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Monday, July 16, 2012

Local sports digest: San Jose Earthquakes' Chris Wondolowski is MLS Player of ... - Alameda Times-Star

Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season after scoring three goals in a 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

Wondolowski leads MLS with 17 goals and is on pace to break the league record of 27, set by Roy Lassiter in 1996. Wondolowski was selected as MLS Player of the Month in April and June.

The Western Conference-leading Earthquakes (12-4-4, 40 points) will host FC Dallas at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

College football

Stanford has four players and San Jose State has three on the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which recognizes the top college offensive or defensive lineman and/or linebacker in the nation.

For Stanford, defensive end Ben Gardner, linebackers Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas, and tight end Levine Toilolo are on the list. San Jose State is represented by defensive end Travis Johnson, offensive tackle David Quessenberry and linebacker Keith Smith.

Colorado offensive lineman David Bakhtiari (Serra-San Mateo) and Oregon linebacker Michael Clay (Bellarmine College Prep-San Jose) also are on the list.

  • Stanford's Skov, Thomas and Trent Murphy have been included on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the top linebacker in college football.

    Florida is the only other school with at least three candidates.

    Pro hockey

    The Sharks re-signed defenseman Matt Pelech to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Pelech played 59 games for Worcester last season, posting eight points (one goal, seven assists), 168 penalty minutes and 16 fighting majors.

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