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Football: Big NFL day for ex-Bears

Pretty good Sunday for former Cal football stars:

— Keenan Allen: The San Diego wideout caught three passes for 59 yards, including touchdowns of 43 and 4 yards, in a 37-14 rout of the New York Giants. Allen, after a slow start, has 61 receptions for 902 yards and five TDs.

– Tony Gonzalez: The Falcons tight end caught his 109th career touchdown in a 22-21 loss at Green Bay. Gonzalez caught three passes for 25 yards, including a 2-yard TD. He is 54 receiving yards shy of 15,000 for his career.

– DeSean Jackson: Among his four catches for 59 yards, Jackson caught a 19-yard TD in the Eagles’ 34-20 win over Detroit in a snowstorm.

– Marvin Jones: The Bengals’ wideout caught three passes for 60 yards, including  a 29-yard TD, in a 42-28 win over the Colts.

– Marshawn Lynch: The Oakland-raised running back topped the 1,000-yard barrier for the third straight season and the fifth time in his career in the Seahawks’ 19-17 loss to the 49ers. Lynch rushed 20 times for 72 yards, including an 11-yard TD run, and has 1,032 yards and 10 TDs for the season.

– Jeremy Ross: Oops . . . didn’t mean to ignore Ross, who merely returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 98 yards for another TD in the Lions’ loss at Philly. In 18 degrees, he returns six punts/kickoffs for 244 yards –more than Detroit’s total offense on the snowy day.

– Shane Vereen: No touchdowns, but the former Cal running back caught 12 passes for 153 yards in the Patriots’ remarkable come-from-behind 27-26 win over Cleveland.

 

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Football: Marvin is marvelous for Bengals

Former Cal wide receiver Marvin Jones had the game of his life Sunday, catching a team-record four touchdown passes in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 49-9 win over the New York Jets.

Jones, who played at Cal from 2008-11, caught eight passes for 122 yards Sunday. His touchdowns came on plays of 9, 6, 17 and 6 yards.

He is the first NFL player to catch four touchdowns in a game since Randy Moss and Terrell Owens each did it in 2007.

Jones had totaled four TD receptions in 18 previous games over his two NFL seasons.

A fifth-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2012, Jones is on the rosters of fewer than 1 percent of all of ESPN’s fantasy teams, according to SportsCenter.

 

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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.