In the very last match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Maegan Manasse defeated Danielle Flores of Saint Mary's and handed sixth-ranked California a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Virginia.
By Dean Caparaz '90, Cal Athletic Communications
Raquel Kops-Jones produced perhaps her best year as a professional tennis player in 2014. But despite her run of success on the court, the California alumna is close to hanging up her racket.
Following a stellar collegiate career with the Golden Bears, which included a No. 1 national singles ranking in 2004, Kops-Jones struck out on the pro circuit. After nearly 10 years on the road, she competed for the first time in the year-ending WTA Finals tournament this past October with doubles partner Abigail Spears. The duo reached the semifinals in Singapore before falling to the eventual champions.
It was a banner season for the pair, which captured titles in Cincinnati (Western & Southern Open) and England (Aegon Classic), reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and advanced to the third round at Wimbledon.
Cal (286-288 - 574, +6) is in sixth place following the first day of action at the Arizona Intercollegiate being hosted by Arizona.
For the second week in a row, women's gymnastics freshman Toni-Ann Williams is the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
No. 17 California is off to its best start in program history with a 195.900 victory in its home opener after topping No. 15 Denver (195.500), San Jose State (194.200) and Arizona State (192.650) at a quad meet in Haas Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
Pacific Takes has Jared Goff as the #1 returning signal caller in the Pac-12.
Avinash Kunnath: Goff had an outstanding season. He lifted an otherwise mediocre to awful Cal team in every other aspect to a near bowl berth on the very strength of the team's passing attack. It'd be shocking if Goff and the Bears (with improvement at ANY other spot on the board) did not have a good season, and his accuracy, timing, and ability to hit most of the places on the ball would be a primary reason.
Jack Follman: I have really liked Goff since he started tossing the ball in the Bear Raid and I think he is poised for a huge year with the shadows of Mariota and Hundley departing and Cal improving into a bowl team in 2015. I think he might have been the conference's best pure passer last year and I only expect him to cement that status in 2015.
Former Cal football players C.J. Anderson, Justin Forsett and L.P. Ladouceur all played in the first Pro Bowl of their NFL career Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Anderson's Team Irvin was a 32-28 winner over Team Carter with Forsett and Ladoucuer. Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers were also Pro Bowl selections but did not play in the game.
California freshman Mikayla Cowling has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after helping to lead the Golden Bears to a Los Angeles weekend sweep.
Brittany Boyd took over in the second half to lead California to its program-best third consecutive win at Pauley Pavilion with a 72-57 win at UCLA Sunday afternoon.
The Onion took on the Lynch-Media "controversy" as only The Onion could...
PHOENIX-Explaining his position on the sociological issue during a Tuesday press conference at Super Bowl Media Day, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly delivered an incredibly thoughtful and eloquent 45-minute address on the topic of privacy in the 21st century. "While increasingly exhaustive access to media has delivered many benefits to the American way of life, this same heightened scrutiny has simultaneously imposed progressively greater obstacles to our personal privacy, thus presenting ethical challenges unique to the internet age," said the five-time Pro Bowler, calmly strolling back and forth with a microphone in hand while making eye contact with each individual member of the assembled national sports media.