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Cal basketball coach Mike Montgomery reprimanded for pushing player 02.19.13 at 8:20 am ET
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University of California basketball coach Mike Montgomery was reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference following an incident late in the second half of Sunday night’s game vs. USC, when the coach pushed leading scorer Allen Crabbe during a timeout.

Montgomery was angry that Crabbe was not running hard, and he pushed the player in the chest, yelling, “Do you want to play.” Two of Crabbe’s teammates then guided the 6-foot-6 junior away from his coach and to the tunnel toward the locker room to talk to him.

Crabbe returned to the game and scored 10 points over the final 4 1/2 minutes as Cal pulled away for a 78-68 victory.

Montgomery initially downplayed the incident before releasing a postgame statement, saying, “I have great passion for this game and tonight, I let my emotions get away from me in the heat of the moment. While my intent was to motivate our student-athletes, my behavior was inappropriate and I apologize for my actions.”

Said Crabbe after the game: “It was an emotional game at the time. He was trying to motivate me. Everything’s fine. It’s under the bridge. He’s my coach.”

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour also released a statement, saying: “It is unacceptable for our coaches to have physical contact with student-athletes regardless of the circumstances. The second-half incident was certainly out of character for Mike Montgomery, and I am confident that something like this will not happen again.”

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Former Stanford basketball captain Peter Sauer dies at 35 07.10.12 at 12:31 pm ET
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Peter Sauer, the former captain of the Stanford men’€™s basketball team, died Sunday night. He was 35.

The school announced that Sauer died while playing in an adult recreational basketball league game in White Plains, N.Y. Sauer was part of Cardinal teams that made four consecutive NCAA tournaments, including the 1998 Final Four.

Sauer tragically collapsed on Sunday night after the game while shooting free throws. He collapsed, hit his head and couldn’€™t be revived by EMTs. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

‘€œPeter Sauer was one of the most popular players I have ever coached,’€ said Sauer’€™s former coach, Mike Montgomery. ‘€œHe played on a Final Four team and was an integral part of the success of that group. Peter was somebody that his teammates really looked up to and admired. It is tragic that this can happen to a young man in the prime of his life. We are all very saddened with the news. This is very tough news to get. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.’€

Sauer was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford, where he earned a degree in economics. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career. He had worked recently in investments with Bank of America in New York, where he was survived by his wife and three children.

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