Former Cal star Ryan Anderson, who didn’t play after Jan. 3 last season because of a neck injury, scored 22 points in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 101-84 season-opening win over the Orlando Magic.
Anderson, 26, also grabbed nine rebounds in his 22-minute stint off the bench.
Now beginning his sixth NBA season, Anderson played 22 games last season before the injury that led to surgery for a herniated cervical disk. He averaged 19.8 points a year ago.
Former Cal star Aaron Rodgers, in his 100th NFL start, engineered his 11th fourth-quarter comeback win, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with a 3 seconds left as the Green Bay Packers beat the host Miami Dolphins 27-24.
Rodgers threw for 264 yards and three TDs and has thrown 10 touchdown passes during the Packers’ three-game win streak.
Ex-Cal star Marshawn Lynch rushed 20 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened the NFL schedule with a decisive 36-16 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers.
Aaron Rodgers was sacked three times and intercepted once for the Packers. The former Cal star was 23 for 33 for 189 yards with a touchdown.
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.
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.
NFL star Marshawn Lynch of Oakland is being lampooned on the internet and TV for a photo showing his parked white Lamborghini protected by velvet ropes.
His people want to set the record straight.
The scene was staged, according to Mario Bobino, the director of “Family First — The Marshawn Lynch Story,” which concluded filming in Oakland last weekend.
“It was a prop for the movie,” Bobino said Thursday. “We did that.”
Lynch’s representatives reached out to this newspaper to “set the record straight” about the photo, which was taken from an upstairs apartment window across the street from where the car was parked Sunday.
Since then, the photo has gone viral on social media, and has been shared by websites including CBS Sports, Deadspin, Washington Post and NFL.com. Bobino said two Bay Area news stations showed it.
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Marshawn Lynch’s white Lamborghini was parked well out of sight, but that was about the only thing the Seattle Seahawks running back and former Cal star held back from two dozen young teens during a motivational speaking appearance Tuesday.
Lynch’s contract status never was a topic of discussion, nor was his decision to skip the Super Bowl champions’ visit to the White House in May.
Lynch and fellow Oakland Tech High grad Josh Johnson, a backup quarterback with the 49ers, sat under the trees on a sunny day outside Pleasanton and encouraged East Bay youngsters to ask for help and seek their own path.
Dressed in a black “Beast Mode” sweat outfit, Lynch, 28, talked comfortably about his own childhood in Oakland, where he could have permanently taken a wrong turn. He explained how he went to Piedmont to steal bicycles and shoplifted from grocery stores as a grammar-school kid.
“I was doing bad things,” he said.
Then things got serious.
“The people I was out there doing bad stuff with, they started dropping off,” Lynch said.
After attending a funeral for a neighborhood friend slain at the age of seven, Lynch told himself, “I don’t want that to be me.”
Former Cal football coach Mike White called it, “the biggest secret in the history of college athletics.”
Even White didn’t know during the fall of 1976 that Joe Roth, his All-America quarterback, was playing out his senior season while battling an aggressive strain of malignant melanoma. By February 1977, just 21 years old, Roth was dead.
Roth’s remarkable tale — the way he lived and the way he died — unfolds in “Don’t Quit: The Joe Roth Story,” a documentary film five years in the making by Cal grads Phil Schaaf and Bob Rider.
The 85-minute film, which made its debut in April at the Newport Film Festival, had its first Bay Area showing Wednesday night in front of about 300 Cal fans at Memorial Stadium.
The home crowd — including his former coach and a handful of ex-teammates — watched as Roth arrived in Berkeley from Grossmont junior college, became almost an overnight star who won friends with his low-key charm, then silently labored through his final painful months.
“In the end it has nothing to do with the sport,” Schaaf said. “Instead, it’s about humam elegance in the face of unfathomable adversity. In Joe’s case, it’s against this backdrop of athletic greatness.”
Former Cal star Justin Cobbs got off the bench and into the game for the first time Tuesday during NBA summer league play in Orlando, Florida.
Cobbs played nine minutes and contributed two points and an assist to the Memphis Grizzlies’ 80-73 win over Orlando. Cobbs, who did not play in the Grizzlies’ first two games, shot 1 for 3 and also had a steal and a turnover.
For the third straight game, Richard Solomon did not play for the Houston Rockets in their 92-71 loss to Philadelphia.
Earl Robinson, one of Cal’s greatest two-sport athletes, died Friday at the age of 77 after a long illness.
Robinson, who starred in basketball and baseball in the late 1950s, was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. He was voted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2010 and a year later received the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award, which is presented to the Cal men’s basketball alumnus who upholds the highest ideals of Coach Newell and the University of California.
Robinson was modest in his acceptance of the Newell award.
“When they talk about an achievement award, you must remember that you never do this by yourself,” Robinson said. “It’s because of so many people. It is you that I share this award with. I am humbled by this award. You, the fans, supported us – I don’t care whether Wilt Chamberlain came in here, the great Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Elgin Baylor or whoever it might be. It was your support that made us feel that we could always compete. And so I accept this award in your honor.”
A graduate of Berkeley High, Robinson was a 6-foot-1 guard on the basketball team, helping Cal to conference titles in 1956, ’57 and ’58. He was twice an All-Coast selection and three times was named to the All-Pacific Coast Conference team.