Zach Maynard, a transfer from Buffalo, was named California's No. 1 quarterback by coach Jeff Tedford.

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Transfer from Buffalo wins quarterback job: Zach Maynard’s decision to transfer to California appears to have been the right move.

Maynard was named as Cal’s starting quarterback to open the 2011 season Saturday, emerging as the clear front-runner from one of the deepest and most wide-open spring competitions in Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford’s tenure.

Maynard, who led Buffalo to its first bowl game in 2009, sat out all of last season and had no guarantee of winning Cal’s starting job once he transferred. He was among six quarterbacks in the spring competition.

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“It was a huge risk,” he said.

Carr is honored by donor, ex-players: Ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr’s legacy is about to get larger.

The Al Glick family made a $3 million gift to name the seventh floor “The Coach Carr Pediatric Cancer Unit,” in Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., when it opens in November.

About 80 people, mostly ex-players of Carr’s, combined to donate more than $750,000 to create “The Mountaintop Fund” to honor Carr.

The Detroit News reported Carr, 65, is part of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class.


Top two players in world to collide: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain and No. 2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia will meet in the Italian Open final Sunday in Rome.

Nadal, who has won the tournament five of the last six years, beat Richard Gasquet of France 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinal round. Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak to 38 matches, defeating Andy Murray of Britain 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2).

In the women’s final, Maria Sharapova of Russia will meet Sam Stosur of Australia. Sharapova outslugged No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5, 6-3 and Stosur beat Li Na of China 7-6 (8-6), 6-0.


Colombia sports official is shot to death: Police say Sergio Rodriguez Jaramillo, who represented Colombia’s Olympic committee for the 2008 Beijing Games, was shot to death while in a car with a guide Friday in Medellin.


Gatto wins eighth stage of Giro: Italian Oscar Gatto of the Farnese team won the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia and Pieter Weening kept the overall lead.

Gatto and Spaniard Alberto Contador of Saxo Bank each finished the 134.5-mile stage from Sapri to Tropea in 4 hours, 59 minutes, 45 seconds.

Dutch rider Weening, who competes for the Rabobank team, leads HTC-Highroad duo Kanstantsin Sivtsov and Marco Pinotti by two seconds in the overall race.

Bull riding

Quick-out pattern for Ochocinco: Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco earned $10,000 for riding 1,500-pound bull Deja Blu out of the chute on the Professional Bull Riders circuit in Duluth, Ga.

Ochocinco was bucked off in 1.5 seconds, or 6.5 seconds short of the time needed to win a new Ford truck. The 33-year-old said he will never try to ride a bull again.


Ward wins: American Andre Ward scored a unanimous decision over German Arthur Abraham in Carson, Calif., keeping his WBA super-middleweight title and advancing to the Super Six tournament final.


Ex-NBA player Oakley sues Las Vegas resort: Charles Oakley, one of the NBA’s all-time tough guys, has sued a Las Vegas resort over what he calls a May 2010 “gang-style beat down” by security guards who injured him.

Oakley, a Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Clark County District Court against the Aria hotel-casino. Five security officers also were named in the lawsuit.

Oakley, 47, was an invited guest at Aria’s VIP pool area May 28 when he left the area, the complaint says, but security officers and staff prevented him from re-entering.

After a “verbal altercation” with officers, Oakley attempted to return to his room when he was “assaulted” by them in a secluded area of the resort, the lawsuit alleges.

The complaint contends officers punched and handcuffed Oakley, and that he was taken to a hospital with injuries to his neck, back, head and wrist, “all or some of which may be permanent and disabling.”

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