Join beat writer Jeff Faraudo for a live chat as the Cal Bears prepare to face the No. 4-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Cal junior forward Reshanda Gray shot 4 for 4 for eight points in 10 minutes, helping the U.S. to a 120-32 rout of Mali in its opening contest of the World University Games at Kazan, Russia.
Presumably, the event gets a bit more challenging for the U.S. squad, which faces the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
The U.S. shot 66 percent from the field and had 34 assists. Mali converted 19 percent.
Former Cal star Jorge Gutierrez will play for the Sacramento Kings summer league team in Las Vegas, beginning July 13.
The 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Gutierrez will be joined on the Kings summer roster by the likes of first-round NBA draft pick Ben McLemore of Kansas and former UCLA/New Mexico forward Drew Gordon of San Jose.
The Kings gather for a mini-camp July 9-12 in Vegas, and open play the next day against the Dallas Mavericks.
Gutierrez played last season in Mexico and also with Canton in the NBDL. He played for the Denver Nuggets during the 2012 summer league.
Kyle Wiltjer may be having second thoughts about leaving Kentucky.
According to an interview in the Portland Tribune, Wiltjer’s father says nothing has been decided.
“Kyle is still a Kentucky Wildcat,” Greg Wiltjer told the news paper. “He loves being a Kentucky Wildcat. He’s not 100 percent committed to transferring.”
Wiltjer said last week in an open letter to Kentucky fans that he was transferring. Greg Wiltjer said his son won’t make a decision until after playing with the Canadian team at the World University Games.
Another possibility is that Wiltjer could stay at Kentucky and redshirt next season.
“The biggest time in Kyle’s career lies in the 14 to 16 months ahead,” Greg Wiltjer said. “I’d 100 percent like him to devote the next year to working on his body, but it’s his decision.”
Wiltjer was recruited heavily by Cal out of high school three years ago, but speculation was that he might transfer to Gonzaga. Now it’s anyone’s guess what might happen.
Here is staff writer Jon Wilner’s story on Cal’s troubled Memorial Stadium financing plan.
– Athletic department’s past reporting of ESP sales misleading at best.
– Cal seeks new revenue streams to pay down bond debt.
– Cal and Washington took different approaches to stadium renovations.
Top-seeded Cal moved from fifth place to second after Day 2 of stroke play at the NCAA championships at the Capital City Club in suburban Atlanta.
The Bears (277-272-549) sit at 11-under par entering Thursday’s final 18 holes of stroke play. Cal trails Georgia Tech by one stroke.
The top eight teams after Thursday’s round qualify for the quarterfinals of match play, beginning Friday. Cal has an 11-stroke margin over the current ninth-place team, Central Florida.
Three Cal players broke par Wednesday, led by Max Homa (70-65-135), whose five-under 65 tied for the best round by a Cal golfer at an NCAA tournament. Homa and Brandon Hagy (66-69-135) are tied for fourth place.
Joel Stalter (69-68-137) is at three under and tied for 16th place.
Top-ranked Michael Kim (72-70-142) is tied for 58th place and Michael Weaver (74-71-145) is tied for 97th place.
“When I woke up this morning if you would have told me we were going to shoot somewhere around seven, eight or nine-under par I would have said that’s the best thing going,” Cal coach Steve Desimone said. “When we were way up after 13 holes it was party time, but now it’s root canal.
“There’s a lot of golf left with a lot of great teams right behind us. We put ourselves in a real good position but this thing is not a done deal.”
Here’s a 3 1/2-minute video interview with Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe, conducted last weekend at the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, courtesy of www.DraftExpress.com.
Als0, DraftExpress provides a detailed analysis of the former Cal star’s game — strengths and weaknesses.
Click here for both the interview and analysis.
Cal football alums everywhere in Sunday’s NFL playoff games:
– Running back Shane Vereen, 23, who had five career touchdowns in two pro seasons, scored three times in the Patriots’ 41-28 win over the Texans. He rushed seven times for 41 yards, including a 1-yard TD, and caught five passes for 83 yards, with TD receptions of 8 and 33 yards.
– Tight end Tony Gonzalez, 36, caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Atlanta Falcons’ 30-28 win over the Seattle Seahawks. His 19-yard reception set up the winning field goal. The NFL’s No. 2 all-time receiver, in what may be his final season, Gonzalez won a playoff game for the first time in his career.
– Safety Thomas DeCoud, 27, had three tackles and one pass defended as the Falcons won a playoff game after losing in the first round the past three seasons.
– Running back Marshawn Lynch, 26, scored what appeared to be the winning touchdown for the Seahawks with 31 seconds left, only to watch the Falcons come back to win. The All-Pro from Oakland had a mixed day: 16 carries for 47 yards and a TD, plus three receptions for 37 yards. He also lost a fumble.
– Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, 27, had five tackles, four of them unassisted, for the Seahawks.
– Kicker Ryan Longwell, 38, just signed by Seattle on Wednesday because of an injury to their starter, made all four of his PATs but did not attempt a field goal.
Now that Cal has fired Jeff Tedford, was removing him as football coach the right move?
Hoops are a memory. Spring sports are over. Football season will be here before we know it.
In the meantime, I’m off for a bit of vacation with the family.
I’ll tell you all about it upon my return. Hope all of you find some time to exhale and recharge.
And try to get along with each other while I’m gone.