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Golden Nuggets: Golden Bears fall to UCLA despite Jordan Mathews hot start

Men's basketball continues it's losing slide in the early conference slate.

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Men's Tennis

Rain forced the cancellation of both Sunday and Monday duals for the Golden Bears at the University of San Diego.

Rugby

A busy schedule continued on Monday for California rugby as the Golden Bears entered the second half of their two-week spring training camp with another set of two-a-day training sessions.

Men's Swimming

The University of California men's swimming program will be hosting its annual Cal Invitational this weekend, Jan. 17-18 at Spieker Aquatics Complex on the Cal campus.

Football

Four former Cal football players - Marshawn Lynch (Seattle), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay), Richard Rodgers (Green Bay) and Shane Vereen (New England) - are on active rosters of NFL teams that have moved on to conference championship games in the NFL Playoffs next Sunday, January 18.

ESPN's Pac12 Too Early Power Rankings have Cal trending upwards to #8 in the conference for the 2015 season.

2014 record: 5-7
Too-Early Top 25 rank: NR

The loss of a few coaches might be an issue. But Jared Goff was very good, bordering on outstanding in 2014, and should only get better. The goal for this team should be a bowl game, nothing less. They have the offense to do it. But the defense, which allowed nearly 40 points per game, is going to have to show some improvement for that to happen.

Women's Basketball

California freshman Mikayla Cowling scored a career-high 20 points and the Bears earned a pair double-doubles from Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray for the third consecutive game, but Washington was able to come away with the tight 79-77 win Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Women's Basketball great Devanei Hampton returns to Cal as an undergraduate student coach.

Devanei Hampton sits at home with her 19-month-old son, Marcus, juggling a phone call and keeping a watchful eye on her toddler, who is watching Elmo on TV while pressing buttons on a nearby Xbox controller. Hold on for a minute, she says, making sure he's not getting into any trouble.

"He's a handful," Hampton says. "He definitely keeps me on my toes."

Hampton seems far from her college days at Cal. Being a mom to an active, sometimes mischievous little boy might as well be a million miles from when she was one of the most physical, aggressive basketball talents in the country, not to mention a headstrong kid who struggled to stay on the same page as her coach and on a path to graduation. But Hampton really isn't very far at all.

Men's Basketball

Sophomore Jordan Mathews continued his hot start to Pac-12 play with 23 points against UCLA, but it wasn't enough as the California men's basketball team dropped a 73-54 decision to the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles Sunday evening.