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Golden Nuggets: Alex Morgan's Unsung Impact

The USWNT forward and Golden Bear draws a crucial penalty for the Americans, and Tyson Ross is rocking it in the month of June

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Major League Baseball

Check out how Golden Bears are doing in the Big Leagues, including Tyson Ross, who has put together an outstanding month of June.

Sand Volleyball

Meagan Schmitt was named head coach of Cal's sand volleyball team. She spent last season as associate head coach.

Men's Basketball

After a standout performance at the Nike Basketball Academy in LA the past couple of days, senior Tyrone Wallace is back on campus working out this morning #GoBears #TogetherWeAttack

Posted by Cal Men's Basketball on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FIFA Women's World Cup

ESPNW has three observations from the semifinal win over Germany, including noting how Alex Morgan's persistence may not have netted her goals, but still drove the American attack forward.

A story on the official FIFA site that generated quite a bit of social media buzz in the hours before the semifinal focused first on some of Alex Morgan's other attributes, in a very 1950s kind of way, but the American forward's persistence was a beautiful thing.

Morgan was not the best player on the field for the United States through the totality of Tuesday's game. Passes got away from her. Chances got away from her. Courtesy of a Tobin Heath pass that split the German defense in the ninth minute, Morgan found herself with nothing but Nadine Angerer between her and the back of the net. A goal would have been doubly sweet for Morgan against her former Portland Thorns FC teammate because of comments Angerer made last year about Morgan's durability, but the shot didn't force the keeper to move as she deflected it safely away with her foot.

Then a chance in the 42nd minute required quite a bit of skill from Morgan to first chip the ball over German defender Annike Krahn. Her attempt to chip Angerer from a tight angle, about the only option Morgan had, drifted back onto the field of play.

Minutes before the game's decisive play in the second half, she broke through from a tight angle again and this time tried to beat Angerer low at the far post. Morgan's hands told the story as she covered her mouth as the ball slipped not far wide of the far post.

And then she was running forward again, taking Meghan Klingenberg's pass and driving through the defense before she was fouled by Krahn just inside the 18-yard-box, at least as the referee assessed it. Lloyd drilled home the penalty, but Morgan's persistence on a night when she wasn't great at the outset yet stuck with it won the day.

Vancouver we're here!!!! #WWC2015Final #4days

Posted by Alex Morgan on Wednesday, July 1, 2015