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Golden Nuggets: Chris Harper Signed By New England Patriots On Last Day of Draft

Cal players go undrafted for the first time since 1986, but Cal's Chris Harper is signed by New England as a free agent.

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In a dramatic finish to a thrilling game, sophomore center fielder Aaron Knapp knocked in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Cal baseball a 5-4 victory over No. 6-ranked Arizona State Saturday night at Evans Diamond.

The Bears also honored Brent Woodall, one of the best two-sports athletes in Cal history, at Saturday's game against the Sun Devils.


# 2 Oregon used five home runs to bombard #18 Cal, winning game No. 2 9-0 in five innings to take the series.

California softball fans, friends and family are invited to commemorate the 2015 season and Cal's senior class at a special celebration dinner on Saturday, May 9 following Cal's regular season finale against the Stanford Cardinal.

Men's Crew

In the 82nd annual Big Row between California and Stanford, the top-ranked Golden Bears men's crew defeated the No. 12 Cardinal in all three races Saturday morning at Redwood Shores.

Inside The Lair: Getting to Know Justin Murphy

By Doug Drabik, Cal Athletic Communications

Justin Murphy's mom signed him up for a "learn how to row" class in Montclair, N.J. during his freshman year of high school at the age of 14.

Four years later as a freshman in college in 2014, Murphy was voted the Pac-12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and earned a coveted spot on the United States Under-23 National Team. He is now a key member of California's varsity eight that enters this weekend's Big Row against Stanford as the nation's top-ranked crew.

"My older brother's best friend was on a crew and his mom told my mom about it," Murphy said. "My older brother didn't want to do it and my mom signed me up for a learning how to row class. When I showed up to the session, the guy who taught the class was the assistant coach at a club I later rowed at, and the guy called his fellow coaches and said they had to see me. After the first time my coaches saw me, they told me I was on the team and couldn't quit. Ever since then, I've rowed."

Women's Crew

Second-ranked California captured the Lambert Cup, defeating No. 6 Stanford in all three races in the 82nd annual Big Row on Saturday at Redwood Shores.


California climbed back from a 14-point deficit and scored four tries to Brigham Young's three, but the Golden Bears fell short, 30-27, to the Cougars in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Rugby Championship final Saturday in Rio Tinto Stadium.

Track & Field

Thomas Joyce added another milestone to his outstanding junior year Saturday, winning section 2 of the 5000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational in 13:34.42 - the No. 2 time in school history.

Women's Tennis

Inside The Lair: Fabikova Cuts Distractions In Best Season Yet

By Dean Caparaz '90, Cal Athletic Communications

Klara Fabikova had already played in the NCAA Championships and won a Pac-12 Championship. How much more focused could the California women's tennis player get?

Much more, it turns out.

Now a junior, Fabikova (pronounced fah-BEE-koe-vuh) has been a significant contributor to the Golden Bear squad since her first season in Berkeley. She played in the NCAA team tournaments as a freshman in 2013 and as a sophomore in 2014. She also played in the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship. Last season, Fabikova and her teammates captured Cal's first outright conference team title.

Yet the Brno, Czech Republic, product found that she wasn't being the best that she could be.

"I was feeling pretty stressed out in the last week of school last fall," she said. "Here in Berkeley I find myself rushing everywhere and feeling stressed out the whole time."

Men's Golf

Three Cal players (Shotaro Ban, Sebastian Crampton and KK Limbhasut) were named to the All-Pac-12 Men's Golf Team selected by the league's head coaches and announced Friday

Sand Volleyball

The Cal sand volleyball program is hosting a series of camps this summer at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts for children in grades 7-12.

National Football League

Cal receiver Chris Harper goes undrafted in NFL draft, signs with Patriots

For the first time since 1986, the Cal football team saw an NFL draft come and go without any players being drafted. There was a silver lining to the weekend's events for the Bears, however, as junior wide receiver Chris Harper was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the reigning Super Bowl champion the New England Patriots.

Harper played a vital role in Cal's Bear Raid offense and was the team's second leading receiver in the 2014 season. The 5-foot-11 receiver tallied 159 catches for 1,963 yards and 13 touchdowns in his three years on the team.