Cal prepares for rematch with surging UCLA squad

After Thursday, there might finally be a moratorium on the Los Angeles road trip. To close out 2011, the Cal women’s basketball team suffered an embarrassing defeat to a second-rate UCLA squad. The Bruins were 6-6 overall — the utter definition of mediocre — and in the midst of a
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Bears remain wary of L.A. schools on road trip

There are 344 teams in Division I men’s basketball. They span 49 states and 32 conferences. USC, of course, is one of those squads, playing in the Pac-12, a so-called “Big Six” conference. Three hundred forty-four teams, and 340 score more points than the Trojans. There are only three teams
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 6

No. 1: Stanford (20-1, 11-0) Stanford had no problems in sweeping the Arizona schools last weekend, continuing its perfection. The Ogwumikes did their usual things, chalking another pair of double-doubles to their WNBA resumes. But in the squad’s 91-51 destruction against the Wildcats, it was forward Joslyn Tinkle that took
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 6

No. 1: Washington (16-7, 9-2) Washington has shot 47.4 percent through its past five games, all wins. This is not a superlative statistic, but in their two conference losses, the Huskies shot 37.5 percent (at Colorado) and 40.6 percent (vs. Cal). If they play up to their potential, they might
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How to save a life

I never met Jill Costello, but I wish I had. I’ve only seen pictures: the effervescent smile, the rosy cheeks, the brown hair eventually replaced by a blonde wig. I’ve heard the Cal women’s coxswain was an endlessly cheerful person, a courageous soul who turned her struggle into a campaign
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Conference questions

Can the Trojans regain their former conference glory? The Trojans are in a slump. USC was nearly invincible at the start of the season. After suffering the token loss to Stanford, the team launched a blistering five-game winning streak to open up Pac-12 play. The Trojans (12-10, 6-5) settled into
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Conference questions

After a Bay Area sweep, can Arizona run the table? Following a narrow home loss to Washington on Jan. 28, the Wildcats flew up to the Bay Area and blew up. First, a four-point win over Cal on Thursday for the Bears’ first home loss of the season. Then, Arizona
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Cal stumbles to parity at Stanford Invite

The No. 2 Cal women’s water polo team lost its first two games of the year this weekend at the Stanford Invitational, giving an underwhelming performance for the second straight year at the elite tournament held in Palo Alto, Calif. The Bears came into the Invitational with high hopes of
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