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Cal's Heisman candidate keeps on turning heads, and Tyson Ross and Brandon Morrow talk about what it's like to be on the first pitching staff with two Golden Bears.

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Track & Field

California alum Alysia Montano claimed silver at the 2015 Pan American Games after running 1:59.76 in the 800-meters in Toronto.

California alum Ray Stewart concluded his first appearance at the Pan American Games by running 13.62 in the 110-meter hurdles in Toronto.

Baseball

Mike Neu, UC Berkeley's pitching coach for four years and a former Vintage High School standout, was named on Monday as the head baseball coach at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Men's Water Polo

Fresh off a Gold Medal performance at the Pan Am Games, Cal sophomore Luca Cupido and alum John Mann are in Kazan, Russia with Team USA at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Women's Water Polo

The Cal women's water polo program will be well-represented at the 2015 FINA World Championships, which begin this weekend in Kazan, Russia.

Opening Ceremonies for the event take place today and the women's water polo competition commences Sunday.

The championships will feature three current Cal water polo student-athletes, two alums and an incoming freshman - Spain's Roser Tarrago and Hungary's Dora Antal and Anna Illes.

Women's Crew

Six members of the California women's crew program will represent their countries in the finals at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Saturday.

Men's Crew

Members of the California men's crew program competed during the first day of the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, held July 22-26 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. There were a total of nine Golden Bears representing six countries.

Women's Gymnastics

Freshman Follow-Up: Yuleen Sternberg

CalBears.com: How did the team retreat last year help you adjust?

Yuleen Sternberg: It helped me get to know everyone better individually, and it allowed me to open up and trust everyone. Furthermore, It helped me realize that everyone is going through the same thing.

CB: What is the biggest lesson you learned from our coaching staff as a freshman?

YS: Appreciate what we have, and don't forget where this team has come from. Trust yourself and each other. Communicate with each other.

CB: What was your favorite meet? Why?

YS: The Powerful in Pink meet we had here at Cal because of the cause, environment, spirit and team "bubble" we were able to create.

Swimming and Diving

California's Elizabeth Pelton Has Surgery to Fix Broken Hand

Elizabeth Pelton, entering her senior season at the University of California, underwent surgery for a broken bone in her hand today according to California Athletics.

Pelton, just back from representing the United States at the 2015 World University Games, sustained the injury during a California practice, and doctors expect Pelton to return to the pool in 4-6 weeks.

Pelton finished her time at the World University Games with a silver in the women's 100-meter back and an eighth-place finish in the 50-meter backstroke. Pelton also helped the women's 400-meter medley relay to bronze.

Men's Basketball

Five teams that should make the NCAA tournament

California Golden Bears, 18-15

One key for excitement in Berkeley is the arrival of touted freshman Jaylen Brown. Cuonzo Martin's second season with the Golden Bears should produce a lot of excitement, as veterans Tyrone Wallace, Jordan Mathews and Jabari Bird also return.

California will face San Diego State in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday, Nov. 26 as pairings were announced on Thursday for the two-day event at the Orleans Arena.

Football

Salt Lake Tribune: Cal QB Jared Goff garnering plenty of attention

Berkeley, Calif. • Jared Goff stands high above California's Memorial Stadium and can see his hometown across San Francisco Bay. He can look down the other way and point to the spot he sat for his 9th birthday party and where his family had season tickets.

Heading into his junior season, Goff feels right at home at Cal.

He plays for the team he has cheered for his entire life, has his family close by and has an increased comfort in the offense and the art of quarterbacking that was missing earlier in his career.

A potential first-round pick whether he decides to go pro after this year or next and a possible postseason award candidate, Goff is ready for a breakthrough season that can return the Golden Bears to contender status in the Pac-12 after years of struggles.

"I'm trying to soak it all in," he said. "It's still kind of surreal."

How much longer Goff will get to experience the college life remains to be seen. So for now, he will just enjoy all those moments he cherishes like interacting with fellow students he calls "some of the smartest people in the country," walking the same campus his parents did and receiving the "Go Bears!" cheers each day from students eager to see a winner once again.

Jared Goff Named To Manning Award Watch List

NEW ORLEANS - Cal junior quarterback Jared Goff added to his long list of preseason honors Thursday when he was one of 30 quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Watch List for the honor given annually to the nation's top signal-caller. Goff was previously named to watch lists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award and Touchdown Club of Columbus for their awards honoring the nation's top overall player as well as the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®.