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Golden Nuggets: Missy Franklin Leads Cal To New American Record in 800 Free Relay

Cierra Runge, Missy Franklin, Elizabeth Pelton and Caroline Piehl set the American record in the 800 free relay.

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Inside the Lair: Getting To Know - Bella Huther

Behind four goals from sophomore Bella Huther and senior Sasha Anielski, the California lacrosse team picked up its first win of the 2015 season with an 18-10 victory over Saint Mary's in the MPSF Conference opener Wednesday afternoon from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium.

Women's Tennis

Eighth-ranked California returns to the site of one of its biggest victories last year when it battles seventh-ranked Stanford in the Big Slam on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on the Farm. Beating the Cardinal at Stanford is a rarity for opponents, but the Golden Bears did just that in the 2013-14 regular-season finale to capture their first Pac-12 championship.

Men's Water Polo

For the Cal men's water polo program excellence in the pool and in the classroom continue to go hand in hand as six Golden Bears were named to the 2014 ACWPC All-Academic team, it was announced by the national collegiate water polo coaches association. Seniors Aleksa Saponjic, Jon Sibley and Luka Ivanovic; junior Thomas Agramonte, redshirt freshman J.D. Ratchford and freshman Troy Oates; were all noted for their academic achievements.


Off to a sizzling start to 2015, the Golden Bears rose to No. 19 in the country after winning 13 of 14 games to begin the season. Next up, Cal looks to make Honolulu, Hawaii Bear Territory at the Hawaii Spring Fling.


The California baseball team (5-3) has added a three-game series versus Kansas State (4-4) this weekend at Evans Diamond, replacing the Golden Bears' four-game series at Arkansas that was cancelled due to weather.


With nine frosh-sophs starting, including six sophomores and a freshman among the forwards, and 14 underclassmen on the pitch by game's end, California tallied nine tries to defeat California Maritime Academy, 62-16, Wednesday night on Witter Rugby Field.


The Raiders have welcomed back former Cal Bears kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who spent a few days with the Raiders last preseason and kicked two 47-yard field goals in their final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

On The Air: Davis' Family Breaks Ground In Radio

By Jonathan Okanes, Cal Athletic Communications

Some kids go to work with their parents and get introduced to the boss.

Cal defensive tackle David Davis went to his father's job and met Stevie Wonder.

That's the environment in which Davis grew up in Southern California. His family owns All-Pro Broadcasting, a conglomerate of radio stations in the Los Angeles area and in Milwaukee, Wisc. The company was started by his grandfather, Willie Davis, the former Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers.

All-Pro Broadcasting was one of the first radio entities owned by an African American in the United States. Willie Davis also was the first African American to start his own beer distributorship in Los Angeles.

"I remember visiting my grandfather at work as a kid, and he'd be talking to Stevie Wonder in the office," David Davis said. "I really didn't know who he was, but it was kind of crazy."

Women's Basketball

Having secured a first round bye for next week's Pac-12 Tournament, No. 24 California concludes the regular season with a trip to Oregon with tournament seeding still on the line as Cal and Stanford enter the two-game finale tied for third in the conference with identical 12-4 records and a split series.

Men's Basketball

Sophomore guard Jabari Bird had a season-high 22 points and added six rebounds but the Cal men's basketball team fell to Oregon 80-69 on Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion. Senior center David Kravish added 14 points and two blocks for the Bears (16-12, 6-9 Pac-12) while junior Tyrone Wallace had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Swimming and Diving

Cal Smashes American Record in 800 Free Relay

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -An American record in the 800-yard free relay. A meet record in the 200-yard medley relay. The No. 1 Cal women's swimming & diving team could not have asked for a better start to the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday night.

As a result, the Golden Bears have scored a maximum 128 points through two events, ahead of second-place Stanford (112) and third-place Arizona (104).

"I think the two wins are huge for momentum because the relays are such an awesome part of the meet and get the whole team involved," head coach Teri McKeever said. "I think it gives people a lot of confidence going into the next three days."

Cal entered the meet having won the 800 free relay nine times in the last 11 years, and the Bears quickly put away any doubts about victory No. 10. Freshman Cierra Runge completed the first 200 yards in 1:42.73, which not only is the third-best 200 in the country this year, but also the No. 5 time in school history.

Elizabeth Pelton followed with a split of 1:43.29 and Caroline Piehl went 1:43.48 before Missy Franklin closed in 1:40.68. Cal's final time of 6:50.18 was more than 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Stanford, which finished in 7:00.84.