BERKELEY - The tigers may not be included, but the lions and the Bears (oh my) are almost assured when California field hockey sets off on its South African tour on Sunday. The Golden Bears will play four matches on their international expedition, but the squad is set for so much more when they embark for the Rainbow Nation.
Cal will visit the major cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as the surrounding areas on the tour, taking in everything from a wild game drive and a visit to Robben Island to a stop at a penguin beach and community service in an area affected by apartheid.
"I'm excited about delving into the culture, history and amazing sights of South Africa. Getting to play in a country where field hockey is huge just makes it that much better," said rising junior Emily Catan.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Needing a win to keep its season alive, the Cal softball team came through when it counted as Lindsay Rood's two-run single in the fifth inning provided the lead and senior Nisa Ontiveros made it count with yet another impressive performance in the circle as the Bears beat Texas State 4-3 to give themselves a rematch with Alabama at the NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa.
With the win, Cal (33-23-1) now turns its focus to Sunday's 11:30 a.m. (PT) game against the Crimson Tide. If the Bears win that contest, they'll play Alabama again to determine who moves on to the Super Regional round. Broadcast information for the first game of the day will be announced by ESPN prior to first pitch.
Jahvid Best is fast. But he Olympic fast? We're about to find out.
The former NFL running back, who dashed for some incredible runs in his playing days for the Detroit Lions and California Golden Bears before retiring in 2013, is putting his famously fleet feet to the test as he vies for a spot competing in the 100-meter dash in the Rio Olympics.
But instead of competing with All-American track stars like Tyson Gay or Justin Gatlin, Best will aim for a spot for St. Lucia, where his father was born. The island nation already has two Olympic qualifiers—women's high jumpers Levern Spencer and Jeannelle Scheper—and Best is looking to be the third athlete among the contingent heading to Brazil.