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Football: Spring game set for Saturday

Spring ball ends Saturday with the Cal Spring Football Experience, a two-hour event highlighted by the annual spring game at Memorial Stadium. The event begins at 11 a.m. and the stadium opens at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The spring game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks and can be seen streaming through www.Pac-12.com

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Women’s basketball: Brittany Boyd goes No. 9 to New York Liberty in WNBA draft; Reshanda Gray goes No. 16

Cal guard Brittany Boyd was chosen No. by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft while teammate Reshanda Gray, regarded beforehand as a potential lottery pick, slipped to the second round. She was taken No. 16 by the Minnesota Lynx.

Boyd, a Berkeley High grad, is the second Cal player in three years to be selected in the first round of the WNBA draft.

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Basketball: With Ivan Rabb in the fold, Cuonzo Martin expects Bears to compete for Pac-12 title

With top-10 prospect Ivan Rabb now on board, Cal basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said fans should have high expectations for the Golden Bears in the Pac-12 next season.

“I think we’ll fight for the top spot,” said Martin, whose team finished in a tie for eighth in the Pac-12 this season and did not participate in the postseason.

Pac-12 champ Arizona has landed a superb recruiting class, but is expected to lose four starters, and Utah, Oregon, UCLA and Stanford also must rebuild.

Cal, with potentially four starters back, should be positioned to make a move.

“It’s exciting times,” Martin said.

Martin, beginning his second season in Berkeley, said Rabb, a 6-foot-10 forward from Bishop O’Dowd, won’t be expected to shoulder the entire load.

“The biggest key is having great guys around him,” Martin said. “He’s coming in as a highly touted player, a very talented young man. He has a lot of skills – a guy who plays inside, outside, handles the ball, plays well on the defensive side.

“He’ll be able to come in and play the way he knows how to play. He won’t be pressing, because he has experienced guards around him.”

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Basketball: Bears get signed letter from Ivan Rabb

Five-star prospect Ivan Rabb’s signed letter-of-intent arrived at the Cal basketball office Wednesday evening — all the way from New York, where the Bishop O’Dowd forward is preparing to play in the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game on Friday.

“From day one, Ivan Rabb was a priority for our program,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement. “He is important to us not only for our basketball team, but for our program for years to come. When you have a guy of this magnitude and caliber of talent in your backyard, you want to do everything in your power to make it work for him.

“He made it a priority to give us every opportunity to show him what we are about. It is very important to keep your local guys home. We built a great relationship with Ivan and landed one of the best in the country.”

The Bears also announced the official signing of shooting guard Tyson Jolly of Oklahoma City.

“The thing we saw in Tyson Jolly, he is a great young man who we love to be around,” Martin said. “He has great passion and wants to be a part of what we are trying to do.

“Tyson’s athleticism and level of toughness is exactly what we want. He has a will to win basketball games, whether it is blocking a shot, getting a big rebound, scoring a big basket or making a big free throw. He does all those things to help his team win and does it with a tremendous level of passion.”

The Bears also have landed small forward Davon Dillard of Gary, Indiana. Cal made no official announcement about Dillard on Wednesday, but he reported via his Twitter account that he has signed.

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Basketball: Who will be the last piece in Bears’ puzzle?

We don’t know how much influence Ivan Rabb actually can have on uncommitted five-star recruit Jaylen Brown of Georgia. Rabb said at his news conference Monday he planned to call Brown afterward, but he still hadn’t had the chance by 9 p.m.

Either way, Brown still has eight schools on his list and it’s anyone’s guess whether he actually winds up at Cal. Seems like — and always has seemed like — a longshot.

Coach Cuonzo Martin, who will sign three players on Wednesday, still will have one available scholarship. Certainly make sense that on a guard-heavy team, that spot will go to a forward, someone who can complement Rabb up front while centers Kameron Rooks and Kingsley Okoroh continue to develop.

Here are some transfers – including a few names that have been out there for weeks – that may be considering Cal, courtesy of ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman:

*  Shonn Miller, Cornell: Immediately eligible as a graduate transfer, Miller averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds this season. At 6-7, 210 pounds, sounds like a somewhat more productive version of Dwight Tarwater, the Big Red transfer who played at Cal this season.

* Ricky Tarrant, Alabama: Began his career at Tulane, then transferred to Alabama before leaving after coach when coach Anthony Grant was fired after this season. Averaged 13.1 points for the Tide, and is immediately eligible. But do the Bears need another shooting guard?

* Mark Tollefsen, USF: The Danville native, a 6-9, 199-pound combo forward, is more scorer than rebounder/defender. He averaged 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds this season and will be eligible to play immediately as a grad transfer.

* Anthony Collins, South Florida: Given a medical waiver (following a 20-13-14 knee injury) and immediate eligibility at a new school, the 6-1 senior point guard could be valuable if Tyrone Wallace opts to enter the NBA draft.  Collins averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists this past season and has 569 career assists.

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Basketball: What can Bears expect from Rabb?

How good will consensus top-10 recruit Ivan Rabb be for Cal?

Here’s a look back at the Bears’ top-50 prospects from the past quarter century (the source of their national rating in parenthesis) and how they performed in Berkeley:

No. 1: Jason Kidd, 1992 (Naismith Award)
Led Cal to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament as a freshman, was consensus All-America point guard as a sophomore and is two years removed from what will be a Hall of Fame career in the NBA.

No. 4: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 1995 (Blue Chip Illustrated)
Was spectacular in is lone collegiate season, averaging 21.1 points and becoming first freshman to win Pac-10 Player of the Year. Went on to productive NBA career.

No. 6: Leon Powe, 2003 (Prep Stars)
Plagued by knee problems, Powe nonetheless twice was an all-Pac-10 pick before entering the NBA, where he won a title with the Boston Celtics.

No. 11: Jelani Gardner, 1994 (Sporting News)
Played two uneven seasons for the Bears before his father admitted that he was paid $30,000 by coach Todd Bozeman. Gardner then transferred to Pepperdine amid the scandal.

No. 13: Jabari Bird, 2013 (Scout)
Slowed by injuries each of his first two seasons at Cal, Bird has shown flashes of his potential but has yet to blossom as a college star.

No. 21 Jamal Sampson, 2001 (CBS Sports)
Averaged 6.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in his only season at Cal, then jumped to NBA, where he totaled 142 points with five teams in five seasons.

No. 25 Brian Wethers, 1999 (Recruiting USA)
Improved each season at Cal, averaging 15.1 points as a senior on a team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

No. 26: Tony Gonzalez, 1994 (Sporting News)
Future star NFL tight end enjoyed his finest basketball moment in the 1997 NCAA tournament, scoring 23 points in a win over Villanova.

No. 27: Al Grigsby, 1991 (Bob Gibbons)
Constantly sidelined by injuries, the power forward still managed to play a starting role on two different Cal teams that reached the Sweet 16.

No. 32: Tremaine Fowlkes, 1994 (Sporting News)
Scored a career-high 26 points as a sophomore in an NCAA tournament loss to Iowa State, then transferred to Fresno State.

No. 42: Lamond Murray, 1991
Averaged 24.3 points as a junior before departing for the NBA as the program’s career scoring leader.

No. 44: Patrick Christopher, 2006 (Rivals)
Cal’s No. 3 career scorer averaged 15.6 points as a senior on the Bears’ first conference championship team in 50 years.

No. 46: Marquise Kately, 2003 (Rivals)
Teased more than he delivered, averaging 9.9 points over two seasons before transferring to Morgan State.

Note: Lamond Murray’s ranking from non-specific source, per Cal media guide.

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Football: Rubenzer gets some scrimmage reps at QB

After Luke Rubenzer saw his first action at quarterback this spring, coach Sonny Dykes said Monday there has been no final decision on whether the sophomore will play offense or defense next fall.

Rubenzer was Jared Goff’s backup at QB as a true freshman last season, used as a change-of-pace running threat. Because of manpower issues at safety this spring, he has worked exclusively on defense.

But during a 60-play scrimmage in the Bears’ 13th of 15 spring practices, Rubenzer was back under center.

“I thought he did OK. We had some designed runs. Tough to say because he’s in a red jersey,” Dykes said. “I thought he did fine, thought he threw the ball well, looked comfortable.”

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