Sports ShortsA WIN FOR LIN . . . Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin made his debut with the NBA's Houston Rockets a successful one as he scored 12 points and dished out eight assists in a 105-96 win over the host Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Lin made five of his 12 field-goal attempts, grabbed four rebounds and four steals, committed four turnovers, and had four fouls in 35:27 as the Rockets' starting point guard. Lin came to Houston as a restricted free agent in the offseason after the New York Knicks declined to match the Rockets' offer of $25 million over three years. Houston and Lin next will play at the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
PEDERSON AN ALL-STAR . . .
Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson will be a member of the East Division for the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game on Saturday. Pederson is among 52 players (26 on each roster) who have been selected and the only player from the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization picked. Pederson played the regular season for Rancho Cucamonga in Single A and batted .313 in 110 games with 136 hits, 18 homers, 70 RBI and 26 stolen bases. The 20-year-old Pederson is one of the youngest prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League, and will play for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Double-A Southern League in April. Pederson was ranked as the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect by MLB.com entering the 2012 season and lived up to that by being named the organization's Minor League position player of the year.
HOOP RECOGNITION . . . Stanford forward and 2012 All-American Chiney Ogwumike earned yet another honor ahead of the upcoming 2012-13 season, being named to the six-woman Associated Press Preseason All-America Team.
Ogwumike, a junior from Cypress, Texas, joins Elena Della Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) on the team. Sims and Thomas each earned 19 votes out of 40 to tie for the fifth spot on the team. Ogwumike earned 23 while Della Donne, Diggins and Griner were all unanimous selections. It is the fourth straight year, and fifth time in the past six years, in which Stanford has been represented on the AP's Preseason All-America Team. Chiney Ogwumike follows older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2010-11, 2011-12), Jayne Appel (2009-10) and Candice Wiggins (2007-08) as preseason All-Americans during that span.