Basketball: How may Bears had NBA’s best numbers?

The sports apparel company Mitchell & Ness, on behalf of ESPN.com, has compiled a list of the best NBA players to wear each uniform number.

For instance, Oscar Robertson was named the top player to wear No. 1 (and No. 14), Bill Russell won at No. 6 (over LeBron Jones) and Pete Maravich was tabbed for No. 7.

How many former Cal players made the list?

Exactly one.

Jason Kidd, right?

Nope. Kidd wore No. 2 (Moses Malone), No. 5 (Kevin Garnett) and No. 32 (Magic Johnson). He certainly wasn’t going to beat out Magic, but you could make an argument he was just as deserving at Garnett.

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Baseball: Bears fall to Aggies, rematch Monday

Top-seeded Texas A&M avenged a loss to Cal a day earlier, posting a 4-3 victory in 12 innings on Sunday evening to force a showdown Monday that will send one of them to the Super Regionals.

Monday’s game between the Bears (36-20) and Aggies (48-12) will be played at 4:30 p.m. PT.

Cal topped the Aggies 2-1 in 14 innings on Saturday after a walk-off home run by Mitchell Kranson.


Rugby: Cal three-peats at 7s Nationals

Cal’s rugby 7s team won its third straight Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships with a 17-12 overtime win over Kutztown in front of a record crowd of 11,023 fans at Philadelphia’s PPL Park on Sunday.

Bears co-captain Jake Anderson scored on a 55-yard sprint to the end zone to win in sudden-death overtime.

The third 7s title — the Olympic version of the sport — hikes the Bears’ total national championships in rugby to 29, including the traditional game. It is coach Jack Clark’s 25th national title.

Cal beat Kutztown 24-21 for last year’s 7s crown.

“It’s like comparing things you love,” Clark said when asked to compare the three championships. “I love all these guys, the guys that went before them and the guys that went before them.

“We work awfully hard at this and these rewards justify all that we ask of these boys, which they give so willingly for their school.”

Cal beat Michigan 31-0 in the quarterfinals in the first-ever meeting between the schools in rugby, then routed Life University 33-5 in the semifinals.


Rowing: Runnerup finishes for Cal men and women

The Cal men’s and women’s varsity eight crew teams each secured silver medals Sunday at their respective collegiate national championships for rowing.

On the men’s side, at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Mercer Lake at West Windsor, N.J., the varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four teams all placed second as the Bears grabbed medals in four of five races they entered in the Grand Finals.

“I am proud of these guys,” said Cal men’s crew coach Mike Teti. “I think they raced hard today. It is a real testament to the guys. I am sorry to see the seniors go.

“It was an awesome job by the team overall with an undefeated regular season and finishing second in the nation in the varsity eight. We have a young crew in the varsity, we are expecting these guys back and we will keep flying.”

The women, competing at the NCAA Rowing Championships at Gold River, California, finished second in varsity eight behind Ohio State.

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Track & Field: Bears sending 4 to NCAA championships

Cal has advanced four athletes to the NCAA track and field championships, set for June 10-13 at Eugene, Oregon.

Freshman Bethan Knights and junior Thomas Joyce secured bids Saturday at the West Preliminary meet at Austin, Texas.

Knights finished seventh in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 2.49 seconds, and Joyce cruised through qualifying in the 1,500 with a 10th-place finish of 3:43.23.

Earlier, Walter Jones qualified in the long jump (25-7) and Ethan Cochran made it in the discus (183-0).


Baseball: Bears outlast Aggies to reach regional final

The third-seeded Bears advanced to the finals of the Texas A&M Regional when Mitchell Kranson delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 2-1 win over the host Aggies on Saturday.

Cal (36-19) will play Sunday night against the winner of the game between top-seeded A&M (46-12) and Coastal Carolina.

The Bears would need to be beaten Sunday night and again Monday to deny them their first Super Regionals berth since 2011. Freshman left-hander Mike Ladrech (7-4, 2.72 ERA) is expected to start Sunday night’s game.

“Win or lose, that was probably going to be one of the greatest games in program history,” Cal coach David Esquer said afterward. “Thank goodness, it turned into one of the greatest wins in program history, but that was two teams really going at it. It hinged on every pitch and there were so many heroes throughout the day.”

Cal starter Ryan Mason allowed just one run on six hits over eight innings, and relievers Dylan Nelson, Chris Muse-Fisher and Erik Martinez combined to surrender only five hits in six scoreless innings.

A&M scored its lone run in first inning, then was blanked the rest of the way by the Bears’ pitchers.

Devin Pearson went 4 for 7 including a double for Cal and Kranson had three hits.


Baseball: Bears win NCAA opener; A&M awaits

The third-seeded Cal baseball team got off to a good start in the NCAA tournament, riding a strong starting pitching performance by sophomore Daulton Jefferies to a 9-3 win over Coastal Carolina on Friday at College Station, Texas.

The Bears (35-19) face top-seeded host Texas A&M (46-11) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Aggies defeated Texas Southern 5-0 on Friday night at Blue Bell Park.

Junior right-hander Ryan Mason (6-3, 3.18) is expected to pitch for the Bears against A&M right-hander Grayson Long (9-0, 2.62).

Saturday’ game is not televised but fans can follow @Cal_Baseball on Twitter for updates.

The Bears picked up their first NCAA tournament win since beating Texas A&M at the 2011 College World Series, thanks for a sharp effort by Jefferies and a big day at the plate by his batterymate Mitchell Kranson.

Jefferies limited the Chanticleers (38-20) of the Big South Conference to one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out five and won his sixth game of the season.

Kranson was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Aaron Knapp and Devin Pearson each had run-scoring doubles in the fifth inning as the Bears took the lead for good.


Football: Bears land 3-star athlete

Zion Echols, a three-star “athlete” prospect from Charter Oaks High in West Covina, had offers from seven Pac-12 schools and announced Saturday he will attend Cal.

A 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, Echols also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State in the Pac-12, along with Boise State, BYU, LSU and San Jose State.