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Football: Keenan Allen breaking out

Suddenly, Keenan Allen is a favorite target of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

The rookie from Cal caught nine passes for 107 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown catch, as the Chargers beat the Indiananapolis Colts 19-9 on MNF.

Over the past three weeks, Allen has caught 20 passes for 302 yards and two TDs.

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Basketball: Gutierrez, Mexico win FIBA title

Jorge Gutierrez, the 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year as a senior at Cal, helped Mexico to a 91-89 win over Puerto Rico in the championship game of the FIBA Americas Championships in Caracas, Venezuela.

Gutierrez, 24, had 11 points and four assists in the championship game, and averaged 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the 10-game tournament.

He contributed eight points, six rebounds and three assists to Mexico’s 76-70 semifinal win over Argentina. Earlier, he scored 16 points in a win over the Dominican Republic and 17 in a victory vs. host country Venezuela.

Mexico qualifies to participate in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

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Football: Bridgford finds a home at SoMiss

Allan Bridgford, who left Cal last spring after being told he wouldn’t factor into the quarterback battle, is starting for Southern Miss.

Bridgford has thrown for 599 yards through two games, with two touchdown passes and five interceptions.

He had 377 yards a week ago against Texas State, then 222 Saturday at Nebraska. The Golden Eagles, however, lost both games.

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Football: Joe Kapp tells USA Today he is flattered by mention after Peyton Manning ties TD mark

Former Cal great Joe Kapp was the most recent quarterback to throw seven touchdowns in an NFL game before Peyton Manning did it Thursday night.

“Peyton’s an honorable man and it’s very much an honor to be mentioned by a quarterback right there with the best ever,” Kapp told USA Today. “Peyton comes from the premier football family in America.

“Archie was a pretty damned good quarterback. And he has two great sons playing the position.”

Kapp threw seven TD passes against the Baltimore Colts in 1969, the year he led the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl.

“When I threw seven touchdowns against the Baltimore Colts, if you look at the film, I looked almost as good as Johnny Unitas,” said Kapp, 75, who helped Cal to its most recent Rose Bowl appearance after the 1958 season.

“In fact, after that game, I asked Johnny for his autograph.”

Here’s the USA Today’s complete story.

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Football: Bartkowski enjoys Hall induction

Former Cal quarterback Steve Bartkowski was inducted Wednesday night into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, where he starred with the NFL’s Falcons.

“None of us played the game of college football thinking that we would be in the College Football Hall of Fame,” Bartkowski said. “It’s the icing on the cake. None of us could have done it on our own, so to our teammates, we say thanks… It’s an incredible honor and we are humbled by it.”

One of the great pure passers in Cal history, Bartkowski led the nation with 2,580 yards as a senior in 1974, when he was team MVP and a consensus All-America selection.

In 1975, he was the first and only Cal player selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft, taken by the Falcons.

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Track and field: Montano fades to 4th

Former Cal star Alysia Montano led the 800-meter final at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships from the start Sunday, but couldn’t finish the job, fading to fourth place to miss a spot on the podium at Moscow by a scant .04 seconds.

Instead, teammate Brenda Martinez secured third place, becoming the first American woman to win a medal in the event since the world championships began in 1983.

“I just wanted to do what I do in practices. I have had phenomenal practices,” Montano said. “That last 50 meters, I wanted to show everyone what we’ve been doing in practice but I just didn’t have it.  I’m disappointed.”

Montano, fifth last summer at the London Olympics, took the lead from the outset and crossed the 400-meter mark in front at 56.06 seconds,

But Kenya’s Eunice Jepkoech Sum dashed to victory in a personal-best time of 1 minute, 57.38 seconds, followed by Russian Mariya Savinova, the defending Olympic champ, in 1:57.80.

Montano ran 1:57.95, finishing behind Martinez, whose time of 1:57.91 was a personal best.

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Track and Field: Montano into 800m final

Former Cal star Alysia Montano was the fastest qualifier into the finals of the 800 meters on Friday.

Montano made it easily into Sunday’s final by winning her heat in 1:58.92. She was in front by the 400-meter mark, crossing in 56.33.

U.S. teammate Brenda Martinez was second in the same heat at 1:59.03 and American Ajee Wilson qualified third from the other semifinal at 2:00.90. Defending Olympic champion Mariya Savinova of Russia also qualified for the final.

No American woman has won a medal in the 800 meters at the World Championships, which began in 1983.

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Track and field: Montano wins heat at Worlds

Former Cal star Alysia Montano won her first-round heat of the 800 meters on Thursday morning at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

Montano, who was fifth in the event at the 2012 London Olympics, ran 1 minute, 59.47 seconds to qualify for Friday’s semifinals. She led from the start, clocking 57.02 for the opening 400.

“I’ve got to recover and get to the next round. This is not the part. The part is three days from now in the final. I feel good,” Montano said.

Montano is attempting to become the first U.S. woman to earn a medal in the 800 at the World Championships, which began in 1983. The 800 final is Sunday.

American Brenda Martinez also won her heat in 1:59.39 to advance. Defending Olympic champion Mariya Savinova qualified third out of that heat in 1:59.44.

All three U.S. runners advanced, with Ajee Wilson grabbing the third qualifying spot in her heat at 2:00.00.

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Another former Cal athlete, high jumper Inika McPherson, failed to advance to the final after scaling 6-foot-2 in the prelims.

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Basketball: A sad day for Ryan Anderson

Gia Allemand, a model and former contestant on “The Bachelor” and the girlfriend of ex-Cal star Ryan Anderson, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide.

Anderson, who plays for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, found Allemand in her New Orleans Monday night and called 911, according to media reports. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and placed on life support.

The family released a statement on Wednesday after Allemand, 29, was taken off life support.

“Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn (Wednesday),” the family’s statement read. “Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend and other life-long friends by her side.”

Cal assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb tweeted: “Prayers go out to @ryananderson33. We are thinking of you”

A sad day for one of Cal’s finest and nicest former players.

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Track and Field: Montano aims high at Worlds

Former Cal star Alysia Johnson Montano begins her quest Thursday to become the first American woman to medal in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Championships.

Montano, who was fourth in this event two years ago by a scant .06 seconds, is projected by the experts at Track and Field News to finish in that same slot at Moscow.

But her coach, Cal’s Tony Sandoval, believes she can exceed those expectations.

“I really expect her to run very well. I expect a PR from her,” he said. “Hopefully, she’s on the podium.”

Montano, 27, has a personal best of 1 minute, 57.34 seconds. She has broken 1:58 the past four years and has won five USA national titles.

At London last summer, she was fifth in the Olympic final.

But not since Kim Gallagher, with a silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, has an American woman won a medal at 800 meters in either of the two major international championships.

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