Klara Fabikova made sure California went home with some hardware on the last day of the Oracle/ITA Masters, as the 16th-ranked senior upset Miami's sixth-ranked Stephanie Wagner, 6-2, 6-3, in the consolation singles final on Sunday at the Malibu Racquet Club.
California (5-1-0) won its fifth consecutive match, knocking off the San Francisco Dons (2-6-0) 3-1 on a hot, Sunday afternoon at Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.
No. 13 California held Cal Poly to three shots on goal in 110 minutes of play as the Bears and Mustangs played to a 0-0 draw Sunday afternoon at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, extending the Bears' unbeaten streak to 8 games.
Alex Morgan took on Kobe Bryant in FIFA 16, and... they were both pretty bad.
The Cal volleyball team engaged in an epic second set against No. 24 Pacific on Saturday night, but ultimately was edged and went on to a 25-18, 36-34, 25-19 loss at Haas Pavilion.
Bears Golden Again, Top No. 6 Stanford in OT
September is proving to be a golden month for Cal field hockey.
Last week, the Golden Bears defeated No. 14 Penn State 3-2 in overtime for the program's first-ever win over the Nittany Lions, and today unranked Cal toppled another top-tier opponent with a golden goal from junior Sydney Earle against No. 6 Stanford on Varsity Turf. Earle scored in the 81st minute to give the Bears their first victory over the Cardinal since 2011.
Men's Swimming and Diving
Olympian and Cal Alum Anthony Ervin moves his training for the 2016 Summer Olympiad to USC. Ervin's statement follows:
"After 16 years, the time has come for me to return to the city of my birth, a journey home that I always knew I would make. I will always have the blue and gold of a California Golden Bear in my mind and in my heart, for Berkeley as a city and university has, with a liberal education, matured a wily teen into this 30-something adult. I will always be grateful for the support of those personal relationships forged in Berkeley, and though I move forward, I will remain in touch with the friends, mentors, coaches, and teammates as we all continue to grow. The time and place for structured learning has passed; and as the dusky twilight of my competitive career closes in on me, it is time to move forward into the wilds of life with my friends and family."
Wall Street Journal - California's Experiment in Football Crowdsourcing: Why the architect of the Golden Bears' prolific offense collects input from a network of 250 high-school coaches
Every Monday evening during the football season, Tony Franklin, the offensive coordinator for the Cal Bears, closes his office door, kicks back in his chair and hosts a conference call. On the other end of the line: 250 top high-school coaches from all over the country.
These sessions started as a way for aspiring coaches to seek advice from one of the most innovative offensive minds in football. Franklin's Cal offense has already racked up 108 total points in just two games this season. But in recent years, a funny thing has happened. Franklin has started using the coaches as a sounding board for his own wild ideas.
"He has an open dialogue with some of the most creative coaches in America," explains Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, Franklin's boss. "He's talking to them all the time, which gives us ideas and helps us stay ahead of the curve."
"I get to interact with these guys every week," Franklin said of his Monday focus group. "No other college coach would have the time."
- Check out Section925's podcast on the Bear's 45-44 victory over the Longhorns here.
- Bleacher Report NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller has a new #1.
National Football League
Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection comes up big
GREEN BAY - Richard Rodgers insists it could be any of the Packers' receivers called upon to make a key play, and he's right.
It just seems the second-year tight end is slowly but surely getting his number called more often when it really matters.
Rodgers caught the go-ahead touchdown from his namesake on Sunday night, a 5-yard strike to the left edge of the end zone in the fourth quarter. He then added an important two-point conversion in the Packers' 27-17 victory over the Seahawks at Lambeau Field.
The key TD was classic Aaron Rodgers. Finishing off a 10-play drive that was both rhythmic and improvisational at times, the Packers QB scooted a little to his left before letting one rip right between the 8 and 2 on his tight end's relatively new jersey.
"Basically just get open," the tight end said of his job once he sees his QB start to move out of the pocket. "The defensive back had his back to Aaron. He can't see him and I know where Aaron is going, so it's pretty easy to make that move and get open."