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Golden Nuggets: Injury a frustrating setback for Derrick Hill

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The Oakland Tribune has an article up on the recent injury to defensive lineman Derrick Hill:

Already bypassed by sophomore Kendrick Payne in the spring, senior nose tackle Derrick Hill needed this training camp to make a case to earn back his starting job.

But just like so many other times during his Cal career, an injury has set him back.

Hill has missed the past week with a case of gout. Originally, Cal's training staff figured it was his balky knee acting up again. But when Hill's foot began to swell on Friday, it was determined he had gout.

Gout?  What is gout?

Gout (also known as podagra when it involves the big toe[1]) is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint.

It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallize and are deposited in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.

So, I'm not a doctor (although I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express several nights ago), but it appears that a previous injury to his knee has reared its ugly head with elevated levels of a type of acid in the blood, which is causing swelling in his knee joint.  This sounds painful!  The article goes on to talk about how Hill thought of going out for the draft last year and was hoping to raise his draft stock this season.  This news (and the news that he is getting pushed by several players, such as Kendrick Payne and Aaron Tipoti, for playing time) cannot be good for Hill. 

After the jump, let's take a closer look at the stories of this weekend, including the ability to now watch the USC-Cal 2003 classic game on Hulu!  GO BEARS!

The official Cal site takes a closer look at the August 21, 2010 camp practices.

Rivals also has a report on the August 21, 2010 camp practices. 

Okanes has his report, too!

Rivals has a story on the offensive line, including the news that Matt Summers-Gavin is no longer walking with a limp and is progressing in his rehab.

Daily Cal looks at the pre-season polls.

Interesting article on former Golden Bear James Montgomery, who is recovering from an intense leg injury.

Former UCLA chancellor who in no way stopped the addition of academic power-houses Arizona and Arizona State to the Pac8 blasts Pac12 expansion....partially due to purported academic concerns over Utah and Colorado.  He also seems upset that money was spent on a plane flight to take Pac10 players/coaches out East to promote the Pac10, because, well, why even try to promote the Pac10?  I'm being serious he doesn't even seem to think it is of any value to promote the Pac10! 

The only thing even *remotely* accurate in this piece is that it'd suck A LOT! if the California rivalries get ruined by expansion.

Send your Berkeley food recommendations to Uncle Ted over at the Four Letter. 

The women's field hockey team shut down St. Joseph's 3-0!

Women's soccer defeats LMU 2-1 to open 2010 season.  Then, they tie 2-2 with Irvine.