It is hoop season already at the Creek as the Pac-10 announced they have renewed their contractual television agreement with Fox Sports through the 2011-12 season.
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, the men's and women's basketball rules committees approved a rule change to eliminate the airborne timeout called when momentum is carrying the player out of bounds or into the backcourt while compression undergarments [such as the popular Under Armor brand] will not be allowed to extend below game pants or below the elbow.
Senior shortstop Chris Minaker was named as the player of the week in baseball.
Casey Martin was named as the new men's golf head coach.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Mark Sanchez has hired an attorney to contest the sexual assault charges that have been filed against him.
The men's basketball team will play Louisville in New York on December 5 as part of the Jimmy V. Classic.
The Bears won the national rugby title with a 29-26 win over BYU in the title game. California has won the national crown in 22 of the past 27 years.
In women's hoop, Washington received a verbal commitment from 5-8 guard Sarah Morton.
In baseball, the Beavers moved up to a 32 RPI after taking two out of three against Washington last week to move to 34-11 overall on the season and a conference-leading 11-4 in conference play.
Freshman linebacker Jason Stripling is expected to redshirt if his shoulder injury does not heal in time for August practice sessions.
In women's hoop, the Cougars signed Nakejia Kelly and Alexa Price to letters of intent. Kelly, who averaged 16 points and six assists per game in her senior season at Notre Dame Academy in New York and was a three-time honorable mention in Street & Smith magazine, chose the Cougars over UCLA, Georgia tech and St. John's. Price averaged 29 points per game in her senior year at Los Angeles High School and selected Wazzu over UCLA and Fresno State.
Junior heptathlete Julie Pickler finished second in the Pac-10 Combined Events Championship while senior Katie Miller finished eighth.
In volleyball, senior middle blocker Jen Barcus, who has one year of eligibility remaining, will transfer to Iowa.
In baseball, the Cougars took two out of three against Utah Valley State to move to 30-17 overall with a 121 RPI.
Freshman linebacker John Hale and defensive lineman Jess Ward were released on their own recognizance after pleading not guilty to felony assault charges originating from a fracas at a party held at Ward's parents' house in February.
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