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Football: Jared Goff’s odds of winning Heisman? 50/1

The Las Vegas-based gambling website Bovada has released early odds on who will win the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott, star of the College Football Playoff championship game, was installed as a 6/1 favorite.

Cal quarterback Jared Goff, coming off a record-setting sophomore season, is listed as 50/1.

Odds to win the Heisman Trophy

Ezekiel Elliott (RB Ohio State) 6/1

Dak Prescott (QB Mississippi State) 7/1

Leonard Fournette (RB LSU) 7/1

Trevone Boykin (QB TCU) 15/2

Cody Kessler (QB USC) 12/1

Nick Chubb (RB Georgia) 12/1

Paul Perkins (RB UCLA) 12/1

Derrick Henry (RB Alabama) 14/1

Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma) 14/1

Cardale Jones (QB Ohio State) 14/1

J.T. Barrett (QB Ohio State) 16/1

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 18/1

Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) 20/1

Josh Robinson (RB Mississippi State) 22/1

Corey Clement (RB Wisconsin) 25/1

D.J. Foster (RB Arizona State) 25/1

Royce Freeman (RB Oregon) 25/1

Brad Kaaya (QB Miami) 33/1

Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State) 33/1

Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) 33/1

James Connor (RB Pittsburgh) 33/1

Justin Thomas (QB Georgia Tech) 33/1

Nick Wilson (RB Arizona) 33/1

Seth Russell (QB Baylor) 33/1

Mason Rudolph (QB Oklahoma State) 40/1

Jacoby Brissett (QB North Carolina State) 50/1

Jalen Hurd (RB Tennessee) 50/1

Jared Goff (QB California) 50/1

Marquise Williams (QB North Carolina) 50/1

Laquon Treadwell (WR Mississippi) 66/1

Scooby Wright (LB Arizona) 66/1

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Women’s basketball: Cal signee in McDonald’s game

Cal women’s signee Kristine Anigwe has been named a 2015 McDonald’s All-American and will represent the West in the 14th edition of the McDonald’s High School All-American game.

The Phoenix native becomes the 13th Golden Bear signee to be named a McDonald’s All-American.

Anigwe, named one of 16 nominees for the Naismith High School Player of the Year award earlier this week, is one of 24 girls selected for the McDonald’s game that will take place April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.

Anigwe is the third McDonald’s player recruited to Cal by coach Lindsay Gottlieb.

California Women’s Basketball McDonald’s All-Americans

Kristine Anigwe – 2015

Mikayla Cowling – 2014

Gabby Green – 2014

Reshanda Gray – 2011

Justine Hartman – 2011

Afure Jemerigbe – 2010

Lindsay Sherbert – 2010

Gennifer Brandon – 2009

Eliza Pierre – 2009

Tierra Rogers – 2009

DeNesha Stallworth – 2009

Alexis Gray-Lawson – 2005

Devanei Hampton – 2005

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Football: Cal’s new recruiting geography

Four-star Texas wideout Carlos Strickland’s commitment to Cal on Tuesday made it nine prospects from the South headed to Berkeley next fall. That’s almost as many commits as the Bears have from all of California in the 2015 class.

Presuming Cal gets signatures from each of them next Wednesday, here’s the rundown on prospects from SEC territory that will become Golden Bears:

Alabama (2): Keith Washington, DB; DePriest Turner, Saf
Georgia (2): Russell Ude, DE; Nick Buchanan, OT
Texas (2): Billy McCrary III, Ath; Carlos Strickland, WR
Arkansas (1): Luc Bequette. DT
Louisiana (1): Brandon Singleton, WR
Mississippi (1): Ryan Gibson, C

Those nine players got 10 offers from eight different SEC schools.

Of course, coach Sonny Dykes and most of his assistants hail from that part of the country and have strong recruiting ties there. Dykes has said he wants to establish better relationships in the Bay Area, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The Bears’ current list of 23 commitments includes six from Southern California area, just two from the greater Bay Area and a total of 13 from out of state.

Consider that Jeff Tedford’s final two recruiting classes averaged 6.5 Southern California players, 5 out-of-state prospects and 4 from the South. Among that latter group, running back Daniel Lasco (Texas), receiver Maurice Harris (North Carolina) and punter Cole Leininger (Florida) remain.

The reality is only USC and UCLA have traditionally recruited as heavily in-state as Cal. And the Trojans and Bruins focus largely on Southern California, their talent-rich backyard.

Everyone else in the Pac-12, mostly out of necessity, looks beyond its own area, even its own state borders. You will note below that Arizona, Oregon and WSU have recruited no in-state players so far this season, and Oregon State has just one.

Here’s how the current 2015 classes stack up, geographically:

* ARIZONA (26 current commits). Southern California: 5; Out of state: 21; South: 6.

* ARIZONA STATE (19). SoCal: 7; Out of state: 14; South: 4.

* CAL (23). SoCal: 6; Out of state: 13; South: 9.

* COLORADO (18). SoCal: 4; Out of state: 14; South: 3.

* OREGON (21). SoCal: 7; Out of state: 21; South: 4.

* OREGON STATE (15). SoCal: 3; Out of state: 14; South: 7.

* STANFORD (18): SoCal: 5; Out of state: 12; South: 6.

* UCLA (17). SoCal: 8; Out of state: 6; South: 3.

* USC (20). SoCal: 12; Out of state: 5; South: 3.

* UTAH (22). SoCal: 6; Out of state: 16; South: 4.

* WASHINGTON (24). SoCal: 8; Out of state: 16; South: 1.

* WASHINGTON STATE (24). SoCal: 16. Out of state: 24; South: 0.

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Football: Bears add fourth recruit in as many days

Cal didn’t need to trek to the Southeast to find its latest football recruit. The Bears went to the home of one of their current players.

Patrick Mekari, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman from Westlake Village, is the younger brother of current Bears’ defensive tackle Tony Mekari.

With signing day now just a week off, the Bears have added a player to their commitment list four days in a row, bringing their class to 23 players.

Meanwhile, as expected, four-star defensive back prospect Frank Buncum IV of San Diego picked Stanford over Cal and other suitors.

Patrick Mekari is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout.

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Basketball: Bears land four-star WR from Texas

Cal’s late recruiting push netted a significant commitment Tuesday when Carlos Strickland, rated a four-star wide receiver from Dallas, became the 22nd prospect to join the Bears.

Scout.com reported that Strickland, a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder from Skyline High, picked the Bears over Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.

Scout, Rivals and ESPN all rate Strickland as a four-star prospect.

He is described on the Scout’s evaluation as “tall and wiry-strong wide receiver who always seems to be open. He runs clean routes and then uses his size and reach to make sure catches. One of his best attributes is his blocking ability.”

Strickland’s lone stated weakness is his lack of high-end speed.

But, Scout added, “He is a weapon in the red-zone using his size to make a mismatch over smaller defensive backs. He is a pretty good route runner as well. Just very well-rounded.”

He is rated by Scout as the nation’s No. 101 overall prospect, the 14th-best wideout on its list. Rivals has him at No. 132 nationally and the No. 12 wide receiver.

According to Rivals, Strickland caught 41 passes for 896 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall, after grabbed 33 receptions for 719 yards and 10 TDs as a junior.

Strickland’s commitment boosts Cal to No. 27 in Rivals team rankings, No. 42, according to Scout.

Commitments are not binding until the Feb. 4 national signing day.

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Football: Report says Kentucky may hire Andy Buh

Footballscoop.com is reporting that, according to a source, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops will hire former Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh for an undisclosed position on his staff.

Coachingsearch.com said the radio station WKYT reported that Buh interviewed with Stoops, and the openings on the Wildcats’ staff are for safeties or special teams. Of course, assistant coaches could be shuffled, allowing a newcomer to potentially handle a different position group.

Buh coached linebackers at Cal and at most of his previous stops.

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Football: Latest wideout boosts Cal class to 21

Cal added a another wide receiver to its recruiting class, getting a commitment Monday from three-star prospect Brandon Singleton, who visited campus last weekend after de-committing from Georgia Tech.

Singleton is a 6-foot, 170-pounder from Hahnville HS in Boutte, Louisiana. He also is the state recordholder in the 300-meter hurdles, so he brings track speed. Singleton is rated as a three-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Singleton joins Aaron Austin, Greyson Bankhead and Kanawai Noa as prospects being brought in specifically earmarked to play wideout. Rivals lists Billy McCrary as an athlete, leaving his future role open.

With Singleton, the Bears now have 21 commits or mid-year signees just nine days out from national signing day.

Rivals now has Cal’s class rated as tied for No. 32 nationally, while Scout boosted the Bears two spots to No. 48. These rankings are very fluid and will change daily — if not hourly — before Feb. 4.

The position breakdown of Cal’s recruits: WR — 4;  Safety — 4; Offensive line — 3; CB — 2; DE — 2; QB — 1; RB — 1; DT — 1; OLB — 1; Ath — 1; TE — 1.