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JR Payne is new Santa Clara women's basketball coach

JR Payne, a former Santa Clara assistant who played at WCC rival St. Marys, is the new womens basketball coach for the Broncos.
Payne spent the past five seasons coaching Southern Utah - and her team won a school-record 23 games while reaching the postseason for the first time.
She replaces Jennifer Mountain, whose contract wasnt renewed after six seasons. The Broncos went 10-20 this season, including 6-12 in the WCC. Mountain finished with a 56-127 record.
As a player, Payne helped the Gaels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999. ElsewhereU.S. women beat China
Lauren Holiday scored off a ricochet late in the first half and substitute Megan Rapinoe added another goal, helping the U.S. womens soccer team to a 2-0 win over China on Sunday in an exhibition game in Commerce City. Colo.
-- Liverpool reclaimed the lead in England with a 2-1 victory over West Ham, and fourth-place Arsenal slumped to another defeat against a top-five team with a 3-0 loss at Everton.
-- Robbie Keane and Stefan Ishizaki scored goals late in the first half, Baggio Husidic added another shortly after halftime, and the host Los Angeles Galaxy won the first meeting with rival Chivas USA 3-0.
NFL: The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent center Brian de la Puente.
Basketball: The Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, will host the Los Angeles D-Fenders to open the first round of a best-of-three D-League playoffs series Thursday.
College baseball: In a wild finish in Pullman, Wash., Cal (15-15, 3-6 Pac-12) scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take a two-run lead, then gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth and one in the 10th to lose 6-5 to Washington State (15-13, 4-4), which swept the three-game series.
-- Oregon State scored two runs in the first inning and thats all the No. 6 Beavers (25-6, 9-3) needed to complete a sweep of visiting Stanford (10-14, 3-6).
-- USF (15-15, 5-7 WCC) took the lead in a four-run second capped by Bradley Zimmers two-run triple, but host Loyola Marymount (18-14, 8-4) scored four in the fifth and scored the game-winner in the eighth on a balk in taking the rubber match of the series 5-4.

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Time: 3:49  |  News Code: 396610  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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