Sports shorts: 2013-14 schedule: Cats won't play UCLA at McKale in 2013-14 schedule

2013-06-22T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: 2013-14 schedule: Cats won't play UCLA at McKale in 2013-14 scheduleStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats will open the Pac-12 men's basketball season at home against Washington and Washington State just after New Year's, according to a schedule the school released Friday.

The Wildcats will then play their only games against USC and UCLA the next weekend in Los Angeles. Because of the Pac-12's unbalanced schedule, UA will face the Los Angeles and Washington schools only once next season, and there will be no UA-UCLA game at McKale Center.

All of the Pac-12 games are subject to movement within the league's usual Wednesday-Sunday windows because of television and may not be finalized until this fall. The Pac-12 says it has not released any of its basketball schedules yet, so UA's announced schedule may not be official.

Arizona finalized the nonconference portion of its schedule last month. (2013-14 tentative schedule, above)

• Ex-Wisconsin All-American Adam Byars was named as an assistant on the UA swimming and diving staff. Also, Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers and Weston Lagerhausen will be volunteer assistants.

Soccer

FC Tucson travels to Fresno

FC Tucson travels to division leader Fresno tonight to begin a crucial three-game stretch over the next nine days. Tonight's match at Chukchansi Park starts at 7.

With 12 points from eight matches, FC Tucson is in fourth place in the USL Premier Development League's Southwest Division. The Fresno Fuego has 22 points, followed by Ventura County Fusion (18) and L.A. Misioneros FC (13).

After tonight's match, FC Tucson will return home for contests against Ventura County on Friday and June 30.

• In Istanbul, Spain showed why it is favored to win the Under-20 World Cup by beating the United States 4-1 on Friday in its opener after doubles from star strikers Jese and Gerard Deulofeu.

Miscellaneous

Nadal, Federer could meet up early

LONDON - Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon - their earliest meeting in any Grand Slam.

The draw Friday for the grass-court Grand Slam placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Seeding is based on ATP rankings, and Nadal fell after missing time with a knee injury.

Home favorite Andy Murray, seeded No. 2, is in the same bottom half and could meet Nadal or Federer in the semifinal. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is in the top half and has an easier path to the final, facing a possible semifinal against No. 4 David Ferrer.

In the women's draw, five-time champ Serena Williams is the top seed.

• U.S. qualifier Jamie Hampton reached the first final of her career when she beat 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3 at Eastbourne. Hampton faces Elena Vesnina of Russia in today's final.

• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he is waiting for the legal process to take its course in the death of a man connected to New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. CytoSport, the company that makes Muscle Milk, is ending its endorsement deal with Hernandez.

• New Jersey state police said a mechanical problem was to blame for the dirt-track racing crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on June 12. A torsion stop came off, causing part of the sprint car's suspension system to become lodged between a wheel and the steering system. Leffler was unable to control the car's steering as he came out of the fourth turn and spun out, slamming into the wall.

Bruce Pascoe Includes material from news releases

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