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Golden Nuggets: Alex Morgan Visits the White House

Alex Morgan visits the White House with the USWNT to be honored by President Barack Obama for their World Cup victory. Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch impresses in his return from injury, and does Aaron Rodgers hold the edge in his head-to-head matchups with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning?

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Women's Soccer

Senior defender Karly Graf netted a 56th minute game-winner, her first goal of the season and second of her career, to lead No. 14 California to a 1-0 shutout win at No. 25 Washington State Sunday at Lower Soccer Field.


Bears Roll To Sweep Of Washington State

BERKELEY - The volleyball court is usually the happiest place on earth for Cal middle blocker Jenelle Jordan. ...OK, pretty much anywhere is.

But there was extra reason for the spirited junior to get excited Sunday.

Jordan matched her career high with eight blocks while also pitching in with eight kills as the Cal volleyball team swept Washington State, 28-26, 25-19, 26-24 at Haas Pavilion.

Men's Water Polo

Proving yet again that it doesn't mind a little extra work, the Cal men's water polo team withstood a challenge from No. 8-ranked Long Beach State and emerged with a victory as freshman Odysseas Masmanidis netted the winning goal in double overtime as the No. 3 Bears left Lindgren Aquatics Center with a 15-14 victory.

Women's Tennis

Playing in just their first tournament together, Klara Fabikova and Olivia Hauger continued their run in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships when they won twice on Sunday to reach Monday's semifinal round at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Alex Morgan Visits the White House

White House visit was a success! Thank you POTUS for inviting us, and we will save #44 for you at tryouts!

Posted by Alex Morgan on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Just a Tuesday white house visit.

A photo posted by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on


Jared Goff Projects to Stardom

Last week I got a call from The MMQB's head honcho, Peter King. He was assigning me something "outside my comfort zone." (Perfect.) I was to study film of the Cal Bears' offense. My devotion to football lies pretty much entirely with the NFL, but with Goff being the (very early) projected first pick in the 2016 draft, he seemed to be a worthwhile diversion.

I obtained coaches' film DVDs of three Cal games: the road victory over Texas, the home win over Washington State and the road loss to Utah.

Halfway through the WSU contest, my chagrin evaporated. The film studying process always starts out slow and somewhat choppy—especially if you're watching a player you've never seen before. But inevitably, a point comes when everything clicks. Your perception of the player crystalizes, and suddenly his attributes appear clear.

It was exciting when this happened with Goff. Watching him carve the Cougars, the phrase "similarities to Andrew Luck" went in my notes multiple times. Unaware of the rest of the college football landscape, I can't say whether Goff deserves to be the first pick in next year's draft. But I can say that having studied almost every snap of each NFL quarterback this season, Goff irrefutably projects to stardom.

National Football League

Seahawks tweak run game, get Marshawn Lynch going

1. The most encouraging aspect of the win over the 49ers was the Seahawks' run game and Marshawn Lynch. Lynch carried 27 times for 122 yards, but most important was how he picked up those yards. Lynch averaged 3.07 yards before contact (14th among Week 7 ball carriers), a huge bump from what we saw in the first six weeks when he averaged just 1.18 (50th). This suggests the run blocking, the play calling and Lynch's vision worked well together. And the Seahawks stayed away, for the most part, from the zone read and shotgun runs. Twenty-four of Lynch's carries (105 yards) came with Russell Wilson under center. Seventeen of those carries (84 yards) came with fullback Will Tukuafu in the backfield. The Seahawks ran their inside zone and wide zone all game long, but did not use Wilson to account for unblocked defenders.

How 'hot sauce' made Giants' Shane Vereen a pass-catching threat

EAST RUTHERFORD — Larry Muir watched other teams do ball drills with their receivers, and he kept seeing a common thread: The coaches, likely hampered by less-than-strong arms, would gingerly lob their throws.

Muir, the head coach at Valencia High, located just north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita, Calif., did not see the point of floating easy throws to his pass catchers in drills. How would that make them better?

So he designed his own ball drill. He would get his receivers and running backs together early in the week. One-by-one, each player would run about five yards or so, whip their head back around as quick as they could, and try to snag the fastball Muir had fired at them from close proximity.

"I would try to hit them right in their facemask," Muir said. "The ball was coming in hot."

The players dubbed the drill "Tapatio" in honor of the hot sauce brand. They would joke with Muir about their preferences with his throws - mild, medium or hot. And there was one guy who always wanted it hot, no matter what.

"We would just run routes. Five close-as-hell routes, quick turnarounds," Giants running back Shane Vereen, Valencia Class of 2007, recalled. "And he would throw it as hard as he could, straight at our face. And we just had to catch it. For three years, that's what I was doing."

Beating the elites: Aaron Rodgers has edge over Peyton Manning, Tom Brady

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last November, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, the NFL's premier quarterbacks, went head-to-head for the first time.

And perhaps for the last time.

Unless the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots meet in a Super Bowl, they won't play again until 2019, when Brady will be 42 years old.

This Sunday, it's Rodgers versus Peyton Manning for just the second time in their careers.

Combined, the two have won five of the last seven NFL MVP awards. Sunday night's game in Denver is the kind everyone wants to see and might be one that is remembered for years because of the quarterbacks.

"It'll be fun to play against him one more time," Rodgers said of Manning.

Blessings on Blessings D Jac Jr finally arrived !! Active Jac #2

Posted by DeSean Jackson on Monday, October 26, 2015