The chance to win the America's Cup again for the Bay Area-based Oracle Team USA proved to be a stronger allure for Tom Slingsby than sailing for his native Australia.
As strategist, the Olympic gold medalist was part of the brain trust that helped Oracle win eight straight races against Emirates Team New Zealand on San Francisco Bay in September to retain the silver trophy.
Slingsby, 29, is expected to play a bigger role for Oracle in the next regatta, serving as tactician and backup helmsman. He'll replace Ben Ainslie, who is trying to launch a British challenge.
"At this stage of my career, I really do need to go with the team that provides me the best opportunity," Slingsby said.
As defender, Oracle gets to pick the venue for the 35th America's Cup and help set the rules. Syndicate CEO Russell Coutts said the team would like to return to San Francisco and will hold further meetings with city officials next week.
Slingsby said he's heard the regatta could be held in August 2017, but a final date hasn't been set.
Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney is among 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award. The winner will be announced Dec. 12. Other semifinalists include running backs Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona and Bishop Sankey of Washington. Stanford safety Ed Reynolds is among the nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The winner will be announced Dec. 8. Other semifinalists include UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and USC defensive end Devon Kennard.
Brittany Howard had 15 kills and No. 6 Stanford (19-5, 12-3 Pac-12) posted a 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15 win at Oregon (14-11, 7-8).
Jordan Shaw had 17 kills, leading Saint Mary's (14-9, 10-5 WCC) to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-14 sweep of Santa Clara (9-15, 4-11). Sabrina Clayton had 11 kills for the visiting Broncos.
Former Cal star Caitlin Leverenz won the women's 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 7.06 seconds at the University of Minnesota in the six-stop Arena Grand Prix Series' short-course opener.
Wire services contributed to this report.