 players get qualifying offers as baseball’s free agency period begins

Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams Monday. Cubs [Read entire story]

Names & Faces: Sung Hyun Park, Justin Verlander

Sung Hyun Park The South Korean has become the first LPGA Tour rookie to reach No. 1 in the world. Park replaced So Yeon Ryu atop the women’s world ranking Monday without playing last week. Ryu lost [Read entire story]

Stanford falls out of AP Top 25 college football poll

Stanford’s loss at Washington State was costly in many ways. Here’s one: For the second time this season, the Cardinal fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 media poll. Stanford, which was ranked [Read entire story]

No. 24 Michigan State tops No. 7 Penn State 27-24

After winning their first seven games of the season and building a resume as a championship contender, Penn State has fallen to earth. Matt Coghlin kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give No. [Read entire story]

Jerry Hollendorfer’s Battle of Midway wins Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Battle of Midway outbattled pacesetter Sharp Azteca down the stretch and won the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile by a half-length Friday at Del Mar. The 14-1 upset was the second long-shot victory [Read entire story]

Giants set to hire former A’s pitching coach Curt Young for same job in SF

The Giants are expected to hire former A’s pitching coach Curt Young to replace Dave Righetti as pitching coach in San Francisco, according to major-league sources. The Giants have not confirmed the [Read entire story]

Kim Meen-Whee leads PGA event in Las Vegas

Kim Meen-Whee birdied two of his final three holes for a 6-under-par 65 and a one-stroke lead Thursday at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old South Korean [Read entire story]

Giants hire Astros’ Alonzo Powell as hitting coach

The Giants have hired San Francisco native Alonzo Powell, the Astros’ assistant hitting coach, as their hitting coach to replace new bench coach Hensley Meulens, The Chronicle confirmed Wednesday night. [Read entire story]

A’s Bruce Maxwell was drinking before his arrest, cops say

Police say A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell showed signs of intoxication when he was arrested following accusations that he pointed a handgun at the head of a woman in Scottsdale, Ariz., who had delivered food to his home. [Read entire story]

Tiger Woods plans to play in Bahamas event next month

Play it again, Tiger Woods. For the second straight year, Woods will return from back surgery at his holiday tournament in the Bahamas the week after Thanksgiving. Woods has not played [Read entire story]

Iowa State hangs on to beat No. 4 TCU

TCU is no longer unbeaten. The Horned Frogs have only themselves — and a resurgent Iowa State defense — to blame. Kyle Kempt threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns and 25th-ranked [Read entire story]