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With game week at hand, the Golden Bears football program name captains for the 2014 season.

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Volleyball

Fan got a look at the Bears at the Blue and Gold Scrimmage this past Saturday.

Softball

Register now for the Fall Showcase Classic youth clinic at Levine-Fricke Field on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Valerie Arioto was named a finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year award. Vote here through midnight, Sept. 8!

Field Hockey

Ryan Gorcey of BearTerritory.net has great feature on the Field Hockey program and how it has persevered despite not actually having a field due to construction and renovation at Maxwell Family Field.

Men's Soccer

Cal recruit Jonathan Klinsmann of the U-18 USA team wins Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the 21st International Tournament of Václav Ježek.

Water Polo

Incoming freshman Emma Wright lead Canada to a 7-6 victory over Australia in the first day of group play in the FINA World Women's Youth Water Polo Championships with a match high three goals.

Women's Crew

Inside the Lair: Get to know new head coach Al Acosta.

Swimming and Diving

Nathan Adrian won gold as a member of the 400 medley relay, and junior Josh Prenot finished fourth in the 200 breast, at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

Lauren Boyle took silver in the 1500-meter freestyle, Missy Franklin won silver in the 4x100 medley relay, and Caitlin Leverenz won bronze in the 200 individual medley.

Women's Soccer

No. 23 Cal downs No. 10/20 Santa Clara 2-1 in overtime.

Major League Soccer

Defender Steve Birnbaum was named to MLS's latest Team of the Week.

D: Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) - Is throwing his name into the Rookie of the Year hat with yet another strong showing, helping his team grab a shutout on the road as D.C. beat SKC 3-0.

National Football League

Cornerback Marc Anthony was cut by the Tennessee Titans, while safety DJ Campbell was cut by the 49ers.

And a tidbit from ESPN Insider:

Here's an under-the-radar name that a personnel man brought up in a recent conversation: Dolphins outside linebacker Chris McCain, an undrafted free agent who didn't play college football in 2013 after being dismissed from Cal. Said the personnel man: "His film jumps out big time. He's a long, rangy, athletic guy." With 2013 first-round pick Dion Jordan suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season, McCain is not only likely to make Miami's 53-man roster -- he could also earn defensive playing time early on.


Football

Senior FB Lucus Gingold, Sophomore QB Jared Goff, Junior RB Daniel Lasco, Senior Safety Michael Lowe, Junior Safety Stefan McClure and Junior DE Brennan Scarlett were voted by the team to serve as captains for the 2014 season.

Pac-12 Fearless Predictions from ESPN.

3. No Pac-12 coach will be fired at season's end: The coaching carousel will hit the skids for at least one season. There are really only two Pac-12 coaches with seats above frosty -- Cal's Sonny Dykes and Utah's Kyle Whittingham -- and their temperature is tepid at best. If neither coach shows significant improvement in 2014 (that probably means a bowl game for Utah and at least a few FBS wins for Cal), then we won't make this declaration for 2015. But unless either really, really bombs, they'll be given another shot next season. And the Pac-12 blog doesn't think either will really, really bomb.

4. Cal and Colorado will be good enough to deliver a major upset this fall: There won't be many wins between the Buffs and Bears, but between the two, there will be at least one that no one sees coming. Utah set the precedent last season when it went 2-7 in conference play with one of those wins against conference champion Stanford. We like Colorado's chances better, but weirder things have happened.

SportsChatPlace.com takes Cal and the points in its opening game Saturday at Northwestern.

Another great feature from Ryan Gorcey of BearTerritory.net on linebacker Ray Davidson.

BERKELEY -- Ray Davison was, once upon a time, a commit to Northwestern. The last time he was in Evanston, Ill., was, in fact, when he was on his official visit. On Saturday, there's a significant chance that he'll be starting at outside linebacker against Pat Fitzgerald and his Wildcats, as a California Golden Bear.

"It's going to be exciting," says the linebacker affectionately known as Uncle Ray. "It'll be my first opportunity to put on a Cal jersey in front of thousands of people. It's going to be like a regular game to me. There's no such thing as a big game. Each week is a new game, but it's exciting."