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Richard Rodgers steps up to fill the gap in Green Bay's passing offense, Keenan Allen scores an amazing touchdown, and Jared Goff impresses with his patience under pressure.

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Women's Soccer

No. 23 California Shuts Out Arizona State, 1-0, On Samantha Witteman's 78th Minute Goal

Senior Samantha Witteman scored her second goal of the season to lead No. 23 California to a 1-0 shutout of Arizona State at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.

The Bears (7-3-2, 1-2-0 Pac-12) earn their first conference victory of the season after Witteman's 78th minute goal that she struck across the mouth of the goal and into the back of the net following a Golden Bear free kick. The loss is the sixth consecutive for the Sun Devils (4-6-0, 0-3-0 Pac-12).

"This win was huge for us," Witteman said. "We got off to a bit of a rough start in conference play, and finishing off a travel weekend with a strong win puts us back on track."

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Field Hockey

California field hockey stopped a flurry of Aggie offense late in the second half to earn its first shutout of the season, blanking UC Davis 1-0 at Aggie Field Hockey Facility on Sunday afternoon. Cal improves to 7-4 in 2015, including a perfect 2-0 record in America East action.

Men's Tennis

Action at the 2015 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships has already begun, with three Golden Bears competing in that prestigious tournament this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Men's Gymnastics

The California Golden Bears men's gymnastics program announced its 2016 schedule on Monday. The Bears will open their 2016 season on the road on Monday, Jan. 11 when they head to take on Bay Area rival Stanford at Burnham Pavilion at 7 p.m. PT live on the Pac-12 Network.


ESPN: 3-point stance: Cal QB Jared Goff graceful under pressure

1. If you apply Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule to Cal quarterback Jared Goff, you may find an explanation as to why the junior is so effective when he is pressured. According to ESPN Stats & Information, over the last two seasons, Goff has thrown 16 touchdowns and no interceptions when blitzed. Keep in mind that Goff has started all 29 games of his college career, and he already is the Bears' career passing leader (9,101 yards). My point: Cal also allowed 62 sacks in his first two seasons. Goff may not have seen 10,000 blitzes, but he's been on his back enough to know a blitz when he sees one.

National Football League

Aaron Rodgers, King of the Free Play

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- He'll bark out the strangest things; remember "New York Bozo"? He'll change his voice and the pace with which he delivers his words. He's a ventriloquist in full pads.

Teams know it's coming, yet Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to bait them into jumping offside. Oh, and if you're not careful, he'll also catch you with too many players on the field.

Either way, Rodgers has become the king of the free play.

Richard Rodgers Scores Touchdown Against 9ers

It's been hard for Richard Rodgers to make a name for himself as a receiving tight end in Green Bay's offense.

He's the "other" Rodgers on the team. He's not related to all-everything quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he carries both the same unique spelling and the Cal football background. And oh yeah, he's not even the most famous Richard Rodgers.

That might be changing a little, because you know how Packers fans are when you become a beloved touchdown scorer for them.

This Richard Rodgers, a second-year, third-round pick, came into Sunday's game at San Francisco with just 28 catches for 290 yards and three TDs in his short NFL regular-season career so far. He added his fourth-ever score in the first quarter, and he may be required to do a lot more of that. Overall in the 17-3 Packers' victory, he racked up 5 catches for 45 yards on six targets, tied for second on the team behind Randall Cobb.