Basketball: Gutierrez plays in all-star game

Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez scored eight points, but his West squad lost 103-99 to the East in the NABC Reese’s College All-Star game at the Final Four in New Orleans.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year also had three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes.

New Mexico State’s Wendell McKines (Richmond HS) had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the West squad. Marquette’s Jae Crowder scored 25 for the East.

Meanwhile . . .

   — CBI championship: Pitt 71, Washington 65. With both teams playing sans their best player, the Panthers (22-17) beat the Cougars (19-18) in the decisive game of the best-of-three CBI championship series at Pittsburgh.

The Panthers played for the second straight game without top scorer Ashton Gibbs while WSU was without top scorer Brock Motum for the third straight game. Both are nursing ankle injuries.

Reggie Moore had 18 points and five assists for the Cougars.


Football: Cal sets April 21 spring event

Fans are invited to be part of Cal’s final spring football event of the season, scheduled for April 21 at Edwards Field, the Bears’ track and field stadium.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the football team will begin its final spring workout at 11 a.m. The event is free.

Players and coaches will mingle with fans and sign autographs afterward.

Edwards Stadium is located at the corner of Bancroft Way and Fulton Street.

Here are the details. 






Basketball: Did Stanford save the Pac-12?

The Pac-12 won’t be represented at the Final Four in New Orleans this weekend, but Stanford gave the league’s sagging rep a small boost by crushing Minnesota 75-51 in the championship game of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.

Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle each scored 15 points as the Cardinal (26-11) duplicated the NIT crown it won in 1991. Stanford outscored the Golden Gophers (23-15) 44-26 in the second half and held Minnesota to 37-percent shooting with 22 turnovers.


Basketball: Still without Motum, Cougars fall

Washington State’s CBI championship series vs. Pitt now even at 1-1 . . .

   — Pitt 57, Washington State 53: Top scorer Brock Motum sat out a second straight game with an ankle sprain, and this time the Cougars (19-17) couldn’t get over the top against the Panthers (21-17) in Game 2 of the best-of-three CBI championships series at Pittsburgh. The teams meet for the title on Friday at Pitt. Reggie Moore scored 18 points for WSU, which trailed by nine at halftime.



Basketball: Stanford, Minnesosta to NIT final

 The Cardinal did its part, but Washington was unable to complete an all-Pac-12 matchup in Thursday’s NIT title game . . .

   — Stanford 74, UMass 64: Sophomore Anthony Brown scored a season-high 18 points and senior Josh Owens had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Cardinal (25-11) advanced to the NIT final for the first time since winning the event in 1991.

   — Minnesota 68, Washington 67:  The top-seeded Huskies (24-11) rallied from a 12-point halftime hole, tying the score on a steal and a basket by C.J. Wilcox with 19 seconds left in regulation, but fell to the Gophers (23-14) in overtime. Terrence Ross scored 21 points for UW but shot just 7 for 19. The Huskies shot 37 percent as a team.


Softball: Bears move to No. 1 in ESPN poll

Fresh off a three-game sweep of rival Stanford, the Cal softball team has climbed to No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Collegiate Top-25.

The Bears outscored Stanford 21-3 in three games to improve to 29-1 for the season. They moved up one spot from No. 2 after Alabama (30-1) lost for the first time. The Crimson Tide is No. 2 this week.

Washington (32-1), which visits Cal this week, is No. 3. Stanford (25-6) fell from No. 9 to 13.


Basketball: Gutierrez to play in all-star game

Jorge Gutierrez was chosen to play in the NABC 2012 Reese’s Division I College All-Star game on Friday as Final Four weekend gets under way in New Orleans.

The game features 20 of the nation’s top seniors, as chosen by the NABC. Joining Gutierrez on the West squad are New Mexico State’s Wendell McKines (Richmond HS), Oregon’s Devoe Joseph, Long Beach State’s Casper Ware and Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre, among others.

Elsewhere . . .

   — Jerod Haase, who began his college playing career at Cal, has been name head coach at Alabama-Birmingham. Haase spent the past 13 seasons on Roy Williams’ coaching staffs at North Carolina and Kansas, where he played the final three seasons of his career after transferring from Cal. “I am elated for both Jerod and UAB,” Williams said. “This will be a great marriage. He is one of the finest young men I have ever known. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind he is going to be a great head coach.”

   — Washington State 67, Pitt 66:  The Cougars (19-16) survived the absence of injured star Brock Motum and won Game 1 of the best-of-three CBI championship series in Pullman, Wash. The series resumes Wednesday at Pitt (20-17), with a final game Friday, if necessary. Senior Abe Lodwick scored double figures for the fourth straight game with a team-high 16 points. Motum, who sprained his ankle in the CBI semifinal win over Oregon State, is questionable for Wednesday.


Softball: No. 2 Bears sweep Stanford, now 29-1

The No. 2-ranked Golden Bears (29-1) completed a three-game road sweep of No. 9 Stanford (25-6), winning 4-3 and 8-0 on the opening weekend of the Pac-12 schedule.

Valerie Arioto improved to 12-0 pitching in Game 1, supported by a home run from Breana Kostreba.

In Game 2, Arioto had an RBI double and her 14th homer of the season, Frani Echavarria hit a two-run homer, Jace Williams a solo shot, and Jolene Henderson pitched a complete-game four-hitter, pushing her record to 16-1.

Meanwhile . . .

   — Rugby: Cal beat the University of British Columbia 46-20 at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver to complete a season sweep of their “World Cup” series. Cal (14-1) beat the Thunderbirds 13-12 in Berkeley on Feb. 18.

Cal and UBC have been squaring off in rugby since 1921. The Bears have won the home-and-home series the past six seasons.


Men’s swimming: Cal defends NCAA team title

Thomas Shields finally was beaten at the NCAA men’s swimming championships, but it didn’t derail the Bears’ run to their second straight team title at Federal Way, Wash.

That’s because Shields finished second in the 200-yard butterfly to freshman teammate Will Hamilton and the 1-2 finish helped Cal outdistance Texas and Stanford for the NCAA crown.

Hamilton won in 1 minute, 40.94 seconds and Shields — who won the 100 fly and 200 back the night before — touched in 1:41.07.

Cal had a 51 1/2-point lead entering the meet’s final event, the 400 free relay, and already had locked up the team title. But the Bears finished second, with Shields swimming the anchor leg.

The Bears finished with 535.5 points, with Texas (491) and Stanford (426.5) second and third, respectively.

“What Cal did I have all the respect in the world for,” said first-year Arizona coach Eric Hansen, whose team was considered the pre-meet favorite. “They did something not many teams have ever done: They took a good team and made it phenomenal.”

Earlier, Cal scored big points in the 200 breast, where Trevor Hoyt, Martin Liivamagi and Nolan Koon placed 2-5-6.

Cal last won back-to-back NCAA men’s swim titles in 1979 and ’80.

Meanwhile . . .

   — Softball: Game 2 of the Cal-Stanford series was rained out. The teams will try to play a doubleheader on Sunday at Stanford, beginning at noon.