Cal Comes Around: Pac-12 home opening win over WSU, 73-66, ends frustrating stretch for the Bears

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–For the Cal Bears Thursday night everything went wrong, including the lead up. That included a week of practice that coach Mark Fox said was poor, a couple of players got injured, an uneven shootaround, then the start of the game against Washington State, in which the Bears found themselves doubledContinue reading “Cal Comes Around: Pac-12 home opening win over WSU, 73-66, ends frustrating stretch for the Bears”

Sharks Captain hurt as Sharks one goal shy again; Lose to St Louis Blues 3-2

sfgate.com photo: San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau falls as he reaches for the puck during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in St. Louis. The Blues won 3-2. ~ By Pearl Allison Lo¬† ~ San Jose nearly made a comeback a laContinue reading “Sharks Captain hurt as Sharks one goal shy again; Lose to St Louis Blues 3-2”

Kings bounce back, Holmes hurt in ragged 111-98 win over the Warriors

By Morris Phillips SACRAMENTO–“Wake your *ss up!” Coach Steve Kerr’s profane directive hurled at referee Jason Goldenberg wasn’t prudent or appropriate, but it certainly fit like a glove in describing a sleepy night of basketball at Golden 1 Center on Monday night. The Kings came in despondent, the victim of too many close losses, andContinue reading “Kings bounce back, Holmes hurt in ragged 111-98 win over the Warriors”

No Shot: Bears’ offense disappears in lopsided Pac-12 opening loss at Stanford

By Morris Phillips STANFORD, CA–The Stanford Cardinal aren’t physically imposing, blessed with great depth, foot speed or rebounding acumen, but they consistently carry themselves as a formidable defensive team. So far–with non-conference play complete and the Pac-12 schedule in front of them–their portrayal of themselves holds weight. Stanford ranks 13th (out of 350) nationally, allowingContinue reading “No Shot: Bears’ offense disappears in lopsided Pac-12 opening loss at Stanford”

Hibernate? No, More Like Dominate: Bears end season on high note, beat Illini 35-20 in Redbox Bowl

By Morris Phillips SANTA CLARA, CA–The Illini moved the ball, but the Bears moved the needle, making the majority of the big plays in their 35-20 Redbox Bowl victory over Illinois on Monday at Levi’s Stadium. The Bears captured their first Bowl victory since the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force, and wonContinue reading “Hibernate? No, More Like Dominate: Bears end season on high note, beat Illini 35-20 in Redbox Bowl”

Winter Break Tutorial: Harvard schools Cal on the finer defensive points at Haas, wins 71-63

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–Harvard visited Haas Pavilion on Sunday. It wasn’t supposed to be the educational experience for the Bears it turned out to be. Chris Lewis scored 19 points, Christian Juzang had 14 as the Crimson compensated for the absence of leading scorer Bryce Aiken with a strong defensive effort in beating theContinue reading “Winter Break Tutorial: Harvard schools Cal on the finer defensive points at Haas, wins 71-63”

Another Night in Sacramento: Rockets race to big lead, then hold on to beat the Kings, 113-104

By Morris Phillips SACRAMENTO–You know the story: since the Kings’ last playoff appearance in the spring of 2006, they’ve accumulated 13 losing seasons, run through 10 coaches, two arenas and finished last in the Pacific Division five times. But that’s just the surface. Below the surface–or below .500–the Kings’ story gains greater focus. Eliminating theContinue reading “Another Night in Sacramento: Rockets race to big lead, then hold on to beat the Kings, 113-104”

Huskies, Petersen beat Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl 38-7

Photo credit: Getty Images By Shawn McCullough LAS VEGAS–The Washington Huskies sent their head coach out on a good note. Washington (8-5) beat up the Mountain West champion Boise State Mustangs 38-7 in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Huskies head coach Chris Petersen surprisingly announced his retirement from Washington on December 2nd,Continue reading “Huskies, Petersen beat Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl 38-7”

Bears blow an opportunity for a brighter Christmas, lose to Boston College, 64-60 in the final minutes

By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO–Travel-weary Boston College afforded the Cal Bears a fast start. The Bears in turn kept the door open, and allowed the Eagles a chance to creep back into the contest. In the end, it wasn’t an even swap. BC made the adjustments in their offensive attack, got nastier on the glass,Continue reading “Bears blow an opportunity for a brighter Christmas, lose to Boston College, 64-60 in the final minutes”