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According to the press, the California Golden Bears and the Utah Utes are both trying to both embrace... and ignore... the spotlight leading up to a top-25 matchup this Saturday. Meanwhile, Missy Franklin is inspiring as a charity ambassador in Sri Lanka.

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Women's Soccer

The Pac-12 All-Century Women's Soccer Team has been revealed by the Pac-12 Networks and features a quartet of California Golden Bears on the list of 24 players, highlighted by the selections of Joy Biefeld Fawcett and Lesle Gallimore.

Rugby

When California kicks off its 2015-16 competition calendar Saturday, Oct. 10, at the West Coast 7s, the Golden Bears will open their autumn account on the heels of their third straight national 7s title at June's Collegiate Rugby Championship, where Cal was crowned champion in the style of the sport that will feature at next summer's Olympic Games.

Women's Golf

California senior Hannah Suh earned the fifth top five finish of her career in leading the Golden Bears to a second place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

Women's Tennis

Denise Starr forged her way closer to main draw singles with two wins in qualifying singles on Tuesday at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.

Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball's 2015-16 Squad is Primed to Create a New Legacy for the Program

New faces. New energy. Same Cal basketball.

For the first time in her Cal coaching career, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is stepping onto the court without Reshanda Gray and Brittany Boyd. What she has instead are 10 players full of youthful energy who are already showing their desire to create a new legacy for the program.

"It's like - who's next? What's next? Who's ready? Let's go," Gottlieb said.

Men's Basketball

Swimming and Diving

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador Missy Franklin inspires in Sri Lanka

Global swimming sensation and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador Missy Franklin has spent time meeting and inspiring youngsters from the Laureus-supported Foundation of Goodness project in Sri Lanka.
Ten years on from English Cricket legend and Laureus Academy Member Sir Ian Botham's visit to the project, Missy spent time with members of the community who were most impacted by the Tsunami which devastated the village of Seenigama in December 2004.

The Foundation of Goodness was set up by Kushil Gunasekera in 1999, to provide essential services to the southern Sri Lankan village of Seenigama and aid the development the local community. The objectives of the organisation changed dramatically following the Tsunami when, with the support of Laureus, the Foundation of Goodness developed the Seenigama Sport for Life Project to help rebuild the community.

Today, post-Tsunami, the focus is on a long-term commitment to community development and social change through sport. Working with over 1,400 young people, the project combines sports training in cricket, volleyball, swimming, netball and badminton with programmes that build life-skills such as leadership, confidence and communication.

#23 California @ #5 Utah - Saturday, 7:00 pm PT

Deseret News: Utah Utes football: The California Golden Bears in 6 numbers

Two undefeated teams will clash Saturday night (8 p.m., ESPN) in Salt Lake City as the No. 23 California Golden Bears face the No. 5 Utah Utes.

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The 5-0 Cal Golden Bears come into Rice-Eccles Stadium ranked No. 23 in the country. It will be the second game of 2015 where Utah will face an opponent ranked in the Top 25, although two more current Top 25 opponents (USC and UCLA) remain on the schedule.

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This weekend marks the third time that ESPN's "College GameDay" will make a stop in Salt Lake City. The last time Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the "GameDay" crew came to Rice-Eccles, Utah was ranked No. 5 in the country, and was facing a No. 3-ranked TCU team led by current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Unfortunately for Utah, it was a 47-7 beat down by the Horned Frogs. The Utes will certainly be hoping for a different result this Saturday with all eyes on them.

Arizona Daily Star: Cal, Utah embracing spot in Pac-12 spotlight

The bright lights will shine on the Utah Utes on Saturday.

Rice-Eccles Stadium will be filled to capacity, loud as ever. There will be a national audience, too, with ESPN's "College GameDay" in town for the first time since 2010.

All of that for ... Cal?

Fifth-ranked Utah is hosting the No. 23 Golden Bears, which is incredible since neither Jeff Tedford, Urban Meyer, Aaron Rodgers or Alex Smith are walking through that door.

The path from mediocrity to success, from the ground floor to "GameDay," has been a long and winding one for both teams.

The Utes were picked to finish in fifth place in the Pac-12 South division during the preseason.

Utah is in fifth all right — in the nation, gaining more first-place votes by the week.

California went 1-11 in Sonny Dykes' first year at Cal in 2013, and the Golden Bears have participated in one bowl game in the last five years.

Now, Cal is 5-0, one win from bowl eligibility.

"We haven't changed any of our goals," Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said. "But we've certainly talked about blocking out all the noise and not letting it become a distraction."

Added Dykes: "These guys only play 12 games a year and work about 340 days just to get ready for 12 opportunities. They're all big, all important. Utah and us have gotten off to a good start so that makes it a big game."

For both schools, it's a story of redemption, and reclamation.

ESPN: Utah and Cal doing their best to ignore the spotlight

Two programs that haven't felt the crush of national attention lately -- Utah and Cal -- find themselves in the spotlight this week with their surprisingly anticipated game looming Saturday in Salt Lake City.

And both coaches are doing their best to keep their players focused on the reasons why they are undefeated -- not relishing the fact they are.

"It's almost like living in a biosphere or a dome," Utah head coach Whittingham said, via Kareem Copeland of the Associated Press. "You've got people tapping on the glass and looking in at you. You've just got to block it out and go about your business and not let it affect you because it can be a distraction."

No. 23 Cal, which is just a one and a half seasons removed from a 1-11 campaign, brings a 5-0 start to No. 5 Utah, where the Bears face the 4-0 Utes with ESPN's College GameDay in town.

"We were ranked last and we didn't talk about it," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said, via Josh Dubow of the Associated Press. "Now that we aren't ranked last we're not going to talk about it either."