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Cal in the NFL

Present

Cameron Jordan made good on his promise to send a bottle of wine to longtime rival Cam Newton as a mocking thank-you gesture after the New Orleans Saints completed a three-game sweep of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

”Who would I be if I don’t follow through on my word?” the Saints’ first-team All-Pro defensive end wrote in an Instagram story. The post contained a picture of the Jordan-brand wine bottle and a mailing label addressed to Newton at Panthers headquarters.

Future

  • Five Cal Bears that are looking to enter the NFL will get a chance to show their worth with the biggest one being James Looney getting to play in the Shrine game. Learn more in Ryan Gorcey’s roundup.

Men’s Basketball

  • There’s a profile of Wyking Jones on The Athletic, if you have a subscription.

His team wanted to know why the electric bill was so high. The California kid had to fess up.

See, Wyking Jones was used to a sunshine state of mind. Now that he was playing basketball as a 23-year-old overseas for the first time in northern France, things were a little too chilly for him. Once he got settled into his apartment at the start of the season, Jones turned on a little electric space heater. And never turned it off.

“I kept it on from the time I moved in until the time I left,” Jones recalled. “Seven months.”

He wasn’t in Inglewood any more.

Growing up in the gang-infested Los Angeles suburb during the crack epidemic of the late 1980s, Jones’ basketball journey has since taken him to various corners of the globe. Most recently, Berkeley, where he’s in the midst of his first season as Cal’s head coach following a two-year stint as Cuonzo Martin’s top assistant.

Womens Gymnastics

Robinson is the niece of award-winning author Rachel Renee Russell, whose “Dork Diaries” books have spent a total of 206 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list in the Children’s Series category. Robinson has been contributing to the books as an editor and writer since she was in middle school, and has 18 pages published in Book 7 of the series, titled “Tales From A Not-So-Glam TV Star.”

”Her chapter is hilarious,” Russell said. “She has the chops of a very successful author. She’s very talented.”

Nikki Maxwell is the main character of the book series, a teenage girl with a dorky side and a crush on a boy named Brandon. Between pages 232-249 of Book 7, Robinson writes about the dos and don’ts of having your cell phone confiscated in class and the drama surrounding Nikki’s efforts to help Brandon get a scholarship.

Robinson has made other contributions to the book series and helps provide content to the blog on the Dork Diaries website. She started working with Russell when she was in middle school because she was in the same age bracket as Nikki.

”I could ask her what the latest hot boy band was, or what’s in and what’s out,” Russell said. “Sometimes I’d write a chapter and think it was funny, but then I’d have her read it to make sure it was funny to my target audience.”