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Golden Nuggets: Natalie Coughlin Sets a New American Record in the 100 IM

The Cal great and multiple gold-medal winning Olympian continues to make history.

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Women's Gymnastics

Standout gymnast Emily Howe signs a National Letter of Intent to join the Golden Bears.


Three top national prospects, including the #20 "Senior Ace", Savannah Rennie from San Diego, signed with head coach Rich Feller's program. Rennie turned down Stanford, and "couldn't think of one 'con' for Cal"... check out her decision process below.

Meanwhile, the Bears finally won their first conference match by upsetting #21 USC on Friday at the Galen Center.

Women's Tennis

2014 Junior Australian Open quarterfinalist Olivia Haughterjoins Cal's women's tennis program.


Cal concludes fall practice with a home scrimmage with Pepperdine today at 11 a.m. at Evans Diamond.

The Baseball program continues strong recruiting efforts, signing three pitchers and three position players. Included is top Canadian prospect Mike Soroka. Ryan Gorcey from profiles the exciting righty.

The California baseball team pulled off a huge coup on Monday, scoring a 2015 commitment from 6-foot-4, 200-pound Mike Soroka -- the top right-handed pitcher in Canada over offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Kentucky, Indiana and Washington State. Soroka will sign on the dotted line when the early signing period begins Nov. 12.

"The more we talked to the coaches and once we got to visit, we got a good feeling about it," said Soroka. "We did the visit there a couple of days ago, and just loved it. It came down to the education, which is obviously world-class. The guys, I got to talk to a few of them. It was especially the coaches and just the program that they run really fits with me."

Cross Country

Freshman Bethan Knights and redshirt junior Chris Walden finished fourth and fifth at the NCAA West Regionals, qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Men's Water Polo

#3 USC barely holds off #5 Cal, 7-6, in a tight showdown Saturday in Los Angeles.


The Cal rugby team volunteered to clear several acres of land near the Berkeley Marine Overpass.

Men's Soccer

#15 Cal faces rival #3 Stanford in a Senior Day Showdown.

Women's Soccer

National Team Experience Aids Cal Women's Soccer

By Jonathan Okanes, Cal Athletic Communications

BERKELEY - There is an obvious extra dose of pressure when the NCAA Tournament comes around. Any match can be the last of the season, and the bigger stage comes with added attention.

Fortunately for the Cal women's soccer team, it has several core players that know what it's like to perform when the stakes are higher.

The Bears ... feature eight players who have been through national team programs.

Freshman Tori Bolden, freshman Emily Boyd, sophomore Zoe Clark, freshman Indigo Gibson and sophomore Arielle Ship have all been to U.S. camps while freshman Annia Mejia has been part of the national team program for both the U.S. and Mexico. Meanwhile, freshman Guro Bergsvand has been a part of the Norway national team program and senior Thelma Einarsdottir has done the same for Iceland.

Cal defeats the San Diego State Aztecs 3-2 in double overtime to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Women's Basketball

#14 Cal opens its 2014-15 season at Pacific today at 4.00 p.m.

Signing Day: Get To Know: MaAne MosleyBre Cavanaugh, and Chen Yue.

Men's Basketball

The Bears defeated the Alcorn State Braves, 91-57, to tip off the Cuonzo Martin Era. The Bears' next opponent in the 2K Classic is Kennesaw State, today at 5 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

National Football League

Are Jeff Tedford and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parting ways? Fansided's Nick John ponders this very question.

This is a touchy subject, so I will do my best to tread lightly on it while still making my very strong opinion on it known.

Tampa Bay Buccaneer offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who has been absent from the team for the entire regular season due to a heart procedure performed prior to the opener, apparently doesn't have any interest in coming back to work.

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds said so much in a column posted this morning, and claimed that Tedford's unwillingness to return after being medically cleared to do just that has rubbed some people within the organization the wrong way.

The quote:

"...the Bucs were expecting him to return by Week 4 and he chose not to for reasons the team thought he could ultimately manage, which deeply upset some inside the organization. Tedford most likely wouldn't be welcomed back at One Buc Place because the organization feels like he left the team - and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo - in the lurch."

Bill Barnwell of revisits the 2008 Draft class of running backs, including our very own Justin Forsett.

The Afterthought

Justin Forsett wasn't even a starter on his own team for most of his college career, let alone as a pro. After spending his first three seasons at Cal as the backup to J.J. Arrington and then Marshawn Lynch, Forsett finally got to take over as the no. 1 back during his senior season. He delivered an impressive campaign, most notably for his ability to shoulder a heavy workload. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Forsett carried the ball 305 times during that senior season, gaining 1,546 yards in the process. Nobody else carried the ball more than 36 times.

Despite comparisons to Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL scouting reports made Forsett's height their focus, leading him to fall in the draft. Forsett came off the board after 232 picks, going to Seattle, where he began an itinerant trip around the league. He was cut by the Seahawks during his rookie season, caught on briefly with the Colts, and then made his way back to Seattle, returning punts and kicks the entire time.

Football: California 30, USC 38

ESPN Pac-12 Blog Instant Analysis

How the game was won: USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor woke up this morning and remembered he was playing Cal. You might remember him returning a pair of punts for touchdowns against the Bears in 2013. He had another huge game Thursday night, but ultimately, it came down to USC recovering an onside kick and running out the clock after Cal made it a one-possession game with 1:36 to play.


What it means: The Trojans keep pace with Arizona State, UCLA and Arizona in the Pac-12 title race -- though the Trojans need a little help. Click here to see all of the South Division scenarios. Cal, which has lost four of its last five, needs to find a win against either Stanford or BYU if it wants to get the postseason.

San Jose Mercury News Recap

LOS ANGELES -- Bowl eligibility for the Cal football team will have to wait for another day.

The Golden Bears were no match for USC when it mattered Thursday night, losing 38-30 in front of 64,615 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and a nationwide ESPN audience.

Cal was hoping for a sixth win and the chance to play in the postseason for the first time in three years. Instead, the Trojans prevailed for the 11th straight time over the Bears -- matching USC's longest win streak in the century-old series.

Associated Press: Agholor, Kessler propel USC past Cal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nelson Agholor and Cody Kessler turned the Coliseum into their personal playground in the first half, throwing and catching all over the field while Southern California romped to a big early advantage.

By the time California nearly caught up under a November rain, Agholor and Kessler had built just enough of a lead to keep the Trojans rolling toward a big finish to their season.

Agholor caught a career-high 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Kessler passed for 371 yards and four scores in USC's 38-30 victory over California on Thursday night.

Swimming and Diving

The women's side of Cal's Swimming and Diving program defeated Utah in a dual meet on Friday.

20 Questions with Cal alum and Olympian Nathan Adrian.

1. How is swimming going and how do you feel?

Nathan: Swimming is going well, thanks. I think for everyone that made Pan Pacs it was a bit of a long summer so this fall has been pushed back a bit further than normal but I feel like I am just now coming into where I want to be.

2. How do you change your swimming around, during Thanksgiving and heading into the Christmas break?

Nathan: Nothing changes drastically. I mean Christmas break is when we get some great training in so I suppose right before we head out to Colorado Springs we are "training to train" in a sense. But as for Thanksgiving it just gets a bit turbulent with how much travel we have going on with Golden Goggles and heading home. We just have to do the best that we can to maintain some sort of regular schedule.

Natalie Coughlin Sets the 100 IM American Record in Italy

MASSAROSA - Natalie Coughlin set the American record in her favorite event, the 100-meter IM, on the second day of competition at the Mussi-Lombardi-Femiano short course meter meet today. It was part of a daily double that included a win in the women's 100-meter freestyle.

Coughlin raced her way to a sizzling time of 58.55 in the short course sprint medley today. That swim cleared the 58.65 set by Ariana Kukors back in 2010 in Dubai. The swim moved her up to sixth in the world rankings.