The 2015 U.S. Open came to an end Friday for Byeong-Hun An (73-76 - 149, +9) and Brandon Hagy (74-77 - 151, +11) when both former Cal men's golfers missed the cut in their first ever appearance at the event.
Track & Field
Junior Thomas Joyce and 11 other California Bears were named to the 2015 Pac-12 Conference Men's and Women's Track and Field All-Academic teams.
Missy Franklin, a four-time Olympic gold medalist who truly begins her professional career this weekend at the Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara, has chosen Speedo as her first major endorsement deal.
"I love being in the water whether I am training, competing or just having fun, and I am excited to partner with Speedo to share my passion with others and inspire them to get in the water too," said Missy Franklin. "Speedo is a brand I have trusted since I began swimming. With their support, I know I can reach my goals, and am looking forward to working with them in both the competitive swimming and fitness categories."
Franklin officially turned professional in March after helping the California Golden Bears to the NCAA championship, but this weekend in Santa Clara will be her first chance to race for prize money.
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FIFA Women's World Cup
EDMONTON, Alberta - The United States issued a defiant response to the inflammatory claims of Colombian forward Lady Andrade that the Americans "belittle" her team heading into their Women's World Cup Round of 16 clash on Monday.
Striker Alex Morgan and head coach Jill Ellis were not flustered by Andrade's remarks, made in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, but the message was clear. The comments have been noted, stored away and will be on hand if any extra motivation is needed.
"We never started (this)," said Morgan, who is in contention to play the whole game after recovering from her long-term knee injury. "We have respected every team we have played in the World Cup so far. We want to let our actions speak on the field."
Andrade has history with the U.S. team, having delivered a brutal punch to the eye socket of Abby Wambach away from the ball during the 2012 Olympics, a match Colombia lost 3-0.
Wambach is already one of the toughest characters in the women's game so that memory, combined with Andrade's verbal jabs this week, could ensure a fiery atmosphere on the field at Commonwealth Stadium.
"You'll probably have to ask Abby," Ellis said, when asked if Andrade would come to regret riling Wambach. "But I wouldn't poke Abby."
It's reloading time around the Pac-12. For some programs, the offseason challenge is more daunting than it is for others. Still, even Utah -- perhaps the league's most experienced team -- will be depending on multiple players to fill departed voids in 2015. So here's our team-by-team look at players who'll be called on to deliver key replacement production around the conference.
The Golden Bears return a ton of talent on an offense with legitimate visions of grandeur. With most of his receivers coming back, quarterback Jared Goff -- now an upperclassman -- is expected to make a case for elite status. He can count on hard running support from Daniel Lasco, but there is turnover along the line in front of him, and Cal must address this for the attack to unleash its full potential. Senior Chris Adcock manned the center position last season and developed a solid rapport with Goff; so far this offseason, Bear Territory's Ryan Gorcey reports that Cochran has taken all first-team reps at the position. It'll be Cochran's job to glue together an offensive line undergoing some shifts on the right side. If all is figured out on that front, it's all systems go for for a Bear Raid with massive potential.
Kenny Lawler, Chris Harper, Bryce Treggs, and Stephen Anderson all hauled in about 50 receptions for Cal last season. Only Harper is gone from that group, so the Bears don't need a ton of replacement production, and it looks like they might be able to pick up the needed slack through Davis, who caught 24 passes in 2014. You'll remember him as the guy who housed two kickoff returns at Washington State.
We're looking at the toughest three-game stretches for each Pac-12 team. Today, we'll keep things going with Cal.
Oct. 22 at UCLA
Oct. 31 vs USC
Nov. 7 at Oregon
Why it's tough: Ouch. That's about as tough as it gets. There isn't a shortage of ways to convey that, so let's begin by taking a peek at Mark Schlabach's post-spring, Too-Early Top 25. Oregon? No. 3. USC? No. 5. UCLA? No. 11. Even if you don't agree with those rankings at this point, they reflect the general expectation for all three teams (not to mention No. 13 Arizona, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 23 Stanford).