Track & Field
The Women's program finished second in the Brutus Hamilton Challenge, and the Men's finished first, led by junior Thomas Joyce, who won the Don Bowden Mile, set a new personal record, and moved onto fourth on Cal's All-Time Performers list with a sub-4-minute mile time of 3:58:69.
Six days after Billy Griffith beat Nolan Paige to give California men's tennis a 4-3 win at Stanford in the regular-season finale, Griffith fell to Paige in the Pac-12 Championship's Friday semifinal round to clinch top-seeded and 26th-ranked Stanford's 4-1 victory over fourth-seeded and 25th-ranked Cal.
Klara Fabikova - who a few weeks ago ascended to play court-one singles for California - now looks to move to the top of the entire conference when she plays for the top-flight singles title on Sunday at the Pac-12 Championships.
In a showdown between the top two crews in the nation, the top-ranked and undefeated California varsity eight beat previously undefeated and second-ranked Washington to take back the Schoch Cup Saturday morning on Montlake Cut in Seattle, Wash.
Second-ranked California captured the Simpson Cup for the 11th time in the past 12 years with the Golden Bears' varsity eight victory over No. 5 Washington Saturday morning on Montlake Cut in Seattle, Wash.
Women's Water Polo
The fourth-seeded Cal women's water polo team advanced to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship game for the first time in four years Saturday with a thrilling 8-7 upset of No. 1 Stanford at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center at Arizona State University.
National Football League
Mychal Kendricks is rumored to be part of a package deal that would bring the #2 overall pick (presumably Marcus Mariota) to Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.
If Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is going to somehow turn his 20th overall pick into acquiring Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL Draft, it's going to take a lot.
How about quarterback Sam Bradford, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and that 20th pick? Is that enough?
That trade, which would be with the Tennessee Titans, owners of the No. 2 overall pick, and may also include the Cleveland Browns — but could work without them — is what was being discussed and dissected in some team's meetings Thursday. All 32 NFL teams have convened with the start of the draft one week away.
Joan Nieson of Sports Illustrated looks back at Aaron Rodgers's nerve-wracking wait at the 2005 NFL Draft, with the 2015 edition less than one week away.
On Sept. 11, 2003, two relatively unknown quarterbacks faced off in Salt Lake City in an early season, nonconference matchup. Alex Smith and the Utah Utes won the game, 31-24, beating a junior-college transfer, Aaron Rodgers, despite his 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Cal Golden Bears.
A year and a half later, Smith and Rodgers had emerged as the top two quarterbacks in the 2005 NFL draft, and in the days leading up to April 24, the question of who would be selected first was at the forefront of the NFL discussion. Which quarterback was a product of his system? Which had the right mentality to lead a winning team? There was no consensus to these borderline-unanswerable questions, and though Smith's stock began to edge out Rodgers's in the days leading up to the draft, no one could have predicted what would happen on that final Saturday in April.
At the time, it was shocking—not that Smith was picked first, but that Rodgers fell to Green Bay at No. 24. Looking back 10 years later, it's borderline unbelievable. Of the 23 players selected before Rodgers that day, only Demarcus Ware (8) has been voted to more Pro Bowls than the Packers' quarterback (4)—a fact that's even more astonishing considering Rodgers has been a starter since only 2008.