The Mercury News

Key Stanford defenders out

Injured Cardinal cornerback­s won’t face explosive WSU

- Staff and wire reports Correspond­ent Ray Hacke and The Associated Press contribute­d to this report.

Stanford will be without injured cornerback­s Alijah Holder and Quenton Meeks for the second straight week, coach David Shaw. Both corners were held out of Stanford’s 446 loss to Washington last Friday, having suffered undisclose­d injuries the previous week against UCLA. The 15th-ranked Cardinal (3-1, 2-1 Pac-12) welcome Washington State’s highpowere­d passing offense Saturday. Washington State (2-2, 1-0) is coming off consecutiv­e 50-point performanc­es, including last Saturday’s 51-33 victory over Oregon. The Cougars lead the conference in total offense (548.8 yards per game) and are second in scoring (44.2 points a game).


Stanford senior Maverick McNealy earned his 11th career college tournament victory, matching the school record shared by PGA Tour profession­als Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers. In his 2016-17 season debut at the Nike Collegiate Invitation­al, McNealy (68-66-68, 8-under 202) was the only player with three consecutiv­e rounds under par at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. He helped the Cardinal (20over) tie for sixth with USC. Vanderbilt won the team title.

Stanford freshman n Andrea Lee captured the individual crown in the season-opening Windy City Collegiate at Glen View Club in Chicago. Lee fired a 5-under 67 in the final round and wound up at 10-under 206 in her first tournament. Stanford ( 6under 858) took second as a team to Georgia.

Perry Cohen birdied n the 18th hole to shoot a final round 2-under par 69 and claim his first career medalist honor, while the Saint Mary’s men (3-over 855) tied for second at the Nick Watney Invitation­al in Fresno.


Maria Sharapova will be eligible to return to competitiv­e tennis in April after her two-year doping ban was reduced to 15 months by a sports court that found the Russian star bore no “significan­t fault” for her positive drug test and did not intend to cheat. The Court of Arbitratio­n for Sport in London cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova, who tested positive for the banned heart medication meldonium at the Australian Open in January.


Derrick Rose had 16 points and five assists in his Knicks debut as the Rockets beat visiting New York 130-103. He is now expected to leave the team and travel to Los Angeles, where his rape trial began earlier Tuesday. … Joel Embiid finally played for the 76ers since being drafted in 2014 as they beat the Celtics 92-89. He had six points in 13 minutes.


League MVP Nneka Ogwumike, the former Stanford star, had 17 points and nine rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 95-75 to advance to the WNBA Finals.

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