Cal women’s golf: Bears host Pac-12 tourney

Eight of the nation’s 20 top-rated women’s collegiate golf teams will compete in the three-day Pac-12 championships at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton beginning Monday.

Tournament host Cal, rated No. 15 nationally and seeded No. 7, has finished among the top 10 in every event it’s competed this season.

But the field is ferocious, topped by No.2 USC, No. 4 UCLA and No. 10 Arizona State.

Twenty-nine of the nation’s top 100 players will compete for honors, including Cal’s top player, 41st-ranked Hannah Suh.

The 54-hole, par 72 event begins Monday at 9 a.m., and is open to the public.


Cal basketball: Jason Kidd is lone Bears player voted to Pac-12 All-Century Team

Jason Kidd was the lone Cal player to find a spot on the 20-man Pac-12 All-Century Team, released Tuesday by the conference.

Kidd, the 1994 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a consensus All-American that season, landed a spot on a star-studded roster that featured 10 UCLA players.

Other finalists from Cal were guard Kevin Johnson, forwards Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Lamond Murray and centers Darrall Imhoff and Bob McKeen.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, known as Lew Alcindor during his UCLA playing days, was chosen the Player of the Century and John Wooden was Coach of the Century.

Three former Cal coaches were finalists for the award: Pete Newell, Mike Montgomery and Nibs Price.

Here’s the full 20-man team:

GUARDS: Gary Payton, Oregon State; Gail Goodrich, UCLA; Jason Kidd, Cal; Walt Hazzard, UCLA; Harold Miner, USC; Ron Lee, Oregon; Paul Westphal, USC; Damon Stoudamire, Arizona.

FORWARDS: Sean Elliott, Arizona; Marques Johnson, UCLA; Sidney Wicks, UCLA; Jamaal Wilkes, UCLA; Reggie Miller, UCLA; Hank Luisetti, Stanford; Don MacLean, UCLA; Ed O’Bannon, UCLA.

CENTERS: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA; Bill Walton, UCLA; Mel Counts, Oregon State; Bob Houbregs, Washington.




Cal basketball: Jaylen Brown named to all-Pac-12 first team; Ivan Rabb on second team

Cal’s Jaylen Brown was named to the 10-man all-Pac-12 first team and fellow freshman Ivan Rabb earned a spot on the five-player second team, the conference announced Monday.

Later Monday, Brown was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Voting is done by the league’s 12 coaches.

Brown, a small forward from Atlanta, leads the Bears in scoring at 15.3 points per game and posted five games of at least 20 points.

Rabb, a power forward from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, averages 12.2 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds and shoots 60.5 percent from the field.

Both top-10 consensus national recruits a year ago, Brown and Rabb also were voted to the five-player all-freshman team.

Senior guard Tyrone Wallace, a first-team all-Pac-12 selection a year ago, was named honorable mention after missing five games at midseason with a broken hand.

Utah center Jakob Poeltl was named Player of the Year and Dana Altman, who guided Oregon to the regular-season Pac-12 title, was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Also named to the first team: Stanford’s Rosco Allen, Arizona’s Ryan Anderson, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook, USC’s Julian Jacobs, Oregon State’s Gary Payton II, Utah’s Poeltl and Colorado’s Josh Scott.

The rest of the second team was UCLA’s Isaac Hamilton, Washington’s Dejounte Murray, and Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York.

Joining Brown and Rabb on the all-freshman team are Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey, Arizona’s Allonzo Trier and Washington’s Murray.

Cal opens play in the Pac-12 tournament as Las Vegas on Thursday as the No. 3 seed. The Bears will play either Oregon State or Arizona State in an 8:30 p.m. game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.


Cal basketball: Washington’s young, aggressive defense the next road obstacle for Bears

Cal is not the only basketball team in the Pac-12 Conference that plays better at home.

When the Bears (17-8, 7-5) visit Washington (15-10, 7-6) on Thursday night (8 p.m., FoxSports1) they will take on a freshman-dominated Huskies’ team that performs substantially better at Seattle’s American Airlines Arena.

Unlike Cal, which is 16-0 at home, UW isn’t perfect on its home floor. But the numbers behind the Huskies’ 10-4 home record suggest Cal better be on its game.

Washington, which starts four freshmen and has six first-year players in its nine-man rotation, attacks opponents with an aggressive defense. The Huskies lead the Pac-12 in blocked shots (7.1 per game), steals (8.2) and turnovers forced (16.8).

“They get in the passing lanes and they switch five different ways,” said Cal coach Cuonzo Martin, whose team has won three in a row. “You want to make your traditional passes, but they take those passes away and speed you up.

“They really put you in tough situations with their transition offense because of the way they defend you.”

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Cal basketball: Brian Hendrick into Pac-12 Hall of Honor

Brian Hendrick, who sits ninth on Cal’s career scoring list and fourth among the school’s all-time rebounders and twice helped the Bears to the NCAA tournament, has been named as the school’s representative to the 2016 Pac-12 Hall of Honor class.

Hendrick and honorees from the other 11 schools will be recognized in a ceremony prior to the Pac-12 tournament championship game on March 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

A 6-foot-8 power forward, Hendrick scored 1,556 points and grabbed 898 rebounds from 1990 through 1993. He was the Bears’ leading scorer as a sophomore (17.6) and junior (16.1) and earned a spot on the all-conference first team both seasons.

After collecting Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 1990 when he averaged 14.9 points per game, Hendrick had 13 points and 10 rebounds in Cal’s 65-63 win over Indiana in the opening round of the NCAA tournament — the Bears’ first NCAA appearance in 30 years.

Three years later, playing alongside Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray, he averaged 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds during the regular season, then contributed eight points and 12 rebounds to the Bears’ 82-77 win over two-time defending national champion Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Hendrick averaged 11.2 points in five NCAA tournament games for the Bears.

The Pac-12 Hall of Honor was introduced in 2002, with legendary coach Pete Newell selected as the Bears’ inaugural representative. Since then, Cal’s yearly honorees are: Kevin Johnson, Darrall Imhoff, Kidd, Andy Wolfe, Russ Critchfield, Charles Johnson, Nibs Price, Earl Robinson, Bob McKeen, Murray, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Dave Butler and Sean Lampley.

Others chosen to the 2016 Pac-12 Hall of Honor class include Stanford’s Kim Belton, Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire, Oregon’s Luke Ridnour and Washington’s Isaiah Thomas.


Basketball: Cal braces for big man Josh Scott and potent Colorado squad in Pac-12 opener

Big man Josh Scott will only be a piece of the challenge for Cal (10-3) on Friday night when Colorado (11-2) visits Haas Pavilion in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

Tipoff is 8 p.m. (Pac-12) Networks.

Scott, a 6-foot-10 senior, is second in the conference with an 18.4 scoring average. He’s shooting 62.3 percent from the field and grabbing 9.4 rebounds per game. He’s blocked 24 shots.

“Yeah, but that’s expected,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said of Scott’s performance, “I just think the other guys, the way they’re shooting the ball, the things they’re doing, makes them a tougher team to defend. We expect Josh to be Josh.”

The “other guys” include three players ranked among the top eight in the Pac-12 in 3-point accuracy: sophomores Dominique Collier (.487) and George King (.460) and junior Josh Fortune (.429), a transfer from Providence.

“Good team, they’re playing well,” Martin said. “If you double the post, they find the shooters.”

That means 7-foot center Kameron Rooks likely will get the man-to-man assignment on Scott while 6-11 freshman Ivan Rabb matches against 6-9 junior forward Wesley Gordon.

Martin said he’s pleased with the improvements Rooks has made, especially on defense.

“He wants that challenge — he wants to guard whoever’s the best guy,” Martin said.

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Basketball: Cal’s hopes of winning Pac-12 title rely on much more than merely talent

The hype and hope that earned Cal a preseason No. 14 ranking by the Associated Press had everything to do with talent. The Bears returned with all-Pac-12 point guard Tyrone Wallace and welcomed five-star national recruits Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown.

But if the Bears want to fulfill their potential as the Pac-12 schedule begins Friday, coach Cuonzo Martin said, “It’s not about talent.”

It’s about effort and toughness and defense, and Martin saw none of that over Thanksgiving weekend, when the Bears lost twice in Las Vegas. They allowed 44 second-half points to San Diego State, then 94 the next day to Richmond.

Cal has regrouped since that lost weekend, winning six of seven. The only blemish: A 63-62 overtime loss at No. 5 Virginia. Most importantly, the Bears embraced defense.

In seven December games, they’ve held opponents to 35.7-percent shooting and 59.9 points per game – an average of nearly 16 points per team below their normal output.

Bob McKillop, who has coached at Davidson for 27 seasons, called the Bears’ defense “extraordinary,” after Cal’s 86-60 win on Monday night.

There are at least a half-dozen contenders for the top spot in the Pac-12. If the Bears aspire to get there, it won’t just be about talent.

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Football: Bears’ 2016 Pac-12 schedule begins at ASU

Cal will open its 2016 Pac-12 Conference football schedule next Sept. 24 at Arizona State — the same team the Bears beat 48-46 in their regular-season finale at Berkeley last month.

The Pac-12 announced its schedule of conference games Tuesday and the 119th Big Game against Stanford will be played at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 19.

Cal will play a Friday night game on Oct. 21 at home against Oregon, then will play at USC the following Thursday, Oct. 27.

2016 Cal Football Schedule

Sat., Aug. 27 – Hawai’i-x
Sat., Sept. 10 – at San Diego State
Sat., Sept. 17 – Texas
Sat., Sept. 24 – at Arizona State-y
Sat., Oct. 1 – Utah-y
Sat., Oct. 8 – at Oregon State-y
Fri., Oct. 21 – Oregon-y
Thu., Oct. 27 – at USC-y
Sat., Nov. 5 – Washington-y
Sat., Nov. 12 – at Washington State-y
Sat., Nov. 19 – Stanford-y
Sat., Nov. 26 – UCLA-y
Fri., Dec. 2 – Pac-12 Championship Game-z

x — at Sydney, Australia; y — Pac-12 game; z — at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

Times and TV information TBA.


Football: Three Cal players on Pac-12 Team of Century

Three former Cal players — tight end Tony Gonzalez, defensive tackle Ed White and defensive end Andre Carter — have been chosen to the Pac-12’s All-Century football team.

The 50-player team was selected by a panel of 119 former players and coaches and media members, including me.

Stanford quarterback John Elway was voted Offensive Player of the Century, USC’s Ronnie Lott is the Defensive Player of the Century and USC’s John McKay was chosen Coach of the Century. Click here to view the full team.

— Gonzalez, a two-sport athlete at Cal, went on to become the most prolific tight end in NFL history. He was a six-time first-team all-pro selection and was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times in 17 seasons with Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. He totaled 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns — all NFL records for a tight end.

— White was a consensus first-team All-America nose guard for Cal in 1968, who moved to offensive line in the pros and played 17 seasons with Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers. He played in four Super Bowls and was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection.

— Carter was a consensus All-America pick as a senior at Cal in 2000, compiling 31 career sacks to set a school record that still stands. He then enjoyed a 13-year NFL career in which he totaled 80.5 sacks in 184 career games for four teams, including the 49ers and Raiders. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 with the New England Patriots.

Other Cal players nominated for the Team of the Century:

Bryan Anger, P (2008-11)
Jim Breech, PK (1974-77)
Rob Franz, OL (1946-49)
Nick Harris, P (1997-2000)
DeSean Jackson, WR/RET (2005-07)
Ryan Longwell, P (1993-96)
Alex Mack, C (2005-08)
Chuck Muncie, RB (1973-75)
Deltha O’Neal, CB/RET (1996-99)
Les Richter, OL (1949-51)


Football: Jared Goff, Kenny Lawler named All-Pac-12

Cal quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Kenny Lawler were named to the All-Pac-12 first-team on Tuesday in a vote of the league’s coaches.

Goff shared the first-team spot with Washington State’s Luke Falk.

“The first-team All-Pac-12 recognition for Jared and Kenny is well-deserved,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in the school’s news release. “Along with the rest of our team they have worked so hard to get better every day and reach the place we are now. There’s much more to do, but I’m so proud of everyone on this football team for what they have accomplished so far this season.”

Click here for the entire all-Pac-12 team. The Pac-12 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year were scheduled to be announced on the Pac-12 Networks at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Goff has broken 26 Cal records, most recently eclipsing his own season marks for passing yards (4,252) and touchdown passes (37). He is fourth nationally in passing yards, third in TD passes.

He is the first Cal quarterback voted to the all-conference first team since Aaron Rodgers in 2004.

“I’m very honored to have been named first-team All-Pac-12 along with Luke (Falk),” Goff said. “There are a lot of good quarterbacks in this conference and there were several that could have been selected.

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