Galaxy Cruises Past Chivas Usa, 5-0

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He should be a serious candidate for the McDonald’s All-American Game. There is a pitched battle going on to land the shooter. Blackmon says Indiana (where he de-committed), Kentucky , Michigan , Kansas , Michigan State and Louisville are under consideration but his recruitment is starting to shape up as a two-, possibly three-horse race between the Wildcats and Wolverines, with the Hoosiers hoping they can bring him back to Bloomington. Wherever he ends up, he’s going to score a lot of points. TATUM, STONE MAKE THEIR CASES Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican junior Diamond Stone and St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade sophomore Jayson Tatum rank No. 4 nationally in their respective classes. With their play in Colorado Springs, they are putting the heat on the three in front of them not to slip because they are looking to make a move up. A 6-foot-10 center, Stone is a throwback player who dominates with his skill and basketball IQ and not because of freakish athleticism. Very well rounded and versed in low-post play, Stone has a full offensive repertoire. He is comfortable operating on either side of the lane. He scores with either hand on jump hooks, has great hands and has become a reliable shooter in pick-and-pop situations. Stone rebounds well, runs the floor and has been getting more athletic as he matures physically.

USA TODAY Sports Preview: Maryland

Last season Maryland ranked third nationally in rebounds per game, and current Phoenix Suns big man Len had a lot to do with that. That doesn’t mean the Terrapins still can’t excel on the glass. Sophomores Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell provide a paint presence that’ll rebound against any team in the country. Cleare is poised for a breakout year. One area of concern is decision-making. Miscues last season proved costly in the ACC. A year of experience for the returnees should help. Tweet that speaks volume: Yes, Turgeon cried after beating Duke last season. It’s that important. The highlight reel: Maryland fans stormed the court after beating the No. 1 team in the country.

Donovan ties for the all-time MLS scoring record. Robbie Keane scores in Galaxy’s 5-0 win over Chivas USA. By Jim Peltz October 6, 2013, 6:13 p.m. The Galaxy couldn’t have scripted Sunday’s game much better. Needing a victory to stay firmly in Major League Soccer ‘s playoff race, the reigning MLS champion prevailed in game it was expected to win by beating last-place Chivas USA , 5-0, at StubHub Center. The Galaxy’s goals came early and often despite the 92-degree temperature at game time. The Galaxy’s star forwards, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane , each scored twice and Gyasi Zardes also scored. Also Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena suspended for game against Chivas USA Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time scoring record of 134 regular-season goals. Donovan, speaking about holding the record outright with his next goal, said “it would be nice to get it and get it out of the way so that there’s no attention on it.” He added: I would trade, maybe not all of them, but most of them for another championship ring.” When the game ended, the Galaxy was tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place with 48 points in the Western Conference. The two teams were only four points behind first-place Real Salt Lake , three points behind second-place Seattle and one point behind third-place Portland, which was playing Vancouver on Sunday night. The top five teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs.