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Golden Nuggets: Cal Preps for USC, Fall Recruits sign LOIs, and Ryan Anderson and Justin Forsett Have Big Days.

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Current Bears seek bowl eligibility, New Bears seek their dreams, and Old Bears fill up the highlight reels.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Women's Water Polo

A deep and talented recruiting class, from all around the state, for the 2015 Golden Bears.

Men's Water Polo

#5 Cal finishes its regular season against #3 USC in Los Angeles on Satuday at 10:30 a.m. The match will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.

Softball

BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California softball team will see another outstanding class suit up in blue and gold for the Bears in 2016 after signing Danielle Bowers, Krysten McCue, Lindsay Rood and Kourtney Shaw to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Diane Ninemire announced Wednesday.


The foursome, who all hail from the Golden State, will join the Bears in 2015-16 and make an immediate impact on Cal's lineup with talents spanning from in the circle to the outfield.

Men's Golf

Cal signs four to its 2015 recruiting class, three ranked in the nation's top 160 junior players.'

Women's Golf

The women's side inks two international junior standouts.

Men's Gymnastics

Canadian National Team member Aaron Mah signs a letter of intent to join the Golden Bears.

Women's Basketball

California Signing Day: Getting To Know Kristine Anigwe

Anigwe, a 6-4 center heralded as a top 15 prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz and a top five post player nationally by ESPN and Prospects Nation, gives the Golden Bears at least one player with international experience for the second consecutive season. She won a gold medal with the United States Under-17 team at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships in the Czech Republic. Playing in every game at the championships, Anigwe averaged 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in helping lead the USA to a perfect 7-0 record. In the semifinals against Hungary, Anigwe tied the USA Women's U17 single-game rebounding record with 14 rebounds (July 15, 2014).

Men's Basketball

The first regular season game of the Cuonzo Martin era tips off against Alcorn Stat 7:06 p.m. on Friday at Haas Pavilion.

Volleyball

The Bears visit #21 USC and #18 UCLA on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Women's Soccer

Taylor Comeau, Annia Mejia, and Emily Boyd were all named to All-Conference honors.

Tribal Football's Tim Grainey chats with senior Thelma Einarsdottir about her professional prospects and plans:

Thelma Einarsdottir, a senior forward from Iceland, scored the only goal of the game for the University of California Golden Bears as they defeated Arizona State University on the road on Friday, October 24th.

Einarsdottir, capped by Iceland at the youth and senior level, scored again on November 2nd as the Bears defeated the University of Oregon 2-1 at home to improve to a 13-2-5 (W-D-L) record, among the 25 highest rated programs in the country and a virtual shoe-in for the 64 team NCAA Division I playoffs starting later this month.

After the Arizona State match, Einarsdottir talked to tribalfootball.com about her future plans: "I hope to play professionally; that would be the dream. England is always a good choice; Sweden, Norway, Germany, and France are all countries with great leagues and great teams."

Bears in the Pros

Bill Clinton likes Nnamdi Asomugha. Catch it at 0:30.

Ryan Anderson went off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, with 32 points and 8 three pointers.

Justin Forsett: All Smiles After His Big Day

Alex Morgan continues her recuperation from a left ankle sprain ahead of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup

Shortly after giving a motivational speech to a group of aspiring soccer players at the Tampax Active ProCamp in Milwaukie Tuesday, U.S. women's national team forward and Portland Thorns star Alex Morgan made her way into the gym at Rex Putnam High School.

It was time for Morgan to ice her ankle.

The 25-year-old is recovering from a left ankle sprain that she sustained during a match against Guatemala in Chicago during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament on Oct. 17.

"I hope I'll be back on the field soon," said Morgan, as she elevated her ankle on a chair in the high school locker room. "My ankle is doing well. I'm back running a little bit and, hopefully, in a week or two I'll be back playing."

Football

Stephen Anderson was announced as a nominee for the 2014 Burlsworth Trophy.

Anderson has certainly been outstanding for the Golden Bears in 2014 with a team-high 509 yards receiving on 34 catches that are second only to Bryce Treggs' team-high 40. Anderson, who also has three touchdown receptions, has racked up his total in seven games after missing the first two contests due to injury. His team-high 72.7 yards per catch is eighth in the Pac-12, while his 15.0 yards per reception is better than any of the other top-10 receivers in the league.

Inside the Lair: Road Warriors

By Tim Miguel, Cal Athletic Communications

Never mind home field advantage.

Cal doesn't have a problem picking up crucial wins on the road this season. The Bears are 3-1 on the road heading into Thursday night's primetime ESPN tilt at USC. A win over the Trojans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in their final regular-season road game of the campaign would give Cal its most road wins since 2009 when the Bears were 4-2 on the road, and with four road wins in five games the Bears would have their best winning percentage on the road since the 2004 squad was 5-1.

Hostile environments, relentless opposing fans, being away from home, none of it matters to the Bears, who talk about how they bond together on the road.

Daniel Lasco leads a resurgent Bears rushing attack

By Tim Miguel, Cal Athletic Communications

Cal's offensive coordinator Tony Franklin made it real simple for Daniel Lasco and the rest of the Golden Bear running backs during the offseason.

"We had an honest discussion with him and the other running backs that we were bringing in two freshmen to beat them out," Franklin said. "If you don't get better, they're going to take your jobs."

Message received.

Football: It’s all on the line for Cal, USC

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Jeff Faraudo

Cal's struggles against USC - a current 10-game losing streak and only four road victories since 1958 - aren't primarily the work of O.J. Simpson, Marcus Allen and Carson Palmer.

"The skill position players win the Heisman Trophies," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. "But you look at their history and they've always had good offensive and defensive lines. That's how they've built their program over the years."

Those are the battles the Bears (5-4, 3-4 Pac-12) must win Thursday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum if they hope to topple the Trojans (6-3, 5-2) in a game that could earn Cal bowl eligibility for the first time in three seasons.

"We've got to bring the fight to them. It's a big challenge for the offensive and defensive lines," Cal defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil said. "I'm 100 percent confident in our team. We're ready to come down and get some of that Trojan."

ESPN's Pac-12 Predictions:

USC over Cal: Both teams have something to play for -- USC the division title and Cal bowl eligibility -- but the Trojans are the more complete team. Factor in Cal's prolonged lack of success against the Trojans and it's hard to see the Bears pulling off an upset on the road. -- Kyle Bonagura

Los Angeles Times: USC knows the score: Cal Golden Bears can put up a lot of points

Season-ending rivalry games against UCLA and Notre Dame are looming. But USC players said all the right things this week as they prepared for Thursday night's game against California.

Unless the question was asked, there was no mention of the Bruins or Fighting Irish.

"We've got to take care of Cal first," Trojans tailback Javorius Allen said.

USC did not play last Saturday after routing Washington State on Nov. 1. The victory marked the start of what the Trojans pronounced as their end-of-season goal: an undefeated November.

A preview of USC's Javorius "Buck" Allen, one of the nation's most prolific running backs.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Javorius Allen has rushed for 100 yards in six consecutive games, a feat last accomplished at Southern California by Marcus Allen during his Heisman Trophy-winning 1981 season.

It turns out Marcus Allen knew his unrelated successor in the USC backfield was capable of such success long before the tailback known as Buck emerged as one of the most productive running backs in the nation.

Marcus Allen, a Hall of Famer in the pro and college ranks, met with the Trojans shortly after Lane Kiffin's midseason dismissal last year. He encouraged the younger Allen to maintain his focus despite having been buried on the depth chart during the previous regime.

Ryan Gorcey looks back at Herm Edward's preseason motivational speech to the Golden Bears, and how it has played out this season ahead of a season-defining matchup against USC.

BERKELEY -- Herm Edwards opened California's training camp with an exhortation: "It's about you guys. It don't matter who you play. It's who they're playing. It ain't about who we playing. Who they playing? They're playing you guys, and I don't care if it's here. It could be across the street; it don't matter, men. Just flip the coin, say we kick off, we receiver; it don't matter."

The Golden Bears have taken that to heart.

Cal has not beaten USC since 2003. The Bears have never been able to get past the cardinal and gold, to never get past the 90,000 fans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, to never get past the white horse, the sword at the 50-yard line and that same old song, sung now for 10 straight seasons.

But this week, it's not about the Trojans. It's about the team the Trojans are playing.

"They're the same as any team we've played," says freshman running back Vic Enwere. "They're going to have some athleticism. They're going to have some players, highly-recruited and whatnot, but at the end of the day, how we play is going to dictate the game."