Sports ShortsNATIONAL CHAMP . . . Former Stanford All-American Chris Derrick has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the USA Cross Country Championships 12-kilometer race in 35:36.6 on Saturday in St. Louis, Mo. After multiple runner-up finishes at the NCAA championships, Derrick won his first national title in his first year as a professional athlete. Derrick holds the American collegiate record in the 10,000 meters and was a 14-time NCAA Division I All-American while at Stanford. Derrick is now training in Portland, Ore. Derrick will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on March 24. "I'm excited to test myself against some of the best runners in the world," Derrick said. "I expect to be a bit over my head and to have to really struggle through, which I hope will give me perspective and help me grow as an athlete."
LIN DELIVERS . . . Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin made a career-high five 3-pointers as the Houston Rockets tied an NBA record and set a franchise mark with 23 treys in a 140-109 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Lin scored 28 points and dished out nine assists in the wild victory. Lin finished 10 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. The 28 points marked his eighth 20-plus point performance of 2012-13. On Wednesday night, in a 114-108 loss to the Miami Heat, Lin had 13 points and three assists.
STILL PERFECT . . . The top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team remained perfect as it posted an 8-5 win over UCLA on Sunday in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational. Kaley Dodson scored twice in the final 2:32 of play as Stanford improved to 8-0. The Bruins held a 4-3 advantage at halftime but were then shut down, scoring once in the second half. UCLA drew within 6-5 with just over six minutes remaining, but Cardinal goalie Kate Baldoni made three of her six saves in the final quarter, keeping the Bruins from tying it. Freshman Anna Yelizarova led Stanford with three goals. The Cardinal beat UC Davis, 11-2, earlier in the day as Kiley Neushul recorded a hat trick while Olympian Melissa Seidemann and Yelizarova each scored twice.