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Golden Nuggets: Pac-12 Officiating's Mea Culpa; Pro Running Backs Dominate NFL

CJ Anderson and Justin Forsett carry the Broncos and Ravens, while Rodgers connects with Rodgers.

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Christina Higgins was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team.

Cal finishes the regular season with a road match at Washington State tomorrow and the Big Spike on Friday at 3 pm PT at Haas Pavilion.

Swimming & Diving

2014 Recruiting Class

The Golden Bears, who have captured three of the last four NCAA team titles and the past two Pac-12 championships, welcome a class of six stellar swimmers who will enter Cal in the fall of 2015. The Bears' newcomers include Nick Norman, David Puczkowski, Carson Sand, Andrew Seliskar, Ken Takahashi and Michael Thomas.

Women's Soccer

The Golden Bears won the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award on Monday.

Men's Soccer

#15 seed Cal defeated SIUE 1-0 on Sunday to advance to the next round of the NCAA Tournament against UCLA.

"It was a great team performance today," said head coach Kevin Grimes. "SIUE is one of the best teams we have played all year - this is the second time we have played them - so we knew how good of a team they were. For us, it was a great match against a great opponent."

Men's Basketball

Jordan Mathews was interviewed on Pac-12 Sports Report about his good start to the season.

Women's Basketball

Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray - "Corn Flakes and Milk" - both were named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 and the WBCA's Wade Watch List.

Gray scored 28 points on Sunday to lead #14 Cal over Missouri 82-70 to win the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu.

Mikayla Cowling was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for her efforts that the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

Women's Tennis

The USTA named Cal head coach Amanda Augustus to the coaching staff for the US National Team for the Master'U BNP Paribas collegiate tournament from Dec. 4-7 in Rennes, France.

Men's Water Polo

Cal placed fifth at the MPSF Tournament by defeating Pepperdine 14-7 on Sunday in Long Beach.


SF Chronicle - The Pac-12 conference acknowledged mistakes made in overturning two of three Cal touchdowns in Saturday's 38-17 Big Game loss to Stanford, commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

With Cal trailing 31-7 in the third quarter, the Bears had three touchdowns overturned by video replay on one set of downs.

The conference said the second and third touchdowns should not have been overturned. Had the touchdowns been upheld, Cal would've trailed 31-14. Instead, the Bears settled for a field goal and a 31-10 deficit.

"Through the Conference's officiating and game management review process, it was determined that there was not enough evidence through video replay for the instant replay crew to overturn the second and third touchdown calls made by the officials on the field," the Pac-12 said in a statement. "The replay crew will be held accountable for the errors through the Conference's disciplinary process."

The Bears can lock up bowl eligibility with a win Saturday at 1:30 pm PT against BYU.

Bears in the Pros

Watch Aaron Rodgers connect with Richard Rodgers for a touchdown that was both ridiculously difficult and remarkably simple.

CJ Anderson's "hot hand" sizzles in Broncos' comeback win

DENVER -- In the Broncos' "hot hand" running-back platoon, how long can one set of hands produce the heat of a blue -- and orange -- flame?

If C.J. Anderson has his way, it will be for as long as there is fuel for the fire stoked by his 2013 draft-weekend snub. Given how he keeps the memory of that weekend close with every carry he takes and every catch he makes, there is a reservoir of motivation the size of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

"It was 32 teams, 254 picks, and 22 running backs in my draft class," Anderson said, with nary a hint of hesitation. "That motivates me every day.

Justin Forsett's unlikely journey to a career year.

ESPN - Justin Forsett's dazzling performance Monday night was more than another chance to prove doubters wrong, it was a chance for the Baltimore Ravens' running back to show that he still plays in the NFL.

Forsett remembers reading the comments that followed Adam Schefter's tweet announcing his release from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March.


"That wasn't worth a tweet"

"According to my sources, we have never heard of this guy"

Eight months later, Forsett is enjoying one of the best seasons of any running back. He has gone from a little-known journeyman to the most valuable player for a Ravens team that is looking to return to the playoffs after a one-year absence.

Forsett helped the Ravens take another step toward that goal by rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.