The Cardinal (25-4, 17-1) clinched a share of the Pac-10 championship and the top seed in next week’s conference tournament with a win Thursday against UCLA. But they made sure they wouldn’t have to share the title with Arizona State with the win to close out the regular season. Whether they’ll have Wiggins next weekend in San Jose is still up in doubt. VanDerveer said the priority was getting her star healthy for the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal shot just 36 percent without their leading scorer and endured a few long droughts without a basket with Wiggins watching from the sideline. They still managed to find a way to win against USC (16-12, 10-8), improving to 5-0 in games Wiggins has been sidelined. “When they get Wiggins back, they’re a team built to go deep in the tournament,” USC coach Mark Trakh said. “They have the front line to really go deep and bang with people. I think it’s a team that can go deep in the tournament when they get Candice back.” Shay Murphy led USC with 13 points and Chloe Kerr added 11. The Trojans shot just 29 percent. With Wiggins resting a nagging hamstring injury, the eighth-ranked Cardinal rode the strong inside play of freshman Jayne Appel to beat USC 56-53 Sunday to win the conference title outright. Appel scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, including a go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left. “We’ve got the No. 1 seed. Even if we didn’t, I could not justify risking Candice in that situation,” VanDerveer said. “It would not make any sense. I was not going to entertain even listening to her telling me how good she felt.” PALO ALTO – The Stanford players put on their Pacific-10 Conference championship T-shirts, cut down the nets and celebrated another title. As good as that accomplishment felt, coach Tara VanDerveer wasn’t about to risk the health of star Candice Wiggins to achieve it. USC led 29-28 at the half despite going more than sixminutes without a field goal at one point. Stanford closed the half with six straight points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has urged the club to cancel plans for a Player of the Season vote as their relegation from the Premier League creeps ever closer.Reports this week have claimed the doomed club will risk the fury of supporters by asking them to vote for their best player of their worst ever top flight campaign.Aston Villa’s drop to the Championship will be confirmed this weekend if relegation rivals Norwich get a result against Sunderland.Fans reacted furiously to the claims on social media, and while Bosnich believes the insult was not intended, he insists it would be for the best if the club cancel any plans for a poll.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Australia international said: “I don’t think an insult that’s been meant, it’s obviously something that happens every season“But in view of how the season has gone and in view of the problems they’ve had with some of their players…“A lot of fans don’t think they’ve shown enough pride and don’t care enough, so I think the smart thing for Aston Villa to do would be to cancel that vote.” Aston Villa fans have vented their fury at the team throughout the season 1