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Rugby: Clark to enter Hall of Fame

Cal’s Jack Clark will be inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame, the United States Rugby Football Federation announced.

To which I pose the question: What took them so long?

The induction ceremony takes place June 7 in Houston.

“I am very appreciative of the recognition,” Clark said. “I want to thank all the coaches and support staff who have so significantly contributed to this career and well as my opposition colleagues around the country and rugby world for their friendship and partnership in growing rugby.

“I am so appreciative of my old teammates and coaches for the game and teamship example they set. Mostly, I want to thank the players I have been blessed to coach.”

In his 31st year as head coach of the Golden Bears, Clark has led the rugby program to 22 national collegiate titles in 15s and, in 2013, its first collegiate 7s title in the Olympic version of rugby.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Rugby: Bears win collegiate 7s national title

The Cal rugby team, long the national standard for traditional college rugby, won the 7-man Collegiate Rugby Championship with a 19-14 win over Life University on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Captain Seamus Kelly was named MVP of the tournament after scoring the decisive try.

The Bears went 6-0 in the 20-team, three-day event held at PPL Park.

After two days of pool play, Cal advanced to the championship match with a 33-21 win over UCLA. The Bears beat Arizona 26-12 in the quaterfinals.

Cal has won 26 national titles since 1980 in traditional rugby. The 7s game, quicker and shorter in duration, is the format that will be used in the Olympics beginning in 2016.

This is the Bears’ first championship in four tries at the 7s tournament, having lost in the 2010 final and in the 2011 quarterfinals before winning a bronze medal last year.


Posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
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Rugby: Bears roar into national finals

No surprise here. Cal’s unbeaten (21-0) and top-ranked rugby 15s team blasted Navy 74-6 at Witter Rugby Field to advance to the finals of the Varsity Cup National Championships.

The Bears will meet BYU next Saturday at Provo, Utah for the Varsity Cup crown.

Navy (9-2) trailed just 12-6 in the semifinal match when the Bears used a 62-0 run to turn the game into a rout.

“We know what they do, but we weren’t prepared for them to do it quite as
well as they did,” said Navy head coach Mike Flanagan.


Posted on Saturday, April 27th, 2013
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Rugby: Cal’s national semifinal match Saturday vs. Navy to be streamed live on Pac-12 Networks

The top-ranked Cal (20-0) rugby 15s team will take on Navy (9-1) in the semifinals of the Varsity Cup National Championships on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Witter Rugby Field in Berkeley.

The winner advances to the tournament championship game May 4 at Provo, Utah, against either BYU (10-2) or Central Washington (10-1).

Cal has won 26 of 33 national titles since 1980, but BYU captured the 2012 crown.

Navy has 10 collegiate championship final four appearances since 1980, but never has beaten the powerhouse Bears. Cal is 33-1 all-time vs. the military academies, its only defeat coming against Air Force in the 2003 collegiate national semifinals.

The Bears and Midshipmen clashed most recently in a postseason match in the 2007 national collegiate semifinals, with Cal prevailing 63-31.

Adult tickets are $10 and admission for kids 12-and-over and seniors is $5. Youth under 12 and all military personnel with ID are free. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

The game will be streamed live over the Pac-12 Networks via:


Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013
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Water polo: Csikos breaks career record

Senior Emily Csikos had two goals Saturday in a 14-7 win over Cal State Bakersfield to become Cal’s career scoring leader. Csikos now has 214 career goals.

A three-time All-America selection, Csikos leads Cal with 47 goals this season.

– Rugby: The Bears rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Saint Mary’s 42-31 in front of a full house at Witter Field to close the regular season with a perfect 19-9 record.

Cal returns to action next in the Varsity Cup tournament, beginning Saturday at Annapolis, Md., against Notre Dame. The event runs through the May 4 championship at Provo, Utah.

Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2013
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Rugby: Bears venture to Ohio St. for 7s tourney

The Cal rugby team also traveled to Columbus, Ohio, this morning in preparation for the Buckeye 7s Invitational. The Bears will play Ohio State, Notre Dame and Navy on Friday, then in either the consolation or championship game on Saturday — just three hours before the football team plays.

Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2012
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Rugby: Why Bears won’t play for national title

BYU and Arkansas State will play Saturday night for the national collegiate rugby title that Cal has won 26 of the past 32 years.

Here’s why the Bears passed on the chance to pocket another title this season.

– Water polo: Two former Cal stars were named to the U.S. Olympic women’s water polo team. Heather Petri, 33, a former All-America star at Cal and Miramonte HS grad, was named to her fourth Olympic team. And ex-Cal star Elsie Windes has earned a spot on her second Olympic roster.

– Track and field: Courtesy of “Bring Back the Mile,” here’s a 4-minute interview with former Cal middle-distance star David Torrence, a contender for the London Olympics.

Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012
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Cal rugby’s 63-match win streak snapped

Cal’s powerhouse rugby team lost 22-20 at Cal Poly, snapping the Bears’ 63-match win streak.

The Bears fell to 10-1 this season.

Meanwhile . . .

   — Swimming: Liv Jensen won the 100-yard freestyle (47.42 seconds) and Caitlin Leverenz won the 200 breakstroke in a school-record time (2:05.49) as the Cal women captured their second Pac-12 team title in four years at Federal Way, Wash.

   – Track and field: Deborah Maier set a meet record to win the 3,000 meters (9:02.35) at the MPSF indoor championships in Seattle. Teammate Chelsea Reilly set a school record in the mile (4:41.29) to finish third.

   – Softball:  Valerie Arioto pitched a four-hitter and hit her eighth home run of the season as the No. 1/3 Golden Bears (11-0) topped Cal Poly 4-1 at the Cathedral City Classic. The Bears face Cal State Northridge on Sunday. 

   – Baseball: Vince Bruno tripled to open the 10th inning and scored on Chad Bunting’s sacrifice fly and the Bears (4-1) beat Long Beach State 2-1.


Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2012
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Baseball: Sweep of Pacific caps big Cal weekend

Cal’s No. 22 baseball team beat Pacific 9-3 at Evans Diamond on Sunday, completing a three-game, season-opening series sweep of the Tigers.

A pretty good exclamation point on the weekend for Cal athletics:

   — The men’s basketball team beat Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 22-6 overall, 12-3 and still tied for first place in the Pac-12 standings. Expect the Bears to move into the top-30 on Monday when the official NCAA RPI ratings are released, and expect sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

   — The women’s basketball team went on the road and swept the Oregons, reaching 20 victories for the fifth time in six seasons. The Bears are 10-4 in conference play and have a two-game cushion on third place.

   — The Cal rugby team, which hardly broke a sweat while outscoring its first nine opponents 650 to 23, claimed a 13-12 win over the British Columbia Thunderbirds, a Canadian powerhouse, in the first game of their long-time “World Cup” series. The Bears travel to B.C. on March 25 to complete the two-game set.

   — The Cal softball team, ranked No. 1 and No. 3 nationally by separate polls, improved to 8-0 on the season with four wins at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The Bears beat LSU 14-3 on Sunday to close out the event.  Pleasanton native Valerie Arioto is batting .625 with seven homers and 18 RBI through eight games. On Sunday, LSU wisely walked her three times.

   — The only notable defeats for the Bears came in men’s and women’s swimming. The No. 3 Stanford men beat the No. 6 Bears 146.5 to 96.5 and the the Cardinal women upended the top-ranked Bears 174-126, in dual meets Saturday at Stanford.

Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2012
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Rugby: At last, a challenge for powerhouse Bears

Cal’s rugby team, unbeaten and unchallenged through its first nine games, takes on the British Columbia Thunderbirds on Saturday in its “World Cup” series game at Treasure Island.

The teams will square off at 3 p.m. at Ray Sheeran Field at the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club.

The “World Cup” began in 1921 and continues as a home-and-home series that the Bears recently have ruled. Cal has won 12 of the past 15 series vs. UBC, including five years in a row.

The teams complete the two-game set March 25 at British Columbia.

Note: Fans planning to attend Saturday’s game should check to determine the status of a planned Bay Bridge westbound closure. Click here for more details on alternate routes to the game. 

Meanwhile . . .

   – BASEBALL: Cal opens its season Friday at home against Pacific, the first of a three-game weekend series at Evans Diamond. The Bears, no longer on the budget chopping block, are coming off a 38-23 campaign, punctuated by a trip to the 2011 College World Series. Check out our Bay Area college baseball preview.


Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012
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