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Stanford tops Directors' Cup standings again

 

To probably no one's surprise, defending champion Stanford is the leader after the first fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Cardinal leads Syracuse by 199 to 158.

Stanford accumulated its 199 points by having all of its squads finish in the top 10 in each of the three completed championships -- men's cross country (fifth), women's cross country (ninth), and field hockey (ninth).

The NCAA title just won by the Stanford women will be added when the next standings are released on Thursday.

Michigan currently ranks third with Colorado fourth and Georgetown fifth.

Football

The Football Writer's penned David DeCastro to another All-America team as he, along with Andrew Luck were also first team selections on the ESPN.com team, both named on Saturday morning.

Of the seven teams that have been named thus far, DeCastro, a redshirt junior, has been named a first-team selection on all of them. For the previous three years, the offensive line has protected Luck to the tune of just 21 sacks, earning DeCastro first-team accolades this year and graduated center Chase Beeler, first-team honors in 2010.

Luck and DeCastro were among the nation's best players, according to ESPN.com.

Of DeCastro, ESPN.com noted, "Perhaps the most NFL-ready interior offensive lineman in college football, DeCastro is a pure run-blocker. At 6-foot-5, 312 pounds, he's a steamroller and the reason the Cardinal averaged 207.9 yards on the ground."

On Luck, the world wide leader said, "From his on-field play-calling to his accuracy and arm strength, Luck is without a doubt the most complete quarterback in the country."

Men's soccer

Stanford's Adam Jahn was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Friday as he was named to the All-Far West third team.

Jahn scored four goals and tallied two assists as Stanford's second-leading scorer. The junior saw action in 17 games, including 14 starts mostly in the central midfield after playing striker for most of his Stanford career. He led the team with 41 shots and was its main distributor from the central midfield.

Jahn was named second team All-Pac-12 and is a former national All-Rookie team member from TopDrawerSoccer.com

He will enter the 2012 season, his final at Stanford, as the leading returning scorer as well as the active Stanford leader in points. Jahn has tallied 11 goals and eight assists in his three-year career at Stanford so far.

Synchronized swimming

The U.S. national team finished sixth overall at the recent 6th FINA World Trophy in Beijing, China. During the final day of competition, Team USA was fifth in the free combo with a 93.125 score.

Representing Stanford was Morgan Fuller, Megan Hansley, Maria Koroleva, Michelle Moore and Olivia Morgan.

Spain won the overall gold for the three-day event with 386.665 points, with host China (384.102) taking silver and Canada winning bronze (377.614). Russia (375.112) was fourth and Italy (371.466) fifth. The World Trophy consists of solo, duet, team and combinations, with scores given for artistic impression only.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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