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Jared Goff looks forward to his first bowl game in his collegiate career. Meanwhile, ESPNW and Marvel turn Alex Morgan and the rest of the USWNT into superheroes.

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Men's Soccer

Three Named to NSCAA All-Far West Teams: Lima Earns First-Team Honors, Carrera-Garcia and Thierjung Named to the Region's Second Team

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the California Golden Bears announced today that junior defender Nick Lima, sophomore midfielder Jose Carrera-Garcia and junior forward Christian Thierjung have been named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Teams. Lima earned first team honors, while Carrera-Garcia and Thierjung were each selected to the second team.

"Nick, Christian and Jose all had excellent seasons," head coach Kevin Grimes said on Wednesday. "Our team made a great run at the end of the season and these three players played a key role in that effort."

Women's Tennis

California's Maegan Manasse and Amanda Augustus celebrated the United States fifth-straight championship at the Master'U BNP Paribas on Sunday at Tennis Club Saint-Grégoire. Manasse, the Golden Bear junior All-American, paired with Florida's Brooke Austin to win in doubles as the Americans defeated host France, 4-1, in the final.

Volleyball

Schonewise Named To AVCA All-Region Team: Senior Earns Honorable Mention For Second Consecutive Season

Senior middle blocker Lillian Schonewise was named to the AVCA All-Pacific North Region Honorable Mention Team on Tuesday for the second consecutive season.

Schonewise had one of the best offensive seasons in Cal history, registering a .374 hitting percentage, which is the sixth-best mark ever at Cal. She averaged 3.12 kills per set, second among all Pac-12 middle blockers.

Women's Basketball

Following an NCAA-best 43-point performance against Sacramento State, California freshman forward Kristine Anigwe was voted this week's Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Drop 43 points, win @pac12conference Freshman of the Week. (@kristine__31 has 3️⃣ FOTW awards this season)

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Men's Basketball

Cal Remains Unbeaten at Haas with 74-62 Win: Five Bears Score in Double Figures in Victory over Incarnate Word

Jaylen Brown scored seven of his 13 points during a big second-half run, and California overcame a slow start to beat Incarnate Word 74-62 on Wednesday night.

Jabari Bird added a season-high 15 points and Tyrone Wallace had 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Golden Bears (7-2).

Cal made just four shots over the final nine minutes of the first half and trailed by as much as five before taking control behind Brown.

Brown went into the game mired in a 5-for-21 slump and missed five of his first six shots. He later sparked a 15-5 run in the second half with a pair of soaring one-handed dunks and added a 3-pointer.

USWNT

ESPNW turns Alex Morgan and the USWNT into Superheroes

Taylor Swift serenaded the U.S. women's national team after its first World Cup win since 1999. On the stage at Met Life Stadium, Alex Morgan, Meghan Klingenberg and their teammates wore smiles that hadn't faded in days, while Swift, in a glittery jumpsuit, held the World Cup trophy up for a roaring crowd and belted out "Style."

Days earlier, 20 million viewers watched as Carli Lloyd's insane hat trick helped the U.S. romp Japan, 5-2, in the World Cup final -- the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history. (And the bookend to Abby Wambach's illustrious career, which includes two Olympic gold medals, a FIFA player of the year title and the distinction of being the national team's all-time high scorer.)

From the final, the team was feted all over social media and in a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City, the first time a women's team has ever had that honor.

A victory tour followed, with plenty of stops for signatures and celebrations, including a stop at the White House, where President Obama proclaimed, "Playing like a girl means you're a badass."

Armed Forces Bowl

Win A VIP Trip To The Armed Forces Bowl: Enter the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Photo Challenge

Cal fans you can tweet a photo showing your support of the Armed Forces and your favorite college football team using the hashtag #LMAFB for a chance to win a free VIP trip and tickets to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl matchup between Cal and Air Force on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Deadline for photo submissions is this Thursday, Dec. 10 (10 am PT).

Winners will receive ...

  • Roundtrip flights for you and a guest to Fort Worth, Texas (Dec. 27 arrival - Dec. 30 departure)
  • Two VIP tickets to the 2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium on Dec. 29
  • Three-night stay at a hotel in downtown Fort Worth
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 facility tour
  • Pre-game walk-thru at Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Other VIP pre and post-game experiences
To Enter ...
  • Tweet a photo in a public Twitter post using #LMAFB
  • Submissions must include a photo to be eligible
  • Entrants must be 18 years old or older and a U.S. citizen
  • Winners will be selected based on their creativity, social media influence and vested interest in the game
  • Tweet as many photos as you'd like

Goff headed to first postseason appearance as Cal lands spot in Armed Forces Bowl

BERKELEY - Cal's return to a bowl game will be a return to Texas. The Golden Bears on Sunday landed a spot in the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force on Dec. 29 at Fort Worth, Texas.

Cal will make its first trip to football's postseason since 2011, meaning quarterback Jared Goff — who was a standout at Marin Catholic and grew up in Novato — will play in his first bowl game. It is the Bears' second trek to the Lone Star State this fall. They visited coach Sonny Dykes' home state on the third weekend of the season when they claimed a wild 45-44 victory over the University of Texas in Austin.