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Golden Nuggets: Season Previews Edition, Jim Hanifan named Seaborg Award recipient

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Two days until GameDay in Evanston, Ill, and the rest of Cal Sports kick start their seasons as well.

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Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer opens Friday against #22 North Carolina and follows up with #11 Wake Forest on Sunday. Cal looks to springboard off their best season in school history.

Women's Soccer

Check out what the women's soccer side was up to this summer.

Volleyball

Cal begins its quest for a 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance with the 2014 Air Force Tournament.

Field Hockey

The Field Hockey program opens with Fairfield on Friday at 12:30 pm on some farm in Palo Alto.

Women's Gymnastics

Alicia Asturias, Serena Leong and Leilani Alferos were named Scholastic All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC).

Women's Basketball

Former California guard Afure Jemerigbe signs with Spanish League team CB Al-Qazeres.

From the Twitters

National Basketball League

Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson is fully recovered from a severe neck injury and is ready to play a key role for an up and Coming New Orleans team.

Jason Kidd's website features his career from where it all began: Harmon Gym.

National Football League

Former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford doing well after his medical procedure.

Jim Hanifan, longtime offensive line coach in the NFL,was named recipient of the 2014 Glenn T. Seaborg Award.

"Jim is a terrific example of a Golden Bear football player who has distinguished himself in his chosen profession at a very high level," said Jack Hart, chair of the Seaborg Award Board of Directors.

Hanifan led all receivers nationally with 44 catches in 1954 and also scored seven touchdowns. After playing one season for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, Hanifan was drafted into the U.S. Army and played for a team in Fort Ord, Calif. that won the National Service Championship. While serving in Schweinfurt, Germany, Hanifan played for a team that won the European Service Championship.


Major League Baseball

Tyson Ross shut down the NL Central leading Brewers, striking out 6 in 6.1 innings.

Football

One on One with Daniel Lasco

AP: Cal needs more from its running game.

"If the run game is what we need to do to win, then that's what I'm all for," Goff said Tuesday as Cal prepared for its season opener at Northwestern this weekend.

Cal's defense was largely to blame for the team's 1-11 record in coach Sonny Dykes' first season, but the lack of production on the ground was also at fault. The Bears didn't have a single back run for more than 450 yards. As a team, Cal was held to fewer than 90 yards in four of its 12 games and scored just 10 touchdowns on the ground.

With no relief from the running game, Goff ended up breaking school single-season records for passing yardage (3,508), attempts (531) and completions (320).

Northwestern WNUR Sports previews Saturday's season opener against Cal.Prediction:

Last year Northwestern won this game by 14 points, but how different this game would've been had Collin Ellis not intercepted two passes and ran them back for scores. Cal's offense has pretty much everybody back, and Northwestern has a ton of unanswered questions on offense. The Golden Bears' defense will be better, and Northwestern's defense will keep them in the ball game. At the end of the day, the 2013 Northwestern Wildcats got a little lucky in how they defeated Cal. Don't let last years 1-11 record fool you, Sonny Dykes team will score, and unless Jared Goff throws 3 interceptions again this year, Cal will score a lot

California 49, Northwestern 42