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Women’s basketball: Jemerigbe to play in Spain

Former Cal guard Afure Jemerigbe signed a professional contract with Spanish League newcomer CB Al-Qazeres.

CB Al-Qazares will play in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, the top women’s basketball league in Spain, for the first time in team history for the 2014-15 season after earning promotion from the second tier of the Spanish women’s basketball pyramid last season.

Jemerigbe led the Golden Bears to a 22-10 record last season, averaging 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds.

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Softball: Former Cal star Valerie Arioto up for big award

Former Cal softball star Valerie Arioto was named a finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year, it was announced Monday.

Arioto (2008-12) was selected in the team category for her achievements with Team USA over a one-year period that ended July 31.

Arioto, from Pleasanton, helped the U.S. squad to a silver-medal finish at the International Softball Federation’s World Championships in Haarlem, Netherland, batting .474 with five home runs, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Sportswoman of the Year award winners will be determined by a combination of public vote (50 percent) and the WSF’s Awards Committee’s vote (50 percent). The winners will be the two athletes – one individual sport finalist and one team sport finalist – who receive the highest combined share of a public vote and the Awards Committee vote.

Fans can visit  http://wspr.tc/VoteTeamSOY201 to cast their vote for the Sportswoman of the Year award through 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 8.

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Basketball: $10 mil in improvements coming to Haas

Haas Pavilion will receive $10 million in improvements, including a center-hung scoreboard, to be completed by the fall of 2015, the athletic department announced Monday.

The renovation, made possible through a gift from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, will also provide upgraded sound and lighting systems and modernized video production facilities.

Construction is expected to begin in May.

Originally opened as Harmon Gym in 1933, the arena was renamed Haas Pavilion in 1999 after a two-year renovation that boosted the capacity to 11,877. Walter A. Haas Jr. and his wife Evelyn provided the lead gift that allowed the reconstruction in the late 1990s.

“We’re extremely pleased to help Cal Athletics ensure that Haas Pavilion continues to be a well-equipped and dynamic venue for student-athletes, their coaches and passionate Bear fans,” Walter J. Haas, Chair of the Haas, Jr. Fund said. “My father was a devoted Cal alum, and he believed in the power of sports to galvanize not only a team but the entire community. This gift embodies his legacy.”

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Football: A week by week look at Cal’s schedule

BREAKING DOWN THE 2014 CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

– Saturday at Northwestern, 12:30 p.m.
The Bears will try to snap a 16-game losing streak to FBS opponents when they visit Big Ten country.

– Sept. 6 vs. Sacramento State, noon
The Bears routed the Hornets 41-3 in 2005 in their only previous clash with the FCS opponent.

– Sept. 20 at Arizona, tba
Cal’s 33-28 home loss to the Wildcats last season was the closest it came to victory in Pac-12 play.

– Sept. 27 vs. Colorado, tba
The Buffaloes prevailed 41-24 at Boulder last year in the first measure of two programs with new head coaches.

– Oct. 4 at Washington State, tba
The Bears’ most recent Pac-12 victory came nearly two years ago at WSU, but Cougars won 44-22 in Berkeley last season.

– Oct. 11 vs. Washington, tba
Cal gets its first look at Huskies under coach Chris Petersen, architect of powerhouse Boise State program.

– Oct. 18 vs. UCLA, tba
Quarterback Brett Hundley provides first of two meetings in a seven-day span vs. Heisman Trophy candidates.

– Oct. 24 vs. Oregon at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
QB Marcus Mariota is sure to make Cal’s first visit to 49ers’ new stadium a challenging assignment.

– Nov. 1 at Oregon State, tba
Cal is just 3-12 vs. Beavers since ’99 and has allowed 111 points in the past two matchups.

– Nov. 13 at USC, 6 p.m.
Bears get 12 days to prep for Thursday night bid to end 10-game losing streak to Trojans.

– Nov. 22 vs. Stanford, tba
Major goal for Sonny Dykes is to make Big Game competitive: Stanford 163-58 in past four meetings.

– Nov. 29 vs. BYU, tba
Independent Cougars get breather vs. Savannah State the week before visiting Berkeley.

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Football: Barr to join Cal radio team for Sac State

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Dave Barr visits with Cal QB Jared Goff.

Cal alum Dave Barr, who passed for 6,305 yards and 48 touchdowns from 1992 through ’94, will join KGO’s radio team for coverage of the Bears’ home opener against Sacramento State on Sept. 6.

Barr, who lives in Sacramento, will pinch-hit for regular analyst Mike Pawlawski, who is helping with the Pac-12 Networks’ television coverage of the same game.

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Basketball: Top recruiting target Rabb wins gold

Ivan Rabb — Cal’s top basketball recruiting target — is bringing home a gold medal from the FIBA U17 World Championshjips in Dubai, Arab Emirates.

Rabb. a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High scored nine points in 13 minutes on Saturday as Team USA toppled Australia 99-92 in the championship game. He shot 4 for 4 from the field.

His playing time limited because is coming off a recent injury, Rabb averaged 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 10 minutes per game during his six games. The 6-foot-10 forward shot 75 percent (12 for 16) from the field.

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Football: Bears schedule North Carolina, TCU

Cal has scheduled home-and-home nonconference football series against North Carolina and Texas Christian, two opponents the Bears have never faced, the school announced Wednesday.

Cal will face North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Sept. 2, 2017, then host the Tar Heels on Sept. 1, 2018.

The series vs. TCU begins with a game at Berkeley on Sept. 5, 2020, before Cal treks to Fort Worth, Texas, for a rematch on Sept. 11, 2021.

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Football: Defensive end commits to Cal

Cal got an oral commitment from Westlake Village-Oaks Christian High defensive end Trevor Howard, who made the announcement via twitter on Sunday.

“I have just committed to the University of California Berkeley! Thank you for believing in me!” he said in his twitter post.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is rated as a three-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Howard is the 10th player from the class of 2015 to commit to Cal.

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Basketball: Bears to play Syracuse at 2K Classic

Cal will play Syracuse for the third straight season when the two square off in the opening round of the 2K Classic Benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project, Nov. 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Tipoff is 6 p.m. PST and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Pairings, announced Wednesday, have Texas facing Iowa in the other semifinal.

The championship game will be played Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. PST, preceded at 2 p.m. by the consolation game.

Cal is 0-3 all-time vs. the Orange, including a 92-81 loss last season at the Maui Invitational and a 66-60 setback in the 2013 NCAA tournament at San Jose.

The teams’ first meeting was in 2010 at the 2K Classic in New York, where Syracuse scored a decisive 95-73 win over a Cal squad that went on to win the Pac-10 title.