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Golden Nuggets: Jared Goff Earns Preseason All-Pac-12 Honor

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Goff is named to Phil Steele's preseason All-Pac-12 second team, Golden Bears capture rowing silvers, and Cal Baseball drops a regional final to Texas A&M despite first baseman Chris Paul's seventh inning home run.

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Men's Crew

Cal men's varsity eight crew captured silver at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Windsor, New Jersey. In addition to the varsity silver, varsity four and freshman eight also captured silver, while third varsity captured bronze.

Women's Crew

Women's varsity eight also captured silver. The Ohio State Buckeyes narrowly beat out the Golden Bears at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships.

"Every boat rowed really hard. If any boat would've finished a boat lower, we wouldn't have finished second. It was a complete team effort. It was also just really hard rowing, and really great racing," said head coach Al Acosta. "The team did a great job. They had their best races as their last race, and that's what you can hope for. When it really mattered, everybody came through."

Rugby

After two hotly contested halves between California and Kutztown ended in a tie Sunday at PPL Park, Golden Bears co-captain Jake Anderson put an exclamation point on a suspense-filled final in sudden-death overtime with a 55-meter sprint to the try zone, giving Cal a 17-12 national championship 7s victory at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.

FIFA Women's World Cup

Alex Morgan says there's 'no question' knee will be ready for Women's World Cup

HARRISON, N.J. — For all of the firepower on the U.S. national team, it's easy to overlook the influence of any one player. With depth like this, the Americans should be able to paper over any cracks once the Women's World Cup rolls around, right?

Maybe in theory. But in reality, this team has to have Alex Morgan.

"Whenever Alex is 100 percent, we need her," forward Abby Wambach said. "We need her to win."

Yes, the U.S. combined for eight goals without the injured Morgan in recent friendly wins against Ireland and Mexico. And the strikers were prolific in Morgan's absence — Wambach scored twice in each game, while Sydney Leroux had a double against El Tri.

Yet the Americans' send-off friendly Saturday against South Korea shined a spotlight on Morgan's absence. While the U.S. dominated possession, coach Jill Ellis rued a lack of finishing prowess in the scoreless draw at Red Bull Arena.

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"I've been doing a lot better, and I'm still day to day," Morgan said last week. "Once June 8 comes, there's no question in my mind my knee won't be bothering me. I'm going to be 100 percent, and I'm looking forward to the World Cup and knowing that's not going to set me back at all."

The issue, of course, is fitness. Even if Morgan is at 100 percent health-wise, as she says she'll be, the 25-year-old won't be able to play a full 90 minutes for a while. Now it's apparent Morgan will have to use the group stage matches as a springboard for the knockout round.

"We're building her," Ellis said. "Realistically, she's been out for a while. In terms of minutes, that's something I think we're going to have to build through the early games to be ready. We're not blowing her up too early in terms of physically being ready."

Major League Baseball

The Athletics' Marcus Semien is currently third among American League shortstops in All-Star Voting.

Football

Nine Golden Bears were named to Phil Steele's 2015 Preseason All-Pac-12 teams. Junior linebacker Michael Barton, junior offensive lineman Chris Borrayo, senior running back Daniel Lasco, and junior quarterback Jared Goff were named to the preseason second team.

Four kickoff times for the 2015 season were announced, highlighted by a 6:30 pm CT, 4:30 pm PT kickoff in Austin, Texas, against the Texas Longhorns on September 19.

Men's Tennis

Andre Goransson capped a strong sophomore season by claiming an All-Pac-12 first-team spot, with California placing a total of four Golden Bears on the All-Pac-12 teams, the conference announced on Monday.

Baseball

The Golden Bears hung on closely to top-seeded Texas A&M, but after playing 35 innings in three days, Cal Baseball dropped the regional final to the Aggies, 3-1. The Golden Bears lone run came off a Chris Paul home run in the top of the seventh, but the Aggies responded with two more runs to advance to the College World Series.