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Golden Nuggets: Keenan Allen Deserves "Every Penny" of New Deal

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Antonio Gates praises Keenan Allen, says he deserves every penny of his new $45 million deal.

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Men's Golf

Collin Morikawa Wins Sunnehanna Amateur

JOHNSTOWN, PA - While the world's top golfers were battling Saturday at the 2016 U.S. Open at the Oakmont Country Club just over 60 miles away, Cal sophomore Collin Morikawa was tearing up the Sunnehanna Country Club with an eight-under par 62 that was one off both the course record and his personal best. His final-round 62 led him to a three-stroke victory at the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur three strokes better than Cal junior teammate KK Limbhasut (67-69-66 - 202, -8) and Garrett Rank (69-67-66 - 202, -8). Cal junior Sebastian Crampton (73-70-74 - 217, +7) also played in the event and finished 61st.

"This entire week was spectacular," Morikawa said. "Minimizing my mistakes was the biggest part in leading me to this win. Other than the second round when I had a few mental mistakes, the rest of the golf was very patient and steady."


Cumberland Named Second Team All-America

OMAHA, Neb. - Awards continue to pile up for Cal catcher Brett Cumberland and Saturday he added another honor to his list of accolades as he was named second team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Cumberland, the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year, was selected for the honor by the ABCA All-America committee. Dean Ehehalt of Monmouth University serves as the chair of the committee, which also includes Mike Stone (Massachusetts), Brian O'Connor (Virginia), Tim Corbin (Vanderbilt), Steve Jaksa (Central Michigan), Dan Heefner (Dallas Baptist), Tommy Raffo (Arkansas State) and George Horton (Oregon). Cumberland became eligible for All-America honors after being named an all-region performer earlier in the week in a vote of coaches from around the Pacific region.

Men's Basketball

Boston Celtics Inclined to Get Jaylen Brown In Third Pick

Boston Celtics own third pick in this year's draft. A lot of names have come up as possible third pick for Boston but one name stood out that may surprise a lot of people: Jaylen Brown.

University of California Golden Bears' Jaylen Brown impressed Celtics management that he was reportedly asked for a second tryout with the team. One player who was asked for a second tryout and eventually became a player for Boston Celtics? Marcus Smart.


Mike McCoy: Keenan Allen deserves every penny he got in new deal

SAN DIEGO - A mentor for Keenan Allen since he joined the San Diego Chargers as a third-round draft pick in 2013, tight end Antonio Gates was pleased to see the Cal product rewarded with a four-year, $45 million contract extension this week.

"I'm super happy for him just because it's something we've always talked about," Gates said. "I've been on him; he's like a little brother to me. At one point he had doubts about playing in this league, and to see him get a contract and be a Charger for the next four years, it speaks volumes -- not only for him, but for others players in this locker room about what you can do when an opportunity presents itself."