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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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Football: Ex-Cal star Tarik Glenn pays a visit

The Bears had a surprise post-practice visitor Friday with a message coach Sonny Dykes embraced.

Cal grad, former Indianapolis Colts all-pro offensive tackle and Super Bowl champion Tarik Glenn spoke to the team for about 10 minutes, reminding the players how appreciative they should be for the opportunity they enjoy.

“He’s a guy that everybody in the Cal community is proud of. He’s done things the right way, a great role model for our players,” Dykes said later. “Anytime you have an opportunity to bring someone in who’s had the success he’s had … he’s got his degree from here, has been very successful off the field, cares about the community and wants to see us do well.”

Glenn, 37, attended Bishop O’Dowd HS in Oakland, starred for the Bears and was a first-round draft pick of the Colts in 1997. He then returned to Cal to complete his degree in social welfare in 1999.

Dykes said Glenn’s message was no different than what he’s been trying to get across to his players.

“He talked about what a special place Cal is and how lucky we all were to be here and what the value of getting an education from this place means and the impact it can have on everybody’s life,” Dykes said. “Like we tell our players all the time, it’s not a four-year decision, it’s a 40-year decision. He really emphasized that.

“And he talked about the culture of our program, which is something we’re working so hard to get right. That’s really going to determine really how successful we are. How do the players interact with each other? How do they do off the field? How hard do they work on the field and in the classroom? He emphasized all those things.

“It was great to hear him. He talked about the same things at Indianapolis that made them successful. It was a good message.”