Monday, August 13, 2012

Local sports digest: San Jose Earthquakes' Alan Gordon added to US team roster - San Jose Mercury News

Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon has been added to the U.S. national team roster in advance of Wednesday's exhibition against Mexico in Mexico City.

Gordon, who has nine goals in 16 Major League Soccer games this season, joins teammates Chris Wondolowski and Steven Beitashour on the U.S. squad, among 10 MLS players overall.

Gordon and Beitashour are seeking their first appearances with the national team.


Cal teammates Brandon Hagy and Max Homa are among six golfers tied for second after the first round of the U.S. Amateur Championships in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

The tournament is using two courses for stroke play: the par-70 CommonGround Golf Course and the par-71 Cherry Hills Country Club course.

Hagy and Homa each shot a 5-under 65 at CommonGround and trail only Bobby Wyatt, who shot a 7-under 64 at Cherry Hills.

Other players with Bay Area ties include Cal's Walter Huddy (2-over 72), Michael Kim (1-over 72) and Michael Weaver (2-over 73); Stanford's Steven Kearney (2-over 72) and Patrick Rodgers (2-over 73); Saint Mary's Jonathan De Los Reyes (par-70); and Ricky Stockton of Salinas (2-over 72), Nicolo Galletti of Pleasanton (4-over 74) and Jason Anthony of Walnut Creek (9-over 80).

College football

Senior running back David Freeman missed San Jose State's practice because of a groin injury.

"He's got a little groin strain,

but nothing big," coach Mike MacIntyre said.

Freeman worked with trainer Hisashi Imura and spent the final 20 minutes of practice riding an exercise bike on the sideline.

Freeman missed the final nine games last season and spring camp because of a dislocated elbow. He is competing to be the starting running back.

An MRI exam revealed that senior tight end Ryan Otten has a low ankle sprain. MacIntyre said there are no concerns about Otten missing the Aug. 31 opener at Stanford.

  • San Jose State defensive-line coach Jim Jeffcoat will be inducted into Arizona State's Ring of Honor in a ceremony during the Sun Devils' game Oct. 18 against Oregon.

    Jeffcoat was the defensive MVP in Arizona State's Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma to end the 1982 season before playing 15 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills.

    College volleyball

    The Stanford women are ranked No. 6 and Cal is No. 17 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll, which was released Monday.

    Stanford opens the season against Saint Mary's on Aug. 24 at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu. Cal opens Aug. 25 at San Diego State in the Aztec Invitational.

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