- The Mekari brothers, who play on opposite ends of the trenches, look forward to a new season. Tony will be a (projected) starting senior defensive lineman while Patrick, a junior, is the new (projected) starting offensive left tackle replacing Aaron Cochran. Check out this feature of them from the San Francisco Chronicle.
- EDIT: Removed Gorcey’s and Travers’ recap of Justin Wilcox’s press conference, as Rob Hwang on our site did his own.
- On Friday, Gorcey also talked defense with Tim DeRutyer.
- Another Gorcey article! He breaks down the contracts for Steve Greatwood ($200k base this season) and Nick Edwards ($150k this season).
- What is your prospects of Cal this season? Well, whether its positive or negative how about Cal prospects for the 2021-2022 season? Think the program will rebound in time to get a high seed and potentially play in the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 in San Francisco? The Chase Center was selected to host games in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
- Cal will look to improve on a ...not so good 4-11 road record today but they will need to upset rival Stanford to do so. Daily Cal’s preview here. (There should be a Gamethread here as well later today).
- With all due respect for the Hornets, Softball heads to Sacramento tomorrow to play one of their last “patsy” non-conference games before a gauntlet of tough Pac-12 opponents (including at UCLA this weekend). There is little room for error in that game as they are 12 games over .500 and they could be underdogs in most of the remaining Pac-12 games.
- The Beach volleyball team was slumping for a while, but that didn’t matter this weekend as the Bears won all three of their matchups in Berkeley and (neutral site) Palo Alto.
- Swimming gets a high-profile recruit as Vancouver native Sarah Darcel has signed with Cal. A member of the Canadian National Team, she has gold medals in several National meets (though she fell short of making last year’s Rio squad) and will compete in Taiwan this summer at the World University Games.
- The men and women teams both swept their Pacific Northwest matchups (Men on the road, women at home) and they were rewarded for it with some Pac-12 honors. Florian Lakat of the men and Maegan Manasse of the women each received Player of the Week awards from the conference.
- Davis Webb’s stock has skyrocketed. This article from CBS contrasts Webb and Jared Goff, and also has a very quick video interview with the potential draftee.
- Seems like the Raiders have until the NFL Draft (a week from Thursday) to get a deal done with Marshawn Lynch, as they would likely just draft a new running back in the first few rounds if they haven’t signed him yet. The issue seems to be money.
- Best wishes to Marcus Semien who unfortunately will need surgery in his right wrist. He will likely miss about two months. This bring the A’s from 2 Cal players to 0, as Mark Canha had a poor showing in the first week of the season and was sent to the minor leagues.
Cal in the NBA*
- Allen Crabbe made one out of three 3-point attempts, and that was his only points of the game in a loss to the Warriors.
- Here is a feature on Jaylen Brown that was published the morning of the Celtics playoff opener on Sunday. He only scored 5 points, including a 3-pointer, in the loss to Chicago.
- Ryan Anderson only scored 4 points but his Houston Rockets blew out the OKC Thunder at home.
*No, I won’t do this every time, unless one of them really stands out in a game or folks in the comments tell me to keep doing it.