Cal’s pattern a tough pill to swallow

There is an epidemic infecting Cal sports — none more so than the football team. And it doesn’t look like there will be a cure any time soon. The scientific name: mediocrity. The Bears’ schedule is too littered with close losses, with falling short. They’ve grown weary of the struggle
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Cal eyeing first FBS win against UCLA

Beleaguered Bears back at Memorial to rebound in bout with Bruins.

Someone should give Jeff Tedford a hug. Regardless of the rumblings and rumors surrounding the Cal football team’s 1-4 start to the season, the battle-worn head coach is adamant that no one is more disenchanted than the players and coaches on the team. That the Bears have been in contention
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Keenan Allen: No Reservations

Keenan Allen has no regrets about coming to Cal — and no qualms with leaving school early.

Like most 20-year-old guys, Keenan Allen gets distracted by girls. Allen is sitting in a golf cart outside Memorial Stadium, his feet up, his arm draped around the driver’s seat. On Saturday, he’ll catch passes, break records and make the kind of jaw-dropping plays that SportsCenter replays deep into the
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Oregon (5-0, 2-0) There is no stopping the Ducks; they just keep rolling. Sixth in rushing yards per game (303), fourth in points per game (52.4), Oregon’s offense this year is perhaps more explosive than previous years. The squad poured 51 points on Washington State last week despite a
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Bears’ boulevard of broken dreams

This was supposed to be my “Fire Jeff Tedford” column after Cal’s 27-17 loss dropped the squad to 1-4, the worst start in the Tedford era. But it isn’t. This was supposed to be my “Replace Zach Maynard with Zach Kline” column after Maynard threw incomplete passes on 19-of-28 attempts,
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Bears fork over loss to Sun Devils

First conference home game results in defeat for Bears and stymies bowl hopes.

Isi Sofele took a handoff from the Cal 31-yard line with three and a half minutes remaining in the second quarter. A score would have given the Bears a halftime advantage and placed them in prime position to secure their first conference victory. But Sofele fumbled the ball, and the
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Live Blog: Cal football vs. Arizona State

Follow along as Daily Cal football beat writers Connor Byrne, Jonathan Kuperberg and Michael Rosen and The Lombardo Trophy (sports columnist Jordan Bach-Lombardo) give play-by-play and analysis of the Cal-Arizona State game live from Memorial Stadium. Will the Bears shake off their 1-3 start? How many carries will Brendan Bigelow
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When I Come Around: Avery Sebastian accepts his role on the team

As a true freshman, Avery Sebastian had to re-imagine his role on the Cal football team. The abrupt change turned him into a leader.

Avery Sebastian didn’t come to Cal to play on special teams and record nine tackles in his true freshman campaign. He came to Cal as the No. 6 defensive back recruit in the nation, an early enrollee who underwent spring training with the Bears. But Sebastian did come to Cal
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Where You Lead: Marc Anthony matures into a leader of the team

When he came to Cal, Marc Anthony expected a starting position. But waiting on the bench turned him into a better player.

Marc Anthony wasn’t accustomed to waiting for his opportunity to shine. As a four-star recruit coming out of Phoenix, Ariz., Anthony spent his entire life as an elite player. From the day his coach switched him to cornerback his freshman year, Anthony’s talent alone earned him the admiration of coaches
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