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Golden Nuggets: Christian Dean Adds To "Dos A Cero" Lore for USMNT U23

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The Golden Bear alum leads the Under-23 USMNT Squad to a Tres A Cero victory over rivals Mexico in a lead-up to qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

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Baseball

Looking to right the ship in the desert, Cal (23-14, 10-8, 16th Collegiate Baseball) will be attempting to capture a Pac-12 road series April 26-28 at Arizona (24-14, 9-9) after winning one-of-three games in each of its last conference series and falling at Stanford, 4-0, Tuesday night.

Getting to Know: Preston Grand Pre

BERKELEY - Cal's freshman shortstop Preston Grand Pre is living the dream. Not only is the young infielder getting a chance to start on a Pac-12 baseball team that is vying for a postseason berth and is in the top half of the conference standings, he is teammates with his childhood idol - senior first baseman Chris Paul.

Both Grand Pre and Paul attended Laguna Beach High School, but Paul was three grades ahead of Grand Pre and the Bears' shortstop wasn't able to crack the varsity squad and play with his longtime family friend.

Men's Tennis

Buoyed by its come-from-behind win in the Big Slam, 25th-ranked California heads south for the Pac-12 Championships, which run from Wednesday through Saturday at Libbey Park in Ojai, California.

Women's Tennis

After closing the regular season with a 20-3 overall record, a 9-1 Pac-12 record, a second-place conference finish and an eight-match winning streak, third-ranked California segways into the singles and doubles tournaments in the Pac-12 Championships.

Rugby

Women's Water Polo

The No. 4 Cal women's water polo team travels to the Valley of the Sun this weekend for the annual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at Arizona State University.

Men's Golf

Inside The Lair: Cal Signee Returns to World's Top Junior Event

GRANITEVILLE, SC - The world's best golfers come every April to play in the Masters at famed Augusta National Golf Club and a half-hour drive away a future member of the Cal men's golf team will be playing in the top ranked junior event in the world beginning Thursday.

Southern California native Collin Morikawa, who will join the Bears this August after his graduation from La Cañada High School, will travel across the country for the second straight year to take part in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club presented by Electrolux. The elite 54-player field not only features the top junior players in the United States but some of the best the world has to offer, with 28 different countries represented over the first four years of the event that started in 2011.

Women's Golf

Marthe Wold became the first California freshman to earn a top 10 finish at the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships since 2008 as competition concluded Wednesday at the conference tournament at the par-71 Boulder Country Club.

Lacrosse

Track & Field

The California Golden Bears track and field team is hosting the Brutus Hamilton Open and Challenge this weekend at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.

Volleyball

The Cal volleyball program completed its 2015 recruiting class with the addition of three more elite student-athletes, head coach Rich Feller announced.

The Bears, who signed three top prospects in the fall, have added All-Americans Amanda Kirtley, Mackenzie Albrecht and Carmen Annevelink to the team. Each signed a Statement of Intent to Register and will join the program for the 2015 season.

General News

National Football League

Complex, on "15 Things You Didn't Know About Marshawn Lynch"

You know why we're here. Today is Marshawn Lynch's 29th birthday! Now, even though Lynch has made it clear with his one-word press conference responses and unintentional catch phrases that he isn't one for the spotlight, it's only right that we show our appreciation for Beast Mode on the day he was born. Now, how should we go about doing this? By trying to pull this stunt off without getting arrested?

No, no, no, no. Instead, let's commemorate Beast Mode by digging up a few tidbits of information you may not know about the five time Pro Bowler. From being cousins with JaMarcus Russell to letting a student from his high school whip his Benz to the prom, here are 15 Things You Didn't Know About Marshawn Lynch.

USWNT

Posted by Alex Morgan on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Morgan and USWNT teammate Abby Wambach take a publicity tour ahead of this June's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

USMNT And Rio 2016 Preliminaries

U.S.' U-23 team defeats Mexico, 3-0, at StubHub Center

Five days after Mexico won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer at the 2012 London Games, 14 scouts met to begin evaluating some of the teenagers they hoped would make up the core of the 2016 team in Rio de Janeiro.

The message of that gathering was simple: Having clawed its way to a position of dominance in youth soccer, Mexico intended to stay there.

Besides the Olympic title, Mexico has won a U-17 World Cup, a Pan American Games title and two other prestigious youth competitions, the Northern Ireland Milk Cup and France's Toulon Espoirs, since 2011.

In his role as technical director of U.S. Soccer, Juergen Klinsmann has promised to close that gap. And the Americans may have taken a big step down that path Wednesday when their under-23 team rode second-half goals from Mario Rodriguez, Christian Dean and Jordan Morris to a 3-0 win over Mexico at the StubHub Center.