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Holiday Heart-Stopper: Austin’s game-winner carries Bears past Cal Poly, 67-66

December 16, 2018

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By Morris Phillips When you win, everybody feels great. But when it requires a last-second, game-winner to avoid a distasteful measure of embarrassment, almost nobody feels great immediately, and some don’t feel settled for as many as 48 hours. Paris Austin’s free-throw line jump shot with three seconds remaining delivered the first feeling without erasing […]

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Cold Outside, Hot Inside: Second-half surge pulls Kings past Bulls, 108-89

December 11, 2018

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By Morris Phillips It’s not the simplicity of fantasy sports, but the Kings’ real-life, off-season roster moves turned out like those of a random dude seizing control of his fantasy basketball league solely based on a brilliant draft pick. GM Vlade Divac and the Kings wanted the Bulls’ Zach LaVine, and convinced the super athletic, […]

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Sueing Doing Work: Cal’s leading, returning scorer breaks out in 89-83 win over SDSU

December 9, 2018

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY–The biggest mystery surrounding Cal basketball through seven games was the struggles of Justice Sueing, the team’s leading, returning scorer who hadn’t looked comfortable or been as productive as he was in his breakout, freshman campaign. Under the bright lights of a tense, tight ballgame versus San Diego State on Saturday night, […]

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USF shoots past Cal, 79-60, beats Bears for the first time since 1997

December 6, 2018

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Photo of USF’s Frankie Ferrari courtesy of Eric Taylor/1st String Sports By Morris Phillips BERKELEY — Losses of this magnitude don’t disappear from the consciousness easily. Normal losses linger, and this one was far from normal. After the Dons’ 79-60 win at Haas Pavilion, the Cal Bears find themselves at the crossroads. At 2-6, they’ve […]

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Warriors do the KD Splash in the ATL: Hawks dispatched, 128-111

December 4, 2018

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By Morris Phillips The Warriors had that look again on Monday night in Atlanta, and Stephen Curry ascended to the superstar zone first, soon after he shook the hand of Trae Young, his sharpshooter protege, prior to the opening tip. Curry put up 18 of his game-best 30 points in the first quarter, single-handedly outscoring […]

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Wrong Exit: St. Mary’s too much for Cal in neighborhood clash, beat the Bears 83-71

December 2, 2018

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By Morris Phillips MORAGA — St. Mary’s first four-game losing streak since February 2007 essentially ended when the Cal Bears’ charter bus left Berkeley on Saturday and took a full hour to cover the 14 miles between the campuses. That’s too long to travel, and if the Caldecott Tunnel could speak, the tunnel would confirm […]

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No O: Bears’ offense missing in ninth consecutive Big Game loss to Stanford, 23-13

December 2, 2018

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY — If you’re a California Golden Bear, only one word applies: agonizing. After eight consecutive Big Game losses to Stanford, the Cal Bears envisioned a new day, a portal in which they could charge through and disconnect the dominance the hated Cardinal had come to possess. Just one problem: Cal’s offense […]

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Ball Bounces Huskies’ Way in Pac-12 Championship win over Utah, 10-3

December 1, 2018

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By Morris Phillips SANTA CLARA–If the Pac-12 Championship Game were to be decided without the benefit of an offensive touchdown, of course the opportunistic, hard hitting Washington Huskies would be in position to win it. But along that same line of thinking, the Utah Utes would likely be in position to steal the outcome of […]

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Balanced Bears good early and dominating late in 78-66 win over Santa Clara

November 26, 2018

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY — After an eight-win season, the Cal Bears needed to get better, and they did that, with Coach Wyking Jones welcoming freshmen Matt Bradley and Andre Kelly. But an influx in talent doesn’t always mesh, and new mouths to feed means old mouths can occasionally go hungry. So with Santa Clara […]

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New Math in Berkeley: A pair of pick-sixes equals win No. 7 for the Bears, 33-21

November 24, 2018

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY — Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium was another example of what the heck’s going on with Cal football–winners of four of their last five games, bowl eligible and eager to see the Stanford Cardinal a week from now. The quick take: the Cal offense won’t necessarily scare their opponents, but the […]

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