Basketball: Steve Kerr’s son to join Bears as walk-on

Nick Kerr, the oldest of Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s three children, will join the Cal basketball team next season as a walk-on player, according to a source.

Nick Kerr, who played as a redshirt junior last season at the University of San Diego, has been accepted into the School of Public Health graduate program at Cal.

Cal has made no announcement on Kerr’s intentions, unable to comment until Kerr enrolls in classes. Because he has graduated from USD, Kerr would be immediately eligible to play next season for the Bears.

After announcing he was leaving USD in April, Nick Kerr told the San Diego Union-Tribune he wants to be closer to his father.

“My dad’s coaching the Warriors and I’m trying to become a coach,” Kerr said at the time. “I want to learn from him. I think being around (the Warriors’) practice would be the best thing for me to figure out what he’s doing.”

The 22-year-old will be reunited at Cal with sister Maddy Kerr, who was a sophomore on the Bears’ volleyball team last fall.

Nick Kerr played in just six games last season for the Toreros, scoring nine points. He scored a career-high 12 points – on 4-for-6 shooting from the 3-point arc – against Pacific during the 2013-14 season.

A 6-foot-3 guard, Kerr was a two-time all-league player at Torrey Pines High in San Diego, averaging 15.1 points as a senior, 19.5 as a junior.


Basketball: Ex-Bear Theo Robertson hopes to complete championship education as Warriors’ video intern

Five years ago, Theo Robertson was part of Cal’s first conference basketball title in 50 years ago.

In a couple weeks, he hopes to share in the Warriors’ first NBA crown in 40 seasons.

“It’s been amazing,” said Robertson, who serves as a video intern for the Warriors. “To be at this level is a dream come true. And to have a part in what we’re doing here has been just a phenomenal experience, one that I couldn’t have imagined.

“Hopefully, we can continue this thing and really do something special here the next couple weeks.”

Robertson, 28, is a Bay Area native, so you can imagine his excitement as the NBA Finals approach. He played at De La Salle High, then averaged 14.2 points as a senior in 2010 when Cal ended a championship drought that extended back to coach Pete Newell in 1960.

He landed an administrative fellowship with the Pac-12 office after graduation, and thought he was on track to someday becoming an athletic director or conference commissioner.

Then Robertson returned to Cal to work two seasons as then-coach Mike Montgomery’s director of basketball operations, and he was hooked. He quickly knew coaching was his calling. “This is something I’m fully committed to,” he said.

His job with Golden State involves splicing together videotape of opposing teams so the coaching staff can prep for each game. It’s long hours – spent working at the Warriors’ facility and at home – but Robertson believes it’s the perfect introduction to the pro game.

“It’s really a job I wanted to do coming into the league,” he said. “I think it’s the best way to get an understanding of the NBA game and coaches’ philosophies.”

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Basketball: How may Bears had NBA’s best numbers?

The sports apparel company Mitchell & Ness, on behalf of ESPN.com, has compiled a list of the best NBA players to wear each uniform number.

For instance, Oscar Robertson was named the top player to wear No. 1 (and No. 14), Bill Russell won at No. 6 (over LeBron Jones) and Pete Maravich was tabbed for No. 7.

How many former Cal players made the list?

Exactly one.

Jason Kidd, right?

Nope. Kidd wore No. 2 (Moses Malone), No. 5 (Kevin Garnett) and No. 32 (Magic Johnson). He certainly wasn’t going to beat out Magic, but you could make an argument he was just as deserving at Garnett.

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Baseball: Bears fall to Aggies, rematch Monday

Top-seeded Texas A&M avenged a loss to Cal a day earlier, posting a 4-3 victory in 12 innings on Sunday evening to force a showdown Monday that will send one of them to the Super Regionals.

Monday’s game between the Bears (36-20) and Aggies (48-12) will be played at 4:30 p.m. PT.

Cal topped the Aggies 2-1 in 14 innings on Saturday after a walk-off home run by Mitchell Kranson.


Rugby: Cal three-peats at 7s Nationals

Cal’s rugby 7s team won its third straight Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships with a 17-12 overtime win over Kutztown in front of a record crowd of 11,023 fans at Philadelphia’s PPL Park on Sunday.

Bears co-captain Jake Anderson scored on a 55-yard sprint to the end zone to win in sudden-death overtime.

The third 7s title — the Olympic version of the sport — hikes the Bears’ total national championships in rugby to 29, including the traditional game. It is coach Jack Clark’s 25th national title.

Cal beat Kutztown 24-21 for last year’s 7s crown.

“It’s like comparing things you love,” Clark said when asked to compare the three championships. “I love all these guys, the guys that went before them and the guys that went before them.

“We work awfully hard at this and these rewards justify all that we ask of these boys, which they give so willingly for their school.”

Cal beat Michigan 31-0 in the quarterfinals in the first-ever meeting between the schools in rugby, then routed Life University 33-5 in the semifinals.


Rowing: Runnerup finishes for Cal men and women

The Cal men’s and women’s varsity eight crew teams each secured silver medals Sunday at their respective collegiate national championships for rowing.

On the men’s side, at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Mercer Lake at West Windsor, N.J., the varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four teams all placed second as the Bears grabbed medals in four of five races they entered in the Grand Finals.

“I am proud of these guys,” said Cal men’s crew coach Mike Teti. “I think they raced hard today. It is a real testament to the guys. I am sorry to see the seniors go.

“It was an awesome job by the team overall with an undefeated regular season and finishing second in the nation in the varsity eight. We have a young crew in the varsity, we are expecting these guys back and we will keep flying.”

The women, competing at the NCAA Rowing Championships at Gold River, California, finished second in varsity eight behind Ohio State.

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Track & Field: Bears sending 4 to NCAA championships

Cal has advanced four athletes to the NCAA track and field championships, set for June 10-13 at Eugene, Oregon.

Freshman Bethan Knights and junior Thomas Joyce secured bids Saturday at the West Preliminary meet at Austin, Texas.

Knights finished seventh in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 2.49 seconds, and Joyce cruised through qualifying in the 1,500 with a 10th-place finish of 3:43.23.

Earlier, Walter Jones qualified in the long jump (25-7) and Ethan Cochran made it in the discus (183-0).


Baseball: Bears outlast Aggies to reach regional final

The third-seeded Bears advanced to the finals of the Texas A&M Regional when Mitchell Kranson delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 2-1 win over the host Aggies on Saturday.

Cal (36-19) will play Sunday night against the winner of the game between top-seeded A&M (46-12) and Coastal Carolina.

The Bears would need to be beaten Sunday night and again Monday to deny them their first Super Regionals berth since 2011. Freshman left-hander Mike Ladrech (7-4, 2.72 ERA) is expected to start Sunday night’s game.

“Win or lose, that was probably going to be one of the greatest games in program history,” Cal coach David Esquer said afterward. “Thank goodness, it turned into one of the greatest wins in program history, but that was two teams really going at it. It hinged on every pitch and there were so many heroes throughout the day.”

Cal starter Ryan Mason allowed just one run on six hits over eight innings, and relievers Dylan Nelson, Chris Muse-Fisher and Erik Martinez combined to surrender only five hits in six scoreless innings.

A&M scored its lone run in first inning, then was blanked the rest of the way by the Bears’ pitchers.

Devin Pearson went 4 for 7 including a double for Cal and Kranson had three hits.