Bolstered by the pitching of junior right-hander Ryan Mason, Cal baseball won the second straight night over No. 8 Oregon, topping the Ducks, 6-2, Saturday evening at Evans Diamond. Mason threw 8.0 innings with five hits, two runs, one earned run, two walks and four strikeouts to improve his record to 3-0. On Friday night, the Bears defeated highly-ranked Oregon, 9-3.
Already the winningest coach in Golden Bear history, male or female, softball head coach Diane Ninemire joined elite company as one of eight coaches in the history of the sport to reach 1,200 wins as No. 11 Cal defeated No. 18 Arizona, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field.
Bella Huther scored twice, but California fell to USC, 18-5, Friday afternoon from McAlister Field on the USC campus. The Golden Bears fell to 1-4, 1-1, on the season.
The Cal sand volleyball team played five hotly contested matches at Piper Park in Larkspur on Friday but came out on the losing end to USF, 3-2.
The Golden Bears got hot on a warm Saturday night on Bellomy Field, scoring 18 tries, utilizing their opportunity to continue improving and extend minutes around the roster in a 106-0 win over Santa Clara University.
The No. 7 California Golden Bears men's gymnastics team closed out the home portion of their schedule on Friday night at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley with a 430.750-386.350 win over No. 20 Washington.
Freshman Toni-Ann Williams took home another three titles and the Golden Bears scored above 49.0 on three events as No. 19 Cal women's gymnastics took third at the Southern Utah triangular meet on Friday night at the Centrum Arena in Cedar City, Utah.
Karla Popovic clinched her first dual match as a Golden Bear, as the 60th-ranked freshman won on court six to hand ninth-ranked California a 4-3 victory over No. 21 Pepperdine on Saturday at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
Women's Water Polo
Sophomore Emily Loughlin scored the game-winning goal in the second sudden victory period to lift the No. 4 Cal women's water polo team to a 10-9 winover host No. 9 San Jose State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play Saturday.
LAS VEGAS -- Just in case the Cal basketball team didn't have a vivid memory of losing to Arizona by 39 points just one week earlier, the Bears were treated to a video replay on the eve of their Pac-12 tournament rematch with the Wildcats.
"We didn't give up like we did the last time," guard Jabari Bird said. "We weren't just going to let them come out in this game and step all over us."
It was a more competitive Cal team that took the floor Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. For 20 minutes the Bears were right there. But the top-seeded Wildcats flexed their considerable muscle in the second half and breezed to a 73-51 quarterfinal victory.
Bears in the Pros
This time last year -- on March 11, 2014, to be exact -- I was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, my fourth team in six years. My career was in limbo. All I had to stand on was word from my agent that the Baltimore Ravens were interested -- but I didn't hear back from them for some time. So while I worked hard to stay in shape, I also prepared to make the next step, taking on internships, doing some job-shadowing at the league office, building relationships and getting ready for whatever was coming.
I had to come to grips with the reality of my situation. Jacksonville had let me go, yes -- but in the long run, I'd beaten the odds. I was a former seventh-round draft pick who'd played six years in the NFL. I'd learned a lot. I had grown as a man and an individual. I love football, but if I wasn't going to get another chance on the field, I was determined to be successful at something else.
But then the Ravens made good on that glimmer of hope, signing me in early April 2014, and I went on to have my best ever year as a professional, rushing for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns at 5.4 yards per carry. I had the fifth-most rushing yards in the NFL. I made my first Pro Bowl. I played a feature role on a playoff team. And when my contract ran out, I finally had some leverage for the first time in my NFL life. I knew that, Lord willing, I'd be playing football for someone in 2015. I knew I could look at my wife and say, 'You know what? I'm going to be able to provide for the next couple of years.'
Now, after signing a three-year contract with the Ravens, I can say that for a fact.
Chris Conte leaves the Chicago Bears in free agency to join Tampa Bay.
Ferrell to SS Semien: "I could catch fire today and you could be on a bus back to Triple-A." pic.twitter.com/HBIOemGka5
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