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Basketball: Cal schedules two basketball exhibitions

New coach Cuonzo Martin’s basketball team will make its debut with an Oct. 31 exhibition against Cal State East Bay at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears will play a second exhibition Nov. 6 at home against Cal State San Marcos.

Cal’s regular-season opener is Friday, Nov. 14 at home in the 2K Classic. The opponent has not yet been named.

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Basketball: Bears to play Syracuse at 2K Classic

Cal will play Syracuse for the third straight season when the two square off in the opening round of the 2K Classic Benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project, Nov. 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Tipoff is 6 p.m. PST and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Pairings, announced Wednesday, have Texas facing Iowa in the other semifinal.

The championship game will be played Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. PST, preceded at 2 p.m. by the consolation game.

Cal is 0-3 all-time vs. the Orange, including a 92-81 loss last season at the Maui Invitational and a 66-60 setback in the 2013 NCAA tournament at San Jose.

The teams’ first meeting was in 2010 at the 2K Classic in New York, where Syracuse scored a decisive 95-73 win over a Cal squad that went on to win the Pac-10 title.

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Football: Could Bears make future visits to Levi’s?

Cal’s visit to Levi’s Stadium to face Oregon on Friday, Oct. 24 may not be the Bears’ only trek to the South Bay in coming years.

Coach Sonny Dykes, while acknowledging he’d prefer never to take a home game out of Memorial Stadium, conceded it could happen again.

“I don’t know. That’s going to be something we have to talk about with our new leadership, to figure out where we’re going moving forward,“ Dykes said during Wednesday’s Bay Area College Football Media Day at the 49ers’ new home facility.

The problem is that all schools in the Pac-12 are required by the current media rights agreement to play two weeknight home games every three years. That creates a severe challenge for Cal, where parking on campus is limited. Spaces used by fans on Saturdays are taken by students, faculty and staff during the week.

“You always want to play games in your own stadium. We have one of these best venues, if not the best, in college football,” Dykes said. “Moving a game from that venue, there’s got to be a reason for it.

“This year, there’s clearly a reason, Playing on a weeknight in Berkeley is a very difficult thing to do because of classes and parking.”

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Women’s basketball: Visit by Louisville highlights Bears’ challenging nonconference schedule

The Cal women’s basketball team announced its nonconference schedule on Wednesday, a challenging 11-game set that includes a rematch of the Bears’ 2013 Final Four game against Louisville.

The Cardinals, Elite Eight participants at 33-5 last season, will visit Haas Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 21. Louisville beat Cal 64-57 in the Final Four at New Orleans two seasons ago.

“Each and every year, we want to bring one of the nation’s top teams into Haas Pavilion, where we have one of the most exciting college basketball atmospheres you can find,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “We are thrilled that Jeff Walz and Louisville will be coming to town, and I know our fans will be ready for a ‘Final 4 rematch.’

“Most importantly, it’s a game that will garner national attention and allow our players to play on the biggest stage.”

The Bears’ regular season opener is Sunday, November 16 at Stockton against Pacific. The home opener will be Tuesday, November 18 against Nevada.

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Football: Cal-Northwestern kickoff time set

Cal’s season opener Aug. 30 at Northwestern has been set for a 12:30 p.m. PT kickoff. The game will be shown on ABC and ESPN2.

The Bears and Wildcats opened the 2013 season in Berkeley with the visitors from the Big Ten topping Cal 44-30 in coach Sonny Dykes’ debut.

Northwestern went on to a 4-0 start, then lost seven straight games — albeit two of them by three points and two others in overtime — on the way to a 5-7 season. They were 1-7 in conference play.

Northwestern is projected as a forth-place finisher in the Big Ten West Division by Athlon Sports magazine and tied for sixth by Lindy’s.

The game is the fourth on the Bears’ schedule whose game time has been set.

Cal’s home opener Sept. 6 against Sacramento State will go off at noon.

Cal’s Oct. 24 game against Oregon at Levi’s Stadium will kick off at 7 p.m., and the Nov. 13 game at USC has a 6 p.m. start.

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Basketball: Bears unveil nonconference schedule

Cal’s debut under new basketball coach Cuonzo Martin will be Friday, Nov. 14  at Haas Pavilion against an opponent yet-to-be named in the 2K Sports Classic.

A Dec. 22 game against Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin highlights the Bears’ 2014-15 nonconference schedule, announced Tuesday by the school. The Badgers return three double-digit scorers from the team that started 16-0 last season, finishing 30-8 after a Final Four loss to Kentucky.

The Bears will play 13 games prior to the start of the Pac-12 schedule, nine of them at Haas Pavilion.

They open with home games on  Nov. 14 and 16 as part of the 2K Sports Classic. Opponents for those games will be announced next month.

Then, regardless of the results in those games, Cal will play at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21 in the final two rounds of the same event. Other teams participating in New York will be Syracuse, Iowa and Texas. Matchups have not been announced.

Cal’s nonconference home schedule resumes Nov. 26 against Cal Poly. Former Bears’ associate head coach Travis DeCuire will return to Haas as head coach of his alma mater, Montana, on Dec. 3. The game will mark the first meeting between Cal and Montana since 1930.

The Bears also play home games against Wyoming (Dec. 10), Princeton (Dec. 13), Eastern Washington (Dec. 19) and Cal State Bakersfield (Dec.28).

Their two remaining road games will be at Fresno State (Nov. 30) and Nevada (Dec. 7).

The 2014-15 nonconference schedule was arranged by previous coach Mike Montgomery’s staff. Martin had no influence on the lineup of opponents his first team will face.

Game times have yet to be determined. The Pac-12 schedule will be announced later this month.

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Basketball: Bears headed to MSG in November

Cal will join Syracuse, Texas and Iowa at the 2014 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, Nov. 20-21 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Each of the four teams will host two regional round games Nov. 14-17 before trekking to NYC.

Matchups for the games at Madison Square Garden and the entire event bracket will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the Nov. 20-21 games will go on sale Friday through ticketmaster.com.

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Football: Bears’ 2014 Pac-12 schedule includes Thursday night game at USC

Cal’s 2014 football schedule, announced today by the Pac-12 office, will include a Thursday night game at USC and home conference matchups against Colorado, Washington, UCLA and Stanford.

As previously announced, Oregon will face Cal at the 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 24.

Cal will play USC on Thursday, Nov. 13, following a bye week. The Bears also have an off day on Sept. 13, prior to its Pac-12 opener at Arizona on Sept. 20.

The Bears’ remaining conference road games next season are against Washington State and Oregon State, along with USC.

Kickoff times have not been determined.

Cal’s spring game will be held on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

2014 Cal Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 30: Cal at Northwestern, tba
Sat., Sept. 6: Sacramento State at Cal, tba
Sat., Sept. 20: Cal at Arizona, tba
Sat., Sept. 27: Colorado at Cal, tba
Sat., Oct. 4: Cal at Washington State, tba
Sat., Oct. 11: Washington at Cal, tba
Sat., Oct. 18: UCLA at Cal, tba
Fri., Oct. 24: Oregon vs. Cal at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, tba
Sat., Nov. 1: Cal at Oregon State, tba
Thu., Nov. 13: Cal at USC, tba
Sat., Nov. 22: Stanford at Cal, tba
Sat., Nov. 29: BYU at Cal, tba

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Football: No word yet on Big Game kickoff

If you were hoping/expecting to get a kickoff time today for the Nov. 23 Big Game, you’ll have to be patient.

The Pac-12 announced that FOX has exercised its right to conduct a six-day selection for conference football games that day.

The 116th Big Game was one of four games held back for a six-day selection. The other three contests are Oregon at Arizona, Arizona State at UCLA and USC at Colorado.

In a nutshell, the game at Stanford could held in the early afternoon, late afternoon or at night. In other words, we know nothing.

The possibilities for start times and television coverage of the four contests were announced Monday and are listed below in order of selection.

· FOX – 5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT

· ESPN (Network TBD) – 1:30 p.m. MT/12:30 p.m. PT

· Pac-12 Networks – 7:30 p.m. MT/PT (local)

· FOX Sports 1 – 2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT