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Football Cal’s future schedules

Here are Cal’s future nonconference football schedules:

2015 – Grambling State Sept. 5; San Diego State Sept. 12; at Texas Sept. 19

2016 – South Dakota Sept. 3; at San Diego State Sept. 10; Texas Sept. 17

2017 – at North Carolina Sept. 2; Weber State Sept. 9, 1 TBA

2018 – North Carolina Sept. 1; at BYU Sept. 8; Idaho State Sept. 15

2019 – San Jose State Sept. 14, at Auburn Sept. 21, 1 TBA

2020 – TCU Sept. 5, Auburn Sept. 19, 1 TBA

2021 – at TCU Sept. 11, 2 TBA

2022 – 3 TBA

2023 – at San Jose State Sept. 16, 2 TBA

 

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Football: Cal, San Jose State agree to 2-game series

Cal and San Jose State, who have not met on the football field since 1996, have agreed on a two-game, home-and-home series, beginning in 2019 at Berkeley.

The Bears and Spartans will meet Sept. 14, 2019 at Memorial Stadium, then square off Sept. 16, 2023 at Spartan Stadium.

Cal owns a 29-6 all-time edge in a series that began in 1899. The Bears have won the past nine meetings, including their most recent matchup, by a 45-25 margin in San Jose in 1996, the only previous meeting of the two schools in San Jose.

The Spartans’ most recent victory in the series was by a 27-25 score in 1987.

“Anytime you can schedule a home-and-home series with a formidable local opponent it is good for both universities and their fan bases, as well as football fans in the area,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “Cal and San Jose State both have football programs rich in tradition and history, and we are excited to have them returning to our schedule.”

SJSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier said the Spartans are “delighted” to resume the series. “These games are good for our program and good for fans of Bay Area college football,” he said.

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Basketball: Wallace ratchets up production as Bears anticipate being without Bird vs. Wyoming

The Bears (7-1) take on Wyoming (8-1) on Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion, once more expecting to play without sophomore guard Jabari Bird.

“He’s very doubtful for (Wyoming),” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said on the eve of the 8 p.m. tipoff.

Bird, dealing with an undisclosed left foot injury, continues to be day-to-day, according to Martin, but has not practiced. This will be the third straight game he’s missed since a Nov. 30 win at Fresno State, where he shot 1 for 9 and scored four points, then disclosed he had pain in his foot.

Also likely out again is freshman guard Brandon Chauca, battling an ankle sprain.

The visiting Cowboys are a solid club, rated in the top-100 of the RPI, and feature a standout player with great genetics in senior forward Larry Nance Jr., son of the former NBA star.

Fortunately for Cal, which is opening a seven-game homestand that extends through the opening weekend of the Pac-12 schedule, junior point guard Tyrone Wallace has picked up the scoring slack.

Wallace, who on Monday was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season, is averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds over the past three games.

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Football: Bears get commit from OLB/DE prospect

Cal got its 15th oral commitment when Cameron Saffle, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker/defensive end from Sammamish, Washington, accepted a scholarship offer, according to Scout.com.

Saffle, who played at Skyline High, is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout and Rivals. He played linebacker in high school, but said he may be moved to the defensive line in college.

Saffle also had offers from Air Force, Eastern Washington and Idaho, according to Rivals.

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Basketball: Wallace is Pac-12 Player of Week again

Cal junior Tyrone Wallace was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 25.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of victories.

The 6-foot-5 point guard scored 26 of his career-high 29 points in the second half of Sunday’s 63-56 win at Nevada and had 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a home win over Montana.

Wallace is averaging 19.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the season.

The Bears (7-1), off to their best start since 2007-08, face Wyoming (8-1) at home on Wednesday. Tipoff is 8 p.m.

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Basketball: Wallace, Bears rally past Nevada

I was not in Reno for the game today, but here’s a report:

FINAL: Cal 63, Nevada 56. Tyrone Wallace overcame a rough first half to score a career-high 29 points and lead the Bears’ comeback. Wallace was 1 for 9 from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but made 10 of 11 thereafter, to go with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Wallace has scored at least 20 points the past three games and improved his season scoring average to 19.3 points.

Cal (7-1) is off to its best start since 2007-08.

The Bears got 11 points from David Kravish, making his 100th career start, his 96th in a row.

Cal played limited the Wolfpack (2-6) to 7 for 27 shooting in the second half. Nevada has lost six in a row.

The Bears played a clean game, turning the ball over a season-low three turnovers.

Christian Behrens contributed nine rebounds and Cal won despite getting just five points on 1 for 8 shooting from Jordan Mathews.

Nevada led 52-51 after a jumper by A.J. West with 4:34 left. But the hosts did not make another field goal the rest of the game, and the Bears outscored them 12-4 to close the game.

The Bears return home Wednesday to a face Wyoming (8-1), then remain at Haas to take on Princeton (3-6) on Saturday.

HALFTIME: Nevada 30, Cal 24

The Bears shooting 25 percent (7 for 28), including 1 for 9 by top scorer Tyrone Wallace.

All other stats are even: Rebounds are 20-20, turnover 3-3.

But Cal has missed at least four lauyps.

No Jabari Bird today, still out with a foot injury. Also not available is freshman guard Brandon Chauca, who was held out with an ankle sprain. Chauca gave the team a lift in his college debut Wednesday against Montana, contributing eight points and six assists.

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Basketball notebook: Bears look for more offense from Kravish as they trek to Nevada for Sunday game

Don’t expect Jabari Bird back on the court Sunday when Cal (6-1) visits Nevada (2-5). The game tips off at 1 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

But Bears coach Cuonzo Martin would like David Kravish to be a bit more visible.

Cal has been heavily perimeter-oriented through much of its first seven games, sparked by point guard Tyrone Wallace (17.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.7 apg) and backcourt mate Jordan Mathews (15.1 ppg, 48.5% 3-point) and Bird (11.7 ppg).

Kravish, the team’s most experienced player and best big man, has been solid, averaging 12.4 points and shooting 50 percent from the field. But his rebounding is down (from 7.7 per game last year to 6.0) and he sometimes gets lost in the Cal attack.

In Wednesday’s 78-76 double-overtime win over Montana, Kravish was 7 for 11 from the field and scored 14 points. But the 6-foot-10 senior forward wasn’t assertive enough, according to Martin. Two games earlier, Kravish attempted just nine shots against Cal Poly.

Asked how Kravish can become a bigger part of the offense, Martin said, “It’s a case of Dave demanding the ball, not me telling so much to post up strong. It’s a matter of him wanting the ball and demanding the ball.”

Kravish has been a complementary piece of the puzzle his entire career at Cal, a good teammate who fills his role and doesn’t need the spotlight. He is second all-time on Cal’s career blocked shots list and has cracked the top 10 in career rebounds.

But the Bears probably need a little more scoring from him this season, or at least the threat of it. Cal has no other frontcourt player the opposition must account for, but Kravish has skills that allow him to score inside or out to the 3-point line. He probably needs to be a bit more selfish — in a good way — with regard to his scoring.

Especially with Bird sidelined, Cal needs a more potent contribution from Kravish. And he has his coach’s blessing, to say the least.

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No word from Cal on Bird’s status. Martin confirmed Wednesday that the sophomore guard underwent X-rays and an MRI for his left foot injury, but provided no other details.

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Basketball: Why RPI ratings don’t matter on Dec. 5

How concerned should Cal fans be that the Bears, with a 6-1 record, are No. 103 in the NCAA’s official RPI rankings that were released on Thursday?

Hint No. 1: Green Bay is ranked No. 2, one spot ahead of Kentucky, which would win a head-to-head matchup by 55 points. At least.

Hint No. 2: Sacramento State, whose 4-2 record includes two non-Division I wins and a 56-point loss to Gonzaga, is rated No. 27. Ahead of all but one team from the Pac-12.

That’s right, breathe easy.

Rankings this early in the season, with such a small sample size, mean nothing.

Does anyone really believe there are 12 better teams than Arizona in the country?

For what they’re worth – and we’ve established what that is – here are the RPI rankings for Pac-12 teams: 13. Arizona; 48. Colorado; 58. Utah; 61. Washington; 70. Stanford; 102. Oregon; 103. Cal; 121. USC; 154. UCLA; 155. Arizona State; 245. Oregon State; 271. Washington State.

It’s a long season, and the computer ratings will gradually shake out properly.

Up next for the Bears: Sunday vs. Nevada in Reno. The game won’t do much for Cal’s strength of scheduled — Nevada is No. 305 in this week’s RPI.

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Basketball: Ryan Anderson Q&A

Here is more from my Wednesday night interview with former Cal star and New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson at Haas Pavilion:

What’s it like to be back at Haas?

“It’s the first time I’ve been to a game here. Man, just sitting with Omar Wilkes, we were just talking about how much we miss that community, being around so many great friends and being able to play the game, walk home together, grab a bite to eat, talk about the game. I miss that community a lot. It’s all business now.

“What’s hard is this is my seventh year gone. They’ve gone by so fast and so much has happened. It gives me that sentimental feeling walking through here, old memories. I get that sentimental feeling like, `Man, I wish I could just teleport and go back to college.’ ”

How are you playing right now?

“The important thing is just being consistent and confident. Consistent doesn’t always mean the ball is going in the hoop every night. I just want to play confidently.  I always feel like I can play better, but I think I’m finding my way.”

How big was the Pelicans’ win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night?

“Showed us the way we need to play. When we’ve won big games like that, it’s because we’ve played with that energy and moved the ball the way we have. We started the season off really well as a group, then had a shaky time. We’re still coming together as a new team. For me, I’m trying to feel my role out. I think everyone else is, too.”

How good can Anthony Davis become?

“I have no idea. How can he be much better than he is? He’s barely scratched the surface. It’s exciting watching him play every night. He’s incredible and he’s 21.He’s a humble guy and he works his butt off.”

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Basketball: Ryan Anderson finds a purpose in tragedy

Ryan Anderson wants you to know he is OK.

And he wants you to talk about a subject that will make you uncomfortable: suicide.

“This needs to be talked about,” Anderson said. “This is something that happens. And it’s taboo in this country we live in.”

It happened to Anderson, the 26-year-old former Cal basketball star and forward for the New Orleans Pelicans. Sixteen months ago, his girlfriend, Gia Allemand, took her life.

At Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night, on the eve of facing the Warriors, Anderson watched Cal play for the first time since entering the NBA in 2008. He was smiling, laughing, embracing old friends.

“It’s been a pretty crazy rollercoaster of a time,” he said during an interview in the building where he blossomed into a first-round draft pick after just two college seasons. “Coming back here, it’s kind of that innocent-to-the-world ride. Like, how the heck did I get here?”

Anderson he is a different man now than when he left the Bay Area. His game is coming back to him after last season was cut short by a freakish spinal injury that required neck surgery.

Anderson also has had to grapple with a tragedy that he hopes people never experience, but one that kills more Americans each year than car accidents.

Anderson and Allemand met in the Bahamas during the 2011-12 NBA All-Star break. She was a model and a popular contestant on the TV reality show, “The Bachelor.” Their relation grew serious.

But Anderson didn’t know Gia suffered from depression, perhaps triggered partly by a condition called premenstrual disphoric disorder (PMDD), which can lead to severe mood swings.

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