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Softball: Jolene Henderson honored by Pac-12

For the fifth time this season and the 10th time in her career, Cal junior Jolene Henderson was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after picking up two victories and a save in the top-ranked Bears’ sweep of UCLA.

Henderson is 26-1 with a 1.12 earned run average.

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012
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Football: AFC West teams sign 3 Cal free agents

Safety Sean Cattouse signed a free-agent contract with the San Diego Chargers and guard Justin Cheadle inked with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, one day after tight end Anthony Miller signed with the Denver Broncos.

AFC West teams, it seems, are in love with undrafted Bears.

Including the six Cal players taken in last weekend’s draft, that’s nine Bears headed to NFL training camps.

 

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012
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Track and field: Maier excels at Payton Jordan

Cal junior Deborah Maier had a night to remember on Sunday at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational.

Maier ran the 10,000 meters in 32 minutes, 12.47 seconds to shatter a 27-year-old school record and claim the second-fastest American collegiate time in history, third fastest by any collegiate woman.

She finished 12th in a race that featured veteran international runners and produced six Olympic “A” qualifying marks. Only two collegiate runners have clocked better times — former Iowa State runner Lisa Koll and Kenyan Sally Kipyego, formerly of Texas Tech. 

Meanwhile, one-time Cal star and 1,500-meter specialist David Torrence ran a lifetime best of 13:16.53 and earned an Olympic “A” qualifying mark while finishing seventh in the 5,000 meters.

The meet generated five 2012 world-leading times and a total of 28 Olympic “A” qualifiers, including 25 in the men’s and women’s 5,000 and 10,000 races.

 

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012
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Softball: No. 1 Bears complete sweep of Bruins

Jolene Henderson overcame allowing two home runs to improve to 26-1 as top-ranked Cal (45-3, 16-2 Pac-12) finished off a three-game weekend sweep of UCLA (33-15, 9-9) with a 10-3 win at Levine-Fricke Field.

Cal trailed 2-0 after the top of the first, then scored eight runs over the next three innings to take charge. Jace Williams drove in three runs and Cheyenne Cordes a pair for the Bears.

– BASEBALL: The Bears (23-18, 7-11 Pac-12) were swept on the road after No. 9 Oregon (30-13, 14-7) posted a 7-1 victory. Chadd Krist doubled for the Bears, tying the Bears’ career record of 61.

Posted on Sunday, April 29th, 2012
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Football: Anthony Miller signs with Broncos

Former Cal tight end Anthony Miller, not chosen during the just completed NFL draft, signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

Miller totaled 64 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdown catches during his career with the Golden Bears.

 

 

Posted on Sunday, April 29th, 2012
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Softball: No. 1 Bears blank Bruins again

The top-ranked Cal softball team (44-3, 15-2 Pac-12) scored its second straight shutout of No. 14/15 UCLA (33-14, 9-8), winning 8-0 in six innings at Levine-Fricke Field. The shutout was the 23rd of the season for the Bears’ pitching staff.

Senior Valerie Arioto pitched four innings to improve to 19-2 while Jolene Henderson picked up the save.

The Bears hit four doubles and took advantage of three UCLA errors.

– BASEBALL: The Bears (23-17, 7-10) lost 3-2 at No. 9 Oregon (29-13, 13-7), their second straight defeat after winning six of seven. Mitch Delfino was 4 for 5 and drove in both runs for Cal.

 

 

Posted on Sunday, April 29th, 2012
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Football: Campbell, Guyton go in 7th round

Safety D.J. Campbell and defensive end Trevor Guyton of Cal were selected within minutes of each other in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

Campbell (6-foot, 205) went to the Carolina Panthers with the 216th overall pick.

Guyton (6-3, 295), who may play defensive tackle in the pros, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings at No. 219.

That gives Cal six drafted players, equaling the 2008 haul as the Bears’ most prolific draft of the 21st century.

Cal also had six players drafted in 1977. The Bears’ record is 10 in 1952, but that’s a little misleading. Lineman Les Richter went No. 2 overall in ’52, but only three of the 10 picks were in the first seven rounds, and three were taken in the 29th (!) round.

Posted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012
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Football: Marvin Lewis (Jones) meet Marvin Lewis

When Marvin Jones finally was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the NFL draft, the former Cal wide receiver couldn’t help but feel like it was destiny.

After a 3 1/2-hour wait, Marvin Lewis Jones received a phone call from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.

“What cooler name is there than Marvin Lewis?” Jones told me. “I was like, `I love your name.’ Something is up there. It probably was destined.”

Jones’ stock seemed to rise during pre-draft events, including the Senior Bowl all-star game, where he caught a touchdown pass, and the scouting combine, where he ran the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds.

But he watched 22 wide receivers picked ahead of him in the draft before his namesake phoned.

“Oh man, it was definitely crazy . . . stressful,” Jones said. “I went up and down with emotions. Initially, I was high on a lot of people’s boards. That didn’t work out for whatever reason. Regardless of what theories I have, it doesn’t matter.

“I ended up in a great spot. I’m blessed for the opportunity. I just want to start my new life as a Cincinnati Bengal.”

Jones, the first receiver from Cal to be drafted since the Eagles took DeSean Jackson in the second round in 2008, said he’s excited to be part of a young offense that last year featured rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and wideout A.J. Green.

“The young talent says something about the direction they’re going,” Jones said. “They run a West Coast offense. Obviously, playing at Cal for four years that’s what what I’m used to. I can come in and run every route and vie for a position.”

Jones caught 62 passes for 846 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2011, giving him career totals of 156 receptions for 2,270 yards with 14 TDs.

Posted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012
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Football: The long wait is over for Marvin Jones

After a 3 1/2-hour wait Saturday, Cal wide receiver Marvin Jones was selected in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 166th overll pick.

Jones’ stock seemed to rise during pre-draft events, including the Senior Bowl all-star game, where he caught a touchdown pass, and the scouting combine, where he ran the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds.

Then he watched 22 wide receivers picked in the draft before he was chosen. Still, Jones became the first receiver from Cal to be drafted since the Eagles took DeSean Jackson in the second round in 2008.

Jones caught 62 passes for 846 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2011, giving him career totals of 156 receptions for 2,270 yards with 14 TDs.

REID PRAISES KENDRICKS: Eagles coach Andy Reid just appeared on ESPN, where he had good words for second-round pick Mychal Kendricks.

“We have had so much success here with Cal players — intelligent, attitude, great athletic ability. We welcome Mychal here.”

Posted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012
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Softball: Henderson, Bears shut out Bruins

Top-ranked Cal (43-3, 14-2 Pac-12) got a 3-hit pitching performance from Jolene Henderson (25-1) and maximized the three hits it managed for a 3-0 win over No. 14/15 UCLA (33-13, 9-7).

The Bears posted their 22nd shutout win of the season.

Ashley Decker had a two-run single in the third inning and Cheyenne Cordes drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

– BASEBALL: The Bears (23-16, 7-9 Pac-12) lost 4-1 at No. 9 Oregon (28-13, 12-7), snapping a four-game win streak. Chadd Krist slugged his 60th career double, just one shy of Cal’s school record, set by Jon Zuber (1989-92).

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012
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