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Golden Nuggets: Jaylen Brown Impresses in the Classroom

No one knows how long Jaylen Brown will be in Berkeley, but the freshman is looking to make the most of his time, and not just on the court. Meanwhile, Arielle Ship was named the Pac-12 Player of the year in Women's Soccer.

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Women's Soccer

Men's Soccer

After winning their first road games of the season and winning four straight, the No. 23 Bears travel across the bay to battle No. 6 Stanford tonight, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

National Football League

Marshawn Lynch Gave $500 to a McDonald's Worker to Buy a Pair of Sneakers

There aren't many NFL players as endearing — or perhaps more accurately, as interesting — as Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, but this latest story is definitely one of his best off-field moments yet.

According to TMZ, Lynch was picking up food from a Dallas McDonald's following last Sunday's win over the Cowboys when he started talking with a 17-year-old worker, Terrance Downs, who was mopping the floors.

"I told him I liked his shoes — navy blue Buscemis — and how I wanted to buy a pair and we all started talking," Downs told TMZ.

At that point, Lynch asked the teenager about his plans for the future, which Downs said involved fashion and hopes of one day owning his own boutique. That's when Lynch decided to take on something of a mentorship role, giving Downs $500 and telling him, "If you're serious about getting those shoes, here's some money to help you get 'em. My job is to continue to see you grow."

Women's Swimming and Diving

Football

Senior Spotlight: Cal's Trevor Davis Contributing On Offense And Special Teams

In the world of college football, the impact a special teams unit can have is often only noticed when it is either really good or really bad. Cal's special teams is more in the middle of the pack, but it is always in good hands when it has senior Trevor Davis getting under the ball for a return.

The Martinez, California product was not exactly a highly sought-after recruit in the Class of 2011. The unrated talent ended up signing with Hawaii after a successful career in high school football and track. His prep teammate Donovan Frazer went on to play for Cal, but Davis took a different path. He would first play on the islands for two years, where he would set a career high 111 receiving yards on six catches and a touchdown in his freshman season against BYU. Big numbers were not exactly what Davis would do on a regular basis, but he found a role in the Hawaii offense and would go on to record 45 catches for 601 yards while making 10 starts in his first two seasons.

Davis transferred to Cal from Hawaii in 2013, so he had to wait until 2014 to get involved in some capacity. Once he became eligible to play for the Golden Bears, Davis was put to work on special teams as well as on offense as an extra option. Last year saw Davis put together a season with 399 receiving yards and five touchdowns and 424 kickoff return yards. Davis also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last season. Davis led the Pac-12 in average returns yards per return last season with a kickoff return average of 32.62 yards per return. That was approximately three yards more per return than USC's Adoree' Jackson. The two players were tied for the Pac-12 lead in kickoff returns, along with John Ross of Washington. Davis gave Cal a home run threat on special teams, and that is a nice asset to have on the roster.

Men's Basketball

Four ESPN writers - Cory Alexander, C.J. Brown, Jeff Goodman, and Andy Katz - picked the Golden Bears to make the Final Four in 2016. Craig Robinson also picks Cuonzo Martin has his Coach of the Year.

Cal freshman Jaylen Brown making an impression -- in classroom

BERKELEY -- On a Friday evening early this fall, Mohamed Muqtar poked his head into one of the gyms at Cal's student recreation facility and was greeted by a mix of activity. An indoor soccer match was being held on one side of the room and a 4-on-4 basketball game occupied half of the other court.

Taking jump shots at the other end was Jaylen Brown, the former high school All-American forward who will make his freshman debut for the Bears on Friday night against Rice. Brown was sharing the space with two female students in street clothes who were hoisting up shots.

Muqtar, director of student services for Cal athletics, took Brown aside at one point and suggested the basketball program will have its own practice gym someday.

"I didn't come here for a practice facility," Brown told him. "I've seen schools that have all that stuff."

Newcomers have Cal confident of breakthrough

What a team does one season often has no bearing on how it fares the following year.

Notre Dame showed that by advancing to a regional final in 2015 after posting a losing record the year before. As the college basketball season gets ready to start Friday, here are six teams that have reason to believe they could make a similar surge by advancing to the NCAA Tournament after failing to earn a bid last season:

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CALIFORNIA

2014-15 record: 18-15

The 14th-ranked Golden Bears are the highest-ranked team in the preseason AP Top 25 that failed to make the NCAA Tournament last season. This marks the first time they've appeared in the Top 25 since Nov. 28, 2012. California added highly touted freshmen Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb to a roster that already included returning starters Tyrone Wallace, Jordan Mathews and Jabari Bird. Brown was the nation's No. 4 prospect in his class and Rabb was rated No. 7 according to the 247Sports Composite, which takes all the major recruiting services into account.

"We're just trying to soak up as much as possible and follow the older guys' lead," Brown said.