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Golden Nuggets: Shane Vereen faces rematch with Big Game rival Andrew Luck

Can Vereen replicate his 2009 heroics for the Patriots against the Colts?

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Men's Gymnastics

The No. 8 California Golden Bears fell to the No. 4 Stanford Cardinalfor the second straight week, this time at Burnham Pavilion on the campus of Stanford on Saturday evening by a score of 435.500-427.900, finishing second at the Stanford Open.

Women's Gymnastics

Freshman Toni-Ann Williams claimed three event titles during their meet at San Jose State, and the Golden Bears tallied season-high totals on two events to improve to 7-0 this season.

Men's Water Polo

The Cal men's water polo program had the second-most academic honorees in the conference for the second year in a row as eight Golden Bears were named to the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team.

Women's Water Polo

Nine Golden Bears scored goals during Cal's 15-4 victory over UC Davis in its season-opener, and 11 got into the act later in the day when the Bears trounced Fresno Pacific, 25-1.

The Golden Bears will be featured four times on the Pac12 Networks (even if their conference is the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation).

Rugby

California sent out three lineups full of hungry Golden Bears to begin the spring 2015 season Saturday at UCLA, winning their trio of matches on North Athletic Field at the Dennis Storer Classic.

Men's Tennis

Fifteenth-ranked California opens its dual-match season and plays its first home matches of 2015 when it hosts UC Davis and Pacific on Monday, Jan. 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - at the Hellman Tennis Complex.

Women's Tennis

Seventh-ranked California continued its inexorable surge through the opposition on the second day of the Cal Winter Invitational on Saturday, dominating Cal Poly in singles before taking two of three in doubles against 46th-ranked Saint Mary's.

Coaches Corner: Amanda Augustus

CalBears.com: You had a pretty successful playing career at Cal and as a professional. At what point during your playing career did you think you would become a coach?

Amanda Augustus: I always knew I wanted to play professionally after graduation. But when I was in school at Cal, maybe my sophomore year, I started observing and asking my coach at the time, Jan Brogan, things about her job and what she did that were not just basic questions. I started learning more about it and saw that was something I would like to do when I stopped playing professionally. I did some coaching a little bit towards the end of my pro career, and it went from there.

CB: What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching?

AA: I coach because I really feel that I was able to achieve a lot of my goals and dreams because I had a lot of great coaches and mentors along the way. I enjoy helping the next generation reach their dreams and goals, and I want to give back to the sport and to Cal for the opportunities that I've been given.

Lacrosse

The Cal Lacrosse program will host the Nike Lacrosse Camp at Witter Rugby Field on March 7 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Women's Basketball

Senior Reshanda Gray shot 7-of-7 from the field to lead Cal with 17 points, but Arizona State (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12) strung together a late 16-5 run to defeat the Golden Bears (11-5, 3-2 Pac-12), 67-52, and remain unbeaten in conference play Friday night at Haas Pavilion.  The Bears will play Arizona today at 1 pm at Haas.

NFL Playoffs

Shane Vereen revealed how the Patriots will defeat the Colts and Vereen's former college foe, Andrew Luck.

Patriots running back Shane Vereen stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start and making sure they do everything they can to punch their ticket to Super Bowl 49.

"If we go out there and lay an egg then it really doesn't matter if we've been here before or not," Vereen said on Friday. "Each year is something different, each team each year is a different animal, and we have our hands full this Sunday."