men’s volleyball • Cody Caldwell had 20 kills and top-seeded Loyola of Chicago beat third-seeded Stanford 3-1 on Saturday night in Chicago for its first NCAA men’s volleyball title.
Thomas Jaeschke and Joe Smalzer each had 12 kills for Loyola (29-1), which won the final set 25-15. The Ramblers won their final 27 matches after losing to Southern California on Jan. 4.
Brian Cook had 15 kills for Stanford (24-9), which beat BYU in the semifinals on Friday.
Mariota shines in Ducks’ spring game
college football • Marcus Mariota was sharp in his limited appearance in the Oregon spring game on Saturday, throwing a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Ducks green team to a 27-7 victory against the grey team. Mariota, a possible 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate who returned to Oregon for his junior season instead of turning pro this winter, completed 6 of 7 passes for 100 yards and played in the first three series for the green team. He also rushed for 23 yards on five carries.
"It was a lot of fun," said Mariota, who is 23-3 as a two-year starter. "It was a good foundation for next fall. There were some good things to take out of it."
Errani tops Petkovic in Madrid Open
tennis • Sara Errani of Italy beat Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday, avenging a loss to the German in the same stage four years ago.
Errani advanced to play countrywoman Francesca Schiavone or Russia’s Elena Vesnina.
Errani placed 87 percent of her first serves in, and broke Petkovic five times while saving five of six break chances against her.
Also, Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia beat Karin Knapp of Italy 6-1, 6-1, while American Alison Riske outlasted Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-2.
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