Women's Water Polo
STANFORD - The No. 5 Cal women's water polo team shook up collegiate water polo Sunday afternoon, sending a message it can play with any team in the country after a 5-2 victory over No. 1 Stanford in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational.
The win broke the Cardinal's 32-game home winning streak and gave the Bears (11-1) a win over the No. 1 team in the country for the second consecutive season. Cal defeated No. 1 Stanford in the semifinals of last year's MPSF Championships.
The Bears also beat No. 8 UC Davis 6-3 in bracket play Sunday morning. Cal's only loss this season is to No. 4 Hawaii.
"Our confidence is up now," Cal coach Richard Corso said. "We had a tough loss early in the season, and that loss got us better. We learned from it. With this win, it will be a confidence boost. The girls are excited about coming back to practice."
AUSTIN - The fourth time was the charm for No. 24 California in the Golden Bears' latest clash with Texas. Cal routed No. 26 Texas, 4-0, on Saturday in a nonconference clash in the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. Sophomore Billy Griffith clinched the victory with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over Adrian Ortiz at court-four singles.
Cal improved its record to 3-1, while Texas fell to 4-5.
The Longhorns ended Cal's season in each of the past two years, knocking off the Bears in the NCAA team tournament, and defeated Cal in the 2014 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship.
But Cal ended the recent losing streak in resounding fashion.
MADISON, Wis. - California's Karla Popovic beat Ohio State's Olivia Sneed on Sunday to send the sixth-ranked, fourth-seeded Golden Bears past the eighth-seeded, 16th-ranked Buckeyes, 4-3, and into the Monday final at the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship. Popovic, a sophomore, wrapped up a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory when Sneed fired a return into the net at court six at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
As soon as Popovic's match ended, the Bears rushed the court to celebrate with their teammate.
"It was amazing," Popovic said. "Absolutely amazing. I saw them standing by my court, since mine was the deciding match, and I just did my best to stay focused. It was awesome seeing all my teammates there."
AUSTIN - Trailing 2-0 against No. 2 TCU in the Lone Star State, No. 24 California rallied for a 4-2 victory, with J.T. Nishimura capping the day with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win against Reese Stalder at court-six singles.
"I know it sounds a little cliché, but it was a total team effort today," Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We knew we had our backs against the wall after losing the doubles point, and every guy on our team came out in the singles with an intense focus. J.T. Nishimura clinched the match for us after being down 5-1 down in the second set. All of our guys focused on playing a complete match - start to finish - and the outcome was a result of the team's determination and tenacity today."
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - About 15 miles south of the world-famous vineyards of Napa, a whole different world awaits those who enter C.J. Anderson's hometown of Vallejo.
In recent years, the city has suffered through bankruptcy and pangs of violence, including again on Saturday when a man was shot dead in a confrontation near a restaurant.
"My city is going through some tough times right now," said Anderson, a running back for the Denver Broncos.
But now it has reason to celebrate. Anderson, a third-year pro out of the University of California, rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries to help lift the Broncos to a 24-10 victory in the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers. It was a happy Bay Area homecoming for Anderson, who mentioned his hometown after the game.