No. 20 California's nine-game home winning streak ended on Senior Day after No. 16 USC was able to claim a tight 1-0 win Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.
California won its third consecutive match and first on the road this season when the Bears defeated the Washington Huskies 1-0 on Friday night at Husky Soccer Stadium in Seattle.
BERKELEY, Calif. - Concluding its Bay Area trip, Arizona downed California in four sets (25-21, 25-14, 19-25, 25-16).
"It's a good win for us," said head coach Dave Rubio. "We played well. We were really efficient in game 1. I thought we sided out and scored well. We got a little tentative in games 3 and 4, but it was a good win on the road."
Arizona tied its season high with 16 blocks. With a new career high, redshirt sophomore McKenzie Jacobson led the team with 11 blocks
Men's Water Polo
J.D. Ratchford found the net five times and the No. 4-ranked Cal men's water polo team put a cap on a strong weekend at Spieker Aquatics Complex with a 13-5 victory over San Jose State.
California closes the fall season with the annual Pac-12 Preview that features each Pac-12 women's golf program as well as the University of Hawaii, the tournament's host school.
BERKELEY, Calif. - After Cal coach Cuonzo Martin blows his whistle to signal a break at a practice in mid-October, the beat builds and the bass thumps against the walls at Haas Pavilion.
You used to call me on my cell phone ... Late night when you neeeeeeed myyyyyy looooove ... Call me on my cell phone ....
Martin, 44, nods his glossy, bald head to Drake's latest hypnotic groove, "Hotline Bling," while he walks to the sideline.
Then, the second-year coach's nod becomes a bob and his lips twist and his neck cranks before he croons his favorite verse.
"I know when that hotline bling!" Martin, a natural baritone, squeals, "that can only mean one thing!"
He's not content with his pitch so he rides the Canadian rapper's wave again.
"I know when that hotline bling!" he sings, this time with more emphasis on that last "bling," "that can only mean one thing!"
"That's what makes Cuonzo the perfect college coach," said former Notre Dame and NBA standout LaPhonso Ellis, who played with Martin on a Lincoln High School (East St. Louis, Ill.) squad that won an Illinois state championship. "He's serious about the things you need to be serious about, but he also has a likeness to him."
Martin is loose these days.
He smiles now like a man who no longer fights through the background static that muddied his time in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2014, his turbulent three-season tenure at Tennessee ended with a Sweet 16 run. It was the second time since 2008 that the Vols had reached the NCAA tournament's second weekend. Still, that March burst happened after thousands of Vols fans had signed a petition seeking his dismissal and the return of former coach Bruce Pearl. Soon after, Martin left Tennessee and accepted an offer from Cal.
Cal -- a preseason top-25 team after Martin added McDonald's All-Americans Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown -- will offer a stage for Martin's next chapter.
The latest iteration of ThisIsCalBasketball.com includes an all-new, innovative mini-series featuring the Bears: The Challenge.
Filmed in the style of a modern-day reality show, The Challenge follows Cal women's basketball as they undertake an Amazing Race-esque team bonding activity. Their jaunt around campus takes the Bears to some notable campus landmarks, complete with all of the competitive edge you'd expect from one of the nation's elite women's basketball programs.
As wild as Oregon's ending to its 61-55, triple-overtime win against Arizona State was on Thursday night, it was only the appetizer to another weekend of Pac-12 unpredictability.
By the time Saturday's five-game slate ended, Washington State had come within a few feet on a missed field goal of beating No. 8 Stanford and controlling its Rose Bowl dreams; Washington routed Arizona by holding the Pac-12's highest-scoring offense to three points; and UCLA barely held on against bottom-dwelling Colorado — at home. That doesn't even take into account what happened across the country, including a bizarre — and, in hindsight, illegal — eight-lateral finish Miami used to beat Duke.
"I see why people are crazy for college football," Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said Sunday night. "You have to play great every weekend to win and something crazy is going to happen at the end you can't predict. Hopefully you're prepared for it."
The chaos signaled the cautionary tale of making long-range assumptions about the college football season. And in case anyone needs a reminder, in stumbles Cal to Autzen Stadium on Saturday evening.
On Oct. 10 Cal was 5-0 and No. 20, its highest ranking in six years, and about to play Utah in a showdown with stakes so large they warranted the relocation of ESPN's flagship show, College GameDay. Cal lost that game, and the next two after it, which not only rubbed some of the luster off the Golden Bears' season but created an unsettling similarity to last fall, when Cal started 5-1 before promptly losing three straight.
National Football League
Gary Kubiak credited the boost in the run game as the biggest difference-maker for the Broncos in their victory over the Packers. The rushers had struggled to find their footing in the first five games of the season, but Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson combined for 152 yards in Week 6 and and 161 yards on Sunday.
Hillman, who started against Green Bay, rushed for two touchdowns in the first 16 minutes, but Anderson finished with a team-high 101 yards on 14 carries (7.2-yard average), with a career-long 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"Obviously it was C.J.'s best game," Kubiak said. "I don't know why that was, motivation or whatever. He should be motivated every week, but we're going to create a competitive environment between both of them. We're going to need them both. We'll continue to split time with them, but obviously C.J. responded this week. Hopefully we can keep it going in that direction."