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Football: Ex-Cal star Marshawn Lynch looking proud to be `an Oakland school kid’

Check out Marshawn Lynch in this new video promoting classroom attendance by Oakland school kids.

This is the kind of thing every big-time pro athlete ought to be doing to help others, especially kids.

Nice job, Marshawn!

Click here for the video:  http://youtu.be/gcH6kBNH2FQ

 

Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
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Football: Coach says Keenan Allen has `a long way to go’ as rookie wideout with Chargers

It hasn’t been smooth sailing so far for ex-Cal star Keenan Allen, a rookie WR with the San Diego Chargers.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy recently told the team website Allen has “a long ways to go.”

“He’s got a lot to learn,” said McCoy. “He’s got a long ways to go and he’ll be the first one to tell you that.”
 
McCoy did praise Allen’s work ethic and says he’s “competing.”
 
There may be an opening for Allen after projecting starting wideout Danario Alexander tore his ACL in practice Tuesday.
 

Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
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Swimming: Coughlin, Franklin win at worlds

Natalie Coughlin and Missy Franklin — Cal swim stars past and soon to be — helped the U.S. win a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the World Championships in Barcelona.

Franklin, the Bears’ highly decorated incoming freshman, swam the lead leg and Coughlin, winner of 12 Olympic medals, went next as the team set an American record of 3 minutes, 32.31 seconds to edge runnerup Australia.

Also, Cal alum Lauren Boyle won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 400 freestyle.

 

Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2013
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Basketball: Tough summer start for Crabbe

I’m back from some vacation and thought I’d update you on former Cal star Allen Crabbe, who didn’t exactly set the Las Vegas Summer League on fire for his new NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers.

The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year and Blazers rookie averaged 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds as Portland finished the week with a 1-5 record. Crabbe shot 30 percent (12 for 40) from the field, just 23.5 percent (4 for 17) from 3-point range. He averaged about 26 minutes per game.

“Just got some experience, that’s it. Don’t really feel like I played that great overall, but I know everything is not going to come right away,” Crabbe told the Trail Blazers web site. “I’ve just got to get the experience and just find my spots. It’s a process for me. I understand that certain things do come faster for others. The only thing I can focus on is working on the things I need to work on so I can improve and do whatever I can do to help contribute.”

Crabbe’s most productive game was Saturday’s summer-league finale, when he had nine points and seven rebounds in a 72-66 loss to Minnesota. But he shot just 4 for 13, making one of seven from beyond the arc.

“Allen didn’t get a lot of shots early. He’s a guy that needs the help of others to get him looks. We didn’t have a lot of (plays) in,” said Nate Tibbetts, who coached the Blazers’ summer team.

“Coach (Terry) Stotts’ offensive system, there’s a lot of moving pieces and he’ll get open looks as the year goes on and he’ll get open looks as the year goes on and he finds his way.”

Posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2013
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Basketball: Kidd gets T’d up in coaching debut

Jason Kidd is a real coach now.

He was whistled for a technical foul in his Orlando summer league debut.

“It happens,” Kidd said after he Brooklyn Nets’ 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons. “I learned quickly where the coaching box is. I’ve seen some coaches on the other end of the floor, so I can’t follow their lead.”

Kidd, who has no previous coaching experience, relied on his staff of assistants in his first game. His former head coach, Lawrence Frank, now an assistant, drew up plays during timeouts.

“This is training ground for every one — officials, coaches, players,” said Kidd, 40. “We’re all trying to get better.”

Here’s more from Sunday’s game.

Posted on Sunday, July 7th, 2013
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Track: Montano runs season-best in Paris

Ex-Cal star and 2012 Olympian Alysia Montano ran a season-best time of 1 minute, 57.75 seconds to finish third at an IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday.

Her time is the fastest by an American this season, moves her to No. 3 on the 2013 world list and marks the fourth straight season Montano has run a sub-1:58 time.

World leader Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won in a time of 1:57.26.

Posted on Saturday, July 6th, 2013
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BearTalk goes TMZ for a day: Nnamdi Asomugha weds Hollywood star Kerry Washington

Former Cal star Nnamdi Asomugha, now with the Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers, is in the headlines following his marriage to movie star Kerry Washington.

The 31-year-old three-time Pro Bowl cornerback and the 36-year-old co-star of Django Unchained were wed on June 24 in Blaine County, Idaho, according to E! News.

Figured that deep down you really wanted to know this.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Track: Ex-Cal star Torrence runs swift 1,500m

Former Cal track star David Torrence ran the fastest 1,500-meter time by an American this year at a meet in Tomblaine, France.

Torrence clocked 3 minutes, 34.19 seconds to finish third in the race at the Stanislas de Nancy meet. The time converts to 3:51.3 for the mile — the same time Jim Ryun ran at Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium in 1966 to set the world record.

Torrence, 27, now sits alone at No. 20 on the all-time U.S. list for the 1,500.

In 2007, he broke Cal’s 50-year-old school record in the mile, running 3:58.62 to eclipse the mark of 3:58.7 set by Don Bowden in 1957 — a time that made him the first American to break the 4-minute barrier.

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Basketball: Crabbe seems a likely 1st-rounder

Former Cal star Allen Crabbe apparently will get what he sought from Thursday night’s NBA draft.

“He’ll be a first-rounder,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.

What happens beyond that,nobody knows, including Crabbe.

“It’s been my dream my entire life to play in the NBA. I’m just worried about getting myself there,” said Crabbe, who will attend the draft at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. “It’s not like college — you can’t choose a team you want to go to.”

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Allen Crabbe could become the first Cal player in five years selected in the first round of the NBA draft:

  • 1960: Darrall Imhoff, 3rd to New York
  • 1971: Phil Chenier, supplemental pick to Baltimore 
  • 1982: Mark McNamara, 22nd to Philadelphia 
  • 1987: Kevin Johnson, 7th to Cleveland 
  • 1994: Jason Kidd, 2nd to Dallas 
  • 1994: Lamond Murray, 7th to L.A. Clippers
  • 1996: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 3rd to Vancouver 
  • 1997: Ed Gray, 22nd to Atlanta
  • 2008: Ryan Anderson, 21st to New Jersey

 

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Track: Montano wins 4th straight USA crown

Former Cal star Alysia Montano became the first woman to win four straight 800-meter titles at the USA national track and field championships on Sunday at Des Moines, Iowa.

Fifth at the London Olympics last summer, Montano wants more at the IAAF World Championships at Moscow in August.

“I’ve been hoping for No. 1 for a really long time,” she said. “It’s about being patient. It will come. You’ve gotta remember it’s about the climb.”

Montano blasted to a huge lead by running 56.8 seconds for the first lap and held off a late push from Brenda Martinez to win in a season-best time of 1:58.67.

“I can’t see what’s happening behind me, I don’t have eyes in the back of my head, but I knew it was going to be a race and I was excited for it,” Montano said after winning her fifth national title.

Cal’s Ray Stewart bowed out in the semifinal round of the 110 hurdles, finishing seventh in his heat in a wind-aided time of 13.56.

Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
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