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Golden Nuggets: Alex Morgan Sacrifices Flash For USWNT

Alex Morgan, who normally attracts the media spotlight, instead simply attracts the attention of defenders in order to free up her teammates for goal.

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Men's Crew

UNITED KINGDON - California men's crew is once again a champion at the Henley Royal Regatta.

The Golden Bears won the Visitor's Challenge Cup at the 176th annual event, held on the one mile, 550 yards (2,112 meters) course on the River Thames in England Sunday morning.

The Bears' coxless four of Morgan Hellen, Niki Van Sprang, Jovan Jovanovic, and Max Hall defeated Sydney Rowing Club, Australia by almost two lengths to capture the cup. Earlier in the Henley, Cal beat Nottingham Trent University on Thursday, Harvard B on Friday and Newcastle University on Saturday to reach Sunday's final.


Cal football had a busy recruiting week, landing oral commitments from three prospects in the class of 2016, according to multiple recruiting websites.

Chris Yaghi, a 6-foot-31/2, 265-pound defensive tackle from Foothill High-Santa Ana, Camryn Bynum, a 5-11, 160-pound cornerback from Centennia-Corona, and Francisco Perez, a 6-5, 301-pound guard from Baldwin Park, all are rated as three-star prospects by Rivals and Scout.

FIFA Women's World Cup

Put Up the Third Star: Six Key Figures From the USWNT's World Cup Triumph

Goodman: For the last two USWNT matches of the World Cup, four different forwards started the game on the bench. Wambach, Christen Press, Amy Rodriguez, and Sydney Leroux were all riding the pine while Alex Morgan played as a lone striker. Maybe that shouldn't be surprising: Morgan, after all, is a star. In Montreal, during the week before the U.S. faced Germany in the semifinals, Morgan jerseys were everywhere, far outnumbering anybody else. There were more Morgan jerseys in the stadium for the quarterfinal matchup between France and Germany than there were shirts of the two teams playing the actual match — and it wasn't particularly close.

Yet when Morgan was handed the keys to the front line, she wasn't asked to be a star; she was asked to do the dirty work. For most of her national team career, she's been the lightning to the revolutionary physicality of Wambach's thunderous headers. Wambach battered defenses and gave Morgan the room to embarrass them with speed, skill, and goals galore. But with Wambach past her prime and Morgan struggling to regain her full explosiveness after a knee injury, that plan simply didn't work anymore. So against Germany and Japan, it was Morgan who had to sacrifice her flash at the altar of industry.