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Golden Nuggets: Bears Clamp Down on Colorado

The Bears hold the Colorado Buffaloes to a 19 minute scoring drought, and ESPN ponders who will replace Jared Goff.

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Men's Swimming & Diving

Prenot Named Pac-12 Swimmer Of The Month: Cal Senior Set Three Top National Times In December

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Cal men's swimmer Josh Prenot continued to build momentum for a strong final season in Berkeley with a December to remember and the senior from Orcutt, Calif. was rewarded for his efforts as he earned Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month honors from the conference office.

A strong performance at the Georgia Fall Invitational on Dec. 4-6 got the month off to a good start for Prenot, who helped the Bears place second as a team at their final meet of 2015. He set the top time in the nation in both the 200-yard individual medley (1:43.13) and 200 breaststroke (1:51.75) while also achieving an A qualifying standard in the 400 IM. His success wasn't solely individual, as he teamed with Ryan Murphy, Justin Lynch and Long Gutierrez to also set the nation's top time (3:04.88) in the 400 medley relay.

Women's Gymnastics

No. 14 Cal Set for Annual NorCal Classic: Cal Opens the Season Against No. 8 Stanford, San Jose State, UC Davis and Sacramento State Sunday at 2 p.m.

BERKELEY -- Ranked in the top 15 in the nation for the second year in a row, No. 14 California women's gymnastics opens the season primed to continue their stellar performances under now-fourth-year head coach Justin Howell. The Bears meet four California foes at the five-team NorCal Classic, an annual event hosted this year at The Event Center on the San Jose State campus. The meet includes Cal, No. 8 Stanford, the hosting Spartans, UC Davis and Sacramento State.

FloGymnastics.com will provide a live stream of the event, and live stats are available on SJSUSpartans. Follow @CalWGym on Twitter and Instagram for scoring updates, behind-the-scenes photos and videos and the latest information.

Football

Three offseason questions: California Golden Bears

As we head into the offseason, here are three questions facing California:

1. Who replaces Jared Goff?

The Golden Bears' main man leaves to the NFL draft as the holder of 26 program records, and some consider him the most talented quarterback prospect in the country. There's no way around it: Cal faces a daunting task in replacing Goff, who was the heartbeat of this program as it clawed its way out of despair the past three seasons. Goff finished 2015 with 4,719 passing yards and 43 touchdowns.

The top two candidates to take his spot are Chase Forrest, the backup this past season, and former four-star recruit Ross Bowers, who redshirted this season. Luke Rubenzer, who moved from quarterback to safety last season, will switch back to offense, so he'll bring some experience to the table. Either way, though, there won't be much of it under center now that Goff is gone, so the Bears hope to strike gold in the development process this offseason.

USMNT

Steve Birnbaum added to USMNT training camp roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 8, 2016) - U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made four additions to roster for the January training camp in Carson, California.

Goalkeeper David Bingham, defenders Steve Birnbaum and Brandon Vincent, and midfielder Perry Kitchen will report to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center for the start of training Monday.

Men's Basketball

Oregon State Outlasts Cal, 77-71: Bears Shoot 65 Percent in Second Half, But Can't Overcome 16 Turnovers

CORVALLIS, Ore.(AP) -- Gary Payton II had 20 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and four steals as Oregon State hung on to beat California 77-71 on Saturday night.

Tres Tinkle scored 15 points and Stephen Thompson Jr. added 11 points for the Beavers (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12), who broke a five-game losing streak to Cal.

Jaylen Brown had 20 points and seven rebounds, Tyrone Wallace added 17 points and Jordan Mathews had 16 points and four 3-pointers for the Golden Bears (12-5, 2-2).

Cal shot 65.2 percent from the field in the second half - making nine consecutive shots at one point - but the Bears also committeed 16 turnovers and allowed 15 OSU offenseive rebounds

Women's Basketball

No. 21 Bears Hold Buffaloes To 35 Points: Cal Defends Home Court With A 64-35 Triumph In Its Pac-12 Home Opener

BERKELEY -A 19:07 scoring drought by Colorado set Cal up for a big-time bounce back after dropping its first two Pac-12 games, and the No. 21 Golden Bears defeated the Buffaloes 64-35 in their conference home opener at Haas Pavilion on Friday night. The Bears improved to 10-4 overall and 1-2 in conference action with a five-game home win streak.

Cal allowed just one more point than the school record for fewest points allowed, which came in a 62-34 victory over Washington on Jan. 11, 2009.

All eight of Cal's healthy players saw action, with every single player contributing points in the effort. Freshman Kristine Anigwe has reached a double-double in every Pac-12 game of the season so far, scoring 20 points (7-12) and matching a career-high 13 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double and eighth overall. Anigwe also tallied a career-best four assists. Junior Courtney Range had 10 points (4-11), eight rebounds and three steals, and freshman Asha Thomas' balanced effort included eight points (4-5), four assists and six rebounds.

Colorado's 19:07 scoring drought, which lasted from 3:27 in the first quarter to 4:40 in the third quarter and included a scoreless second quarter for the Buffs, saw the Bears go on a 19-0 run.