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Golden Nuggets: Cal Olympians On Display at FINA World Cup

Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin, Lauren Boyle and Tom Shields headline lineups at the 2015 FINA World Cup, and ESPN analyzes the biggest positional battle for the 2015 Football team.

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Men's Basketball

NBCSports: Cal freshmen Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb have positive first showing in overseas win

LSU and freshman star Ben Simmons are getting a lot of publicity for their overseas exhibition trip to Australia this week, but Cal is also touring the land down under and playing in some exhibition games this week.

The tour for Cal is giving the team its first look at the freshman duo of Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, who helped the Golden Bears to a 100-63 win over Victoria Select during the team's first game on the trip. Both players started the game for Cal as Brown paced the team with 17 points while adding six rebounds and two steals. Rabb finished the game with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds and was 5-for-6 from the field for a strong showing of his own.

Women's Tennis

Inside The Lair: Checking All Of Her Boxes

She called it a surprise.

It was June 2011, just two months before the school year was set to begin, when Cecilia Estlander discovered that she was offered a walk-on spot on the Cal women's tennis team.

The Helsinki, Finland, native had no idea what to expect when she arrived in the United States later that summer. Becoming fluent in a new language a new language and transitioning to a new school system were just two of the challenges she faced.

Despite being 5,000 miles from home, Estlander bonded with her teammates almost immediately. As she put it, she made "eight new friends" right away.

Leading up to her freshman year at Cal, Estlander had one goal in mind - to become a professional tennis player. And to get to that point, she knew that she would have to earn an athletic scholarship.

Estlander had a productive freshman campaign when she compiled a 24-11 overall record, including an 11-5 singles record, as the Golden Bears reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament. Not long after the season ended, Estlander was able to check off a box that she had been waiting long to do when head coach Amanda Augustus awarded her the Stacy Savides Athletic Scholarship.

"It was a really special day," Estlander said. "The coaches sat me down and told me I had earned a scholarship. It's one of the greatest accomplishments I have ever received."


ESPN Pac-12 Blog: Biggest remaining position battle: Cal

Biggest remaining position battle: Anything and everything in the secondary

Importance: Some might argue that the Bears' ongoing questions along the offensive line -- the center and right guard positions remain in at least some state of flux -- represent the critical work that must be addressed before camp ends. At the end of the day, though, is there anyone who actually believes that Jared Goff & Co. won't score in droves this season?


Cal Swimming & Diving Alums dive in at the 2015 FINA World Cup in Moscow, including Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin, Lauren Boyle, and Tom Shields.

Bears in Paris! #FINAWorldCup

Posted by Natalie Coughlin on Monday, August 17, 2015